For dinner Amanda wanted to try out a crustless tofu quiche that she recently sampled at a vegan cooking school where she volunteers. The quiche is amazingly delicious, especially considering how easy it is to make and how simple the ingredients are. The bulk of the quiche is made with a combination of pureed and crumbled tofu mixed with lemon juice, tumeric, dry mustard, and a little salt and pepper. The add-in possibilities are endless, and tonight we used mixed mushrooms and broccoli, which were sauteed with garlic, onion, and olive oil.
I topped with plain greek yogurt and a bit of maple syrup, yum! This meal was so filling not to mention delicious. I ended up buying more carrots at Whole Foods today just so I could make them again!
All the same, I guess the carrots in the muffins do not count, but they are yummy! In the mix for 10 muffins:
Has anyone seen the New York Times series on meatless burgers this week in their Recipes for Health section? They’ve had some wonderful ideas, some I’ve had such as the portobella burger, but the Mushroom Burger with Spinach and Almond, I need to give that a try!
2 cans white beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped (I used a red onion)
Salt to taste
2 to 3 large garlic cloves (to taste), green shoots removed, minced
2/3 cup finely grated carrot
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used lime)
¼ cup finely chopped parsley
2 teaspoons minced fresh sage or thyme
½ cup fresh bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Whole grain hamburger buns and the condiments of your choice
1. Heat olive oil in a medium-size skillet and add the onion. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add a pinch of salt, the garlic and the grated carrot, and continue to cook for another minute or two, until fragrant and the carrot has softened slightly. Remove from the heat.
2. In a food processor, puree the beans with the lemon/lime juice. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the onion mixture, the parsley, sage or thyme, the bread crumbs and the egg. Shape into patties, ½- to ¾-inch thick. Set on a parchment-covered baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
3. Heat the remaining oil in a large, heavy skillet or on a griddle over medium heat and brown the patties for 4 minutes on each side, being very careful when you turn them over. An offset spatula works well for this. Serve on whole grain buns, with the condiments of your choice.
This will make the skin much softer and easier to peel. For the casserole, peel and cube the squash and apple (a tart apple is better for baking). Mix squash and apple together and place in a 2 qt casserole dish. In a small bowl blend together 1 tablespoon of whole wheat flour, 1/4 c brown sugar, 1 tablespoon agave nectar or pure maple syrup, and a few pads of butter. Sprinkle on top and bake for 45 minutes at 350.
Running in the cold. It’s exhilarating and so worth braving the elements! I grew up outside of Chicago, where the winter temperatures can go well below 0F and the snow can really pile up, so I’m used to running in winter conditions and have even come to enjoy it. The hardest part is always the first step out the front door!
Here are some of my winter running tips:
1. Try to run during daylight hours.
The sun (if there is any) will make you feel warmer. It’s really hard to muster the motivation for a run when it’s dark AND cold outside.
2. Get the right clothes!
Dressing appropriately will make the cold much more tolerable. There are many high-tech and expensive brands of cold-weather gear on the market now, but I’ve always been one to keep it simple when it comes to my running. I prefer to wear sweat-wicking fabrics as my first layer, and then layer on whatever else I need. Sometimes all I need is an additional cotton long-sleeve shirt or a cotton sweatshirt. On windy days, I layer on a wind-proof jacket, and if it’s raining, I’ll put on a waterproof jacket. Running with a waterproof jacket isn’t very comfortable since you’ll heat up faster and sweat more, so I’ll only wear this if it’s too cold to just run and get wet. For your legs, a thick pair of tights is usually enough for me, but when the temperatures really drop, adding a pair of wind-proof pants does the job. It’s best to limit the amount of bottom layers you wear since you want to keep your legs flexible. Plus, your legs are going to be working hard and generating a lot of heat while you run.
I have a love/hate relationship with gloves. I wear fleece gloves that are breathable but thick enough to keep my hands warm. When it’s really cold, I’ll switch to ski mittens because I find my fingers stay warmer when they’re in contact with each other. I hate wearing a hat, but will wear one if it’s really necessary. When it’s really cold, the air can be painful to breathe in, so I wear a homemade knitted “neck warmer.” It protects my neck (so no need for a bulky scarf) and I can pull it over my mouth and nose so that I’m not breathing the cold air directly. Just remember not to wear so much on your head that you’re blocking your peripheral vision.
My last tip for running wear is to dress like it’s 10 degrees warmer outside – that way you won’t overheat right away.
3. Watch out for ice!
I’ve fallen so many times on ice, and it’s a bad way to fall. The fall is always so sudden that you can’t control how you fall – not good. It’s easiest to run on plowed streets, rather than shoveled sidewalks, when there’s a chance for ice on the ground. Usually the streets are salted when the weather creates dangerous driving (and running) conditions. So find a running route on streets with low traffic, and be safe!
4. Start warm and stretch!
Don’t give your legs a chance to get cold before you start your run. I start running as soon as I get outside to prevent the cold from making my muscles tight. When you finish your run get back inside as soon as you can. Stretch inside!
Happy winter running! I hope you come to love it as much as I do!
On a warmer note, I leave you with a picture from one of my favorite places to run. An olive grove in Davis, CA. Peaceful, beautiful — makes every run a dream!
I spent the first weekend of the new year mostly relaxing but also spent a few hours working and enjoying a quiet empty lab.
Afterwards I introduced Amanda to Josie’s West. We went for the prix fixe dinner which included an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. I opted for the organic mesclun greens and seared Asian-marinated organic tofu stir-fry.
This was the best tofu dish I ever had! I need to recreated that marinade at home, it was amazing.
We were stuffed after dinner so we took our desserts, a huge slice of 3 berry pie, to go. By the time we ran some errands and walked back to the east side we were ready to dig in and could not have been more satisfied.
Look at the size of the strawberries in the pie!
I tried the Cajun Seitan sandwich which consisted of avocado, steams greens, caramelized onions and seitan of course. So good and filling, I could only eat half.
After running errands and relaxing at home for a bit we decided Pinkberry was in store since Sarah had never been. I was also excited to try out their new chocolate flavor. In the end I opted to mix the chocolate and pomegranate. Unlike the other flavors the chocolate was not the least bit bitter so the mixture subdued the normal tang of their yogurts.
After grabbing coffee at Starbucks we went to MOMA to see the Tim Burton exhibition. Despite getting there at 10, we were not able to get Burton admission tickets until 12:30. It wasn’t too hard to kill 2.5 hours, there were plenty of new exhibits and pieces to look at while we waited.
By the time we left the museum it was around 1:30 and we were starving. Sarah had yet to see New York’s Chinatown and it had been awhile since I had Dim Sum so we ventured downtown to Golden Unicorn.
I think I remember why it’s been so long since I’ve had Dim Sum, my options were very limited. In the end I only had a few dumplings, all of which had some degree of shrimp. I was excited when I saw the vegetable dumpling option, but the lady in the cart ran out and returned with a veggie and shrimp dumpling. In the end I ordered a plate of bok choy to satisfy my vegetable need.
So happy when this bad boy came out, unfortunately it was a huge plate and I only made a dent, guess I will be eating bok choy for the next week.
After lunch we ran to the bus station to pick up our friend Amanda then back to my apartment to rest and set up treats for the night.
My roommate and I decided on a sandwich bar, so our spread included lots of cheeses, meats, roasted red pepper spread, hummus, olives and VEGGIES!
I began the night with a Black Velvet, Guinness and champagne. I haven’t had this drink since London, 4 years ago! It was just as good now as it was then.
I also tried out this beer I came across at Whole Foods. Coffee and beer, I was intrigued. It was a very dark beer but smooth, and the coffee flavor was present but in a good balance. I’m a fan, and would opt for it over a chocolate stout which I have yet to find a version I like.
Amanda and I:
My wax feel into the shape of a dancer, do you see it(I have the image sideways, so think the arm is over the head)? What do you think this means for my upcoming year?
Happy New Year!!