My Limit


I’ve been on my own due to school, taken away from family, friends, and the bf, for 2 months now. The experience has been less scary than I thought. I am surviving. It’s also been a chance for me to focus on my health, free from distractions. I made it a point to eat clean and exercise 5 times a week. It turns out though, I fizzle out by the end of the second week of pushing the healthy lifestyle. I made it through 2 great weeks when I first came to Las Vegas, then teetered out. I blame the long days at the hospital for causing me to eat out and catch up on my sleep instead of exercising. However, I restarted the clean eating and exercise and I find myself fizzling at the end of the second week. I just want a burger and fries. I just want to waste time on tumblr until it’s time for bed. I guess 2 weeks is my tolerance for jogging and salads. BUT THIS CAN’T BE. I’m toying with the idea of doing a 4 week challenge of clean eating and exercising (without cheating!) and see if I can make it through to the end. But, not right now. Maybe when this surgery rotation is done…



Green Sangria


Granny Smith apples, kiwi, lime



Must Try Salad Dressing!


Olive oil + lime juice + maple syrup + salt to taste = best damn dressing ever



New School Year


The new school brings me out of my comfort zone.  I’m thrown into the hospital scene (better to jump in?!) and all of our studies are independent now.  Independent studying is something I’ve never had to do. I know me, I know I’m lazy without deadlines. My exams are so far apart and I so much rather watch some TV than study…sigh. What I need is some pressure for motivation, but for now I have plantain chips and iced tea.



Shakshouka


I’ve cooked a lot, but too lazy to post pictures.  Slowly, but surely I will try to get all of the pictures posted…eventually.

I’m excited about this recipe because it’s cheap, easy, fast, filling, and so different than plain-jane sandwiches or spaghetti for dinner. The sauce is canned tomatoes, a jalapeno, garlic, onion, paprika, cumin, and salt.  Topped with a cracked egg, cilantro, and feta cheese. Yum, yum. And the bf approves so I can add this to my arsenal of go-to recipes.



Lettuce Wraps


Tonight was a simple dinner with ingredients left in the fridge. Turned out so good!

Sauce:

2 tbs hoisin sauce

1 tbs soy sauce

1 tbs rice vinegar

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

1/4 tsp ginger

-  Brown 1/2 lb beef and saute with onion, garlic, green onion, and shiitake mushrooms.

-  Add sauce and warm through.

-  Serve on lettuce leaves with chopped carrot and toasted sesame seeds. (And yes, carrots and toasted sesame seeds are necessary!)



Coconut Cupcakes


I’m in heaven!  Especially since the bf doesn’t like coconut, I get it all to myself ;)

Coconut Cupcakes

3 eggs, separated

1.25 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

6 tbs butter

½ cup sugar, ¼ cup sugar

½ tsp coconut extract

¾ cup buttermilk

½ tsp cream of tartar

-       preheat oven to 350F and line cupcake tins

-       cream butter and ½ cup sugar, add egg yolks one at a time and coconut extract

-       alternately add dry mixture and buttermilk

-       beat egg whites and cream of tartar until a stiff foam, add ¼ cup sugar and beat until shiny

-       fold egg whites into batter in batches

-       pour into pan and bake 35-40 minutes

-       top with coconut frosting and toasted coconut flakes



Bacon and Blue Cheese Pizza


Ooooh yeah!



Homemade Cereal


This turned out pretty delicious.  I used a granola recipe with almonds, coconut flakes, and flax seeds.  Another step towards cutting out processed foods.



Mixer!


Playing with my new KitchenAid mixer the bf got me for Christmas! It’s completely made of metal and sounds like an engine. It make kneading so nice!