Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Happy Eastah from Beantown

On the menu:

 Carrot Cake Pancakes

 Veggie Quiche

 I wish I had taken a picture of the quiche before I cut it, because it looked so much prettier. It fell apart when I served it and wasn't solid enough for me. Still very tasty, though. The recipe called for 1 egg and 1 cup of egg whites, so I think I may need to add an extra whole egg next time. I also used "Liquid Eggs" for the first time and I think they are runnier than real egg whites. The carton says you can use them in smoothies, so maybe that's how I'll add protein to my Green Monstahs over the next few days to use up the rest. Have you ever used them for anything?

The pancakes were awesome though! Tyler even said, "I wasn't sure what it was going to taste like, but this is way better than anything I imagined!" 
I changes the recipe up a little bit and this is what I ended up using:
 Serves 2 people 3 little pancakes each:
  • 3/4 c Trader Joe's Multigrain Pancake Mix (or use 1/4 c. whole wheat flour, 1/2 c. all purpose flout, 1/2 tsp baking soda)
  • 1/3 c oat fashioned rolled oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/3 c shredded carrots
  • 1/3 c chopped pineapple (I defrosted mine from frozen to save time)
  •  1/4 c raisins
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
Mix together first 4 ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together remaining ingredients. Add wet mixture to dry mixture, combine and throw on a hot griddle. Top 1 Tbsp real maple syrup.

Other eats:
Homemade granola:
oats, ground flax, wheat germ, grapeseed oil, honey, cashews, pine nuts
(dried cherries & raisins added later)

This was my best batch of granola yet, and I realized that I just needed to move the oven shelf up higher to keep it from getting burnt. This is very dense food, so I am just using it to top oatmeal, smoothies, and yogurt throughout the week. The next batch is going to be tropical theme: dried pineapple, coconut, crystallized ginger, and molasses. 

Coffee ice cubes

Now that it's warm out, it's iced coffee season. I figured the best way to keep my drink from getting watered down in using coffee ice cubes. I have a couple extra ice cube trays that I use for things like this, but I am still getting used to the french press, so these are SUPER STRONG. I think they will be perfect for making coffee smoothies with some milk, cocoa powder & a little sweetener, though!

The new apron I wore while cooking/baking everything

Tea time
Whenever I was sick when I was little, I always had buttered toast dipped in tea with milk and sugar. It's too heavy for me these days, but one day I decided to dip Rye Crisps with honey into my tea on a whim. Great discovery! The usually bland and dry Rye Crisps turn so soft and sweet when dipped in the tea, and reminded me of my old treat. Try it, it's good on a sick/rainy/tired day (and is still super healthy).

 I use raw honey because of its magical powers

This weekend I'm flying to Maryland for a wedding at the University of Maryland Chapel, so I need to find a spring dress. I might try to do this one on the cheap, though and go to H&M. Busy week so I hope to prep some food tonight and go to bed early.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Breakfast

I am thinking of making these babies on Sunday morning:

Carrot Cake Pancakes

I love carrot cake, and "eat more carrot cake" is on my list of things to do before I turn 26. Since "get a rock hard body" is also on that list, I think maybe I can make it healthier in pancake form??
I'm going to base them off this recipe: but I'll probably change a few things up, too.

I'll let you know how they turn out.

This video is pretty cool, too: The opposite is also true