I'm a Motherf*ckin Monster

First things first I eat’cha brains

Just kidding. But I did eat something pretty spectacular last night…

After yesterday’s lament of boring food and not cooking enough, I went home and experimented! And I’m happy to report my Frankenstein-like endeavors were a success 🙂 The picture, however, doesn’t really do it justice:

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I’m calling it a Crustless Quiche Souffle, because I wanted souffle, but souffle has flour (which I can’t have), and didn’t want the density of a quiche, especially if I couldn’t have delicious, flaky crust. So my Quiche Souffle brainchild was born.

You could really do this with any veggies and any cheese, even some meat for those so inclined, but this one is ovo-vegetarian friendly, cheap, high in protein and low in carbs, so win-win all around really.

Sam’s Broccoli-Cheese Quiche Souffle

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 T arrowroot powder (coconut flour would also work well; just a good binder)
  • 2 tsp (ish) baking powder
  • 1 T parsley flakes
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 c. daiya
  • 2 c. broccoli, broken into bite size piece
  • 1/2 c. frozen peppers and mushrooms (I picked it out of a stir fry mix I had; improvisation is key)

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a glass or metal pan with olive or coconut oil. Over medium heat, sweat down the broccoli and peppers until soft. While that’s happening, beat together eggs, milk, starch, baking powder and spices. Once the veggies are down, fold veggies and cheese into your egg mixture. Pour into grease dish and bake for 40 minutes.

The result is decadent, healthy, fluffy, cheesiness for two (or in my case, two meals at least; it was so good I had the other half for breakfast!). Vegans, I’m thinking you could do this with some silken tofu and yield similar results. If anyone wants to try and has success, send pics my way and I’ll feature it in a post 🙂

Now more expo stuff!!!

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Horizon Organic Dairy. I don’t really drink milk, but I’ve been having cheese from time to time and their mozzarella string cheese is a favorite of mine; just grab and go!

We also had the chance to interview the adorable Sara Loveday who handles their PR. Her company, WhiteWave Foods also handles Silk:

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They have a new smoothie-like product called Silk Fruit&Protein that is pretty good. High in sugar, but I can pronounce all the ingredients. I also grabbed a couple of their juice-box style milks that will be popping up in my meals shortly I’m sure…

Because I was not planning on making a dinner that required 40 minutes of cooking time, I was pretty hungry by the time I got that sucker in the oven. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try one of my many SWAGs…

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Popcorners Sea Salt has only 3 ingredients: corn, salt and sunflower oil.

Disclaimer: I rarely eat anything with corn products. Why? Because companies don’t have to label if the corn is GMO, which it often is because Monsanto owns everything and corn that can be eaten right off the stalk isn’t grown on subsidized farms anymore; you have to find the smaller, family owned ones that sell to farmers markets. Just watch King Corn so I can get off my soapbox.

THAT being said, I figured I’d give free chips a shot. They were good; tasted more like healthy Fritos than popcorn, but they were salty and hit the spot for the time being. Would I buy them? Probably not, but more because of my corn vendetta than the actual product.

After dinner, I wanted something sweet:

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Annie’s was one of the bigger sponsors at the expo so I have a couple things from them. I’ve gotta say, I really enjoyed this bar. It’s definitely more of a dessert than a meal replacement or snack, because there’s not much to it, but it the texture is that of a chocolate chip rice crispy treat which I LOVED. No marshmallows, so vegetarian friendly, but the cane(or brown rice?) syrup gave it that classic sticky composition from my childhood.

Okay, let’s be real, I made rice crispy treats all through college, ESPECIALLY once I found plain puffed brown rice and dandies. But now I make fancy quiche souffle so don’t judge me.

I continued to catch up on my hulu (for those of you with an acute sense of detail, yes, that is Once Upon a Time on my laptop above) and kept myself up longer than I should have… which resulted in some sugar cravings. What I really wanted was a giant chewy cookie of some kind…

Instead I took a short walk to starbucks to get me out of the house, got an unsweetened green tea latte, then came back to:

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Some really amazing dark chocolate by Scharffen Berger. I couldn’t put my finger on why this bittersweet dark chocolate tasted so sweet and different, but the description on their website says it all:

“With its rich and pure complexity, our 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate is the ideal dark chocolate. It offers upfront notes of ripe raspberry and cherry that melts smoothly into rounder date and cinnamon flavors.”

Oh Scharffen Beger, it surely is ideal. It was exactly what I needed, in exactly the right portion. I was in heaven. PLEASE SEND BUCKET-LOADS!

 

I mean… Enjoy chocolate in moderation.

 

Today should be a running or Insanity day, but a friend from out of town is visiting today and I’m not sure what we’re doing yet or what time we’re doing it at… film kids are so indecisive.

Last time we hung out there were some delicious food adventures involved, so I have high hopes for this evening…

 

Last but not least:  it’s Art Advocacy Day! Out Your Art!. Any art will do. Doodles, songs, poems, acting, dancing writing;  just get it out there!

Back on Track

You’ll be happy to know I’m feeling a little happier than yesterday, although I am super tired. Couldn’t sleep last night and extra early gym time makes for a sleepy Sam!

But it’s okay because I have fun things to show you!!! Natural Expo West!

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We interviewed Nutiva founder and CEO, John W. Roulac for the documentary.

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So Delicious has a new almond milk ice cream that’s amazing. I tried the Butter Pecan; I wish I could eat this every day. It honestly tasted better than the Fosselman’s butter pecan I was serving at Cookies N Cream, and that stuff was like CRACK. You could definitely fool non-vegans into eating this stuff. I should’ve been greedy and tried all the flavors, but was trying to be good…

They also have an almond milk with added protein (5g). Personally, I would only go for the unsweetened one cause I don’t like to drink my sugars. The taste was really good and I loooove the idea of extra protein, but I wish I could pronounce all of the ingredients…

I’ll be giving looks inside expo products probably everyday this week, cause there’s a LOT to cover, but this next thing might be one of my favorite new product finds…

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I’d heard about Zevia when I first got on my health kick about a year ago, and tried the cola, but I just wasn’t wowed by it. Maybe because I was always a diet pepsi fan? In any event, this “Dr. Zevia” tastes EXACTLY like Dr. Pepper, without scary ingredients. I urge any soda drinkers trying to wean themselves off the nasty chemicals to start drinking this product. I am all about stevia!

Got home and cleaned my room last night for TWO FREAKIN HOURS; but it looks like someone actually lives there now which is good. I like being in it more.

Around 8, I realized I was really hungry and was craving nachos… something definitely not on the diet.

So I improvised:

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Homemade kale chips, toasted seaweed, homemade salsa and daiya. It didn’t really satisfy my urge, and I was still kind of hungry after, but it tasted healthy at least.

To balance out all that health, I treated myself to dessert:

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Ghiardelli’s Cocoa made with sunflower milk and NuNaturals stevia, and a new Dagoba Lavender Blueberry tasting square. It sounds strange, but it was PHENOMENAL. Sweet, chewy blueberries throughout not-overly-bitter dark chocolate with the perfect hint of lavender. I’d highly recommend it.

Today’s meals have been less exciting. Same green smoothie for breakfast, apple and almonds as snack, same salad I’ve been eating except with tofu instead of egg. I miss cooking exciting things. I guess maybe I could start doing it again… it’s just a budget thing. Unless companies want to start sending me free stuff, I’m at the mercy of my loan statement. Oh, private education.

Fitness Expo

Today I went to a free Health and Fitness Expo in Century City sponsored by Operation Fitness founded by celebrity trainer Michael Torchia.

I went specifically to audition for a new Health and Fitness channel that is coming out, and Michael will have his own show for Operation Fitness. I’ll post my answers for that interview for you later 😉 It was fun, but I won’t hold my breath.

not in love with this photo thanks to the double chin, but I guess that’s a good motivator… They interviewed us on the “red carpet” with this backdrop from their sponsors. Pretty cool.

Got to try LOTS of fun stuff…

Mix1 protein shakes (they’ll get a review post all to themselves)

As will the Power Crunch people 🙂

This thing was actually pretty cool. I’m always skeptical of weird at home equipment that claims to be an easy way to exercise. I tried it out and it definitely engages everything, and would make a really good resistance workout for someone with not lot of space to workout. Little too pricey for me; the band cross thing itself starts at 49.95 and gets more expensive if you want to add in the DVDs and warranties and fancy pants stuff like that. If I had the extra money, I might have gotten one. Might suggest it for a gear award (fun program I’ll tell you about later!).

My favorite equipment thing they had though was by these people:

Core Stix is a weighted board with different poles you insert for different workouts; everything from rows to roman dead lifts to presses. It would be a really cool thing to have in a home gym. Starts at around $1400 so that would be QUITE the investment, but this one is definitely getting recommended to my boss.

Some former Biggest Loser contestants were there. 2 work on the Malibu Resort and one works in Utah.

This was pretty good as far as energy drinks go. Sweetened with stevia and doesn’t have a weird aftertaste (which is GREAT!) but it seemed to me it still had a lot of carbs for some reason…

And finally, there was a Ms. Fitness Pageant.

Open category ladies (18-40). The tall blonde in the middle had a spectacular body in person. I also really liked the blonde in the pink sports bra; she wasn’t the most jacked, but she was super toned and still had a sexy feminine physique.

40+ category; the youngest woman was 49. The white haired lady is 73!!! The one on the far right is 50, and probably has one of the best bodies I’ve ever seen in person. Spectacular. This definitely gave me a kick in the pants to start training harder.

Which is good… because my boss surprised me yesterday and entered us in the Gladiator Rock’n Run on April 28. I’m super excited. I wanted to do Warrior Dash, but couldn’t afford it. It’s the same idea; 5k with crazy obstacles. I’m going to start Insanity when I move on the 1st 🙂

Finally, to round things out, my meals for the day:

Panera breakfast: egg and cheese on whole grain

Snack around 11: Mix1 Chocolate Protein Shake

Lazy Lunch: Fresh & Easy Vegetarian Chili with a handful of spring greens

Wiped out on my bike last night and the chain came off, so I have to bring that in to get fixed. I know I should do something active, but I got up early and I’m SO TIRED. I did make myself walk a lot earlier though, so I got in my 30 minutes of movement 🙂

Let me know if you guys want a Mix1 or Power Crunch review first!