Breakfast|Lunch|Dinner|Etc|Feat. Tofu

What a creative title, right?

I wanted to finally catch up on all the food I’ve been having, especially as it’s getting more and more fall themed! We’ll divide it into meals, and dive right in!



Zucchini pumpkin bread with leftover grilled peaches.


The current fall favorite: cottage cheese with pumpkin butter and sunbutter, with various fruit.


Also, can we just take a minute to appreciate the fact that I can still get good peaches at the end of October? I love CA sometimes.



Peach, goat cheese, grilled chicken salad.


Starting to move away from summer and into fall! Cranberry chèvre, Bosc pear, and deli turkey (the only meat I had on hand).


Mr. Pickles sandwiches that we got as part of a lunch talk. I had the insides of a veggie and a turkey.



Typical zucchini noodles: topped with tomato basil marinara and mozzarella.


My new favorite way to eat zucchini noodles (above and below): sauté them up and then stir in Trader Joe’s Fall Harvest salad, grilled chicken, and cheese. Must be served with avocado



Trader Joe’s Harvest salad with brussels sprouts, sweet potato, dried cranberry, sunflower seeds, and turkey. I actually used my own champagne vinaigrette instead of the dressing it came with.


This week, I cooked tofu for the first time! I got firm tofu, and for this meal, sautéed it with GF teriyaki sauce. I served it with snap peas and zucchini sautéed with soy sauce, garlic, and ginger.


This stuff is amazing. I could literally eat it with a spoon.


I made zucchini noodles (shockingly) and served the sauce with them, plus mozzarella. On the side, I made baked tofu that turned out surprisingly amazing. Most recipes said with baked tofu that you should use extra firm, but I liked it with regular firm because it’s soft still on the inside. I patted the excess water off the tofu, and then “breaded” it in nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder, spray some cooking spray, and them baked them in the oven at 400!


Another meal of my usual and weird creation. Turkey, American cheese, guacamole, ketchup. Plus toast with butter on the side.


Same meal as above, but minus the cheese. It seemed a little overpowering with the sauce.IMG_0019

One of my last tamale Wednesdays! The evening farmer’s market is closing for the season very soon! (I can still get them at the Saturday market). Chicken tamale with a salad made with Bolthouse Farms Cilantro Ranch.


And lastly, sushi out with friends. I got a really delicious beet salad with miso dressing (above), and a California roll (below).




Pre-workout Cheerios (before 7am Crossfit).


I mentioned a few posts ago that I found a paper that showed pomegranate juice can alleviate food allergies or sensitivities because the polyphenols in the pomegranate juice bind to cashew proteins. (Note: DO NOT DO THIS AT HOME) Since I have a mild cashew sensitivity, I thought I would try it out! Also, it should be noted that in the article, cashew+pomegranate was not consumed, and not in this form. It was more theoretical. This Luna bar has cashews as one of the last ingredients, and I’ve had it before with either no reaction or a mild reaction. The verdict? I don’t know. I can’t tell if it worked, if I wouldn’t have reacted to it anyway, or if my skin imperfections are normal background or caused by the nuts. TBD.


Trying out a new brewery. Saison is my jam right now.


GF bake sale cookie! Butterscotch pretzel. SO good.


I’ve been going through my freezer stash lately. This is chocolate peppermint bark bread, and it’s still amazing.


Peet’s pumpkin latte as study fuel. Their pumpkin latte is a lot different from Starbucks. More pumpkiny, less spicy.


Nighttime snack of a rice cake with pumpkin cream cheese.


Here’s an interesting snack: persimmon bread from the freezer! Yes, it’s been there a while but it’s still tasty!IMG_0029

Post-exam Hefeweizen.

That’s all for now. Check back later for more uses of zucchini/tofu/apples (because I have lots of all of those!)

Complications and Banana Marble Bread

How is everyone’s week going? Spring break is flying by for me! It’s been low key so far. Yesterday was spent cleaning my dorm a bit, as well as my sister’s apartment. And of course, I’m enjoying being at my home Crossfit! Today’s workout was as follows:



hand release push ups

200 m sprint after each set

It was a quick but good one!

And of course, we have food.


I made oatmeal the other day and added A LOT of egg whites. I actually really liked it this way-it was very fluffy and custardy! And man, did it keep me full. I didn’t even think about being hungry for like 6 hours of cleaning!


In the middle of cleaning, we took a break for lunch and I made some wraps. Sun dried tomato laughing cow, turkey, spinach, and red pepper. I don’t usually like peppers, but I think I’m coming around! This had just so much flavor!


Yesterday’s snack was froyo from my favorite place ever (Wildberry). I actually kept it to a moderate serving, and stuck to the one flavor I know won’t disappoint-salted caramel pretzel! Topped with a bit of brownie crumble and heath pieces!

For dinner, we made coconut flour quesadillas from this recipe. They were delicious!


This morning, my friend and I had planned on hiking, but with pouring rain all day and my only waterproof clothing at school, that did not happen. Breakfast was 2 ingredient pancakes (2 eggs+1 banana) and plain chobani with blueberry compote.


Instead of the hike, my friend came over to do “homework.” She actually spent most of the morning learning to use photoshop and designing my new banner! I love it! I spent the morning attempting to go self hosted. In reality, I have zero clue what I’m doing and my site could go down at any moment. Fair warning! But more likely what seems to be going on is that I haven’t actually done anything…so we’ll see! It’s certainly a process! Lunch was a repeat of yesterday, except I heated up half to try it that way! 

I’ve been wanted to try to make banana marble bread for a while, since I can’t seem to stay away from the campus cafes’ marble bread! I used my never fail banana bread recipe from the Nancy Clark Nutrition for Athletes book and tweaked it as needed. It came out great!



4 ripe bananas

1 egg

2 tablespoons oil

1/3 c milk

1/4 c maple syrup

1 t salt

1 t baking soda

1/2 t baking powder

1 1/4 c whole wheat pastry flour (or white flour, or half white half whole wheat)

1/4 bittersweet chocolate chips

1/2 c cocoa powder


Preaheat oven to 350.

Mash together bananas, egg, oil, milk, maple syrup, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. 

Divide the mixture equally into 2 bowls.

To one half, add 3/4 c flour.

To other half, add cocoa powder and remaining flour. Also, add chocolate chips to this half.

Pour into loaf pan. I poured mine so one half was chocolate on bottom and the other was white on bottom.


Then, use a knife to swirl the layers.


Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Slice and enjoy!


The rest of the afternoon was spent playing a very addictive game- 2048. Google it. It’s strangely fun. 

Dinner after Crossfit was very veggie filled. I finally tried out my spiralizer on zucchini noodles-so fun!


We also whipped up a fresh tomato sauce with garlic, spices, tomato, and sun dried tomato. 

Everything was topped with Italian spiced chicken and fresh mozzarella.


On the side was a salad with two of our amazing weekend purchases- lemon scented olive oil and fancy white balsamic. 


These flavors together were insanely fresh!


And now I’m off for 2048…Guilty!

Have you heard of 2048?