Good Afternoon and Happy Friday. I am so ready for the weekend and am glad to have survived the first short week of school. Yah! So far so good. Everyone is happy and that makes me happy so we are all good on that front.
So I must go ahead and address my weight issue. I had mentioned earlier in the week that I was lugging around a few extra lbs and that I thought I could get down to my happy weight by Friday. I may have been overestimating my willpower because I have lost a pound but still have a few to go and was not as diligent as I thought I would be. It sucks getting older. I even tried to blame the few extra pounds on the scale. I was sure that it was the way the scale was positioned in the bathroom that was making it read a higher number but that is not the case. The rest of the family weighs the same so I can't even blame it on that. Darn. And of course it is not the Chocolate Chip Cookies that I have been indulging in that have made my efforts slow. Ha!
I will say that I have been exercising and that my poor ol' body is tired today. I have packed it in this week with walking, running, kettlebells, lift class, cycling and yoga. I feel the effects in a good way and hope that the combination and exercise and proper diet will pay off in the next few days.
So we went and checked out Cafe Yumm the other day. Cafe Yumm is similar to Whole Bowl except with a much more extensive menu with the understanding that Whole Bowl literally only sells one item. We had to run some errands downtown the other night and made a point to stop by the Portland State Rec Center to try out Cafe Yumm.
Café Yumm! is a casual dining experience; a delicious process that takes you from pure ingredients to the savory first bite.
Founders Mark and Mary Ann Beauchamp have created a welcoming atmosphere and from the basics of rice and beans, developed a menu balancing a combination of elemental foods with a light-hearted sense of fun.
The process starts with the seed. The most fundamental form of life, the seed is a symbol of food in its basic form. Yumm! is the state of pure deliciousness contained in simple, nourishing, beautiful food.
We then apply our energy and passion. The flame transforms the basic ingredients into a satisfying, nourishing product. Yumm! is an act of passion: we love creating vital new flavors that fuel the soul.
The delicious, beautiful bowl represents the seed, transformed by flame. The bowl nourishes body, mind and soul. Yumm! is a welcoming place where flavors of many cultures meet 'round a bowl.
The final step in the process brings us full circle and represents the cyclical nature of life; life depends on the interrelationship of seed, flame and bowl. Yumm! What is it? Close your eyes, open your senses and savor the moment.
I was told that if I love Whole Bowl I have got to check out Cafe Yumm. I ordered the Original Yumm Bowl.
All Yumm! Bowls are topped with our Deluxe toppings:
Tillamook® cheddar, diced tomato, fresh avocado slices,
sour cream, black olives, & cilantro
Original Our signature dish
Organic brown rice and organic black beans layered with our Original Yumm! Sauce®, topped with organic salsa. Simple, delicious, nourishing.
Steve ordered the:
Hot 'n' Jazzy™ Hot!
Jasmine rice, Original Yumm! Sauce and organic red beans, topped with our Jalapeno-Sesame salsa.
The kids ordered the Nori Wraps.
Nori Wrap™ For the do-it-yourselfer
Jasmine rice, edamame (green soybeans), our GingerAsian Slaw, and sheets of nori for wrapping it your way. Served with a side of Black Sesame Dressing.
And we ordered one Chicken Skewer.
All in all this place is great. I will say that I am a little more partial to the Tali Sauce at Whole Bowl. The Yumm Sauce was good but not quite as vibrant as the Tali Sauce. I love the whole concept and will definitely pop over to Cafe Yumm when we are in the neighborhood.
I also made some Walnut Fig Bran Muffins that turned out great! I am not sure what is going on with my obsession over bran muffins but I am just going to go with it and keep making them until I find the perfect recipe.
I found a recipe off of the Bob's Red Mill website for Moist Molasses Bran Muffins and used that as the base and then tweaked the recipe just a bit to make
Walnut Fig Bran Muffins
•1 cup Wheat Bran
•1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
3 tbsps ground flaxseed
3 tbsps wheat germ
•1/2 cup dried figs chopped
•1 tsp. Baking Powder
•1 tsp. Baking Soda
•1 cup Milk
•1/2 cup Molasses
•3/4 cup Applesauce
•1/4 cup chopped walnuts
•2 Tbsp. Oil
•2 Eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine wheat bran, flour, flaxseed, wheat germ, baking soda and baking powder. Stir in nuts and figs. In a separate bowl, blend applesauce, milk, molasses, oil and egg. Add to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Spoon into greased muffin tin (or paper muffin cups) and bake for 15-20 minutes. Makes 12 marvelous muffins.
These muffins are awesome. I had one this morning served with some Maple Greek Yogurt slathered on it. Oh so yummy! Maple Syrup is so good and I just drizzled a little into my greek yogurt and made a nice little smear for the muffin. The muffins are also good just straight up.
The other thing I made was Wheatberry Squash Salad that I stuffed in a Mini Whole Wheat Pita for dinner. This salad just sort of evolved out of what I needed to use up in the fridge but it turned out to be a super tasty meal that I would make again.
Wheatberry Butternut Squash Salad
1 cup wheat berries (cooked according to package directions)
1 package butternut squash cubes (cooked in bag in microwave for 5 minutes)
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup shredded carrots
3 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
Dressed with 1 tbsp Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar, 1 tbsp Grey Poupon, 1 tbsp olive oil. Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper to taste.
Combine all ingredients together and either eat it at room temp or refrigerate it for a cold salad. I stuffed mine with a little extra fresh spinach.
Whole Wheat Mini Pitas
The kids are home from school and it is time to celebrate our first week of school. Our plans for the weekend are to hit the Hollywood Farmer's Market, go to Zoe's first soccer game, have friends over for dinner and possibly go out for Sunday Brunch.
I am not sure what we will be making for dinner for our friends yet but I am sure we can come up with something. I saw a recipe for some Apple Pie Bars that look amazing and I may have to make them. Anyone have any good suggestions??