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Hodge-Podge Procrastinator

TGIF!!! Finally the day has come! Anyone has plans this coming weekend?

I will have my annual eye exam tomorrow morning so I can get a new prescription to order my contact lens. My eyes have been pretty stable for the past 3-4 years! So happy with it, despite how many hours I spend in front of computer due to the nature of my job (not to mention at home too!) Hopefully tomorrow’s test result is good!

Btw how did you like my scheduled post? I know it was quite long so I didn’t want to post it right away after that past due date yogurt post.

And I totally agree with you about with the expiration date on food. In some ways they’re just guideline. As long as it hasn’t spoiled then it’s safe to consume (I only talk about whole foods, not the processed ones). In fact, I’m still fine here after consumed that yogurt..hehe.

This morning after my workout, I scrambled around to make Gluten Free Pancakehodgepodge style.

Hodgepodge Gluten Free Pancake (measurements are approximate except the eggs)

Ingredients:
2 small eggs
About 1 cup almond flour/meal (I used left over ground almond and almond waste from my homemade almond milk)
Splash of Blue Diamond Unsweetened Almond Milk
About 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed meal
A dash of salt

The key here is the batter shouldn’t be too runny- it should be thick but not too thick.

Directions:
1. Beat the eggs add in the almond flour, almond meal, flaxseed, milk and salt
2. Heat up the non stick skillet to medium high
3. Melt 1/2 Tbsp butter or oil
4. Pour in the batter (size is up to you – make smaller dollop for small pancake etc)
5. When you saw the batter looks more settled flip it and cook for another minute

Serve!

I loved my b-fast today! The pancake was super yummy and filling! Protein galore!

Speaking of procrastination, I’m kinda guilty in this area. I mentioned a while ago that I need to fix my car bumper after some unlucky incident in December. I‘ve been procrastinating to get another quote from another body shop, aside from the one that the insurance offered me.

Everyday on my way to work, I always pass by a body shop but they are not open until 8:00 am! I usually get to work around 8:00 am just for the parking sake (our workplace has a horrible parking situation long story short).

This morning I purposely left my house a bit later, hoping by the time I passed by the body shop, it’d be exactly 8:00 am. WRONG. It was still about 10 minutes until they were open. So what did I do?

Yup, I passed it and procrastinate….again! *sigh*

Are you a procrastinator?

What’s your favorite hodgepodge meal?

Do you have 20/20 vision? If not, do you prefer contacts or glasses? What do you think of laser eye surgery?
I am scared to get laser eye surgery. It’s my eyes we’re talking here. Anything goes wrong, I’ll be blind!! Maybe I’m paranoid, but I don’t want to mess around with my eyes.

Update:
For some reason I was having some sweet cravings so I cut up some banana, sprinkled with pumpkin pie spice and microwaved it for a minute. (inspired by Averie’s 1 minute banana snack – couldn’t find the exact link)

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Cocomania Primal Dishes

After I received my iHerb order, I knew I couldn’t wait any longer to start cooking with them!

Just like the title, I used Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Aminos.

Minced Meat & Mixed Veggie Quiche (inspired from Nom Nom Paleo)

Ingredients:
1.5 lb ground pork (or any other meat)
1/2 onion – minced
1.5 cup shredded cloud ear fungus (you can find this in Asian market -usually they’re dried – has to be soaked in water before use)
1 shallot – minced
Broccoli slaw (I made my own using my food processor – shredded broccoli stems with carrots – the amount is up to you – I like mine with lots of veggies
1/2 fresh jicama – minced
1-2 Tbsp raw coconut amino (or tamari soy sauce or regular soy sauce if you’re not into Primal/Paleo)
6 small eggs (or less if you use large eggs – lightly beaten season with some salt – not too much)
1/2″ ginger – peeled and minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil

Directions:
1. Heat up non stick skillet in medium heat – put in the coconut oil -it was solid in this cool temperature.
2. Once the oil melted, saute the onions, shallot, ginger, and jicama until onions are translucent.
3. Mixed in the ground meat, stir
4. When the meat is half cooked, pour in the broccoli slaw and the shredded cloud ear fungus
5. Season with salt and pepper accordingly (don’t go too overboard with the salt)
6. Pour in the coconut amino acids/soy sauce
7. Remove from the heat and pour in the meat mixture into a baking pan (already lightly greased with oil or butter)
8. Preheat oven to 350F
9. Pour in the beaten egg and bake for about 30 minutes.

Easy Seaweed Medley Stir Fry (Vegan)

Ingredients:
1/2 onion – minced
1.5 cup shredded cloud ear fungus (you can find this in Asian market -usually they’re dried – has to be soaked in water before use)
1 shallot – minced
Broccoli slaw (I made my own using my food processor – shredded broccoli stems with carrots – the amount is up to you
1/2 fresh jicama – julienne
1-2 Tbsp raw coconut amino (or tamari soy sauce or regular soy sauce if you’re not into Primal/Paleo)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
2 cups of soaked seaweed

Directions:
1. Heat up non stick skillet in medium heat – put in the coconut oil -it was solid in this cool temperature.
2. Once the oil melted, saute everything
3. Season with salt and pepper accordingly (don’t go too overboard with the salt)
4. Pour in the coconut amino acids/soy sauce

Easy peasy healthy quick fix meal 😀

Tropical Citrus Chicken


Ingredients:
1 lb chicken breasts (boneless & skinless) – cube cut
3 ripe tomatoes – diced
1/2 onion – minced
1/2 ginger – julienne
3 garlic cloves -minced
1 shallot – minced
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup of fresh orange juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Marinate the chicken meat with salt – set aside for 15 minutes
2. Heat up the non stick skillet to medium heat, add 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
3. Lightly pan fry the chicken meat until light brown – set aside
4. Heat up 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
5. Sautee the garlic, onions, shallots and ginger until the onions translucent.
6. Mix in the tomatoes and the pineapple chunks, stir until everything incorporates together
7. Pour in the orange juice and cover the skillet for 2 minutes
8. Season with salt and pepper to taste
9. Mix in the chicken meat, mix until everything incorporates together
10. Increase the heat to medium high to thicken the sauce a bit
11. Remove from the stove and serve!

This taste ahmazing! With a slight hint of coconut oil mix and the citrus juice it gave that fresh taste. Not to mention the citrus juice tenderized the chicken meats.

I love coconut oil and I love how much healthier it is. It got bad reputation because of the saturated fat and cholesterol but those are NOT TRUE! This article and this explain it well.

So does the chart below (source)

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of blogs that talk about this Primal/Paleo. The more I know, the more interested I am into this.

One quote I like:
“Primal is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.”

The main thing about being Primal is you eat whole foods (veggies, meat, fruits and nuts) and avoid grains/gluten/starch and sugar as much as possible.

I saw this post about being vegetarian can be primal as well.

Since last week, I’ve been totally primal (finally I cut out grains/wheat from my diet) and I’ve been feeling great! Before I usually had wheat toast for b-fast and always got super hungry before lunch time, or there was time I ate a bowl of oats and I felt way too stuffed (not in a good way).

Ever since I changed my breakfast menu to more primal (protein, fat, fiber and some fruit occasionally) I notice I could last all the way until lunch time. I feel full in a satisfying way, not overstuffed.

I know I’m not a strict Paleo/Primal as I still enjoy my dairy (greek Yogurt, cheese) and there might be time that I have to dine with friends and relative, which not quite Primal/Paleo approved. The point is if 90% of the time I stick to Primal/Paleo, 10% won’t hurt. Afterall we gotta enjoy our life to the fullest, right?

More info about Primal/Paleo can be found here and here.

Whatever your diet/lifestyle choices are, do you consider yourself to be strict on it or you can be flexible?

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in food, health

 

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