T-t-t-t-t-taco Tuesday!

June 29, 2010 § 18 Comments

I’m so glad that you guys loved the light cheesecake recipe I posted yesterday. It seriously is delish, and a perfect way to end dinner because it won’t leave you feeling stuffed and sluggish!

Anyways, I found these sweet mugs online today and thought I’d share with you guys:

Just perfect to go with my blog! This store also has lots of other cool yoga-related stuff for some “browser shopping”…haha :-D.

Here are just some other neat finds:

Buddhalicious tile coaster!

“Anything you do could have serious repercussions on future events.”   –Doc Brown from Back to the Future

Love this one! So funny!

This was my alternative name for my blog!

This morning, I got a little daring in the kitchen and tried Allie’s bread pudding recipe out. I first mixed up one egg (the original recipe calls for one egg + one egg white, but I only had 3 eggs left in the fridge so I didn’t want to waste another one if I’m just going to use the egg white), splash of soymilk, some sweetener, a dash of salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.  I placed one Van’s organic frozen waffle into the egg mixture, coating both sides, then covered the bowl with saran wrap and heated it in the microwave for about 1 min.

I then topped the waffle with some frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, and frozen bananas and microwaved for another 30 secs uncovered, till the fruits were soft.

Waffle pudding!

More cinnamon, a drizzle of maple syrup, and some home-strained Greek yogurt completed the dish! Seriously, I should have put a maraschino cherry on top of the yogurt. Sundae anyone?

Work was the usual, except now we’ve been having this high school student around in our lab for the past week or so already. He’s volunteering at our lab to get some research experience, and we took turns coaching him on lab etiquettes, techniques, and some basic biology (he’s never had a biology class before). I feel like I learn more when I teach stuff to other people, because I can’t just mumble out the smoosh of information I have in my brain. I’d have to organize my thoughts and explain in a somewhat logical way. You learn by teaching.

The other day when we were grocery shopping, Dmitri decided we should do a Taco Tuesday. That’s the story how taco shells, taco seasonings, and Yves Vegan Ground Beef ended up in our shopping cart.

For the “ground beef” part, Dmitri (yup he cooked!) sauteed up 3/4 of a chopped onion, added the “ground beef,” some tomato paste, and the taco seasoning and did some stirring. I got busy with washing and chopping the lettuce, chopping the tomato, and whipping up the guacamole.

Not pictured above: sour cream (for him), yogurt (for me), salsa, and shredded cheese.

This totally contradicted the meaning of Taco Tuesday, but I just wasn’t feeling the taco shell at first.

I think I totally nailed the guacamole! First time I made my own guacamole I added too much onion and garlic, resulting in a not-so-creamy guacamole. THIS time I mushed up one large avocado with 1/4 of a chopped onion, half a chopped tomato, a squeeze of lemon juice, some cumin, and S&P. Bye bye Chipotle guacamole!

Just kidding. I still ❤ Chipotle!

LARGE soft taco!

Which transformed into a semi-burrito midway through eating.

I did make myself a taco, just for good measure.

Naturally, a taco or burrito or ANY KIND OF MEXICAN FOOD isn’t complete with a Hugh Jass ton of guacamole.

Dmitri ate 7? 8? tacos. I lost count. This was his last taco of the night, which he declared the prettiest taco he made today.

Purrrdy taco! 😀

I got some sweet and juicy cantaloupe waiting for me in the fridge! Have a great evening!

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+ Do you like soft or crunchy tacos?

The boyfriend plays Chef

June 15, 2010 § 12 Comments

There’s nothing more glorious than going home after a lonnnng day in lab to find hot dinner ready on the table for you.

This past weekend my boyfriend volunteered to cook dinner on Monday night. I had no idea what it was, but only that it involved canned tomato soup, tortillas, salsa, shredded cheddar cheese, and ground beef (we used the vegan version of course). These taste soooo much like real ground beef it actually scared me a little at first.

I didn’t leave the lab till almost 7pm last night, and I was starving by then, but then I remembered I won’t have to cook that night 😀 And I came home to this:

Vegan Taco Bake [adapted from Campbell’s recipe book].

It tastes as good as it looks and smells! I was so impressed with this dish because it definitely hit the spot. The texture and the taste reminded me of lasagne, except the “lasagne” part was replaced with tortilla strips. I wasn’t sure whether the tortilla strips were supposed to be crunchy or not, but I enjoyed them nevertheless like I was eating pasta. The only thing that was lacking in this meal was veggies, so I threw together a salad on the side.

I’m obsessing over arugula right now!

A salad isn’t complete with some light, refreshing dressing:

Spicy honey mustard dressing made of plain nonfat yogurt, honey, and some spicy Dijon mustard (1 tsp?). Loved it! 😀

My plate, with the tortilla taco bake in the background. I was haaaannngryyy so a 2nd helping of everything was DEFINITELY in my tummy yesterday too! One can never get too much veggies right? 😉

There wasn’t much dishes to do because Dmitri washed all the dishes already by the time I got home, and the kitchen was specklessly clean. Not a sight of tomato sauce or runaway piece of vegan ground meat was in sight. What a sweetheart ❤

The usual shenanigans happened after dinner, each of us glued to our own laptops. I usually spend my evenings catching up on emails, blogs, etc…stuff I usually don’t have much time to do during the day. Dmitri’s always either studying for the Math GRE or reading/doing problems for his Math summer research project.

Some “sneaky” pictures he took…

So last night, he asked me a Math question that he came upon while studying his GRE.  Me, of all people. This is exactly what he asked me last night:

I must have stared at it blankly for a whole 5 seconds or something. How does integrating go again? Oh right, the natural log of 1-x. Just so if you’re interested, here’s how to solve it:

I didn’t realize my Math was soooo rusty till then! I actually felt stupid then and almost made me want to go dig out my old math textbooks and start doing calculus again. Almost.

The rest of the conversation went something like this:

Dmitri: You see, the natural log of -1/2 is undefined! It goes on to negative infinity.

Me: Ok…so…? [slightly confused]

Dmitri: So the textbook here says it’s solvable, and Mathematica (a Math computational software) shows a graph too! I don’t understand! Help me!

Me: You’re asking ME?!  YOU’RE the math major! I’m only a Biology major!

Well if I am sure of anything, it is that all that Math talk got me hannngrryyy again! I remembered that I had lots of frozen bananas in the freezer, so I did what a normal girl would do when she has that many frozen bananas: banana soft-serve!

[keyword: happy banana]

Since I already had my food processor out, I went ahead and made some homemade Laraballs, all thanks to Jessica for this amazing recipe! Mine included dates, cranberries, shredded coconut, walnuts, and flaxseeds. They form such cute little balls that I could have gobbled them up just right there, right then, standing in the kitchen. Of course, I practiced good self-control 🙂

A snapshot mid-eating, a bowl of banana soft-serve, plain yogurt, and a cute lil’ Laraball. Derish!

Well, continuing along the lines of fake meat, I had some more for dinner tonight.

Two Lightlife’s Smartdogs on a toasted whole wheat bread, a bed of arugula (told you I’m obsessed with this stuff), ketchup and mustard. Yep this girl did NOT want to cook today. I think I got spoiled yesterday when Dmitri made dinner. 😛

The only “cooking” I did was steaming some cauliflower on the side.

This wasn’t the first time I’ve had these dogs. On a scale of 1-10, I’d give them a 6. Not my favorite products around, but good once in awhile and easy to prep (a la microwave). At only 45 calories and 8 grams of protein per link, these are pretty good “go to” processed food when you’re too lazy to cook.

Well I’m gonna call it a night. Perhaps some light reading here and there, sneak in a little Glee, and do some snackage! 😀 I’m liking how it sounds already! G’night!

P.S. Sorry if you just got nerded out again. Can’t help it. 😛

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+ What would you pair you banana soft-serve with? Any toppings?

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