Eats

It’s a… Tomato! + What I Ate Wednesday

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Oh my!

I’ve been waiting all summer for this moment to come!

Behold: The Tomato! (cue evil laugh)

Isn't she pretty?

Of course, now you must be thinking something like So what? or What’s the big deal with this tomato?

But, before you think I’m completely crazy, let me tell you all about it.

This isn’t just any random tomato! It’s a heirloom tomato. The variety is called Brazilian Beauty. It’s organic. I grew it. On my balcony. I picked up the plant at the farmer’s market a few months ago. And now, my friends, it is time to harvest.

Despite my black thumb, this beautiful plump heirloom tomato made it! There are 4 more on the vine, but I’m still waiting for those to ripen.

This is not just any random tomato.

And I have grand plans for it! Only a sandwich with cave-aged Gruyere cheese can do justice for this tomato. Like this one:

Heirloom Tomato and Gruyere Sandwich

OK, let’s move on to what you actually want to know.

Here are today’s eats for another #WIAW:

  • Breakfast: By the way this was an epic fail last week… Today’s breakfast was a hardboiled egg, and a mug of coffee while running out the door.
  • AM Snack during class: Another coffee and the last one of my chocolate cherry cashew bars, which were leftover from my July Foodie Penpals package sent to me by Sarah.
  • Lunch: Leftover pasta and tomato sauce, shared with my little man
  • PM Snack: Peach, Happy Planet Smoothie
  • Dinner: Thai Veggie Currywith Shrimp + a glass of Vino Bianco! :p

    I used a jar of organic Parmesan Tomato sauce for today's lunch (yesterday's dinner), which was surprisingly good!

     

    Great for on the go! (image: spud.ca)

Peas and Crayons

I have to report that eating meatless is pretty easy, if you have fresh veggies on hand, but I really do need to make an effort to plan meals out and to not grab convenience foods. Those processed foods (including Amy’s organic burritos…) are sodium bombs! But still going strong for #veggieweek,  if you are following me on twitter @susoniadotcom.

That’s it for today! If you want to learn more about What I Ate Wednesday, then head over to Jenn’s blog Peas and Crayons!

Oh, and I totally forgot:

***If you’re in the market for chocolate, make sure you check back here on Saturday, because I have a sweeeeeet giveaway coming up!***

 

Recipe Fail & Veggie Challenge!

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Happy Weekend, everyone!

As previously mentioned, I was going to share a recipe, which I’ve been wanting to re-create since coming back from Europe.

Pork Tenderloin with Chanterelles and Roasted Veggies

Star of the show: Chanterelles!

I’m usually not big on pork, but when we had this together with our family, I just knew that I would have to make my own version of this.

BUT: I was a little disappointed with the way it turned out. The chanterelles and veggies were ok, but the pork just really wasn’t my thing. It was a little dry and only tasted like meat – no other more complex flavours, which is how I usually like my meat/any dish. And in general it just turned out a little too greasy and tasteless to truly enjoy it. :(

It still filled us up, but I simply cannot share a recipe that I wouldn’t make again. #FAIL

FYI: I worked with these ingredients: 1 pork tenderloin, 4 small potatoes, 1 cup broccoli florets, 1 cup (or more) green beans, 5 crimini mushrooms, 1 pepper, and 150 grams (or more, if you can afford them…) of fresh chanterelles. Also, some butter, olive oil, salt and pepper, 1 clove of garlic, 1 small shallot.

Sounds promising, doesn’t it?

It really looked better than it tasted, though…

Let me know if you have any ideas on making this dish tastier. My first step would be to eliminate the pork tenderloin. I think I’ve had enough meat for a while.

Speaking of eliminating meat, how about a fun challenge? Going meatless for 1 week! I’m going to start right now!!!

I will still eat fish and seafood, because they are delicious and deliver protein and essential fatty acids, but meat – no thankyouverymuch! I will tweet my eats once a day and then summarize next Friday, how it went. Feel free to join me on twitter @susoniadotcom for #veggieweek.

Good thing I had lots of veggies leftover. Great starting point. :)

Happy weekend!

FALL into good Habits! [What I Ate Wednesday]

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This is actually Peas and Crayons’ title for today’s post, but I’m loving it, so I hope Jenn doesn’t mind me using the same one! ;)

Peas and Crayons

The reason why it’s important for me to start incorporating some more healthy foods into my routine (i.e. creating good habits), is because today is my first day back at school, and I’ve already experienced the cravings that walking past the coffee shops and fast food outlets in the Student Union Building, even though I’ve only spent one hour on campus! Plus, I really want to make breakfast a habit, because I’m skipping it way more often than I should.

So here goes another round of #WIAW. It was a snack kind of day!

  • Breakfast: Vegan banana bread and small coffee [o]* with soy milk from Blue Chip Cookies (if you ever go to UBC for whatever reason, you MUST (MUST!!!) buy a Marbelous or Java Nut Cookie!!)
  • Post Class Snack: Peach [o] from the farmers market and plain yogurt [o], banana [o] and 2 raspberry fig bars
  • Lunch: Brown rice pasta [o] and blog bolognese sauce (with [o] ground beef)
  • Afternoon Snack: Coffee and another peach  [o] & a plum [o]
  • Pre-Dinner Snack: Hummus & cucumber [o]
  • Dinner: Pork tenderloin with chanterelles and roasted veggies [o], similar to what we had in Sweden + tiny glass (leftovers) of vino.This dish was ridiculously easy to make, but I think I went a little overboard with the butter. I think the copious amounts of veggies make up for it though.

* For fun and because of the recently published study about the nutritional values of organic food, that’s for sure going to stir up some kind of media circus, I’ve added an [o] to each of my organic eats of the day. Because I don’t care, whether the nutritional stats of organic and conventional are the same or not, and I guess I have the need to share that with you. :)

What are your healthy habits this fall? Leave a comment for inspiration! I really hope I will stick with my new plan to eat breakfast every day. It is so important, and I hope it will keep me from buying junk/treats/too much Starbucks and help me focus on my studies.

If you’d like to know more about What I Ate Wednesday or join in on the fun, don’t forget to check out Jenn’s blog Peas and Crayons.