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!

Strazzled! ☹

So strazzled – that’s stressed + frazzled – right now!

I just came back from the dentist, so a quarter of my face is numb. It’s 6:40 and I won’t be “unfrozen” (anaesthetic wears off) for another three hours. My mom had a great meal planned – tomato scrambled eggs with edamame, cabbage with krill, and corn and scallion saute – but I won’t be eating it tonight. Or tomorrow night! I’m volunteering for the school talent show, and apparently I have to be there from 3:00 to 10:00, or whenever it’s over! The show ends at 9:30. How do my classmates LIVE without eating home-cooked Mom Meals? I can’t even think about it.

I also have emails to respond to, homework to finish, tests to study for, and summer things to organize…

GAH.

So I opened up my blog, and here I am… typing this up. This is gonna be a quickie post because I will be getting math help at 7:00!

Anyways, here are some of the meals I’ve had lately, in no particular order. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

 

Raisin bread French toast (egg + cinnamon + milk) with almond buttah on top. No maple syrup at home – the horror. This was eaten dry!

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Banana oatmeal topped with granola.

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Mom Dinner – fried rice, chicken + onion saute, wintermelon, and mushrooms + scallions.

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Fried rice (this was with shrimp and scallops) is SO good!

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More oatmeal: this time with banana on top, and maple syrup. This was a fantastic bowl!

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Lunchtime! Quinoa salad with feta cheese, mixed greens, sundried tomatoes, and leftover butternut squash. Also had an orange and some peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe’s. I always eat my peanut butter pretzels for a snack in English class.
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Curry for dinner. This was a rushed dinner because I had to go to a hospital orientation – eaten at 4:30, natch! I love curry, and of course I had seconds.

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More French toast…?!

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Curry leftovers – this was gross. We put leftovers in the steamer (one from Taiwan), with some quinoa on the side. This looked and tasted like hospital food. Bleh! I think I’ll be scared of coconut curry for a while…

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That’s it for now. I’m still not in a good mood. Did you know that the teachers will be going on strike AGAIN next week? We had Wednesday (yesterday) off, but I was volunteering all day at a local art school. I can’t believe that school will be closed again next Thursday. This is ridiculous! Apparently the bargaining isn’t getting anywhere either. It sucks that students + parents are caught in the middle, or “held hostage by the government” according to this morning’s news anchor.

Two bad days, coming up… 😦

Late Lately

Hi everyone.

As you know from this post, all of my photos have been deleted. I’m trying to bounce back and leave the other posts the way they are (no pictures). But from now on, you’ll see lots and lots of pictures, I promise.

And I’m sure you’ve been wondering what I’ve eaten lately! Here we go!

Pancakes for breakfast. Made early, early in the morning with berries and banana. I’ll make a new “healthy pancake substitution” post, because the last one got zapped of all the photos. 😥 Simply ze best.

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Topped with the usual – the best honey Greek yogurt, cha-cha-cha-chia seeds, and unsweetened shredded coconut.

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Shh-meared generously with nut butter – here we have sunflower (I just typed snowflower, I have no idea why!) and peanut.

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Little bit of maple syrup for dippage. So good!

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I had to go to a first-aid recertification on this day, so I packed my lunch up to go. Leftover pancakes from breakfast, with almond butter smeared inside. Almond butter pancake sandwiches are to die for! Also had an orange and some peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe’s. They’re all natural, and I love how crunchy + flavourful they are. You can also see my water, phone, and tissues in here!

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Snacktime – fruity yogurt bowl with berries and honey-roasted pecans. I clearly can’t stop sprinkling chia on anything with berries or yogurt.

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Mon souper: beef and broccoli vegetable stir-fry. Yum! Sprinkled with tons of toasted sesame.

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Notice how my mom always goes above and beyond! Beef + broccoli? Nah – she’s all for carrots, mushrooms, onions, and zucchini.

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Served on the best fluffy white rice. Here’s Mom photographing my bowl!

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I had seconds, of course. :mrgreen:

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And maybe thirds…

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Another day, another dinner. Chicken broth with Chinese noodles, a fried egg (it’s hiding under the noodles!), spinach, and sauteed scallions. There might be some bok choy in here, too. Unfortunately Chinese noodle soup just isn’t my favourite. This was not a very good dinner.

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Remember that cranberry orange bread/cake I told you about? Voila!

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I actually thought it was a little too sweet and orange-y. I also added a bit too many dried cranberries. It was tasty, but I was disappointed nonetheless. I think it’s because my expectations were set too high after the muffins from Matchsticks blew my socks off.

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Yummy banana baked oats for breakfast another day! Comment below if you’re interested in a recipe. It’s one that I made up myself, and I’ve never looked back. So creamy, decadent, and a 100% healthy real-food breakfast.

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I love baked oats to death. After half was in my tummy, I added a big scoop of honey Greek yogurt and some almond cookie crumbles. Yeah, I went there. Cookie crumbles on oatmeal.

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Oh, and let’s not forget that cute little blob of peanut butter.

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Salad for lunch!

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The usual fixings – goat cheese, berries, nuts. Homemade balsamic dressing to toss the mess in.

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All stacked up!

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Snack – more yogurt with berries and chia. I told you, I HAVE to sprinkle chia on everything sweet!

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Dinner here is organic portobello mushroom ravioli (from Costco) and steamed broccoli. Sprinkled with a little parmesan, just to make the photos extra pretty. This dinner was plain and simple, but totally satisfying. The black pepper adds a ton with zero effort. Easy + quickie.

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The filling in this ravioli is killer. Creamy, flavourful, chewy from the mushrooms. 5 stars from me.

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Oh, how I’ve missed steamed broccoli! It almost becomes sweet? I just tossed a couple big trees into the ravioli pot in the last few minutes of cooking, and they came out perfectly tender and soft. I actually like mushy broccoli – shhhh, don’t tell anyone!

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That’s it for now. I’m actually getting excited to post again. 🙂

Guess what? FARMER’S MARKET TOMORROW! I am so excited. Normal teens are probably sleeping after a night of concerts/movies/partying – but I’m up extra early to make oatmeal and scour the market for fresh, local produce.

Stay tuned for my next post. It’s gonna be a good one. Bye for now!

Food Court Lunch

You know when you’ve been walking around at the mall, and your tummy grumbles? Uh oh. It gets worse. Everyone agrees that it’s time for lunch, and before you know it – you’re headed for the food court. AKA Grease City.

What can ‘ya do? You COULD get a breakfast sammie, donut, and cappuccino. Delicious, but maybe not so waistline-friendly.

You could order a salad. It might be the lowest-calorie choice, but I just don’t find salads too appealing.

Enter U-Grill. U-Grill, at my local mall, is THE most popular food court “restaurant”.

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You get to choose whichever vegetables + proteins you want, and have it stir-fried in front of your eyes and plopped on top of fresh, fluffy rice. You can also choose a sauce – selections range from black bean to chili garlic to Korean barbeque.

I ALWAYS choose teriyaki sauce. My sis prefers teriyaki sauce with a scoop of garlic sauce. Both are great!

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Here, I chose mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, baby corn, red and green peppers, and onions. My proteins include teriyaki chicken, beef, shrimp, tofu, and peanuts. Along with some chow mein noodles. I also add some pineapple! I swear that pineapple, peanuts and shrimp MAKE this stir-fry. You can’t replicate those fabulous Thai flavours any way else.

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Fantastic! Everything gets all charred, smoky, and every bite is saucy and yummy. The teriyaki sauce seeps into the rice, and it’s just amazing. Sprinkled with pepper and sesame!

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You know me – I can’t go without dessert!

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Qoola, which is now selling organic yogurt – eeeee!, is our go-to froyo place. It has everything from plain ‘ole chocolate/vanilla to peanut butter to cake batter. My faves include cookies and cream (amazing, but I wish it had some real cookie bits) and cheesecake.

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The best toppings are little cheesecake cubes (my absolute favourite topping), BUTTERFINGERS (holy yum), walnuts, sliced almonds, granola (yay!), yogurt pretzels, and brownie. Devoured.

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What am I doing? Isn’t this a healthy living blog?

Yeah… but meals like this keep me mentally healthy. 🙂
If y’all are looking for a light lunch, check out this post. I’ve also got my own rendition of a veggie + protein stir-fry. Check ’em out!

Peace out and stay tuned for an awesome weekend update soon!

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!