It’s Finals Week…

The last two weeks looked like this, and we aren’t finished yet, so behold a very short post 🙂

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Back home in BC, Seline has been loving the bacon, eggs, and toast breakfast combo. I can’t wait to replicate this when I get home, too!

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The school’s free fitness schedule is up, and I can’t wait to start attending classes once my exams are over.

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Cherries are in season! This made a lovely snack. Yogurt is on the bottom, and there are also coconut chips and granola in the mix.

 

Yesterday was the last day of Biomechanics and Sociology, so we took a group photo with our professor (missing some, though). 😦

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I had a really good almond croissant from the Tempered Room frozen for a few months since Toronto, and I finally heated it up in the microwave for a great breakfast.

 

So glad that my Biomechanics course is over. I took two in the last year, and needless to say, I am so done with rigid link modelling.

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Yesterday, I enjoyed a sandwich and soup at Princess Cafe. The sandwich consisted of salty proscuitto, salty pesto-mayo, roasted sweet corn, harvarti cheese, and spinach. Garlicky beet soup was consumed.

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My friends and I in the sun before an exam last week. We play frisbee to get our energy levels up!

 

I’m not sure if I mentioned this in a previous post, but I will be moving to Scarborough in September for my next co-op job at Centennial College, where I’ll be tutoring. My new home is a 17-minute walk from the skating rink!

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Sweet potato peanut stew with spinach and crushed peanuts on top.

 

My last English essay was also written! Celebrate!

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This year, I am an Atlantic hurricane!

I’m going to miss my messy, messy room in Waterloo that I lived in for two years.

Off to study now! Today I am looking at my physiology notes.

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!

The Cheapest Thing I’ve Ever Made

Good evening, friends! I’m not feeling the best right now. You know the post-dinner end-of-the-week slump where you just want to eat ten scoops of peanut butter and then lie down and sleep for 12 hours?

That’s me right now.

Pancakes one morning! Pics coming up.

Thick and Hearty Paleo Banana Pancakes

Serves 1: makes 2 pancakes

Ingredients
  • 1 small overripe banana, or half large
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 3 tbsp. almond flour
  • 1 tbsp. coconut flour
  • coconut oil for frying
  • desired toppings
Instructions
  1. Mash banana. Add egg, cinnamon, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. Whisk well.
  2. Add almond flour and coconut flour, whisking until combined.
  3. Heat coconut oil over medium-low heat and fry two pancakes. When golden brown, flip and cook the other side. If the pancakes get too brown, lower the heat.
  4. Serve immediately with toppings, and enjoy!

Brown sugar and soy sauce salmon with a rice vinegar marinade. Turned out quite tasty over leftover fried rice.

This breakfast was SO filling! Oats topped with two chopped kiwis, a square of banana bread, yogurt, and granola. Whew.

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PEANUT STEW! This was the cheapest thing EVER. Spinach, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, rice. Does it get any more inexpensive than that?! Also, it was freaking delicious. It was so good that I made two batches in a week, each batch serving three.

In other words, I ate this exact same peanut stew six times in seven days. The toasted peanuts on top are perfection.

Peanut Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach
SERVES: 3
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • scant 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/4″ cubes
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth (I used chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3 cups spinach, roughly chopped
  • Brown Rice to serve
  • Peanuts, lightly toasted
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a pot. Add onions and saute for 4 to 6 minutes, or until onions are fragrant. Stir in garlic and ginger, continuing to cook for two more minutes.
  2. Stir in pepper, salt, cayenne, and cumin. Start on the low end of the cayenne pepper and add more only if you want it spicier. Cook for 1 to 2 more minutes until spices are fragrant.
  3. Next add in sweet potatoes, carrots, veggie broth, and honey. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer over low heat. Stir in peanut butter and let stew cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Once the sweet potatoes are soft, stir in spinach and continue to cook until spinach has wilted. Serve with over brown rice if desired and top with toasted peanuts.

Mac and cheese was devoured. This vegan mac and cheese (which I topped with real dairy cheddar… I know) was made with kabocha squash! Ahhhh-mazing.

Last week I shared some cinnamon bun muffins with you guys! Here is the recipe, copied and pasted from a paleo recipe site. Hence the links to all the ingredients below.

Cinnamon Bun Muffins
Serves: 9 muffins
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To make the muffins, combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl
  2. In a large bowl blend together oil, agave, eggs, and vanilla
  3. Blend dry ingredients into wet and scoop a scant ¼ cup at a time into lined muffin cups
  4. To make cinnamon topping, combine agave, cinnamon, and oil in a small bowl
  5. Spoon topping onto muffins
  6. Bake muffins for 8-12 minutes at 350°.

Another day, another dessert…

Strawberry Banana Crumble

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • handful berries
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 110 mL quick oats (7.5 tbsp)
  • 3 tbsp almond meal
  • 1/4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice bananas into a bowl. Toss with berries.
  3. Place fruit in baking dish. Drizzle with 1 tsp maple syrup. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Make crumble layer by mixing remaining ingredients (including remaining 2 tsp maple syrup), except coconut oil and cinnamon.
  5. Melt coconut oil in the microwave, then add cinnamon and pour into bowl. Mix all ingredients together.
  6. Once fruit has cooked for 10 minutes, remove baking dish from oven. Spread crumble layer on top. Return to oven and bake for 20 minutes, until top is golden brown.

And mac and cheese, of course.

Vegan squash sauce is irresistible, but you can take it up a notch with extra veggies, caramelized onions, and yup, broiled cheddar on top.

So good.

Quesadilla with avocado, egg, salsa, and cheddar. Classic and so delicious.

This sweet potato and ricotta tart filled with chopped spinach turned out okay.

It looked beautiful, but I think something was missing in terms of flavour. I might add goat cheese, scallions, and mushrooms next time.

Sometimes, messy food can be the most delicious. I probably had egg yolk on every single finger after devouring this tasty sandwich!

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Pancakes were also enjoyed a second time. New recipe!

Oatmeal Ricotta Pancakes

Makes 3 pancakes

Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cinnamon, to taste
  • 2 tsp ground flax
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. ricotta cheese
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Cover, let batter rest overnight in the fridge to soften oats.
  2. Heat nonstick pan over medium-low heat and cook 3 pancakes. Flip when golden-brown and cook opposite side.
  3. Enjoy with Greek yogurt and other desired toppings. I like berries and maple syrup!

That’s it for today, everyone! Make sure you check out some of my brand-new PAGES: Acro Yoga, Aerial Silks, and Yoga Photo Journal. 🙂 I will update them regularly!

Have an awesome weekend.

PS: did you know that if you click furiously on the words under the TAG section, you can add as many tags as you want?! Now I have 239408 tags for this post…

PB Mug Cakes, Yoga, and a Disappointing Cafe Experience

Happy new week, everyone!

I’m starting to fall in love with yoga the more and more I do it! I’ve been going to hot yoga every day since final exams ended and doing a teeny bit of practice by myself in the kitchen. Do you like yoga? What are some of your favourite poses? To you, is yoga more emotional, spiritual, or physical?

One afternoon I took a nice walk around Victoria Park in Kitchener. It’s been a while since I’ve seen rippling lakes and green grass!

Tea latte at Café 22, one of my favourite places in Uptown Waterloo. This was their small London Fog latte, which I highly recommend. So good. And I actually want one right now.

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We recently moved our dining table next to the window, so I get to look out the window and at my laptop while I eat. 🙂 Also, Arsalan (roomie’s BF) came home from Japan recently! He was so kind to give me two beautiful handmade ceramic teacups. Aren’t they pretty? Do you like handmade utensils or kitchenware?

I’ve also been volunteering at the Research Institute of Aging, where Professor Heather Keller, my nutrition professor, leads a team of students to create healthy recipes for seniors. Turns out a MASSIVE percentage of seniors in long-term care homes are malnourished, whether it’s because they don’t like the food, they don’t have an appetite, or they aren’t enjoying the mealtime experience.

Bloggers, I could use your help! Let’s brainstorm some ideas for recipes that are…

  1. Not labour-intensive: it needs to be easy for cooks to prepare
  2. Can be made in bulk
  3. Can be refrigerated or frozen
  4. Not expensive: we have nearly $8 PER DAY, PER PERSON, so that rules out coconut flour, quinoa, etc.
  5. “Traditional”: sorry, no hipster things like green juice, kombucha, kale, etc.
  6. Nut-free, because of allergies
  7. High in nutrients! For example, sweet potatoes instead of regular white potatoes
  8. Easy to chew and swallow: this rules out things like sticky date balls, crunchy nut clusters, etc.

Tricky, right? What are some of your ideas?

PS: our first idea was avocado pudding, but turns out one serving is 3 avocados, which is $9 in total. :O That idea had to be trashed, unfortunately.

Salmon fishcakes! They were simple: 2 eggs, 1 can salmon, and a bunch of spices.

When I didn’t have any baked goods for dessert, I just melted some chocolate and ate it with strawberries for a makeshift fondue.

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Vegan butternut squash pasta with a nutritional yeast sauce and spinach. I actually quite liked this, despite my LOVE for real, creamy cheese.

I bought some [expensive!] strawberries and they didn’t taste that good. 😦

More pasta, this time with brown butter and sage! Idea from a special commenter 🙂

Baked oatmeal…

… enjoyed two days in a row.

Went to My Thai, a restaurant in Uptown Waterloo, with the roomies one day! Arsalan enjoyed vegan pad thai.

Madhulika and I enjoyed the amazing emerald curry with coconut sticky rice.

We shared banana spring rolls for dessert with vanilla ice cream! What a great end to the meal.

Leftover curry sauce turned into a delicious vegetable stir-fry the next day.

And then there was STILL leftover curry sauce, which became vegetable noodles! I was uncomfortably full after this. It doesn’t look like much, but I was stuffed!

Yeah, yeah… more pasta.

I don’t even have the effort to explain how good this was. Please make this.

Best-Ever Peanut Butter Mug Cake

  • 2 tbsp. spelt flour (or all-purpose)
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • sprinkle cinnamon (optional)
Whisk together and microwave for 60 to 80 seconds.

This was one of my favourite meals of the week: quinoa with sweet potato, carrots, zucchini, spinach, roasted red peppers, and avocado on top with cayenne pepper and lemon juice. It was surprisingly filling!

More baked oats. Attractive, I know.

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Thoughts on warm salads? I used the last of my goat cheese here. So yummy!

Coconut and pineapple Thai-style fried rice was devoured another day. Seared tofu makes it really satiating, while pineapple provides a punch of flavour.

Roasted and shredded salmon on top of baked broccoli and yukon gold potatoes. They were all tossed with couscous and served with avocado and goat cheese. YUM!

And a simple oatmeal topped with a makeshift “crumble”, which was almond and coconut flour with nut butter, maple syrup, and some coconut oil.

More of the same 🙂

Spicy coconut-peanut noodles with tofu and shredded carrots and zucchini, and seared tofu.

I usually make two servings of whatever I have, so that a) it’s easier to make b) I’ll have another meal the next day.

These are some recent Mom meals: banana muffins, shrimp and chicken pasta, and some Chinese dishes. She also went on a cookie-baking rampage the other day and whipped up a whole table’s worth of COOKIES! What are your favourite dishes cooked by Mom? You know, the ones that simply cannot be replicated?!

This morning I took the bus to Pure Kitchen and Juice Bar after volunteering at the Grand River Hospital. I do patient registration, which is fun until there are 20 people in line, with two “Pats”, a “Jon” and a “Ron” and a “Don”, and a “Kryzhchevish”. My job is to take everyone’s name, record some health information, and call them up when their appointments are ready.

Anyways!

Pure Kitchen is located in the heart of downtown Kitchener. I had REALLY been looking forward to it for a long time, and when I got there, I was even more excited!

For my lunch, I decided on the small grain bowl, which came with brown rice, oven-roasted chicken, roasted sweet potato, chickpeas, spinach, sprouts (literally THREE sprouts, not satisfied), raw seeds, roasted mushrooms, and a spiced cranberry vinaigrette. Am I the only person who doesn’t like cold chicken? How do you guys feel about it?

Disappointment #1: For around the same price, you can have all of the ingredients placed into a whole wheat wrap. I asked for that option, grilled, but they were out of wraps. Um, you are a sandwich + soup cafe. You serve wraps. It’s 12:00, noon – how can you be out of wraps?

Disappointment #2: I asked for the meal to be served in a bowl, but they told me that they only provide these wasteful cardboard-paper box things.

Disappointment #3: Three sprouts in here.

Disappointment #4: Why was this cold? In fact, it was almost freezing. If the menu states “roasted chicken” and “roasted mushrooms” as well as “roasted sweet potato”, customers would assume that they are hot, or at least warm, right?!

Disappointment #5: Four massive leaves of spinach. Massive.

On the bright side, the rice was really good.

These were on the table for samplers, and they weren’t terrible. The green juice was a little bitter, and the granola was sticky, too chewy, and topped with a brown pineapple sorbet thing that never melted. I wouldn’t buy any of these.

I also ordered the Feel Good smoothie, which was made with maca, cacao, banana, almond butter, and almond milk. Sounds amazing, right?

WRONG. The $8 smoothie tasted “burned”. I have no other way of describing it. I couldn’t detect a hint of banana, almond butter, creamy almond milk, or even chocolate. The only flavour I could describe was a BURNED flavour.

Disappointment #where are we… oh #6: The smoothie tasted like a scorched tree branch or piece of firewood that had been blended with a scoop of ice.

I asked for the smoothie to be re-made after having half of it, and the lady did re-make it for me, this time it was so icy and not fully blended.

Disappointment #7: Smoothie #2 was 90% unblended ice.

The best part of the meal was the almond croissant that I enjoyed for dessert. It was truly amazing and almost redeeming. Have you ever had a croissant for dessert? Slightly heated up?! Oh my goodness, it’s gold.

On a totally different note…

How do you guys feel about running? If you’re a runner, what motivates you (ie. what do you THINK about when running?) If you aren’t a runner, what are some of your favourite ways to squeeze in some cardio?

Also, do you have to race to be a runner?

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Alright, that’s it for today! It’s 9:17 PM and I feel like I just ate dinner. Which, I kind of did. I always feel a little guilty for eating dinner after 8:00 PM, but unfortunately, I have commitments, I have things to do, and sometimes, it just isn’t realistic to have a beautifully-made dinner fresh on the table at 6.

Today, it was a lasagna that went from freezer to microwave at 8:30 PM because I got stranded at Goodlife Fitness because it started pouring (and thunderstorm-ing). 😦

Do you feel guilty when you end up eating later? Is there a certain time that you don’t “allow” yourself to eat? Back at home in BC, my mom was ADAMANT that after 6:30, no food allowed. For 18 years of my life, as soon as the clock ticked 6:31, it was “too late to eat”. This mentality really stuck with me and caused eating problems in my life. Thoughts?

PS: I just found out that I can click on all the tags that I want to add to this – I just added about 999 tags to this post, haha! 😀

You Know You’re Lazy When…

You Know You’re Lazy When you are too lazy to take your camera off the shelf so you take pictures with your iPhone for a week. Seriously.

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Hey, at least I can make decent pancakes? These were made with almond flour, eggs, and applesauce. You can check out the awesome grain-free single-serving recipe here.

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Uptown Waterloo on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon.

And a new bag that I got for FREE with a $150 purchase at Bench! I needed a light-yet-warm spring jacket, so getting this sweet versatile travel bag was a double win. What should I use it for?

Also I have no idea why I wanted to show you this picture. Just a regular ‘ole lecture. Just a couple more to go until finals!

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Recently, Mom made some pretty awesome meals. I always feel like her meals are restaurant-quality and do miss living at home so I didn’t have to worry about washing dishes cooking delicious and nutritious food for myself. Her roasted sweet potatoes looked so tasty and inspired me to make my own, which you’ll see in just a bit.

And can we all take a moment to admire that tablecloth? Thank you, Value Village 😉

Mom’s sweet potatoes looked so tasty that I made my own one day! This plate was a layered plate of goodness. The base was made of quinoa cooked in chicken broth, and that was topped with roasted cayenne + cinnamon sweet potatoes, curried cauliflower with peas and spinach, then pan-fried shrimp. Tasty!

Baked banana oatmeal made an appearance! I tried a new recipe this time, using leftover coconut milk and topping 1/2 the batch with frozen and microwaved blueberries, maple syrup, and a thick and delicious mixture of SunButter and Icelandic-style yogurt. Cashews on top for extra texture!

If you’re a baked oatmeal lover like me, this recipe will be right up your alley. Try it out!

Banana Coconut Baked Oats

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar (can scale back to 1 tsp)
  • 1/8 heaping tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 heaping tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 heaping tsp salt
  • 1 heaping tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 133 mL coconut milk
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat the inside of a 2-3 quart casserole dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, egg, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, baking powder, salt, and shredded coconut until evenly combined. Add the coconut milk and whisk until smooth again. Add the rolled oats and stir with a spoon until combined.
  3. Pour the oat mixture into the prepared casserole dish and bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Serve warm or refrigerate until ready to eat. Pairs well with cold milk poured over top.

Yesterday, I spent 20 minutes walking in -10C weather to go to Goodlife Fitness for a morning hot yoga session. Unfortunately, since it was Good Friday and I assume everyone wanted a nice morning relaxation session, all the passes were gone by the time I arrived. The studio had reached its capacity of 50 people – 15 minutes before the session started! Needless to say, I was disappointed but walked back home and did some… kitchen yoga.

My ears were still defrosting in this picture because 40 minutes of walking in the wind is pretty painful. 😦

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Seline (my lazy + crazy 16 year-old McNugget-addict sister, if you’re a new reader) and I have been FaceTiming like CRAZY! We probably talk to each other for 5+ hours a day now that she is on her spring break. It seems like we just have so much to talk about recently! Most of the time that we are talking involves her teasing me, me scoffing at her, all while I do the dishes and she lies in bed. And we’ve been reliving memories of Paris so much recently. More on that in a bit…

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Once, I made enchiladas! I used white corn tortillas and a green tomatillo sauce. These were filled with black beans, butternut squash, corn, mushrooms, and yellow pepper. With loads of cheddar cheese! This was so, so yummy and I will be repeating! I also ate way more than what you see on the plate, despite how filling each enchilada was. 🙂 The entire casserole dish was devoured in 3 meals.

Last night, I did a biology quiz. I made so many mind maps, labelled diagrams, and detailed explanations of cellular processes before the online quiz and was really disappointed to answer 4 questions incorrectly. We had 15 minutes for 20 questions, and I ended up with less than 75%. 😦 Oh well, there are a couple more quizzes to come!

Day 2 of that amazing baked banana oatmeal, this time topped with some simple almond butter and served with maple cream tea.

Another day, I came home to make roasted mini potatoes, spicy salmon, and garlic green beans. This was so delicious and pretty classic!

Chocolate oatmeal has my heart forever and ever. The topping was a chocolate-almond coconut muffin that I made, which turned out well but a little too crumbly (hence the oatmeal-topping).

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One day after yoga, I was feeling so yoga-ish that I laid my mat out in the living room for more yoga! I am so proud of the forward fold picture. Just 6-ish months ago, my fingertips wouldn’t even touch the ground. Changes in your body aren’t visible on a day-to-day basis (I wish!), but the long-term changes are so evident. I am working on my eight-angle pose (bottom right) which is quite tricky and involves lots of arm strength that I don’t have. 😛 Regardless, yoga is about the journey, not the destination.

Okay. Guys. This is going to sound like the stupidest stupid thing ever, but Seline and I are obsessed with a new thing. And I have to tell you all about it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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It’s called Miraculous, and it’s a French-Japanese-American animated TV show that unites action with romance, friendship, suspense, magic, COMEDY, and unique superheroes. The story takes place in beautiful, modern Paris.

The clumsy yet kindhearted 15 year-old Marinette has a crush on a cute boy in her class, Adrien, who is a shy and reserved supermodel for his father’s fashion line (hey, it’s Paris!). When the evil villain Hawkmoth, “Le Papillon” in French, controls the minds of innocent Parisians to do wicked things, Marinette becomes her alter-ego, the agile and confident super heroine Ladybug, who has the power of luck. Her superhero partner is the cunning and charismatic (and overwhelmingly flirty) Chat Noir, who happens to be her crush Adrien. The crazy part? Chat Noir (AKA Adrien) has a crush on Ladybug (Marinette) – but they don’t know each other’s true identities! And it’s so much more intense than that. Adrien’s mom disappeared years ago. His father won’t let Adrien see his friends. And there are three other magical stones that have yet to be claimed… It’s just beautifully created, so cute, freaking hilarious, and super sweet.

Plus the puns. Puns 24/7. Every 1 in 5 sentences has a pun in it. And THAT LOVE SQUARE. It’s all about that love square. And at one point, one other girl got involved – love pentagon. Whoa.

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And did I mention that the entire show is in French (I’m trying to watch it without English subs to improve my French!) and the animation is some of the most amazing animation I’ve ever seen in my life?

  • Me ever since a friend told me about this show: (♥‿♥)
  • Me right now: (♥‿♥)
  • Me at 2:00 AM tonight while FaceTiming Seline AKA HawkDaddy: (♥‿♥)

Okay, I’m done. Back to the food.

Potatoes (and salmon) were repeated here in a big stir-fry. Wow, I really can’t get worse than using iPhone photos and not editing or rotating them.

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Madhulika, the world’s best roommate who makes a killer pumpkin pie, and I are so obsessed with lattes. I found a milk frother (no, autocorrect, NOT brother) from Teavana that was 40% off, and was so curious that I had to buy it! Honestly, our lives have been revolutionized by that little thing. I now have a delicious London Fog latte every morning made with a tea bag, 1 cup boiling water + 1/2 cup milk, a pinch of cinnamon, and a splash of vanilla extract. Life-changing stuff.

Coconut almond noodles with spinach, carrot, peppers, and shrimp. Delicious! See HERE for the recipe and don’t miss out the lime or coconut milk! I also like adding some fish sauce and sesame oil for even more punch.

There was a Celebration of Success banquet at my school for people in the faculty of Applied Health Sciences. I received my certificate for the Schulich Leaders Scholarship and something called the University of Waterloo President’s Award of Distinction.

My friends, Catherine (left), and Loretta (middle) also received certificates. Then we had free food before I had to dash off to a Physics tutorial. After a big slice of cheesecake, 100 pieces of cheese, a bunch of crackers, and… yeah.

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Oh guys, you are gonna love this! Because it’s chocolate and anything chocolate is… chocolate. I don’t even know what my point was, there, with that last sentence. Just make it.

Single-Serving Chocolate Vegan Lava Cake

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 tbsp spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch salt
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tbsp yogurt (can sub applesauce or mashed banana, but flavour + microwave time will change)
  • 1.4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tbsp almond milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Grease a mug or ramekin with coconut oil.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Whisk well.
  3. Pour milk in, and add yogurt. Whisk until just combined.
  4. Combine chocolate chips and 1/2 tbsp almond milk in a small bowl and microwave 45 seconds until melted. Stir.
  5. Pour half the batter into mug. Make an indent and pour melted chocolate inside. Top with remaining batter.
  6. Microwave for 1.5 minutes to 2 minutes. Mine took 1 minute and 45 seconds. You could also bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  7. Devour.

My school has standing desks in the library! This was a new discovery for me and I love it because I’m on my butt for most of the day (unfortunately). Standing up while doing notes and typing things up = a nice change!

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I haven’t had pancakes made with “real” flour for a while, mostly because I have almond flour and have blossomed a huge obsession with coconut flour. These were classic floury banana pancakes made with spelt flour and topped with caramelized (AKA mushy) bananas, chocolate chips, and big smears of nut butter.

You also know you’re lazy when you don’t even want to hit two buttons to rotate the picture because you’ve already inserted them into the post.

WHOA. Seline sent me these pictures of her room and I was stunned! Her room used to be OUR room, which had been painted sky blue and had drawings plastered all over the wall. Our room used to be functional (hooks, hangers, mirrors, and shelves everywhere) but is now fabulous and fashionable. I love the Parisian touch that Seline added to it – with images we bought from touristy stands in Montmartre last summer. WHOA, flashback to the mating flies we saw there. :O Also, those Christmas lights add such a nice touch. I’m so jealous!

Last weekend I had lunch at a nice cafe called Cafe 22, which is in Uptown Waterloo. I’ve been there before (early in the school year), when I enjoyed a wrap. This time, I had their popular focaccia sandwich which was stuffed with pesto, arugula, brie cheese, roasted garlic mayonnaise, and pan-fried chicken breast. This tasted so fresh and filled me up all afternoon. A London Fog latte was also enjoyed. 🙂

My mom wants you guys to know that she made rice, broccoli, and the rest was from Costco. GO MOM! Go Costco!

C’est ça pour cette post! Hope your long weekend was long and restful. 🙂

Tell me – what’s the laziest thing YOU’VE ever done?

When I’m Not Studying…

When I’m not studying, I clean my room and make it look neat before I take pictures for you. I promise it’s not normally this clean! 🙂 Especially during finals.

When I’m not studying, I am lucky enough to receive emails from communications managers who ask if they can use my photo on tourism sites! This was so cool. Remember when I posted about Railtown Cafe in this post? One nice lady liked my peanut butter crunch bar photo so much that it was featured on this page for Vancouver’s top desserts. I was so thrilled and kind of freaked out when I saw my name and picture on BC Living’s website. 😀

Check out the link here: http://www.bcliving.ca/food-drink/where-vancouver-chefs-go-for-dessert

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When I’m not studying, I go to the bakery (planning to study – what a joke!), realize it’s going to close in 10 minutes, but order a hot chocolate and a white chocolate brioche anyways… and scarf it all down in minutes.

When I’m not studying, my friend and I (Maddy from Niagara Falls!) did something cool – we went to an exotic animals exhibition in Kitchener. The massive yellow python was my favourite! And that’s a baby kangaroo on the cushion.

Have you ever held a spider before? This tarantula was hairy and tickled my palm. It isn’t as bad as it looks – this guy was so friendly. I was just worried that he’d crawl under my sleeve!

When I’m not studying, I try to study and get distracted because my paper dyes my sweaty fingers. 😦

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Once, I went for sushi with the Mission Nutrition team. 168 Sushi is all-you-can eat. My favourite part was the BBQ oishisushi, the sesame red bean ball, and the red bean ice cream. It was decent, but sushi in Ontario certainly doesn’t even come CLOSE to Vancouver’s sushi scene.

I spend lots of time talking to Seline (my sister) on FaceTime and discussing her schoolwork. Check out her poetry and class schedule for next year!

Speaking of Seline, check out her new blog, Purely Poetic! She plans to share creative and cute poems every week. Go Seline!

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https://purelypoeticblog.wordpress.com

PS: If you want to see more of my weird but wonderful ‘lil sis, you can check out my Paris page (click HERE) for 3 weeks of adventures that we had in the City of Fights Lights. 😉

I also make to-do lists and analyze nutritional stats for recipes just out of curiosity.

When I’m not studying, I label a whole bunch of stuff! You should see my ruler, calculator, computer mouse, cellphone, laptop… they’re all labelled now. I also found out that Princess Cafe shared something that I did! I’m so lucky.

When I’m not studying (and sometimes when I AM – distraction alert!), I receive countless food photos from Mom. She always makes such elaborate meals! If you could order something from this menu, what would you choose?

There’s just too much! I like the variety she brings to dinner. Great job Mommy! 🙂

Apparently Snapchat has a bunch of new features (and some very bizarre face-swapping ones) but I don’t have Snapchat. I get tons of screenshots from Seline, though.

And… I go to Princess. Again. This sandwich was absolutely DIVINE – with cheddar, black bean salsa, spinach, tomato, grilled eggplant, and avocado.

Chocolate praline tart for dessert – just 1/4 for here and the rest packed up to go. 🙂 Although I was tempted to faceplant into the to-go container.

When I’m not studying, I go to Chapters, gawk at all the beautiful notebooks – and try to resist myself from buying them because I have a plethora of notebooks already – and fail because I buy one anyways! This one is my favourite colour, and I love the gold writing and the message. I started a new journal yesterday. 🙂

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Happy Leap Year Day everyone!

Tell me:

  • When you aren’t studying or working, what do you like to do?
  • Do you have a label maker? Do you like it?
  • Do you know anyone born on February 29th? How do they celebrate their birthday? On the 28th or March 1st? :O I’m curious!
  • Am I the only person with a stationery addition?!

 

Stay tuned, because…

PS: I have some AMAZING, SUPER COOL news that I absolutely cannot wait to share with you in the next post. I am so excited about it and I think you will be as well! It’s definitely something very different. See you soon!

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Any guesses? 😉