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Sushi time!

Today is one of those days that makes me absolutely love living in NYC.  I went for a run this morning and when I got to Central Park there was a big race going on, so I ended up running alongside hundreds of people, which kind of made my run more fun for me.  It’s not quite hot out yet, but warm enough to run in t-shirts… perfect weather in my opinion.

After my run I was in the mood for something fresh tasting… I don’t know what it is about warmer, sunny weather but it makes me crave fresh and colorful foods.  I had an avocado laying about so I decided to try my hand at sushi!  

Asian-Fusion Avocado Puree

  • 3/4 avocado, scooped out
  • 1/2 tsp wasabi powder
  • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 c. water
  • salt to taste

I sliced up a quarter of an avocado and then used the remainder for my Asian-Fusion Avocado Puree… a little South American, a little Japanese… it turned out quite good!  I used my avocado puree as the base layer on my Nori sheets, then some julienned carrots & daikon radish, topped with the fresh sliced avocado.  

I thinned out the leftover avocado puree and used it as a dipping sauce for my sushi rolls.  I ended up having quite a bit left over, so I had some tortilla chips help me out with the rest. 😉  This was a really great, filling lunch and took no time at all to make!  I think the part that took the longest was the puree just because I was adjusting seasonings and I went along.  Enjoy your Sunday everyone!


April 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm 4 comments

Super Late recap!!

Sorry for the uber delayed post!!  Today was just way too busy to get any blogging done – oh well.  So before I talk about today first I have some weekend recapping to do.

Sunday was a pretty low-key day, but definitely a day of snacking so I wasn’t able to get picks of everything.  Oh well, so it goes…  I started out with a bowl of PB bumpers and an apple.  Of course cereal without milk and all the fixins totally sucks at quenching your hunger.  I had some peanut butter and 2 small clementines which helped a little, but in hindsight I wished I had just made some oats!img_1896img_1903

I tried to go outside for a walk, but it was just a weee bit too cold out.  I was able to pick up my book for my upcoming book club – Post American World by Fareed Zackaria.  I didn’t get a chance to start reading it until Monday morning, but so far so good!

Lunch was kinda eaten in bits and pieces, I had some chips and salsa while watching a marathon of Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style mid-morning.  img_1902img_1868Later on I had some dried veggie chips, img_18711apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon, img_18731a veggie burger img_1898and a freshly baked Mocha-Almond Chip Cookie!!  Oh I didn’t mention that I baked??  The only thing I would change about this recipe is that I would use instant coffee instead of the Teeccino (I didn’t like the chicory flavor it gave off, and I would use dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips).  Other than that they got pretty good reviews.  They were certainly consumed, yet I was a little dissapointed.  I’m definitely going to play along with this recipe.

Mocha-Almond Chip Cookies:img_1878

  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/3 c. grapeseed oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 c. gluten-free all purpose baking flour
  • 1 tbsp spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp Mocha No-Caf (by Teeccino)
  • 2/3 c. Ghiradella choco chips
  • 1/3 c. chopped almonds (I used salted)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar, honey and oil; beat in egg.  Add vanilla and blend.
  3. Add dry ingredients in order, mixing after each.
  4. Refrigerate dough 30+ minutes to firm up.
  5. Roll heaping tbsp into balls, then flatten to 1/3 of an inch and place on cookie sheet.
  6. Bake about 10 minutes.
  7. Let stand about 5 minutes to cool.
  8. Makes about 20 cookies.

**This recipe was adapted from Ashley of Sweet & Natural’s “Espresso Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies”img_18761

Later in the evening I wasn’t feeling so up to snuff so I had a really simple dinner. img_1912 Some broiled salmon rubbed with olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper; alongside a great salad of green leaf lettuce and steamed broccoli.  I topped the salad with a homemade honey-dijon dressing.  img_1910I made the dressing using Grey Poupon dijon mustard, a drop of honey, extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  So yumm!!img_1914

I didn’t make a grain for dinner so I had to make some popcorn on the stove later. 🙂

img_1913Plus a few carob & yogurt covered raisins… 😉

Back to the grind

Monday morning again… I was feeling really lazy this morning so I decided to skip the gym and running altogether.  Instead I made some plain oats with no banana and salt instead of cinnamon & vanilla.  I’m a huge fan of salt so this was really yummy to me… I ate it along with a heaping spoonful of Peanut butter.  Oops, almost forgot to take a picture! 😳 img_1916

Mid-morning I was starving so I grabbed an apple and 1/2 of a Luna Sunrise bar to hold me over.  No pic of these guys, but they definitely did the trick.  Lunch was sooo yummy, but simple.  Just 1/2 a roasted acorn squash filled with applesauce, cinnamon and honey and a super big banana from my stash.  Yum!img_1905

Later in the afternoon I snacked on a Honey Graham Z-Bar given to be by Erica from Itzy’s Kitchen.  So good!!  Thanks so much Erica! 😀 I also had a small handfull of peanuts.  Sorry guys, no pics of any of this because I was at work…

On the ride home I started my new book Post American World and let me just say I am loving it!!!  It’s a really good look at the state of our world’s economy – ok I haven’t gotten that far, but so far that’s what I’ve gotten from it… 😉

I had a ton of errands to run tonight and was hoping to make some chicken breasts I had gotten last week, but they had gone bad.  Gross!! 😡   I ended up ordering in sushi… oh well…  I got it from my favorite place – Matsu on 70th St between 1st and York.  It might look like a hole in the wall, but you cannot beat their super fresh fish!!  I got some pretty standard rolls – yellowtail w/ scallions and a salmon-avocado roll.  img_1923img_1924img_1926Simple, yet delicious.  I also got a mixed green salad with some of their delicious carrot-ginger dressing.  img_1927Gossip Girl + Wine + Sushi… Can you say awesome?? 😀 Oh yah… plus a rice cake to keep up my strength while blogging… img_1928

So this week I’m going to try just posting once a day to see if it makes things a little easier.  I’m not saying this is how it’s going to be – this is just to test things out so not to worry!!  Things have just started to get kinda busy with work and trying to think of my Christmas plans, etc.  Have you guys given the holidays much thought yet?  Do you already have gifts in mind?  If you do I must say I am jealous… 😉

NOTE:  I tried posting this last night, but it didn’t go through apparently… sorry!!!

November 18, 2008 at 10:19 am 6 comments

Wasabi Lobby!

Well the Notre Dame game yesterday definitely didn’t have a favorable ending… After 4 over times, the longest game in ND history ended with a loss to Pitt.  Booo.  It was at least fun to watch – I snacked on some tortilla chips & salsa, a few apples (they were small), and some rice cakes while I nervously prayed for an Irish victory.  After the game as I was walking over to the East side with the boy we caught an amazing fireworks display over Central Park.  I. Love. Fireworks.  We assumed it was in honor of the NYC marathon that is actually going on right now.

When we got back I had another small apple and a whole mess of frozen grapes before heading over to Wasabi Lobby for some sushi.  Ok, background: sushi is literally my favorite food in the entire world.  This place was sooo good!  It’s on 1st Ave between 76th and 77th Street.  If you guys live in NYC definitely check it out.  We started off with some green tea…

Then I got a green salad to start – I love the ginger-carrot dressing that you get alongside the greens.  I always get salads when I get sushi for this reason, although I tried some of the boy’s seafood miso soup and it was amazing.

For my entree I asked the server what was freshest and ordered based on her recommendations.  I definitely suggest doing that when you go for sushi – fresh fish makes alll the difference.  I got a Yellowtail w/ scallion roll, a Spicy Crunchy Salmon roll, and 2 pieces of salmon sashimi.  So so good!!  I had a few cocktails later, watched som SNL and called it a night.  Perfect relaxing Saturday night!

An oat-less morning

Even though it’s freezing out I just wasn’t in the mood for oats this morning (plus I had no bananas), so I made a big bowl of PB Bumpers along with a huge container of frozen grapies and some Acai Green Tea.  Yummm… I love Revolution teas!  Can’t wait to get dressed and head over to check out the brave souls that are doing the marathon.

November 2, 2008 at 10:13 am 6 comments

Sake to me!

I was all prepared to have my ZAP peanut butter sandwich for lunch today, but I was invited out to lunch with two of my colleagues.  I almost deferred, but free sushi??  Do you know how hard that is for me to pass up??  Basically I would never pass up a chance at sushi – especially sushi I don’t have to buy!  We went to this place by our office called Kaijou – soo good.  They have an awesome lunch special for 2 rolls + house salad + miso soup.  My dream lunch… 

Of course I didn’t have my camera, but thanks to google images I was able to search for pictures of what my lunch lookedlike.  I love google…  First the house salad – they do tons of fresh veggies in their salad including tomato, carrot, Japanese radish, baked tofu and of course the carrot-ginger dressing.  So fun to eat with chopsticks too!!  Then came my miso soup, chock full of tofu squares, seaweed and scallions.  This was so  perfect on a cold day like today!!  I also had a couple of mugs of the house green tea during lunch… yummm!

For my rolls I chose a spicy salmon roll and an asparagus roll.  I like getting one fish and one veggie roll when I get sushi for lunch because those tiny rolls can be surprisingly filling!  Here are the pics… first the asparagus roll:

This asparagus roll looks to have crab meat & tempura added, mine did not.

As much as I love PB sandwiches… sushi???  Yes please!!

October 22, 2008 at 2:50 pm 6 comments

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