Dinner + Some Physio

April 29, 2008


Great Recipe Discovery! I have many so many bean and grain patties this year and many of them have fallen apart on me or just had a weak texture. But these were GREAT!!! Greek-Style Quinoa Burgers from Body + Soul Magazine. We didn’t do the pita with yogurt that the recipe calls for (no pitas or time!) but I imagine they would be great sandwich-style. I also baked instead of fried (to lighten the recipe and because of my patty troubles) and they turned out nice and crispy.

Here was my version:

  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa, cooked in 1/3 cup plus a splash of water for about 10 minutes (until water was absorbed)
  • 3/4 cup drained and rinsed navy beans
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded in food processor
  • 1/8 cup dry plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Pinch salt, pinch pepper, pinch red pepper flakes, pinch oregano

I formed these into 4 big patties (even though I halved the recipe, which called for 4). They were so easy to shape!! I wet my hands to prevent sticking, which helped. And I chilled them for 15 minutes just because we weren’t ready to eat yet. When ready, spray with cooking spray and bake for 25 minutes at 375*.

Each patty was 120 kcal, 4 grams fiber and 6 grams protein. I had 1.5 (forfeited my other half to the husband for his lunch since I wasn’t terribly hungry) with some Annie’s Goddess dressing for dipping :)


I also made a fennel-orange-avocado salad. I decided I don’t really like raw fennel though. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t really good either.

Here’s the combo if you want to try it anyways:

  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced
  • 1 navel orange, sliced and chopped
  • ~2 oz avocado
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Splash of red wine vinegar
  • Dash of S+P
  • Drizzle of honey

Makes 2 servings about 150 kcal each.


All together –


And a cloud for dessert – TJ’s Vanilla Meringue



Lunch held me over until about 4:45 when I had about 2/3 a cup of cottage cheese topped with fresh mango and chocolate granola from OhNuts.com. I like this granola because the chocolate is subtle and it’s chewy – my texture of choice!


This snack kept me full for 3 hours!


More reasons I love flashcards: the are portable! I went for a walk with mine this afternoon to get out of the house but keep studying at the same time! What’s great is that when I’m at home, my mind drifts to my computer, the kitchen, the TV but when I’m out walking I can focus. There’s nothing else I could be doing. I got more memorized in those 40 minutes than I did in 2 hours at home!

Eating Report

I think I did pretty well today eating intuitively. I did not track calories in my food journal today and have a general idea of how much I had at each meal but I get lost in the snacks and add-ons. I actually think I’m probably a little under my usual NET today, if I had to put a number on it, but I suppose that’ll even out at the beach this week! If there’s one thing I’m proud of, it’s the quality of foods I ate today.

Physiology Lesson

Men = Evil

I was entertained, then annoyed, then a little grossed out by this passage in my Physio textbook I read while studying this afternoon. But I had to share because it was interesting!

Although menses has traditionally be viewed as a somewhat messy way of discarding a uterine lining…its adaptive value and expensive to the female body in terms of tissue, blood and nutrient loss (particularly iron) have been questioned. Why not just keep the prepared endometrium for the next cycle? A controversial view of the menses is that the uterus is a hospitable receptacle for bacteria and viruses delivered vis the male penis and piggy-backing in semen. This being so, menses is an aggressive way of cleaning house. Bleeding rids the body of the uterine lining where pathogens are likely to linger, and menstrual blood is loaded with macrophages which provide active protection.


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1 Becca April 29, 2008 at 8:13 pm

That is interesting…and your last line made me bust out laughing. Have a good night!


2 shirl April 29, 2008 at 8:17 pm



3 nifer (the poster formerly known as NC) April 29, 2008 at 8:24 pm

haha omg ew is this the Marieb text?


4 Betsy in Pittsburgh April 29, 2008 at 8:25 pm

At least you served us dinner before breaking out the sex talk! Haha!


5 caitlinbo (in FL) April 29, 2008 at 8:26 pm

hahah that totally cracked me up. the “MEN ARE DIRTY” part made me spit out my tea…. lol i love it.


6 Tina O. April 29, 2008 at 8:27 pm

oh, eww!


7 Sidi April 29, 2008 at 8:33 pm

All the bad words concerning women contain the word “men”. I don’t remember more : menstruation, menopause, mennorragia, hymen…


8 Jen April 29, 2008 at 8:37 pm

i am amused and grossed out @ the same time (LOL)
shirl we’re all mature what’s so inappropriate about bio?
anywho, kath im studying for finals (PSYCHOLOGY…BOO!!!!!) do you just read over your flash cards many times or do you memorize all the definitions/processes on the cards???
let me know (everybody)…i need study tips!!!


9 nifer (the poster formerly known as NC) April 29, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Betsy– Thanks for the choc chip zucchini muffin recipe! They look great. Do you think it would be ok if I subbed yellow summer squash?? I’ve always thought they tasted kinda similar… it’s what I have on hand.

(PS Sorry Kath I would have posted this on Betsy’s blog directly, but I could NOT for the life of me figure out how to fill out her image verification thing!)


10 VeggieGirl April 29, 2008 at 8:49 pm

I love Body + Soul Magazine!! Glad you liked the recipe.

Interesting information, haha ;0)


11 creatingadiva April 29, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Eww hahahaha that last line made me laugh! Jen, I’m in the process of studying for the mcats (read: lots of biology) right now…I make flashcards for processes and say them out loud enough so I can keep condensing the info in my head until I can maybe stand in the shower or something and go through pages and pages of notes just out of memory because I can find common “links” in the notes…hope that makes sense sorta!


12 Cassie April 29, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Haha Men are Dirty- Thats so funny!!!

Your day looks yummy and healthy! I love meringues.


13 Yaz April 29, 2008 at 9:26 pm

Haha…super funny. They might be dirty but I still love them.


14 Ange April 29, 2008 at 9:46 pm

haha…thanks for the laugh….it’s been a long day and that really cracked me up :)

PS- Glad to hear you are trying intuitive eating!


15 Heather April 29, 2008 at 9:57 pm

haha. That was funny! I agree..thanks for the laugh. Men are dirty 😛


16 Betsy April 29, 2008 at 10:09 pm

i was totally laughing out loud. the “men are dirty” line definitely caught me attention. i’m glad you’re using your new found knowledge to educate us blog friends! much appreciated 😉


17 nicole r. April 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm

oh im studying repro systems too!! but for histology; i took physio last year. good luck! i dont know the level of complexity of your text, but that stuff can be COMPLICATED!!! it is for histo, anyway.

good luck on the MCAT, creatingadiva!! i took that last may, it wasnt HALF as bad as i expected :) so dont get too psyched out


18 Jill April 29, 2008 at 10:49 pm

Hahaha, thanks for making me smile when I’m depressed. That was too cute and funny.


19 Nick April 29, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Those patties look a little dry, no? I’m glad not calorie counting worked for ya. Eventually your mind/stomach will get used to “counting” automatically, but moreso if you eat a fatty food, your body sorta reacts and just tries to get you to eat less. It will become easier with time, plus then you don’t have to concern yourself with constantly adding and often obsessing about calories.

The Peanut Butter Boy


20 Romina April 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm

Yum! Those quinoa burgers look amazing!!
And congrats on your first day of intuitive eating. =)


21 sarah April 29, 2008 at 11:06 pm

are you sure each patty is only 120 cals? quinoa is about 550 calories per cup cooked isn’t it?


22 Suzanne April 30, 2008 at 7:10 am

Ooh – a Greek inspired dinner! Delicious! My husband’s best friend is Greek, and she made us a big container of tzaziki (spelling?) sauce! It’s light, refreshing, and YUMMY with grilled chicken and pita bread. Oh, and she also gave us a big bag of homemade cookies (they’re for Greek Easter – they look like braids). I ate WAY too many!

haha…I love your bits of info – that excerpt about men and their ‘dirtiness’ cracked me up! :) Thanks for helping starting my hump day with a smile! I just have to get through today – then I’ll off on a 5 day vacation. I’ll miss your blog and everyone’s comments while I’m gone. :(


23 Kath April 30, 2008 at 7:14 am

I definitely memorize – I get to the point where I can look at the card topic and basically recite the card’s contents. That’s how you know you know the material! The best thing about flash cards is the ability to sort them and weed out what you know and the fluff stuff from the nitty gritty hard stuff. As I go through the cards over and over, I take out the stuff I know and get down to a final core of cards to study in the final hours.

nifer ,
I have SUCH a hard time with those too! I never “pass” the test and have to type in the letters like 5 times before I get them right. I have to admit, I would post comments more on blogs if they didn’t have them! Sometimes I just don’t feel like trying.

Nick ,
You are right – they were a bit on the dry side. But the Goddess dressing helped, as would a greek yogurt sauce or ketchup. But it was the crunchy veggie-burger-like consistency that I really liked. You could pick it up without falling apart.

Here’s the breakdown (it was only 1/4 a cup quinoa)

1/4 cup quinoa, dry – 160
1 medium carrot – 25
1/8 cup dry bread crumbs – 50
3/4 cup navy beans – 165
1 egg – 70
= 472 / 4 patties = ~120 each



24 Katie April 30, 2008 at 7:16 am

Quinoa burgers are a fabulous idea. I would have NEVER thought of that! Love it.

Also…ew!! lol!


25 Chelsea April 30, 2008 at 10:28 am

Men are dirty! That’s my motto for the day =D


26 Stephanie April 30, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Does anyone else think raw fennel tastes like licorice? It’s really good in the right combination. I make an awesome kale, wild rice, fennel, pepper, lemon-olive oil-garlic salad and it imparts the perfect flavor!


27 Kath April 30, 2008 at 12:54 pm

YES – I think it tastes just like liquorice. I love it roasted, but mine was kind of tough raw. Your salad sounds wonderful!



28 SweetRelief April 30, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Can’t wait to try those quinoa patties!


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