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A Quickie Breakfast

I used to eat breakfast at home in the morning before work, but now that I get up at the crack of dawn I would rather get an extra 20 minutes of sleep, so I eat my breakfast at work. I’m lucky enough that we have a pretty decent lunchroom at my work, equipped with a toaster, microwave and fridge, but toast can get a little boring which is why I like to change it up once in a while.

This morning I had the ultimate quickie breakfast.

Chocolate Almond milk and 1 packet of instant quaker oats. Instant oatmeal is great but I don’t really like the artificially flavoured ones and it tastes quite bland all on its own, so what I like to do is pour some chocolate almond milk over the oats and pop them in the microwave for 45 seconds.

It’s not too sweet  and overwhelming with chocolate which I love and the warmth of the oats in my belly are so comforting and filling. This is a great start to any day and so easy and quick to make!

Now you have no excuse not to eat breakfast in the morning! another great thing about this is, you don’t have to worry about it getting all mushy and cold because the longer it sits the better it tastes, I often end up eating it between calls.

Spicy Shrimp and Asparagus over Rice

had this Spicy Red Thai Curry Paste in my pantry for a while now and I thought it was about time that I used it. I was in the mood for something with a bit of heat.

Ingredients: 1 bunch of asparagus (chopped), 1 green pepper (sliced), 1/2 large onion (sliced), 1 tsp chopped ginger, 3 cloves of garlic (chopped), 1/2 cup vegetable stock, 1/4 cup red curry paste, 2 cups of shrimp, splash of soya sauce.

PRINTABLE RECIPE BELOW:

http://www.box.com/embed/4gxe0ak8e3oak4k.swf

 

Lunch at ‘The Naam’ – Vegetarian 24hr Restaurant

Our friend offered to take us out for lunch today and introduced us to an amazing vegetarian restaurant called, ‘The Naam.’ This restaurant  has been in business since the 60’s, serving up delicious vegetarian food 24hrs a day. They are located in the very trendy Kitsilano area of Vancouver on 2724 West 4th Ave.

Their prices range from between $9 – $15 and they serve anything from enchiladas and chili bowls, to Thai curries and veggie steak platters. The options are endless, there seems to be something for everyone on the menu, and if you’ve got a sweet-tooth they’ve got you covered as well.

I ordered the Tofu dog platter served on a chapati with melted cheese, sesame fries with miso gravy, and fresh salad.

My hubby ordered the Thai Dragon Bowl which was a coconut curry with steamed vegetables, sprouts, carrots, fried tofu, and beets served over rice.

Our buddy ordered the Naam Steak Platter which was a nut patty served with Sesame Fries and steamed veggies. Can you believe this steak is vegetarian? I’m ordering this the next time I go to The Naam it was seriously SERIOUSLY good!

So, the next time you’re in the neighborhood stop by The Naam for a Vegetarian experience, you won’t be disappointed!

I spoiled myself today…..

I was fortunate enough to have the day off today, so I decided to start it off right, and since I don’t normally have time to cook breakfast I wanted to make pancakes. Not just any pancakes though, Toneitup Protein Pancakes! Have you been to www.toneitup.com? You need to go there if you haven’t already, they have tons of awesome healthy recipes and tips about staying fit and healthy.

Click here if you want to watch their video on how to make this deliciousness!

My pancakes were a little chocolatey because our protein powder is chocolate flavoured.

As you can see, patience is not one of my strengths. I flipped one of the pancakes too early and it broke up with me. One tip, these pancakes can really piss you off if you don’t have a good pan, so please spray some oil on your best pancake pan, and have a little more patience then I did. At least I learn from my mistakes, the second flipped just beautifully!

To make the pancakes extra special, I topped them with the rest of the banana and drizzled on some Agave Syrup as well. I prefer Agave syrup to maple syrup because it has a really low glycemic index. You see? Treating yourself doesn’t mean you have to sabotage your blood sugar first thing in the morning.

I gave the pretty one to my husband, because I love him and I couldn’t bare serving him the broken and deformed one.

I recommend enjoying these pancakes with a cup of Goji Berry Green Tea and Christmas themed pajama pants. Yes, I change my pajamas according to the holiday.

So after breakfast I continued to treat myself with a little shopping trip, and stumbled upon this beautiful cast iron skillet/pan/grill thing by Old Mountain. I am so excited to use this you have no idea!

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Shouldn’t she be shopping for presents to give to family and friends? Normally this time of year I would be, but this year my family decided it was best if we didn’t buy each other presents since we are all financially strained this year (except for my nephews of course, that would just be too cruel). I have to say I have enjoyed this season so much more knowing that I don’t have to stress over what to buy everyone and how much money I am spending. The truth is, I’m willing to spend way more money on other people than myself, so I figured for once I am not going to feel guilty about buying myself something that makes me happy. This was probably one of the best presents my family would’ve given me for christmas in a sense, we gave each other the chance to think about ourselves for once. So I wanted to take this opportunity to thank my family for letting me keep my sanity during this holiday season and allowing me to gift myself. I hope that they enjoy this Christmas as much as I have so far!

Something unexpected on the Unsweetie….

I know this is not something you would expect to see on the UNsweetie, but I slaved away for 6 hours straight making these treats for a work event and I wanted to share the product of my hard work. Besides, I couldn’t resist torchering all of you for a little bit with this sugar high. Maybe, you can think of this posting as a ‘What not to eat’ on the Unsweetie….I will admit, I had to eat a few to make sure they tasted good so I took one for the team.

Here it is …..this is what 60 cupcakes look like.

These ones were my favourite, Coconut cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut flakes on top.

Decadent Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting, topped with mini Reese’s Pieces.

The most elegant of all, Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, topped with fresh strawberries.

 

Acorn Squash Salad

This is my first time using acorn squash. I saw it at the farmer’s market the other day and it looked so pretty I decided I had to try it. The taste is pretty similar to butternut squash but I find that acorn squash is not as sweet in flavour. The best part is you can eat the skin, flesh, and seeds so there is no waste.

So for my first Acorn Squash experiment I give you…Acorn Squash Salad.

First, slice up your squash and seperate the seeds. Set the seeds aside.

Toss the slices in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and blackpepper, and arrange them on a baking sheet. Add 5-6 cloves of garlic(with their skins still on) to the squash as well and bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Sprinkle the seeds with some salt and put them in the oven with the squash. Bake until they are golden brown.

Seperate about a handful of seeds from a pomegranate and set aside.

Aren’t they pretty? And they’re full of antioxidants.

Once your squash is done cooking, take the garlic cloves and remove their skins. Now you can make your dressing: 5-6 cloves of roasted garlic, juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp of dried thyme, 1 tsp of dried rosemary, 1/4 cup of canola oil, 1/4 cup of olive oil. Blend in a food processor until smooth and creamy.

Assemble your ingredients over a bed of lettuce, cucumber, and red onion. Drizzle on the dressing and your ready to eat!

While you’re eating your squash, you can feel good knowing that you are getting a ton of fiber, magnesium and a substantial amount of potassium!

Sushi night!!!!

I’ve gone way over budget with my groceries this week…but you know, I would rather spend money on good wholesome food than on anything else. It’s funny how we are more willing to spend more money on materialistic things than what we put inside our bodies, so think about that next time when you’re debating wether to buy the organic bananas versus the non-organic ones etc.

So following my over-budget grocery trip I decided to use these wonderfully wholesome ingredients to make some vegetarian sushi!

The nice thing about sushi is you can put pretty much anything you want in it as long as it’s wrapped in seaweed and dipped in soya sauce, so feel free to play around with different ingredients as you make this delicious meal.

Here are a few things I put in mine….

Cucumber, red bell pepper, avocado, sprouts, basil and fresh coriander

Slice up your veggies lengthwise so that they are easily rolled up in the seaweed(nori) wraps.

We spread the avocado on one half of the wrap to help hold veggies in place.

Then we piled on the rest of the veggies!

Here is another variation of toppings. My husband is obsessed with smoked oysters, so he mixed some with hot sauce and added them as well.

We are absolutely crazy about this hot sauce, we put it on everything! Sriracha HOT Chili Sauce.

The finished product

The sushi was so delicious that my hubby offered to do the dishes!

So give it a try, sushi isn’t as hard to make as it looks. Comment below and let me know what kind of combinations you come up with!