Lack of inspiration

July 7, 2010 § 13 Comments

I’m experiencing one of those days when I just have no inspiration whatsoever for my blog, which I’m sure you’ve all had encountered at least once during your bloghood. BUT! Yes, there’s always a BUT! I do have alot of inspirational eats to share! If you guys don’t mind, it’s gonna be a short post with plenty of pictures and some captions 😀

I’ve noticed that my posts have been lacking in the dinner and other eats department…

How about some big-mouth burger?

Piled high with a Gardenburger Sundried Tomato Basil veggie burger, sauteed onions and mushrooms, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and lots of arugula. All between a whole-wheat sandwich thin! You gotta agree with me that the Sandwich thins are by far the best invention in the foodie world! While I love sandwiches and burgers, I don’t like having too much dough in the pile.

One thing I know for sure is that my version of the big-mouth burger is a whole lot better and healthier than this:

One flimsy piece of lettuce and a thin slice of tomato and call that fresh veggies? I think the grease/carbs/meat-to-veggie ratio is something on the order of 6 to 1. Yuck.

Speaking of healthified, here’s a healthified creamed spinach!

This simple recipe came from The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet, which merely called for some silken tofu, spinach, a teensy butter, salt & pepper. I added some nutritional yeast for some cheesy flava!

Served alongside some roasted sweet potato doused with cinnamon! Mm-mmm! 🙂

What else can you play around with roasted sweet potato moons? In a sandwich of course!

Again, on a sandwich thin with brie cheese, sliced apples, and leftover roasted sweet potato. Oh man, this made a gourmet lunch! I heated this thing up for 30 secs in the microwave at work today so that the cheese was slightly melty and the apple slices were warm. Sooooo good! I was so sad when I finished my sandwich, even though I ate as slow as possible to savor it 😦

I’ve been wanting to make these oatmeal pancakes made with egg whites for some time now. I finally got the courage to spend a little extra money on grocery this week to buy a carton of egg whites (I hate wasting egg yolks!).

I’d have to admit, I was a little skeptical about the recipe at first. Oatmeal + egg whites + baking powder = pancakes???? Well, I got totally kicked in the butt by this recipe when my perfect pancakes were born.

Made myself a Chocolate PB2 + J pancake sandwich! The pancakes were sooo chewy! Love the texture too! 🙂

My pancake mix:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • dash of sweetener
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla extract

Yum yum yummidy yumyumyum!

Dinner today was quick and easy–literally from kitchen to table in 15 minutes or less! All thanks to this yummy find from Trader Joe’s.

All I did was pop it into the microwave for 4.5 minutes, and the spicy aroma was filling my kitchen! I served this along with TJ’s Whole Wheat Couscous, which was conveniently cooked in the microwave as well!

For the couscous:

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1/2 cup veggie broth
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp curry powder

Microwaved for 3 minutes, fluffed it up, then added some more apple juice, curry powder, and about a tablespoon of honey. I also threw in half a chopped tomato. I almost added some red chili powder, but thank goodness I didn’t!

Because the Channa Marsala was spicy already!

Oh boy oh boy! This was surprisingly DELICIOUS! The couscous that I made up on a whim paired perfectly with the spicy channa marsala (also had a hint of sweetness). I served the couscous and channa marsala on top of a bed of romaine lettuce. Initially, it was just for aesthetic appeal, but my first bite of the meal told me otherwise.

The cool, crispy, and refreshing lettuce contrasted perfectly with the hot ‘n’ spicy channa marsala! With every bite I had a cooling crunch, a grainy delight, and an excitingly hot flavor!

Definitely repeating this dinner!

Now I’m off to bake 3 batches of cookies for tomorrow’s Biology Department Potluck. 😀


+ What’s your favorite Indian dish?


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§ 13 Responses to Lack of inspiration

  • kat says:

    All your food looks DELISH! I love the sweet potato-apple-cheese combo…I may just have to try that for dinner tomorrow! Mmm with melty cheese…ok my mouth is WATERING! I have never had indian food. I’m lame I know. Its just not something I think about when we go out but it always looks so tasty!!

  • Monet says:

    You and I should spend a week together! We have so many similar tastes. Your food looks amazing (healthy and delicious). I loved that sandwich with the brie and apples…great addition with the sweet potato.

  • Wei-Wei says:

    I think that your sandwich with sweet potato slices (!!!) looks absolutely AMAZING. And your burger! I love the huge pile of veggies 😀

    I actually haven’t tried much Indian food before, so I can’t really say. I can just say that I’m not a fan of any curry apart from Japanese… 😛 And I REALLY don’t like Thai curry, which has coconut milk. I just think it tastes wrong.


  • Oooh – I agree – everything looks amazing!! especially that burger and sweet potato sandwich. Yum! And I can totally relate to feeling uninspirational blog-wise somedays. But no fear – this post was FULL of inspiration and creative ideas 🙂
    Love the pancakes, too. Don’t you hate how expensive egg whites are?! It’s like, $2.50 for a dozen LOCAL organic, farm-raised eggs around here…and the small carton of egg whites is at least $3. Whaa?

  • Joanne says:

    Gotta say my favorite out of all that delicious food was the sammy thin with brie and apple. I can just taste it and think it is a FANTASTIC idea. Can’t wait to try it. Yum!

  • teenagehealthfreak says:

    that looks like a really yum burger!! I love all the veggies…so colorful..just like I like it. 🙂 I’ve never had indian food!! I really would like to try some…but I really don’t know much about it.

  • Oh my goodness all those pictures look so yummy!!! I’ve never tried the tomato basil gardenburger, but that might be what I pack for the next cookout! Yummm!!!

  • highonhealthy says:

    I’ve never eaten Indian food so I don’t have a favorite dish.. but I can’t wait to try it! Everything looks so delicious and every one is always raving about it.

    I’m loving the pancake sandwich!

  • masala chickpeas!! ❤

    ummm YES to the big mouth burger! i need that when i have those days when i talk to much. someone needs to just stuff me with that burger to shut me up hehe ❤

    yea i heard that l.a. has been on the cooler side.. what gives right. sorry for stealing ur heat, but im sure you dont mind 😉


  • kbwood says:

    wow girl!! You SHOULD have inspiration because your EATS ARE INSPIRING ME!! they are AWEEESOME!! I loveee your pancakes and cous cous!

  • […] Oatie eggwhite pancakes (I made one BIG one this time!) topped with yogurt, Walden Farm’s sugar-free blueberry syrup, frozen strawberries and blueberries. And cinnamon. Never forget cinnamon. I actually used almond extract instead of vanilla like last time. I love the strong aroma of almond! […]

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