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Weaknesses [Feb. 27th, 2006|08:03 am]
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cadavre__exquis
So occassionally I'll gaze over the vending machine at work for something semi-healthy to eat. Mind you, I only do it when I'm starving. Lately I've stumbled upon a seriously tasty granola bar from Nature Valley.

OK, at 160 calories and 7 grams of fat, this ain't exactly a health bar. But I've got a serious monkey for this thing and I've been eating it at least 2 times a week. Plus the name is great. I mean come on, "Sweet'n'Salty Nut". Teehee!



So what are you current must-have food weaknesses? Craving healthy food doesn't count!!

I wasn't good food-wise this weekend (as Jess can attest) but I did hit the gym on Saturday and took a nice brisk walk on Sunday. So wee!
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(no subject) [Feb. 24th, 2006|07:57 am]
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distilledlimbo
What follows are my re-adjustments of Pardo’s Puffed Pudding (from on the Kashi box)- which turned out really fucking tasty.


Mneesa's Tree-Hugging Mami-Nazi Kashi Breffist Pudding
Makes 6 Servings

Ingredients:
-3 c. Puffed Kashi
-3 c. organic skim milk
-1 c. lite vanilla soymilk or breastmilk
-1 c. hot water w/ sugar or sugar substitute dissolved in it
- the equivalent of 2 eggs worth of egg substitute
- 2 T. pure vanilla
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 T. cinnamon powder
- enough raisins to your liking

Directions:
1. In an extra large pot, combine milks, Puffed Kashi, and cinnamon sticks
2. Place on very low heat until simmering / light boil. Add vanilla and cinnamon powder, and the sugar water incrementally as needed if drying.
3. Boil for 35 minutes
4. Stir in egg sub.
6. Continue to boil for 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks (if desired), add raisins.
7. Pour in bowl and refrigerate. May also be served warm as bread pudding.

Yum.
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cucumber thingy [Feb. 23rd, 2006|11:46 am]
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juxtaposed_junk
[mood |lazylazy]

I made a snack yesterday that was so yum. Take half a cucumber (or more or less) and cube into small chunks. Toss them into a dipping dish, like for salsa or some other dip, and add a splash of lemon juice and then another splash of Italian dressing to taste and mix well. You could also add chunks of tomato and white onion--but just with the cucumber alone it's good.

I usually don't care for cucumber but this was really good.

and I suck at writing recipes. :P
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dinner for tonight - fucking fabulous [Feb. 21st, 2006|07:03 pm]
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distilledlimbo
Adapted from The Tempeh Cookbook by Dorothy R. Bates

Curried Tempeh with Apple

8 oz tempeh
2 cups vegetable broth
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large tart apple, chopped
1-2 Tb curry powder
2 Tb arrowroot
1/2 tsp mace
1/2 tsp garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 cup currants or raisins
cooking spray

Cut tempeh into 1/2 inch cubes. Put cubes in a saucepan with the vegt broth
bring to a boil and turn heat down to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes. Cool
and drain tempeh, reserving the broth.

Heat a skillet and spray lightly with cooking spray. Saute the chopped onion
until soft and then add the apple. Cook 5 minutes and sprinkle with the curry
powder, arrowroot, mace, garlic, and honey. Cook 3 minutes. Measure broth from
the remaing tempeh and add enough water to make 2 cups of liquid. Slowly stir
liquid into the onion and apple mixture and cook until thickened and bubbly.
Then add the currants or raisins.
Set the pan over hot water, cover, and cook 30 minutes to blend flavors,
stirring occasionally. Sauce can be refirerated overnight.
Sut the tempeh into small cubes, and borwn them in the skillet sprayed with a
light coating of cooking spray. Add tempeh to curry sauce just before serving.
Serve with borwn rice and an assortment of condiments-chopped green onions,
raisins, yogurt and chutney.
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banana-molasses muffins - fabumuhlus [Feb. 1st, 2006|02:54 pm]
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distilledlimbo
These are great. The original recipe I got from Mothering.com (as submitted by Cathe Olson who wrote The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook).
I just made some, having altered the recipe just a little, and, man, fabulous. I calculated the fat and calorie content of my version and it should come out to around 115 calories and 2.2 grams of fat per muffin. And frigging awesome - and really good for you. Lilith should love them.

Banana-Molasses Muffins

- 1 c. rolled oats
- 1/4 c. blanched sliced almonds
- 1 c. whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

- 1 c. mashed, good and ripe organic bananas (2-3 of them)
- 1 free-range egg or 1/3 c. egg substitute
- 1/3 c. applesauce (I've learned to always substitute applesauce for oil when baking, in equal proportions)
- 3 tbsp. blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 c. fat-free plain yoghurt (non-dairy or dairy, whichever)

Preheat to 375. Grease muffin tins or use the little paper things.
In a food processor or blender (I used a coffee grinder), grind oats and almonds to a coarse meal. Transfer to mixing bowl and whisk in flour, soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.
Beat remaining ingredients together until smooth. Add to oat mixture and stir in until just mixed, then spoon into the prepared tins.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until tops are firm.

Makes 1 dozen not-huge muffins.
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question [Jan. 31st, 2006|12:25 pm]
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juxtaposed_junk
[mood |contentcontent]
[music |Sasha and Digweed]

does anyone know where to buy Basmati rice? I've looked in random grocery stores (plus whole foods) to no avail. I know you can prolly go to Hilcroft and buy a huge ass bag--but does anyone know if they sell it in smaller quantities and somewhere besides Chinatown/Hilcroft?

I've been craving some :-)

OH and my diet has been nothing but ice water, salads and random soups. For some reason I have't been able to keep ANYTHING I eat down. ::cries:: I don't wanna go to the doctor...:-(
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(no subject) [Jan. 30th, 2006|07:12 pm]
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cadavre__exquis
Well ok then. Quick recap of the last three days

Saturday: AWFUL! Day started with a 15 minute walk (it was insanely humid); then 1 piece of bread, 1 boiled egg, 1/2 grapefruit for breakfast; 3 pieces of low fat homemade berry cake in the car on the way to Austin; late lunch: GARGANTUAN grilled chicken sandwich with mayo lettuce and tomato, serving of curly fries. Oh and some chips and salsa. And a giant, giant cookie. So begins PMS...

Sunday: Better. No gym but *Breakfast: 1 tiny turkey sausage pattie, 1 cup chicory coffee, 2 scrambled eggs, 1/2 cup various blended berries; *Lunch: half a chicken breast, small bowl of miso soup, 1 Nature's Valley oat bar (180 cals); *Dinner: half a grapefruit, and two pieces of homemade bread with chicken. And an apple. Oh, and half a glass of red wine.

Today: *Breakfast: oatmeal with raisins, a few sips of milk, 1/2 grapefruit, 2 prunes, 2 figs; *Lunch: 1 cup baby greens with my Famous Chicken Paste ® and a cup of cooked green peas with just a bit of cheese on top; *Snack: 4 Snackwells vanilla cookies, 210 cals; *Dinner: 1 red bellpepper with 1/2 cup of rice, 2 turkey meatballs with 1/2 tomato sauce and 1 very thin piece of bread. Oh, and 1/2 grapefruit. Gym: 32 minutes on ellyptical (3.4 miles) and 10 minutes upper body strength training.

I think I'm doing good on my intake of veggies and fruit, though I still need to work on healthier snacking - I get so famished after a good workout and I rarely leave myself anything healthy to eat.
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(no subject) [Jan. 27th, 2006|01:21 pm]
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distilledlimbo
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/food/organic-products-206/when-buying-organic-pays-and-doesnt.htm

Interesting. It's logical, practical. Makes sense. But even if the food's not that risky when tampered with, or isn't that likely to be contaminated, remember that every food you buy is a vote for how you want our food and farming industries to be run. Aaaand, if you can't afford it, just have an illegitimate child so you can receive food stamps, okay?

: P
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(no subject) [Jan. 26th, 2006|10:44 am]
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cadavre__exquis
Yesterday:

BF: One bowl oatmeal, 1 grapefruit
LNCH: 2 pieces homemade bread with lots and lots of baby greens and a TON of homemade black bean spread (something like 400 calories), Odwalla carrot-orange-apple juice (200 cals)
SNACK: More bean dip with baby carrots
DNR: One sardine, serving of buttered brussel sprouts, another hunk o'bread
DSRT: 1/2 cup plain yogurt with LOTS of craisins and LOTS of strawberry jam

Activity for the day was a quick walk (maybe 10 mins), and about 15 minutes of jumping rope, hoola hoop and situps on pilates' ball.

Lost half a pound.

*sigh*
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Today [Jan. 24th, 2006|09:46 pm]
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cadavre__exquis
Well, not horrible but not great.

BF: 1 cup oatmeal with dates and 1 grapefruit
LNCH: 1 slice veggie lasagna, cup of baby greens with chicken paste
SNACK: 1/2 big apple with 1 big spoon of peanut buttah (maybe 150 cals?), 1 small box of non-fat milk (90 cals)
DINDIN: 2 pieces home made bread with LOTS of baby greens, chicken paste and half a beet.

Tea and water throughout.

GYM: 15 mins treadmill, 15 mins bike, for approx. 300 cals burned. Also 10 solid mins upper body strength training and 10 mins HOOLA HOOP in the evening.

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