Mrs. Wizard

by HEAB on July 8, 2009

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I’ve been up to a little experimenting in the kitchen…don’t be scared. ;)

Yesterday, after a Power Lunch yoga class, I arrived home craving something green and filling, but I also wanted to try my new Brazil nut protein powder.  How about green chia protein oat bran with Brazil Nut Sauce topping? Perfect.  I was hoping once I put the nut powder in my food processor, it would turn into nut butter. Yeah, that didn’t work out quite as planned, and so I added a little unsweetened vanilla almond milk and French vanilla stevia drops and ended up with chunky BNU (Get it? Like ABU, but with Brazil nuts). I scooped enough out of the food processor to fill a tiny jar, and then a thought occurred to me…

Remaining BNU

Remaining BNU

I think you know what’s coming…

LIke my nut butter jar bowl x's 10. :)

Like my nut butter jar bowl x's 10. :)

Embarrassing?  Perhaps.  Delicious?  Most definitely! The BNU is a bit funky – really nutty and not very sweet.  I like it!

Then came a new recipe for dinner:

Raw chili cheese pasta.

Raw chili cheese pasta.

Inspired by The Fitnessista’s Chia Chili Cheese Sauce, I blended the following for my zucchini pasta topping:

  • 2 TBSP chia seeds soaked in 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 2 TBSP nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 dried chipotle chili
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Dash of onion powder
  • Celtic sea salt (lots) and pepper to taste

Also on my plate was some leftover raw pesto pasta.  A very colorful and filling meal – love that.

For breakfast, I had a little something I like to call Souroat Bread with BNU and a banana:

IMG_2697This was a new oatgurt experiment, and I must say that I’m quite pleased with the results.  It’s completely raw, filled with healthy good bacteria, and no dehydrator required.  Be sure to check back tomorrow for the recipe.

Since I got such a great response for my Q&A post, I think I’ll pick a few random questions to answer everyday.  Sound good?

Today’s questions:

Q: VeggieGirl asks: What’s the one hobby/activity you’d like to give a try, one that you haven’t done so yet?

A: Mountain Trekking.  Ever since reading Into Thin Air, I’ve wanted to go trekking in Nepal.  I have no desire to climb Mt. Everest or anything, but I’d love to do the 3-week trek to Base Camp.

Q: Alison asks: There’s not a really good cost effective yoga place near me.  What are good ways to teach yourself yoga (DVD’s, podcasts, etc.)?

A:

  • Polly has some great videos on her blog – they are free, short, and she does the poses along with you.
  • Here is a link to Sadie Nardini’s 4 part 30 minute power yoga series that Maggie posted.  Love that one!
  • I’ve heard good things about Yoga Today, but I’ve never tried the site myself.  They post new classes everyday, and I hear they are usually a more slow and gentle form of yoga.
  • I’m a big fan of Yoga Download, and they have a large selection of free 20 minute classes, or you can pay to download the longer classes.  They are podcasts, but the site is slowly adding slide-show visuals to all of their classes which will help if you need to see the poses.
  • I know some other bloggers really like the Sara Ivahoe DVD’s.  Never tried them myself.

If you’ve emailed me, and I haven’t responded, I promise to do so soon.  July = Tour De France watching for me every night and much less time on the computer. What do y’all think?  Is it going to be 8 wins for Mr. Armstrong?  I think so.

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brandi July 8, 2009 at 9:47 am

we’ve been watching le tour, too. so exciting!

i can’t wait to see the new oatgurt recipe! i think that chili cheese sauce sounds great. i need to find some nut. yeast.

i got my husband “into thin air” for Christmas and he loved it.

oh, and PLEASE remind me to send you this recipe I found! I know you’d have to modify it to be dairy free, but i think it would be easy to do and I totally thought of you when I saw it. I have it at home, so I need to remember to email it to you.

nicole h July 8, 2009 at 9:51 am

You are so creative and daring with healthy foods. I think its a pretty cool you want to do mountain trekking that does sound like a fun challange.

Whitney July 8, 2009 at 9:54 am

You and your kitchen experiments! I love it!

The Souroat Bread looks fabulous! I do love my bread, so please share!

Shannon July 8, 2009 at 10:01 am

looking forward to your recipe tomorrow!

JB July 8, 2009 at 10:03 am

the raw chili cheese pasta looks delicious, heab! i should definitely break down and buy chia seeds someday soon. i can’t believe i still haven’t tried them! and i can’t wait for that souroat bread recipe. maybe i’ll actually make it!

by the way, i make CMU sometimes (cashew version of pbu) but obviously i was a little spacey when i named it, because the M has no relevance. it should be cbu! but if i remember correctly, i think emily and i decided to just leave it cmu, haha. BNU sounds wonderful!

and i have a question for your Q&A: i can tell that you take such incredible care of your body, and know how to nurture it. at least from your blog, you seem really put together and well-balanced. (maybe it’s all the green oats and almond butter!) i’m just curious how much sleep you get. i’ve heard tips from you about water, sugar, excess cardio, and lots of other things, but never sleep! about what time to you go to bed and wake up? and if you have any sleeping tips i’d be super grateful to hear them! :)

-JB
http://cardiovegsular.wordpress.com

Marissa July 8, 2009 at 10:07 am

Chia Chili Cheese sauce looks like something I’d love!

Do you have a spiralizer you recommend?

Maria July 8, 2009 at 10:11 am

Haha, love that you never waste a drop of anything, Heather! The oats into the left over BNU is a brilliant idea ;) .

I’m so jealous that your zucchini pasta always turns out perfect. I would love to get a spiralizer some day. The two various sauce sound interesting and yummy!

Looking forward to another fabulous oatgurt post. I am making my first batch as of now :D

Lara (Thinspired) July 8, 2009 at 10:14 am

I’m loving these Q&A’s already :) Thank you for the yoga tips. I don’t have a yoga studie nearby and until now have been limited with just a couple of DVDs. Can’t wait to check out some of your suggestions!

mariposagirl July 8, 2009 at 10:34 am

Your recipes have never failed yet! Keep em’ Coming!

time to give my oatgurt a second spin! :)

Hangry Pants July 8, 2009 at 10:39 am

I would also add dave farmar poscast for power yoga. They are also free and are at least 60 minutes long. Not for beginners though as there are no pose explanations.

jacobc July 8, 2009 at 10:43 am

That bread looks much better than the soured oat stuff!

One other thing to say, GO LANCE!! ;-)

psychoj1 July 8, 2009 at 11:02 am

I love the q&a’s :) Yogadownload.com is amazing!

Love your breakfast :D Hehe :)
<3 jess
xoxo

jesstyler July 8, 2009 at 11:08 am

ooh, that sauce looks yummy! Question: Is nutritional yeast a necessity for this recipe? What is it exactly? For some reason it scares me.

RunToFinish July 8, 2009 at 11:11 am

ohh thanks for the recipes! I am going to do some planning this weekend to make next week more raw!

runandrejoice July 8, 2009 at 11:13 am

Thanks for the yoga ideas! There is only one studio in my area and the times rarely work for me. I’ll be checking out the Sadie Nardini workout for sure!

buffmuffy July 8, 2009 at 11:16 am

what a great idea! just mix in what you want the sauce on :)
-muffy

Sarah July 8, 2009 at 11:19 am

Mr. Wizard kinda creeped me out. He could get pretty snippy with those kids sometimes!

I can’t find chia seeds anywhere! Do you think one of our “gum” friends might work in that sauce instead?

I am all about less time on the computer and more on the husband…I mean, TV.

Holly July 8, 2009 at 11:25 am

I LOVED “Into Thin Air.” I didn’t think I would, but it really was an amazing book. I have so much respect for mountain climbers now…seriously!!

Can’t wait for the souroat bread recipe. :-)

Stacy (eatingtolivelovelaughtri) July 8, 2009 at 11:27 am

I am so glad to know that I am not the only one glued to the Tour. Hot men in tight spandex, what more could a girl ask for? : )

VeggieGirl July 8, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Considering how HOOKED on brazil nut butter I am these days (great grammar in that statement, eh??), I’m really intrigued by that protein powder… look out, Sun Warrior…

Alison July 8, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Love the Q&A – especially the answer to my question! Thanks!

That BNU sounds wonderful. I really like brazil nuts. Especially covered in chocolate.

Kelli July 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm

The Sara Ivanhoe videos have been re-packaged into a $10 set called Yoga Body Makeover Series.
Can you watch the Tour on the computer anywhere? We don’t get cable. I know, shoking, but my life has never been better. I was always wondering why I couldn’t get anything done, but I always had time for TV. But the Tour is something I miss.
Thanks for the book recomendation.
I found a saladacco spiralizer on Cultlery.com, I think that is the right site, for the best price.
I am totally going to try your chilly cheesy pasta recipe. Do you get dried chipolte chilies in the spice isle?

polly July 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm

hi sweetie!!

LOVED that green bowl. I say who needs bowls when you have food precessors? :D

I finally broke down and bought some maranatha almond butter. So easy to be balanced when it’s $10 bucks a jar. ;)

Been a wonderfully Heabs-Pol kinda day, and full of balance. :) I am currently baking a PIE for my in-laws. :P Abbers is back in a couple hours… yay! Miss my little peach!

XOXO

Love the Q and A. ;) I forgot one, if you could change your name to ANY name what would it be? I would change mine to ROXY. :) hehe Serious, so fun and sassy. I wanna be fun and sassy. :D

justine July 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Glad the bread thingy turned out good. Did it keep you full? I still havent decided where I want to go for lunch yet?? Ill let you know soon :) . Does that Mexican ice cream place only serve ice cream?

~Justine

Kelli July 8, 2009 at 12:44 pm

I just read what Into Thin Air is about on Amazon. Does it end positively? I can’t handle books that end sad. I guess if it was about disaster and it made you want to climb, it could not have been too upsetting!

Andrea@WellnessNotes July 8, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Your dinner looks delicious! Thanks for answering the yoga question; it’s really helpful! :)

Deb July 8, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Can’t wait for the bread recipe! GREAT Idea with the BNU- kinda like PB2 with almond milk yum! Will need to try that! And good idea with the food processor- why wash two dishes? :-D

livingfreeforever July 8, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Ooh, I can’t wait to see your new recipe!!! And that sauce looks really yummy and creamy. That raw zucchini salad is one of favorites these days. Have a great day:)

Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) July 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I definitely think Lance has it in the bag ;-)

Katharina July 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm

I can’t wait to read the Souroats Bread recipe!!!

Deb July 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Hmm just tried to add water to the brazil nut powder- very meh. I’m sure you’ll find loads of great uses for it- in bars? pancakes? oats? Smoothies for sure. I bought it just because it sounded like such a great product!

naturallyfrugal July 8, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Just found your blog and I love it! I’m so inspired to try new breakfast ideas, my oatmeal is tried and true but sometimes can get a little boring.

Creative breakfasts are the best!

Marta July 8, 2009 at 2:42 pm

I like your experiment!!! I believe the greatest discoveries started experimenting in the kitchen, so yahoo for you! It actually looks very appetizing to me, so I’d have been a fan of this meal!
I’m actually looking for a way to use up a giant and ever-growing stash of Brazil nuts… maybe I’ll give this a try :)

Kristen July 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I am loving watching the Tour! I’ve never paid it much attention before, but man are they amazing! I have a friend who went to France a few years back to watch and he said he found the cyclists’ legs mesmerizing. :-)

Susan July 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Sorry Heather, I’m rooting for Mark Cavendish – he’s on a Scott, the same (albeit, muuuuuch nicer) bike as me!

Just don’t start eating yor oats out of coffee pots :P

Gena (Choosing Raw) July 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm

This week has been nothing but kitchen ingenuity! I love that gorgeous “pasta.”

fartygirl July 8, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Damn girl, I didn’t think it was possible for me to love you more than I do. But now you are hooking us up with yoga too. Thanks a million. Btw. I finally figured out how to eat chia & have it not affect my gut poorly. Blog forthcoming! :)

Shelby July 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Where does that protein powder come from? I mean I know you got it in a package from a friend but where did she get it? It sounds so delicious!

Ooo and I love that new recipe! I’ll have to try it out soon.

Can’t wait for the next one =)

gina (fitnessista) July 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm

that pasta sauce looks glooooorious! and link love! why thank you :D
all of your eats look wonderful as usual.. you are quite adventurous with all of your food creations. i LOVE it!
hope you’re having a great night <3

Cherie July 8, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I’m all about the Tour, too. I can’t decide if I’m for Lance or not. I’m kind of for the underdog, but I can’t help but be in awe of the guy. He’s amazing. Did I tell you I got a new bike? I’m crazy into bikes right now and I blame it on the Tour. :-)

ttfn300 July 8, 2009 at 7:34 pm

souroat bread? i’m so intrigued!! and your morning bowl sure looks tasty ;)

Emily July 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Gosh, that raw chili cheese pasta looks amazing and very colorful. I love the spiralized veggies, too. :-)

Thanks for the yoga DVD recommendations. I’m afraid I’m going to be like Alison next year with no salary and a huge tuition bill, so hearing about other options was very nice.

I’m having a coconut oil giveaway! As a fellow coconut oil lover, I thought you might be interested. :-)

Pearl July 8, 2009 at 11:02 pm

souroat bread sounds like such a cool experience!

Ashley July 9, 2009 at 4:52 am

I’m so excited about oatgurt experiment Heather! I was suspecting a bread-type dish and you did not disappoint. You know what I think I’ll miss most when I’m travelling (after my weights)? The lack of oatgurt! I’ve lived off the stuff ever since you introduced me. Thank you x infinity!!!

The Bnu sounds fabulous. I love brazil nuts and my favourite blend of nut butter is almond, cashews and brazil nuts. So delicious. Your green oats in the Bnu covered food processor is total food porn for me!

Mountain trekking sounds like awesome fun. I just like walking, and looking at the beautiful scenery around me, in general.

And thanks for letting me borrow your dumbbell set… that makes me very happy :-) Haha!

Katrina (gluten free gidget) July 9, 2009 at 5:42 am

You are a crazy, kitchen mad scientist!… and I love it!

elise July 9, 2009 at 8:10 am

im baffled. seriously, i have no words. i can only imagine CD’s comments throughout these meals…haha. one of the MANY perks? if you ever have kids, you can share baby food with them :)

Deva July 9, 2009 at 8:19 am

I’m eager to find out about your sour oat bread! It sounds YUMMY!!

eatlivelovedream July 9, 2009 at 8:26 am

I’m ALWAYS blown away by your creations!!! You have such a creative mind! and I love that you share it with us:)

Erica July 9, 2009 at 9:43 am

Hey girl :) Long time no chat! Just got back from vacation. I tried only 8 for the first time and LOVED it. My family in law could not stop talking about Yogurt Oasis and how its the best yogurt place EVER. They can’t wait to meet and thank you ;) Dinner looks so good- what a fun an interesting recipe. I planned to try my first polly yoga video this week!

Trilby Drew July 9, 2009 at 10:04 am

Loving the nut butters. Loving the oatgurt. Loving the recipes. Loving the Q & A. Hmmm, I guess that means I’m loving HEAB!

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