The Ugly Food Awards

Gosh, I eat some ugly things.

Therefore, I think it’s only fitting to announce…

THE UGLY FOOD AWARDS!

 

Starring…

My Ugly Food!

So, without further ado, let’s jump right in and announce the winners, shall we?

Drumroll please…

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In 3rd place, with a bad hair do and an awkward orange hue…

Not-so-Hunky Chunky Pumpkin Overnight Oats! (with canned pumpkin, cottage cheese and a dollop of mango greek yogurt)

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In 2nd Place, a slimy character with a ‘what the funk’ odour…

Last Leg Yellow Squash and Green Peppers sauteed in balsamic vinegar and last leg goat cheese!

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And finally, last AND (visually) least, we have the winner of the UGLY FOOD AWARDS.

My #1 Ugliest Food is…

Green with UN-envy Chicken Enchilada!

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I swear it’s edible…

 

Honourable Mentions go out to:

Where’s my middle Fudgy Mess Platter

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Pond Scum Smoothie with a side bite of dryer lint oats

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Leftover-splattered greens topped with under the stove dirt (couscous) and a side appearance of our #1 winner – un-envy enchiladas! [at least this meal has a touch of colour…]

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Thanks to everyone who came out. I hope you still have your appetites :)

Waste Not

I don’t know about you, but I can’t waste food.

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So when I have a third of a huge bag of wilted spinach sitting in the back of the fridge, I don’t chuck it right into the compost bin like a sane person might do. Instead, with wrinkled nose, I grab chunks of the soggy green mess with my bare hands and shove them fistful after fistful into the Bullet until they’re pulverised into one giant bowl of drinkable delight.

The bag of spinach left a green juice puddle on the counter, that’s how greatly rotting it was.

Not so edible but certainly drinkable as a Dark Chocolate Greens Glugger when combined as the following:

3+ cups wilted spinach, 1/2 cup chilled coffee, 1/2 cup almond milk, splash of orange juice, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2 heaping spoonfuls cocoa powder, packet of stevia, pinch of xanthan and guar gum, lots of ice.

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Now that’s a “Soup”

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Waste Not your wilted spinach!

 

As I said, I can’t waste food.

So there was no way I was wasting my curry “chicken” by not eating it fast enough.

Hence eating it virtually every day this week for lunch.

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Lucky for me I found a great new salad dressing to make the faux chicken consumption process all that much more interesting.

Welcome to my fridge, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Dressing.

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My friend’s and I had an entire conversation about the greatness of the President’s Choice brand the other night. If you have the pleasure of buying PC foods at your local grocer (Holla Canadians!), I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.

Waste Not your fake chicken (That probably isn’t actually fake. I swear that stuff has to be real!)

 

I didn’t need to worry about any of this Couscous Chickpea Salad going to waste after experimenting in the kitchen the other day. My family had it eaten up in no time. Though it would be pretty hard to mess up a bean and grain salad.

1 cup cooked couscous
1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 large cucumber, chopped
1/2 white onion, chopped
1/4 cup edamame, shelled
3 Tbsp Kraft Sundried Tomato and Oregano Salad Dressing (or whatever vinaigrette style dressing you have on hand and want to use up)
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

Cook the grain, add the beans and veg.
Mix the dressing and vinegar and pour over the rest.
Chill and eat.

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This was also an attempt to use up the bottle of dressing. It’s taking up precious fridge space for a while now since I don’t love it on salads. Another perfect way to Waste Not!

Waste Not your least favourite dressing!

 

Often when I cook up spaghetti squash I have a problem finishing up the leftover strings. I’ll admit, I don’t think spaghetti squash is quite the bomb that some people seem to. I certainly doesn’t replace pasta.

But if what you’re really looking for is simply an adequate vehicle for your bowl of sauce and cheese, it does the trick quite well.

After trying out Janetha’s Faux Lasagna, I knew I’d have no trouble finishing up this batch of remainders.

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Spaghetti squash + cottage cheese + bottled pasta sauce all topped with mozzarella = darn good bowl of food.

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Leftovers sans cottage cheese but with mucho mozzarella (and a sprig of parsley for aesthetic pleasure)

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Waste Not your spaghetti squash!

Are you a food waster or a creative reworker? Be honest! No judgements here. Do you throw out that less-than-fresh produce or those boring leftovers, or do you find a way to rework them and eat them up in new ways?

I love getting creative with whatever happens to be hanging around in the fridge. It makes for some…interesting meals here and there. I usually draw the line at mould and funky smells…but I keep pretty close tabs on what’s going on with the food supply so usually I can eat it up before it reaches that point! No shame.

Food-Filled Roundup

Middle of April, here we are.

And that means… Exam Time!

I wrote my first exam yesterday and have three left to go, taking me right up until the 27th of April. Nice and late this year. I guess, on the positive side, they’re nice and spread out meaning I can study leisurely for each without having to cram. At least that’s the plan anyway.

Since exam time means sporadic updates, it also means this post is going to be…

A Food-Filled Roundup!

Saturday through to this (Wednesday) morning.

And GO.

Saturday

Pumpkin overnight oats: 1/3 cup oats, 1/2 banana, pumpkin, chocolate Amazing Grass, almond milk and a blob of Greek yogurt.

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Work lunch of champs: Flatout wrap with turkey, Laughing Cow, spinach, tomato, pickle, mustard; raw veggies; apple; half a leftover Gatorade (A necessity from a post late-night dancing frenzy, the one time Gatorade really does come in handy).

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Another Flatout wrap, this time with a chicken kebob, dijon and buffalo sauce. Sides = cauliflower with vinegar, roasted potatoes, sauteed mushrooms.

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Sunday

Another Mocha Green Smoothie (addicting) with Corn Bran cereal to mix in + green tea.

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A fully-loaded salad: spinach, cabbage slaw, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, pickles, balsamic dressing, feta + a slice of bread with tuna on the side.

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TurkCauli Burgers with a side salad.

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Seriously, if you happen to have the first Deceptively Delicious cookbook, I can’t praise the Turkey Burgers enough. I doubled the batch this time around and they were gone in a day. My fam can’t get enough of them. My brother even said he prefers them to most other burgers he’s had. They’ve officially been instated as a “regular rotation” meal.

 

Monday

They’re so good that I even ate one for breakfast the next day. Mostly out of fear that the leftovers would be gone by lunchtime before I had a chance at any.

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Breakfast turkey burger wrap? Why not.

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Turkey burger, goat cheese, roasted red pepper hummus, lettuce, mustard. OMmmmmG.

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I also managed to save some scraps to doll up my lunch salad

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After making those cauliflower-loaded turkey burgers, there was a bit of cauliflower puree left that I put to good use in another Deceptively Delicious recipe – Carrot Cake Muffins

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Alterations: I bumped down the brown sugar and margarine, used carrot baby food, bumped up the cauliflower puree, omitted the orange juice concentrate and used whole wheat pastry flour.

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They still got a stamp of approval.
Seriously, cauliflower puree is my new favourite food/baking add-in.

And then we had roasted squash.

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Tuesday

Exam Day #1

I was feeling a snack plate for breakfast so I went with it.

1/2 grapefruit, strawberries, squash skin, a chunk of carrot cake muffin, 1/2 a banana, 1/4 toasted cinnamon raisin bagel thin with cheddar.

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Random? Yup. Satisfying? Yup.

Lunch/pre-exam writing fuel = spinach, tomato, squash salad with a (much larger than pictured) serving of Cheddar Popchips.

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Once in a blue moon we buy the Costco as-big-as-your-torso sized bag of Popchips. That happened again this weekend. It’s Wednesday today and the bag is long gone.

 

Post lunch = Exam

Post exam = Chillaxin time.

Chillaxin time =

Enjoying the sunshine that has finally arrived. ILY Spring.

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Drinking 2 for 1 Aquafina Plus+ Vitamin Beverages

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Eating ‘2 can dine for $9.99’ Harvey’s Veggie Burger Combos (heck yes coupon). My fast food of choice. Harvey’s makes darn good veggie burgers.

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Followed by my first ever experience with Marble Slab. ‘Freshest Ice Cream on Earth’ with flavours like Cheesecake, Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter Banana…(mouth watering yet) + your choice of mix-ins mixed up right in front of you on the ‘slab’.

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You bet I found happiness within my birthday cake ice cream with raspberries and Nestle Crunch mix-ins. But I opted for the kiddie size and let me tell you, that is not enough happiness. Next time, go big or go home.

You bet I had a coupon for this one too (this ice cream costs an arm & a leg).

My entire afternoon/evening was full of deals and steals! Fun on a budget is the only way to go. My friend and I were nearly going to hit up the cheap Tuesdays movie night too just to round out our deals and steals day but timing didn’t work out so we rented instead. Which was even cheaper. Score!

 

And to round out this round-up – Today’s Breakfast: a round cinnamon raisin bagel thin, toasted and topped with cream cheese, almond butter, banana and strawberries.

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Are you a Deals & Steals Lover?

I’m a mad coupon clipper. Any of those little coupon booklets that come in the mail? I’m all over them. Coupons you can order online? They’re frequently showing up in my mailbox. Local deal sites like Groupon, WagJag, or TeamBuy? I’m subscribed to them all. And don’t even get me started on how excited I get when I find awesome sales at the mall.

CSN Giveaway Winner and Recovery Eats

Somebody’s space is getting spruced up tonight.

But who’s might it be?
Let’s wait and see…
Oh em gee
It’s paijery!

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Congrats Gal! A CSN Stores shopping spree is coming your way :)

 

Speaking of spaces being spruced…
Okay wait forget that, I’m not speaking of that at all.
But I AM speaking of my weekend, which involved a late night of long overdue destressor dancing and subsequent recovery from said night, along with recovery from a draining week. Needless to say I was very tired, fairly grumpy, and slightly bummed through a chunk of it.

You know what didn’t help? Excel’s new Citrus Mint gum. Intriguing, right? Yeah no. Only buy this if you’re one of those people who actually enjoy the taste of Halls cough candies. I am not.

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You know what did help though…why a little baking of course!

Irish Soda Bread. Minus the tahini, plus some applesauce.

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Easy peasy Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins. Minus the stevia, plus sugar free maple syrup. I have none of those sugar baking substitutes so these were very minimally sweet, but still perfect little cornbread-y babies.  033

Miss Chocolate Covered Katie also made a couple appearances in my kitchen this weekend, since she always knows how to put a smile on everyone’s face.

I made her Breakfast Pizzert for the first time a while ago and although my first attempt turned out a little on the gummy side, I still loved it.

This time when I tried it again, I followed the original recipe much more closely and ended up with the a perfectly baked, rave-worthy breakfast pie.

Topped with yogurt, blueberry syrup and strawberries…

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…or apricot jam and Quark cheese…or really any way you please, this is one breakfast I will continue to eat with ease! (Geez, my rhymes are cheese)

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I also whipped up Katie’s tofu whipped cream” the other day, some of which I ate on top of a protein cake. The protein cake wasn’t so good but the “cream” was amazing. Um… literally. I stirred a scoop of chocolate Amazing Grass into the last bit of it. Chocolate whipped cream anyone? So so good.

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Wait, we’re not done yet. There was also some CCK Coconut Banana Butter up in my kitchen today. The banana I used wasn’t too ripe so the mixture was a little gummy, as you can see, but the flavour? Bang on.

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Thanks for the kitchen fun, Katie!

As for MY weekend creations… well they’re never recipes. Just plates and bowls loaded with veggies, fruits and whatever other goodies I find in my fridge.

Appearance of the Irish soda bread from above.

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Salad with leftover lentils and beans, zucchini dressing.

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More greens, more zucchini dressing.

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More greens, less no zucchini dressing. I went crazy and used Greek instead. Along with some leftover couscous mixed with salsa and hummus, plus a hunk of pita stuffed with plain tofu, mustard and BBQ sauce.

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Is that seriously more greens? Okay so these may include a few days prior to the weekend as well. I don’t eat bowls of veggies 5x a day.

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I probably eat fruit 5x a day though. Addict.

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And French Toast? Just once. This morning. Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel soaked in a mixture of egg whites, splash of almond milk, splash of POM juice; topped with cafe latte flavoured yogurt and banana slices.

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I’ve had this loaf of Ezekiel bread in the freezer for LONG over a year now… slightly freezer burnt maybe but french toast it and you can’t possibly tell ;)

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Now I’m off to start up again on studying for my first midterm of winter term on Wednesday. Already, yikes. From this week on out I have a test or assignment due every week until exams start (minus reading week…come on February!) so this is going to be a busy term.

I’m ready for it though!

…please don’t throw that back in my face a couple weeks from now when I’m ripping my hair out.

Hope you all had a great weekend!