Close-Ups

by Holly on August 23, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,recipes

Dudes…Sunday night, again?  Suriously.

Well, let’s see in the last 24 hours, I’ve really been diggin’ the extremo close-up food shots (hence post title).  When I left y’all last night, I was just about to make this fabulous dinner…

1 handful mixed greens
2 leeks, 1/4 green pep, 1/4 onion + 2 kale leaves
(sauteed in EVOO, balsamic + garlic)
1/2 grilled zucchini
1 tbsp. sunflower seeds
drizzle of balsamic vinegar 

grilled veggie salad

grilled balsamic veggie salad

Do grill marks make anyone else happy? And, is anyone else’s salad not complete without sunflower seeds?

Topped off with this showstopper…

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AB frosting atop a German Chocolate Lara (which tastes A LOT like the Chocolate Coconut one)

Lara has a tendency to steal the spotlight.

After dindin, I fell asleep from 7:30 to 11:30pm  got on my clubbin’ gear (fishnets + flourescent pink butt dress) and booty-danced the night away until 2am.

Yeah, that’s right.  Between the 15 mile run + allergies, I was toast.  I slept for 4 hours, woke up at 11:30pm to find 1 missed call + 2 text messages (this never happens), watched 4 episodes of Arrested Development free on MSN and ate a bowl of PB Puffins + skim milk before calling it a night for the 2nd time.

At 8am this morning, I woke up refreshed and ready to dive in for a classic bowl of oats…

1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
1 mashed naner
buttloads of cinnamon
hunk(s) o’ almond buttah 

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day 4 of Sarah's breakfast challenge? check.

I devoured this baby alongside another large mug of green tea + Emergen-C packet.  Allergies…you will NOT win!

Then I walked to a 9:30am 75-minute Go With the Flow Yoga class.  Holy standing splits.  It was just was just what my muscles, brain and body needed.  I need to get back on the yoga train…it always feels soooo good! (TWSS?)

I munched on a Blueberry PURE Bar + POMx Wildberry White Tea when I got home.  Many of you have asked how I liked both products.  I LIKE both, but I have two mayjuh issues: (1) PURE bars = small – sometimes I need a bit o’ quantity.  (2) I mentioned this in the last post, the tea is erythritol + fructose sweetened – read to find out what that’s all about.

Then I went to 3 (yes, 3) grocery stores to stock up on the goods…

First stop, Trader Joe’s.  Key purchases include:

  • TJ’s raw almond butter
  • Thai Red Curry sauce
  • 3-grain tempeh
  • almond meal

Next stop on the train…Whole Foods!

  • expeller-pressed canola oil
  • 5 for $5.00 Chobani Greek yogurt (that’s highway robbery!)
  • lunchtime sushi
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my fave tuna avocado brown rice roll

Last stop, I walked to my local co-op where I purchased ALL locally-grown, organic produce (minus the avocados + bananas).

  • mixed greens
  • zucchini
  • kohlrabi
  • cucumber
  • organic skim milk

Damn Gina, I spent too much money!  However, a lot of stuff was stock-up thangs (I purchased more than outlined above) that I will eventually need.  End of story.

When I got home, I grabbed a Runner’s World mag my mom gave me and a Whole Foods mag to snuggle in my bed and read while I ate this:

Chobani plain Greek yog + PB Puffins + 1 mashed naner

Chobani plain Greek yog + PB Puffins + 1 mashed naner

Then I took an hour long nap.  You know I am sick if I take a nap.  I NEVER take naps.

Sometimes I consider myself more of a “slapdash cook” – one who throws random ingredients together hoping it will turn out because they don’t really know real technique.  Then there are days I just surprise myself by creating things like Coconut-Crusted Tempeh Island Salad.

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stellar.

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more stellarness.

Enough of the food close-ups, I’m ready for MY close-up Mr. DeMille…

{ 36 comments }

Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) August 23, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Fabulous eats as always! That tempeh salad sounds so good. I’m a huge fan of going to different gorcery stores. It’s not practical now that I live in NH again and it takes 30 minutes just to get to one store! :-)

crunchygranolagal August 23, 2009 at 7:46 pm

coconut tempeh? fantastic. i may just try that with the hunk of tofu hangin’ out in my fridge. sweetness.

Lizzy August 23, 2009 at 7:59 pm

i’m totally diggin that lunchtime sushi you picked up. I havent had sushi with brown rice! whenever i do get it though, i always ask for light rice. do sushi places accommodate to people who would like brown?

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VeggieGirl August 23, 2009 at 8:02 pm

AB = best frosting :-D

April (Foods of April) August 23, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Dang that larabar looks good!!

And that salad looks so professional! Last time I tried tempeh I wasn’t a fan but I probably just need to marinate it or somethin! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Relax tonight and I hope your feeling better! Being sick is no fun :(

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janetha August 23, 2009 at 8:41 pm

nice job fighting the good fight with those allergies! please teleport a trader joe’s location to me, kthanks. dude that salad looks straight out of a restaurant! props lady! and wait, isnt it mister deville? or have i been wrong all these years? grill marks make me ecstatic! xo

Evan Thomas August 23, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I looked at the TJ tempeh today but I dunno, I don’t think I’m veg enough yet to get into tempeh because it looked a little too sprouted for my taste.

I’ve never tried sunflower seeds on my salad but I just bought a pound of roasted unsalted from TJ’s(for 1.99 how could I not?) and it’s been incredible on some toast and nut butter

Matt August 23, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Should I post a day of eating for me?

leianna August 23, 2009 at 8:52 pm

So much goodness in one post. I love grill marks too on meat or veggies:) 3 amazing grocery stores in one day = amazing. Lots of good stuff you got!

burpexcuzme August 23, 2009 at 9:11 pm

TJ, WF, and a local co-op all in one day? Wow, girl, next time you go on a trip like that, call me! What a great day!
And I am loving the close-ups! more, please! DRRROOL~

Katharina August 23, 2009 at 9:15 pm

I just bought some tempeh today! and that seriously looks so good. Is WF having that amazing deal everywhere?!

I wanna get my clubbin’ gear on too! I wanna dance dance daaance. Love ya girl! Have an awesome week :D

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luckytastebuds August 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Wow Holly you’re a real great cook! So creative!! Even your oats look gourmet! It could totally be a restaurant dessert no? hehehe

There is absolutely no shame in going to 3 grocery stores for the necessities. I live downtown and have 5 in my area, so I hit ’em up all in one day to get the best deals possible. hahahha That works awesome!!

I have a question for you! Why do you buy expeller pressed canola oil? I’ve seen that specific “ingredient” in a lot of products lately (like kashi crackers) and was wondering why you pick it over regular canola oil?

lilveggiepatch August 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Mmm, that coconut-crusted tempeh looks fabulous!!! I’m on such a coconut kick right no, it’s crazy.

I agree about the Jocalat bars… I think they all taste the same!

Priyanka August 23, 2009 at 10:33 pm

The tempeh salad is the winning photo of the post! I am sure the salad tasted fantastic!

Oh and the grill marks always make me happy!

Andrea@WellnessNotes August 23, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Love, love, love WF sushi… Want it…. Have to get it… Soon….

Have a great week! :)

Anne K. August 23, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Mmm, love grilled veggie salads! I’m also a huge fan of the grill marks. The tempeh salad also looks freaking amazing. Can I have one? Haha. And great job on the run by the way! That’s awesome :)

Alison August 24, 2009 at 6:44 am

I’m all about trekking through 3 stores to get everything I need – a foodie’s gots to do what a foodie’s gots to do!

I’m sorry about the allergies – love EmergenC! I hope it’s helping.

Tasty Health Food August 24, 2009 at 6:55 am

I’m not much of a tempeh person myself to be honest… But your food looks delicious!

Abby August 24, 2009 at 7:16 am

Stellar is the right word for that salad. And almond butter on a chocolate Lara? Genius.

So jealous you have a TJs and WF to hit up, as I have been known to go to the grocery store/farmer’s market almost daily for the produce needed to fuel the flames of hunger (or something like that). Plus, my health food store is 20 minutes away.

I need to move…by you, so you can cook that grub and we can go clubbing in neon fishnets and hair scrunchies.

insideiamdancing August 24, 2009 at 8:37 am

Tempeh, curry, almond butter and Greek yogurt. All bases covered, Holly! I haven’t had sunflower seeds for a while- definitely add ‘wow’ factor to any salad. LOVING the look of that coconut tempeh salad! I need to give it another go- do you find it has a bitter taste? I have only tried it a couple of times and it kind of weirded me out a little…

lowandbhold August 24, 2009 at 8:50 am

Haha, I bet you would have looked smokin’ in the fishnet/butt dress combo, but I think the sleep was far more productive.

All the eats look so delicious!

ksgoodeats August 24, 2009 at 9:00 am

I was wondering how similar the German Chocolate and the Chocolate Coconut Laras were – they seem like they’re basically the same. Love the ‘frosting’ ;)

Thanks for the may-juh shout out! Haha! I often go to three different stores to get my goods. I’m a picky girl and I know what I like! That tempeh? Drool.

Erica August 24, 2009 at 9:06 am

I love that you’re a salad monster too- I can’t get enough of that deliciousness! The grilled marks in the first pic do look super pretty! Loving the greek yogurt/puffins/nanan combo. Mmm I bet that was tasty and filling. Haven’t had a chance to try the pure bars yet- thanks for the review. I do not like tiny bars (grrrrrrrrrrr). Have a good Monday

Mary August 24, 2009 at 9:56 am

that sushi looks awesome from Whole Foods. I never tried it there but I love the idea of Brown Rice Sushi! I’ll have to give it a try.

Brandi August 24, 2009 at 10:40 am

that tempeh looks so good! I’ve never tried it, but that recipe makes me want to.

have a great day girl!

broccolihut August 24, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Grill marks make me very happy–I get such a sense of accomplishment when I get prominent ones on my veggies:)

Angharad August 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm

That salad = lovely jubbly! Sorry you’re feeling less than top-notch dear…yay to napping! I am also a non-napper.
Grill lines make me HAPPY – especially if they are on amazing steak.
Sushi makes me crazy happy – yay to that!

Hope your Monday is going splendidly! Speak to you later!

Jenny August 24, 2009 at 7:34 pm

that tempah is almost as fabulous as you are Holls!

how is it that sunday keeps creeping up on us? this summer needs to chillax and slow down a bit!

have a good night honey bunches!

Rosey Rebecca August 24, 2009 at 7:52 pm

I love all the close up pics! Especially of the oats! They make me want to eat my computer.

jenngirl August 24, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Hope you conquer those nasty allergies!

I’m such a fan of crashing out early, my friends hate me sometimes…whatev, sleep is goooood ;)

Holly August 24, 2009 at 8:19 pm

a bit…that’s why i could never have it plain. it needs to be soaked in some yummy sauce or rolled in almond and coconut…yummmmm!

Holly August 24, 2009 at 8:19 pm

hahahaha…deal. come on down – it will be an epic night to remember!

Holly August 24, 2009 at 8:21 pm

YESSSSS!!!

Holly August 24, 2009 at 8:21 pm

ohhhh good idea…i might have to try that as part of my breakfast challenge!

Holly August 24, 2009 at 8:22 pm

i used to think that too – then i took a film class where we learned about cecil b. demille, the director mentioned in the movie – my life was suriously turned upside down by that!

Holly August 24, 2009 at 8:22 pm

some of them do…just depends. wf always has brown rice, so i know i can get my fix there :)

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