Saturday, August 27, 2011

3 x 3 x 3

Food of late has been rushed and minimal- I seem to be getting sick (again!) and have lost my appetite.. not great for a food blog! But I did finally have the time to get the photos I have taken off my camera, here are 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners. What a nice coincidence!
Pear and Cinnamon Buckwheat
2/3 cup cooked Buckwheat (cooked with cinnamon & stevia)
1/2tbsp ground chia seeds
1/2 tbsp ground flax seeds
1/4 large pear
1/4 cup malt free soy milk
  • pre-cook buckwheat
  • combine buckwheat, ground seeds and milk- leave to absorb for 5-10 mins
  • Add pear and enjoy a lovely breakfast
I'm not a big fan of oats but I love the creamy taste and the way they warm you through and fill you up so I've been experimenting with steel cut oats- they've got more texture which I love and taste beautifully nutty. They may take longer to cook but boy are they worth it!
 Oatmeal with the lot!
1/2 cup steel cut oatmeal cooked with water and banana essence
cinnamon to taste
1/4 large pear
1 tbsp sunflower seed butter

 Banana and Sunflower Butter Oatmeal
1/2 cup steel cut oatmeal
2 cups water
3 tbsp sunflower seed butter
1 small banana
  • cook oatmeal
  • stir through nut butter (it will melt through)
  • chop a banana into it :)
Zucchini 'Pasta'
2 small zucchinis cut with the spiral cutter... I ate this mound covered in the special dressing below.. yum yum yum!
Falafel and Avocado Salad
1/4 Avocado
4 small falafel 
sprouts
lettuce
sugar snap peas
mushrooms
celery
Curried Falafel Salad with Special Dressing
left over falafel cooked in coconut milk based tumeric curry (odd combo yes, hubby cooked-it tasted amazing!)
sprouts
lettuce
sugar snap peas
mushrooms
celery
spinach
Special Dressing
2 cups Lemon Hummus (home made- chickpeas, tahini, vinegar, water, lemon juice and rind, salt)
4 tbsp Sunflower seed butter

  • Combine ingredients in a jar and shake until you can no longer see streaks of nut butter!

Garlic Stem, Choy Sum and Edamame Stir-fry
1 bunch of choy sum
1 cup edamame
1 bunch garlic stems
2 tsp miso paste
water (to thin out for cooking)
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp chinese dark vinegar
1/2 tsp chili oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
  • chop veggies
  • combine miso, soy, vinegar, water and chilli oil
  • cook in a hot wok/big pan until choy sum is just tender
  • garnish with sesame oil and enjoy

Asian Style Mushroom Broth
Handful of Dried king oyster mushrooms
Handful of Dried shitake mushrooms
1/2 tsp chili oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp miso paste
4 cups water
  • Combine all ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes
This is what I end up with when we run out of vegetables, it still tastes great! Usually it will have more veggies in it like this one...

 Asian Vegetable Soup
1/2 cup Edamame (frozen)
1 bunch Choy Sum
1 clove garlic
Handful of Dried king oyster mushrooms
Handful of Dried shitake mushrooms
1/2 tsp chili oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
3tbsp soy sauce
2tbsp miso paste
4 cups water
fried shallots (optional)
  • Combine all ingredients except the vegetables, edamame and shallots
  • Simmer for 5 minutes
  • add choy sum stalks and cook for 2 mins
  • add the tops and edamame
  • cook for another 2 minutes
  • sprinkle with shallots and enjoy!
I hope you're all enjoying all the yummy healthy foods life has to offer and not forgetting to indulge in something fabulous every now and then! 

All the best x x x
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Gardening minus the garden!

Life has been work work work with a side of work at home and some dream about work! Teaching rounds are a LOT of work.. and paperwork. But the kids are gorgeous and I'm learning lots so thats got to be a good thing! I've been given some feedback I don't agree with though... I've been told I need to act like I know everything and get angry and yell to scare students. I see nothing wrong with students knowing I'm human and learn continually as opposed to being the fountain of all knowledge.. or keeping my temper and using consequences rather than fear to alter behaviours. Why should I get angry if they have chosen not to clean up before the bell and waste their recess cleaning up the classroom? They'll learn and clean up before the bell next lesson, no drama. What do you all think? 

Anyway- in the 1/4 of my weekend that wasn't taken up by work I did some gardening & spent time with the other half. I was spoilt rotten- we invested in a mini compost bin because it turns my stomach to throw out food scraps, we didn't think it was possible as we're in an apartment but low and behold we found a mini indoor one that uses a kind of mulch and isn't supposed to smell- I guess we'll see! if its bad we can just relocate it to the balcony with all the lovely plants. We also got a cute watering can because I've been using a bottle until now and it tends to shift all the soil around. And last but not least we got a mushroom growing kit!!! I'm so excited! They're swiss brown mushrooms. I can't wait till they appear, it will be such great fun to pick my own- I love mushrooms but we can't afford them too often so hopefully this will be enough to keep me going... now I've just got to wait a month for them to start popping out! ok- now some photos of my mini balcony garden!
Side view of the greenery
All my mini pots
 Mint, Parsley and the Coriander-parsley hybrid that accidentally happened... tastes good though!
 Oregano, Peas and Coriander
 Blueberries (although I'm yet to see any), Strawberry plant looking a little worse for wear and Bay tree
 Mini Pansies
More pretty mini pansies
Cute and useful watering can!
Food post next time I promise- Hope you're all well and smiley xxx
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Buckwheat breakfasts, Blueberry Sauce & Baked Bean Salad

So I think I'm more of a weekly poster during uni... homework/work takes it out of me and the little time/energy I have left disappears with exercise, family & friends... and you know cleaning and cooking! So, the time left for entertainment is minimal.. I'd say sorry but I'm not- I think my priorities are right :)

I made this breakfast the other day. Peanut butter + banana is a great combo but personally I think it would taste even better with almond butter! That's next on my list of things to try out.
Peanut Butter and Banana Buckwheat
1/2 cup Buckwheat
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup water
stevia to taste
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 banana
  • Cook the buckwheat with cinnamon, vanilla and stevia
  • When tender stir through peanut butter and serve with chopped banana.

Blueberry Sauce
(pictured on the buckwheat below)
4 cups blueberries
1 cup lite coconut cream
stevia to taste (optional)
  • combine ingredients in a pot
  • reduce on a medium heat until it reaches a jammy consistency (this will depend on how much water is in your fruit)
  • Enjoy with cereal, desserts, as a dip, in a salad dressing, whatever takes your fancy!
I'm really enjoying my buckwheat breakfasts these days, I much prefer the more solid texture. It tastes lovely with every combination I've tried so far :)

Buckwheat with Blueberries, banana and coconut
2/3 cup Buckwheat cooked with cinnamon, vanilla and stevia (cold)
2 tbsp Blueberry sauce (recipe above)
1/2 banana
1 tbsp coconut
1/2 tbsp ground chia seeds
1/2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • Combine cold buckwheat, chia and flax seeds
  • add blueberry sauce, banana and coconut and enjoy!
This is a dry cereal breakfast (we were out of milk!) but it didn't taste bad at all. Feel free to add some milk for a more traditional cereal breaky. 

I'm still loving my spiral cutter, it makes me smile and my veggies more interesting... This salad is a good dinner, filling, quick, easy, satisfying and healthy. Love it! and if you haven't tried cold baked beans don't turn your nose up until you've given it a go ;)


Baked Bean Salad

1/2 can organic baked beans (cold)
1/2 avocado
handful of snap peas
handful cherry tomatoes
1 stick of celery
handful of sprouts
1 bunch of watercress
handful of sprouted lentils
1 carrot
3 mushrooms
  • chop, mix and enjoy!
Hope you all have a wonderful day xxx
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