. random eats #9 .

Summer is finally here!

That means Korean barbecue…

P1010164P1010163Tofu and veggies for me, of course heh.

…smoothie bowls…

P1010172…pickling fresh veggies…

P1010183…and acos!

P1010192.jpgThis jackfruit taco was from the Hot For Food blog and it is BOMB.

Got my ingredients prepped and everything was ready in 20 minutes. I used Trader Joe’s canned green chiles because I was too lazy to roast my own poblano peppers and Mission corn tortillas because they were what I had on hand.

And do take the time to make the adobo cashew cream sauce! I gobbled up three in no time 🙂

 

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. random eats #8 .

Hello! I’ve comfortably settled back at home where I could relax all day long~

P1000706.JPGAlthough I don’t have much photos for what I ate during my time here so far (not because I was lazy or anything…), I decided to post something before my trip to Europe. I think my brain hasn’t fully processed the fact that I’m leaving this Saturday, because I feel way too relaxed.

On to the real content.

It was pretty chilly the past week, so I turned to the comforts of a hot bowl of oats.

P1000714.JPGI added sugar cookie PB and a raw apple for a nice crunch.

P1000736.JPGOr I bake it in the oven. This was almost the same combo except with tahini instead of PB. Also, look how cute this mini cast iron is!

P1000716.JPGI’ve been making my lunches consist of just one huge salad. This time I added baked falafels, tomato, cucumber slices and cilantro drizzled with tahini dressing and side of babaganoush and hummus.

P1000718.JPGFalafels have to be one of my favorite foods. I don’t mind the baked ones like here, but I have to say that fried falafels take the win.

P1000733.JPGAnother salad that consisted of the same base of spring mix, cucumbers and tomato, except with the addition of a pesto pasta salad. I bought the same Ancient Grains POW brand of dried pasta, only in the black bean version this time. Tbh I really bought it just for the color, but I ended up really digging the stuff.

I didn’t really care to take pictures of my dinners, because they always consist of the usual Korean food that my mom prepares, but perhaps I should give you guys a peek next time…

This is pretty random, but I’ve been wanting to mention my aroma diffuser for a while. I saw one in MUJI, and I immediately decided I needed one. The price tag at MUJI made my eyes roll to the back of my head, but luckily I found a cheaper alternative at Amazon.

P1000685.JPGThe essential oil is from MUJI though, and my room now smells amazing. I actually think this will make a great Mother’s Day gift.

Speaking of which, I have a pancake recipe coming up— just in time for Mother’s Day! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to prepare a brunch this year, since we will already be in Zurich by Sunday.

P1000725.JPGI made it breakfast-in-bed style, but we’re too much of clean freaks to actually enjoy it that way. My mom ended up taking this back downstairs to the kitchen table to eat this.

Look forward to the next recipe and a veggie eatery! Have a good day~

 

. i’m not dead (yet) + random eats #7 .

Phew, how long has it been?! I actually lost track of the last time I wrote on here with the loads of deadlines looming over my head in addition to finals week.

With that being said, I was able to take a breather during a mini road trip to Cape Cod! My friend randomly decided it was time to check this off her bucket list, so off we went to see the sunset at the beach…

P1000640.JPGP1000643P1000656P1000663P1000666P1000667The wind was wild, y’all.

As for my eats, I’ve been eating the usual plant-based goodness :).

P1000604P1000606Lazy burrito bowl made with black beans sauteed with tomatoes and taco seasoning, tempeh and green peppers (same spices), lettuce, guac, salsa and cilantro rice.

P1000608For some reason, it didn’t occur to me then that the rice was supposed to go on the bottom.

P1000611More excited about the avocados in the back.

P1000615P1000612This is just the prep ingredients for my sammie, but it looked so pretty that I had to snap a shot! Courtesy of Iggy’s bread.

P1000630The classic.

20170418_141746 (2).jpgAs humble and strange as this sounds, one of my all time wishes was to know and socialize with the kitchen/cleaning staff. Sadly, I was too awkward to do that prior to college (I still am tbh), but finally…I was able to hold a long conversation with the woman at the vegan/vegetarian section of the dining hall. I really enjoyed the conversation, which started from how great farmer’s market tomatoes were to how kids nowadays don’t conserve energy (I’m a grandpa on the inside).

P1000674Anyways, she packed me this giant stack of vegan cookies that were there. I’ve been going through them one by one— all day, er’rday. Don’t worry, I balance it out with other nourishing foods, and a cookie will not kill me.  Plus, it’s nourishing my mind ;).

Seriously though, I still have 5 left.

P1000683Leftover arugula got blended into pesto. It was a simple recipe on the back of the package of arugula (thanks TJ’s!) that I adapted by adding sun-dried tomatoes and nutritional yeast.

I also have to clean out my fridge before I move out (in just a few days!), so someone please help me finish my jar of mayonnaise and tub of butter.

20170420_193652 (2).jpgI was lucky to walk into an event happening in one of my dining halls, where the theme was “Educate Your Plate” and the whole place was filled with plant-based menus. The lighting was dim (“to set the ambiance”) so the picture is really crummy, but my plate included: quinoa stuffed poblano peppers with avocado, mushroom tacos wrapped with steamed greens, avocado hummus with pita, green beans, small sample of kombucha and various grilled fruits. The small plate in the corner was also full of roasted root vegetables with some chimichurri sauce. Needless to say, I was happily stuffed by the end of the night.

P1000675They also had a plant-your-own herb station! I was torn between basil and mint…heck I wanted them all! But we were limited to one, so I stuck with mint.

P1000676P1000678Cute froggy for finishing touch.

I feel like I should have written something longer and more entertaining to make up for my long absence. I’ll be sure to come back with more exciting posts once I’m home and able to test recipes!

And I completely forgot to mention this earlier in the year: I’m going to Switzerland and Germany this summer! WOOHOOO! Although it’s only for 2 weeks, I’ll be sure to snap some lovely pics!

Off to finish studying for my other exams~

. random eats #6: cooking all day .

Just another random post of my eats on Sunday. I was in my room most of the time, so I got the chance to cook! I miss having a kitchen, and using my mini camping stove lessens the pain of not having any direct heat to cook with.

P1000573I woke up a little later than usual (9-ish?) and for some reason I decided to eat pasta. I just used  leftover “mac-n-cheez” sauce made with butternut squash, potatoes, and spices. Maybe it’s the addition of bell peppers (bad idea) or not enough nutritional yeast, but I didn’t get that cheesy flavor. It didn’t matter, because I never liked mac-n’-cheese anyways. It was still super creamy and filling though, especially with the lentil penne.

P1000580As a post-workout meal I enjoyed a huge bed of fried rice. I just love looking at this photo because of all the colors~ It was actually half veggies, half rice. I’ll probably post a recipe for this :).

P1000584For dinner, I got a little lazier. I just cooked off tempeh marinated in gochujang sauce on quinoa and roasted asparagus.

P1000587And to end off sweet, I had a little portion of Nature’s Path Blueberry Flax cereal and some plain soy milk. I know some people think it’s unreasonable to call cereal dessert, but please— I can eat cereal anytime, any day. And I find it so enjoyable that it can be dessert if I want it to be.

I was shocked that I hit my protein goal so easily today (78 grams)! I’m a girl of small frame, so this is the high-end, but I’ve been trying to eat more protein since I workout more often. My goal is to hit 20 grams per meal (more or less), so hopefully I can keep up with this!

. random eats #5 + coloring book .

Phew. It feels like it’s been forever since I posted. I wish to say that I have many things to catch up on here, but tbh nothing really happened except just piles of work and exams. I do have some random shots of some of the food I ate…which I know is starting to get repetitive. To be fair, humans are creatures of habit.

P1000514I bought a coloring book on sale at the spur of the moment, and I’ve made little to no progress. I wasn’t aware of what I was getting myself into, especially when I found out that I’m supposed to draw in my own patterns.  As you can see, I started coloring some parts of the elephant before I knew this fact, so some parts will be lacking details. Let me just tell you this: DO NOT PURCHASE IF YOU HAVE LITTLE PATIENCE. This is so. effin. tedious.

P1000515I started the patterns with my Muji Pen, but I didn’t like the consistency(?).

P1000516…hence why I bought a new drawing pen from Pilot. This one is less ink-y and has a felt tip, so the ink distribution is much more even.

P1000517The size of the two pens, just in case you guys care (probably not).

I’ve also become a pro at packing food from the dining hall. I was already frugal, but college really intensified it:

P1000518Black bean burrito with side salad of lettuce, sweet potatoes, quinoa salad, guacamole and purple cabbage.P1000522Roasted sweet potatoes, coconut curry tempeh, pickled onions, steamed squash on a bed of rice.

I like to walk around the dining hall and mix up different sides to make one harmonious meal hehe.

P1000538For breakfast: chocolate PB chia seed pudding topped with cacao nibs and shredded coconut.

P1000535This one was a complete failure; I tried making a pasta dish with leftover cauliflower soup , but I realized that I didn’t have any thickeners like cornstarch to help the soup cling on to the noodles better. All I had on hand was coconut flour, which left that characteristic coarse texture of coconut flour in the sauce. The taste wasn’t too bad…but learn from my mistakes folks.

P1000543Afternoon snack of toast with PB, apple slices, hemp hearts.

P1000545If anyone else gets excited over bread, we can be great friends. Here in Boston, we have a a favorite local called Iggy’s bread. They’re an artisan bakery located in Cambridge that specializes in cultured dough. I have yet to go to the actual shop; for now, I’ll just have to stick to their products sold at Whole Foods.

I purchased the ‘small’ Francese bread, which is essentially their plain sourdough. I was actually so excited that I immediately started slicing the loaf once I got home.

P1000548Seriously guys, if you’re here in MA, please try this. This bread is your dreams come true. See that chewy crust and soft interior? mhmmm.

This bread is so addictive. It has the tang and airy-ness of real good sourdough.

P1000549I also ate ramen, pimped up with some veggies and tofu cubes to help fill me up. Pot holder courtesy of my school assignment.

This is the Koyo ramen in tofu miso flavor. Koyo uses organic wheat for their noodles, and they bake them rather than the traditional frying method. I also like the fact that they don’t use any artificial flavors, MSGs, fillers, etc. It kind of makes it…(do I dare say it)…healthy?!

P1000550Nah, jk. There’s still a lot of sodium like a lot of other packaged foods. However, this is certainly a better alternative if you have ramen cravings. 🙂

P1000560I’ve also finally got around to trying spirulina powder. I was really slow to catch up on the hype, and I never really bothered to purchase it myself. However, I wanted to boost my smoothies up with a little more protein, so I’ve been adding it here and there.

P1000570I was actually afraid this stuff will taste bitter or too earthy (can we just mention that ‘earthy’ is a bit of an understatement to describe hemp protein powder?). But I ended liking it. It kinda tastes like cucumber juice. wut.

P1000566And finally, one of my meals consisted of a to-go container filled with brown rice and tofu and broccoli stir-fry. Of course, I sprinkled ‘nooch’, sesame seeds, and sriracha, cuz we fancy like that.

P1000565Time to dig in! Have a wonderful week and ’til next time~

. random eats #4 .

A good mish-mash of what I ate for the past couple of weeks…

P1000479Garbanzo loaf with a side of mixed greens. This is one of the surprisingly good (and one of my favorite) dishes from my campus dining hall. I believe it’s ground garbanzo beans, with flour and spices, baked in marinara sauce.

P1000487.JPGI bought a tub of Nancy’s cultured soy yogurt from Whole Foods. For those who are used to dairy yogurt, it’s not an exact replica. With that being said, it’s tartness/tanginess makes it one of the closest substitute for the traditional stuff.

20170304_140230 (2)A veggie patty from b.good when my parents came to pick me up.

For spring break, I went back to Venetia, PA to relax and take a break from the usual school schedule. With a kitchen available and a cooking mom, I ended up stuffing myself with way too much good food. No regrets though.

20170306_132549 (2)I posted the recipe for this five-spice pulled jackfruit a few days ago. It was my first time trying jackfruit, and I like it! In fact, I had both servings…

20170307_173006 (2)If you noticed the poor quality of the photos, it’s because I left my good camera back in Boston during spring break. So instead these shots are from my phone…which has shattered camera lens. Ughhh.

Anyways, this banana bread was something my mom and I enjoyed in the course of three days. I intially tried to look for recipes online but then got overwhelmed by the sheer amount of them. So I just winged my own version and hoped for the worst. It wasn’t so bad! Maybe a little too much banana/too little flour made it a bit more dense than I would have liked, but I think I can post the recipe after a little tweaking it here and there.

20170308_144922 (2)My mom and I also went out for a late lunch at a newly opened First Watch Cafe after a short shopping spree. The place sells only breakfast and lunch and therefore closes earlier than other restaurants. We got there just before closing time, but the kind lady seated us. The interior is really cute and rustic with chalkboards and whatnot.

20170308_144918 (2)I opted for something savory and got myself the veggie burger with a side of dressed greens. That’s two veggie burger in one week folks. The patty is made with brown rice, Peppadew peppers, onions, carrots and mushrooms. I actually preferred this patty over the b.good patty. It was served with fresh avocado, organic mixed greens, tomato and red onion on a brioche bun (probably not vegan).

I’m going to have to come back and try their breakfast menu, which kept calling to me. The price is mid-range, and it’s a great place for meet-ups and mom-daughter dates 🙂

First Watch – Bridgeville

160 Millers Run Rd. #400, Bridgeville, PA 15017

www.firstwatch.com

7 am – 2:30 pm (Mon.-Sun.)

20170309_184206 (2)I’m disappointed at myself for not taking more pics of more deliciousness my mom cooked for me. The only one I got is this kimbap that we made towards the end of my stay. I veganized it, using Whole Food’s veggie dogs and the Vegan Egg by Follow Your Heart. I also added strips of marinated tofu and other goodies that commonly go in kimbaps (blanched spinach, sauteed carrots, pickled daikon).

20170316_184746 (2)Dining hall food back at the campus in Boston. The tofu stir-fry was actually pretty good (a bit too salty) but I had to eat plain tofu and sweet potatoes on the side to cut the super spiciness of the fresh jalapenos I added. They look so innocent in this picture, but they practically burned my tongue while I was eating. I kept eating them though…that’s the addictive property of capsaicin hehe.

20170315_194218 (2)A custom pizza made at Blaze Pizza with a side of leftover kale salad from Cafe Crossing. The store is veg*an friendly, with lots of cool veggie topping options. Plus, they serve Daiya cheese! I’m not a huge fan of their shredded cheeses though, so I asked them to sprinkle only half of the pie with it. The rest of the pizza was topped with kalamata olives, fresh basil, roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, sauteed onions, and roasted zucchini. Yumm.

P1000507I have more time to cook breakfast in the weekends, so I like to make myself a hearty bowl of oatmeal. I opted for a savory version this time, rather than my usual sweet varieties. This one was about 1/2 cup of dry oats cooked in Not Chik’n broth and nutritional yeast. Then I topped it off with crispy tofu, some more nutritional yeast, hemp hearts and sriracha. Oh, and I added some gim (roasted laver) and umeboshi as garnish. Satisfying my inner Asian.

P1000508Pretty bomb if I may say so myself.

P1000509As a snack, I had a soft serve of frozen ‘naners, mangoes and pineapples. I could’ve put this in a bowl and made it more presentable. But I could just save myself of one more dish to clean.

P1000511And finally, I cooked a one-pot pasta meal for dinner. A recipe I found online used lentil pasta, claiming that it makes the dish creamy. Luckily, I had a box of Ancient Grains Green Lentil Pasta laying around (go figures), so I tested if the trick actually works. I’m happy to say that it totally works! I’m guessing the high starch content of these pasta noodles thickens up the cooking liquid.

I actually didn’t have a lot of the ingredients listed on the recipe, so I went ahead and added what I had on hand. I even added some cauliflower puree to make the sauce extra creamier…mmmm. In the end, the ingredients were completely different, but delicious nonetheless.

Can you tell I’m adding hemp seeds to everything? I find it’s an easy way to add high-quality protein to just about any meal.

Well that wraps up this random eats! Now off to do some work…

. week’s eats #3 .

More like 2 weeks of eats, but I only have enough photos to make up one.

On we go~

p1000457Nostalgic banana milk veganized 🙂 I remember downing a single pack of that stuff back when I was in Korea.

p1000461Ack! So messy! But we all know almond butter + dates = heaven.

p1000462Lays baked chips, because potatoes are vegetables. Gotta get my 5 servings a day.

p1000465I also made some kimchi fried rice topped with gim. I was too tired to make it look presentable, but it still tasted amazing. Plus I’m obsessed with anything kimchi (I wonder why hehe).

p1000469Last week had a couple of cold, rainy days, perfect for a comforting bowl of soup and toast! Here, we have smashed chickpea salad on sprouted Ezekiel bread and Imagine organic sweet pea soup.

p1000470Also, have you guys tried the new Daiya greek yogurt alternatives? Dairy-free, soy-free powered by pea protein! I saw them out on the refrigerated section of Star Market, and my curiosity lead me to spend $2.50 on this tiny cup.

p1000473Before: topped with frozen berries and Kashi nuggets.

p1000472After. Nom nom.

p1000474I never really like flavored yogurts to begin with, and many non-dairy companies use a ton of sweeteners to mask the lack of tanginess and flavor that characterize dairy yogurt. Despite this one being on the extremely sweet side, I have to say that the texture was almost spot on. Nice, thick and creamy. One thing I didn’t like about So Delicious’ coyo is their heavy use of starches/gums to thicken the mixture. Daiya’s have none of that; they do contain thickeners, but it’s more subtle without creating slimy-ness (perhaps the coconut cream’s doing?).

p1000475I’ve been skipping breakfast in the mornings these days, so it’s nice when I have the chance to sit down and enjoy a chocolate green smoothie bowl.

20170215_093105 (2).jpgOr I mash my meals into one brunch/lupper(?). Usually it’s from Cafe Crossing, and I’m pretty sure the ladies working there wonder how I go there almost every day. This time I got the Chimichurri bowl without feta cheese. So. freaking. hearty.

That’s it for this week’s eats. Sorry for it being so short and for me not posting for a while. I’ve been pretty busy with midterms and papers, buttttttt I know I’ll eventually come back to this blog. It’s where we procrastinate, right? And procrastination is the bane of my existence that will never go away.

Have a good long weekend to those who have President’s Day off!