June 17, 2009

Weekend recap, recipes and plans!

Hey there! It's Wednesday, workout resting day so I can post!!! Yeah~~~ I feel that everyday I have so much to tell you guys but when I arrive home, I just want to eat and lay on my coach, watch a movie and go to sleep. Like thisMy last post was on Saturday talking about the potential problem with consuming raw spinach. After more research on that issue (in chinese and western websites) I've decided to cut down raw spinach consumption. I might still have green monster but definitely not everyday and probably use kale to see if it tastes as good as spinach. I'm just a very risk averse person and my healthy eating philosophy includes not consume food or the way that it's controversial, because that means there are studies confirming both theories and they're not conclusive.

Recap moment.
Rest of the Saturday: Swimming in the morning and went to a party (food wasn't good, all from costco, so I stuffed myself with guacamole, 1/2 mexican tortilla and watermelon). Then I went to pedicure for the first in my life!!! oh..man, that felt soooo good!
Dinner: a new porridge made with dry corns, quinoa, peanuts, white fungus and oats.
green salad with white fungus and a sauteed tofu with eggplants
Look the TV tray that I bought. since I eat almost always alone, it's more convenient to eat in front of the TVDessert:Sunday: yoga, groceries and baking.
Breakfast was a nice one: english muffin with an egg cheese omelet (Krista likes it too) with another green monster and Real Simple
Baking time! I made another batch of mini blueberries bundt cake and mini zucchini bread. One mini bundt was my AM snack... it was sooooooo delicious, so moisturized and fresh! :)
Lunch was cleaning fridge kind of saladDessert: I made popsicles with dairy free chocolate pudding! I was soo fun to make and eat!PM: gigantic grapefruit! I've been having one everyday after I come back from work.Dinner: porridge + sauteed veggies 2 kinds'Dessert: KABOCHA!!!
Monday: gym and work
Breakfast: green oatbran topped with wheat berries and a new batch of homemade almond butterFor the day
dessert: KABOCHA!!!
Tuesday: yoga with Dave Farmer + work
Breakfast: my first overnight oat (1/2 c. oats soaked with almond milk and vanilla) mixed with greek yogurt, blueberries and almond butter! LOVE IT!!!and a green monster
For the day
As you can see, June's challenge is going well... I've been using my pantry heavily and spend less on groceries. I'll post a before and after pic of my pantry when June ends.

Now, plans:
  • I am considering to go to a yoga retreat organized by my yoga studio. It's only a weekend long and I know it will be great because all my 3 favorite instructors will go there. But it's pricey, $550 for the weekend, so I'm heasitating.
  • I'll teach a short course (six 3 hours class) when I go to Argentina. I was competing with other visiting professor and yesterday I was informed that they picked my program. I was so excited because it's well paid and because I'll basically teach my dissertation topic. So I'll share my insights about the topic and as I prepare for the classes, it will help on my dissertation as well.
  • I'll prepare a lunch for my friends this weekend!!! My first home party and I'll be the host! It's not a big party, only my best male friends. I'll be feeding 4 hungry boys!!! hahahah... I'm working on the menu! It will so so fun!

Question: What's exciting in your life right now? What are you looking forward in the near future?


Jessica said...

geez so much yummy food! I loove the wheatberries on the green oatbran!

Pearl said...

what yummy foods!

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

Your food is always so diverse and wonderful looking!

a yoga retreat sounds so amazing!! I bet it's worth the money!

I love cooking for others and I can tell by your enthusiasm you are too!

Enjoy your day!

Rachel said...

Sounds like a busy past few days! All your eats look amazing though, I have yet to try kabocha and every time I see it on here I want some. Cooking for four hungry boys? That should be interesting! I'm sure it'll be tons of fun.

Much love,

Maria said...

Love all of the tasty foods! I am looking forward to our long weekend in Colorado, we go at the end of the month. I love trips!

Anonymous said...

Hey Coco! I hear ya about working a long day, and just wanting to eat and veg out!

I still find your spinach conclusions interesting. Here's a suggestion - when making spinach oats, maybe microwave the spinach for 30 seconds or so first? Would that solve the problem? I guess you can't do that with the green monster though.

Your overnight oats looks delicious - I really want to try that!

And its easy to say what I'm looking forward to - my travels! I'll definately be in your neighbourhood and look forward to meeting you!

I think the yoga retreat sounds wonderful. And it would be good for you too! I think its totally justifiable..

Rose said...

Can you post the recipe for the puddin' pops? Are they a box mix or made from scratch? Inquiring minds :)

Krista said...

SO many great things in this post!
1)Love the TV try...brilliant!
2)Thanks for the shout out :)
3)Your baking looks fab. I really like the heart shape mold you bought
4)Mmmm, pudding pops. I haven't had one of those in ages
5)CONGRATS on getting the teching job in Argentina. $$ is always a good thing!

Have a great day, Coco!!!

Gina said...

Yeah for posicles!! I like the idea of making fudge-sicles, or at least similar to fudgesicles..clever! I also love your tv try, I need to get one of those.

I look forward to my vacation in July, and all the summer festivals coming up (mainly the Jazz and Rib fest!)

Anonymous said...

All your food looks amazing - but I especially like your egg sammie! :D

Maggie said...

I love your desserts :)

In my life... well, I'm going to be teaching all summer and that starts in about 2 weeks. I'm also excited because I think we are planning to move back to the east coast soon! Well, within a year, and possibly within a few months. I don't really know details yet but we have been talking about it every day.

Alison said...

Your porridge looks really creamy.
My husband loves his TV tray. I usually prefer to eat at the table with a book when I'm alone though.

annie said...

yummy foods!

i always eat in front of the tv when i'm alone. haha

Sweta said...

Coco-what is white fungus and how do you cook them?Is it used for sweet dishes only? Where do you buy them?

Anonymous said...

I love how you have kabocha for dessert practically every day. It really is the perfect food isn't it?

Fridge clearing salads are definitely my favourite. HUGE and they do such a great job at clearing out the last bits of things hanging out in the fridge.

I'm soaking wheatberries for the first time in FOREVER right now and I'm super excited about it :)

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

Rose: those popsicles are really simple: silken tofu, almond milk, flax meal, cocoa powder and stevia, all blended!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

Sweta: white fungus can be found in asian stores and you can make sweet and savory dishes with it. First, soak for at least 2 hours and then do whatever you want with it! It is very good for our body! Hope you try it! :)

Sweta said...

Thanks Coco-will check it out! Could you please post a simple recipe with it though-a sweet with it sounds interesting!!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

Sweta: the simplest one is what I make all the time: just white fungus and chinese dates, cooked in slow cooker for 8 hours and sweetened with honey when it's done! :)

janetha said...

missed you coco! glad you are keeping busy. first pedi ever!? wow, i am addicted to pedis. haha. love them. nothing too fun on my end. great to hear from you! xoxo

ChickPea said...

Love those cute popsicles!

Anonymous said...

yummy yummy yummy... love the new porridge with the fungus and all that :] looks so delicious. omg, can u believe i haven't had oats OR squash in awhile?!?!... gah i'm SOOOOo behind!!! your eats, like always, look so healthy and delicious. it's like 3 in the morning and its making me hungry... i love the tray too :] i have one kinda like that but i just use it for my laptop... hehehe...

Emily said...

Yummy eats! I still haven't tried kabocha but want to.

Congrats on being chosen to teach your dissertation work in Argentina; that's really exciting!

I'm just super happy to be at home right now! :-)

Jennifer said...

love the green monster in a wine glass! too cute!

meg said...

Love the baked goods and the dairy free popsicles!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that first picture. You have the cutest lil feeties!
I'm so with you - at the end of the day it's hard to blog!
Thanks for the spinach info. I'm wary of it too.

Erica said...

Love all the mini baked goods- so cute! Have your Oikos decreased in price? Ours have- I was super excited

Anonymous said...

omg what amaziiing meals you have. I loove everything you make, and I'm noticing now that I am definitely trying harder to eat less processed snacks thanks to reading your awesome blog. :) You're fabulous COCO!!!!!

Danielle said...

Hey girlie, not sure what your schedule is like lately but if you get the chance... can you feed me? You have been eating the most beautiful things lately, I'd like to get in on the yummy fun ;)

Priyanka loves food said...

Love your eats and the popsicle looks so good!!

Also I love the TV tray!

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