What the fushi?

Some of you guessed right about my new lunch – it was Curly Top’s Fushi!  (Fake sushi.)  I can’t believe I only just found her blog.  I need to make some Pbu, stat.

Emily’s was raw, but mine wasn’t.  I did different toppings.  Here is my take on it, which of course included my not-so-secret lover, kabocha.  Yes, Bobby is jealous of my squash boyfriend.

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Ingredients

  • for the “rice”: 1/2 of a jicama (~1/4 pound or so – maybe a little more than a cup, chopped?); 1 teaspoon brown rice syrup; 1-2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • kabocha topping: shredded kabocha (~1 cup); 3-4 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped (or less; I’m a garlic lover); a few teaspoons sesame oil
  • daikon sprouts
  • vegan bacon bits
  • lettuce leaves (romaine)
  • soy sauce and wasabi (for dipping)

Directions

  1. Chop up the jicama.  Pulse it in a food processor until it starts to look like rice.  Then add the brown rice syrup and the vinegar.  This makes it sushi rice-esque!
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  3. Shred the kabocha and saute it on high heat with the garlic and sesame oil for 5-6 minutes.  It’ll shrink.
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  5. Wash the lettuce and stuff with the “rice” (jicama), kabocha, sprouts, and top with yummy yummy bacon bits.
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  7. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat… and dip in soy sauce and wasabi.  I like lots of wasabi.
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This was so awesome.  I think I’m going to make it for lunch again today.  Or maybe we’ll have a sushi night tonight and I’ll make Bobby try it.  He’s not going to go for fake rice, so I’ll make him real sushi rice… but maybe I can get him to eat kabocha with me.  Nom nom nom.  You need to make this.

What toppings would you use? I’m guessing that very few people have tried daikon sprouts… I found them an Han Kook the other day when my mom was here.  They’re great.

Mmm… Apple Cider Vinegar

For the past 2-ish weeks I’ve been having shots of organic apple cider vinegar in the morning because… well, I don’t really know.  I just thought it would be a good idea.

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I first tried apple cider vinegar a few years ago when I asked my chiropractor what I could do to “cleanse”.  He suggested diluting it in water and taking it with honey in the morning.  He also said you have to use organic. I thought it tasted gross and I didn’t do it for more than a day or two.

Then 2 weeks ago I came across my bottle of vinegar.  I decided to try doing shots again.  I actually stuck with it this time.  So far I’ve noticed:

  • a daily dose of vinegar makes you very “regular”
  • my skin got really really bad in the middle of last week but now it’s clearing up again
  • I want to do yoga more (?)

I have no idea if these things are actually related to vinegar consumption.  Maybe?

Here are some other benefits that supposedely come from taking apple cider vinegar:

  • good for digestion
  • good for complexion
  • helps with weight management
  • reduces bad cholesterol & regulates blood pressure (from the pectin, a fiber)
  • helps your body better extract calcium from foods
  • lots of potassium – helps eliminate toxins
  • beta-carotene helps you maintain firm skin and keeps you looking youthful (though I think I get enough of this already…)
  • malic acid helps fight infections
  • relieves joint pain
  • helps with all these things: constipation, headaches, arthritis, weak bones, indigestion, high cholesterol, diarrhea, eczema, sore eyes, chronic fatigue, mild food poisoning, hair loss, high blood pressure, obesity

Sounds pretty awesome right?  I got most of this info from this article if you want to read more.

Will you try it?  Have you tried it?  What did you think?

I’m going to leave you with this teaser of what I had for lunch yesterday. I found this awesome blog and got inspired.  Is that white rice??  Maggie eats rice??

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Guest Recipe – Tomato Oats!

I have amazing readers.  I loved hearing about all of your own sweetest presents yesterday.  I hope it’s okay that I post a few of them from the comments:

  • Cindy‘s greatest gifts are her kids
  • Annabel says she’s thankful for thoughtfulness in any form (definitely a good mindset)
  • Heather likes it when someone listens to you and gets you something that you might mention briefly (I love this kind of gift too)
  • Emily‘s favorite gift was a meaningful letter from her sister
  • Lara gets mom hand-me-downs too – even a simple sweatshirt is meaningful when it’s one of your mom’s favorites
  • and more 🙂

Another very cool reader named Brian sent me this great idea for a savory breakfast.  He was getting tired of the same old oat bran, so he made oatmeal with a twist!

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Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 can Campbell’s tomato soup
  • 1 can skim milk
  • 1/2 cup Quaker rolled oats (next time try 1 cup)

Brian says he would use a whole cup of oats next time to make it thicker, but it still was delicious and he would make it again.  Thanks for the idea Brian!

I didn’t make a twist on my usual green oat bran (oat bran, peanut butter, salt & vanilla, spinach)…

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But I did get a new bowl.  This one is from Daiso, a cute Japanese dollar-store type place.  Instead of everything being a dollar, most things are $1.50.  This bowl was $1.50 and it’s nice and big.  I really like it.

I have been making a change with my huge salads – instead of parmesan (which apparently bugs my stomach), I’ve been putting vegan bacon bits on top.  So good.  This salad was romaine, green peas (fresh, no spray), red onion, rotisserie chicken, chopped cherries, bacon bits, and newman’s own lowfat sesame ginger.

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I’ve been neglecting posting about my June challenges (decluttering and a continuation of my Whole Life Challenge) but I’ll do an update soon.  I also have an update about an interesting health tip that I’ve been trying out too.  Here’s a hint – organic apple cider vinegar.  (Okay, that wasn’t a hint, that was it – but I DO have more to say on it.)

Off to my mat.  Happy Wednesday 🙂

Sweet sweet presents

I dropped my mom off at the SFO airport this morning.  I had such a wonderful week and I was really sad to see her go.  We made the most of our time together though!  And she left me with presents.  My mom is a quilter, so my house is full of her beautiful quilts.  She brought me two small ones this time.  She put one on the table…

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Close up.

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And I laid the other one on the couch.  It matches perfectly.

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She also left me these awesome shoes.  They weren’t supposed to be for me, but when I asked if I could borrow them she said they looked better on me and I could keep them.  She hadn’t even worn them yet.  Thanks, Mom! I’ve been wearing them every day.  With some green oats 🙂

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Yesterday we had our last day of double green oat bran.  This time the two bowls were exactly the same – oat bran, peanut butter, salt&vanilla, and tons of spinach.  She asked for the same amount of green as me (but didn’t quite finish her bowl – these guys are filling).  My mom’s favorite bowl was the bowl from her first day here (sweet) – oat bran, peanut butter, banana, salt & vanilla, and honey drizzled on top with not too much spinach – just enough to be green.

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I was feeling glum when I got back from the airport, but Miss Cranky (Bella) sent me a present that I found in my mailbox.  It’s a package of chocolate bars from Trader Joe’s.  The perfect pick me up.  Thanks, Bella!

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I’m off to do some morning yoga and make up a nice comforting bowl of spinach-y oat bran.  Sounds like a good start to me.  Happy Tuesday!

Today’s question is: what’s the sweetest present you’ve ever gotten?  I love small thoughtful gifts, like flower at the end of a hard day, or a hand-crafted quilt.  Meaningful presents are definitely the best for me.

P.S.  Sorry for the lack of commenting recently.  I’ve been reading, but trying to spend time with Mom… I’ll be back to normal now though.

Going Out With Mom!

Last night my mom treated us to dinner at one of our favorite Thai places: Blue Mango in Santa Clara, CA.  We go there all the time, and we always get the same exact thing.  So of course tonight was no exception.

We all started with this Prawn Papaya Salad to share – so delicious.  “This typical Eastern Thai dish consists of fresh green papaya strips and Tiger prawn lightly beaten with tomato, lime, green bean, carrot and cashew for a nice tangy flavor.” We’ve learned to get everything mild here, because no matter how much you stress that you want something “medium” spicy, it always comes out firey.

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My mom decided to break us out of our rut and she got this crazy Volcano Chicken dish.  “Quarter chicken marinated in honey, ginger, and kaffir leaves with snow pea, pineapple, tomato and straw mushroom. Served sizzling like a volcano!” It was sweet and savory and so good.

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Bobby got the Basil Chili Chicken (mild), as usual. This comes with bell pepper and onion as the vegetables.

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I got Mushroom Mountain again.  “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 seriously cannot get enough of this dish.  (It’s vegan by the way.)

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We finished everything except for a little bit of the Volcano Chicken, which I stuck in Bobby’s lunch today (on a sandwich).  This was a pretty late meal for my mom – they usually eat around 5:30-6 EST, and we didn’t eat until almost 9 PST last night.  I’m glad she’s okay with our nutty schedule.

Today is my mom’s last day (she flies out tomorrow morning) so we’re just going to stay around home and do some shopping and enjoy our time.  Yesterday I was teaching SAT prep (math) all day so we didn’t get to do much.  That went well, by the way.  I had a lot of fun with my kids.  I taught a class in the morning and then the same material to different kids in the afternoon.  I’m really glad it worked out.

Happy Monday!