Expanding Cuisine-izons…

Firstly, I have a bunch of the sweetest bloggity blog readers on the block and that’s a fact, so take this here invisible badge I done made you all and wear it around the town.  I wish I could have afforded to make it out of pure gold, but invisible construction paper will have to do.  Who do I look like?  Angelina Jolie!?!?!?  Secondly, now that Tom Cruise His Spaceship and Katie What’s Her Booger Nose have separated, I pretty much have nothing to live for… I mean if folks in Tinsel Town can’t keep a marriage alive, there is just no hope for anybody… THE HUMANITY!!!!!!   And what’s poor Suri with a Fringe On Top supposed to do now?   Her dad better drop by every so often in his spaceship… I mean… you know… in between jumping up and down on my good pal, Oprah’s couches.  😛

Regarding yesterday’s post, I actually meant to link to this song and it’s lyrics because it’s awesome and I love the message.

Dark Side by Kelly Clarkson.  I think every one of us wants to be accepted for who we are… flaws (dark sides) and all…

There’s a place that I know
It’s not pretty there and few have ever gone
If I show it to you now
Will it make you run away

Or will you stay
Even if it hurts
Even if i try to push you out
Will you return?
And remind me who I really am
Please remind me who I really am

Everybody’s got a dark side
Do you love me?
Can you love mine?
Nobody’s a picture perfect
But we’re worth it
You know that we’re worth it
Will you love me?
Even with my dark side?

Like a diamond from black dust
It’s hard to know what can become
If you give up
So don’t give up on me
Please remind me who I really am

Don’t run away
Don’t run away
Just tell me that you will stay
Promise me you will stay

So, thank y’all… for not running away even when the crazy lady shouted obscenities from her molded pedestal!

*****

Moving on to this week’s meal plan.  I had some repeats from previous weeks for some of the meals, so here’s what wasn’t repeated…

For some reason I’m on a protein pancake kick of late… for seriously!  These are a new version on that kick that I like to call Fruitastically Scrumpdiddlyumptious Proteinified Pancakes.  Steal the name and I’ll cut your nose off… don’t tempt me!   The recipe is from this site… and boy was it a tastee morning jumpstart!

Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Skim Milk or Soy
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 Container of Non-Fat Flavored Chobani Yogurt (I used Peach)
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tsp Canola Oil
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Peaches
  • 1/2 Cup Raspberries
  • 1/4 Cup Blueberries
Directions:
  1. In a mixer beat egg whites, milk, vanilla, oil together and add in all the dry ingredients slowly.
  2. Beat until smooth.
  3. Add in all fruit and mix with a spoon.
  4. Heat Skillet on medium and spray pan with cooking spray.
  5. Measure 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake.
  6. Cook about 1 minutes on each side

 Because I’m one person and can’t possibly eat all the pancakes this thing makes in one day, I made the batter minus the fruit, stored it in the refrigerator and then as I cooked them I’d plop the fruit down into them.  Plop is such a lovely word to use whilst describing food, right!?

This meal, with the fruit on the side had approximately 329 calories.

Next up is where I expanded my cuisine-izons  (horizons for cuisineers), I made a vegetarian version of a Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich.  I adapted the recipe from this site… and by adapted I mean totally changed it up and made it more calorizer friendly.

This recipe is 27 kinds of wackiness with 8 billion different flavor combinations going on up in that there sandwich contraption.  You have your egg and your sriracha Mayo and your carrots and radishes marinated in some vinegary mixture… and you’re supposed to eat it all together?  And then the recipe on the site also includes a mushroom pate and cilantro (both of which I cut out).  GAG!!!  But, I was gung ho to try it anyway.  And by gung ho I really mean I inhaled some of the dagnabbed sriracha hot sauce down the wrong dang tube and was spitting fire for the rest of the afternoon.  It was actually quite the par-tay trick.  Vietnamese food… SCALED!!  I can’t say that I’m dying to eat it forever and ever more… even if I did nearly die a death by sriracha hot sauce.  It was good… but not scaling the walls fantabulous!   Maybe if I added the ground up mushroom gut pate, it would have brought it to that next level.  Guess I’ll never know!

Question of the Day:  What’s your favorite Asian-inspired food?  

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16 responses to “Expanding Cuisine-izons…

  1. Natalie

    I think I could handle yogurt pancakes better than I can wrap my mind around cottage cheese pancakes. Maybe this one I can do!

  2. Avster

    Could I have a sticker instead of a badge? Stickers are so much more fun! 😀

    By the way, you recall that pancake mix you sent me last Christmas? Do you have a recipe for it? 🙂

    • Sorry, invisible stickers are on back order. GOOD GRIEF, MATILDA! 😛 I think I can find that recipe… I believe I bookmarked it on my mom’s laptop. I’ll check it out and let you know.

  3. cl2

    Okay now–that first recipe just has far too many ingredients for me to ever consider making!!! Asian food? I don’t know. Have you ever had Pho? YUCK! My kids used to make rock soup (they had a book called Rock Soup)–and they would make some concoction with water, potatoes, and carrots and expect me to eat it–that is what Pho reminds me of. I like panda express ha ha ha ha (yes, I do)–if you can call it Asian or Wok on Wheels!

    • You had me with the potatoes and carrots… that makes a good soup… but just in water? Yuck!! I don’t blame you. I used to eat at Wok on Wheels like it was going out of style!

  4. Louisa

    Question of the Day: What’s your favorite Asian-inspired food?

    I love seafood just about anyway but I can’t get myself to try sushi.
    Just can’t do it.
    I love the crab wontons when we go out to eat Chinese.
    That and the marinated chicken on the little wood skewers…YUM!

  5. Deanna

    I love that song by Kelly Clarkson. I like a lot of her music. I also really like her for standing up for her beliefs when it comes to her weight and being in the spotlight. I’ve seen her in an interview say that she has no intention of becoming rail thin just because she’s in the spotlight and that’s where society thinks she should be. She’s happy with her body, curves and all. She’s beautiful and I think a great role model for young girls today. Anywho…moving on to the question at hand. I love all asian inspired food, but very little of it is calorizing friendly. I love a good teryaki or sweet and sour dish. YUM!

    • LOVE Kelly Clarkson!! I’ve followed her since she was was on American Idol. She really is a good example for accepting body types in an industry who thrives on skinny suckers. Plus, girl can SANG!! Teriyaki and sweet and sour are at the top of my list too!

  6. Diana Davidson

    I’m not sure what my favorite Asian inspired food is, but tonight I just bought the ingredients to try a new recipe this week. It’s Tofu Stir-Fry with Chinese noodles. Some of the ingredients are bell pepper, peanut butter and coleslaw mix. I’m not kidding! Stay tuned and I’ll report on it later 🙂

  7. Thanks for the badge, Whit. I will wear it with pride and it matches every outfit I own. You are one clever gal! I love me some stir fry. I love that you can throw a bunch of random vegetables in some sauce and dump it over rice and it’s delicious. Have a good 4th of July!

  8. Yummy looking food! I do love a good stir fry. My favorite sauces to go with them are House of Tsang Mongolian Fire Oil and House of Tsang Szechuan Sauce–Both are very spicy, so use sparingly. Have you tried Mandarin Garden’s Moo Shu vegetables? Yummy vegetarian dish. They even wrap the vegetables in a yummy rice tortilla thing.

    • They have a delicious vegetarian option at Mandarin Garden!?!?!? I certainly have not tried it, but now that you gave me this marvelous heads up, I’m totes adding it to my must-do-soon list! Thanks, ALena!

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