Food Diary: June & July

DenaJuly 18, 2011

It’s no secret that I love food, but what you may not know is that I also like to take pictures of it. As a part of my ongoing commitment to fitness, I’ve decided to start sharing my favourite healthy culinary creations with ya’ll in a new Food Diary series. Bon appetit!

(Edit: Unfortunately I didn’t maintain my Flickr account and most of the pictures in this post were lost. However, if you’re looking for more food inspiration, click here and there are lots more great food posts & recipes for you to explore!)

Meal 1: Organic Pasta, Tofu Sticks, & Salad

The pasta & the vodka sauce are both organic, delicious Trader Joe’s products. I try not to eat pasta too often, but when I do I stick with organic. The salad is also Trader Joe’s organic and from a bag. I admit that I almost always get pre-washed salad in a bag. It’s so much easier that way! 😉

My favourite part of this meal was a brand new creation that I decided to try on a whim. See, I am obsessed with mozzarella sticks. Mozzarella sticks are definitely one of my top 5 fave foods. But I’ve been trying to avoid dairy as much as possible. I had a package of tofu in the fridge and decided to experiment. Here is my recipe if you’d like to give it a try.

  1. Cut one package of tofu into sticks.
  2. Scramble one egg in a bowl.
  3. Fill another bowl with bread crumbs.
  4. Coat a frying pan with a thick coat of extra virgin olive oil & heat.
  5. Dip tofu sticks in egg, then in breadcrumbs, then fry them up until all sides are golden brown.
  6. Dip in your fave sauce & enjoy! | tofu sticks

Meal 2: Veggie Soy-Cheese Burgers & Steamed Broccoli

Cheeseburgers are one of the all-time best summertime foods! Right? However, I tend to avoid beef like the plague and as I mentioned above, I’m staying away from dairy too. Thing is, I’ve been craving a delicious burger. So once again, I decided to get creative.

The burgers are MorningStar veggie burgers (so good!) and the cheese is soy-cheese. The buns are Trader Joe’s whole wheat. I toasted them in the oven to melt the cheese. To really jazz up those burgers I added sauteed onions and a squirt of ketchup & honey mustard. Seriously, it was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.

Meal 3: Anything from the Garden!

We decided to plant a vegetable garden again this year. There is really nothing else in the world like fresh veggies from your own backyard. This year we planted tomatoes (plum & cherry), cucumbers, green peppers, and blueberry bushes. | garden tomatoes | garden blueberries | garden cucumbers

Of course I had to document my first meal featuring cucumbers from our garden.  Tofu spaghetti, organic marinara, and salad with home-grown cucumber slices.

Hope you enjoyed my first Food Diary post.  What have you been munching on lately?



Comments (8)

  • Lou Mello

    July 18, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Great recipes and fab pics, will have to take these to the lovely Miss TK and try them out. YUMMMMMM!!

    1. Dena

      July 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      Hey Lou! Let me know if you try them out. I think you’ll enjoy them. So yummy. Gosh, I love food. But guess what — I am down 5 lbs. since the Fitness Challenge ended. 🙂 🙂 I’m thrilled. I’m keeping at ’em. Thanks for all of your encouragement!

  • Andrew

    July 18, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Hey Dena,

    This is going to be a great series! 🙂

    I’ll try and find a recipe for tofu fries marinated in a red wine vinegar, they are delish!

    1. Dena

      July 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks Andrew. Mmmmm… Tofu fries? Red wine vinegar? I’m all over that. Let me know if you find the recipe!

  • Meg

    July 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Andrew showed me your site and I love it. I am glad he was in the mood to share the love. I am doing a raw vegan challenge right now so I can’t enjoy these same foods but I just planted a veggie garden so I can relate there. Looking forward to reading about the journey.

    1. Dena

      July 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks, Meg! I’ve been admiring you from afar for a little while. Have stopped by your site a few times, too. I just subscribed. I think we have a lot to learn from one another. Cheers to A.C. for making another successful match. <3 Haha.

  • Matt

    July 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    definitely going to try the tofu dish above. Looks delicious!

    1. Dena

      July 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      Hey Matt! Thanks so much for stopping by. Do let me know if you make the dish & let me know how you like it. Remember to have some dipping sauce. It’s heaven on a plate!! 😉

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