Berry good breakfasts

July 10, 2010 § 11 Comments

I probably have said this a thousand times here already, but breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day! There are some many variety of healthy concoctions out there that you can create with oats, yogurt, whole-grain bread, cereals, muesli, milk, kefir, eggs, cinnamon, fruits, and…

You get my point.

For the past two days, I’ve been coming up with berry concoctions for breakfast. For example,

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!

I don’t know about you, but I sure do enjoy frozen strawberries, blueberries, actually any kind form of frozen fruits just straight out of the freezer. No thawing, no microwaving. Just like eating a popsicle! πŸ˜€

Do you eat frozen fruits straight out of the freezer? Or do you have to thaw heat them up first?

Well, this morning, I was feeling berries again.

My carb of the morning was the breakfast cookie that I made last night and stuck in the fridge.

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1 scoop (15 g) chocolate protein powder
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • sweetener
  • splash of milk to make it stick
  • coconut shreds

This morning, I topped it with, surprise! more yogurt. THIS morning, however, I heated up some blueberries and strawberries in the microwave with some Walden Farm’s calorie-free blueberry syrup for 30 sec. Perrrrrrrrfff topping!

The blob of sunflower seed butter says: “I’m on top of the world!” πŸ˜€

WIth some frozen banana slices.

Are you sick of seeing berries pictures yet?

But wait! I have more! Sorry if this is getting repetitive. By now you’re all probably like, Yes yes, Elaine, we know how much you like berries in your mornings now.

Bear with me.

For Dmitri, I whipped up some French toast with the last 3 pieces of sourdough bread we had. French toast with sour dough actually turned out pretty good!

BOO YA IHOP and Denny’s!

You’ll probably gag if I present you with more breakfasts featuring strawberries and blueberries. No worries, those are all I have for now. I may or may not have more tomorrow :-P.

Let’s move from berries to eggs shall we? For lunch yesterday I packed a semi-egg salad sammie.

Uhhh…semi-egg salad sammie? Yeah, I was too lazy to properly mash up the hard-boiled egg, so I simply sliced them up and lay them on one half of sandwich thin. I made a creamy honey mustard dressing for the other half that consisted of yogurt, honey, and spicy dijon. I threw in some chopped celeries for some extra crunch.

Lunch yesterday was paired with a big tubful of roasted broccoli. Give me the fiber! πŸ˜€

‘Twas a delicious, healthy, fiber-full, protein-packed, balanced meal.

What’s on my schedule for this beautiful sunny California weekend?

Dmitri and I will be heading out to Santa Monica Farmers Market right after I hit Publish. I ❀ Farmer’s Market! We have one here in Claremont, but it’s pretty tiny. We also bought a kite for $4 yesterday from Target! So after our Farmer’s Market expedition we’re going to fly it by the beach. I don’t think I’ve flown a kite since I was 12! This will be funfunfun! πŸ˜€

See ya later alligators!

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+ Flown a kite recently?

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The kitchen is my second bedroom

June 7, 2010 § 9 Comments

Hey peeps!

It’s been two days since I last blogged, but I felt like I needed a little break. For those who blog 3 times a day, I don’t know how you do it and not feel exhausted. For me blogging takes up a chunk of my time in the evenings, and sometimes I’d rather just curl up on the couch and do some good reading, catch up on some tv shows, or tinker away in the kitchen. Maybe because I’m relatively new to this whole blogging shebang so I haven’t quite gotten down the strategy to blog efficiently.

Anyways, alot has happened since the last time I blogged, which was Friday night, but all seems like a haze now! The weekend just kind of flew past me and now as I sat here I am struggling to retrace what I did on Saturday.

Ohhh that’s right. I went for about a 4-5 mile run in the morning, then pretty much did nothing till later that evening. What I am sure of is that I made myself some Greek yogurt! I love greek yogurt, but they tend to be pretty expensive, so after reading Allie’s post, I decided to give it a try. I used TJ’s Organic Plain Nonfat Yogurt, and used a tiny coffee filter to strain the yogurt into creaminess. Yup, I’m ghetto like that.

It’s still slightly more tart than your store-bought Greek yogurt, but the creaminess was spot-on! Maybe I’ll make this enough that I can convince myself to buy a cheesecloth so that I can just dump the whole tub of yogurt onto the cheesecloth instead of doing single cup at a time.

After having mastered my Greek yogurt, my tummy told me it was time for lunch. I whipped up a really quick wrap that included 1 egg + 1 egg white, arugula and some feta cheese. On the side I had a few stalks of celeries, PB2 and Oasis Natural’s Cilantro & Jalapeno hummus. I love all their hummus!

Dessert was TJ’s Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bark! I couldn’t resist when I saw this big box of chocolate was only $1.99! And again, TJ did not disappoint–these were sooooo good! I can’t get enough of the sweet & salty crunch!

I had this times two!

Later that evening, Dmitri and I met up with some friends who arrived back at school for Global Clinic. Global Clinic is a project where the students here get to cooperate with overseas students to work on a project. One of my friends’ project is focused on how to get clean water to certain areas of Cambodia that do not have access to drinkable water. It’s really cool when you’re in a small (literally only about 800 undergraduates here!) engineering school. Alot of my friends are engineers, and I’ve heard really cool projects that apply to the society. Many had the opportunity to work on projects for Nike, Bio-Med companies, etc.

Anyways, we went out to dinner to a nearby Mexican restaurant & bar called Espiau’s with my friends and their Singaporean teammates. I refrained from taking pictures because I didn’t want to look like a total dork in front of everybody. But I can tell you what I ordered: Mushroom cheeseburger with veggie patty, no cheese, and fruits on side. Their burgers are just the right portion, but their other orders are huge! For example, last time I got a cheese enchilada that comes with refried beans and rice. First of all, I like cheese. But my enchilada was smothered in cheese! It was delicious the first few bites, but then my tummy felt so greasy and uncomfortable afterwards.

A game of RoboRally ensued in one of my friends’ suite and turned the night into alot of laser shooting and getting carried away by conveyor belts.

SundayΒ  morning I woke up bright and early at 6:30am. I really wanted to sleep in a little more, but my body has gotten used to getting up at 5:45am almost everyday. I think I usually get less sleep on the weekends because I would stay up later, but still wake up at about the same time. Ugh. Nevertheless, it was a day for some yoga, and after 1.5 hr of a sweaty session, I showered and got to work on these gourmet vegan protein pancakes a la Mama Pea. I used Biochem Chocolate Fudge Whey Protein to make chocolatey pancakes. I also added a Tbsp of flaxseeds for some added healthy fats and fiber, and about 3 Tbsp of whole wheat flour because they seemed kind of watery after I blended everything.

I was licking my spatula the whole time I was mixing, cuz the batter was just irresistable! πŸ˜‰

The puuuuuuuuurrrrfect pancake topped with some cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, thawed frozen strawberries, and drizzles of Walden Farms Sugar-Free Carb-Free Blueberry syrup. T’was a GREAT way to start a Sunday!

Not longer after our late brekkie, Dmitri & I took a field trip to 99 Ranch Asian Market to stock up on groceries. He got not one, not two, but THREE bags of frozen vegetarian dumplings! THREE! He loves dumplings more than I do!

And once our fridge was happily stocked, I had a little “snack” in place of lunch. I wasn’t all that hungry because it was a pretty big breakfast. Egg whites it was!

With arugula and a wedge of Laughing Cow’s Cheese folded in, and topped with ketchup and lots of salsa! There can never be too much tomato-based sauce, right? πŸ˜‰

We then trekked off to Pasadena to meet up with some friends to do some flea market shopping, where I got a potato masher for two dollars. Not bad eh? πŸ™‚ I love going to flea markets because you never know what goodies you might be able to find. That afternoon I was on the scour for kitchen goods.

Speaking of Pasadena, anyone been to/heard of Roscoe’s? Aka “the House of Chicken ‘n Waffles.” It’s kind of a weird combo, ain’t it? Here you have waffles (sweet) and chicken (savory) on the same plate. It’s very famous in the Los Angeles area, but my boyfriend said it was disgusting to have syrup mixed up in his chicken. Me? Never tried. I’ve only heard of it after becoming a vegetarian.

Dinner featured Teriyaki Quinoa from Thursday, but I added in some frozen veggies to make it like a fried rice dish. The quinoa was complemented with steamed cabbage and edamame.


All in all, a pretty well-rounded meal! Grains/Carbs from the quinoa, cabbage as veggies, and edamame for protein.

Here marks the point where I started going a little bit crazy in the kitchen…

First of, homemade whole wheat pita. I made slight changes from the original recipe by adding about 3 cups of whole wheat flour instead of 2 3/4 cups flour and 1/3 cup gluten. Anyone know what difference the gluten would make to the bread?

While I was waiting for the dough to rise, I went to town with homemade pumpkin butter. I followed this recipe, but halved the recipe and added barely half a cup of sugar. I don’t like my food too sweet! It was so easy to make and yummy! I’ve never had store-bought pumpkin butter, so I don’t know how it compares, but I’m happy with my results!

Stirring & simmering away!

While that was simmering, I got to work on my third task: homemade hummus following this recipe by Brown Eyed Baker. I don’t know what it was but the taste was kind of off…a bit sour. Too much lemon juice perhaps? We’ll see how it tastes today after having been refrigerated for a day.

And finally…my pita bread was ready and hot from the oven!


It smelled good and looked great. But when it came time to cut it open to see that magical split…BLEH! Okay, so it’s supposed to look like this when you cut it in half:

[Image from Tammy’s Recipes]

Instead it was just BREADY all over. So I did some research and troubleshooting, and the most likely problems were that:

  1. I flattened them out too much.
  2. I didn’t let the dough rise enough.
  3. The oven wasn’t hot enough (MUST be 500 degrees).

Okay, I confess. I flattened the breads out a little more after they had been rising to make them bigger, but I just popped them immediately into the oven without letting them rise some more. Maybe that was it. Nonetheless, failures call for another try! I’m determined to make the perfect pita bread!

Happy Monday!

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+ How often do you blog? Do you feel like you need some breaks from blogging from time to time? And how long does it usually take you to write up an entry? It takes me about 1 hr to write up an entry, partially because the internet is a slow-poke where I live, and so pictures take forever to load. And like I’ve said before, I sometimes definitely feel too lazy to blog.

+ What’s your favorite board game? RoboRally was fun, but I’m currently also obsessed with Apples-to-Apples. Does that count as a board game?

TGI….SHREK!

May 28, 2010 § 2 Comments

Yup, watched this today!

Boy am I glad it’s finally a Friday! And better yet, it’s a long weekend! Woohoo anyone’s got any big plans? Well, it’s been a lonnnnnnng week. Today was a lonnnnnng day as well, featuring some of this reading:

Yup, Very exciting. I absolutely understood everything 100%. πŸ˜€

I was able to get off work a bit earlier today (5:30!!!!!!!) and went home to my honey ❀ (aka boyfriend, lol)! We’ve had plans to go out for dinner that night then catch Shrek 4-Ever After in 3D. So, we drove out about 7 min to a tiny little Mediterranean restaurant called Ali Baba.

I’ve had a deep craving for some good, crispy falafels for the whole week now, and I remembered this new restaurant that opened a couple of months ago. So we decided to go try it out. Actually, before Ali Baba was another restaurant called Tofu Kitchen, which my boyfriend and I absolutely adored. It was owned by a Korean couple, and they had all sorts of dishes and entrees featuring tofu, and all the dishes are $6.99! I especially liked their Miso Tofu pot with brown rice and Rice, veggies, & tofu over rice in a stone pot. And of course, kimchi.

The interior of the restaurant.

We sat by the window, which overlooked Foothill Blvd (aka Historic Route 66). Also where our school is located on!

Anyways, I ordered a Tabouleh salad:

It was overpriced for such a small bowl. It was good, but not like, OMG STELLAR!

Next up for me was a falafel sandwich.

It was okay. Pretty good, but again, not the best. The absolute best falafel and sandwiches that I’ve ever EVER had were actually in Taiwan. There’s this place called “Sababa” that had the best cucumber & tomato salad, the best falafel sandwiches, the best hummus & babaganouj plate….etcetc. OMG…*drool*
Dmitri the boyfriend (hehe) ordered a vegetarian kebab plate:
I actually liked this better than my falafel sandwich. The rice was good, and their warm grilled veggies paired very well with their yogurt sauce! I had several bites of that πŸ™‚

So after dinner we headed over to the movies. I had two coupons for two movie tickets, but we had to pay $5 extra each for the 3D Shrek. A bit overpriced, don’t you think?

Looking nerdy cool in his 3D glasses.
Shrek was really funny. I’ve enjoyed all the previous one, and this one didn’t fail. Shrek, Donkey, and Puss just never fail to crack me up! However, Puss looks especially funny in this one! Gotta watch it to know it πŸ˜‰
After the movie, we stopped by Target to pick up some goodies, then headed home. Once home, we fixed ourselves some night time snacks!
Plain chobani with strawberries, Walden Farms Sugar-free Carb-free Blueberry syrup, and lots o’ cinnamon. Yummy!
Dmitri wanted me to take a picture of his plate because he thought it was classy! An apple, the last bit of brie, and a martini glass that he was going to fill with some champagne.
Okie dokie. Wayyy past my bedtime! I’m planning to go for a morning run tomorrow, and then LOTS of errands to run! Happy long weekend everybody!
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+ Do you prefer watching 2D or 3D movies?
All the movies that are coming out are in 3D! Scary, huh?
+ Do you like Mediterranean food and what is your favorite dish?

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