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I am pretty bummed out that the rain decided to stop! I LOVE THE RAIN! I probably say that only because it is rare to have rain in LA, and this: 
  • FairCurrently: 84°F Fair 91°F | 64°F is a joke! I mean it is FALL darn it!

So here I am in my skivies (oo la-la) writing a post so I don’t have to turn on the A/C in October!  I am also all sweaty from my lil’ afternoon yoga sesh.  You can find it here I am pretty sure I have seen this Video in the blogosphere before.  I only did 15 min, just to stretch and move, but I sure did break a sweat!

So let me fill ya’ll in on the last couple days:)

As you all know I went to see BOB DYLAN on Tuesday and I have been playing catch up from that night of pure bliss.  Before the concert Sean and I went to M Cafe for dinner!  I have blogged about this place in the past at The Plate Decorator.  It is one of my all time favorite restaurants!!!

The glorious M Cafe deli

The glorious M Cafe deli

I love the atmosphere; clean, warm, friendly, and full of yummy healthy eats!

How great is that?

How great is that?

I was hungry but I always over order here because I never can decide on what to get, the menu is huge, and it changes with the season.

Yes this is heaven...

Yes this is heaven...

This was the best on the menu if you ask me! Mashed chunky Kobucha squash with raisins and quinoa!!!!! It was so creamy and wonderful must try to create this at home.

cute and delish

cute and delish

We both had some sushi.  I had the Shiitake-Avocado Roll: sweet soy-glazed shiitake, avocado, cucumber & toasted sesame.  Sean had the Spicy Tuna Roll: chopped tuna, seven-spiced soy mayo, cucumber & avocado.  I love the variety of dishes they serve.

Sean's fave

Sean's fave

He loves this Hummus & Falafel Wrap: roasted garlic hummus, mixed grain falafel, carrots, radish, cucumber, red onion, sprouts, lettuce, tahini-soy yogurt dressing in a whole wheat lavash.  It comes with your choice of one side, I forced suggested he get the Kale with Spicy Peanut Sauce. Mmmmmm…… I usually get sides and then a salad or sushi and can NEVER finish it all.  So we took what was left in a to go box for after the concert drunk munchies snacks.  Oh yea and we split this, but I ended up just having a few small sips of my half and Sean gladly finished the rest. 

very tasty though

very tasty though

What is with boys and beer???

The concert was AMAZING! I had a Jim Beam and Ginger Ale cocktail or two for squids and giggles, but all in good fun!

The next couple of days were jam-packed with school and work Story of my life….. But here are some of the eats I chowed down on:

Anderson's Vegetarian Pea Soup with homemade Veggie Pulp Flax Crackers

Anderson's Vegetarian Pea Soup with homemade Veggie Pulp Flax Crackers

This is one of my fave soups.  I love Pea soup, Lentil soup, Veggie Chili anything warm and filled with creamy veggies (or beans).  My digestive  “>sytem as of late has been saying NO to beans so I am steering clear for a little while- ya know lots of umm gas…embarassing to live with the one you love and be consumed by flatulence!  The crackers I adapted from Kristin’s recipe this is a really easy and fun recipe to play with.  I don’t have a Dehydrator or a heat lamp like Heabs, but I do have an oven that goes down to 170 degrees, so I make it work!  They take about 4 hours so just watch them, not the best for my gas bill but oh well:)

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Here we have: Peachy Green Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 grapefruit peeled
  • 1 peach pitted
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • 4 dino kale leaves
  • hand full of spinach
  • hand full of ice
  • 1 T maca
  • 1 T mesquite
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 T Udo’s Oil 3,6,9 Blend
  • little water to get things moving in my CRAPY blender:)
ready to slurp

ready to slurp

Yummy! I always DOWN my smoothies and wish there was MORE to drink! I try to “chew” each sip, but they just taste SOOO GOOD! I really love this combo…you may think cilantro in a smoothie? But I urge you to try it! It is sooo refreshing and like a tropical storm in your mouth. I try not to add too much fruit, my skin doesn’t like the sugar, so cilantro really helps to add another dimension without the sugar. 

 I have also tried:

  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Parsley

But I find cilantro to be my fave, most flavor for the amount of herb needed. 

Oat bran and Kamut flakes topped with Hemp seeds and Cocao Nibs

Oat bran and Kamut flakes with Almond Breeze topped with Hemp seeds and Cocao Nibs

 
Raw Asparagus Tempeh Avocado Sandwich on Sprouted Ezekiel Bread

Raw Asparagus Tempeh Avocado Sandwich on Sprouted Ezekiel Bread

Teriyaki Tofu Salad with some added Veggies

Teriyaki Tofu Salad with some added Veggies

 I got this salad from my restaurant and added a few more veggies to the lot.  Here is baby mixed greens, kale, asparagus, tomato, avocado, spinach, and a wonderful homemade Dill Pickle!!!! You can find the recipe here at Meghans blog. This was a crazy easy and FUN way to make your own pickles all natural and no sugar. Bonus.  They are absolutly delish, garlicky and super crunchy!!

oat bran in a jar

oat bran in a jar

 This wonderful invention really hit my radar! I love the idea of not wasting any ANY nut butter, plus it is fun to eat out of. I brought this with my to school and had b-fast in the parking lot on a rainy day.  So sad the rain has gone.

 So enjoy the pics, I know I enjoyed eating everything! Have a lovely weekend! Mine is full of Birthday celebrations, my b-day isn’t until Monday but we are celebrating ALL weekend! Be back with the details soon:)

Love + good eats, Cassandra

 

How is your weekend so far? I have lot’s of eats to show ya’ll from mine!!  Best of all I got my camera back 🙂 Friday I had my Japanese class, so much fun.  I am half Japanese and half…well…white.  I really like getting in touch with my heritage. Before class I decided to try something different for breakfast.
 
yummy tea to warm my tummy

yummy tea to warm my tummy

Usually I have coffee in the morning, but I am sticking to cutting back on my caffeine intake, so if I don’t ABSOLUTLY NEED coffee, I will opt for tea instead.  This tea was not even caffeinated!!! I love this brand and the flavor of the Good Hope Vanilla is to DIE for! 
The morning mix-ins

The morning mix-ins

 

After it hit the Bullet

After it hit the Bullet

I have been trying all sorts of NEW GRAINS for breakfast.  I am curious to see which ones hold be the best, taste the best, chew the best and mostly DIGEST the best (to me of course, everyone is different).  Friday I made Whole Gain Amaranth!!! I have been cooking my oats and other morning grains the same way as Meghan from Making Love in the Kitchen, you can find the recipe here.  Basically you soak the grain, I do it overnight, then drain, rinse and cook them on the stove top like rice.  So far I have tried:

  • Whole Grain Amaranth
  • Whole Wheat Quinoa
  • Millet
  • Steel Cut Oats
  • Oat Groats
  • Rolled Oats
  • Oat Bran-my all time fave
  • Whole Rye Berries
  • Bulgar Wheat

I LOVE them all!  I really like the Millet and the Bulgar Wheat, totally different textures than the oats. Millet has a sweet corn flavor to me which reminds me of eating Cornbread with honey!!! The Bulgar Wheat is nice and fluffy!! I will be making these all again for more comparison.  After all a REAL scientific experiment is tested time and time again to get the same results! Hehe…

Let’s get to know Amaranth!

Amaranth has been around for 8,000 years and was a staple food of the Aztecs.  It came to the US in the 1970’s.  Today the grain is found in health food stores and can be used to extract Amaranth oil.

Nutrition Facts for 1/4 cup: 

  • 180 cal
  • 3 g fat
  • 1 g sugar
  • 7 g protein
  • 7 g fiber
In the pot

In the pot

I simmered my grains with 1 T of Coconut Oil so it wouldn’t stick. 

Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!

Spoon out grain into bowl on top of ground mix-ins.  Top with 1 banana and some Raw Cocoa Nibs!!! So good! The Amaranth has a bit of a crunchy texture, even though I cooked it for 25 min… like Rice Crispies! All the while, the oil and water turn it kind of gooey, very tasty.  I think I splashed a bit of Almond Breeze in the pot before I spooned it out and served it…to myself 🙂

Lunch on days I have class is usually eaten in my car.  Confession: I like listening to KPFK and munching on my packed lunch right there in the parking lot. 

Ezikiel sprouted bread with humus + 1/2 an Avo and raw broccoli and carrots

Ezekiel sprouted bread with humus + 1/2 an Avo and raw broccoli and carrots

I usually do not have a dessert after lunch, but I had some very tempting Medjool Dates in the fridge. I packed 2 like this little gem with Almond Butter:

Natures Candy

Natures Candy

After lunch I headed to one of my FAV stores, The Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy, I LOVE this place.  I remember going there as a kid with my mama to get remedies.  I haven’t been there in some time and it smells exactly the same! And look what I got!

Free tote and samples!

Free tote and samples!

It was their stores anniversary and I guess I spent enough moolah to get the gift with purchase! Heres the loot:

Smoothie add-ins

Smoothie add-ins

I went to the Co-Op (best health food store, far surpasses WF) to get myself a B-Day gift!!! My birthday is not until the 19th but I really wanted it!

Yeah! What better to compliment David Wolfe but come Kombuchaaa.

Yeah! What better to compliment David Wolfe but some Kombuchaaa.

This book is amazing so far!! All the great information about Goji, Cocoa, and much more! After shopping, my wallet empty and feet tired…I went home to try the new goodies and made myself a green smoothie.  I love adding as much GREEN to my smoothies.  I usually can not taste the green if  I add enough!  I love the basic with spinach, banana and Almond Breeze.  But I feel I can handle the more powerful greens now, so I am “upping” them all the time.  Perfect fuel for work!

Ooohh la la

Ooohh la la

The Superfood Trilogy

The Superfood Trilogy

All in the pool

All in the pool

Best For You Green Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • handful of Ice
  • 1 cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
  • 1 T UDO’s Oil 3,6,9 blend
  • 1 T Dr. Schulze’s Super Food Plus
  • ½ T Maca powder
  • ½ T Mesquite powder
  • ½-1 T raw cocoa powder
  • Pinch or 2 of stevia

Blend all ingredients except the maca, mesquite and cocoa, on high until smooth. Then add powders and blend on low until mixed in. Enjoy all the vitamins and minerals in this cool, filling and sweet smoothie

ready to drink!

ready to drink!

 Catch up with Saturdays eats and adventures a bit later!

Love + greens, Cassandra