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Elimination Diet – Day 6 & 7 (Dinner party on a diet)

March 15, 2010

Jet lag combined with daylight savings has really messed with my internal clock.  I woke up at noon both Saturday and Sunday, making what already feels like a short weekend, feel even shorter.   That’s my rationale for merging two days together in one post.

My standard weekend breakfast

Like most, if not all of you, I look forward to weekends.   One of my reasons is that Keith usually offers to make me breakfast (or lunch on this particular day) and that means I get a break from the kitchen for one meal.   It may be the exact same breakfast everytime, but I’m OK with that.  The fact that he offers, is reason enough not to complain about the final product, which on Saturday morning was 2 fried eggs with spinach and avocado.  

After a lengthy workout at Goodlife (which was long overdue), we were ready to re-fuel with food.   How convenient!  Magic Oven (a vegetarian pizza and pasta place) is just around the corner. 

 

MAGIC OVEN

 

The Location:  127 Jefferson Ave. (Liberty Village).  Four other locations around Toronto.

The Menu:  Pizza, Pasta, Salads, Sandwiches (all vegetarian or vegan)

Our Order:   The 9″ Vegan Magic pizza ($10) was gluten-free and topped with tomato-pesto sauce, zucchini, artichokes, portobellos, roasted rainbow peppers and chicken (which we added for an extra few bucks).   The pizza was teeming with toppings so the lack of cheese almost went unnoticed and we were satiated with the small serving of 4 slices.   The starter was a Green salad ($5) with…absolutely nothing, except dressing.  The menu indicates that sprouts are included, but not at this location apparently. 

The Damage:  $15.  You are definitely paying a premium for the food, but they use local and organic ingredients, free of additives and preservatives.   Good food costs money.  Although, I admittedly had a hard time accepting that we paid $5 for a measly serving of lettuce.  I could have bought the family size container of organic spinach you see in the grocery store for less than that. 

The Scene:  It’s a takeout counter with a few tables, so not much to be seen.   Just grab your pizza and go.   They have other locations where you can sit down and enjoy. 

You should go if:

  • Don’t go, just get it delivered or pick it up.
  • You’re craving pizza in its healthier form.
  • You want to support local and organic farmers.
  • You’re feeling famished after a workout at the Good Life in Liberty Village and have no groceries (that was our motivation).

 

DINNER PARTY on a diet

 

In the evening we had our “East-side” friends, Arlene and Lawren, over for dinner.   A couple that truly appreciates (and can cook) a good meal .  I’m sure they were looking forward to a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free dinner.   To compensate, we made sure to have lots of wine and beer ready to be consumed.  On the menu (sorry, no time to take photos during the prep):  

* Supperworks Caribbean Pork Tenderloin (got a thumbs from the crowd, I think)

* Roasted Squash with Agave (and a bit of salt)

* Steamed Asparagus with Orange Sesame Dressing (just steam the asparagus until tender then top with dressing below)

  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) orange juice
  • 2 tsp. (10 mL) orange zest
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 mL) white wine vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) extra virgin olive oil
  •  tsp. (5 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

* Fruit salad (with everything under the sun)  – It’s no cheesecake or chocolate, but it was an indulgence based on the Elimination Diet because I included mango and bananas (not OK) to the  plethora of berries (which are OK).   I willing broke the rule for tonight.  Let’s get real.  I can’t possible be riddled guilt after eating FRUIT! 

 The exciting part of the evening wasn’t the food – it was what followed.  A full 3 hours of playing BALDERDASH (the new version).   I realize this blog is supposed to be all about FOOD but this board game deserves a plug.  Plus it’s MY blog so I can break the rules, right?   Like most of my girlfriends, I have a thing for board games.  If we could choose between a night out at the bar vs. a night in snacking and playing games, it would be the latter.  The new BALDERDASH is a good laugh – it’s part bluffing, part trivia, albeit odd trivia that the average person does not know the answer to.  That’s what makes it so fun and why I’ll be adding to my birthday list (hint, hint) 😉    Check on some of the reviews to get a better sense for the game. 

On Sunday, Keith made me breakfast again!  And guess what was on my plate?   Ding Ding Ding.  Eggs!  This time without the spinach.   Later we snacked on rice cakes and almond butter, and other random leftovers.   We decided to go for a walk and get some fresh air, then found ourselves at Fresh for dinner. 

Fresh is probably the most popular vegetarian restaurant in Toronto, and no longer a “hidden gem” in my books.   Given its convenient location down the street, we go often.   Maybe too often.  However, I always feel good afterwards given it’s one of few places that provides healthier fare.   A review may not be necessary since most of you may have been, but we will end up there later this week, guaranteed.   So expect to hear from me again.

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