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Meat coma

I have been seriously craving something gooey, cheesy and decadent the past few days, as I mentioned yesterday. I thought at first I wanted pizza, but it was really just anything carb-y and gooey that I wanted. I’m a big believer in letting yourself indulge occasionally so that you don’t go overboard at a moment of weakness — it’s a really good practice of moderation. I’m still working on doing the indulging thing within limits though, as I tend to go crazy on portion sizes if I’m not mindful of it.

Thinking it would quell the craving, I made some eggplant parmesan after the gym last night. It was FANTASTIC and I wholeheartedly chowed down on dinner last night…took some fun pictures and will post them along with the recipe tomorrow becausessseeee — I got my CF card reader in the mail last night!

Apparently, though, the eggplant didn’t cut it, because when I heard the Gaztro-Wagon was coming for lunch today, I got my dolla bills ready.

Yeah, I just wolfed down a huge sandwich. Slow-cooked beef, cabbage, apple, gouda and bacon, all wrapped up in a warm piece of naan.

Cue drooling.

Picture 2

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I’m pretty sure I forgot to breathe before diving into this thing face first. Needless to say, I didn’t take a picture.

Unfortunately I’m feeling kinda yucky now — a little too full but thankfully not stuffed, weighed down and sleepy. Just a reminder that my body runs best on whole grains, fruits and veggies + lots of water. But this was a fun indulgence nonetheless.

In other “news” — hah! news… — I got my very first french press in the mail last night as well! I’ve heard so many good things about them but always thought they were complicated and/or expensive. I won’t lie and say that I didn’t make a huge mess while making my first batch this morning (grounds EVERYWHERE, oh my), but I knew that my massive $24 Amazon investment (seriously, the one I bought cost a measly 24 bucks) was worth it the second my fancy brew hit my lips.

French press coffee is so good. Go out and buy one. Today. Better yet, do it right now. Here is the one I picked out for myself, huge emphasis being on the “shatterproof” part.

I’m no coffee connoisseur, but from what I understand, the French press allows all the oils of the beans to stay in the brew, giving it a richer, smoother and less acidic taste. My morning mug didn’t have any bitterness to it, and it had a much…fuller? mouthfeel. It was GOOD.

Hope you have a lovely afternoon!

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February 24, 2011 at 11:54 am 1 comment

Cause and effect

If you leave a glass of water on the nightstand unattended, the cat will drink from the glass of water.

If you roast anything in your shitty oven that needs a cleaning badly, the smoke alarm (which now has batteries) will go off.

If you do attempt to run the self-clean cycle on said oven, the smoke alarm will also go off.

Ahhh, life’s little lessons…

I grabbed dinner tonight from a tiny (and I mean tiny – we’re talking room for 4 stools kind of tiny) taco hole-in-the-wall joint with a few friends before heading to Sam’s reading in the S Halsted art district-y area. They were GOOD. The cook/hostess/waitress didn’t even speak enough English to tell us our bill’s total (a point did just fine though!), and the steak tacos were di-vine. Oh, and did I mention they cost about a buck each?

I got home around 10:30, and considered just flopping into bed, but I threw together a quick lunch for tomorrow instead. I made some quinoa in my rice cooker (win!) with veggie broth, baked a sliced up TJ’s sundried tomato chicken sausage, mixed them together with two chopped heirloom tomatoes, a handful of baby spinach, a Dorot cube each of basil and garlic, a drizzle of olive oil and some sea salt. It smelled delicious, so I’m hoping it tastes just as good tomorrow!

After making a quickie salad, I had some leftover fennel and leek that were too small of pieces to save, but too much to throw out, so I tossed them in the still-hot oven with a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and roasted them. This is when the smoke alarm went off…grr! I would have kept them in longer, but it was late and my roommates were going to bed, so a screaming smoke alarm was not an option at this point. I threw them on top of the quinoa mix, but I have a feeling they weren’t roasted long enough to soften and sweeten up. We’ll see tomorrow, but I certainly want to try it again.

And without further ado, some pictures!

my chocolate oatmeal this morning :)

It may not look like much, but it sure was good!

eggplant and celery stew

Did you know that just about everywhere else in the world, eggplants are called aubergines?

can ya see the creaminess?

veggie time

Isn’t that pepper pretty?

I had some TJ's poppyseed dressing for dipping

and what's this?

is it peanut butter?

Nope, that’s snickerdoodle dessert hummus!

a beautiful pomegranate I seeded and brought to work

one of the Chicago food trucks, Flirty Cupcakes, came to our office

mmmm!

I got the McDreamy, a chocolate cupcake, with cream cheese frosting and a chocolate/cream cheese filling. Tasty! A little too sweet for me though.

 

That concludes the pictures for now…it’s this girl’s bedtime!

January 27, 2011 at 12:25 am Leave a comment

Just asking for a tummy ache

Howdy folks!

I got into work late today because I was not feeling well at ALL this morning. I hope it was just a passing fluke and doesn’t spell out bad things for the rest of the weekend.

Part of the reason I was craving some veggie-heavy foods yesterday was because my lunch was soooo not healthy (well, mostly not healthy) the day before. But it sure was tasty.

what could it be?

Food trucks are gaining a lot of popularity in Chicago, although some goofy old law still prevents vendors from actually preparing food ON the truck, so it must all be ready to go before hitting the road. I’m sure this will change eventually, but for now, our offerings are kinda limited. Enter the Gaztro-Wagon.

tastyyyy

Please excuse my gross nail polish, blegh. I really need to get a manicure. But yes, you’re reading that right — this says pork cheeks. Sounds kinda weird, maybe kinda gross, right? It’s actually really similar to pork shoulder, or any slow-cooked pork meat. They re-designed their menu, so I haden’t tried any of their new stuff yet!

The Gaztro-Wagon makes “naan-wiches” that are basically really tasty pieces of fluffy naan which are filled with all sorts of foodie-type ingredients. I had the grilled cheese, which was pretty good, but I didn’t like it as much as their beef with blue cheese, onions, dried cherries and pecans. YUM. This had a bit too strong of a smoked gouda flavor for me that overwhelmed the meat. It probably didn’t help that I’m not a huge fan of smoked cheese or of gouda, haha, but it was still tasty.

taking a peek

meaty

Yeah, that probably either made your mouth water, or your stomach churn — there’s no in-between.

Thankfully, I had packed some salad stuff and had a big salad and a little break before eating this guy. Have to get those veggies in! But I still didn’t feel 100% later in the day, leading me to realize more and more that I really do just feel better when I eat healthy stuff. This doesn’t mean I’m every going to sacrifice my favorites though. I honestly don’t think I could live without sushi (salmon and avocado roll for the win!), Thai (pad see eiw with tofu or panang curry), tacos (fish and shrimp, mmm) and pizza (Neapolitan mozzarella di bufala). Without these goodies, I don’t think life would be worth living…

The trick is eating these things as a treat, not a regular occurrence. A work in progress I suppose!

As promised, here is my recipe for Laura’s quickie pesto masterpiece!

Ingredients:

  • 1 portion (or more if you want to multiply the recipe) cooked whole wheat pasta
  • 1 relatively healthy link of Italian-flavored chicken sausage, sliced (use whatever flavor you like — I used Trader Joe’s sundried tomato basil)
  • 3 Dorot chopped basil cubes
  • 1 Dorot chopped garlic cube
  • handful of halved grape/cherry tomatoes
  • olive oil to taste
  • sea/kosher salt to taste
  • good quality freshly grated parmesan

You may be wondering what these “Dorot” things are — and that’s the trick to the recipe! Trader Joe’s has these little ice cube trays of chopped basil and garlic that are seriously the greatest invention EVER. They make spicing up a meal a cinch, because they are small and melt relatively quickly when you toss them in. They’re pre-measured too, so no chopping or measuring required! If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, you can of course use regular chopped fresh (or even dried) basil and garlic, but I guarantee it it won’t be as fast or as good.

Directions:

Cook pasta according to directions with some salt and olive oil in the water for taste and to avoid sticking. While pasta is cooking, slice sausage and bake in an oven at 400 degrees on a sprayed cookie sheet for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Drain pasta and put back in saucepan, then add about a teaspoon (more if you like) of good quality olive oil and a grind/shake of sea salt. Add garlic and basil cubes, and turn heat on medium-low. Stir to disperse garlic and basil as the cubes melt. Add tomatoes while continuing to stir, add more salt or olive oil if desired. Add in chicken sausage at the end, and stir to disperse. Plate the good stuff, and grate some delicious cheese on top. Enjoy!

I put loooots of cheese on mine, and had some grilled asparagus on the side. Heaven.

it tasted even better than it looks

I will certainly be making this again. Don’t mind the messy coffee table! I had just come back from the gym, which explains the Germ-X and headband. Doesn’t explain the wine though :P

All this food talk is making me hungry. Lunch time!

January 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm 2 comments


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