April 21, 2012

Skewer Always on my Mind

Because I was going to be all by myself for dinner last night I had every intention of whipping together a smoothie. In fact, I was actually starting to look forward to it...that is until Francis had come home for dinner (I thought he was going to be studying at school all night).  I had just got back from the grocery store so I decided to whip up some delicious salmon and brown rice.

Skewer Alway on my Mind 

Eat Shrink and Be Merry


1/4 cup Lime juice
2 tbsp Minced cilantro
1 tbsp Soy sauce
1 tbsp Honey mustard (I used dijon mixed with honey)
1 tbsp Barbecue sauce (I used ketchup)
1 tsp Grated lime zest
1 tsp Minced garlic
1/4 tsp Each cumin, ground coriander, salt and black pepper
1 and 1/2 lb Boneless skinless salmon fillets, cut into chunks


Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well.
Place salmon chunks in a large, plastic bag along with marinade and seal bag. Turn several times to coat w marinade. Refrigerate for 30 mins. 
Preheat grill or broiler. Remove salmon from marinade and thread onto skewers. Coat grill rack or broiler pan with olive oil. Grill or broil for 3 to 4 minutes per side, brushing often with remaining marinade. Salmon should be slightly pink in the center.

This is on a salad plate...it really isn't the huge mound that it looks like. 

This morning I had a green monster smoothie, which I didn't take a picture of and by the time lunch rolled around I really wanted eggs.  I decided to make a frittata/omlette filled with spinach and light feta cheese, topped with chipotle salsa and cinnamon, raisin bread with hazelnuts, made in Qualicum Beach, BC.  It's made with spelt and kamut flour and is absolutely scrumptious toasted and topped with a little Earth Balance. Mmm... And no, it isn't as big a you think it is...again, it is on a salad plate. I really don't like eating off of huge plates because I never fill them and it is depressing for both my eyes AND my stomach...this way, I am tricking my brain and tummy into thinking it is getting more food! Man I'm smrt smart.

Okay, back to lesson planning and tea drinking!

Have a lovely Saturday night!

April 20, 2012

Quiche with Brown Rice Crust

A few nights ago my mom was flipping through the Eat, Shrink and Be Merry cookbook and came across an amazing recipe for a quiche.  It was the brown rice crust that sold us both.  After reading the ingredients I remembered that I had gone through a phase (surprise, surprise) where I made this quiche 3 or 4 times in a couple of weeks. It is easy, reheats well and is super scrumptious.

If you are interested in the recipe, leave a comment and i'll be sure to put it on here for ya!

On it's way to the oven...

Fresh out of the oven...

Served with fresh carrot sticks, mung bean quinoa salad (from Costco).

So so soooooooo good! It is seriously delicious.  Since I don't have my mom here in Victoria, I guess i'll have to make it myself...dang!

Have a great Friday!

April 18, 2012

Lovely Leftovers

A couple of days ago my mom, sister and I took a little trip down to Courtenay for lunch.  I hadn't been to the Atlas cafe in a couple of years, which is crazy considering it is in my top 3 favourite restaurants. I know what you're thinking...how have I survived the last 2 years right? Well, somehow I managed to survive, but that doesn't mean that I didn't miss it dearly.  I am glad that we have rekindled our romance...I promise to never let the spark die again, Atlas, you mean so much to me....

Because of my excitement, I completely forgot to take a picture of my meal, which is too bad considering their presentation is always so gorgeous.  But here is a picture of a quarter of my enchilada (I shared the half with my mom...lucky lady;) , made with black beans, sweet potato, other veggies I can't remember, cheese (a little too heavy on the cheese...my tummy wasn't very happy) and organic tofu, all wrapped up in a perfectly toasted curry tortilla.  Tomato rice, homemade tomato sauce and maybe a basil oil topped it off! Oh, and of a course...a little sour cream dealio on the side...not sure what it was but it was mighty tasty...definitely had some hot sauce in there!

...along with a mung bean and quinoa salad we picked up at Costco on our way home!

of course I added some fresh avocado and cherry tomatoes...

and had a delicious grape zevia on the side...and now i'm off to buy a couple packs of zevia because I have some coupons to use up! I love that excuse...

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


April 15, 2012

Fancy meeting you here

Why hello there...fancy meeting you here! I know I haven't been around much lately and my posts have been nothing but sporadic...but I haven't been extremely motivated to take many pictures of my food mostly because they are repetitive, boring or they aren't even real meals...they are nothing exciting and definitely not post worthy. I wouldn't do that to you guys ;)

But I am going to try to post more regularly...that being said they might be shorter with less pictures, but I'm sure you all understand and may even enjoy it! Who knows..only time will tell!

Okay...so now onto the food...it is what we are here for after all!

Last summer my co-worker began talking about the Rebar miso soup she had been eating recently.  I completely forgot how much I used to love their miso soup so I decided to follow in her very fashionable footsteps and order one for myself. Man...it was just as good as I remembered it to be! The rest is pretty much history....I went through a phase where I ordered it quite often (it was quick, satisfying and very inexpensive), then I stopped...then I started to order it again...then I stopped and then about a week or two ago I decided to make it myself (I got the Rebar cookbook from my lovely sister this past Christmas).  I have made it about 5 times in the last week and a half...some may call it a slight obsession...I may or may not agree! Hey, at least it's healthy, right?

Last night...after talking to my mom about how yummy it is...we decided that's what we would have for dinner!

My version of the Rebar Miso Soup

all ingredients are approximate.  I didn't really measure them.  Definitely taste the broth after you have added the miso and it has melted. Add shoyu/tamari/soy sauce and more garlic powder from more flavour. 

3 cups water
2-4 tbsp shoyu/tamari/soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp-1 tbsp sesame oil, preferably toasted
1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes
1 tsp garlic powder or 2 gloves garlic
1 block of organic firm tofu cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Add these ingredients into a medium pot and simmer.  Once this becomes hot (don't allow it boil) add ~ 4 tbsp of genmai miso (made from brown rice - I prefer this one).  Also, important to note with miso is to not allow it to boil.  Once it boils it becomes too hot and all of the wonderful nutritional benefits are lost.

Add in about 3 stalks to green onions and about 3 cups of spinach (roughly chopped).  Cook for about 1-2 minutes and remove from heat.

Serve over top of buckwheat soba noodles, top with toasted sesame seeds and enjoy!

A nice multi grain baguette served on the side...

and a beautiful salad made from local greens, topped with grape tomatoes, avocado and a drizzle of Little Creeks Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette. Mmm.... Such a satisfying and hearty meal!

As a side note...has anyone ever tried a shellac mani? I got one a few days ago and am absolutely in love with it!

Enjoy your funday Sunday!