Monthly Archives: August 2010

Cauliflower Cakes

Forever ago, I saw a recipe on Meet Me in the Kitchen for Cauliflower Fritters. I bookmarked the recipe, knowing that I wanted to come back to try it out. Well, the day finally came!

The ingredients are simple: cauliflower, flour, breadcrumbs, eggs, and cheese. The results are divine!

I ended up making a few small tweaks to the recipe. You’re supposed to steam the cauliflower until soft and then go to town on it with a masher. I didn’t have a masher, so I made due with a fork and wooden spoon. I think the results were a little lumpier than what was intended, but didn’t mind since I thought these were a little reminiscent of crab cakes. Next time, I think I would try the “ricing” method to prepare the cauliflower (as shown in the cauliflower pizza crust recipe).

Cauliflower Cakes

  • 1 large cauliflower head
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs (or plain bread crumbs mixed with your favorite seasoning mix)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp oil

Directions: Steam the cauliflower for 10-15 minutes until tender. Mash the cauliflower in a large bowl and let cool. (Alternate method: Grate the cauliflower into a large bowl and heat in the microwave for six minutes and let cool.) Once cooled, combine the cauliflower with flour, bread crumbs, cheese and eggs. Roll the mixture into balls and flatten to form patties. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. In batches, cook the patties for 4 minutes on each side. Serve the cauliflower cakes with your favorite dipping sauce (I used honey mustard vinaigrette).


Socially Awkward

Facebook, Twitter, G-Chat, blogging, texting, fourquare.

Do you remember the days when meeting people used to be a simple affair? I wish I could go back and tell the shy, six-year-old self of me that she better learn to deal with approaching kids on the playground because things are going to get a lot more complicated down the road.

In an attempt to meet more amazing people like you all, stalk, I mean keep up, with other fellow bloggers, and let it easier for you all to stalk, ah-hem, learn more about me, More Fruit Please has taken its first step into the world of social media. Oh yes, my friends. Ignore the facts of how it takes me two weeks to respond to friend requests, I don’t understand #trending on Twitter, and the idea of “checking in” at my location every 10 minutes gives me the willies.

You can now find me on twitter at

You may also find me on foodbuzz at

And last, but not least, you may also find me on Healthy Living Blogs under the Washington Location. What is Healthy Living Blogs?

Healthy Living Blogs is a new resource for the health blogging community. Created by Lindsey of Sound Eats, HLB is a site designed to enhance the positive community of the healthy living blog world. Bloggers and readers can explore the site and find more blogs to love, bloggers in their area, and forums to deepen healthy discussion and support.

Alright, so that’s it. All this social activity has worn me out. And for anyone who points it out, no, I have not tweeted anything yet on Twitter. I want to be clever and witty and likable in my first message, and I’m afraid that me sounding like that isn’t possible at this hour.

Goodnight! ~B

Spaghetti and Hummus?

That’s right, I combined spaghetti and hummus together. But before we get into that, let’s start with a not-so-strange breakfast combination… yogurt and bananas!

I made a yogurt parfait this morning combining:

So sweet and delicous!

Alright, so onto that spaghetti and hummus combo. I’m a sucker for creamy, cheesy sauces with pasta. Give me a light colored sauce over marinara any day. I don’t care what you tell me about calories or fat, this girl likes her cream! So as soon as I saw Mama Pea’s Creamy Lemon Pasta on Peas and Thank You, my mouth started watering. Well don’t you know she tricked me? There’s no cream. No cheese. Nope. Oh well. It looked so amazing that I was still willing to give it a go. Plus, I like recipes where the ingredient list is short and easy!

I combined 2 Tablespoons of hummus, 1/2 Tbsp of soy sauce, lemon juice from half of a lemon, and 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese (the recipe calls for nutritional yeast) to make the creamy lemon sauce. I then tossed my spaghetti noodles and chopped basil leaves with the sauce until well coated.

I also added some broccoli on the side for some bulk and extra vitamins.

So as strange as this combination might sound, it is surprisingly delicious! Very light and fresh. The two words that you would want to use to describe a summer meal!

Are you a white or red sauce person?

Sneaking in Your Veggies

I’m just going to apologize in advance for all the Prince photos. But I think he’s cute, so hopefully you don’t mind dealing with it.

I started my Monday off on a high note this morning, creating French Toast Oats (sans the jar). Super delicious!!

That would be oatmeal (1/2 cup rolled oats with 1 cup almond milk heated over the stove) topped with a banana, unsalted peanuts, a heaping tablespoon of Mighty Maple peanut butter, cinnamon, and a sprinkling of granola. This actually turned out to be such a large breakfast that I split it in 2. The first half I ate at home and the second half I ate at work around 10:30.

Since my breakfast continued so late into the day, I ended up not eating my lunch until close to 2 pm. As you can see, I didn’t have a lot of time to think about making something. Instead, it was a quick act to throw things together as quickly as possible and come up with something that closely resembled a lunch.

That would be a bowl of meatballs covered in sauce, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Not exactly gourmet, but I figured I would fit in a more nutritious meal into the day at dinnertime. Oh, and Prince is still a fan of these ‘balls.

After work, I took the pup for lovely walk down to Lake Washington. Walking is truly one of my favorite activities. It really helps me clear my head and let go of any stress leftover from the office.

I had two things in mind for dinner tonight. One being this box of spaghetti that was another discounted find from my grocery store last week:

The second thing being a zucchini that was going to have to get tossed if I didn’t use it today. After a little bit of searching, I finally found the perfect dish! Enter, Smitten Kitchen’s Zucchini Strand Spaghetti! It combines my two items of spaghetti and zucchini, plus other loves such as garlic, basil, and cheese. Yum!

While my water boiled for the spaghetti, I got to work at grating my zucchini into spaghetti-like strands.

After I put the spaghetti into the pot, I decided that I wanted to steam my zucchini for just a minute or two. It was already soft, but was pretty cold, so I thought this would be a good way to warm it up. I know you will be amazed at my engineering skills when it comes to keeping the zucchini from touching the boiling water!

For the sauce/dressing, i heated olive oil in a pan and then added minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and chopped basil. The end result:

I thought this was a great way to sneak in veggies. I didn’t even taste the difference between the pasta and zucchini. This also helped me from not going overboard with the pasta since half my bowl was veggies, I used a lot less spaghetti than I normally would have.

Zucchini Pasta:

(to serve two:)

  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1/2 pound of spaghetti (or thin pasta of choice)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions: Prepare pasta as directed on box. Grate the zucchini into long, thin strands. If necessary, steam the zucchini over the spaghetti briefly to soften or warm up. In a skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and garlic. Once the garlic starts to brown slightly, add the red pepper flakes and basil. Stir briefly and remove from heat. Add spaghetti and zucchini to serving dish and top with garlic mixture. Add Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Later on in the evening, I munched on a few handfuls of white chocolate chips. Poor Prince didn’t realize that chocolate is off limits to him.

And with that, I’ll leave you with this pretty sunset:

We’re exhausted!!

Goodnight! ~B

Defining Self Confidence

Would you believe that a store could be crazy enough to discount chocolate by 50% off???

Seriously, what were they thinking? I spotted this yesterday while at the grocery store. After careful inspection and checking the expiration date, I did a little happy dance in the middle of the aisle.

I broke off a few pieces to bring into work for an afternoon snack along with some plain almonds.

I was pretty hungry by the time I made it home in the evening, and dinner was more about the speediness of getting it into my belly. Enter the easy-peasy tuna fish wrap with blue corn chips.

Later on while getting my Glee fix on the boob tube, I snacked on half a slice of carrot bread. Of course, I went back for another half later on! ;-)

I thought that I would touch on a subject that (excuse the pun) can be quite touchy to some. The other day, someone made a comment to me about one of my features that just happens to also be one of my insecurities. This person was actually making a (unsolicited) suggestion on how to over come this feature. A few years ago, this would hit me pretty hard and I would have obsessed over it. However, this time I just laughed it off and while I have thought about the comment, I haven’t obsessed over it or let it affect my self esteem.

So what is my insecurity? Pale skin. The person that made a comment was recommending tanning lotion for me. Living in Florida and not having the ability to tan gave me a bit of a complex while growing up. I never wanted to wear shorts or swim suites and would be rich if I had a dime for every time someone asked me if it’s possible for me to tan or not. I was even driven to use tanning beds as a last resort while I was in high school. As a disclaimer, I should say that I do use tanning lotion for special occasions, but don’t fuss with it on a daily basis.

This incident got me thinking about other insecurities that I’ve had and how I would let them define my self worth. My biggest issues have always been with my nose, my skin tone, hair texture, my chest size, and at times, my weight. It’s taken a lot of time to come to terms with these features. But you know what? These features are what make me, me. They represent bits and pieces of my family and are part of my identity. My features are what set me apart from everyone else. I should never feel inadequate over my appearance. I’m beautiful, inside and out. And that’s the statement that should define my self worth.

In the spirit of good self esteem, I thought I’d share what I love about myself and flaunt when given the chance. I’m also going to ask you all to do the same. Here it goes…

My favorite features are my blue eyes and my legs – especially my legs! Whether they have tanning lotion on or not, I have always loved my legs at any weight I’ve been at.

Please don’t ask why I’m wearing dinosaur boxers under a dress.

And just for kicks, I thought I’d also share some of the more ridiculous things that I have felt insecure about over the years.

  • shape of my hairline (seriously???)
  • size of my knuckles
  • my toes
  • my ankles
  • my lips

Who wants to spend time worrying over the size of their ankles or the shape of their toes??? I, for one, have better things to do with my time!

Alright, so lets get some positive image vibes going.

Tell me, what’s your favorite feature about yourself???

Peaceful Morning

What a beautiful morning it was! Are all days this beautiful and I’m just never awake to see them? This morning I unintentionally woke up at 4:45 A.M. and couldn’t go back to bed! I begrudgingly got out of bed and did a few chores around the house and waited for signs of daylight outside. After the first hint of a pink sky, I grabbed the pup and ran along our favorite path down to Lake Washington. How pretty!!!

Slowly, more pink crept into the sky.

And finally the orange emerged.

I wish I could have stayed to watch the entire sunrise, but the clock was ticking and I had to get back to the humble abode to get ready for the daily grind.

I’m so happy that I left my iPod at home this morning so I could pay more attention to my surroundings and also focus on keeping my breath steady while running.

I was starving by the time I made it home and my Fiber One Honey Clusters cereal disappeared way too fast.

Knowing that the cereal wasn’t enough to hold me over until lunch, I packed some fruit and half of a blueberry bagel to munch on at my desk.

I normally don’t do this, but I bought a pre-packaged salad yesterday to have as lunch today.

I was really eyeballing the Caesar salad bags, but just couldn’t stomach the nutritional information. Despite them saying that there’s 2-3 servings in a bag, it usually equates to just 1 serving for me. I then spotted these individually packed salads, and thought that was the perfect solution!

I was a bit of a food snob though and assembled the salad in my own tupperware to bring to work.

I was pretty impressed by the flavors. I was able to look over the fact that the ingredient list for the salad dressing had HFCS listed as the third or fourth ingredient, and really enjoyed the creamy spiciness of it. I was also surprised at how well this salad filled me up!


Do you ever get up early enough to watch the sun rise?

Setting the Healthy Example

Hello bloggy peeps!  I hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed their Mondays. I have such mixed emotions about Monday. On one hand, it’s the end of my weekend freedom, but on the other hand, it’s a fresh start to get back into a healthy routine. Tell me, do you have a positive or negative outlook on Monday?

Last night, I started to feel a little itch in the back of my throat. You know, the kind that lets you know that you’re going to get a sore throat and be sick in two days? I promptly decided that I needed to take quick action this morning. This was an emergency. Enter: Emergen-C!

I’ve had great success before in adding Emergen-C to Green Monster smoothies. My only gripe would be that the citrus flavor of the shot completely over empowers all the other fruity flavors. This morning, I sought to combat that by making sure I had plenty of strong flavored fruit that would also be able to shine.

The blender has quite a few handfuls of spinach stuffed down, fresh strawberries, pineapple, half of a frozen banana, Emergen-C, and almond milk. Do you believe that I forgot to take a picture of the finished product??? Just trust me when I saw that it was very green, very tasty, and my immune system thanked me later.

For part 2 of breakfast, I packed an orange (I had to make sure I got in as much vitamin C as possible!) with half a slice of carrot bread.

For part 3 of breakfast, also known as lunch, I packed a veggie sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich. It’s been too long since I’ve had one of these (by too long, I clearly mean only two weeks).

For an afternoon snack, I brought along another item that’s been too long (I know for sure that it’s definitely been more than two weeks!) since my last consumption: a sliced apple with peanut butter!

For dinner, I took the easy way out, also known as cheating, and made some sort of Italian dish that came together in a minute and a half flat.

I covered some Italian meatballs with a little bit of sauce and a slice of swiss cheese and popped it in the microwave for one minute until the cheese got melty. I guess this was like a deconstructed meatball sub.

Something To Talk About:

Are you a healthy example to others in your life?

In college, I knew I wasn’t doing my body any favors by eating fast food, sometimes as often as five times in one week. Somehow, I managed to turn practically every situation into an excuse to overindulge or eat processed foods high in sugars.

“I need this insanely large Starbucks frappucino to help keep me up so I can study for my test.”

“I only have a half hour in between classes – better pick up something quick from McDonalds.”

“How often do I eat out at restaurants? There’s no harm in eating all of the bread, appetizer, large pasta entrée, and dessert. I hardly ever get to do this.”

“It feels good to sit back, relax, watch TV, and not think about school work. Oh, I should reward myself for this break with a whole bag of chips.”

I think you get the point. Meeting up with friends, doing well in school, doing bad in school, any extreme emotion, being over stressed, being too relaxed… every situation became a chance for me to either “treat” myself or cut corners with fast food. I knew it wasn’t the best lifestyle, but it seemed that everyone else around me in college was doing it. It was so easy for me to stay in that routine since there wasn’t any motivation to change, nor did I look for an example of how I should be eating and living.

Even though I know better now and live a much healthier lifestyle, sometimes making the healthy choices that I know are right for me can be hard when I find myself in a group setting. Sometimes it’s a sense of peer pressure, or the fear that someone might judge me, or draw wrong conclusions about me trying to lose weight, or sometimes it’s just the old feeling that I should let myself over indulge as a treat. I’ve had a box of doughnuts shoved right under my nose during a group meeting with someone insisting that I take one. I’ve lost my resolve to order a salad when I hear that all of my coworkers are ordering the burger and fries. These situations alone aren’t necessarily a problem, but they can add up if they happen too frequently.

What I’ve found with my coworkers though is that sometimes they are appreciative of me making healthy choices. This has all led me to realize is that I don’t have to be a food/health follower. I don’t have to let my eating habits follow someone else’s. I can be strong in making the choices that I know are right for my own health. And maybe, just maybe, my coworkers will respect me for that and I can be the one to set an example.

Here are some of my tips in forging your own path and setting a healthy example:

  • Bring a healthy treat –  In my group, we are on a weekly rotation to bring in treats for our group meeting. The norm is usually doughnuts. A fresh fruit platter or mini muffins are a nice healthy break from the ordinary.
  • Have an opinion – Don’t sit back and say that you don’t care where the group goes to lunch. Take an initiative and offer up a restaurant that you know has healthier food options. Don’t be judgmental and don’t be offended if they don’t like your suggestion. You can’t win every time.
  • Move – Suggest taking the stairs, walking to your destination, or taking an afternoon break to stretch or walk around. If they decline, just reply, “ok, I’ll meet you there then!” and take the stairs or walk anyway (unless you’re in an area where it might be dangerous for you to be on your own).
  • Share your food – If someone comments on what I’m eating, I always take the time to answer their questions, share recipes, and offer them a taste. They’re usually surprised to find that it’s not gross and it does have flavor!
  • Talk about it – discuss what you ate last night, what sort of exercise you did, or the recent health article you read. Others will be inspired to be part of the conversation, and who knows, you may find a new fitness partner!
  • Guilt free – Most importantly, you can’t judge others. Everyone is on their own path with health and what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. Don’t give someone the guilt trip for a food or fitness choice they made – that’s not your place.

I want to know, are you a healthy example to others? What are your tips for setting an example?