I’m on OB/GYN for the next 6 weeks and I get 4 of those weekends! Cannot believe I got 2.5 days off this weekend ^.^ The difference between a 1 day weekend and a 2 day weekend isn’t 2x better…it’s like 100x better. To celebrate, I made Banana Bread Pudding. This is the Vietnamese version of banana bread.
Ingredients: 5 ripe bananas, 1/2 can of coconut milk, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil or butter, 8 slices of whole wheat bread (crusts removed).
Directions: Slice bananas lengthwise as thin as you can. Sprinkle sugar over banana slices. Heat coconut milk and 1/2 cup of brown sugar until all the sugar dissolves. Grease glass baking pan. Lay down one layer of banana. Then, dip the bread slices in the coconut milk/sugar mixture. Lay the bread slices over the banana layer. It does not have to be perfect. Lay more bananas on top and sprinkle yet again with sugar. Drizzle melted coconut oil/butter over everything. Heat oven up to 350 F or 180 C. Bake for 1 hr! Careful, the banana juices can boil, drip out onto the oven floor, and burn.
My class just finished our first rotation and we’re back together for a week of skill building and catching up with friends. I went to a pot-luck with a couple of my best friends and brought a huge tray of this winning kale salad. I approach potlucks by bringing something that I’d be happy eating all night. Therefore, I frequently choose salads or homemade vegan desserts. I fill up my plate with my own salad and just supplement with other items I want to try but not eat a ton of.
Ingredients for 4-6 servings:
Salad and toppings: 1 bunch lacinato kale, 1/2 cup dried figs, 1/2 cup crushed almonds, 1/2 diced onion, 1/2 cup quinoa, tablespoon olive oil
Dressing: 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 juiced lime, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, 1/4 cup olive oil, black pepper
1) cook quinoa (rinse seeds, 1 cup water + 1/2 cup quinoa, bring to boil, then lower heat, cover)
2) caramelize onions with tablespoon of olive oil in frying pan
3) remove stems and chop kale
4) chop figs into bite sized pieces
5) combine kale, cooked quinoa, figs, almonds in a large bowl
6) Dressing: combine ingredients and whisk together, toss with kale.
modified from http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-kale-quinoa-salad-with-citrus-dressing-healthy-lunch-recipes-from-the-kitchn-199341
This salad is great because the warm quinoa softens the crisp kale leaves. It can stand as meal by incorporating proteins, fat, and greens. We tripled this recipe and was eaten up!
P.S. feels good to be back on the blog =)
Super happy on my day off!!! Today I’m going to have lunch with one of my best friends from med school, go study, watch GoT on the elliptical, and cook dinner!!! ^.^ excitedddd
Hey! I just wanted to introduce myself to new readers, share fitness goals, and share productive tips!
Vegan Quiche with nothing weird!
Ingredients: 14 oz firm tofu, 1/2 cup asparagus, 2 cups spinach, 2 cups mushrooms, onions, olive oil, sesame oil (or tahini), curry powder, salt, pepper. Bought vegan pie crust.
Directions: Mash tofu and add to food processor or blender. Add spices and sesame oil to taste. Sauté veggies in olive oil and salt. Mix blended tofu and sautéed veggies together and pour in pie crust. Bake at 350 F for 50 minutes. Allow cooling before eating!
See here for more detailed recipe http://m.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/vegan-quiche
I’d rate this recipe 8/10 because it’s healthy, savory, filling, and doesn’t have too many carbs per serving.
I haven’t ran or strength trained for 3 weeks now, because I’ve been so obsessed with Game of Thrones (late to jump on the bandwagon as usual) and all I want to do is watch episodes on the elliptical. 4 more episodes and I’ll be caught up and free to run, squat, and curl as much as I want! It’s so sad…I tell people I’m going to the gym to watch TV.
Vegan ziti made with silken tofu and sundries tomatoes!!
Okay, it’s not perfect…it uses a lot of soy sauce and has lots of sodium.
1) Start off with mixed vegetables. Look how awesome! I got snap peas, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, and even watercress!
Actually…these are frozen vegetables from Costco.
2) Then you boil your noodles! I used udon noodles, but my kayak instructor friend uses pasta noodles and says it’s tasty.
3) THEN YOU MAKE THE PEANUT SAUCEEEEE. It’s so simple. All you need is peanut butter, garlic or garlic powder, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Go to this recipe for the amounts: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/frozen-vegetable-stir-fry/
Oh god that’s a crappy picture.
4) Then you happily eat because you’ve successful made frozen vegetables less sad and unpalatable.
Wow, another terrible picture. This is what happens when you take pictures in 2 seconds with your iphone, no flash, and while you’re walking.
Kayaking along Lanikai Beach!
This was one of my favorite activities in Hawaii. Our friend Dylan is a kayaking tour guide, so he just took us around to the islands 0.25-1.25 miles off the shore. However, if you don’t happen to have an awesome kayaking expert friend, I’d pay to go on a tour! Especially if you’re a beginner or new at kayaking. It’s not only much safer, but you go further out with a guide. Some visitors went on private tours which allows you to get personal attention from your guide who will help you go faster. The water was just so beautiful and clear. I even saw a couple turtles (pic 3)!
Kayaking obviously works your shoulders and arms, but it’s also an intense core and back exercise. You use your core each time you shift to paddle on the other side, and the more you use your core, the less work your arms have to do. Your arms will get very tired very soon. Your legs get worked because you push back as you row.
Share your kayaking tips in replies, comments, and questions!
P.S. Lanikai Beach is supposedly one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
USMLE Step 1 study month recipe #1: Vegan Lasagne
Cooking goal accomplished. I made lasagne for the first time. This recipe uses homemade sauce, spinach, and tofu. This is the recipe I used: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/vegan-lasagna-i/ (I doubled the recipe)
But this one might be even better because it uses more vegetables (eggplant)! http://www.chow.com/recipes/29439-vegan-lasagna
My boyfriend and I made this during our day off. It was so much fun even when neither of us has ever made lasagne. We had no idea how soft the noodles had to be prior to baking. Anyhow, it was really delicious, healthy, and filling! So much Vitamin C from the tomatoes and protein from the tofu. I couldn’t find any whole wheat noodles…but let me know if you know of any!
Talk to you soon,
Went home for the weekend and my grandma made me dried persimmons! So yummy; they are nature’s gummy snacks and completely unprocessed. Oh and p.s I just got my eyebrows threaded for the first time!! I feel like a new woman.
Just got back from Hawaii today! Basically, I was studying for USMLE Step 1 all March, took my test on April 4th, then flew out to Oahu with 6 of my friends on April 6th. We vacationed and explored for a week! Monday, I start my 3rd year of medical school! My Oahu itinerary included:
- Sunday: Walking around and quick beach day.
- Monday: Hiking and afternoon beach day
- Tuesday: Hiking and Sunset and Pipeline beach (got some reading in, and watched the awesome surfers)
- Wednesday: Kayaking
- Thursday: Bodysurfing, snorkeling
- Friday: Paddleboarding, snorkeling
More to come like delicious and easy meals for groups and pictures!