Archive for May 5th, 2010

day 18 – avocado kick

05 May

In addition to a most recent no-electricity challenge, today the water was shut off for the whole morning. If you are working from home, it’s quite a bummer.  Thankfully, everything is back on and I do not have to use water from the kettle to wash my hands. :)

With many breakfasts, I get that “I’m not really hungry, but rather bored” feeling around 10.30am, which slowly turns into actual hunger about an hour later. After today’s pumpkin feast, I’m  happy to report that there was not an inkling of hungry until almost noon. However, by the time I actually felt like eating, there was nothing cooked in sight. Sigh… I decided to actually wait another 40 minutes for brown rice.

I have a little confession to make regarding rice (and buckwheat, and quinoa, and kamut). I still have to read the instructions on the package before I make it. I think the only things I mastered fully are pasta and potatoes. For rice, I noticed that the length of time, and the water ratio would vary slightly depending on the specific type of rice, so at some point, I just gave up altogether. :)

As the rice was cooking, it took all of my willpower not to snack away on fruit, bread and nuts. However, I already knew exactly what I wanted, so to have anything else would be to settle! How’s that for life philosophy? :)

The moral of today’s lunch – good things come to those who wait.

Avocado Black Bean Rice Bowl


  • 1 cup of cooked brown rice
  • 1 tsp of sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup of black beans
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1/4 cup of green peas
  • 1 cup of mushrooms
  • soy sauce
  • hot sauce
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp plain granola (not sweetened)
  • hot sauce, salt pepper, tomato sauce


Cook brown rice, using directions on the package. I always add in a good tablespoon of sesame seeds into the brown rice at the end.

Cook spinach, sliced green peas, mushrooms and black beans until the spinach wilts, and everything is heated through. Add soy sauce and hot sauce to taste. I just used a little bit of water to cook (rather than oil).


Add the beans and spinach to rice. Top with sliced tomato, and avocado. Throw sunflower seeds and granola on top. Season with salt, pepper, and tomato sauce.

This will definitely appeal to anybody on an avocado kick (hi, Ksiusha!). :) I also dare any meat eater who tells me you cannot possibly fill up on a vegan diet to eat this. This is hearty!!!

Lunch is (finally!) served with a side of Pita Break cracker, watermelon and coffee! Also note the countless scantron cards on the side, with the typical instructor weapons – stapler, calculator, and the red pen!


Tonight Dasha and I are meeting at the Healthy Planet food store for a seminar by Brandon Brazier, the author of Thrive. He is a Canadian endurance athlete and an advocate for a vegan diet. He is also the creator of Vega, a line of protein powders, energy bars, and more.

Will report tonight!


day 18 – happy pumpkin

05 May

I have been waking up with a really heavy head for the past couple of days. I think it’s the heat. They are not turning on the air conditioning in the building until July. :(

After using up some pumpkin in the soup yesterday, I had just enough for a bowl of oatmeal. Now this is exactly why I am hesitant to actually buy canned pumpkin. The one brand that I found is huge, and since I am the only one eating it, it lasts forever! At least it keeps well in the fridge…

So this is officially the last of it. I think I will lay off buying pumpkin for a while. :) Well, at least until I break down and buy more. LOL.


A little surprise… SUNFLOWER SEED SPREAD aka sunflower seed butter. A little sample of this was found at the bottom of my Yoga in Motion loot bag. I looove trying new nut and seed butters! This one tasted like… sunflower seeds! So cool!


This has got to be one of the better looking oatmeal bowls that I have put together. :)

  • 1/2 Quaker oats
  • 1 cup of hemp milk (this time it attempted to perform some kind of curdling action in the pot… I had to look away)
  • 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin (stirred in at the end)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar
  • 1/2 banana sliced (the other half was also devoured of course, can’t just leave food lying around)
  • pecans (this may be my favourite kind of nut)
  • sunflower seed butter

This may sound like a lot of ingredients, but I find that once I have everything in my pantry, I don’t really care. It doesn’t take much time to add a splash of vanilla extract in to the mix, for example. However, the taste becomes that much more sophisticated.


Fun in the sun: oatmeal + french vanilla flavoured coffee with chocolate soy milk + watermelon = perfect fullness.


Off to mark. And mark. And mark. And mark some more. Last push of the semester.


day 17 – pecan blueberry wonder

05 May

I talked Vlad into taking a yoga class with me tonight. And trust me, that’s a lot of talking… I think he has taken about three classes in total now. One of our fellow yoga teachers in training was leading the class, and she did a phenomenal job (hi, Teena!).

We were all mellowed out at the end, and I was also starving. I couldn’t get this salad out of my head for the whole class… So had to make it as soon as we got back.


Blueberry Pecan Salad

  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • 1 apple
  • frozen blueberries
  • pecans
  • apple vinegar
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice

This was too sour with the vinegar though. I think I was too generous. I am going to measure out 1-2 teaspoons next time. This time I poured it straight from the bottle, and it made my lips tingle. :)

Two more food groups: something liquid + something crunchy.


Vlad also was not left out on the salad front:

  • spinach
  • mushrooms
  • broccoli
  • tomato
  • black beans
  • leftover pollock fillets


Leaving you with this video that I finally had a chance to watch today. I love TED (short for Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks, as they are both short and very thought-provoking. In this one, Sam Harris argues that “science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.”

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