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What's on your plate?

Hello there, ladies and gents!


Keeping in line with all the fun and interactive threads asking about your most recent halls, items you have your eyes on, what you're currently wearing, what's your hair routine, and more, I've decide to branch out and ask:


"What's on your plate?"


The beauty world doesn't just stop at skin care and cosmetics, it also goes hand in hand with your overall health and well-being, so with that, I'm curious to see what we're all chowing down and snacking on be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or inbetween!


For those with apps that help count calories or to those who just want to keep a log, here's a place to share, possibly find and share some recipes, and even tips on maintaining a balanced diet.


Don't just share food items, but even drinks! I'm a huge fan of tea and at least have a cup of green tea a day (anti-oxidants) and drink plenty of water.


For lunch today, I had:


-Brown rice

-Steamed egg

-Steamed red snapper with green onion, sesame oil, and black pepper

-Gai lan (it's a type of Chinese vegetable/greens)


Now, tell me, Beauty Talk world, what do you have? Smiley Very Happy

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You should totally find a diem sum place and chow down!!!!! Nom nom nom!

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@Drrragon. No, last time they drove, this time it's flying so no food.


Oh oh oh, do you Skype with your parents? If you both have computers with video camera, you can just leave the skype video chat on and eat lunch or dinner "together". That's what I do with my parents and they love it (mostly cuz I'm very curt on phone "Hi, I'm alive, anything new? you guys healthy? ok, bye.").

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Rather than brave the restaurant scene yesterday on Valentine's, I made dinner for my boyfriend and I. Nothing fancy, I cooked up the last huge porkchop we had (baked with spices) and stir-fried some shiritaki noodles with veggies. I also made a steamed pork spare ribs dish that my family has made for forever that my boyfriend happens to love!


I wanted to share the recipe with you guys! To my fellow-nonmeat eaters/nonpork eaters, you can use the marinade to season things like tofurkey or other forms of protein.


First things, first...ingredients (photo 1):


-Port spare rib pieces (you can get pork ribs cut into long strips from the butcher and then cut them into invdividual pieces at home)

-Seasame oil

-Soy sauce

-Oyster sauce (you can omit this if you like, I add it because it brings a bit of sweetness to it)

-Sugar (you can also use honey or just rely on the oyster sauce)

-Onion powder

-Chili powder



-Corn starch (I have Tempura batter as it's virtually the same thing)


As you can see, in photo 3, there's a jar of sauce called Spare Rib Sauce, it's virtually the same as the ingredient list above, comprising of soy sauce, spices, and sugar, only it's a thicker consistency. You can use this instead as the bulk of your marinade (jazzing it up with more spices and the corn startch and oil) or add a bit to the marinade you put together yourself.


In photo 2, you can see all the ingredients added together. From my past posting/thread about chicken noodle soup, you know that I'm not a super stickler on amounts as it's dependant on how much pork you're cooking up. Go off of smell, let that be your balance if you need to add any more of the ingredients to the marinade. After mixing it up, you can let it sit in the fridge to further soak in or move right ahead to cooking.


In photo 4 you see a large pot with water and an upturned ceramic shallow bowl. This is a great way to make your own steamer if you don't have one! Turn the shallow dish upside down as you'll rest a slightly larger one with the pork on top and add enough water to come up to the first line of your fingertips when you stick your fingers down into the pot.


From there, set the slightly larger dish on top, cover with a lid and cook at medium on the stove top, if your stove knob has numbers at 5-6 is good. These cook for a minimum of 30 minutes, even up to 45 if you have more or just want the meat to come away from the bone more.


Photo 5 is the completed product. Smiley Happy


You can add things into the marinade like ginger, garlic, or even sesame seeds, even mushrooms!


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I so need to make this! I brought Hoisin sauce (seafood sauce) just because I feel like my cupboard need more asian-ness, but I haven't had a chance or any recipes to use it in. Maybe I will use it with this recipe (I usually don't cook meat since I'm paranoid about bacteria and lazy about washing dishes). =X

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The Hoisin sauce would be perfect in this dish!!!


Clean up is pretty easy, the only dish you wash is the platter you cook it in (unless you have leftovers, then keep it in that platter and stick it in the fridge) and the bowl you mix it in.


Of course the knife and cutting board, and chopsticks/spoon that you use to mix up the meat and marinade with, but it's not bad for clean up. Smiley Happy


You can also use the marinade just cooking on the stove for beef rather than steaming.

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that's my favorite dish!!!!! steamed spare ribs!  my mom makes it for me whenever I visit them.  thanks for the detailed recipe steps Smiley Happy

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Awesome!!! My pleasure for providing the recipe and photos! I figured images could help out and bring some nice visuals!


Now you can make it on your own! Smiley Very Happy

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I will try to make this. I had it at dimsum. Yummy. Thanks.

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Spinach Potato bisque from Joy the Baker

Cauliflower quiche from Smitten Kitchen


I made a ton of those 2 things, otherwise I'd just gorge on fried chicken all day long. Also made chocolate sauce (chocolate chips, Kahlua licquor, milk, leftover caramel ice cream) for smoothies (I'm on a banana smoothie bend.

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aren't smoothies supposed to be a kind of healthy food?  I wanna try your version with chocolate, booze and ice cream!

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I went to a sweets shop this weekend and had a white chocolate, strawberry milk shake! Sooo good! It wasn't crazy thick or crazy sweet, juuuust right!

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Oooh, people have such a difficult time making fruit and chocolate milkshake mixtures, my favorite of all time is chocolate cherry, and so far there's two places that do it perfectly, Johnny Rocket's and Lucky Wishbone (in Anchorage)!

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I just had a chocolate and strawberry milkshake that was diiiiivine!!!!! It wasn't crazy thick and the it was a perfect balance of berries and chocolate (think they included some white chocolate). Delish!

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Well, that was the ingredients for my chocolate sauce. The actual smoothie was banana, milk, nut butter, and some chocolate sauce (cuz straight up chocolate chips don't work quite as well).


Besides, booze and ice cream are not as bad as ingredients for smoothie than by itself eaten/drinking alone, right?


(somehow the grammar didn't seem right, hmm...I'm losing my touch).

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This was my "breakfast of champions". The coffee makes it an adult meal, right? Smiley Wink20130411_085425.jpg


Sorry the pic is sideways...I'm ddoing this from my phone and there is no way to rotate Smiley Happy

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Cocoa Pebbles!!!! Smiley Tongue

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Sometimes a girl just wants some Cocoa Pebbles! Smiley Happy

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Pfft, I saw this while lying in bed with my laptop sideways, and when you said the pic is sideways, I was like "...but it's not sideways." And didn't realize until now when I saw it again. #BeautyTesterMoment.


Lol, you can make it more adult by putting some Kahlua in that coffee. I was too lazy and just went straight to lunch:

- stirfried turnip greens + tomato sauce + Walmart rotesserie chicken as topping for 

- whole wheat pasta (great for my digestion o.O, doesn't make me gain weight like normal yellow pastas do)

- a whole packet of asian egg roll snack thing. =X

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Hahaha Kaluha idea isn't a bad one...just may not be work appropriate! Smiley Wink


Mmm lunch sounds delish!!

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Today I didn't have really any set meals.. I kinda just ate when I wanted lol


- salad for lunch (romaine lettuce, turkey breast/ham, craisins, apples, onions, peppers, low fat feta cheese, croutons, light italian dressing)

- an apple w/ peanut butter

- carrots + hummus

-2 turkey hot dogs + side salad for dinner


Drinks: 2 cups of coffee, Vitamin Water Zero, Water bottle


I try to eat healthy - Anyone have any good suggestions for different things to eat? besides obvious stuff - chicken, vegetables, whole wheat, etc.