Steamed Dinner

Ahhhhh…

That’s me breathing out a sign of relief.

I’m finally caught up (for the most part) with my summer school assignments and can relax a bit for a day or two 🙂

I spent the majority of yesterday working on a project and an assignment, which I completed a little earlier today.

It wasn’t all work though. I took a couple breaks in between.

During my mid-morning break, I went to buy a snack at my favorite bread shop downstairs. I needed to get my blood circulating in my legs 😉

After perusing a bit I decided on a sweet potato bread.

Doesn’t it actually look like a sweet potato from the side? I didn’t realize it until after I had snapped a photo of it.

The outside is soft bread, and inside is actually a sweet potato.

It’s definitely not the most attractive looking bread, but it’s a tasty one.

After I very slowly ate my snack it was back to work.

A while later I took my second break and had lunch. I ate the other item I had purchased during my mid-morning trip to La Creation de Gute.

Any guess what my lunch was?

How about now?

It’s a tuna sandwich! Well, I guess it doesn’t qualify as a true sandwich since it’s not between two slices of bread, but I don’t know what to call it. Tuna roll? eh..

Whatever it’s called, it was mighty tasty.

And I ate it all. After all, I am a member of the clean plates club 😉

I had some golden kiwi and watermelon on the side.

Anyone know if you can eat kiwi skin? I didn’t try it, but I feel like I should.

After lunch I finished up my assignment (finally!) and headed to they gym for 22 mins on the elliptical, 17 on the bike, 17 on the treadmill, and 10 mins of abs.

Then came my favorite part of my day today. A walk to the grocery store! 🙂

I have no food here and needed some veggies stat. Plus I really wanted to use the steamer in the kitchen here.

I’ve never used an actual steamer before and this thing is amazing! You can make anything in it from rice to de-crystalizing honey, or even make yogurt!

Since it was my first time using it, I kept it on the simpler side.

I decided on some chinese spinach, carrots, tofu, and half of a mini Japanese pumpkin.

During it’s 15 mins in the steamer, I showered off and had some salmon rolls as an appetizer.

Then, voilà! – Veggies were ready.

I think I may have overcooked the spinach slightly, but it was still good and not tough at all. Just a bit brown.

After I was about 2/3’s through, I realized I didn’t season any of the veggies before steaming them, but I don’t really think it needed anything. Fresh veggies are always best as is. The carrots gave the spinach a slightly sweet taste, and the pumpkin was delicious on its own.

I couldn’t read the label of the tofu to see whether it was firm or silken, since it was all in Chinese, so it was a surprise 🙂 I usually eat firm, but luckily I like all tofu because it ended up being silken. Delicious and smoooooth.

This has to be one of the easiest dinners I’ve ever made! Aside from my instant noodles last night…

But that doesn’t count 😉

Now I’m off to find something to satisfy my sweet tooth 😛

I’ll also be making something with these in a bit!

Any guesses what I’ll be doing with them?

Have a terrific tuesday!

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Needs Some Lovin

What a whirlwind weekend. I’m glad it’s finally Monday afternoon. Never thought I’d ever hear see myself say that!

Last nights dessert…

was this morning’s breakfast.

I love versatile food.  Well now that I think about it…all food is versatile.  Save for a few.  I’d rather not eat a salad for breakfast.  Although I know quite a few who probably would.

It’s been a very long time since I last baked anything and my little food baby so kindly reminded me why.  Less than 30 mins out of the oven and 1/4 of my bread was already missing.  It was like deja vu, except not.

I couldn’t help it…the smell was just wafting through the air.  And it could’ve been the fact that I was kinda, sorta hovering over the bread and inhaling its sweet strawberry scent.

The verdict? It was good, but not quite OMG good. I think it needs some lovin to get it just right.  I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeves, but I haven’t had the opportunity to test it out yet. I think strawberry is just a hard flavor to really excentuate without adding anything artificial to it.

Needs Some Lovin Strawberry Bread

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup spelt four
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 T ground flax meal
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 cup EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil), melted
  • 1/4 cup cactus honey powder**
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
  • 2 organic large brown eggs
  • 1/3 non-fat greek yogurt (i’ll definitely be using strawberry yogurt in the future to up that strawberry flava)
  • 2 T unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, puree in the blender until almost smooth
  • 2 t vanilla extract

**I was just testing the effects of cactus honey powder, but any sugar can be used.  If you love it sweet, I’d recommend upping the sugar content to 1 cup total. And maybe sprinkling some turbinado sugar on top before baking.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In medium bowl combine flours, baking soda, flax meal, and salt; set to side.

Whisk together sugar and coconut oil. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Mix in yogurt, almond milk, pureed strawberries and vanilla.  Fold in flour mixture and mix until just incorporated.

Pour into greased loaf pan and bake 50-55 mins or until toothpick comes out clean.

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UPDATE: I recommend refrigeration or freezing of the bread if not entirely consumed in 30 hours or so. Apparently strawberries do not appreciate the TX summer heat and causes the bread to go sour if left out at room temp!

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This bread also goes great with cream cheese, but alas I had none, so jam it was.  Not complaints there though!

I very much enjoyed my bread this morning with some homemade strawberry jam from my sweet neighbor.  She actually also brought over a loaf of store-bought strawberry almond bread as well and that was what sparked my interest in creating my own less butter-fied and more natural version.

The bread was good, but from the color and taste I could tell there was quite a bit of extra stuff goin on in there.  More than I would like to know about, since I had more than my fair share of it.

What can I say?… I go weak at the knees for baked goods 😉

Do you like to recreate foods or baked goods? 

Any ideas or suggestions on how to up the flavor of my strawberry bread?