Half Breakfast, Half Dinner

May 22, 2008


This dinner was da-licious!! Quick and easy too. We’re going out of town tomorrow and my options were limited. My thoughts kept going back to eggs – for some reason I was craving a sunny side up egg! So eggs I had.

Two, in fact, cooked in a pan with cooking spray. I like my yolks just barely runny :)


I also had an english muffin with a little Smart Balance and jam. I really do love these Ezekiel ones – they are the perfect blend of doughy and hearty.


So that was breakfast. On to dinner: a salad…. (sprouts, spinach, Goddess dressing drizzle)


….with a side of sauteed carrots, frozen brussels sprouts and celery. I was going to put them on the salad, but decided I’d rather keep them off the spinach.


This meal hit me in all the right spots. Crunchy, chewy, savory, sweet, voluminous, filling.


Snacks tonight included a few more crunchy carrots (heh heh!) and some yogurt + granola. I ate the carrots on my ride home and am eating the yogurt + granola now (9:00) because a round of hunger just hit me like a brick!

Chem lab was as bad as you can imagine, but I’ll stop complaining because nobody likes a complainer. But let’s just say my group new the lab better than the prof did 😥

Tomorrow the husband is off of work!! We’re heading to Bald Head Island to celebrate our first wedding anniversary ( <3 ) a week early. My sister and her Matt are joining us!


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1 BethT May 22, 2008 at 8:05 pm

MMM, slightly runny eggs are also good ON salad – tres French. Happy early anniversary!


2 Allyson May 22, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Heyy Kath-What kind of granola did you use? Also-is that vanilla or plain yogurt? I would guess plain, but hey, ya never know!

Have an amazing trip! Congrats on the anniversary! :)


3 maddie May 22, 2008 at 8:12 pm

kath i was looking at your granola recipe and was wondering whether rolled oats is the same thing as old fashioned oats?


4 Kath May 22, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Homemade granola! See the recipe on the sidebar for Coconut Almond Granola.

Yes, they’re the same!



5 Bev May 22, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Eggs sometime are the best choice. I love those muffins. I make a egg white omelet with cheese and spinach and morning star sausage on Ezekiel muffin a for a quick meal to go. Have a relaxing 1st year anniversary!


6 magpie May 22, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Congratulations on your anniversary!

I love having breakfast food for dinner. It’s so comforting and always seems to hit the spot for me :)


7 My Intuitive Journey May 22, 2008 at 8:43 pm

hey kath,
im trying to become an intuitive eater (i am still a binge eater right now) and your blog is SUPER inspiring, you feel like a friend (weird i know-cuz i dont know you) and it makes me so happy to see your sucesses and and you having fun! i hope you keep up your AMAZING work and have fun!


i had one question though, today was my worst binge ever!! i had 3,400 calories!! do you have any tips to avoid this/get over this. whenever i binge i feel like SHIT (pardon my language) but this STILL hasnt taught me! help please!?


8 VeggieGirl May 22, 2008 at 8:53 pm

It’s always fun combining common breakfast/lunch/dinner foods, for different meals :0)

Oh goodness, I hope that your chemistry classes are over with QUICKLY – I can tell just how brutal they are!

Ahhh, your first-year wedding anniversary!! How exciting!! Have fun on Bald Head Island!!


9 Christie May 22, 2008 at 8:58 pm

ohh you will soon enough learn in the nutrtiion program that sunny side up eggs and sprouts are both very susceptible to bacteria! sorry to bust your bubble hahah but thats what healthy immune systems are for right??
My teacher would always tell us that even tho you have eaten raw fish or sunny side up eggs before you dont want to become a statistic, so unfortanatly after food service management and food science certain food i wont consume =(

About chem… I am goin for my masters as well and last summer took a chem 4 class as well i thought i would never make it through but I did and it is worth it to push through usually you get close with the poeple in the class and you all help eachother through… have a good weekend!


10 Sidi May 22, 2008 at 9:03 pm

I do this from time to time, I have breakfast and lunch.
Have a great week-end! Happy anniversary!


11 Jess May 22, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Try going outside. No matter how much it sucks, no matter how much you have to fight yourself, even if it’s raining. This was the only way I could get away from overeating a huge amount – once I was outside the apartment the urge to eat (usually spurred by boredom) definitely plummeted. Take a short walk.

Some days, when I knew I was in the middle of one of “those” days, I’d make myself eat a bowl of veggies or fruit before I allowed myself whatever I was craving, just to kind of speed up the fullness feeling and take up some time until I found another way to distract myself.

they’re small steps, but still :)


12 angelcubbie May 22, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Lol I do this all the time. Latley I have been on a frittata kick for dinner, throw some veggies on the stove to steam, some tofu and cheese in egg whites and add some type of side protein (cottage cheese, refried beans w.laughing cow melted in) and it’s a brenner (breakfast/dinner) that hits the spot!


13 smilesara May 22, 2008 at 9:38 pm

hi kath —
just wanted to say thanks for answering my questions from lunchtime, it is really helpful to understand the “reasoning behind” the exercise/diet — although most of the time you do a really great job of explaining it in the individual posts!

happy anniversary! enjoy your celebration!


14 Chelsea May 22, 2008 at 9:48 pm

I can’t wait until I can have runny eggs again. I wouldn’t have been able to eat your dinner tonight with the runny eggs and sprouts but I sure would’ve loved too. Off to go make my well-done meat. *sigh* It’s worth it though!!!!


15 melissa-little runner May 22, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Yum I can’t wait to make your lunch salad! The brussel sprouts and carrots from dinner look like the veggies I put in my salad from Maoz Vegetarian today. I am not sure if the Holland chain has hit NC yet, but it probably will eventually.

I must echo the happy anniversary. You and Matt seem like the perfect pair!


16 working May 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Wait, you can’t have sprouts when pregnant? I knew about the runny eggs, sushi etc, but didn’t realize about sprouts. This is not an announcement, I just like to be informed :)


17 Sylvia May 22, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Wow, we had an eerily similar dinner tonight! I was also craving eggs and needed to use up a surplus, so I made two poached eggs, toasted a slice of pumpernickel bread (maybe not the MOST nutritious, but yummy nonetheless), and sautéed some fresh spinach, frozen Brussels sprouts, and slivered almonds in a bit of olive oil and balsamic.

Dinner definitely hit the spot, but now I suspect a swipe of spread and jam on my toast would have made it even better. :)


18 Betsy May 22, 2008 at 10:27 pm

i’m obsessed with ezekiel english muffins. i completely agree that they are so doughy and delish!! i try to save them but they keep disappearing from my freezer pretty quickly…

happy anniversary!


19 Nicole May 22, 2008 at 10:36 pm

Kath, just wondering..how often do your weigh yourself?? Scale hopping=my next obstacle to tackle! (the “no-counting” is still going great!!) The funny thing is, I’d feel more secure about my success :) through counting/tracking rather than weighing myself obsessively b/c there’s sooo much that factors into that stupid little number. I hate hearing “just judge by how your clothes fit,” though. sorry. That’s just not enough detail for me. I like seeing numbers (well, some days).
But seriously…
I’m packing for a VACATION and why in the world “scale” is on my list is beyond me!
I eventually want to make weighing myself a ONCE WEEKLY thing..not every day.


20 Erin May 22, 2008 at 11:39 pm


The thing you have to remember is that bingeing is not about the food. Geneen Roth’s books helped me a lot. I have “When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair,” which is 50 short chapters. I’ve also read 1 or 2 of her other books. I’m amazed at how certain things (like acting on behalf of yourself and the fact that nobody is bottomless) really hit home. One simple sentence will make me see the world in a whole different way, and the things that speak to me in the book change every time I pick it up.

Sorry for the novel, I can just relate because I’ve been there. But trust me, you can change, and it won’t be such a struggle anymore. I can even keep most of my “trigger” foods in the house now without a second thought.


21 Richelle May 23, 2008 at 12:13 am

Yum this makes me want breakfast for dinner now! Even though I just had my dinner :( haha


22 Phoebe May 23, 2008 at 12:18 am

Lexi — like Erin I also totally LOVED Geneen Roth’s books. I haven’t had *exactly* that binge eating problem but basically I have an eating disordered past and I really, really think what she writes is very true and helpful.

Also, I think that getting enough sleep (specifically, going to bed early) is crucially important for reducing binge eating or any kind of late-night eating, not even necessarily because you are asleep instead of awake, but because getting an adequate amount of rest is really helpful in feeling calm and organized. I mean maybe you already get plenty of rest so this might not be at all helpful but that’s what I’ve found.


23 Andi May 23, 2008 at 3:24 am

If you like eggs and salad together, I often recreate a recipe from a restaurant in Québec City…you poach an egg and put it over a bed of greens and cooked beets and let the runny yolk kind of meld into the beet….topped with a cumin dressing, it’s DIVINE. It’s also good with toasted walnuts.


24 oatmeal May 23, 2008 at 4:55 am

Slightly runny eggs are the way to go! That’s how I always have my eggs :DHave you tried cooking eggs with fruits? [especially cherries!] It’s amazing!


25 D May 23, 2008 at 6:29 am

I’ve got a question about falafel. I see that you can be prepackaged falafel mix in stores, but I really don’t want to deep fry anything. Would it be okay to just bake or grill them instead?


26 caitlinbo May 23, 2008 at 7:13 am

D- i bake the falafel mix, but it always comes out kind of dry… i think i need to add more oil/water than the package suggests!


27 rhodeygirl May 23, 2008 at 7:25 am

D: Falafel is really easy to make.. just look up a recipe online. It will taste a lot better with a homemade recipe if you want to bake it. Just make sure that you serve it with some kind of wet sauce like a yogurt or tahini sauce. Then you won’t really notice how dry it is!

I bake them at 375 and then broil for the last 2 minutes so that the outside gets nice and crispy like frying would. good luck!


28 Kath May 23, 2008 at 7:28 am

Many of us gave you advice the last time you had a binge, and I don’t mean to be blunt, but I think you need to see a professional. Like Erin said, binging often goes beyond the food, so I think you’d feel much better getting professional help from someone who can evaluate you personally.

Christie ,
I’ve read of the risks of eating runny eggs and sprouts but frankly I’m willing to take a risk since I don’t eat either that often and the chances of me getting sick are so few. Wish I were done with all my Chem!! I am making friends in the class, so that does help :)

smilesara ,
You’re welcome – glad it made sense!

Nicole ,
I rarely weigh myself – maybe once every 3 months. The thing you must remember is that not weighing doesn’t equal weight gain. I think lots of people think if they don’t weigh themselves the number will be 5 pounds higher when they do step on, but as long as you’re continuing the same healthy lifestyle you are when you do weigh, that won’t happen! Honestly, it’s harder for me to get ON the scale now than it ever was to stop. While the numbers only impacted me in a motivating way during my weight loss, I decided to stop because once in maintenance, my normal weight fluctuations were impacting my outlook on the day. A higher weight and I’d feel like I needed to eat less and that got me down. I knew this was unhealthy and that I couldn’t let a number do that, so I hid the scale. I put in the guest room closet and the thought of lugging it out was too much of a burden to go get it more than once every month or so. If it’s sitting on your bathroom floor you’ll want to get on, so keep it “out of sight, out of mind.” Since all clothes don’t fit tight, I agree with you that “go by your clothes” is somewhat hard to go by, so I just use how I feel. I know what my stomach and waist and arms feel like and I can tell if they’re putting a little weight on (the trick is also knowing when you might be retaining water from your cycle and knowing to ignore that! Good luck!

I’ve never made packaged falafel so I don’t know about the cooking method, but I’m sure baking would work if frying is suggested.



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