Goodeats for 8/26/2008

Today’s eats:

Breakfast:

  • apples&cinnamon oatmeal
  • 1 nectarine

Lunch:

  • salad with romaine, shredded carrots, yellow peppers, green beans, and Newman’s Own Lowfat Sesame Ginger dressing
  • 1/2 sandwich on WW bread with heirloom tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and mint chutney
  • 1 nectarine

Snack:

  • another nectarine
  • 5 small tomatoes with a little bit of veggie cream cheese (each probably 2-3 times the size of a cherry tomato)
  • a few strawberries
  • a few nuts (almonds and walnuts – a small handful around 5:15 to ward off my growling stomach – I’m too excited for dinner!)

Dinner: (Bobby and I went out with Alonso, a Cornell friend who has an interview out here! We went to a place called Hometown Noodle up in Redwood City.)

  • Shrimp & cabbage salad with lots of shrimp, carrots, radishes, peanuts (!), caramelized onions, basil, and fish sauce – this salad is so awesome. I ate the entire thing.
  • 1 spring roll with some peanut dipping sauce (this is after I took one bite, then remembered to take a picture)

Dessert:

  • 1 whole nectarine (so I bit into the first one, but half of it was mushy – then I found another one that was half mushy and ate the good half of that one, too.)
  • a few grapes and blueberries

Goodeats for 8/25/2008

Last night after I posted I had a few more grapes, and 2 more smallish slices of banana bread – here is the recipe – it’s so good and so simple and it’s even healthy! (If you count things with fake sugar healthy. I feel like you could make it without any sugar at all and it would still be delicious just because bananas are so amazing.)

Today’s eats were…

Breakfast:

  • cinnamon&apple oatmeal
  • 1 farmers’ market nectarine (amazing!)

Lunch: (kind of a random concoction)

  • “tomato quiche” – 2/3 large heirloom tomato, 2 egg whites, some buttermilk, basil, salt&pepper, topped with cheddar cheese and poached on the stove – I put the bowl in a pot of boiling water for about 20 minutes (I would have baked it, but it was early and I didn’t want to heat up the oven)
  • 1/2 fresh farmers’ market roll with smart balance light
  • another farmers’ market nectarine

Unfortunately, the “quiche” wasn’t that good reheated – everything mushed together and I couldn’t even taste the cheddar. I will definitely fire up the oven next time – poaching just doesn’t cut it. On the plus side, the roll was fantastic!

Snack:

  • miniature (even more miniature than usual) apple – this thing was gone in about 3 bites; it was the size of a smallish apricot. I got a bag of these at TJ’s and unfortunately they are not good at all. They’re starchy and flavourless. I tried making my Brussels sprouts and apples side dish with them last week and they’re not much better cooked – perhaps I can use them in some baked good?
  • large bag of popcorn (the full size, not the 100 calorie packs)

Dinner:

Since I was eating alone tonight, I decided to give in to my cravings. I haven’t been indulging myself in huge salads recently, instead choosing to eat smaller quantities of more calorie-dense foods, like meat/cheese/bread. This dinner was refreshing and I feel quite full (but in a wonderful, veggie-ful way).

  • a humongous salad – 1 head of romaine, 1 nectarine, a big carrot, a yellow pepper, some grapes, and vidalia onions, topped with my homemade goddess dressing (yogurt, sesame oil, oregano, salt&pepper, lemon juice, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar)
  • a bunch of grapes

Dessert:

  • a few slices of my homemade banana bread – it’s almost gone now (I’m saving the last piece for Bobby after he gets home from band practice)

Banana Bread

At work, we get lots of free food. Sometimes they overdo it and order way too much of one thing. This week it was bananas – I walked out of work on Friday carrying with me 2 huge bunches of very ripe bananas. Here’s how I used up the first 8. I made two loaves, and I put the other bunch in the freezer.

Banana Bread

Ingredients
4 bananas, mashed
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup applesauce
scant 1 cup sugar (I actually used a type of Splenda for baking and it came out really well; you can cut this down a lot anyway because bananas are very naturally sweet)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of salt
1.5 cups flour (I used white whole wheat)
1-2 tablespoons finely chopped dark chocolate (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
2. Mix together the bananas, buttermilk, and applesauce.
3. Add the sugar and the egg. Mix well.
4. Mix together the baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and flour. Add this all together. You can add them one at a time but I find that things get mixed better if I mix the dry ingredients together first, then add them.
5. Add the chocolate, if using, and mix well. Pour into an sprayed/buttered 8×4 loaf pan (or whatever you want, really), and bake for an hour or slightly longer.

The rest of 8/24/2008

Before we went out for dinner I snacked on a few more grapes and had a bite of a roll that Bobby was having. For dinner we went to Pho Nam Restaurant (Vietnamese) on El Camino right past the Toyota dealership. I got…

  • Spring rolls (shrimp, pork, lettuce, and rice noodles wrapped in rice paper) – I had one of these, dipped in the peanut sauce
  • Shrimp vermicelli (rice noodles, lettuce, shrimp, carrots, peanuts, cilantro, and fish sauce) – I ate pretty much all of it; there weren’t too many noodles tonight
  • some pieces of beef from Bobby’s pho (unpictured)

I’m currently eating some delicious farmers’ market grapes for dessert:

After dinner we went to Borders where I picked up two cookbooks – one is just called Vietnamese Cooking ($2.99!), and I also got the Sonoma Diet book ($4.99) which looks like it has lots of good recipes and probably some interesting nutrition info. Hope you all have a good night!

Goodeats for 8/24/2008

Today’s eats so far –

  • lots of sampling of fruits/veggies/dips/etc… at the farmers’ market – all delicious
  • 1/2 cup of TJ’s greek yogurt with 2 nectarines, plus some mint chutney
  • very small sliver of banana bread
  • handful of grapes

On my to-do list for today –

  • wash
  • clean the apartment – mostly done (I love my Dyson)
  • possibly go hiking with Bobby and Griff and another person from Msoft
  • go to Borders/B&N/the library to get some new books
  • figure out dinner

At the farmers’ market I got the following for a total of $6:

  • 1 huge eggplant ($1)
  • a huge bag of green beans ($1)
  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce ($2)
  • a huge bag of carrots (probably 8-9) ($1)
  • 2 peppers (one green, one yellow) ($1)

Plus I got 7.5 pounds of nectarines and grapes for $1/pound. Bobby bought more chutney (cilantro this time), and we got some fresh bread and 2 heirloom tomatoes. I love going at the end of the market to get those incredible deals.