Month: December 2012

Food, Fun, Friends, and Family

Lovelies!

Enjoy the slideshow! This is where my life’s been and hopefully where it’s going!

 

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Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and had a Merry Christmas!

Be back soon!

yesenia

 

 

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Quick Preview Before the Madness

Good Morning Everyone!

It is seriously early and I am tired and thinking about all that  I need to do during the next few days, but guess what… it’s FRIDAY.  I’m going to PA to see one of my good friends graduate.  So exciting!!  I haven’t been to a graduation since my brother’s, so this should be fun and new.  It’s always nice to see people during there big moments too, their smiles  are always priceless.

So anyway here are just my eats from yesterday.  I spent the day with the bro, and the eats were bangin!  I still have some packing to do, so enjoy this quickie 🙂

Banana Oatmeal with Almond Butta

Banana Oatmeal with Almond Butta

Indian Buffet #amazing

Indian Buffet #amazing

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Massage kale, roasted veggies, quinoa, and hummus

Massage kale, roasted veggies, quinoa, and hummus

Pumpkin Gingerbread under revision

Pumpkin Gingerbread under revision

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Enjoy your weekend guys!!!

 

yesenia

 

 

 

Friday, Are You Here Yet?!

Helloooo beautiful people!

I hope you all had a spectacular day!  Or, as spectacular as it can get for a Wednesday.  Mine couldn’t go fast enough.  The day was just so long!  I guess maybe because I knew I wouldn’t be working for the next few days, so the whole day was just feeling like Friday.

Breakfast

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Look familiar?  No?  Good, because it shouldn’t.  Obviously, this is very different from my usual 7am to-go breakfast (seriously, just scroll down to see all that sprouted goodness).  Today was simply peanut butter and jelly.  Ran out of fresh bananas in the hizhouse 😦  Not going to lie though, tasty treat in the morning.

Lunch

Last night, I mustard up the strength to peel and chop some veggies for roasting.  It was the last thing I wanted to do.  Partly because last nights dinner left me sick of squash.  Maybe the curry?  Well I’m glad I still did it.

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Serious yum.  Massaged kale, roasted squash and broccoli  quinoa, hummus, and balsamic vinegar.  The hummus made it.  TTYLBYE.

Dinner

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I cannot get enough of eggs!  They just go so perfectly with everything.  I love to fry them and have the oozing with yolky goodness.  Gahhhh!  Anyways, that would be grandmas beans with avocado.  Simply delicious.  My favorite kind of dinner.

Dessert

It got real.  Dessert gets it’s own category.  I have been eyeing the cookies I made the other day, so I decided to have a half a dozen few for dessert.

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On my couch, cookies on my lap, warm mug of almond milk, wrapped in my blanket watching Christmas movies.  Oh, yes I did.  Tis the season!

Chillin on a full belly now.  Was this not a Friday kind of day?!?!?!

 

Good night lovelies!

 

yesenia

Big Meal, Big Belly, Big Smile

Hi guys!!!

Hope your day is going well?  For me, the day is about to end in a couple of hours.  Woke up too early to not be able to catch up on some zzzzz.

Breakfast

Fast, simple banana and peanut butter sandwitch.  On cinnamon raisin sprouted bread with extra cinnamon, please 🙂  Thank God this breakfast is tasty, because having it every other day can get old for some.

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Lunch

Didn’t have any leftovers from yesterday and didn’t have time to cook or prepare anything spectacular, there for canned soup to the rescue.

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This is Amy’s Organics Chili.  It’s super filling.  Not gonna lie though, at one point I was having this so much, that I boycotted it for a few months.  Home-made meals are always 10x betta.  Anyways, avocado and sprouted english muffin to accompany it, bon appetit on the go!  I ate it and wasn’t even super full.  Orange juice on the side for some cold prevention.

Dinner

I actually stopped at Starbucks for some good ol’ black coffee.   Twas delicious while getting a few gifts (myself included) and picking up my brother.  Finally back from school, not going to see a dull moment for a while in this house.  I made a simple curry butternut squash mash with sauteed kale and a over-easy egg.  I think I OD’d on the curry, kind of left me uneasy while eating it.  Oh well, you live and you learn, and I learned not to use a bag of curry to flavor dishes.

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I actually had the other half of my english muffin on the side. Happy and full!

Usually after a big lunch, I would usually have had a bar and fruit, especially if I was at work.   I guess being home got me a little more “hungry.”  I’m sure I’ll still be hungry in the morning.  Work in the early morning never fails to get me hungry earlier than usual.

Get your rest peeps!  Tomorrow is only Wednesday!

yesenia

I Love Real Food

Helloooo Everyone!

I hope you all had a awesome weekend and even better Monday.  Is that even possible?  I don’t know exactly, but today was almost exactly that.  I had worked all weekend and all last week, so this day off felt. so. good.

Breakfast

Even though i was off, I still had much to do.  To get me started, I made simple Banana Oats.

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My mom always used to tell us to have a banana before a test.  Not for nothing, but did just that today, and passed my test with flying colores 😛  Mama knows best!

I went to Whole Foods after taking my test.  I really do love going grocery shopping.  Picking out the vegetables and fruits, organics, local and in-season foods, and cool new buys.  Like people who love to retail shop, I love to grocery shop.  Some may be personal shoppers, I would love to do your groceries.

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Whole unpasturized milk from pasture-raised cows in a glass bottle.  This is the way I love to see food.  This is the way I would like to consume my food.  It’s always good to try.

Lunch

Came home starving.  To get ready for the rest of the day I had something quick, easy, and delicious.

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Leftover cannelini tomato sauce, fried egg, and avocado.  Soooo good and filling!  The eggs I buy are from Wholefoods.  Local-vegetarian fed eggs.  Not the best, but still good and tasty. *le sigh*

While holiday shopping, I enjoyed a tall coffee from Starbucks.  With 2 sugar in the raw, twas delicious.  Then I baked some cookies.  They were Chocolate Raspberry Chewies from Veganomican.  They are yummyyy.  I was supposed to go to a little gathering with the girls, but plans changed, so instead I get to stay in the night.

 

Dinner

So, as I wind down for the night.  Christmas movies and simple dinner did the trick.

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Simple home-made foods made up my meals today, and I love how delicious it all was.  Sometimes I think people have forgotten how tasty food can taste with just a few ingredients. Humble ingredients can equal great rewards.  Savor it.  Enjoy it.  It is a gift.

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Till next time people!

yesenia

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Chocolate Chips and Sauteed Pears

I’ve got something special for you all today!

So, you know how everyone has a preference about everything?  To wear tights or jeans? long hair or short hair? crispy cookie vs chewy cookie? savory oatmeal vs sweet oatmeal? No, never mind. That one is just weird.   Sweet oatmeal for life.

Well, today I bring you doughy pancakes.  You know, the dense, chewy, thick goodness smothered in syrup and butter.  Sorry, no fluffy ones here.  I like dense ones, but mostly because I don’t quite know how to get that puff like the diners do.  One day I’ll learn, and then share it with you of course, but for now take what I know.  All that I have even.  Dramatic much, yes, but these are good.  Like, if-you-can’t-make-them-for-dinner-tonight-make-them-tomorrow-morning, good.

Seasonal flavors of pumpkin and spices give you all the warmth you need on lazy weekend mornings.  Topped with sauteed pears, butter, and syrup.  And, not to get too crazy, but studded with dark chocolate chips.  Now swallow up that salivating mouth you got going on and make these pancakes!

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Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Chocolate Chips and Sauteed Pears

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbs flax, 3 tbs water – mixed in a small bowl)
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond)
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • butter (I used earth balance)
  • chocolate chips

Combine all your wet ingredients in a medium bowl, the pumpkin, flax egg, milk, sugar, and vanilla.  Mix well.  In a separate bowl, mix the the dry ingredients, flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Fold the dry ingredients to the wet, just until combined.  Add in a handful of chocolate chips.  Let sit while heating up a skillet on medium – low heat.  Grease with butter.  Add a couple of pancakes on when butter starts to bubble.  You know it’s ready to flip when edges are done.  Once flipped, cook for another 2/3 min.  Repeat.

Sauteed Pears

  • Butter
  • 1 sliced pear

On a greased skillet add pears.  Mix to coat with the butter.  Let sit for about 5 min.

Top pancakes with butter, pears, cinnamon, and maple syrup.  Feeds 2 hungry people 🙂

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Have a great weekend!

 

yesenia

Curried Roasted Veggies

Mawninnnn ya’ll!!!

It’s Thursday, so get excited because tomorrow is Friday!  Even if you’re like me and work the whole weekend, Friday is Friday, and I say that’s good enough.  Today, I decided to get an early start to my day to make sure I got some work done… before work.  It was hard.  My bed was warm and my eyes were still tired.  Even yoga didn’t get the heaviness out.  Oh well.  Let’s just back track to yesterday.

Breakfast

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This my dears, was pumpkin spice oatmeal in a sunflower seed butter jar.  So amazing.  Like really.  The best combo besides peanut butter and banana.  And peanut butter and chocolate.  Just sayin.

Usually I post my breakfast at the end of the post, but for some reason it slipped my mind yesterday.

Lunch

Yesterday I decided to roast up some veggies for lunch.  And by some, I mean a lot. The hardest part was chopping all the veggies, but after that just stick it in the oven and wipe your hands clean.  Lately, I’ve been loving curry, so here’s another yummy hearty recipe

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Curried Roasted Veggies

  • 1 butternut squash cubed
  • 6 potatoes cubed
  • A lot of brussel sprouts halved
  • olive oil
  • 1 tbs curry powder
  • balsamic vinagar
  • salt and peppa

Preheat the oven to 350.  Using 2 baking sheets, spread out the vegetables evenly.  Add enough olive oil to coat and mosten each vegetable (don’t want dry veggies!) Rub in the curry powder.  Drizzle some balsamic for added sweetness.  Salt and peppa to taste.  Place in over for 45 min to 1 hour.

Fall Harvest Salad

  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 cup root veggies
  • 1/2 cup of beans (I used cannelini, garbanzos would be yummy too)
  • 1/2 avacado
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar

Massage kale in about 1/2 tbs of olive oil.  Pile on veggies and beans.  Drizzle balsamic vinegar.  Top with avocado.

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Dinner

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LOL!  I know, so boring, so repetitive.  It does the trick though.  Just enough food to get me through the night at work.  With a little ginger tea to sip on.

Anyways,  hope you guys enjoy your day!

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yesenia