Packin’ and Snackin’

Hello hi hi! I am writing this {very very slowly} on my laptop. The keys are tiny and I am used to having a mouse, so this blog post will probably take me twice as long as usual! But that’s okay because I need to practice. I will be taking this laptop with me to Montreal in four days!

This was my weekend in food. Pretty awesome weekend!

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This was a great week for food in my family – we went to Whole Foods earlier in the week. This sandwich was made with multigrain bread from WF, grilled on a skillet with a thin layer of avocado and lots of grated sharp white cheddar. Mmm! The perfect satisfying lunch for me!

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A fantastic and VERY photogenic dinner by Mom. We have “teriyaki” chicken stir-fry with asparagus and bell peppers, plus some sauteed sesame gai lan and brown rice. I loved this dinner! The asparagus was especially yummy. 🙂

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Oaty-oat oatmeal. This was a pretty interesting bowl of oats. I cooked them plain, in water, and then let that cool slightly before stirring in a big scoop of honey Greek yogurt (so that it wouldn’t separate – curdle) and topping it with peanut butter, crumbled banana chocolate chip muffin, and sliced banana. I really liked this, especially the bites with muffin and PB.

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This is what most of Seline’s breakfasts look like. Seline’s my sister, if you didn’t know that already; she prefers savoury breakfasts. Here, I made her an omelette with mushrooms and cheddar, plus some bacon and a slice of toast. She doesn’t like butter, nut butter, or jam, or ANYTHING on her toast, so she’s having it plain! I could NOT do that.

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Starbucks with Mom! Light caramel frappuccino with no whipped cream for me, and a great caramel macchiato for Mom. We’re both cararmel-lovers! My skinny frappuccino (nonfat milk) was a little watery, which I didn’t like, but Mom’s coffee was flavourful and I loved the sweet foam. We don’t have Starbucks very often!

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Obviously I can’t get enough of this sandwich! Creamy avocado, tangy cheddar cheese, and crispy toast is OMG-good. I could eat this every day! Hot sandwiches are my favourite lunch, and I don’t really like cold lunches like wraps and, well, cold sandwiches. Totally looks like I recycled the pics from above, but I swear this was on two different days! Well… you know I love my avocados with cheese!

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Winner, winner fried rice dinner. Shrimp and egg fried rice with bell peppers and frozen mixed vegetables, to be exact!

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I was stuffed after my first bowl, but I had seconds. :mrgreen:

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Oatmeal! You know it’s my love. 🙂 Here, I top plain oats with crumbled blueberry bran muffin and nut butter, as usual! This muffin is one of the best I’ve ever had! SO creamy, branny and wheat-y. 😉

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Pretty good lunch at Whole Foods with my sweet mom and my sassy sistah! We (okay, I) had everything…

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Would you believe that I demolished all of this?! I think the best part of this hot bar lunch was the coconut rice with raisins (incredible!) and the Argentenian beef stew. There was also an Ecuadorian pork stew with passionfruit. OMG, SO creamy and luscious. I loved it!

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Sandwiches are another true love of mine… can you tell?

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Especially when they’re SWEET! This one was stuffed with sliced banana, crunchy peanut butter, a drizzle of honey, and big pinches of cinnamon. Cooked in coconut oil, this sandwich was totally perfection. Crispy crust and toasty outsides –> creamy and rich middle. Yummm.

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I think I had this three times in two days?! (PS: it works for lunch and dinner!)

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Cute and classic Mom dinner: beef with asparagus and carrots plus roasted cinnamon-maple butternut squash on brown rice. Tasty! I sure will miss these Mom dinners when I am in Montreal.

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Sweet and perfect dessert of yogurt topped with muffin and raspberries, plus a sprinkle of chia.

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And… this. OMG. (BTW I had a hard time choosing which pics to post – this meal was SO photogenic!)

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Another ultimate Mom party meal! I mentioned on this day that I had to help Mom prepare dinner, and that’s because we had a special guest – Mom’s old friend from high school. We prepared Caesar salad with homemade dressing (SO good, I had seconds – loved the croutons), maple + cinnamon-roasted butternut squash, rosemary roasted potatoes, baked maple-soy trout, and brown rice. Seconds on the squash and the salad!! Divine meal – I was so stuffed after this.

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That’s going to be it for now because I have another post coming right up tomorrow! I have to get packing because the flight is in 36 hours… whoa!

Lazy Lately

Hi guys!

How’s it going? I just had an amazing week in terms of food – lots of nutritious and delicious meals. 🙂 I love it when all my meals just work out, meaning I’m full and satisfied. Sorry for the lack of posts recently – I just feel like there isn’t much to show you!

This is what I ate this week, plus a little analysis of the meal in blue. That includes what I was thinking after the meal, and how I liked it, and also how filling it was.

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And… OMG. Montreal in ONE WEEK! Like I mentioned on this post, I will be leaving for Montreal next Saturday. The flight is five hours, and we will get a free meal on the plane. I think I will bring a Larabar and a homemade banana muffin for the flight, as I would rather not eat plane food.

In other news, this was a great dinner cooked by Mom. Roasted baby potatoes in salt and pepper, steamed broccoli, and sauteed corn and scallions. Plus one filet of super tender trout. I love baby potatoes! I sure will miss Mom’s cooking. Only seven more dinners left to enjoy before I’m off to Quebec.

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Oatmeal for breakfast! Here, simple oats are topped with crumbled triple berry muffin and sliced banana. Aaannnd a big blob of my favourite almond buttah.

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I sure hope I can have muffin at Montreal. I wonder if they are as nice as the muffins here – most muffins I find here are dense, rich, and made with minimal ingredients. There are usually no funky preservatives – just flour, butter, leaveners, fruit, oats, and other simple mix-ins. Who needs a muffin with soybean oil and diglycerides?!

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Mom and I went to Whole Foods earlier this week. We started with a wonderful sandwich – one of my favourites, the big chicken + arugula sandwich. The salty proscuitto with tangy chevre is SO good. Plus, that sundried tomato aioli on herby focaccia?! OMG.

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Then we had some a lot of goodies from the hot bar!

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Roasted veggies, amazing marinated feta cheese, and incredible hummus + baba ghanoush (eggplant dip) on pakoras and falafel. The white beans are really good, too. Oh! The broccoli salad! With sweet and tangy mayonnaise, chewy raisins, and crunchy seeds, the WF broccoli salad is seriously to die for. And that macaroni and cheese. OMG.

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Can I please live at Whole Foods?! 😉

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Oatmeal for breakfast the next day – plain oats topped with almond butter, berries, and a sliced banana. Yum! Oatmeal is really the most filling breakfast I can think of.

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Dessert – crumbled muffin over yogurt with honey-roasted pecans and chia seeds. 🙂

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These photos look almost identical to these, but I had this lunch on two different days. Toasted focaccia topped with creamy smushed avocado and tangy goat cheese eggs, plus some mixed greens. The perfect healthy + easy + quick + delicious lunch!

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Okay, I have this for dessert a lot. More yogurt, this time topped with mixed berries, a little scoop of almond butter, and honey-roasted pecans + walnuts.

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Obviously I cannot get enough! Here, yogurt crowns a bowl of strawberries and crumbled honey almond pear muffin. YUMMO.

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… help guys I think I am addicted. Yog, again, topped with sliced banana and crumbled muffin, plus a big sprinkle of ch-ch-ch-chia.

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I think that is it for now… I know, it’s lame… but I’m busy writing a STORY with my sister! I’m working on most of the written novel part, and she’s doing all of the illustrations. We’ve actually published a book already (I wrote it when I was nine), but this one will hopefully be better. 🙂 I’ll give more deets next time because I have to go help Mom with dinner now.

Happy longest day of the year and see you on my next post!

Mom Dinners Galore

Hi everyone! How was your week? I hope life has been great for you this summer. Like I mentioned in my last post, summer’s on here in BC! Well… that’s in terms of school. We were burdened with heavy rain ALL DAY today, and just before dinner, we had thunder and lightning! :O Hopefully the upcoming week will have beautiful weather, because we are planning another trip to the Sandbar (seafood restaurant) in Granville Island.

Below you’ll see a chart of my recent meals and a short analysis. I have no idea why I did this – obviously I am REALLY bored this summer – but I wanted to share it anyways. Pictures of these meals are coming!

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I wanted to share a lot of old Mom Meals in this post. Our schedules have been jumbled up recently with other activities, so I actually haven’t had a Mom Meal for a while. Looking at old photos of home-cooked meals makes me so happy. 🙂

This is quinoa topped with tomato scrambled eggs (and sesame), and steamed cauliflower sauteed with ground pork and scallions. I LOVE both of these dishes. Chicken drumstick on the side… yum. I like drumsticks and thighs so much better than chicken breasts, which I find a little too dry. Dark meat is so juicy – I love it!

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This is rouzao rice, a traditional Taiwanese dish made with ground pork, soy sauce, and lots of aromatic spices like star anise and cinnamon. Mom also adds some hard-boiled tea eggs. I had a big scoop of this on top of white jasmine rice, next to some buttered corn on the cob, Chinese chicken salad with sesame dressing, and shrimp + vegetable stir-fry. This was actually a party dinner, much like this party brunch, where we have lots of food options.

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Fried rice! Again, I am in love with my mom’s fried rice. This was made with cubed trout, mixed vegetables, scallions and onions, and fluffy jasmine rice. Have you ever tried trout or salmon in fried rice?! It’s amazing. Some simple steamed broccoli on the side.

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Italian food is definitely one of my top three favourite cuisines, and I think Mom does a great job cooking it. Here we have shells topped with vegetable bolognese sauce and parmesan cheese, plus a super tasty side of roasted broccoli with garlic. The garlic gets really crispy – like garlic chips. I love ’em!

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Look at how the spinach peeks out of the side. I like to stir a little spinach or kale into the tomato sauce. The flavour mellows out and is covered by the sweet-ish and tangy tomato sauce. I have the same meal (almost) here, with noodles instead… and no broccoli. 😥

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Lots of protein in this dinner: beef and asparagus stir-fry with onions and mushrooms, pork ribs with braised carrots and daikon, and steamed edamame on rice.

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This here is Thai fried rice with shrimp and egg, garnished with peanuts. Thai fried rice, in the Wei family, is essentially the same as regular fried rice… but we add lots of minced garlic and ginger, cubed pineapple, extra onions and scallions, plus a splash of coconut milk. Oh! And we cook it in coconut oil instead of olive oil. I don’t think I will ever go back to regular fried rice! The peas are really sweet and yummy. The sweet caramelized pineapple is the best part. Love how a splash of soy sauce and a drizzle of lime take fried rice to the next level, too. Thai fried rice is so, so fragrant and ultra-flavourful. The creamy eggs, slightly coconutty rice, and crunchy chopped peanuts are to die for!

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Served with sauteed vegetables on the side. Black cloud ear fungus, bok choy, mushrooms, and carrots, stir-fried with a little soy sauce and garlic, then topped with sesame. Really tasty with the special fried rice.

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More ribs here: this time braised with carrots, firm tofu (dougan), baby shiitake mushrooms, and daikon. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these baby shiitakes. They are so juicy and… brothy? I love the rich, savoury mushroom flavour. They are great when braised in soy sauce and spices.

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We also have some broccoli sauteed with onions and scallops. These little scallops are so buttery and soft. Lastly, we’ve got a fried egg and a big scoop of jasmine rice. Of course, everything is sprinkled with sesame. I really like these photos!

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For now, that’s all I have to show you! :mrgreen: I hope you enjoyed these healthy home-cooked meals by my mom.

Recently I’ve been looking at good restaurants in Montreal, and I am so excited to go… only 12 more days until the flight. Woopeee! See you in my next post, and I hope you have a not-so-manic Monday. 😉

 

Mes Repas Excellents = My Amazing Meals! ☺

Hi! I hope you’re having an amazing week. The weather’s been GREAT here recently; the sun’s up at 6:30, just in time for a morning run (which I’ve been doing for about a week because of the rainy spell we’ve had). I love sunny weather – it always puts me in a good mood. 🙂

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Doesn’t this look yummy? Since school’s out (BC teacher’s strike) until next year, I’ve got plenty of time to bake before my group leaves for Montreal in 16 days.*** I really want to try this recipe for blueberry coffee cake, especially because our fridge is overflowing with big, juicy blueberries from the farmer’s market. This recipe, from the Whole Foods website, looks exceptionally tasty. I’m also betting it would taste great crumbled over oatmeal, like my blueberry muffin oats!

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***Dear host family, if you’re reading this, HI! Or… bonjour! ♥ I can’t wait to meet you, and I am so excited to see your wonderful city. 🙂 We have only two weeks until the big switch! Je suis tres excitee, et j’espere que vous etes une bonne semaine.

I had this salad one day at school. Mixed greens topped with berries and some goat cheese. On the left are honey-roasted pecans + walnuts and some dried cranberries, plus a bit of poppyseed dressing. I’ve also got half of a lemon-poppyseed muffin top for dessert.

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Whipped banana oatmeal, just like Kath’s version on KERF. Oatmeal is hard to photograph because it doesn’t look very attractive unless you add lots of fruity toppings! Like Kath, I added chia seeds, a whole banana, raisins, regular milk, and a big blob of peanut butter. This bowl was SUPER sweet – I should have left out the raisins. I also added a drizzle of maple syrup, which probably wasn’t a good idea. 😛 Next time, I think I’ll stick to slicing the banana on top. That way, there is more to chew. The texture of this concoction was nice, though – sort of melt-in-your-mouth. This was a pretty tasty bowl of oats. If you prefer something sweet in the morning, this bowl is for you. 🙂

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Sorry for these terrible photos – I was too excited to dig in. :mrgreen: This salad featured mixed greens, blueberries and blackberries, goat cheese, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, and cubed avocado. All of it was tossed in creamy poppyseed dressing. I think my favourite part was the avocado – it’s a great addition to any salad! I really liked this quick and healthy lunch.

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More of my love: oatmeal. This delicious bowl (made with almond milk) was topped with strawberries, sliced banana, almond butter, and crumbled honey-almond pear muffin. Summer fruit on oatmeal is incredible. 😀

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This lunch featured leftovers from this day: chicken fried rice with green peppers, mushrooms, cauliflower, sweet corn, and something else that I can’t remember. Fried rice makes awesome leftovers, and I always bring it when there’s a microwave available. On this day, I volunteered all day as a block leader at Place des Arts, a local art school. They have a lovely kitchen with all sorts of appliances. I also snacked on strawberries and the last of my peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe’s. Aww! 😥

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The next day, Mom and I made plans to go to Whole Foods (YAY!). Knowing I had to get ready for a big lunch like the past three times , I made myself a light breakfast of banana + crunchy Barney Butter (so good!). Here it is, sprinkled with cinnamon. 🙂

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Then we were at Whole Foods! It’s about a 40-minute skytrain ride from where we live. We have to take the bus for a short while, too. This time, we were there at about 12:30, and I was hungry! We filled a huge bowl with all kinds of goodies from the hot bar. Some highlights were the super-creamy macaroni and cheese, which was covered in buttery breadcrumbs (OMG) and the smoked mozzarella pasta salad. I’m always so happy to see the smoked mozza pasta, because it’s not usually there. Super yum! I also loved the tofu cacciatore and chicken chili verde.

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Hi Mom! 😀 She likes to take photos of her food, too – she posts them on her Weibo. Weibo is like Chinese Twitter, and Mom has quite a few followers. Go Mammaaa!

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We demolished this bowl! I saved a big chunk of the blueberry French toast to eat at the very end, and OMG, it was amazing. The best French toast I’ve ever had – it had an incredible vanilla taste. After all of that, we were SO. FULL. Usually, we have a sandwich after eating a bowl of hot bar food, but we just couldn’t. I didn’t even need dessert!

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We bought this sandwich at WF: my favourite, the turkey apple brie. This one, and the big chicken + arugula, are tied for the position of my favourite sandwich EVER. At the moment, though, this sammie is my #1. I had about a third of it for a light dinner, along with some Mom dishes and dessert (no pics – sorry!).

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Creamy and tangy brie cheese, with savoury turkey breast, crisp greens, a slice of tomato, and sweet/sour grilled apple. The bread is one of the best parts – it’s SO crispy. I think it’s ciabatta?! Love it!

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Lunch at school: quinoa sauteed with butter, scallions, and sweet corn, topped with lemon, black pepper, and goat cheese crumbles. I ate this like a cold salad (ie. no microwave). I love lunches after a trip to Whole Foods or Costco – so much fresh, crisp produce. These cherries and grapes (both organic!) were so, so crunchy good. Mmm! I’ve said it lots of times before, but ORGANIC PRODUCE TASTES BETTER! It really does. I think it’s sweeter, and the texture is so much more pleasant. If you can afford it, I highly recommend you spring for organic fruit. You won’t regret it! Most of the fruit that we buy here is organic or local. I am so lucky. :mrgreen:

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Next up – a PB + B sandwich for breakfast. We bought a nice loaf of organic whole wheat bread from Whole Foods. It was really soft, and I loved the crust. Here it is with lots of natural peanut butter, cinnamon, a drizzle of honey, and a sliced banana. I put it on the skillet with a bit of coconut oil to crisp it up. Nice ‘n toasty. 🙂 This was a really filling breakfast, too.

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And agaaaaaain, that turkey apple brie sandwich. This is the other 2/3 of the sandwich. We have a panini press, and it’s perfect for warming up the middles and making the outsides toasty. I don’t even brush oil on the “plates” – they still get crispy on the outside without added oil. Check out those grill marks! 😀

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I think the melty brie is the best part. Or maybe the apples. Or the crispy bread… never mind.

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That’s it! Thanks for reading today’s post. I’ve got to go now – I will be attending my school’s awards night. Last year, I totally lucked out and won the Top Student Grade 10 award, and I hope I’ll be winning the same award this year (for Grade 11). I’m wearing a dress right now, and I think it looks pretty dopey… and then there’s the pom-pom flats that I have to wear. Oh gosh.

Bye for now – I hope all of your school years end well and have a wonderful weekend!

Already Summer?!

Can you believe we’re already more than a week into June? I definitely can’t. I know I always say this, but this week month has gone by so quickly. Seriously! I feel like we’re still in February. 😉 Oh, and did you check out my new header?! I LOVE it! It’s a simple collage of all my fave photos/meals.

I mentioned this in my last post, but I will be going to Montreal this summer! I was assigned to a city called Saint-Eustache in Quebec. I will be working at a daycare/family-service place with children aged 0-6. I’m really excited! Some of my friends have done summer camps in Montreal, and others work at animal shelters. I think it will be exciting to work with babies, especially since I’m usually volunteering with toddlers and school-age kids. Weee!

I think I also mentioned this last time, but we keep on having teacher strikes. The relationship between the Canadian government and schoolteachers is kind of tense right now. We’re already on our third week of rotating strikes. I hope this doesn’t affect our final exams and report card marks. 😦

Anyways…
I’ve been overeating A LOT recently. It seems like we always have muffins in our house, and if you know me at all – I cannot resist muffins sweet homemade baked goods.
In fact, I just had lunch at 1:00. I wasn’t hungry after a huge breakfast at 9:00 (grapes, cherry-almond oatmeal + yogurt). I started with a nectarine. Then I made a grilled cheese sandwich with cheddar and avocado. After that, I nibbled on some big farmer’s market strawberries and raspberries. After THAT, I had a bowl of yogurt topped with crumbled muffin. I’m SO stuffed now, plus we’re having an early dinner. :/
I think the problem is that there is TOO much good food at our house, and I simply can’t stop eating them. Yogurt, oatmeal, a big loaf of whole wheat bread, avocados, cheese, ravioli (oh, yum), organic cherries, grapes, and nectarines. 4, yes 4, fresh muffins from Matchsticks. Mimi brought them, and they are HUMONGOUS. No one in my family likes muffins, especially the “gourmet-flavoured” ones: lemon-Earl Grey, cranberry-orange, and pear honey-almond. Basically all four muffins are mine – I guess that’s a blessing AND a curse! I really need to rope in my sweet tooth and evaluate my hunger before nibbling.

 

Mom cooked this incredible dinner last weekend: tofu and scallion stir-fry with ginger and garlic, tomato scrambled eggs (I told you how much I love ’em on this post), and curried chicken drumsticks. They were marinated in coconut curry powder + plain yogurt. I LOVED every single component of this dinner!

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Seline’s and mine. I usually skip Mom’s garlicky Caesar salad because the dressing has three cloves of minced garlic – and I had tutor after. :mrgreen:

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Dessert on the same day: crumbled lemon-poppyseed muffin with honey roasted pecans/walnuts, blueberries, and chia seeds on honey Greek yogurt.

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More of that heavenly lemon-poppyseed muffin, this time crumbled on oatmeal with sliced banana, strawberries, raspberries + blueberries, and a big blob of almond butter. Dee-lish. Breakfast is honestly my favourite time of the day, especially when I have lots of oatmeal toppings.

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Lunchy-lunch lunch. I don’t know why I like these photos so much. I’m now obsessed with adding goat cheese to my scrambled eggs. This makes them so creamy and savoury-good. I always make this for a quick + yummy lunch, but really it could work for breakfast, lunch, OR dinner. Super satisfying, and uber-healthy too!

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Love my Mom Dinners. This is wintermelon with krill, garnished with green onions. So simple, yet super satisfying and flavourful. I know it’s not a very pretty dish. 😥 Sorry… I wanted to dig in!

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Beef and broccoli stir-fry with carrots, onions, and mushrooms. We sure have this often! You can check out all of the variations on this search page.

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Fried rice with scallops, bok choy, and egg white. The egg white was leftover from Mom’s Caesar dressing last night (we use only the yolk for that). The dried scallops MAKE this dish. They infuse the whole dish with a rich, seafood-y flavour that I adore. This fried rice was incredible – one of my top 3 favourites ever?!

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All together!

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My bowl. Check out how Mom cuts those carrots! 😀

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‘Nother breakfast. My teeth hurt a lot on this day. I’d just come back from the orthodontist, and I got ze wires tightened. I’m also starting to wear elastics. Needless to say, I had to eat a soft and creamy breakfast. Oats + yogurt to the rescue! This was plain almond-milk oatmeal topped with Greek yogurt, super melty Barney Butter, and a crumbled cranberry-orange muffin. One of my best oatmeal bowls evah! I loved this combo of sweet (oats) + citrusy (muffin) + rice and salty (BB), and tangy (yogurt).

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This lunch was amazing: Whole Foods bread, sliced banana, and tons of peanut butter – all grilled to perfection in coconut oil. I didn’t want this lunch to end!

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And… lastly, a lovely fried rice dinner. Fried rice is sort of the Chinese equivalent of a kitchen sink salad; anything you want to get rid of goes in! Here, we have eggs, cubed chicken breast, mushrooms, cauliflower, green peppers, onions, and scallions. Nothin’ weird about that. 😉 Tons of sesame on top. But honestly, the cauliflower/mushroom/peppers were excellent additions to this fried rice. It was so, so, so good. I had two bowls – the last picture shows my second serving.

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I think that’ll be it for now. I still have some homework to wrap up before going to a post-departure training session with my family at 6:30 (hence the early dinner I mentioned). I can’t wait to show you guys my next post – I have a KILLER salad to show you, as well as some ah-mazing oatmeal concoctions AND a trip to Whole Foods. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. 🙂

 

A++ Meals

Hi there!
How are you doing? I feel like I haven’t posted in a loooong time, but really it was just two days ago. :mrgreen:
So A LOT has been going on for me right now. Finals are coming, my first SATs are in three days (eeek), and I will be going to Montreal this summer.
Okay, it’s not 100% decided yet, because the YMCA Student Exchange Program still has to look at my references and do a criminal record check. But there is a 99% chance that I will be flying across the country in only three weeks. Talk about short notice! The interviewer came to our house on Sunday, interviewed my family and me, and then toured our house. He even asked me three questions in French!
The program is offered to 16-17 year-old students in Vancouver and Montreal. We’ll switch lives for a summer (6 weeks), and I’ll be working there while living in the house of a teenage French-Canadian girl. She’ll live in my house (homestay) and work here. I’m excited, but super nervous. My mind is swirling with those classic what-ifs.
What if I feel sick on the plane?
What if I get lost?
What if I miss my family and want to come home?
What if I suddenly forget all of the French I’ve learned at school?
What if my homestay parents offer only roast beef burgers and poutines for dinner?
What if…

AHH!
I’ll update you on this later, as I have to make a portfolio and a resume (en francais!).

Back to ze food!

Fantastic trip to Whole Foods with ma mere. I was starving, so I went a little crazy at the hot bar. This is a little bit of everything! I especially loved the tomato-ey brown rice with tofu chili, and of course the mac and cheese. Go Whole Foods! Too bad Montreal doesn’t have a Whole Foods OR a Trader Joe’s. 😥

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But then again, that might be a good thing… I’d probably go broke on my second day. 😉 Oh, and we had a big sandwich! Turkey-apple-brie. I had 2/3 of this beauty. So yummy – the melty brie was the best part!

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Sweet petites, as usual. Chocolate Turtle ganache on the left, and coconut cream pie on the right. I loved both. The chocolate ganache was rich and deep, but the coconut tart was sweet and coconutty. Again, I loved both! Bonus marks to the coconut cream pie for having shredded coconut in the crust. Yum…

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Top notch oatmeal! Topped with berries (blueberries + blackberries), sliced banana, and a big blob of my favourite almond butter. This was so, so, so good. My favourite summery, light oatmeal for sure!

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Tuna melt for lunch. I made this up on the spot. 😛 I just mashed up a can of tuna with some sundried tomatoes for flavour, plus a little mayo, lemon juice, and mustard. Then I toasted some focaccia bread and spread the mixture on top. Lastly, I shredded up some sharp white cheddar on top and broiled it. This was really good! Crispy focaccia bread can make shoe leather taste food. Black pepper on top, of course!

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I liked this a lot. I think next time I’ll use a bit more cheddar. This kept me full for hours!

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O-M-G. This oatmeal.

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These oats are the equivalent of loaded nachos or an everything pizza. Seriously – ALL possible oatmeal toppings are on here! Crumbled lemon-poppyseed muffin, berries, toasted nuts, almond butter, and banana (cooked into the oatmeal). I added some yogurt after taking these photos, too! This kept me full for HOURS. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – oatmeal is boring; toppings are not. Toppings will make oatmeal exciting + delicious AND keep you full. Plus, you’ll never run out of possible combinations.

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Like I mentioned on this post, Mom bought dungeness crab ravioli. Here, I topped it with crumbled goat cheese and black pepper. Served on a bed of baby spinach. This was a fun alternative to having a side salad! The ravioli were okay. They weren’t my faves – I prefer the spinach-ricotta ravioli from Costco, or even the portobello mushroom ravioli.

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My weakness = pancakes. My favourite breakfast (well, for today at least. Oatmeal and pancakes are always battling for top spot.) 😉

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These babies were made according to my healthy pancake substitutions, then topped with honey Greek yogurt and chia. There’s a mashed banana in here, plus a tablespoon of ground flax. A couple of blackberries for decor. 😉 Oh! And nut butter, of course. Barney Butter, sunflower, peanut, and almond.

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Here they are posing with my math homework… and half-eaten with maple syrup for dipping. I rotate my plate every few bites, by the way!

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Mom Meal: early dinner because I had to go to a hospital orientation. Steamed eggs, beef + broccoli, lentil stir-fry with frozen corn/peas/carrots, and a spicy onion + pork stir-fry. Not my favourite Mom Meal, but I really liked the beef + broccoli.

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Lunch! Whole Foods sandwich with grapes. I love grapes… until the skins get stuck in my braces and take half an hour to pick ’em out.

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Same ‘ole oatmeal topped with blueberries, crumbled lemon poppyseed muffin, and almond buttah. This is one of my #1 oatmeals EVER! Obviously anything with AB, muffins + berries I love.

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Same thing, sorta! This was for dessert – there’s honey Greek yogurt under there.

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Okie, I guess that’s it for now. I have to do some homework, study for my math test on permutations (Friday), and work on a resume in French. Luckily there’s no school on Thursday, thanks to the teacher strike. Random, but my teeth hurt. 😥 Just got my braces tightened, and now I have to wear elastics. Boo! Also random, but OMG – it’s already June! Where did the spring go?

Oh – one more thing! Check out my updated Mom Meals page and my revised Oatmeal page. I added all of the new ones from the past three posts. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have an AWESOME Wednesday, everyone. 🙂