Ummm it seems I've been MIA in foodie land for a while ( that's an understatement, it's been a month....yes I am a bad blogger) since my last posting...here is a summary of my honorable mentions in foodie adventures since my last post:
-Went to LA for a weekend and over-ate at the biggest, most eye popping (and belt popping) seafood and prime rib buffet I have EVER seen. Literally you could have anything you wanted, in completely unnecessary portion sizes. God Bless America. Of course I over-ate as I wanted to taste it all. It was worth it, even though I needed 24 hours to recover. Here is a photo of the chocolate fountain and also one, yes one, of the dessert tables.
I actually didn't eat much dessert. No, I do not have superhuman self control, I was too full from the 4th round of main courses I pigged out on. Plus most desserts are off limits for me so that makes resistance a little (not a lot) easier at times.
-sampled some delicious gourmet bison burgers, cooked perfectly on the BBQ by PB, my personal BBQ expert. Served on toasted buns with my caramelised onions,homemade guacamole, greens, tomato and, of course, the obligatory pickle.
-spent a snowy weekend in Whistler and did some zip trekking which was rounded off with some hearty Irish stew and a pint in the pub afterwards. Best tasting stew and pint I've had in a long time. Really helped defrost my toes and frozen bum.
I have been trying to reduce my sugar intake over the past couple of weeks too. Not easy for a foodie and one who lists chocolate as one of my top 3 foods. So I'm basically on a 95% savory veg and protein kick and minimizing added sugar, such as honey, chocolate, sweet fruits like figs, dates etc. I pretty much ate most of those things most days. I've actually not had that much of a problem losing the chocolate from the daily food roster. The same cannot be said for alcohol but I did have 2 mini vacations and a birthday in the mix so I was fighting a losing battle before I even started. The whole task of reducing my sugar makes it even more important that everything I eat is satisfying, filling and yummy. I'm on a mission this week to try some new dishes as a result and have been diversifying my breakfasts. Breakfast is always hard for me with the no eggs/no dairy obstacle so I've been having smoked salmon, sausages, peanut butter on toast. My next experiment is a tofu scramble. I really need to up my protein intake and make sure I get some at every meal. Anyone got any good tofu scramble recipes? PUHLEASE send them my way....
I do have a delicious new dish to report though, that is very simple and ultra healthy but tasty at the same time. One of the patrons from the gym told me about it so I looked it up online and there it was. It's called a Buddha Bowl and he said it was from a restaurant called Fresh in Toronto. I couldn't see it on the menu but it looks like a fab place to eat anyway!
Here is my version which i based loosely on one I found online at TasteBook:
4 cups cooked soba noodles
2 cups fresh beansprouts
16 marinated tofu cubes, cooked (or other protein such as cooked chicken or shrimp)
1 1/2 cups peanut sauce (I used San-J Thai Style Peanut Sauce. I's gluten free and tastes awesome but it's REALLY high in sodium. I will have to find a homemade recipe)
1 tomato cut into wedges
8 slices cucumber, halved
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 lemon wedges
1 bunch scallions (chopped)
1-2 tsp black sesame seeds
Cook your noodles as directed on the package and divide between 2 bowls.
top with cooked marinated tofu. I actually used some cooked turkey and it was delicious.
mix in bean sprouts, tomatoes, cucumber, scallions and cilantro. Mix well to combine.
pour over peanut sauce and stir to coat.
Top with sesame seeds and lemon slices for garnish.
I do have a recipe for marinated tofu but it's quite involved as you have to cut the tofu and then dry it as much as possible by placing in in clean dishcloth and then putting a weight on top of it to draw out the moisture for an hour. THEN you put it in a marinade for a few hours or overnight. Hence, if you are in a hurry, use pre-marinated tofu (check for additives, high salt and sugar) or another source of protein if you need it. Or just omit the protein all together and eat it as is. sorry no pics, I ate it all. But I will be making it again soon so will post pics then. It's really tasty and filling. I actually made it without the noodles and found it filling enough.