Sunday, February 5, 2012

Blast from the past.

It has been a rainy and gloomy weekend. Best weather to spend lots and lots of time in the kitchen! I especially spent some quality time with the newest addition to my kitchen:

Pressure cooker! With which I can cook beans and lentils in no time. I had some technical difficulties getting acquainted with it, but I eventually figured it out. And now I will never have to buy canned beans again. Quite exciting.

Today I thought I'd compile what I've been enjoying lately. There are some items that are definitely a blast from the past that I had completely forgotten about, and now I am re-obsessed. Let us begin!

Potatoes. This is a surprise for everyone, I realize, because I never was the biggest fan or proponent of potato consumption. But last week, I bought a couple of potatoes and lightly fried them on the skillet. I am never looking back. So crispy and delicious. And potatoes do contain nutrients, which is a plus. 

Eggs. This makes for the easiest dinner preparation ever. In the above picture, I used egg whites and made a pseudo omelette with cheese and placed it on a wheat tortilla. Post-picture I poured salsa over it. I usually eat my eggs with a side of some kind of veggie. Lately, I make a huge bowl of salad on Sunday and eat some each day. This makes the weekday dinner preparation even easier!

Eggplant. I couldn't think of anything creative to do with my eggplant, and I wanted something similar to eggplant parmesan without it being too time consuming. So all I did was cook the eggplant on a skillet with some olive oil and salt, and then mixed in a small can of tomato sauce, and for seasonings added black pepper and oregano. I could have used cheese, but instead I topped it with nutritional yeast and ate it with some quinoa (which I also topped with nutritional yeast).

Banana and almond butter. I used to eat this combination frequently and forgot about it, until one day when I wanted something sweet and had nothing sweet to eat. So, I improvised. I spread some almond butter on the banana and stuck chocolate chips inside it, and then microwaved it. It was a very good idea, I must say.

Green smoothies. I completely forgot about these until recently, and I really don't know why. This particular glass included: almond milk + 1/2 frozen banana + 1 cup spinach + frozen raspberries + ice. It gave me a brain freeze but it was so worth it. And I promise, spinach does not have a taste when it's blended with banana!

Brunch. I went to a brunch buffet and realized how much I love waffles. Oh, and that's butter on the waffle, which made it one thousand times better. 

In other news, here is a fun fact that I heard from the instructor of Body Pump class today: the average person eats 3000 calories during the Super Bowl.  

I'm skeptical about how true this is, but Super Bowl foods are notorious for being pretty calorific... stay healthy!!

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