Posts Tagged ‘What I Ate Wednesday’

Hi foodie friends! I’m trying to post from my phone today. Let’s hope this works.

Currently, I’m at a workshop. Again. We are provided breakfast lunch, and snacks. Here are some of the things I ate yesterday and today.


Tuesday’s breakfast: buttered soft pretzel, a Bavarian classic.


Tuesday’s lunch: salad, mixed veggies, fruit juice.


Tuesday’s snack: cappuchino and chocolate.


Wednesday’s breakfast: brie on multi-grain bread.


Wednesday’s snack: cappuchino and banana.

What tasty meals and snacks have you eaten lately?

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Fun fact: In some German regions, potatoes are called ‘Erdäpfel’, which means ‘apples from the earth/ground’. There are also quite a few recipes that do combine potatoes and apples, like soups, stews, casseroles, latkes with apple sauce, etc. But this post is not about those dishes, as I prefer to keep those two ingredients separate.


As a child, I ate potatoes all the time, in all different forms and variations. Steamed, boiled, fried, mashed – we had it all! My favorite way to enjoy those delicious tubers was my Grandma’s Bratkartoffeln (home fries for my English-speaking readers). I always pre-cook my potatoes, to reduce the frying time, and I also need less oil. Plus, this is a great way to use up leftovers! The key ingredients for my version of Bratkartoffeln are onions, caraway seeds, and a hefty dose of Hungarian paprika powder. I served the potatoes with green beans and tofu rosso. And ketchup, of course. Amazing!


A relatively new-to-me ingredient are sweet potatoes. My local grocery store just recently started to stock them regularly, but they are way more expensive than white potatoes, so I only buy them occasionally. My favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes is roasted, either plain or coated with coconut oil and curry powder. I roasted some more vegetables on the same tray, and served it all with the amazing curry-flavored hummus I mentioned in Monday’s post. I think I need to repeat this meal very soon.


A few months ago, I discovered a fun new cooking show on TV, called ‘Sweet & Easy’. It’s all about baking, either sweet or savory dishes. In one of the early episodes, the host presented a very delicious looking apple cake. My husband was intrigued, too, and the recipe was rather simple, so I spontaneously decided to make it last Sunday. It was indeed stirred together in a flash, and it was as yummy as expected, but next time I’ll at least double the amount of apples. And I’ll probably add some cinnamon. I just have to.


Finally, I cooked a big batch of chunky potato soup. This is an awesome way to get rid of some random vegetables that need to be used up. I topped it with a chopped up vegan sausage. It wasn’t bad, but I’m generally not a fan of most meat replacement products. Whole foods are always better.

And now, I’ve finally used up all my potatoes! So I can go and buy a new 5 lbs bag, right?

No, just kidding. I’m still working on raiding my pantry, but sometimes I can’t resist the temptation to buy new stuff. Like that legendary hummus trio. Sigh!

I’m also trying to use up most of my frozen food items, as I need to deep-clean my freezer. Double sigh! I’ll report back.

What was your favorite dish when you were a child?

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Sorry guys, I’m sick, tired, and busy, so I’ll keep this post rather short.

Here are some of the things I made and ate last weekend.
On Saturday we made a big bowl of pasta salad. It contained one pound of pasta (!), sweet corn, mushrooms, peas, onions, and homemade mayo. Our family’s mayo recipe contains eggs and yoghurt, so it’s not vegan. #sorrynotsorry
I served my version with fresh tomatoes, romaine lettuce, and tofu fingers.
I also made a big batch of tomato bisque. I used oat cream and left out the meat, of course. It’s incredibly delicious! This will be part of my dinners all week long. On Sunday night I paired it with quinoa, peas, sauteed mushrooms, nutritional yeast, and basil pesto. Amazing!
I found a block of nearly expired marzipan in my pantry, and decided to roll it into little balls and dip them in chocolate. Black for me, white for my husband. Looks fancy, but it’s so simple!
Finally, I brought back the infamous bizookies! I have no idea why I stopped making them. My version isn’t really sugar-free, as I added a little maple syrup to make them a bit sweeter.
I hope I’ll have some more interesting meals and snacks to share next week.
Have you already been sick this fall?

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I think I have a problem. I’m hoarding food. Take a look at my pantry!


So much food! Those shelves are deep, and that’s not even all of it, there’s another shelf on the opposite wall with my condiments and spices, and my fruit basket on the counter. It’s ridiculous! I could feed an army!

So my mission for this week, and probably the next few ones, too, is to use as many pantry items as possible.


I have several jars of nut butter and veggie spreads in stock. Let’s eat! Btw, that almond butter and apple butter combo still rocks my socks. You have to try it!


Living with an Asian guy means that I also have some strange (but good) stuff in my house, like several kinds of dried seaweed, fish powder, or mung bean starch. Mung bean starch? Yes, it is used to make mung bean jelly, a popular Korean side dish.


This was Sunday’s lunch: the aforementioned mung bean jelly and a bowl of rice with roasted vegetables, kimchi, and beans. Please ignore the dried fish at the top. I didn’t eat it, but my husband insisted that I include it in the photo.


In the afternoon, I made a big batch of granola. For the first time ever! I have no idea why I waited so long. I used this recipe, but had to modify it a little, because I didn’t have all the ingredients at come. And I mixed in some dried cranberries after baking, for an extra kick of fruity sweetness.


For dinner, I made a big pot of red lentil chili, inspired by the wonderful Miss Polkadot, using carrots and zucchini instead of kabocha. It’s delicious!

As you can see, my weekend meal prepping went a lot better than last week. I have lots of lentil chili and granola, and I also roasted a tray of bell peppers and broccoli, cooked a batch of brown lentils, and mixed up a bottle of salad dressing, as I plan to bring my lunch salads back. It’s Wednesday already, and I still have enough food prepared that I only need to re-heat or toss together.

But now I’m faced with a new kind of challenge. How do I fit all my ready-to-eat food into my tiny fridge?


Oh boy!

What does your pantry look like? Any strange items in there?

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It’s quite simple: If I want to spend more time at the gym during the week, I need to reduce the time I spend in my kitchen. The solution for this is equally simple: batch cooking on weekends. But making this approach work is not quite as simple as it seems. At least not for me.

Last weekend I attempted to prepare some food for the work week, but things didn’t quite work as well as I had hoped.


Breakfast is not an issue, at least. I use store-bought bread and toppings and need only a few minutes to assemble my sandwiches the night before.


On Sunday I cooked a big batch of brown rice. I froze one half and kept the other half in my fridge. So far, so good, but plain rice is not really a complete meal.


I also made a pot of my favorite curried squash soup. The resulting batch was smaller than I thought, just two or three servings.


Later that night, I fried up a batch of vegetable pancakes. We had some for dinner on Sunday night, and I packed the leftovers for my husband to enjoy on Monday. Yes, there’s another mouth to feed in my house.


Oh, and I also baked some chocolate cookies! Which I also gave to my husband. I’m spoiling that guy.

In the end, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen, and ‘sacrificed’ a good portion of my Sunday night. But I not nearly have enough food ready to last the entire work week!

Conclusion: weekend meal prep is a great idea, but I need to work on the implementation.

Next weekend, I plan to prepare a big batch of a hearty, filling stew, and also roast a bunch of vegetables. I also should freeze more stuff. I have a rather large freezer in my basement, and I really need to use it more.

Do you prepare your food on weekends, too? Or do you prefer to cook every night?

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Last week I did something quite unusual. I went shopping at an organic grocery store! You may roll your eyes now, but this is a very special indulgence for me. Everything there is so expensive! But totally worth it, I admit.

2013-10-25_Organic_ProduceSo much beautiful produce! But I didn’t buy any of that, because my fridge is already way too full.

2013-10-25_Veggie_SpreadInstead, I bought some more shelf stable goodies:

  • roasted soy beans with tamari (salty, nutty, and crunchy)
  • oat cream (less processed than soy cream, I’ll use it for soups)
  • vegetable based sandwich spreads (I’m addicted to that stuff, and there are so many different flavors!)


  • marinated tofu (great on pizza or casseroles)
  • hummus (the best store-bought hummus I’ve ever had!)
  • tofu cream cheese with garlic and herbs (simply amazing!)
  • tofu-based cold cuts (tastes almost like the original)

2013-10-25_Almond_Coconut_ButterOh yes, there’s more:

  • coconut oil (now I can make my favorite raw macaroons again)
  • chocolate hazelnut butter (tastes like Nutella, but even better)
  • almond butter (finally the real thing!)
  • apple and pear butter (no added sugar, only fruit)


I’ve only ever had white almond butter, and was a little disappointed by its taste. Finally, I got to try this darker version, and it just blew my mind. So this is the Amazing Almond Butter that the famous blog ladies have been raving about! My life will never be the same.

2013-10-27_SandwichAnd here are two more new-to-me foods, tofu cream cheese and tofu-based cold cuts (Aufschnitt). That tofu cream cheese is delicious! I couldn’t taste the tofu at all, instead I enjoyed the intense herb and garlic flavor. The tofu slices also taste a lot like the real thing. I actually think their taste is too authentic, too meaty for my vegetarian taste buds.

Usually, I buy all my food at conventional grocery stores. I keep telling everyone who’s asking that a plant-based diet is not necessarily more expensive than an omnivorous one. I mostly rely on fresh, seasonal produce, whole grains, and beans. Those things tend to be rather cheap.

But organic food can be very expensive! And yes, I spent quite a hefty amount of money on that shopping trip. But I firmly believe that occasional treats are healthy for your soul.

Anyways, I’m going to eat very well in the next few weeks.

What was the most expensive food you’ve bought recently?

Me: that almond butter above. Yikes!

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What’s that?! A blog post?!? Yeah, I’m surprised, too. 😉

My summer was awesome and I had so much fun, but I’ve really been missing this whole blogging game. I don’t know how often I’ll be able to find the time and inspiration to write a post, but I definitely want to get back into the blogging groove.

Let’s start with some seasonal and not so seasonal food! Here are some of the things I ate yesterday:

2013-10-22_Breakfast_SandwichesAs you can see, my breakfast routine hasn’t changed at all. I’m still enjoying some whole grain sandwiches with various toppings and fillings. And cucumber sticks! Local cucumbers will soon be gone, so I’m eating as many as I can.

2013-10-22_Lunch_SaladI still have salads for lunch, less often than in Summer, but still. The addition of chickpeas, brown rice, and mixed seeds turned this salad into a rather filling meal.

2013-10-22_Dinner_Potato_GoulashThis dish was a spontaneous, random creation. I call it potato goulash. Smoked tofu was used to replace the meat component of traditional goulash. I love simple soups and stews. Just throw some stuff into a pot, let it all cook for a while, season to taste, done!

2013-10-22_Chocolate_MarzipanMy beloved Mon Cheri cherry chocolates are back! They are not available during summer, so I’m always very excited about their return in fall. Those chocolate covered marzipan sticks were a new find. I really like them! They are not as sweet as most other marzipan candy.

What (not so) seasonal foods have you enjoyed lately?

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