Oat bran in a jar

I finally got around to trying this new idea that I’ve been seeing recently. I think Heather started it, and I also saw it on Kath’s blog and Brandi’s blog (which was also on HealthyYum). It’s oat bran in an almost-empty nut butter jar.

01 pb jar oat bran

When I got near the end of my Trader Joe’s peanut butter (all natural, salted), I used it as my “bowl” for oat bran. I believe this was a batch of PBU oat bran (oat bran cooked with pbu – peanut butter and chocolate milk blend) simply topped with sesame seeds.

Another yum that I had recently (Sunday night) was this bowl of soy frozen yogurt from Fraiche, topped with sunbutter (sunflower seed butter; I brought it with me from home). I also added cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa powder. I ate this before I saw Food, Inc. and was very pleased with myself for making a good choice.

08 frozen yogurt

And, because I can’t get enough of sesame seeds, I thought I would share some more sesame seed loving.

09 sesame seed breakfast

Even Bobby is addicted.  That’s my bowl of oat bran and his bagel (with mustard), both doused with sesame seeds.

Last night’s Coldplay concert was really good.  They are great live and I loved the music. I was annoyed that the show started at 7pm and Coldplay didn’t even being playing until after 9pm.  They had 2 openers and both were just okay. I honestly don’t like seeing the openers at shows – I paid to see Coldplay, and I wanted to see them! By the time they got onstage I just wanted to go home. During the show they played a cover of Billie Jean, which was a nice tribute. Overall I had a good time, and we scored $10 tickets to see The Fray, Jack’s Mannequin, and Vedera in a few weeks.

Before I forget, Holly tried her first kabocha! She loved it (duh). I’m doing well with my kabocha challenge (eating less of it) – the last two nights I only had 1/4 of a kabocha each night (with nut butter).

Off to do some yoga, worky stuff, and make Bobby lunch. Hope you have a great Tuesday 🙂

Salsa’d Chili Trout

I was ogling over all the HealthyYums the other day when I found this submission. Maggie from Pithy and Cleaver has a great blog and I was inspired by her post! On Friday I went to Whole Foods and picked up some trout (Maggie used monkfish, but trout is cheaper), fresh organic tomatoes, and headed back home to make dinner. And hey, if you don’t eat fish… well, the salsa is vegan 🙂

Salsa’d Chili Trout

03 trout salsa

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped onion – white and red
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 nectarine/peach, sliced
  • juice from a small lime (2 tablespoons?)
  • 1-2 tablespoons vinegar (rice vinegar)
  • spices (1/4 teaspoon each): chili powder, cumin, salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (fresh would be better!)
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped in 1cm cubes (ish)
  • 1/3 ear of corn off the cob (1/3 cup? 1/4 cup?)
  • for the fish – 2 fresh trout (with skin – it was about .7 pounds total for 2 people), salt, chili powder, lemon juice, several tablespoons of olive oil


  1. Pulse the onion, garlic, and peach in a food processor until finely chopped (or do it by hand).
  2. Dump them into a bowl and add the chopped tomato, corn, lime juice, vinegar, oregano, and spices. Mix well, and add more salt if needed. Now you have the salsa.
  3. 02 salsa

  4. Rub the fish with lemon juice, chili powder, and salt. Heat the oil in a pan on high heat; place the fish skin down in the pan. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook for 5 minutes (or until cooked through).
  5. Top the fish with fresh salsa and serve with basmati rice.

04 trout salsa

This was really amazing.  Thanks for the inspiration, Maggie! Bobby has requested that I made this again, and soon.

I watched Food, Inc. last night.  All I have to say right now is… Wow. I brought my notebook and I have a ton of stuff I want to say about it, but that’s going to be for another day this week.  I need to let everything sink in and get my thoughts together. I also have some cool new things I’ve tried, and more sunbutter.

Did you all get the first HealthyYum newsletter? I am so excited for this site – and the newsletter was really run; we featured some of our favorite foods, bloggers, activities, and healthy tips/news.

Happy Monday! We’re seeing Coldplay tonight 🙂

Supersize Me (just a little)

We had a really nice Saturday… in the afternoon we were going to see Food, Inc. in Palo Alto but got stuck in traffic and ended up getting there 20 minutes late. So we decided to see it another time (today I hope) and instead get my favorite soy frozen yogurt.

05 frozen yogurt

This was a medium soy frozen yogurt topped with the freebies – cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa. Bobby got a natural/chocolate swirl (dairy) with strawberries. He got the small. Whattttt.

I also scored these OPI polishes buy one get one free (discontinued colors). They’re shimmery but you can’t really see it here.

07 opi polish

Later that night I had parent-teacher conferences from 7-8pm, and they went overtime. Boo. We were a little late to a comedy show (Johnny Walker and Brent Weinbach) but we enjoyed it a lot. They were both hysterical. My sense of humor is… odd. I don’t know how much a normal person would have liked it, but I was highly amused.

Finally got home around 10pm and I was hungry again (what else is new?). I made some kabocha drizzled with a sample of Sunbutter and more sesame seeds.

06 sunbutter kabocha

I found another new snack that I didn’t take a picture of – basmati rice with Sunbutter.  It’s delicious.

I made an awesome dish on Friday night based on a HealthyYum. It rocked, and I’ll share the recipe tomorrow.

How was your weekend?

Recipe time – healthy inspiration

I was looking through old blog posts of mine (this used to be a strictly recipes blog), and thought maybe I’d share/remind you guys of a few of my favorite recipes. I think most people started reading after I posted them.

Banana dessert

  • banana, yogurt, whipped cream, cinnamon

banana pudding

Kale and Seaweed Salad

  • kale, seaweed, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, sesame seeds

kale seaweed

Vegan Strawberry Lassi

  • strawberries, almond milk, silken tofu, agave, salt

strawberry lassi

Strawberry Salad

strawberry salad

Edamame Lemon Tofu Salad

edamame lemon salad

Hope these give you inspiration on this lovely weekend – for more inspiring foods, remember to check out Healthy Yum – inspiration every 30 minutes!

My own healthy yums

I’ve been enjoying lots of healthy yums recently…  Like fried chicken and kabocha.  Yep, I ate fried chicken.  It was from Whole Foods and I mostly scraped off the outside bit.

22 kabocha chicken

And of course I had a salad with it.

20 salad

The salad was red (or green?) leaf lettuce, corn (that came with the fried chicken), daikon sprouts, red onion, bolthouse’s mango vinaigrette, and sesame seeds.

21 salad closeup

I found a new squash at Whole Foods called Kuri squash – it looked pretty similar to kabocha, so I thought I would give it a try.

19 kuri squash

But it was unripe. Summertime stinks for getting good squash.  I cut it in small thin pieces and spread them out on a plate, then microwaved them for 3-4 minutes.  It wasn’t the best, but it was okay.

24 micro kuri

I chewed on them almost like squash chips. Speaking of squash…

I had a long chat with my Grammie yesterday (she lives in New Jersey and I don’t get to see her much) and discovered that maybe I inherited my love for kabocha.  She loves it too.  We chatted about engagement stuff (she’s thrilled), moving back east, and lots of randoms.  We can always talk for a while.  I think she’s nearing 90 (she’s at least 85) but she’s very sharp.  I miss her a lot.

On my agenda for today – yoga, working on Healthy Yum, and finding coconut milk kefir that Heather reviewed today.  I hope I can get it at Whole Foods.

Hope y’all have a lovely Friday! It’s almost the weekend – what are your plans? I have parent-teacher conferences tomorrow night and I’m seeing a comedy show afterwards. We’re seeing a Coldplay concert but I think that’s on Monday. I might get in a farmers’ market run too.