Too Much on My Plate?

Literally.

Well, it’s true figuratively too. As you can see from all of these photos… I’ve been busy but not too busy to cook and eat!

Speaking of cooking, I made poached eggs the other day and they turned out fantastic. Well, Round 2 turned out great. Round 1 = hard boiled eggs without a shell. LOL! Poached eggs are a new favourite here and I love the on a bed of stir-fried veggies with avocado toast.

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Like I was saying before I got distracted by, um, eggs, is that I’ve been super busy lately and my to-do list gets longer and longer every hour. Not exactly comforting.

With midterms less than a week away (I know, my brain is still in vacation mode), there’s lots more learning and studying to be done. The problem? I don’t want to study! I don’t want to be hunched over my desk for hours, reading and reviewing.

And that’s why I’ve been doing more and more outside the classroom. Now I’m practicing yoga 6-8 times a week because it’s just so much fun, and I registered for a beginners ballet class as well at my school. It’s amazing how much UWaterloo offers. I suck at ballet, by the way!

PS: this was Round 1 of poached eggs. You can see how the yolk is already firm! I had it in the water for a little too long. Avocado toast is my love.

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But even on top of ballet and yoga, there is volunteering to do and club meetings to attend. Of course, I also need to do the essentials: laundry, dishes, cooking, and taking the bus. If only there were more hours in the day!

Right now, my hardest course is definitely Human Anatomy. We’ve learned 23 muscles so far, and all of them are in the shoulder and elbow. I can’t believe how many muscles we have in our upper limbs. Each of the 23 muscles has its own insertion point on a bone, an origin on another bone, as well as its own nerve supply and artery. Of course, it also performs one or many functions, often with other muscles.

Too. Much. To. Memorize.

I complain a lot, I know! But it’s therapeutic. Right?

Oh, you know what else is therapeutic? Oatmeal with chocolate banana cake squares, coconut, yogurt, and almond butter. With a banana whipped into this oatmeal to make it extra thick, creamy, and fluffy, I nearly died of deliciousness. The chocolate got melty and perfect… I don’t even have words to explain this. Will be repeated ASAP!

Leftovers have been a savior. I put my leftover veggie + potato bake in the fridge and reheated it two or three times throughout the week as a nice side dish. Potatoes are so good! I always ditch white potatoes in favour of sweet ones, and this dish totally reminded me of how yummy plain ‘ole white potatoes are. Enjoyed with avocado toast and cheesy spinach scrambled eggs. I loved this lunch!

Before Dad left, we bought strawberries and I used them to decorate my oatmeal a couple times.

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Speaking of Dad, I really miss my family. We do see each other on FaceTime every day, but it just isn’t the same.

I tried to eat dinner while studying and that was pretty much the biggest joke in the world. Dinner = devoured, textbook = unread. Then I ate some dessert and looked at Buzzfeed for a good half hour. Then dishes. Anything to procrastinate my readings!

Multigrain pita halves were also enjoyed. These babies are SO yummy! I packed three of them up for Dad to take home to BC because I didn’t think I’d be able to finish them all. But I totally would have! They are really chewy, crispy, and tasty with avocado. I’m going to buy more next time from Sobeys.

As you can see, I eat yogurt every single day. Once, I made a yogurt dip with sunflower butter and cocoa powder. It was heavenly with strawberries!

Hasselback sweet potatoes made an appearance too. I enjoyed this with some pre-marinated salmon from Zehr’s, and roasted veggies. The potato was seasoned with garlic and butter, cayenne, and some cinnamon. It was really flavourful and fun to eat!

These multigrain pitas have my heart. Filled with avocado, cheddar, roasted red pepper, and spinach, this grilled sammie rivals the ones I enjoy at Princess CafΓ©.

Here’s a sneak peek into a recipe that I’m going to share soon. Any guesses? πŸ˜€

And before I peace out to go study (for real this time!), take a look at what Mom’s been making. I am so jealous of Seline who still gets to enjoy Mom’s fried rice! Mine just isn’t the same. I admire how Mom always cooks with so much diversity. I don’t know where she gets all these brilliant ideas! πŸ™‚ GO MOM!

Alright, that was a long enough break for me and now I need to focus on innervations and blood supply of the upper limbs. πŸ˜₯

Happy Monday and have a restful week!

21 thoughts on “Too Much on My Plate?

  1. You make me way too hungry. You should also label each of your meals so I can make every single one of them
    I’m glad you are on an avocado toast and poached egg train – they are my two favorite things and NEVER get old. Also – I’m not sure what kind of yogurt you buy but it looks like a marshmallow cloud of heaven!!

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    1. You’re right about them never getting old! I absolutely love that combo – a little salt on top with fresh black pepper really takes it over the top.
      Marshmallow cloud of heaven – I LOVE IT!

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  2. Man, I am always endlessly impressed at how to manage to juggle the craziness of university and still create so many beautiful dishes! And so much variety! I’m pretty sure that when I was in undergrad, I was just rotating the same five or six meals…Oatmeal or toast for breakfast, wrap or sandwich for lunch, rice and veggies or pasta for dinner hehehe…

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  3. Aww I’m feeling for you Cindy!! ❀ All the memorization can be so overwhelming and I can totally relate to wishing there were more hours in the day. Hoping that you find the odd bit of relaxation before midterms start! But BOY have you been eating well πŸ™‚ Your avocado toast is giving me such a craving! And are those egg tarts that your mom made? I tried them for the first time this year and fell.in.love!

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  4. Oh my gosh, I took an introductory human anatomy and physiology class (I’m in highschool, mind you!) and it was rough! Kudos, girl. Glad you’re balancing out your studies with fun stuff like ballet and yoga. And I totally hear you with the struggle that comes with attempting to study while eating. Food always wins my attention in the end, too!

    Yogurt, sunflower seed butter, and cocoa powder is something I’ve never thought to try. Your meals here, as always, look top notch!

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    1. Wow! You are really brave πŸ™‚ I don’t think I could have handled it in high school, along with math and all that other… stuff.
      The sunflower butter + cocoa powder + sea salt + maple syrup was inspired by Jack at Jack’s Balancing Act. She always comes up with GENIUS stuff that I get addicted to! You should check out her blog for constant deliciousness!

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    1. I’m gonna check out the link right now!
      Actually most of the things I make just get covered up with aluminum foil and devoured by my roommate and I. Sometimes I’ll put half a batch in the freezer. πŸ™‚

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  5. Stunning array of dishes there. I don’t eat nearly enough grains and have been intending to add more oatmeal to my diet in the form of an ACTUAL breakfast with fresh fruit. (No bananas though cause … yucky texture issues.) What are the white balls in the coffee coloured liquid? Is that sweet red bean filling on the spoon too?

    I can’t guess at the upcoming recipe post as I’m a bit overwhelmed but asparagus and pasta? Speaking of pasta, I had it for 3 meals this past weekend (new meals) but I’m back to pulling things out of the freezer for all of this week. I made no churn blueberry cheesecake ice cream yesterday and after an overnight set (5 hrs wasn’t enough) I hpe to be able to take pretty pics and post the recipe soon too. πŸ™‚

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    1. The coffee-coloured liquid that my mom made was a brown sugar red bean soup with glutinous rice balls, and yes, there were red beans in there!
      Basically asparagus and pasta! With cheddar and tuna, too, to make a yummy bake. Wow! That sounds like a lot of delicious dinners. I’ll bet it was super yummy! Mmmm blueberry cheesecake ice cream. You are making me crave ice cream in -10 weather! Can’t wait to see the pics πŸ™‚

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      1. I posted to my fb group Foodfanataholics along with the recipe and some quick shots of the pasta dishes I made this past weekend (hot Italian sausage/broccoli in an olive oil and garlic sauce over rigatoni and Italian sausage/clams in a tomato and basil sauce over fettuccine) .

        With as much eating out of the freezer as I’ve been doing for the last 6 mos or so, I’m doing a lot less cooking and posting these days. And the pics aren’t as well composed either. Did I mention the cream puffs filled with whipped cream and lemon curd? The Stilton (blue cheese) puffs also made at the time were a bit disappointing as they didn’t form the ring I had baked them in. Just sort of a pull-apart.

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  6. I find that eating leftovers for breakfast really helps. More curry, more edamame spaghetti and stir-fries, you realize that such savory dishes can make a complete breakfast!
    Wow, you are such a diverse and balanced girl! Ballet, yoga, volunteering, and a science major! That is so phenomenal! You deserve all of that food πŸ˜‰

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    1. That’s actually such a fantastic idea. Especially when veggies are involved! I feel like “traditional” breakfasts like toast and cereal are quite “carb-heavy” so it is nice to have a change, as you mentioned πŸ™‚

      THANKS! Well, even if I didn’t do a lot of stuff I would still eat a lot of stuff. Haha!

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  7. Hi baby good morning , I am so happy to see your new post. The nice pictures make me happy to start my day! We miss you too. We know you have lot of studies to do, and bring a heavy backpack to school. And you are doing it so well. Dad and I are so proud of you. We have a Chinese saying: Where there is a will there is a way. Keep it up!

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