Monthly Archives: January 2012

Bday cake and celebration!!!

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Here I am in my lat late twenties…besides 2 grey hair on the top of my head I don’t see or feel any different (uff). So having a Bday in the middle of a work week sucks and I am sure all of us can somehow relate to it. My official birthday started after 11pm on Monday night with my mom’s phone call, just to let me know that I was born at that hour but GMT + 5. I thought that was super sweet of her but still I was half awake and it was hard to appreciate it.

My actual birthday (Tuesday) was busy at work but at least it prevented me from sitting alone and getting depressed that I am spending this day with myself as usually. Need to admit that Facebook did a pretty good job in this department. I was receiving bday wishes at least once per hour so it kept me smiling during the day. I went to work and by the time I came back home it was already late in the evening.

My Bday celebration was postponed to the following weekend. I was pretty skeptic about staying in the house so we went out to a restaurant for the dinner and came back to our house for the rest on the night. It was lots of fun and I am glad we did it this way. It saved me from cooking at least once;)

The Bday story is all about the cake. As some of you know food sensitivity is a real “pain in the gut” and I didn’t want to have a regular cake this time (not that I don’t like it). We found a gluten free bakery close by and I hoped we would just order one. It turned out it was way too late so on Friday night I was without a birthday cake. Desperately I decided to make one and if it doesn’t come out well we  would just buy any cake in the morning.
A while ago I purchased the book “Quinoa 365” and a friend from work was telling my about the cake that she is making from it. So….I adopted it and changed a little bit. I think this recipe is brilliant. It turned out great, moist, rich in flavor not to sweet not to bitter.
A simple chocolate cake is what I needed. And everyone else seemed to enjoy it too.

(Gluten free) moist chocolate cake
2/3 cup white quinoa
1/3 milk ( I used almond milk)
4 eggs
1tsp pure vanilla extract
¾ cup melted butter ( I used Earthbalance)
1 ½ cups sugar (mine was palms sugar)
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used less than that)
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

Cook quinoa in 1 1/3 cups of water according to the instruction and et it cool down. First combine milk, eggs, vanilla in a blender. Add quinoa (you should have around 2 cups cooked quinoa now) and butter-blend until smooth. In a separate bowl whisk sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt and soda. Add to the blender and continue until everything will be well mixed. Divide the cake batter in a greased dish and bake for 45 minutes in 350F. Let it cool down, keep it on the counter.*

*I added some walnuts to the butter and coverdc my cake with avocado
chocolate icing. I put fresh blueberries and raspberries the next day. For those who wanted whipped cream was on the side. -Yummy!!!

Super easy, my skeptic friends couldn’t believe it was from quinoa so I guess I passed my test;)

Have a fabulous week guys,
xoxo

Izabela

 

 

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Vegan restaurant review and Vegan Chocolate Almond Cups

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I know I am extremely late with my post recently and I apologize.

Last week was as usually: running around, teaching, working out, trying new desserts;))) recipes and yes, of course trying to get decent lunches and dinners. It seems to me that I have the most difficulties making a meal for myself. I can’t  decide what am I going to eat the next day and then when I come back home for lunch I am starving and nothing is prepared.

During the weekend I was hoping to make a dinner for us so Tom and I can actually sit together and eat… but instead we ended up running errands and forgetting about grocery shopping. We needed to either go out or order take out. Hmm, and here was the dilemma: what kind of take out can I have with my very restrictive diet? There are many restaurants that are not really health conscious. Lots of Thai, Indian food or in general family restaurants around… I tried them and I always ended up with being sick after wards-so no thank you. Without going for a special mission to Toronto there are only a few vegan places that I can count on. Finally we went to Port Credit to “RawAura organic Cuisine”. I think it’s my favorite place so far. I am really in love with theirs burrito (Burstin’ Burrito). The wrap is so rich in flavor plus the stuffing is just phenomenal. Tom had Yellow Coconut Curry Noodles which I think was great too. For starters we ordered a Mediterranean Plater with Living bread and 3 different dips. So now I am on a mission to figure out how I can make my own Living bread so rich and soft. You couldn’t tell that it was made in a dehydrator. Not sure how am I going to make it but definitely it’s is something I want to learn. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Dessert was at home: Vegan Chocolate Almond Cups:

Mix and melt together on the stove
½ cup of chocolate carob chips
2 tbsp of almond milk +2 tbsp of coconut oil
I can’t never get the perfect consistency in the microwave but you can use it as well.

You can add vanilla extract and some sweeteners such as Agave or a few
drops of Stevia. Pour into cupcakes liners on the bottom.
1 tsp of almond butter +1 almond on top and cover with another layer of chocolate. Freeze it.

My Birthdays is today. I hope I am almost depressed;) Birthday party is due on Saturday.
Question: Do you making your own healthy cake or do you just order
one? Tom said I should do my own cake -any thoughts or ideas???

Talk to you soon

Izabela

 

Protein Apple Cinnamon Bars

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How is your “getting back to the regular schedule” going? I found this week that after spoiling myself with sweets during the Christmas time, I am now craving them even more than before-so that’s bad news. The good news is that since we are back to regular life, Tom ate all my chocolates that I received as gifts, we can start to eat clean again. Well…at least we are trying.

I was searching for tasty recipes to satisfy my cravings. I found delicious protein bars from Bodybuilding website- tweak it a little bit and here it is (actually it’s gone already but at least no guilt what so ever).

Protein Apple Cinnamon Bars for your post workout mid-day snack (or if you are like me all day long snack)

Ingredients:

½ cup of almond meal/flour

1 scoop of protein powder

You can taste it in your bar so make sure you like the taste of your powder. I choose the chocolate one.

2 egg whites

pinch of salt

1 tsp of cinnamon and nutmeg

1/2 cup of fat free cottage cheese

¼ cup of stevia + tbsp of Agave

1 shredded apple

1 tsp of baking powder

1tsp of vanilla

1 tsp of ground flax seed

Combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl and in a separate bowl mix:cottage cheese, apple, Agave, stevia, vanilla, egg whites, stir it together until well blended. Then pour wet mixture with the dry one, whisk until smooth. Bake at 350F in a prepared dish for about 30 minutes.

Enjoy!!!

Izabela

 

Let’s start moving in the New Year-yoga video

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Here it is-my first video of the simple yoga sequence for you guys. I know it’s not perfect but just to give you some ideas and motivation to start the New Year with a yoga practice. Please feel free to join me, use it at any point of the day, add to it your own poses and explore the possibilities. Let me know how you like it;)

Izabela

Happy New Year!!!

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Wow. We had so much fun yesterday. We started the NY celebration from a dinner at a restaurant and then we came back to our house to meet New Year.

Our house was fully prepared: decoration & food served

New Year crew was rocking last night

Sophie was in heaven having multiple people around her – all paying attention to her

Yes, I really did it-totally yogis like;)

Champaign in a Manson Jar.

We stayed up until 5.30 in the morning so today I actually slept in until almost noon.

Have a great first day of the year!

Izabela