daily eats: 12.14.11

Hi Friends!

The last few daily eats posts have had some sort of theme, but I’ve got nothing for you this time! Just a normal, old day. :)

I started out the day with some green tea. Even though I just picked up a new coffee pot (I broke mine last week) I might be on a tea kick. I love the flavor of coffee, but when I had it the other day, I just didn’t feel  as clean(?) as I do with tea. More experiments coming on this front.

Breakfast: needed to be light since it was 8am and I had a workout scheduled for 10:30 so I had a slice of sprouted bread (French Meadow) with one organic egg.

Workout: This was our second time doing the Lunch Crunch workouts by Open Sky Fitness and they are TOUGH! In a really good way. :) It is a quick-moving circuit of exercises and drills and an intense workout outside at the La Brea Tar Pits Park –  I love it!

(I went a little darker with my hair, what do you think?)

Lunch: Greek Salad (cucumber + tomato + red onion + olives + goat feta cheese + olive oil +salt + pepper) with a side of Kale & White Bean Soup.

After my first course of soup and salad I decided I was still hungry so moved onto 1/2 sprouted tortilla + tuna salad (leftover from the Tasters lunch) + sprinkle of cheese + arugula – all baked in the oven. It was just ok.

Snack: Last night I re-stocked my dried fruit stash, so I snacked on some dried mango + pineapple for an afternoon snack.

Then I was hungry again (thanks to my light breakfast and hard workout) so I had a little wine, cheese and proscuitto! :)

Dinner: We haven’t found a good burger joint in our new neighborhood (haven’t even gone out for burgers since we moved here!) so we decided to try out The Counter. It is a build-your-own burger bar…which was much harder to do than I thought!

Ultimately I chose beef + pepperjack + tomato + fried onions + lettuce + pickles all on an english muffin. Oh, and a combination of regular and sweet potato fries hiding in the back. The burger was great, but I’m not sure how I feel about the whole “choosing your own” which is surprising, because normally I love that kind of stuff! Maybe I’ll be more adventurous next time.

Needless to say, it was a good burger.

The night was finished off with some of my favorite chocolate and relaxing with the Taster – perfection!

Enjoy your Thursday!

frosted sandwich loaf

The title sounds scary, right? I know. This recipe is a little scary. But it’s more about where the recipe is from.

Along with a ziploc bag full of garden-fresh brussels sprouts stuffed in my suitcase, I also came home from Wisconsin with this cookbook.

It is the Congressional Club Recipe Cookbook that had been given to my grandparents. I was instantly in-love with this family heirloom (probably only thought so by me) and the glimpse it provided me to food circa 1945. Some of the dishes were absolutely awful-sounding. (Baked Prune Whip)  In fact, all of the recipes that included jello or gelatin were immediately dismissed.

Tuna Surprise and Salmon Loaf were iffy, but some of the recipes sounded delicious. And some just made me laugh.

Ultimately I decided to start my retro cooking with a Frosted Sandwich Loaf. Slices of white bread are slathered with butter, than filled with a filling of choice (sardine salad, egg salad and cucumbers are some of the suggestions) but with the thought of cream cheese, I went immediately to Minnesota Sushi (ham & pickle roll-up) because cream cheese and sardines just didn’t grab me.

The end result was beautiful. (In my crazy mind.) And the Taster actually enjoyed eating it. It’s not the kind of thing you’d make on a regular basis, but if you need a retro recipe, this is the cookbook to turn to.

Frosted Sandwich Loaf

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 min

Keywords: bread sandwich

A fun, retro recipe!

Ingredients (4 slices)

  • 6 slices white bread
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 oz ham
  • 1/2 cup chopped pickles
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • touch of cream or milk
  • green onions

Instructions

Remove crusts from bread.

Spread each side with butter.

Place one slice on plate.

Layer with ham and pickles and another slice of bread.

Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Press down evenly and refrigerate for an hour.

Meanwhile, soften the cream cheese and whip with a fork until smooth, adding milk if necessary.

Spread cream cheese over sandwich loaf, garnishing with green onion if desired.

Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Slice and serve.

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roasted grapes with brie

I’ve had a bit of a sweet tooth lately. I’m not too happy with it, so I thought that some dark chocolate and a mix of fresh and dried fruits would be the perfect solution. So I picked up some grapes, dried mango and the most amazing dark chocolate + caramel + black sea salt from Trader Joe’s. A small square of chocolate plus a bit of fruit has been doing the job when that evening sugar craving strikes.

But back to the grapes. I noticed that my grapes were starting to look not so fresh and I remembered that I had been wanting to try a roasted grape recipe that I’d seen in Fitness Magazine.

So I roasted them. And proceeded to serve them on some melty brie.

I’m not sure if my “healthy eating plan” was derailed by serving them atop oozing brie, but it was the best-tasting fruit my taste buds have had in a long time.

It’s the perfect dish for entertaining because everything is better at room temperature!

 

Roasted Balsamic Grapes with Brie

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 2 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Keywords: roast appetizer snack

Balsamic roasted grapes and oozing brie cheese pair together perfectly.

Ingredients (1 cup grapes)

  • 2 cups red grapes
  • splash of balsamic vinegar
  • splash of olive oil
  • salt & pepper (lots of pepper!)
  • brie cheese
  • baguette slices

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Roast grapes for about 30-40 minutes until soft and dark.

Serve alongside some brie cheese and fresh baguette.

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review: coconut chai green tea

Two days ago, I broke the glass pot to our coffee machine.

For the second time.

The Taster thinks I’m too rough with it, but I just think the glass is too fragile! Instead of panicking – we have an espresso maker anyway – I deemed it the perfect time to take a little break from coffee. I had a teeny headache yesterday, but green tea was a great replacement for my morning coffee ritual.

I’m a huge fan of Choice Moroccan Mint Green Tea, but Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai Green Tea is my new favorite. It’s a blend of green tea, cardamon, ginger, clove and tropical coconut that fills your mug with a delicious aroma and feels like a treat in every sip!

Like:

  • incredible flavor!
  • organic and certified fair trade
  • is a “sweeter” tea – good for afternoon sweet cravings
  • contains medicinal spices (ginger aids digestion and cinnamon heightens contentment)
  • you can buy in bulk or refills or tea bags for the canister off the website

Wish:

  • $6.99 seems a bit steep, but if you do the math, it comes out to $.32 a tea bag which I can handle
Have you tried this brand or flavor of tea? What is your favorite? I need some new teas!