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Food: dinner at friend’s, vegetarian BBQ wings and coconut veggies curry

Last Sunday a friend-couple invited us to their house for dinner. She enjoys cooking as much as I do and she’s a pasta-master 😆

When we arrived the appetizers were ready

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Mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and basil wrap

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artichoke dip

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grilled shrimps

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She made (from scratch) raviolis filled with spinach and ricotta

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they are perfecT!!!

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served with homemade tomato sauce

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Both Star and I enjoyed the dinner and the conversation. She got married recently to my classmate, and our husbands have many things complains about us in common.

I got this veggie BBQ wings from whole food ($4.29). I don’t usually buy packaged food but that day I was in mood trying some new taste but didn’t want to cook much. So frozen food was the solution.

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the preparation is pretty simple. Add 1 tsp of oil to the pan, add the wings and cook for 5 min each side.

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heat the sauce package in running hot water and pour over the wings

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they look pretty good, right?

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Side was rice cooked with chickpeas and broccoli

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Overall, I like the taste and texture but was not crazy about it.

Finally, the veggie curry that I made with mushroom, edamame, red peppers, onion and chinese yam.

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I sauteed them in coconut oil and add 1 tbsp of curry powder at the end.

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served over a bed of brown and black rice

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and some sauteed chinese mustard

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Q: What’s your plan this weekend? I’ll make a five-course dinner for my closest friends tomorrow! I’m super excited!!! 😆

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Pizza, new pan and self-discipline

Let’s do the reverse order of the title 😉

Self-discipline. All people who know me well and I consider myself a highly disciplined person. I’ve been that way for many many years and I think it is a key factor that helped me to achieve what I’ve achieved. I’m proud of it. But there is a fine line between being self-discipline and over-achieving.  If a self-disciplined person becomes an over-achiever… it can be dangerous. I’ve been there once and I wasn’t happy.

Last weekend I talked to a friend who I respect a lot. For many, he is a successful man. He has a Ph.D in chemistry engineering. He is working at an international firm with a great career prospect. I wouldn’t doubt that he is enjoying his life. But unfortunately he is not. He thinks he still have a lot to achieve. He knows that phDs are not good at human relations, we spend too much time alone doing research, so he thinks he has to push himself to be good at it. I thought he studied chemistry because he liked it or he was good at it. No, chemistry was the only course he didn’t get As, so he chose chemistry to be his career. The idea of putting oneself into uncomfortable place all the time, trying to master what one is not good at is SHOCKING to me. Really? Is good to “harm” or push oneself this way? Am I the only one who thinks that we should enjoy what we have and do what we are good at?

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I got a new skillet from the CSN store with their gift card.

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Calphalon One Infused Anodized 9″ Chef’s Skillet with Lid

  • Diameter: 9″
  • Material of skillet: heavy-gauge infused anodized aluminum
  • Material of lid: brushed stainless steel
  • Material of handle: cast stainless steel
  • Oven safe

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It’s smaller that I expected but it’s large enough for one person’s serving. Here I made a stir-fry of lotus root, onion and mushrooms in olive preserve.

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The only cons about this pan is that it’s not nonstick, even I put more oil than usual, it sticks a little.

Thanks CSN people for letting me do the review 🙂

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As I said last time, I found the best unconventional pizza combo and I had to make it again

Udi’s gluten free pizza crust with tomato paste, “cheese”

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shredded zucchini and broccoli

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be generous with basil

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20 min at 450 F, ready to EAT! 😆

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INCREDIBLY TASTY!!! 😆

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It’s DC restaurant week, I’m going to Cafe Milano with new friends for a 3 course meal tonight!! I’m excited! It’s going to be my first experience in restaurant week in the US. 😀

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New running shoe, yoga and a review!

#1 Early Grey tea giveaway!

#2 Last day to enter Virgin Coconut oil giveaway!

Sit tight, this post is going to be long!

My new running shoe arrived!!! Look this $130

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after I ordered it online I was concerned that maybe it might not fit well, for example too wide. But when I tried it, it fits perfectly, like specially designed for my feet! 😆

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I craved trying it “on the road” but I resisted the temptation (I’d better rest after the long run), instead I did Power Vinyasa #2 (45 min) with a slight modification: DO IT WITH EYES CLOSED!!! It was way more challenging and it allowed me to focus more on the present!!! Really fun! 😉

One of the reason that I like having oatmeal at the breakfast is that it forced me to slow down and read the newspaper, otherwise I’d burn my lips. I’m so impatient, if it’s a sandwich, I’d finish it in 2 min.

Few days ago I got a package from French Meadow Bakery

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Their mission includes:

One Body, One Planet. Eat Well.

Since 1985, French Meadow Bakery™ has used only top-quality all-natural and organic ingredients, old world bread-baking techniques, ancient healthy grains and seeds, and cutting edge performance foods research to create baked goods the world loves. Here are four reasons you’ll fall in love with us, too.

Our ingredients are all-natural.

Our skilled artisan bakers turn all natural, sustainable ingredients into tasty baked goods. We avoid using ingredients that contain genetically-modified organisms, which impact biodiversity in the plant world and have an unknown effect on human health.

We’re certified by top agencies.

As a small company with sound practices, we’re unwavering about standards of quality. We’re certified organic by the USDA and Quality Assurance International, certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, and certified Low Glycemic for Diabetics by the Glycemic Research Institute. Search for Gluten-Free, wheat-free, and low glycemic index products.

Our foods taste good and are good for you.

We go beyond basic nutrition by using all-natural and organic ingredients that boost your health. Performance foods like hemp, sprouted grains, and flaxseed provide important vitamins, minerals, proteins, and good fats that help your body prevent and treat disease.

We’re committed to sustainability.

Since its beginning, French Meadow Bakery™ has used ingredients and processes that help maintain the biological diversity and productivity of our world’s resources. We use only certified organic grains and all natural ingredients grown in balance and harmony with nature. We support small farmers, the cornerstone of a natural, sustainable food system. And we’re committed to educating our customers on the lifelong benefits of organic foods, which protect not only the planet, but our bodies and minds as well.

Hemp Tortillas

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I used it to make breakfast pizza.

Coco’s review: I had it heated and it was crunchy like crackers (+). Other than that, it’s pretty similar than standard tortilla. In term of nutritional value, comparing to La Tortilla Factory’s, this one is slightly higher in term of iron 10% vs. 4%, others values are pretty similar. 3/5.

Sprouted Grain Tortilla

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I rolled it up with leftover veggie stir-fry

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Coco’s review: I’ve never tried other brand’s sprouted tortilla, its texture is very different than standard tortilla. It’s thinner and chewy. But it tastes rough, like grass or too much fiber in it. Its nutritional value is similar to Ezekiel’s. 2/5 (improved later)

Women’s bread

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With 14 grams of protein and 2.6 mg of soy isoflavones per serving, Women’s BreadTM contains key nutrients for women’s health.  Sprouted grains bursting with vital nutrients and vitamins are easy to digest. Dried cranberries provide an antioxidant boost.

I tried it plain first

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and then with almond butter

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Coco’s review: It sounds a great bread for women. I like its texture since it’s dense but I don’t like how it tastes because it’s kind of sour even with added AB. Nutritional value (for two slices): 14 g protein, 3 g fiber, 4 g sugar and 10% iron. Overall, I’d give it 3/5.

I wasn’t satisfied with how sprouted tortilla turned out at lunch, so I give the sprouted tortilla a second chance at dinner. I roasted an eggplant with some sea salt and olive oil as spread

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A vegan pizza made with sprouted tortilla, Mae’s tomato sauce, roasted eggplant, roasted bell pepper, tofu and nutritional yeast.

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made a salad dressing using: Tj’s fat free balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil and mustard

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salad + pizza is the perfect combo! 😀

The sprouted tortilla tasted much better this way, so I upgraded it to 4/5!

Q: Do you like sprouted bread/tortilla and why?


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