Today I… + EcoEd Thursdays

June 24, 2010 § 18 Comments

Today I…

…made a simple breakfast…

Cinnamon spice alternative bagels, smeared with raspberry preserves and PB2. Sliced nectarines and cottage cheese on the side.

…went into the lab for 2 hours and did some lab work…

…ate three EXTRA LARGE slices of San Biagio’s Veggie pizza…

…came home and took a siesta

…on the comfy couch and pillow.

Today I whipped up my virgin Janetha-inspired faux frosty…

…topped with the last of my raspberries :-(.

Today I did some reading…

(yawn)

MUCH better 😀

YESTERDAY I cooked up a batch of polenta and let cooled in a pan overnight.

Today I was calm in the kitchen, and cut them up into squares to make polenta gnocchi.

(Sprinkled with some nutritional yeast and baked at 350 degrees for ~ 25 minutes)

Meanwhile, I steamed a bunch of green beans in my rice cooker/steamer (hauled from TAIWAN!!!)…

and chopped up some SmartDogs.

I cooked some plump, meaty mushrooms in some vegetable broth and white wine vinegar

…threw in the Smartdogs

…then dumped in the last of my TJ’s basil marinara sauce.

(empty jar)

Of course, we can’t forget some parsley flakes and pepper

…and before you knew it, dinner was ready.

Still had some leftover slaw

From kitchen to table in less than 30 minutes. What a big difference it makes when you are calm in the kitchen.

Today I also made use of these sad-looking bananas

…and decided to transform them into Banana Oat Cookies.

Banana Oat Cookies
(adapted from Steph Chows)

You’ll need:

  • 3 large, ripe bananas (the browner the better!), well mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup almond meal (almond slices + food processor for a few pulses) whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup coconut, finely shredded & sweetened
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries or other dried fruit of your choice (I used craisins)

Destruction Constructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, wire rack on the top third of the oven.

Combine bananas, vanilla, and apple sauce in a large bowl and mix well.

In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.

Add dry to wet. Mix till just combined.

Add in the sweet bits and mix.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet.

Bake 12-14 minutes.

Let cool on a wire rack. Lay them out pretty and take pictures.

Today I devoured these cookies.

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Today is…EcoEd Thursdays!!!

Okay I’m going to keep this one short since I still have some boring exhilarating readings to do. So sort of branching off from my last EcoEd post on plastic bags, today I am going to talk about Ziploc bags!

You use ’em, you love ’em. Don’t deny it, you probably have 5 boxes each of different assortments and sizes at home. It’s so convenient, from keeping veggies fresh to bringing it with your sandwich inside to work, to using them to keep your toiletries, loose coins, candies, cookies, chapsticks, lotions etc, in one place.

It’s okay, I use them all too often as well.

But one way to be more environmental-friendly with these cute, handy ziploc bags is to reuse them. I’d pack sliced apples to work one day, but I’ll wash and reuse them to pack other stuff for up to five times. They don’t break easily, as you can see. If I buy a box containing 50 sandwich-sized bags, I can subsist on this one box for up to a year.

Next time when you’re subconsciously tossing a “dirty” ziploc bags into the trash, consider the conditions of the bag and see if you can reuse them. Not only will you be reducing plastic waste on this planet, you’ll also be saving some moolah! 😀

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Till Friday fellow blogsters!

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§ 18 Responses to Today I… + EcoEd Thursdays

  • Monet says:

    What a great day of eats! I think your breakfast looked wonderful, simple yet nutritious and appetizing. And your polenta squares looked scrumptious. I will have to try making some to serve with my tomato sauce.

  • jqlee says:

    i would have eaten that pan of polenta. stuff is so good!! and ya, anything in marinara sauce is amazing to me. i should use it more often!

    i dont reuse baggies. i find it kind of gross. i ususally just use containers though. i guess it’s the same concept though. maybe it’s just a “me” thing.

  • nattietan says:

    Superlove your brekkie!! And it looks like you had a super busy day too!

    Today I… spent the afternoon with Mum, going grocery shopping to stock up for the weekend because we can’t stand weekend supermarket crowds. Lol. And I made myself some seaweed noodles with broccoli and carrots for lunch. I never had seaweed noodles before and it was different… in a good way! x)

    Much love
    Nat xoxo

  • looks like a constructive day!! glad it was a good one 🙂 the idnner looks awesome! i haven’t had polenta in far too long.
    and…welll…all i’ve really done so far today is woke up and checked e-mail…and read this! haha. the day is young 😉

  • Kat says:

    mmm thhose cookies look bomb! I love anything with banana, I am such a sucker for those! I love your ziplock ideas. I totally reuse mine all the time, especially the freezer ones. Most of the time those ones are easier to clean since everything has froze together anyway!
    Ive never tried polenta…i really should. I am all about trying new things these days!! 🙂

  • You totally inspired me yesterday…I made sure that when I went into the kitchen to make dinner, I was ONLY making dinner. I turned on some Michael Jackson for commemorative purposes, and it made for very calm atmosphere 🙂

    OK, and a side note…is that cartoonish (and adorable) lab picture from the Mouse Party narcotics videos?

  • Yummy breakfast! I’ve heard the praises sung about them over at Teens Eat – they seem really awesome 😀 Your dinner looks great, too! 🙂

    Today, I…
    – visited my friends from my old school
    – felt like my old self, even if only for a while
    – was rather talkative
    – was rather TOO talkatively bossy
    – have a headache 😦

    Wei-Wei

  • Lindsay says:

    Fuax frosty looks delicious! I’ve started reusing my ziplocs when I can. Each day I eat half of a bar before the gym and I realized I was sticking the uneaten half in a baggie, then tossing the baggie every other day. Once I realized what I was doing I started tucking the baggie in a drawer to reuse the next day.

  • Dee says:

    All of your food looks delish!

  • Love the polenta gnocchi idea!
    And I’m totally hooked on Snack Taxi’s- reusable bags for snacks and sandwiches! http://www.snacktaxi.com
    They’re a worthwhile green investment and super cute, too!

  • sophia says:

    OMg. The polenta looks SO good! I would love to broil it until the outer part is crispy and slightly burnt! 🙂

    Today I went to a pizza place in Korea….So good! Crab meat, with a sweet potato mousse-stuffed crust!

  • It’s official. Today I… am having a pb bagel for lunch!! Love your cow pillow 🙂

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