Sesame’d Spiced Eggplant

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I made this side dish 2 days ago and then again yesterday.  I had 5 eggplants (the long skinny kind; now I only have 3) to use up and this is a delicious way to do so.  It serves just one. I used a ton of spices – eggplant is the perfect palette for strong flavors.

Sesame’d Spiced Eggplant

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Ingredients

  • 2-3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic, grated (or crushed and chopped finely)
  • 1 eggplant (2+ cups chopped?)
  • spices (1/2 teaspoon each) – chili powder, turmeric, Asian 5-spice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup water
  • a few teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet (I used cast iron) over high heat.  Add the garlic; saute for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the eggplant.  Add the spices and stir around; saute for a minute.  Add the vinegar and soy sauce and continue to saute for another 30 seconds.  Add 1/4 cup water and stir as it evaporates.  Repeat again if you like.
  3. Top with toasted sesame seeds and devour.

It was really good; definitely give it a try.  It’s kind of like my Savory Eggplant Stir-fry, which is also yummy.

Another yummy thing that I’ve been doing is super thick and creamy oat bran.  If you cook it with a lot of water, and cook it for longer, it gets very voluminous and thick.  I use almost 1.5 cups of water (plus a little more than 1/4 cup PBU and a big dash of salt) to cook 1/2 cup oat bran.

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I let it cool slightly in the pot before I dump it in the bowl (making sure to scrape every last bit), and top with sesame seeds… then cool it some more.  I like my oat bran at room temperature.  I’ll evn put it in the fridge/freezer to speed up the cooling, depending on how hungry I am. What temperature do you like your oats/oat bran?

I haven’t really decided what I’m doing today.  Yoga definitely (this morning) and working on the new site.  We have gotten so many awesome entries.  I think I want to do some slow yoga today. I’ve been doing these faster and sweatier routines recently, but I kind of miss the relaxation bit.  I did Sara Ivanhoe’s Sunset Yoga yesterday afternoon and it was really nice for relaxing.  Maybe I’ll do a shorter vigorous flow and follow it up with something slow.  Thanks for all the congrats about the headstand – I tried to do it again yesterday but couldn’t get away from the wall.  But I’ll keep trying.

Have a great Thursday!

Sesame Seed Lovin’

Finally, my ode to sesame seeds! But first – Tanya (IAteAPie.net, InTheGym.net) and I launched a new blog site!  It’s called Healthy Yum. It’s similar to some communities that are already out there, but ours is dedicated to health. You can submit photos from blogs, comment on them, vote on them, subscribe to a newsletter (with healthy ideas and recipes), and gaze at lovely healthy food photos all day long.

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Okay, back to mr. sesame… I my quest to get more healthy fats, I’ve fallen in love with sesame seeds.  I’ve been putting them on everything – breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert.  I wake up to sesame seeds in my PBU (peanut butter + chocolate milk blend) oat bran.

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I make salads of shredded chayote, dressing, and sesame seeds.

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I make salads of broccoli slaw (finally found it! It’s delicious), dressing, and sesame seeds.

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The dressing I’ve been using is by Bolthouse Farms – it’s an Olive Oil Vinaigrette – Tropical Mango flavor.  Delicious.

bolthouse vinaigrette

You didn’t think I would forget kabocha, did you?  Of course not – it’s even better with my new favorite seed.

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Bobby loves sesame seeds too.  This was our breakfast on Sunday – Bobby’s was umeboshi soba noodles, some meat and onions, and lots of sesame seeds.  Mine was miso soup (+ sesame seeds) and peanut butter oat bran (+ sesame seeds).

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I did a little research (thanks, Wikipedia! you’re not good enough for my old college professors, but you’re good enough for me!).  Sesame seeds are rich in manganese, copper, and calcium.  They also have vitamin B1 and vitamin E. They contain lignans (which have anti-cancer and antioxidant qualities).  Awesome!

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(P.S. Yesterday I did a yoga handstand.  It’s about time.  I’ve been practicing it for a month! I tapped against the wall after about 5 seconds though.)

Celebration Dinner & A cute lunch

Thank you so so much for the amazing response to yesterday’s announcement.  I am overwhelmed. Details – not sure when or where.  Depends on where we’re living in a few months!  Honeymoon – Hawaii, Caribbean cruise, the Bahamas… somewhere warm.  The food – lots of awesome Japanese and Asian stuff, macrobiotic dishes, and crazy cool Maggie food.  I don’t think I could have a wedding without kabocha.  I will definitely be updating as I figure out more.

Last night we decided to go out to celebrate.  Of course we went to our favorite Thai restaurant, Blue Mango.  This is the only restaurant I ever go to anymore – I know that their food is awesome and they have tons of options.  We went all out and got three dishes to share.  First up, the Combo Fried Rice – with prawn, chicken, pork, tomato, onion and egg.  I had a little bit of this; Bobby had most of it.

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Next was the Bamboo stir-fry (vegan unless you get it with chicken) – with cashew, baby corn, straw mushroom and onion.  We got it with chicken.  We pretty much split this exactly.

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And lastly, the Mushroom Mountain stir-fry (vegan) – soft tofu, baby corn, bamboo, straw mushroom and bean sprout stir-fried with a bit of green curry paste. Sesame seed are sprinkled on for a beautiful finish.  I had most of this and Bobby had a little bit.  I wish they’d put more sesame seeds.

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We just about cleaned all the plates (brought home a few pieces of chicken that I stuck in Bobby’s lunch today).

I decided to practice being wifey and make Bobby a bento lunch.  I did Soba Noodles with Umeboshi Dressing (macrobiotic), topped with sauteed onions, a hot dog, and leftover chicken. I sliced up a peach as well, and there’s an unpictured hotdog bun (with smart balance).  He also has an arsenal of snacks like milk chocolate, crackers, and sembe (Japanese cracker things).  The cutest part though is the 2 carrot hearts that I made and put on top of the noodles.  Very bento-ey 🙂

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Here’s another thing I’ve been putting in Bobby’s lunches that he loves… Ants on a log!  You all had this when you were little, right?  Celery + peanut butter (PB&Co’s Mighty Maple here) + raisins = ants on a log.  We had a long and rather inappropriate discussion about names that would be better than “ants on a log”, but I’ll spare you the details (which mostly revolved around “poo”).

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I’m off to do some yoga.  Though I can’t seem to stop staring at my ring finger when I’m in downward dog and doing chaturangas.  I might get a strange crick in my neck if I keep this up!  Speaking of yoga, I have done about 40 minutes a day for the last week… and that’s about it, for exercise.  I haven’t even been walking much.  But I feel great. Here’s my exercise log.

Today’s question: what’s your favorite childhood food? I think mine would have to be the breakfasts that my dad made on the weekends. Pancakes, waffles, and French toast.  Pancakes were every Saturday and Sundays alternated between waffles and French toast.

Best Day Ever

I was so tired last night after teaching but I walked in to the house to see these beautiful purple flowers:

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And then this happened:

05 ring

I’m engaged to the love of my life who also happens to be my best friend.  I couldn’t be happier 🙂

me and bobby2

Happy Monday!

Review: Holey Donuts

Holey Donuts was kind enough to send me some samples to review a few weeks ago, so here’s a review. Holey Donuts sells a healthier version of donuts online – they’re not “diet” donuts, but simply donuts prepared in a way that makes them lower in fat and calories. The donuts aren’t fried but they’re not baked – Holey Donuts seems secretive about how they prepare these delicious donuts.  They send you boxes of frozen donuts (in very good packaging).  You can freeze them for a while (months, at least) and just reheat them when you’re craving a healthy-ish donut.  It only takes about 30 seconds to prep these.

Jumbo Reduced Fat Blueberry Vanilla Cinnamon Buns and Jumbo Reduced Fat Cinnamon Buns:

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Wow.  These are delicious.  I love the blueberry and the regular.  The Holey cinnamon buns have only 340 calories apiece (compare this to the 1000+ calories at other places) and they are honestly the best buns I’ve ever had.  They’re fluffy and light and have the perfect amount of glaze.  Bobby loves them as well and he was shocked that they are semi-healthy. By the way, they are HUGE.  They’re almost the size of my hand.

Lowfat Cinnamon Glazed Donut Holes:

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Nom nom.  These have 160 calories in 4 holes (compared to 200 at Dunkin).  But they’re bigger, fluffier, and way better than any other donut holes.  The glaze is great – sweet, but not sticky – and the cinnamon flavor is strong.  A perfect snack.

Low Fat Classic Vanilla Frosted:

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These guys are plain old frosted donuts with some yummy pink sprinkles. But they taste anything but plain and old!  They’re fluffy, like the other varieties, and lack the grease factor that regular donuts have.  I don’t know how Holey Donuts makes these donuts so fresh and donut-y without frying them, but I don’t care.  I’m just going to keep eating them.  They have the right amount of sprinkles (not too many) and just enough glaze.  When you heat them up the glaze oozes over the donuts and melts in your mouth.  Yum.

A bunch of filled donuts (I forget which flavors they were, and now they’re gone.  One was banana something, one was blueberry, and one was raspberry (2 of each)):

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I am usually not a fan of gooey filled donuts, but I really enjoyed these.  I think the one pictured is blueberry something.  I love the way the glaze melts when you heat them up.  It’s thin enough so it’s not overpowering, but really enhances the fluffy holey donut.  Bobby agreed that these were perfection.  His favorite was the raspberry and mine was the blueberry.

I would definitely order these the next time I want some healthier donuts.  I want to try the other flavors!  I hope you get a chance to check out Holey Donuts as well.  They usually have cool promotions going on, like a free pack of donut holes with another purchase.

What’s your favorite donut?  Mine are cinnamon buns 🙂