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Homemade Granola Bars~ MMMM

July 26, 2009


Loosely based on a recipe I found in this month’s Yoga magazine, I basically took the technique and changed up the ingredients.  These things are AWESOME, super easy, cheaper than what you would pay in the grocery store for bars and the best part is you get to lick the delicious batter!

I combined 3 cups of oats, 1/2 cup of oat bran, 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds.

On stovetop I melted ~1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter with 1 tsp vanilla and a pinch of salt.  Stir constantly.  Once the mixture is nice and melty pour over bowl of oats and stir REALLY well to combine.  Then, press into a greased(i used pan spray) 8 x 8 baking dish and cover with wax paper to press into pan(use a lot of pressure for more formed bars).   Then scrape the pan for any remaining honey/sunflower butter bits and say “mmmmmmmmmmmm”. Because it’s that good! Refrigerate bars and then cut once they have cooled.  I meant to add flax seed but I forgot. You could easily substitute other nuts for the seeds or different kinds of nut butter and add in dried fruit. Brown rice syrup would also work but don’t use a more liquid-y sweetener(like maple syrup or agave) because then the bars will not stay together(trust me, I tried).

The bars are chewy and nutty and sweet and delicious! I will be making more VERY soon!  I may try baking them to achieve the “crunchy” granola texture but I don’t know if I am ready to mess around with these just yet because they are SOOOOO good!

Sorry I don’t have more pictures for you but my favorite way to enjoy these has been crumbled up with Oikos plain Greek yogurt and fresh berries. 

CIMG1072 Some other pretty eats….Oikos with berries and hidden almond butter(pre-granola bar making days)

CIMG1065 Salad with farmers market corn, guac, organic greens, salsa and black beans.  Something about corn and black beans just says “summertime” to me!

Hope everyone has had a great weekend! Mine was filled with friends and live music and baseball and wine and beer.  Oh and lots of yummy food too!


what’s up doc?

July 22, 2009

I have a small tendency to eavesdrop…especially when I am by myself and the conversation at the next table starts with “the doctor says my 6 year old daughter’s BMI is 2% too high and he wants to put her on a diet”……eeek!

I did my best to contain myself but when the woman started talking about how the doctor told her daughter to not eat bananas(her favorite fruit) because of the high glycemic index I couldn’t help but open my big mouth and say something along the lines of “fruit is healthy, if your daughter likes bananas you should let her eat bananas”….we then discussed that most bananas are really two servings of fruit and have more natural sugars than most other fruit, they are high in potassium and soluble fiber, and the difference between glycemic index and glycemic load.  The glycemic index ranks the way a food impacts your blood sugar, and glycemic load takes into account serving size.  For example, carrots have a bad rep because they have a high glycemic index but you would need to eat A LOT of carrots to have the same impact on your blood sugar as a small piece of cake(which may have a lower GI score bc of the fat) so they have a relatively low glycemic load score.

she also asked me if peanut butter was mostly carbohydrates or mostly protein, but in actuality it is mostly fat! the healthy kind of course, with a little bit of protein(7 g in 2 tbsp)

Needless to say, I don’t think any 6 year old should be put on a diet, although it is nice to see doctors being proactive about healthy eating.  I also don’t believe in any diet that takes away foods like fruits because I love fruit and it usually contains a lot of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. MMMMMM…fruit!


p.s. fruit tastes even better with ______nut butter! This happens to be smothered in sunflower seed butter! Nom, nom nom!

i love my dad!!!

July 5, 2009

While we went through some rough patches (aka middle school-11th grade; sorry for being such a brat!) my dad is AMAZING and super supportive!  We also both LOVE LOVE LOVE: pure maple syrup, whiskey and gingerales  and VOLLEYBALL!

My dad is also awesome because he makes things like this and sends me pictures…wafflesThis was his homemade father’s day brunch(can you tell he has a much better camera & photography skills! That he made and ate by himself and then went for a bike ride! I was sad I wasn’t there to enjoy it with him but I was in Cape Cod enjoying way toooooooooooo many whiskey and ginger-ales!  I tried to post this  awhile back but wordpress wasn’t being very nice to me that day and it did not work! So Happy belated father’s day!

In regards to my recent blogging hiatus: I think I may be ready to come back…if y’all are still ready to read(and if not I may still post).  I feel like the blog made me much more aware of my own eating habits in a good way and I just felt healthier/happier.  I also need to start exercising more because I can do A LOT even with a bum knee and I have been using my knee as an excuse(I was going to make a pun about it being my crutch but after spending six weeks on crutches I just didn’t know if it was that funny!-also after spending about 6 weeks away from blogging I don’t want to be too punny too soon!)I think blogging keeps me accountable and hopefully gives you guys some good ideas of how to play with food- when I was put on a research diet at the hospital for a day everyone thought I was CRAZY to eat peanut butter and yogurt together!

I am off to enjoy the Boston sun(which after taking a month off has decided to come out) and perhaps even photograph some of my eats! I did get a request to make brownies so there may be some of that going on as well!

i made pizza

June 15, 2009

Oh blog. I have missed you; well kind-of. It’s been so long since I’ve posted because every time I went to write, I just didn’t feel like it. And I think that’s a pretty legit reason because I try and do what makes me happy. And ya know what makes me happy? PIIIIIIZZZZZA! But I have been doing my blog title an injustice by not eating enough of it(and then when eating it, not photographing it). I think this “pizza” is pretty awesome.
I took some store-bought whole wheat naan bread-which makes exceeeeeeeeeelent crust and topped it with pureed black beans(blended with a small amount of tomato sauce) and topped with cheddar cheese. Broil for about 7 minutes and voila! dinner is served.
I had it with some Trader Joe’s gazpacho with one tostito. The one chip was sooooooo yummy with the soup(I basically think gazpacho tastes just like eating fresh salsa…mmmmm).
This variation on pizza was super easy to make and really quick. The beans added some protein/fiber/healthy carbs and because it was so flavorful I didn’t need to use so much cheese. I also threw some chili powder in when I was blending it so it was a very spicy pizza.
I think it would also be great to use chickpeas and curry powder or white beans and basil. One of these days, I’ll get around to making my own pizza crust but the naan was a great(easy) substitution.
Hopefully, it won’t be so long until my next post. I’ve eaten some really AMAZING blog-worthy meals but I have just gotten in the habit of not photographing or blogging. I’m in summer mode, which is bad because my internship still has 10 weeks left!

p.s. I love that blog shows up as a typo using spellcheck!

p.p.s.  Thanks to anyone who reads this!

freaky ears

May 20, 2009

Today I am not going to write about food AT ALL…well it might slip in but instead I would like to show off my crazy asymmetrical and freakishly anti-headphone ears…



See the one on the bottom is super smooshy on the top! EEK! It does not look good in all it’s close up glory!  I am semi-selfconscious about my ears but MOST people just say they can’t even notice a difference.  Liars huh?!?! But ooooooo no! Not my best friend who one day over bagels went into FITS of laughter and still makes me fun of me for my asymmetrical ears(and feet, which by the way are a whole size different!)

So anyways, I can get over my ears being different for cosmetic reasons, but headphones do not FIT in my ears!  Those little ipod buds will stay if I am PERFECTLY still, but I can’t turn my head wearing them let alone run, without them falling out.

Enter my new skull candy buds……

CIMG0882Note the Vaseline, honey mustard and bbq sauce packs on my night stand! haha oops…And the tiny tiny headphones in my ears that did not fall out my whole time at the gym/walk home!  They are little buds that come with adjustable cap sizes and these are the smallest ones and barely fit in my ear(the reason most buds fall out is they are too large so are never actually in in the first place)! I recommend trying these to anyone who has headphone troubles.  I was so skeptical when the lady told me they would work and she had “my problem” because a quick glance at her ears revealed they were the same size.  But she was right.

I am BEYOND excited! Although I don’t know if they will stay in(at least in my left ear) when I can finally run again, they will be PERFECT for commuting/biking/walking etc. etc.

In other non-food related news….I broke a sweat at the gym by doing sprints on the bike.  I then realized that this was the first time my heart was pumping, like really pumping, for 4 months! It felt so good. Clearly I am so out of shape and shouldn’t be sprinting too long anyways(my knee can only take so much), I did one minute for every 4 regular over 15 minutes.

I was elated to be panting on the bike, and my muscles felt so good especially my heart(not especially my butt though-is that why you stand up in spin class, ouch!)  I can’t wait til I get strong enough to run/jump again!  And just think only 3 months ago I couldn’t walk! Or lift my leg….stinkin surgery.  Oh yea, and now in addition to my ears and feet being different sizes my right leg is tinier than my left-less muscle….aw well, at least that’s getting back to if only someone could refer me to a plastic surgeon for my ears….

JUST KIDDING! Happy Tuesday!

produce haven….

May 18, 2009

Yesterday I went to the amazing “grocery” store*(and I use the word grocery lightly because it is mostly produce and fresh baked goods along with plants) called Russos in Watertown, MA.  IT was crazy packed but I saw lots of interesting fruits and veggies I have NEVER seen before!CIMG0857

I picked up some yellow sun-dried tomatoes and dried pineapple(sooooo sweet!)


this is a red apricot, two yellow kiwis and a quince fruit-which is supposed to have similar flavors to both an apple and pear.  CIMG0861

I sampled the red apricot. And thought it would be a good idea to photograph/post it.


But it’s yellow on the inside! tasted like a tart apricot; so I am not sure if it was just unripe or if the red ones usually are like that.CIMG0865

and a 1/2 sour pickle rounded out my snacking.


I have been saving this tempeh to try that came in my Wildwood goody bag a while back.  It is seaweed tempeh! mmm.  I have to say though, tasted kind of like regular tempeh.  It has a softer texture than the brand I normally buy but the flavor was nice and I am sure the seaweed gave me some more vitamins.  CIMG0870

I made a stirfry using these.  ****buyer beware- this no sauce just sugar snap peas also contain sugar and salt- not that big of  a deal but always smart to check before buying to see if you really are getting JUST the veggie! especially if you have to watch your sugar/salt intake**CIMG0871

I marinated cut up tempeh with terriyaki sauce for about 1 hr and then sauteed some carrots for 5 minutes, added the tempeh and microwaved snap peas and threw in a handful of spinach at the end. Yum! By the way, this bowl is so tiny because while the tempeh was marinating I found lots of yummy eats in the pantry.  Oops-appetite spoiled.

Have a great Monday!

raspberry lemon stuffed french toast…

May 17, 2009

A few weeks ago I was craving french toast and asked my friend Emily( a culinary school graduate) for a recipe.  She laughed at me and said there was no such thing as a recipe its basically just bread and egg! So today I got a little creative in the kitchen and made raspberry lemon stuffed french toast.  Dipped in egg, with a little soy milk and LOTS of cinnamon.CIMG0851

see-super easy!


I mashed up some raspberries in whipped cottage cheese and added some lemon curd.

Half the filling went inside two pieces of bread like a sandwich, the other half was supposed to go on top after but somehow ended up in my mouth!


All finished topped with 1 TBSP of maple syrup.  That was a LOT of maple syrup! It was super sweet but good thing maple syrup is my fav!


The yummy stuffed inside!

This breakfast was amazing and I can’t believe how easy french toast is to make! The only other time I have made it before was when I was a gegan and I had to blend up some soft tofu to make a batter.  The egg version is much easier, although vegan french toast is still pretty tasty!

Oh and dinner the other night was a meatless balls parmesan sandwich! With artichoke hearts and spinach and tomato sauce and american cheeeeeeese!


This sandwich was AMAZING, probably due to the fact that I put in EXTRA cheese! I figured two thin slices= 1 regular slice right??!? right!

If you don’t have a panini press-which I don’t, you can use a George Foreman grill or a pan! Just like grilled cheese!

Enjoy the last little bit of the weekend! And congrats to all the recent college grads out there! Especially those UVMers!