Studying = Student Dying?

Good morning everyone! Quick glimpse at the view outside my window. Welcome to Columbia Street, as seen from the 4th floor!


My usual bus stop on the way to the hospital, mall, and Uptown Waterloo. The bus to school is on the other side. Here’s the 7!

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Breakfast these days has been mostly oatmeal. Gosh, I really need to update my oatmeal page. That’s on my list of things to do this winter after finals!


I honestly think I’ve experimented with every single oatmeal combination possible.

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Opened a jar of pumpkin puree and enjoyed pumpkin oats topped with yogurt…


And something similar but in pancake-form the next day. With chocolate chips and blobs of yogurt. No maple syrup necessary, I promise (well, except for a little bit mixed into the plain Greek yogurt).


This plain ‘ole bowl was simply topped with hemp hearts.


And this lovely chocolatey bowl with crumbled muffin was a favourite. Gooey, melty mini chocolate chips on top were the best.


Blackberries made an appearance too. Two mornings in a row!

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They reappeared for a pancake breakfast. 4 different nut butters here for max deliciousness.


AB + B sandwich for a fast and easy brekkie. Toasted quickly in coconut oil.

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And one more bowl of oats 🙂 Yes, there are oats under there! Topped with a crumbled chunky apple-pumpkin muffin, this bowl was the epitome of fall comfort food.


Lunches were eggy for the first part:

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Simple frittata with veggies, sweet potato (microwaved = so fast), goat cheese and avocado toast. I think I’m the last person to jump on the avocado toast bandwagon.

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Leftovers for lunch the next day – perfect!


I stopped by Princess Cafe one Sunday afternoon and enjoyed this broccoli basil soup, the soup of the day.

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Along with an amazing sandwich of the day: roasted beet hummus, granny smith apple, spinach, avocado, goat cheese, roasted red pepper on multigrain.

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Another lonely frittata and soup.


More butternut squash soup with cheese toast for a light lunch, followed by muffin! Keep scrolling for the muffin recipe.

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First dinner here: a stuffed pepper with leftover quinoa and veggies, goat cheese (also leftover) and cheddar on top with avocado and broccoli (leftovers, as well, if you haven’t guessed already). Salsa added tons of flavour mixed into the quinoa!


Spaghetti squash stuffed with, well, squash and tomato + spinach sauce with cheese and pine nuts // broccoli and mushroom stir-fry with garlic


I really enjoyed this! Unfortunately with the tomato sauce, spinach, mushrooms, AND squash, the bottom of this was so wet and soggy: it was like squash tomato soup at the bottom 😛

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Coconut chickpea curry with spinach and peas, quinoa, roasted cauliflower


Leftovers with more quinoa


Roasted sweet potato, monkfish, zucchini and potato gratin, broccoli, quinoa. A horrible photo on my room table because the kitchen table was a supermess! The entire kitchen is a disaster zone after I cook 😛


Salmon patties, roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potato with sweet potato aioli, quinoa

Healthy Salmon Cakes

  • 1 can boneless, skinless red salmon
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Big squeeze lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: green onions, garlic, chopped pepper, dill, chives, cilantro
Mix well. Form into patties and pan-fry on medium heat until golden brown.


Spaghetti squash with lentil sauce, spinach, pine nuts and goat cheese, zucchini and mushroom stir-fry


More spaghetti squash with lentil sauce, topped with ricotta and parmesan

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Wild BC snapper with roasted cauliflower, couscous, sweet potato


Desserts have been a mishmash of mostly muffins and nut butter, with yogurt. You’ll see the recipe for these muffins in a little bit!


One day I went to Sabletine Fine Pastries, where I bought an apple puff pastry and a chocolate pear tart. Madhulika let me try some of this banana chocolate cake.


So good.


Muffin! Here’s la recette:

100-Calorie Pumpkin-Ricotta Muffins

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix wet ingredients (dark brown sugar to vanilla extract)
  3. Add the next four ingredients: rolled oats, baking soda, cinnamon, salt. Mix well with a whisk.
  4. Pour in the spelt flour and whisk until just combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Separate into 9 greased muffin tins.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from tins. Enjoy with nut butter!

These babies are really healthy – a little over a teaspoon of oil for the entire batch of muffins! Still, they have loads of flavour from pumpkin and cinnamon, with ricotta’s fluffy texture and the heartiness of oats.

Warm out of the oven, these are so heavenly!

These muffins are high in manganese and an excellent source of Vitamin A and selenium. Each medium-sized muffin, if you make 9, is only 105 calories with just a gram of saturated fat. They are also low in sugar and sodium but high in fibre and potassium. Plus, with an egg and ricotta, each muffin boasts 4 grams of protein! That’s a large number for just a muffin – keep in mind that a whole egg has 6g of protein. Whoo!

I adore them on my yogurt, with nut butter and berries. Try chocolate yogurt!

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Back in BC, Mom made some amazing meals – and egg tarts!

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She also baked this incredible chocolate-vanilla sponge cake with homemade whipped cream.


Mom, you are soooooo talented!

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Is this true or what?

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Quote of the Day, as seen on an email I received from Pranalife Yoga:

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
~ Winston Churchill

I think that’s it for today! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend 🙂


11 thoughts on “Studying = Student Dying?

  1. As always, your plating skills amaze me. You have such an eye for symmetry and colour. On a cold day it would be lovely to have a bowl of warm oatmeal … just some honey on top for me. Your mom’s egg tarts look lovely. I need to invest in some of those little disposable aluminum cups. And the vanilla sponge is lovely as well.

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    1. Thank you! Compliments from you feel like kind words from a wise sage or strict teacher. It is so special 🙂
      Mmmm honey on top would be great! I always have bad luck with honey, though… it always crystallizes on me 😦
      My mom actually buys the pre-made tart shells, which come in the aluminum tart base thingies. And her sponge cake is from a boxed mix! It’s all about convenience for mom 🙂

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      1. Strict teacher … yes. Wise sage … (snort) not at all.

        My honey crystallizes as well so I’ve gotten into the habit of spooning out as much as I’m going to use and warming them in the microwave very briefly to get them back to liquid.

        I was impressed with the uniformity of those tart shells … mine never look so nice. 🙂 Sponge cake is SO yum. I want to make a Swiss roll again one of these days.

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      2. Hahaha you are very knowledgable and wise, especially when it comes to making good food form scratch 🙂

        That’s a great tip! How long would it take in the microwave for, say, a tablespoon of honey?

        I am sure tart shells from scratch are 10x more delicious, healthy, and rewarding, no matter what shape and size they are 😛 I’d rather have tart shells from scratch than perfect ones made in a factory.

        I’ve never tried making swiss rolls before, but they sure are tasty! What is your favourite kind?

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      3. I’ve never tried melting that small an amount of honey but I wonder if using the defrost setting would be best. Maybe try 5 seconds.

        For larger quantities I use the lowest setting on the microwave (10%) in 10-15 sec bursts. Stir for a few seconds and if it’s not melted, repeat.

        Home made tarts … tasty, yes. Healthy, not so sure. The last batch I made was with lard. 🙂

        I have made a successful ‘swiss roll’ twice. Vanilla and chocolate. Liked them both. … vanilla … cocoa

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