Goodeats for 9/4/2008 (Part 1)

I ended up having two of my delicious healthy scones last night (~100 calories apiece), so I wasn’t too hungry for breakfast!  Oats are so filling and delicious – and they were paired with nectarines and a mashed banana – here’s the recipe (it made 9 small/medium scones):

Ingredients
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1.75 cups oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 chopped nectarine
Directions
Preheat the oven to 425F.  Mix together the banana, milk, and vanilla.  In another bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients except for the nectarine.  Mix together the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients.  Now mix in the nectarine.  Spray a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and shape your scones.  Cook for about 25 minutes.  I turned mine around once, because I have a crappy oven.
Breakfast: (small)
  • apples&cinnamon oats
For lunch I packed leftovers (jap chae) and a TJ’s greek yogurt, and a nectarine.  I also have a Clif Zbar for later that I am so excited about!
Sorry for the lack of pictures – lunch and dinner will have plenty!

Goodeats for 9/3/2008

Last night I had another big apple.

Today for breakfast I had:
  • apples&cinnamon oats
  • 1 fresh nectarine
Lunch: (at Layang Layang) – I couldn’t take pictures, but I have pictures of some of these things from another night…
  • mango shrimp salad, dressing on the side – but I doused it with curry sauce instead
  • spring rolls (I had the inside of 3 halves)
  • a tiny bite of chicken sate
  • a bite of roti, a Malaysian pancake, dipped in curry sauce – this was really good! It might even have been wholegrain.
  • Diet pepsi (liquid satan) when I got back
Snack:
  • 1 large apple
  • ~35 various nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews mostly)

I think I had a few more nuts than I needed, but it worked out because I was very fueled for my after-work workout with Bobby. We did one of the OnDemand exercise videos – the Biggest Loser Cardio Max workout. Bobby was so sweaty by the end; I don’t think he believed me when I told him how hard it was on Sunday! I also did another 10-minute pilates video right afterwards. I missed my walk today at lunch (work lunch), so I wanted to do some sort of exercise tonight.

Dinner:
  • jap chae (again) – today is our month-iversary (2 years and 9 months), so I told Bobby to pick a meal, and he loves jap chae probably as much as I do!
  • the jap chae had shirataki noodles, mushrooms, TJ’s chickenless strips, 1 whole nectarine, 1.5 large carrots, a small head of broccoli, and a few green beans. I had mine over lettuce – still wasn’t very hungry! The nuts really filled me up.
  • a small bite of Gyoza (chicken, pork, and veggies dumpling)

Dessert:

  • 1 fresh nectarine
  • some baby carrots and hummus

Bobby tried to tempt me with his brownie!! But I had a tiny tiny bite and stuck with my nectarine. I have to admit, that brownie was amazing – it was homemade and fresh and it was a cherry brownie. So good. It’s gone now, thank goodness.

I decided to bake after dinner, and I had small nibbles of these two goodies…

  • banana bread! (yes, that is amazing dark chocolate sprinkled on top, and there’s some mixed in too)
  • healthy banana nectarine scones!

Goodeats for 9/2/2008

As expected, I had some munchies after my post last night.

Snacks:

  • medium apple with <1 teaspoon almond butter
  • baby carrots and hummus
  • 1/2 banana oat muffin

Today’s eats:

Breakfast:

  • apples&cinnamon oats
  • 1 fresh nectarine

Lunch:

  • leftover jap chae
  • iceberg mix + tomato + mint chutney salad
  • 1 apple (sorry, the pic is of a nectarine – I took it this morning when I packed my lunch)
I went for an hour-long walk at lunch – it’s always around 3 miles. Today is rather hot so I got a bit sweaty. I’m looking forward to fall. I usually love the colors and sights and smells, but I’m worried that it will be different here. Or rather, not different enough from summer.

Snack:

  • Dannon light and fit yogurt (last one, I’m not buying non-greek yogurts anymore and I just had to use up what I had already)
  • 1 Clif Z-bar (chocolate brownie) – these are so good!
  • an apple a little after 6pm
I had a choir audition tonight, so I had to eat a late dinner. Bobby had band practice so he was on his own as well. He ended up stopping at In-N-Out, which I would never go to – he said it was a great opportunity to get food that I would never ever go for.
Dinner:
  • stir-fry with TJ’s chicken-less strips, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, carrots, served over lettuce
  • lots of baby carrots and hummus (I had another bowl after this one)

Dessert:

  • 4 banana oat muffins (86 cals x 4 = 344 cals total) – I took the pic of 3, but decided to have another one… I want Bobby to come home soon and finish the last two so that I don’t inhale them – they are too good!

I think the audition went well; I guess I’ll find out soon enough. My stomach (or just my mouth?) is telling me that I want something more, but I think it’s lying. I’m gonna hold off for now but maybe have a piece of fruit or a bite of scone later. Good night!

More goodeats for 9/1/2008

We mostly just laid around this afternoon – I tried to get some work done, but my code wasn’t compiling on the machine that I had to use this weekend (stuff is running on the normal one, so I couldn’t use it… arg). I should probably keep trying tonight.

We took a walk around 6:15 and got back close to 7:30. I would estimate that it was 3 miles or so, mostly flat, on the trails by our house and then through downtown Mountain View. Onto the food…

Snack:

  • nectarine

Dinner:

  • jap chae – Korean noodle dish – I made this with TJ’s chicken-less strips (for protein), a nectarine, green peppers, carrots, broccoli, and shirataki noodles. You just saute the veggies in a little bit of sesame oil, then add sugar and soy sauce, then stir in the noodles. I had a bit more than is pictured here; this is a small plate.
  • a few baby carrots with hummus
  • 2 leftover shrimp from last night

Dessert:

  • another 1/4 of a currant scone (only 1/4 left!)
  • 1/2 banana oat muffin

I’m still a little hungry so I may have something else later… fruit? Not sure what I’m craving at the moment.

Mint Chutney (Weekend Herb Blogging)


I’m submitting this recipe to this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted by Ulrike of Kuchenlatein and created by the lovely Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Mint is a fabulous herb. Interesting mint fact: it’s known as a “companion plant” – one that repels bad insects and attracts good ones.

Mint chutney is the perfect accompaniment to fresh ciabatta bread, a tomato and cheddar sandwich, potatoes, naan, yogurt, fresh fruit salad, and pretty much anything you can think of! Ever since Bobby brought home a container of mint chutney from the farmers’ market, I’d been dying to try to make my own version of it. Here’s my attempt – it came out really well. The mix of mint, apple, and ginger is completely divine. I used raw honey as the sweetener and it really added a nice warm flavor.

My mini blender is a bit too small to fit everything in together all at the beginning, so I just continually added the ingredients as they would fit (you get more room as you blend the ingredients). You can use more or less water as needed – just know that you can always add, but never subtract. Try to pulse the blender and judge how much more liquid you need to make this a smooth/creamy (but not watery!) spread.

Mint Chutney

Ingredients
1 bunch of mint (about 3 cups)
1/3 medium onion
1 tiny apple (probably the equivalent to 1/2 medium apple)
2 tablespoons grated ginger
1/2 – 1 teaspoon of chili powder (to your taste)
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon honey
2-3 tablespoons water (I used a little more than 2)
juice from 1/2 lime
juice from 1/4 lemon
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Directions
Mix everything in a blender and puree until smooth. Add more or less water as needed to make this the consistency of your choice.

Enjoy! It’s best fresh 🙂