WIAW

What I Ate Wednesday: First post!

March 7, 2012

Thanks everyone for the sweet comments on yesterdays post about our new home :) We are both very excited to move in!

You may or may not be familiar with a blogging event that happens every Wednesday here on the web. Created by Jennifer over at Peas and Crayons. Every Wednesday bloggers post what they ate the day before, usually, and share their food creations or new ideas for meals etc.

 

Jennifer says:

What WIAW is about
Celebrating one of the glorious things we all have in common: We all eat!
WIAW is about food and fun! It’s about making new friends, breaking out of a food rut, noting changes in your diet/lifestyle, inspiring yourself & others, embracing fruit & vegetables, nourishing your body with the foods that work for you, finding new ways to eat your favorite foods, and so much more <3
Celebrate blogging. Celebrate Food. Celebrate Individuality.
I’ve been blogging for almost four years, after beginning in 2008. Of course, I have only begun to blog more frequently in the past year or two. School sometimes gets in the way, but I’ve been trying to blog more often. As a part of this goal, I decided to join What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW). As Jennifer mentions on her site, people love to see other peoples meals, and get inspired to cook new and exciting recipes and ideas for eating healthier. I love reading other bloggers WIAW every week, so why not contribute as well?
This months ‘theme’ is Green. It fits because this month we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday festooned in green. It also fits in with Fitnessista’s Marvelous March - Making one Green meal a day
So! Here is my first WIAW!
Breakfast: 6:30 AM, Bowl of Rice Krispies with Almond Milk (still on my Allergy Diet, you can read about that here)
At about 10:00 am I decided I needed a little snack before the gym. I came across this post by Peanut Butter Fingers for Walnut Oatmeal Date Balls. They reminded me of Averie’s Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough balls. They only have six ingredients! I altered my recipe a little to accomodate what I had on hand. I tried making these before here, but I didn’t pulse long enough to make it more of a ‘dough.’ This time they turned out much better!
Raw Vegan Almond & Date protein balls
Ingredients:
  • 7-8 dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats ( I used Gluten/Wheat Free )
  • 1/2 cup Almonds
  • Spoonful of Almond Butter
  • Tbs. Protein Powder
  • Chocolate Chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse. Continue until everything is blended together and a dough forms. This may take a few minutes. You can add more/less dates depending on consistency.
  2. Roll the dough into balls by hand and refrigerate until ready to eat.

You can really use whatever nuts you have on hand, walnuts, cashews, almonds etc. and use peanut butter (unless you have an allergy, like myself).

These are great to grab before a workout or as a sweet snack on the go.

I can eat almonds and almond butter, as I know I do not have an allergy to them, and I’m not sure you can be allergic to dates.. though Adam always says ‘you can be allergic to anything!’ But I felt these were safe as a snack. And I now know I have a wheat allergy, and I am going back to the doctor’s this week to find out my blood work results for the celiac test, so I used gluten free and wheat free oats from Trader Joe’s.

Post Workout Snack: Green Smoothie 12:30 pm – Almond Milk, Ice, Handful of Spinach, Banana. Blend in blender until liquified. Delicious!! + It’s Allergy-Diet Friendly :)

For Dinner I had planned on making black bean soup, but I remembered seeing this recipe and decided I wanted to make Turkey Burgers! These were really simple and SO so delicious.

Dinner: 6:30 pm Homemade Turkey Burger, crumbled Goat Cheese, Spinach, Homemade Cranberry sauce from Adam’s mom, Yam (sweet potato? depending on what you call it!) and Black beans.

This was SO Good. Definitely going to be dinner again tonight!.. Or lunch, depending on how hungry I get ;)

I only had enough turkey for two burgers.

Turkey Burger
Recipe adapted from:
From Hungry Girl Por Vida  

Ingredients:

1/2 medium onion, diced fine (pulsed in food processor)

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

Dash of Rosemary

1 pound lean, ground turkey

1 egg

3 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, sweat onions and garlic. Once onions become translucent, add rosemary and saute another minute. Do not brown or the garlic may burn. Set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl combine ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, and cooled onion/herb mixture. Mix gently to combine. Divide meat into 4 sections and shape into patties (about 1/4-1/2 inch thick), making a shallow well in the center. Refrigerate patties for 20 minutes to firm up.

Heat a heavy skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle patties liberally with salt and pepper, cook, flipping only once, for about 4 minutes on each side.

Serve immediately.

 

So there! That’s my very first WIAW!!

Do you participate in WIAW?? Share a link to your page :)

If you don’t, what was your favourite thing you ate yesterday? Any new recipes you tried?

 

Life

Moving on Up

March 6, 2012

It seems like March madness has already begun. I’ve been pencilling in all my final assignments, essays, and projects into my calender on my desktop, as well as other events such as baby showers (for our new little niece!) and birthdays.

This past weekend was my brothers birthday, and this Thursday is Adam’s birthday! It’s even more exciting because he will be finishing his third year exam that day as well for his Electrical apprenticeship. We’re both students right now!

Other exciting things have been happening around here for Adam and I. Last night, while watching The Bachelor (yes, I’m guilty of watching that show and love seeing the train wreck that is Courtney), I remarked to Adam about how he thought he would be a bachelor in his new bachelor pad when he purchased his condo (that we now both live in).

The night Adam and I met was a funny one. I was having a going away party, as I was moving away to go to school on the island. I was really excited to be going away for school and living on my own. It was just before Christmas and after my last exam at my current university. Adam was waiting at his friends place to get the keys to his new and very first place of his own. My brother, who worked (and still works) with Adam, invited him out to my party. The funniest thing is that months before I met Adam he jokingly told my brother he would date his sister, as boys do, while not even knowing if he had a sister. As it turned out, Adam wasn’t going to be getting his new keys that night, and so he decided why not come out to the party.

Well, you can guess what happened next. Adam walked into the house, up my stairs and there I was standing at the top. My brother introduced us, and then I’m sure immediately regretted it in the next breath. Adam and I talked all night long, while my brother jokingly tried to separate us during the night. Adam says it was love at first sight. However, that may have had something to do with the scantily clad shirt I had decided to wear that night ;) Before Adam left that night we said we’d ‘add eachother on facebook,’ the cliche thing to do, and the next morning I woke up and had a new friend request.

We flirted back and forth for a few messages before he had the courage to say “December 21, 2009 at 5:51pm Adam: So, I was also going to say, if you are ever in ____ and want to grab a coffee or something, give me a call, or really if you just want to grab a coffee or anything… my phone number is 778-***-**** ” To which I replied “Lol well im not in ____ often, but id love to get a coffee or something, maybe not coffee, since i dont drink it.. but a tea or a drink or something.” We’re both so suave. It was true, I really didn’t venture outside of my small town and little did I know I would later be moving in with him, to an area I seldom visted. Ever. We went on a secret date, before telling my brother, and then had several more dates within the two weeks before I moved away. We celebrated New years together, and then on the 2nd of January I moved to the Island.

The funniest thing is Adam thought my brother had an older sister, and I thought Adam was younger than my brother when I first met him. He is actually four years my senior, and my brother is two years older than me. Adam has been blessed with a very youthful face. I think he got it from his dad, who also looks very young. He will always get ID’d when we are out, and I will hardly ever get ID’d.

Apparently this has become our token pose

Needless to say, I only stayed on the island for one semester before Adam came over and helped move my stuff back home after four months of long distance dating, numerous ferry rides (I was sick of ferries), late night calls and skyping. And another four months after that, I moved in with Adam.

But two years later, no scantily clad shirt, and we are still together. We have lived together for just over a year and a half. Adam had bought a one bedroom condo, obviously not thinking he would meet someone the day before moving in who would eventually move in too, and take over every nook and cranny ;) Over the last year we have done lots of renovating, painting the bathroom from burnt orange to grey, the bedroom from brown/green to charcoal, and the kitchen from brown/green to white as well as a fun accent wall in the living room, and touching up little things such as changing over the hardware to stainless steel from brass and installing a new ceiling fan and lights in the hallway and bathroom.

  

 

 

However, even with the renovations we have made, we can’t do much about the issue of space. We have one closet in the entrance, and two closets in the bedroom as well as a small linen closet in the bathroom. They are always stuffed to the brim, things are falling out constantly and we are forever cramming more items into them. They are about to buckle.

In the kitchen, my second home, our oven is always filled with 10+ baking dishes, baking sheets, pots and pans, and things are constantly falling out of the cupboards or off the counter top (I’m a messy cook) and there is little to no counter space due to my three KitchenAid appliances, Adam’s coffee machine and other utensils and containers. It is a real pain to have to take everything out of the oven before turning it on and cooking/baking and then having to put it all back into the oven afterwards.We also have a rather large KitchenAid roasting pan underneath our bed, and a brand new 10 piece KitchenAid pots and pans set at my Mom’s house that I have yet to use because, well, we simply have no space for them.

Simply put, we need more space. We have tools, lots of them, (Adam’s) in two of our closets, underneath my dresses and shoes, pots and pans under the bed and clothing racks under our couch.

So, a couple weeks ago while I was recovering from my wisdom teeth removal, and Adam’s sister was in labour, he thought it would be a great time to purchase a new house. We had only looked briefly at these places one day for fun the week before, and Adam decided that he would now buy one. They are brand new town homes being built, that will be finished in December. I thought it was a fitting month to move in, the month Adam and I met, and the month he moved into his ‘bachelor pad,’ that lasted about 24 hours. December seems to be a happening month for us.

The new place will be just over 1400 square feet, much larger than our 600 square foot one bedroom condo we are in now. It has four bedrooms, a giant kitchen with a massive island and TONS of drawers and storage (kitchen of my dreams), and a double garage (fit for lots of tools! no more tools in my closet). I cannot WAIT to move in. It is still 10 months away, but I am already thinking of decorating it in my head.

While I won’t miss things falling out of cupboards and closets, off the countertops and constantly moving the pots and pans in and out of the oven, I will miss our friends.

We are so blessed to live in a building with four of Adams best friends (two couples). They all went to school together, and have continued to have close relationships as they have all grown up. I think we take for granted how nice it is we know people in the builidng. Whenever we run out of eggs, sugar, flour or need to borrow some item we can always rely on them. We park next to each other, have one another over for dinner and lend a hand carrying in groceries or installing new ovens/dishwashers when asked and watching trashy shows like the Bachelor together on Monday nights. While we are not moving a significant distance from our current home, it is not quite the same as living down the hallway, and a couple floors apart. We will be about a 25-30 minute drive, depending on traffic, away from them. However, both Adam’s family and mine live only minutes away from us now, so we will be visiting often. Of course, I can’t wait until we are all settled at the end of the year so we can invite our friends over for dinners and catch up.

It’s a funny thing when you realize you are growing up. This year I have become an Aunt! I will be graduating from University (finally!), moving into a new home, beginning my career upon acceptance to the Teaching Program, and hopefully travelling to Europe this summer. It seems March madness will be here long after the 31st.

Life

I Surrender

February 28, 2012

I surrender to food allergies. 

After 23 years of eating what I want (usually, except dairy) I have decided to wave the white flag and say goodbye to delicious foods for the next little bit.

{Like this homemade Gnocchi (Though, it is made of almost all potato..I’m sure It would be fine..)}

{And these delcious meatballs}

This month of eats has been bland. Very, very bland. As I’ve mentioned before, here and here, I have dealt with random food allergies for the past while. I found out about 7 years ago that I had a dairy allergy, and a peanut allergy, among other random not as important allergies such as raw carrots? Such a thing exists? So, I had been quite good at not eating foods such as eggs since they made me rather nauseous ( a word I have spelt so many times that I now know the correct spelling without auto-correct. It’s the little triumphs ) and as of 2010 I completely gave up milk. Something that was not so hard, as I really did not drink it religiously.

When I was younger, as are most children, I was forced to have Milk at every meal making sure I would drink the entire glass. As I got older I really only drank it with cereal. And, after months of feeling sick after breakfast, I finally gave it it up. I did OK without cereal, not venturing into dairy-alternatives such as rice or soy or almond milk for quite a bit. I switched to my beloved oatmeal and was content. I tried Almond milk for the first time and really quite liked it. It is my go-to for cereal, smoothies and sometimes baking. I don’t really drink a glass on its own, except maybe for dunking cookies.

So, after a while of feeling not-so-great after many of my meals I decided I had better go back to the doctor and figure it out. I waited almost six months to see the specialist and found some answers.

In order to de-bunk my allergies I was put on an ‘Allergy Elimination Diet,’ which, if you follow me on Twitter you will have heard my lamenting about it. When I first saw the list of foods I was ‘allowed’ to eat for the first week my first question was “Where’s the breakfast foods???” Thankfully a friend of mine on twitter messaged me a breakfast idea: Turkey sausages, hash-browns or yams, cranberry sauce. Best breakfast ever. This has become a weekend staple. During the week it’s usually rice krispies with almond milk and a peach cup.

I’ve gotten as creative as I can with the diet so far. My favourite dinners have been a baked yam, cut open like a baked potato with black beans and cranberry sauce, along with turkey breast. My aunt also made me dinner one night, turkey lettuce wraps. So good, and I hadn’t thought about it before.

Some recent eats on the diet:

       

New Allergies so far:

I found out that I have a wheat and corn allergy. Who knew? The doctor said that because my grass allergies are so severe, the highest it can be (and I know, having suffered all my life during spring/summer with hay-fever and severely red and watery eyes) that this affected the wheat and corn allergies, as they come from the same family. After the day of ‘introducing’ this food group I definitely reacted and am now consciously avoiding them. It is so not worth the pain and stomach issues. This one is going to be tough, as wheat and corn are a common filler in many foods.

I also had the blood work done to find out about Celiac Disease. Now, I’m not sure that I do have it, but my doctor said it wouldn’t hurt to find out just to be sure. So I should know the results at the end of the week. **update, i do not have celiac, just a severe wheat and corn allergy, related to my extreme grass allergy (spring/summer is my allergy nemesis) **

So, for now I’m going to try keeping up with the diet and figure out what triggers my stomach issues and which foods I should be avoiding. I gotta say, after the first week and a half of being on the diet I felt better than I had in months. No stomach pain, no complaining to Adam after we eat that “I don’t feel good,” and just feeling overall better.

The whole getting-my-wisdom-teeth-out thing put a damper in the diet, while I consumed too many pudding cups than any human should. Also, more mashed potatoes than normal.

I’m trying to get back on track and ready to introduce the next food group. Hopefully it will be more veggies and fruits.

Now, how might a girl who love to Bake and Cook all the time go about not eating/cooking delicious foods? Well, thankfully I still have this guy.

{Waiting outside the delivery room for our new niece to be born! Adam’s sister gave birth last week!}

I make him foods I can’t eat, Like coffee ice cream. An entire batch of coffee ice cream, all for himself (I might have stolen a tiny spoonful) If’ that’s not true love I don’t know what is.

Adam, unlike myself, is still able to eat everything. So I usually will make two dinners, one for me and one for him. The base is the same, but I’ll add other veggies or carbs etc for his plate. And I also still love cooking and baking for others.

In Happier news, our little niece is one week old! And super fashionable thanks to me! ;)

Tomorrow I am bringing a ‘Baby Meal’ over to Adam’s sister and her husband so they don’t have to worry about dinner, along with dessert of course. After reading Fitnessista’s baby meals (history here) she received after giving birth I was inspired to create one! I’m making this Coconut Shrimp Curry which I have made in the past (when I could eat) which is downright amazing.

I love to cook. Even if I’m not the one eating it. I have a serious addiction when it comes to cooking and baking. So even just preparing and cooking food is fun for me and I get excited planning menus.

So, for now, I surrender to my allergies and will have to suck it up and eat mashed potatoes, yams and peach cups for a little while longer. I’ve eaten about 40 of them so far. No joke. Along with about 5 bags of rice cakes. This from a girl who avidly avoided buying rice and potatoes forever.

Lainey, however, is just fine with my allergy diet. Turkey sausage and ground turkey leftovers? One happy dog.

Have you gone for an allergy test?

Do you have food allergies? Do you find it hard to eat out/cook food around them?