Baked Onion Rings with Basil Cream Sauce

baked! so its healthy! ūüėČ

Vegetarian 'Ventures

I use to have this method (well, I think a lot of people use this method) where if I don’t buy junk food at the store than I won’t eat it. Easy enough, right? Well then I met my boyfriend who craves milkshakes, french fries, and burgers every night around 11 or so (I despise the fact that the boy does not have an ounce of fat on him…) which was just not going to work for my diet. We compromised somewhere in the middle with hummus, popcorn, etc but there are times where he still manages to drag me to the dark side by insisting on a midnight milkshake run.

This has challenged me to try to ‚Äúheathify‚ÄĚ the greasy foods he craves. I know, I know‚Ķit just SOUNDS dreadful and most people think it‚Äôs impossible to BAKE something that we‚Äôve grown to love DEEP FRIED but it‚Äôs more‚Ķ

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Lemon Glazed Asparagus and Tofu Stir-Fry

always looking for a way to jazz up some tofu. so good!

Live. Learn. Love. Eat.

I have such a long list of recipes pinned up on my bulletin board that I want to accomplish. Things that I have thought up of and can’t wait to make. I admit, many of the recipes are baking recipes because I love to bake, but since I am trying to eat a more balanced diet and be a little healthier, I decided to make a stir-fry yesterday.

Lemon-Glazed Asparagus and Tofu Stir-Fry

I used to love Chinese food and so whenever I want Chinese food I go ahead and make a stir-fry and serve it on a bed of brown rice. I love this glaze because it is light and sweet with just a hint of thyme.

Serves 4

Ingredients

Rice-

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice

Stir-fry-

  • 1 bunch of asparagus, cut into 2 inch pieces (about 4 cups chopped)
  • 1 package (350 g) extra firm‚Ķ

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Kale Frittata

yum! kale. delicious and sooo good for you. knock the socks of your next brunch guests ūüėČ

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Brunch potluck with the girls may be one of the best inventions yet. Sleep in until 9:30. Everyone’s in charge of bringing something. Fresh squeezed OJ. That’s what I call Saturday morning bliss.

And then, you add kale into the mix, and feel like you can conquer the world. Vegetables before noon. That’s unheard of.

But packaged in a frittata, accompanied with purple potatoes and good friends, your morning never tasted so good.

Kale Frittata
recipe inspired by Bellalimento and Eggs on Sunday; serves 6

1 sweet onion, diced
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 c. potatoes (purple, fingerling, red), diced
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 c. vegetable broth
2 c. kale, chopped
8 large eggs
1/4 c. parmesan, grated
1/4 c. milk
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350¬į. In a cast iron skillet or nonstick (oven safe)¬†pan, heat 1 teaspoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute‚Ķ

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Third Wheel at the Big Wheel Burger

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I recently went to Big Wheel Burger on a tri-date with my two roommates (who are dating, yes, I was the third wheel…. ironic?) It was a Friday night and we wanted to treat ourselves to a big, juicy burger. We were torn between the Buffalo Burger at 5th Street Bar and Grill and trying something new ‚Äď Big Wheel Burger in Cook Street Village. We decided to go with the unknown. I got the Big Wheel Burger ‚Äď a plain burger with tomato, lettuce, and Big Wheel Sauce which was a surprisingly addicting mayo-esque sauce. I also decided to get a milk shake- strawberry flavoured and fries. I was pleased to find real strawberry chunks in my milkshake, with lots of thick vanilla ice cream. The burger was excellent. Simple but delicious. And the fries were as good as they come. I‚Äôm a bit of a ketchup snob, and I‚Äôm pretty sure they had Heinz (the best ketchup in the world). So A+ for ketchup choice. We were also impressed with the dedication of Big Wheel Burger to quality and sustainability. Here are some fun facts pulled from their website that makes the trip to Big Wheel Burger worth it:

– They use ingredients that support agricultural longevity with minimal environmental impact.

-They source product from within 100 miles of our location to limit carbon footprint and support local economies

-They use environmentally safe packaging materials while instituting recycling programs on every product level…(everything goes in the compost after)

-They’re burgers are to be ground fresh daily, using locally raised, hormone and antibiotic free meats and cooked well done on a cutting edge flat top grill all the while embracing a philosophy of FRESH, LOCAL and DELICIOUS

-Trash-free customer area

-In one week they produce enough compost for a large residential garden

-Cleaning products are natural, biodegradable and pH balanced

-Fryer oil is converted to biodiesel

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Eating at John’s Place in Victoria B.C.

I’m a fan of John’s Place. I often take friends and family visiting from out of town here. It’s always classic comfort food and not too pricey. The deserts are fantastic, and usually there is a $2 desert. Portions are BIG.

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If you are a little hungry while visiting downtown Victoria, British Columbia, please wait a few hours until you are starving and then go eat at:

John’s Place Restaurant
723 Pandora Ave
Victoria B.C.
(250)-389-0711
Reservations accepted

The food and the staff are the foundation of the experience at John’s Place.  Comfort food is served in large, flavorful portions.  This is a classic diner where old food standards have been taken to a new creative level. The portions are large and the prices were very reasonable compared to other places we visited in Victoria and Vancouver.  Visitors are greeted with warm hospitality as well as a kind, fun spirit that is genuine and not a contrivance that one often finds in tourist towns.  

The Wall of Photos

The restaurant is fairly large with high walls covered in framed pictures and posters.  Many of the images relate to Detroit baseball and hockey. One can see a 60’s theme in the selection of posters.  The pictures will give your…

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The Noodle Box

I’m personally a huge fan of Noodle Box. It’s not cheap, but it is delicious. And relatively healthy.

The Culinary Adventures of a Greedy Guts

1867 West 4th Ave
Vancouver BC
V6J 1M3

T: 604-734-1310
www.thenoodlebox.net

Brief Description: TheNoodle Box chain serves yummy pan-Asian food, such as curries and stir-fried noodles and rice. Prices are a little on the higher side but still represent good value.

When I‚Äôm too tired to cook and I want fast food, I don‚Äôt crave traditional fast foods like fried chicken, or burgers and fries. My idea of fast food is fresh, made-for-you, noodles. I lived in South Australia for a number of years¬†and one of my favourite things about the food scene there was the countless number of stores called ‚ÄúWok in a Box‚ÄĚ that were popping up everywhere. Basically, you could swing by on your way home from work and¬†grab a box of fresh stir-fried noodles for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. The benefits were numerous; it was quite affordable (about $8 a box), it‚Ķ

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Swans – My Number One Pub

Dimly lit, brick walled and wooden floored. You walk into Swans Brew Pub and you don’t want to leave. I can¬†confidently state that my pub-loyalty lies with Swans Brew Pub.¬†I’ve been going to Swans since my first week in Victoria back in September 2010, and I’ve been going back ever since.

Why? Why am I drawn to Swans? It’s versatile – you can take your parents there for lunch, you can go for a ¬†quiet dinner with a friend to catch up, you can go for late night nachos mid-way through¬†your wild night out.

The location is prime, situated down-town near the pseudo-industrial area. As you look out the window you see the ocean, the Johnson Street bridge, and an old abandoned building that screams haunted house…

The staff are pleasant and easy-going.¬†There is live music!¬†My latest visit fully lived up to my Swans standards. I went with an old friend (he did the photography) and sat in the patio area that is windowed in and cozily heated. The live band played swing music and couples flocked to the dance floor. We ordered¬†two Brown Ales and two chicken burgers. ¬†Pints were on special for $3.29. A slammin’ deal for us starving students. Because Swan’s is a micro-brewery, the beer is unique to the bar. My go-to is Raspberry Ale… Careful with this one. It’s higher in alcohol content and it will knock you off your feet quicker than expected. But, the Raspberry Ale never¬†disappoints – never too sweet, and perfectly refreshing.

This time, I decided to switch things up and go with the Brown Ale. Usually, I shy away from anything too hoppy, but this was the perfect balance.

And then came the chicken burgers. Charbroiled and delightful. $13 with your choice of salad or a combination of fries, yam fries, and onion rings. Yes, you get all three. No tough decisions here. The chicken burgers came adorned with parva ham wrapped around asparagus and goat cheese. Which I quickly ate as an appetizer.  Then I  placed the bun on top of the avocado and burger and started in.

(Photo Credit: Develyn Barker)

The meal was sublime, the accompanying beers were more than satisfactory.

If you’re looking for the best chicken burger and beer evening, or nacho night, or luncheon locale, Swans is where you should be.

Until next time.