Monday, November 30, 2009

Frozen Burrito Success

Breakfast was the usual yogurt, granola and coffee. But today I had fage 0% and ginger snap granola! 024

Lunch was a burrito that I had made yesterday and stuck in the freezer. I made a big batch in hopes that they would turn out well and save me money on Amy’s darn burritos.

The inside was wild rice, black beans, pinto beans, onions, green bell pepper, chicken, green salsa, black olives, and a little cheese. 134026

I ended up eating the insides with salsa like a burrito bowl, with maybe a quarter of the tortilla. It was tasty, and Mr. Greens and I are already coming up with a more improved future recipe.

In the afternoon I had carrots and hummus. 030

In the morning I had half a Clif bar (no picture).

Dinner was a recipe I’ve made once before: Broccoli, shells, cheese, and shrimp. It’s a little hot! I like to add red pepper flakes and season the shrimp with creole seasonings.  This is better with pecorino romano, but the italian blend we had worked well enough. 037

And for no reason at all, here’s my Hedwig sticking out her tongue.110

I call her my little pug. My special one.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

How I spent my Thanksgiving Vacation

We finally figured out our computer problems! Apparently we learned nothing from “The It Crowd.”itcrowd

Embarrassingly enough, the problem was solved with a simple restart of the computer.

To recap what I’ve been eating since Thanksgiving, I decided to write this post.  Plus I had a ton of pictures to use.

Friday was a complete wash, we went shopping for a good portion of the day and ended up stopping at a Church’s chicken. I completely blame Mr. Greens. I’ve never even eaten at a Church’s before. I’m a Popeye’s fan if anything.

On Saturday I made slow cooker split pea soup for dinner and future meals. Before: 097

After: 117

Verdict: too much ham! Next time I’ll use half a pound (or less) to a pound of split peas. It was super tasty though. Other ingredients include onion, carrots, and celery. That’s it. I’ve been wanting split pea soup fuh-fuh-ever, but cannot wait any longer for it to get cold. (As I type this there has been a 20 degree drop on Monday – I should’ve waited!)

Also on Saturday the boyfriend made a wonderful chicken salad and hummus. He’s the designated maker of hummus. Boy knows what he’s doing. I made hardboiled eggs and prepped crudite. With our forces combined we had a nice lunch. 091


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Sunday I had granola for breakfast. Only granola. Nice Ginger Snap granola though.069

Lunch was split pea soup, and dinner was homemade sushi and curry. 003


Sadly I didn’t eat all of my lovely red curry. Too much food! 

Computer Problems

Whenever I figure out how to fix my computer I’ll have a recap of Thanksgiving and the past few days of eating. For some odd reason the front ports broke and now I can’t upload pictures.

I’ve been eating split pea soup and drinking cocoa.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Recap

In my family we do an alternative Thanksgiving feast, but it’s a feast nonetheless. This year we had sushi.

I started with a little Groth wine. 003

We prepped the rice and the vegetables and made dumplings for nibbling on while waiting for the main course.

My mother rolled several rolls005

and so did my boyfriend008

I stopped being annoying with the camera long enough to make a crab salad roll, topped with masago, and a vegetarian vegetable roll. 013

All in all we made several nice rolls, but I think my vegetarian roll was the surprise hit. It had wasabi paste inside, toasted sesame seeds, red bell pepper, cream cheese, and carrots and cucumber. People always like crunch.

Crab salad, vegetable, california:


salmon and avocado, wasabi kick vegetable roll,


Philadelphia roll


yellowtail and green onion016

Philadelphia topped with crab


My plate:033

My mom and I like to use avocado, carrots, bell pepper, cucumber, cream cheese, sesame seeds, and spicy things for vegetarian rolls.  031

We also had cabbage and sesame seed salad023

and sake 032


We ate it all!037

Dessert was flaming pumpkin pie. A regular pumpkin pie, topped in sugared pecans, doused in whiskey…038

then ignited052

Until next year, flaming pie!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

6 Shots of Espresso

I just realized that I didn’t cook anything or even prepare anything myself today. *shrugs* Some days are just like that, I suppose. I’ve also had six shots of espresso today. On with the show!

Today I had loads of time in the morning. I decided to go to Highland Coffees instead of Starbucks (see yesterday). Luckily they open really early and they’re close by! I bought a whole wheat bagel and an iced mocha. 047


The bagel smelled so good in the bag that I almost gnawed the steering wheel on the way to work. Why didn’t I just eat the darn thing? That would’ve been smart. Instead I moaned, “I’m so hungry, I’m so hungry,” the whole way to work while eyeing the bag.

I snacked on a leftover snickerdoodle a few hours later. 072

At lunch I went to Whole Foods, along with half of the residents of Baton Rouge (the rest were at Walmart). I picked up a few things for tomorrow, along with a new granola to try called ginger snap. I couldn’t resist, there was a sale on about 10 different ones in the bulk bin aisle. Note to self: Never walk down the bulk bin aisle!  You’re not strong enough!


Love the large clumps!

I wasn’t super hungry, but I ate a burrito from my emergency stash. 052

I love these, but I’m going to have to get off my butt and make my own freezer burritos. Much much cheaper.

Dinner was a treat. My boyfriend surprised me with thai food from our favorite restaurant Duang Tawan.

For an appetizer we ordered a yellowtail and scallion roll, and spring rolls.059


For the main course we both got red curry, his had fish and mine had extra vegetables and tofu.063

Vegetables included carrots, broccoli, onion, celery, green beans, bell pepper, mushrooms, butternut squash (so good), spinach or seaweed (too busy scarfing)and probably more. I’m just saying that Duang Tawan doesn’t mess around. Instead of fried or steamed little tofu squares, they brought me tofu skins. These were knotted in little twists, chewier and more robust than soft tofu.065

I’ve never had tofu skins before, but I’ve gotta say two thumbs up.

After dinner we did a little shopping and stopped by the coffee shop again. Yes I’m a fiend. And yes, I got the same thing as this morning.069

We also bought coffee so we have something to drink in the morning.

I’m excited about tomorrow’s feast too!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Let Them Eat Cake!

I started the day with a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. 001

I totally forgot to mention that I wanted soy milk, so I’m pretty sure this was 2% or whole. I don’t drink much dairy because it makes my stomach hurt, but I can tolerate a half serving here and there. I drank about half of this. Also, I promptly spilled it on my shirt. Two new stains!008

For breakfast I had cake. Yes, cake.005

My coworker made a yellow cake with strawberry cream cheese icing. The icing didn’t hold together well since it was fat-free. A cake wreck if you will.

All this sugar made me feel a little awful later. How do people eat donuts and drink super sweet coffee in the morning? Blech!

I had carrots for a snack before exercising.007

Lunch was supposed to be a burrito, but I ended up just eating the insides. Wild rice, black beans, an ounce of Havarti, and salsa.019

Mix together, pop in the microwave, top with tomatoes, and voila ~awesomeness~!021

I decided to plate my food on a tray I had at work. It’s from Costa Rica. Cool, right?022

Afterward I had gingerbread spice tea.027

Funny story – I thought my gingerbread latte this morning smelled really good and strong, but it turned out I had yesterday’s tea bag still in a mug on my desk, and when I threw it away the smell dissipated.

Dinner was simple: chicken leftovers mixed into pasta with pesto. 034

Also consumed: two beers, because one is good but two is better. 042

Aaaaaand a few freezer snickerdoodle cookies. 074

Jesus Christ! This day was 2000+ calories. I know, I know, it’s never a good idea to start the day with cake. It was pretty much downhill from Starbucks.