daily eats: 3.6.12

So I kind of got fired from one of my side jobs last week.  Oddly enough, I was actually more proud than upset. I’ve never been one to really stand up for myself and tell people exactly how I feel, but I was pushing back on most of the procedures this company wanted me to follow. Not because I simply didn’t want to do it, but because I have many years experience in the natural food industry and I guess I wanted to share my expertise with them. ;) I’ve never been fired in my life, but I feel like you have to get fired at least once, right?

Anyway, onto the food from yesterday! Who can NOT believe it is March?! I turn 29 this month…

Coffee: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2. I haven’t gotten to Whole Foods yet to pick up my coconut creamer, but I must say, the 1/2 & 1/2 tastes great. Mornings have been really easy this week, after waking up naturally at 8am in Mexico (6am LA time) my body is used to waking earlier which makes it possible to fit in a few hours of work before breakfast! I’m hoping this will stay with me forever!

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Workout: I haven’t gone to yoga in a few weeks and I’ve really been missing the effects. Now that yoga isn’t a matter of walking across the street, I need to make a much better effort to ensure I’m getting it in. I really do need it. I took a hot-power fusion class, sweat a ton and could tell that it had been a while, it was really hard! Post-yoga I rehydrated with some coconut water on the way home.

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I put some steel cut oats on the stove for breakfast and then got distracted with a work phone call. Sure enough, 20 minutes later, and my oats were black. I decided toast and eggs would be a much quicker breakfast and considering that it was 11am, I needed food ASAP!

Breakfast: 2 eggs + 2 slices french meadow sprouted bread with earth balance.

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Lunch: romaine lettuce + 2 slices turkey + mustard + mayo with a few carrots + celery. This was a meal of pure convenience and something I could eat during the 5 minutes at home between a friend date and some work errands. It did the trick. The Taster saw the picture and said, “that looks awful and why are you eating my turkey?” :)

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After my errands I took my work to a coffee shop for a change of pace. A little more coffee + 1/2 & 1/2. I’m hoping this helps me stay up past 9pm tonight…

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Snack: miso soup x 2 while I was getting things ready for dinner. I’m loving miso soup. I heat up water, add a scoop of miso, a few dashes of ume plum vinegar, wakame and some green onions if I have them.

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Dinner: wild cod + tartar sauce +asparagus + sweet potato rounds. The vegetable components of this meal were great and very tasty – the fish? Not so much. The texture was terrible, not sure if it is the quality at Trader Joe’s or the fact that it had been frozen/thawed a few times.

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I think I’ll finish off the day with some chocolate…

Spill – have you ever been fired from a job? I want to hear some good stories!! 

simple & healthy: sushi bowls

I’m going to guess that a lot of you are fans of sushi.

If you aren’t…I don’t know what to say…

We love sushi and would probably eat it on a daily basis if there wasn’t that annoying thing money, standing in the way.

Michelle from The Lively Kitchen makes her family Buddha Bowls and I’ve always loved the idea so I de-veganized them and added some typical sushi fillings. We have a really nice store in our neighborhood that has sushi-grade fish, but I realize not everyone has access, nor has the desire to use raw fish so don’t worry, there are a ton of options for protein in these bowls.

Everyone chooses their own toppings and they contain everything you need in a meal: whole grains, vegetables, protein and flavor!

Rice: 

  • I would of course, recommend brown rice, but it doesn’t need to be special sushi rice
  • the perfect use for leftover rice!

Nori: 

  • can be found in natural food stores or asian grocery stores (much cheaper at the latter)
  • best to roast with some sesame oil if it isn’t already roasted

Vegetables:

  • julienned cucumber, carrots or spinach
  • sauteed mushrooms, asparagus, bok choy
  • sliced scallions, avocado

Protein:

  • cooked fish like tuna or salmon
  • raw sushi-grade fish
  • cooked chicken, steak, shrimp or tofu

Toppings:

  • sesame seeds, pickled ginger,
  • sauces like miso, soy sauce, sriracha, peanut sauce, spicy mayo (mayo + sriracha)

What kind of sushi do you order? 

mexico

Hola Amigos!

We are back from Isla Mujeres, Mexico after an amazing week with my family.

My brother splits his time between fighting wildfires and traveling the world (why doesn’t my life sound as exciting?!) so spending a week with him and my parents was such a treat as we are rarely all together.

We watched the waves. We ate. We swam. We went to the beach. We had cocktail hour. And we repeated it all a lot.

My trip in numbers: 

4: days I ate ceviche

50: times I stated that I needed to eat ceviche every day of the trip

16 : hours spent at the beach

4: times I was ridiculed for reading a book on making friends by my brother (FYI: I loved MWF Seeking BFF)

2: trips to the market for pescado frito (fried red snapper)

1: night spent dancing until 4 am

6: mornings of coffee on the roof

about 22: ounces of sunscreen I applied throughout the week

questionable: Mexican beers consumed (Modelo, Dos Equis, Pacifico…)

6: days I rocked a two-piece

2: shades my hair lightened throughout the week

2: amazing meals had at Mango Cafe

0: times I took my running shoes out of my suitcase

7: dips in the pool

4: snacks that included guacamole

3: sunsets watched on the roof

1.3: margaritas consumed (not a big fan!)

many: attempts at espanol

28: comments on how blue the water was