My Favourite Tofu Hash, Zucchini Bread, and Overnight Carrot Cake Oats

Sweet.

Spicy.

Savoury.

Salty.

Basically, you guys need to make this ASAP.

Sweet Potato Tofu Hash

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • large COOKED sweet potato or butternut squash, diced
  • 8 oz firm tofu
  • 5 sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cooked sweet onion or scallions
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp fine black pepper

Directions:

  1. Turn your stove on med-high. Place your olive oil into a soup pan and wait until it starts to steam and sizzle.
  2. Add your mushrooms and onions. Saute for a few minutes, until mushrooms have shrunken in size.
  3. Add tofu to the pan. Use a spatula to break the tofu block into ‘hash’ while it’s sauteing in the pan.
  4. Add the salt, pepper, cumin and paprika.
  5. Saute tofu and veggies for about 3-5 minutes. You want all the seasonings and spices to penetrate the hashed tofu scramble.
  6. Midway through your tofu saute, add in half the maple syrup. Keep hashing and sauteing. The edges of the tofu should start to firm up.
  7. Add sweet potato to your hash on the stove. Also add your last half of the maple syrup. Do a gentle fold of the ingredients. Keep the heat at low-medium and allow the hash to cook for about 2 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

Came to the realization that if I lived in ancient Greece, I could be an acrobat model for one of their vases! Important realizations, you know?

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I also made these and froze a bunch. They are an incredible snack! In fact, I want one right now.

Low-fat Zucchini Squares

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups flour: I used a mixture of spelt flour and whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 containers of applesauce (about 1/2 to 2/3 cup)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (do not drain)
  • OPTIONAL: 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • OPTIONAL: 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Directions:
Mix wet ingredients. Add brown sugar, then dry ingredients. Add flour at the end. Do not overmix, and carefully fold in nuts or chocolate chips. Bake in an 8×8 pan for 30 mins at 350 degrees, or until done! Enjoy.

I had a carrot to make black bean burgers, but the burgers never happened. Instead, this DID happen, and it was heavenly.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 carrot, shredded finely
  • 2 scoops of Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup almond milk OR coconut milk, or more/less depending on how thick you like your oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp ground flax seeds
  • Optional-but-recommended topping: toasted walnuts, pecans, or granola for crunch
  • Optional-but-recommended topping: raisins for chewiness
  • Optional-but-recommended topping: unsweetened shredded coconut for flakiness
  • Optional-but-recommended topping: almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter for rich creaminess

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients and store in fridge overnight, or for around 4 hours.
  2. Enjoy cold, room temperature, or heated up with desired toppings.

Rain is icky. But hey, at least it’s not -30 degrees. And it’s a good excuse to wear my rain boots. 🙂 With sweatpants.

Seline’s room is so beautiful! She made all of these out of straws, spray paint, necklace chains, and fake plants.

I miss Montreal! My roommate was planning to go to Montreal, so I was digging around my blog to search for some of the best places to visit. It was fun to look back on all the fun memories and great food I had while living in Quebec two summers ago. Some memorable places I’ve been in Montreal were…

  1. Olive and Gourmando: MY #1 FAVE. Think fancy-ish Princess Cafe with a vintage European twist. I went 3 times.
  2. Maison Christian Faure: pastry school with lots of amazing and modern baked goodies
  3. Cafe Vasco da Gama – fig and duck sandwich
  4. Jean Talon Marché (Market) – great crepes, fresh produce
  5. Creperie Chez Suzette
  6. La Banquise
  7. Cafe Muru
  8. Presse Cafe is the Montreal version of Tims/Starbucks – they have the best carrot cake I’ve ever eaten

Halloween was a while back, but I wish I had made some of these! How cute are they?!

Bye for now! Two midterms in the next five days, and lots of labs to write. Have an awesome rest of the week!

Trip to America Recap + Goals for the Week

Hi! Happy Sunday night. Today was a great day – deets comin’ up – and it was an awesome end to the week.

As you know, my dad took my sister and I to Bellingham last week. My aunt and grammy also went. We had a great time, and I loved spending the whole day with my family. ♥

Here are the highlights!

Started off with overnight oats. I use Kath’s recipe with 1/3 cup dry rolled oats, 1/3 cup yogurt, and 1/2 cup milk. I mixed those up with half a tablespoon of chia seeds, a pinch of salt, a dash of cinnamon, and a mashed banana. Then, shake them all together in an almost-empty nut butter jar – and pop in the fridge overnight.

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The next morning – voila – overnight oats. No cooking, no heat, no work at all.

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This was super convenient because we were out the door at 5:30am to beat the border! 😀

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Of course, I topped it with fresh berries, granola, and a drizzle of that cinnamon-honey that I’m just crazy about!

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The bottom is the best part. :mrgreen: All that sunflower butter! SunButter is so good – the only CON about OOIAJ (overnight oats in a jar)? Not having any more nut butter.

I’m not going to bore you with details about how my sister had to try on every. single. shirt. in Hollister and Abercrombie + Fitch. At least we got to visit Trader Joe’s!

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I loved it there. It’s seriously heaven for a foodie. Everything is super cheap (umm, a dozen eggs for two bucks and a whole organic chicken for twelve!). I wanted to buy everything!

Returned home with two types of granola (shared with aunt Mimi and grandma), some peanut butter pretzels, healthy Ritz peanut butter crackers (two buttery crackers with a PB filling, yum), 6 cans of coconut milk, Harvest Grains Israeli couscous, and TJs sunflower butter! Yes, I managed to walk past the cookie butter WITHOUT putting it in the basket! :O How did that happen?

After TJs, we went to some boring places (boring = no food) and then to Olive Garden.

Wahoo! I started with hot lemon water. It’s like I’m 60 years old at heart or something! 😉

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Just like the last time we came to Olive Garden, we stuffed ourselves on soup and salad and breadsticks!

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I ditched the breadsticks, but had a hearty serving of chicken + gnocchi soup. My bowl had no gnocchi. 😥 Luckily, it had loads of spinach and I loved how creamy it was. I NEED this recipe!

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My entree was the Lasagna Primavera with Grilled Chicken.
Hand-folded lasagna filled with zucchini, squash and bell peppers. Topped with a tomato-basil sauce, grilled chicken and a creamy parmesan drizzle.

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Last time, I had the ravioli with portobello mushrooms and I had the hardest time deciding if I should order it again, but I’m SO glad I didn’t. The ravioli is incredible, but the lasagna – OMG.

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The grilled chicken was tender and moist, the lasagna soft and chewy, stuffed to the max with a creamy ricotta and veggie filling. Even though I didn’t get any bell peppers (totally detected the zucchini, though!), the inside of the lasagna roll was fantastic. The best part, though, was definitely the SAUCE. Tomato-y, basil-y, with a hint of garlic and parmesan cheese. I’m SO glad the dish was smothered with this sauce. It was incredible.

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Obviously I hated it. Just kidding – I wanted to lick this plate clean! Maybe I did… 😉

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Seline had fettuccine alfredo with shrimp and scallops. She had way too many breadsticks! 😛

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We decided to share a dessert. While I wanted the white chocolate and berry cake, no one would’ve helped me eat it – so we decided to compromise and share a slice of creamy chocolate mousse cake.

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The bottom was like a chocolate brownie,

The top was an airy but rich chocolate mousse,

And teeny-tiny chocolate-covered wafer balls were sprinkled on top.

All drizzled with a rich chocolate sauce.

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I think I ate 1/4 of this baby! It was a true chocolate-lover’s delight (hint: I’m a chocolate lover). :mrgreen:

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Thank you, Olive Garden, for this amazing lunch. I think my buttons burst after this! 😉

Anyways… no more photos of our trip to the US. Let’s chaaaaaange the topic – my goals for the week!

Now, usually I write my goals in my journal and check them off as we go, but I really have no other incentive – do you know what I mean? Anyways, there are a lot of things that I hope to do this week, and here they are:

1) Write one SAT practice test and finish both essays.

2) Start glueing (gluing?) stuff to my Leadership project. No more procrastinating!

3) Skate once or twice (I’m not skating so much now because of school and volunteering, plus Mom is so busy with shuttling my sis and I back and forth)

4) Bake something yummers – make either this blueberry coffee cake, these almond banana muffins, or these whole wheat raspberry drop scones. Mom also wants to make the lemon yogurt cake again – substituting the lemon zest for orange zest and adding dried cranberries. Can you say cranberry orange muffin? 😀

5) Think of a Science Fair idea!

6) Go for a run – come on, just one?

7) Eat salads every day. Bring leftover dinner dishes on top of mixed greens and bring dressing on the side.

8) Finish all French re-dos and hand them in.

9) Do math mindmap after each lesson.

10) Be nice to everyone, arrive at work early, and volunteer. 🙂

★ Eat until full and then STOP. Recently, I’ve been eating until stuffed – to the point where I’m about to burst or puke or something. I feel it, and I can SEE it too. It’s building up on my tummy and on my thighs, and I’ll be blunt to myself – it looks bad. I know I need to make some changes in order to see some changes (on the scale). I’ve also been feeling blah lately – no confidence, lethargic, too full, and just BLAH! Overall, I hate it… and this upcoming week is going to be my healthy week.
That is, no mindless snacking, no binges, no dessert when unneccessary, and lotsa fruit and veggies. Eating intuitively is hard!

I will let y’all know at the end of the week how I’ve done with all of these!

It’s 9:30 and I’ve got some homework to organize before school tomorrow. Bye for now!