Happy Monday! The new “Checklist” page was added and it is a list of personal achievements or random interests I hope to tackle. And the spinach ricotta lasagna will be upcoming in the next post!
I was very proud of myself for beating the alarm clock by a whole hour this morning. The course midterm exam was set for 9AM, so I wanted to squeeze in extra time to study after breakfast. I was able to take more time in my morning routine and to eat slower too. Breakfast was rye bread with peanut butter, 1/3 of a large avocado and blueberries. And a drizzle of honey on the avocado for an extra kick of sweetness.Enjoyed every bite of the breakfast sandwich 🙂 I like to put avocado slices on bread when they are abundant and in season. The tartness of the blueberries went well with the creamy texture of the avocado.
I went to class prepared today! I brought a button up long sleeve to keep me warm during the exam. Thankfully it prevented any dreaming of hot tea or steaming soup. After I finished, I lingered around the little pond area to prepare for a meeting. The water was very calming, but there was also plenty of litter in it 😦It was too early for lunch yet, so I snacked on one of the two prepared homemade Larabar.The meeting went well, and I had just enough time to sit down to eat lunch before heading home. I packed a lunch with chopped cucumber, beans (mix of chickpeas, lentils and black-eye peas), raisins and avocado. For an easy vinaigrette I used olive oil, fresh lemon juice and balsamic vinegar.
The wraps! Last week I bought a package of small Dempster’s whole wheat flour tortillas to make lunch on-the-go mess free. When I am outside, I prefer to eat something that would not require direct hand to food contact when possible. I might be a little germ conscious, but it’s also for convenience. Sadly, I ended up using it more at home than for school days. But here are other ways I made use of it.1. As a breakfast wrap. The wrap envelopes apple butter, banana, blueberries, a sprinkle of flax seed and cinnamon. I was hungry since 4 am the night before but I managed to let the breakfast wrap bake for 10 minutes in the toaster oven. I’ve got to make this breakfast more often in the future. Caramelized bananas and cinnamon are a great combination. The result was very very worth waiting longer for.
1. Cinnamon Banana Breakfast Wrap
- 1 small flour tortilla wrap
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1-2 tbsp apple butter or other fruit spread
- dash of cinnamon
- 2 tsp flax seed
- Spread apple butter on wrap and arrange the banana slices along the center. Sprinkle with cinnamon and flax seed.
- Fold up and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
2. Vegetarian Quesadilla with Tofu, Tomato and Spinach
- 1 small flour tortilla wrap
- 1 handful mozzarella or cheese of choice
- diced tomato
- extra firm tofu, crumbled
- black pepper, dried or fresh basil
- Gently fold wrap in half without breaking, spread the inside with cheese, tomato, spinach, crumbled tofu. Season with pepper and basil.
- Bake for 15-20 mins at 350 degrees F and slice. You can also cook it in a skillet or use a sandwich griller.
I love using yogurt as a base for sauces, especially in summery foods such as these. I also like to use yogurt with fruit spreads as sauce, and it tastes amazing on salad too.
Easy Smoked Salmon, Cucumber and Salad Wrap
- 2 small flour tortilla wraps
- 4-6 slices of smoked salmon
- 1 handful salad
- 1 cucumber, shaved into ribbons
- 2 tbsp apple butter or other fruit spread (eg. raspberry sauce, strawberry jam, etc)
- 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
- black pepper
- sesame seeds
- On the wrap, spread salad in the center. Top with smoked salmon and cucumber. Sprinkle with pepper.
- Mix together the apple butter and yogurt and add about 1 tbsp.
- Roll up and slice into pieces. You can also insert toothpicks to make slicing easier. Sprinkle sesame seeds to garnish.
The apple butter was brought back from the Michigan Trip. I was intrigued as soon as I saw it and have never heard of it before. I was amused to see that apples and cider can produce something like this. It tastes similar to apple sauce, but is thicker and more acidic.