Posts Tagged ‘dessert’

{Inspired} Maple Tahini Cookies

The other day Heather posted about some tahini cookies and I wanted to try them. She was inspired by Cookies & Crafts.

Maple Tahini Cookies

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(They did taste better than they look.)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1.25 cup flour (I used buckwheat farinetta)
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Mix everything together. Scoop onto a greased baking sheet (heaping soup spoon of batter for each cookie?). Try to put them farther apart than I did. I didn’t want to dirty two pans but I should have because they expanded. Bake at 350F for 8-9 minutes. Eat.

These were good. Next time I will make them with regular flour as buckwheat farinetta tends to have a bit of an odd flavor that not everyone likes. (I like it, but for example, Bobby does not.) I might add some coconut flakes too. Yum.

I have actually not been in the mood for sweets at all lately. These cookies are not overly sweet, but I ended up taking what I couldn’t eat in to work for my coworkers. I also made recently a delicious “muffin bread” that is gluten free and not that sweet either. I will share it later this week.

What’s your favorite kind of cookie?

I think mine is… really rich sugar cookies. Mmm. Almost like biscuits.

In other news, we started renovating our downstairs. My house is a disaster area because we had to bring all of our belongings up onto the first floor (we have a basement + first floor duplex) and everything is now piled and perched precariously in the living room and bedroom. I just finished going through some clothes that we dumped in our bedroom and I made a nice pile to give away or sell. My friend recommended Tradesy.com so I might try using that. (ETA: I am now on Tradesy: {HERE}.)

Can’t believe that just ~10 months ago we were doing the same but to the upstairs! That was supposed to take 2 weeks and ended up being almost 2 months. I am expecting this project to take about a month. It should take <2 weeks and it’s a simpler job than the upstairs, but when renovating you always have to add in time for unexpected issues. Some of which we have already found icon smile {Inspired} Maple Tahini Cookies I will post before and afters at some point.

{Macrobiotic March} Some Macrobiotic Meals (at home and out!)

Those of you who have been following my blog since the beginning may have noticed the shift from eating at home often (probably 5 nights a week) to eating out… a lot. The shift happened slowly over time as I transitioned from my first job in CA, to freelancing in CA (part time), to working full time again when we moved to NYC, to working more and more! I’m not complaining about work. My career and work are going better than I could have ever dreamed. I love my job and I love my coworkers. I am challenged every day with real problems that I can solve (I’m a programmer – a software engineer / web developer).

BUT – with working so much, I just don’t make the time to cook at home. (Though I am sure I could find more time if I really wanted to.)

So I try to find healthy options for eating out.

Keeping with the theme of Macrobiotic March, here are some of my favorite macro meals I have eaten (out) lately. And one macro meal that I made.

(I use Instagram and an iPhone 4 – not 4s - for most of my eating out pics… hence the mediocre images.)

A few weeks ago I got lunch with an internet friend (we go back years now) at a vegetarian restaurant in midtown called Zen Palate. The lunch and the company were great. This is what I ordered:

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The dish is called Shredded Melody. It’s shredded soy protein stir-fried with celery, carrots, zucchini and pine nuts in a light garlic sauce. It came with a brown and red rice mix and 2 spring rolls. I ate most at the restuarant and had the leftovers at my desk a few hours later.

Another night, after dinner at Souen, Bobby and I shared the Cocoa Creamy Parfait: cocoa mousse with vanilla soy cream and granola.

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Really delicious. I do prefer their scones though…

Another night I got takeout from Souen because I was in a rush. I had this meal after a vigorous yoga class at Pure:

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Takeout Macro Plate: an ideal blance of steamed greens (collards usually), vegetables (carrots, broccoli), brown rice, beans (chickpeas here – my favorite), and hijiki seaweed.

I also got this dessert the same night…

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A Macrobiotic Scone – the cranberry orange version. As you can see, I was trying to practice portion control by only putting half on my plate. This failed and I ate the second half too. Very much worth it.

Sometimes I do cook at home. One night I made this healthy fried rice variation:

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Homemade macrobiotic fried rice with Trader Joe’s Healthy 8 Veggie Mix, Brussels sprouts, sesame seeds, and some teriyaki sauce. Steamed kabocha on the side, and yes I had seconds. I think this was another post-yoga meal.

Another night Bobby and I went to Hu Kitchen, a new paleo restaurant near his office. Hu Kitchen is on 5th Ave between 13th and 14th streets (right near Souen). Hu says, ‘For us, getting back to eating like humans means eating foods we would find in nature or foods minimally processed using only basic, mechanical methods.

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I got The Herbivore: 3 veggie sides of the day. I picked creamed cauliflower with coconut milk, roasted butternut squash, and sauteed greens. That little brown thing you see is grain-free bread. All of it – absolutely amazing. I could have licked the plate. It’s a little pricey – this dish was $10 and it was not that big. We ended up getting a paleo dessert, too (chocolate chia pudding) but the picture didn’t come out well. It looked like ass so you will just have to trust me that it tasted delicious.

SO – that’s what I have been eating lately. I actually have some more macro meals but I will save them for another time. I have to get to work!

Couple other things I wanted to mention:

  • I have accidentally been pescetarian this month except for 1 meal (a pasta dish this weekend).
  • I have had diet soda only 2 times this month. (!) One day that I had it, later on I found myself at the cafe downstairs buying a cookie – the only time I was craving sugar in a few weeks. Coincidence? I don’t think so. I think diet soda makes you crave real sugar.
  • Bobby and I are planning on doing vegetarian April! (Vegetarian = pescetarian for us.)
  • Elise @ Hungry Hungry Hippie had a macrobiotic-inspired meal the other day. MMM kale.
  • Heather made those yummy cookies I linked to last week.

Have you had any delicious macrobiotic meals lately? Are you a diet soda person? Do you eat meat and/or fish, or are you vegetarian or vegan?

Mid-week Updates – Cuckoo for Curtains!

Wanted to pop in again (3 times in 4 days – a recent record!) to give an update on…

1) The Cleanse: Here is What I Ate Wednesday:

Breakfast: 1 egg, 2 egg whites + ground black sesame & black pepper.

Snack: orange.

Lunch: Mixed greens salad with a hard-boiled egg & 3/4 cup of chickpeas (yum! my stomach doesn’t like beans that much but the taste was worth it – delish) + 1T EVOO + 1T balsamic vinegar.

Snack: 1/2 cup artichoke hearts (these were in a bit of oil) + 2/3 cup Greek yogurt (yogurt not on the plan – but I was quite hungry at this point).

At this point we go off plan… who was I kidding – I have to make these things work with my lifestyle and my height (5’10″ – this plan must be about 800 calories and that is a third of what I eat in a day). icon wink Mid week Updates   Cuckoo for Curtains! But I did make it work for me – keep reading…

Dinner: Chinese food – I had a bowl of egg drop soup with chicken & corn in it + a bite of a pork bun (Bobby ate the rest) + chicken/shrimp/pork and veggies in very little white sauce (we always ask for very little sauce – I don’t know what it would be like with a normal amount because I feel like “very little” is too much most of the time). We had some pineapple, orange, and lychee at the end of the meal (complimentary) and I had a few sips of red wine.

Dessert: small bowl of lactaid ice cream with PB2 and a piece of Lily’s no sugar added coconut dark chocolate (it’s sweetened with stevia).

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So overall – didn’t stick to the plan, but pretty close up until dinnertime. And I was able to avoid the rice and usual snack-tooth I have at night. I am definitely pleased with the way this is going. I will continue to eat (pretty) cleanly for as long as I can – I’m already feeling less bloaty.

I have to be honest, after looking at the cleanse plan again, it is really low in calories – I get that it’s only for four days but I did not realize how low-cal it was! It’s a good inspiration but it must be beefed up. I don’t like the idea of crash-dieting – crashing is usually followed by bingeing in my experience. But onto the next…

2) My curtains! I love them. I got the curtains on sale at West Elm and I also got the rods at West Elm (though not on sale).

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You can’t really see in this light (this is taken at night, and with Instagram no less) but the paint color on the walls is called Hazlewood by Benjamin Moore. I think it’s my favorite BM color.

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I think that is about it… Oh! I joined this DietBet via Roni’s Weigh. Feel free to join along if you are trying to lose a little bit of weight. You just put in $20 and if you have lost 4% of your body weight by the end (4 weeks) you get to split the pot with the other people who also lost 4%. I have to lose about 5.6 pounds to make the goal. I think that is reasonable and doable in a month – plus it is what I want to lose anyway! I was quite bloaty at my weighin so I am actually down 2 pounds already – hah. I believe today is the last day to join.

Happy Thursday! Almost the weekend!

P.S. I stayed up until 2am last night watching Downton Abbey. I love this show – I’m already ahead of where we are in the states – I found the rest of the episodes online. However, I feel like I am in college and now I have to go to an early morning class – except my class is from 10am to 7pm! Oops.

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