Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Super Herb Chicken and WannaBe Peanut Sauce, then the 'Usuals'

A couple things worth mentioning, and others worth neglecting in this meal. I'll start with the don'ts. 
Herb Baked Chicken and Super Sauce
     Steaming Brussel Sprouts = Dont. They just don't taste good! Somehow they get really bitter compared to when you grill them, even with my usual mustard seed and sea salt/pepper. I drowned them in my new wanna-be peanut sauce making them palatable, which is a YES. #1 I don't know why i've limited myself to tahini for making dressings/sauces, when almond butter and sunflower seed butter are perfect options! It was like a delicious Asian Sesame or Peanut Sauce that tastes good on anything, but primarily a salad dressing for the tasty Japanese Hijiki Seaweed Salad (I first used the dressing sans-sunflower seed butter to soak the dried seaweed, then mixed it into the sunflower seed butter as dressing). Inspired by our cooking on the team trips, I finally baked a chicken breast. Tons of herbs/spices and delicious leeks, artichoke hearts, and pine nuts! So much flavor yet so clean tasting at the same time. Trader Joe's Marinated Artichoke Hearts (jar) are so delicious especially when baked with chicken. They totally gave me the sensation of eating pizza, but just the good parts of eating pizza!

-Chicken Breast Baked with Dill Weed, Ground Coriander, Dried Basil, Lemon Pepper, Olive Oil, Lemon
   -Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Leeks, Pine Nuts

-Steamed BSprouts w/ Mustard Seed, Sea Salt, Pepper

-Hijiki Seaweed, Cucumber, Tomato, Sunflower Dressing Sauce
    -Sunflower Seed Butter, Rice Vinegar, Lemon, Olive Oil, Water

-Short Grain Brown Rice

The chicken made a reappearance in my lunch, remixed with some extra spice!
   Wrap Action
    Implementing my new policy also inspired by my team-trips of having baked sweet potatoes on hand (make a batch and fridge), half of one conveniently served as a sweet addition to my lunch. I supplemented the chicken with some tofu since there wasn't quite enough. #2 Also digging the wrap selection from TJoes - it's far superior to any other market (stupid over processed 'low carb' wheat or gluten free wraps are lame!). Brown Rice Tortillas for the win! Keeping it wheat free for days.

-Brown Rice Tortilla (TJoes), Radicchio, Avocado, Tomato, Onion

-Leftover Herb Chicken + Firm Tofu

-Hummus, Zahatar, Ground Coriander

-Sweet Potato

The Good Earth Sweet and Spicy Herbal Tea is so good this massive jar barely lasted 30 min! Accompanied the spicy yet sweet crunchy breakfast bowl perfectly.
Semi Standard Berry Ginger Spice Crunch
This would be a standard overnight oats combo for me but there's a few yummy standouts. #3 First is the simple added crunch from the bottom of the bag rice cake puffs. Then go for some pomegranate thanks to more TJoes pre-prepped genius. Last but definitely not least would be the carrot/ginger juice infused into the oats for a nice bite to compliment the usual spice combo!

-65g oats, 200g soymilk/almond milk/carrot juice/ginger juice (had a bit of each left)

-Blueberries, Pomegranate, Strawberry, Dried Cranberries

-Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cloves

-Hazelnuts, Almonds, 'Bottom of the Bag' Rice Cake Puffs

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