July 1, 2008

Man, I was a pig today in Lab!! Figures whole grains day was the most fun. Grains are my favorite food!

First off, the egg bagel breakfast held me over really well. I ate my banana + nuts at 10:00 but probably didn’t need them. But I was too excited to have a banana to pass them up. After I ate the banana + nuts I got a little hungry, strangely, but then it went away and I wasn’t that hungry for lunch…er, lab!

My group was in charge of Tabouleh [bulgur]…

…and Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Bars [oats], which didn’t really turn out. We used rolled instead of quick oats (all we had) and I think the quick would have stuck together more. These kind of fell apart like granola.

But they tasted HELLA GOOD!!!! (That’s more than it looks like too…)

In addition to our two recipes, around the room we made all kinds of "cereal grains" as they are technically called:

  • Couscous (plain)
  • Farina (Cream of Wheat? I kinda liked it!)
  • Almond-Poppy Seed Spinach Noodles
  • Orzo Salad with Tomatoes and Herbs
  • Buckwheat Pancakes (SO GOOD!)
  • Oatmeal Raisin Muffins
  • Brown Rice with Onions and Cheese (um, ew!?)
  • Vegetable Barley Soup

Here’s my plate from L to R:

Tabouleh, Cream of Wheat and Couscous, Spinach noodles and Orzo salad. I didn’t try the onion rice or barley soup.

Then the best part: Half a Buckwheat Pancake and an Oatmeal Muffin:

Then I made an experimental pancake with leftover muffin batter. I HATE all the food we waste in this class! Then I ate half of it because it tasted so good but was made with vegetable oil and not at all healthy….dessert!?

I’m still feeling kind of greasy now and doubt I’ll need a snack this afternoon.

After lab, I went directly uptown and took my Chem lab test. Glad that’s done so I can enjoy the evening at home!

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1 sarahH July 1, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Question for everyone… I bought some frozen brussel sprouts on impulse the other day. Ive looked up recipes but I dont which one would taste good. ive NEVER had them before.

I guess the pics of brussell sprouts on top of kaths page made me want to buy some! I think those are brussel sprouts anyway.

Any ideas?


2 Kate July 1, 2008 at 4:28 pm

I LOVE buckwheat pancakes! I always order them at this pancake house my family visits in Tennessee. I’ve seen a box mix to make them at home, but never tried it from scratch. Everything else looks really good too!


3 um... July 1, 2008 at 4:30 pm

i hate that you eat like a normal person and name the entry “oink”…


4 VeggieGirl July 1, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Oooh, the tabouleh and granola bars look quite delicious!!

Definitely enjoy your evening, now that the lab test is complete!! :0)


5 A.Cook (formerly Ashliqua) July 1, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Haha Kath your post made me smile. Sounds like a fun lab! Sometimes I find I get hungry after eating a piece of fruit too…weird.


6 concerned July 1, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Half a pancake makes you feel greasy? And “oink”? I’m not trying to attack you, but I really think you need to reevaluate your relationship with food.


7 Justy2003 July 1, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Yum…I love whole grains too and that all looks so good…especially the granola bars. I’m sure they still tasted good even if they were crumbly. Oats, PB, and chocolate?! Three of my favorite things!


8 Clara July 1, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Oooh what a fun class! :) Everything looks delicious, especially the oat bar and pancakes!!

Have a good rest of the day


9 Kath July 1, 2008 at 5:00 pm

Thaw them in the microwave and sear them in pan. I’ve found that’s the only way to get rid of the water content. Here’s a time when I did them with Parmesan:


um.. and Concerned,
It was more the style of eating that was pig-ish. I just kind of shoved things in without thinking. And it was a lot more than half a pancake – probably over 1,000 calories of food. And I definitely ate more than anyone else in the class.



10 Jennachica July 1, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Sorry, love the blog and I understand that you feel as though you overate, but I do personally find that the title ‘Oink’ is a bit much, especially for someone like myself who suffers from binge-eating disorder. You want to talk about ‘oink’ then follow me at an indian food buffet or anywhere with a spread of desserts! Now THAT’s pigging out! (btw I am in an outpatient program at our city’s best clinic, man this is going to be a long and slow process!).
But other than that little gripe, again love your blog and keep up the good work.


11 Chelsea July 1, 2008 at 5:25 pm

I can’t believe you’ve never had Cream of Wheat!?!?! I guess it’s like me never having grits! First the apricot and now this-crazy! I hope NC apricots are as good as CA apricots!


12 BethT July 1, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Chelsea, it’s funny you say that – I recently moved from NC to CA and my friends were amazed at the foods, esp. fruits (like apricots) I had never eaten. I ate well in NC, but things are so much cheaper and more plentiful here in CA since so much of it is grown here! I live for the farmer’s market each week…


13 BethT July 1, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Also, I meant to say – isn’t overeating totally subjective? I mean, who HASN’T finished what feels like a huge amount of food (to them) and said they felt like a pig? Let’s relax, people.


14 Julie July 1, 2008 at 5:43 pm

People, people, people, just because you might not have a healthy relationship with food, don’t transfer that to Kath- a la…”You think that’s a binge? Now THIS is a binge!” That’s like someone in AA making a comment if someone else says that they drank too much last night.
I love this blog and the fact that people can comment, but some people are so nitpicky. To me, a blog is the equivalent of someone letting you read their diary. What we eat or how much we exercise can be a very personal thing- most people aren’t even honest with themselves in regards to that. Experts that encourage people to keep food diaries also suggest including your emotions/thoughts that you had before, during or after a meal.
Kath, you do an awesome job and I’ve already tried a few of the recipes that you’ve posted and introduced me to some new ingredients. I’m definately glad to have found your site!


15 Julie July 1, 2008 at 5:46 pm

Oh, I wanted to add that I saw a recipe on a foreign site that included:
grated zucchini
chopped apricots
walnut oil
balsamc vinegar
chili powder and salt to taste

that sounded like an interesting combination to have on the side of a grilled chilled breast or something.


16 hk July 1, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Cream of Wheat- I just saw a new “whole grains” version. I have yet to try either kind (regular or whole grain)…but I am curious to try :)


17 oink July 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm

you might have eatn more than the other kids in class….but coming from a college student perspective and a eater in general, they prolly didnt eat as much ebcause they were going to STILL eat a lunch or a snack and not skip because they felt greasy


18 Allison K. July 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm

wait a second….NC doesn’t have apricots?


19 am July 1, 2008 at 6:03 pm

actually binging has a very specific psychological component, so binge isn’t really as subjective as you mention. i agree with um and concerned, it probably serves more to make readers feel inadequate or guilty when they eat similar amounts when you call it out as piggish. but in kath’s defense she didn’t say it was a binge. while people tend to use binge freely to identify when they feel that they’ve overeaten, binges in their root are more defined my an innate loss of control with food and eating and less about the amount eaten.


20 BethT July 1, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Allison – they may be in stores in NC, but no, they are not a staple crop of NC. Meaning if I ever saw them in a store in NC, they were probably too expensive to buy from being shipped in from another state! This is just based on my experience, maybe other NC’ers have seen them in stores or farmer’s markets. Personally, I never bought fresh apricots until I moved to CA.


21 JessieP July 1, 2008 at 6:13 pm

to “um…”

i don’t know a “normal person” that eats nothing but 15 kinds of grains for lunch…and yes…i would call that oink


22 Christie July 1, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Kath when i had cooking lab 2 semesters ago and we have the baking lab i ate so much of the food and I felt the same way when i left…. i felt OVERSTUFFED and just uncomfortable so i can def relate.. I think you have a healthy balance and when people like you who are so intuned with their body overindulge just a little you can feel the difference in your body do I think it is totally normal and healthy to feel that way as i guess some people dont undertsnad and tend to over analyze everything you say.


23 Tina O. July 1, 2008 at 6:48 pm

She said it was over 1,000 calories. Do you people routinely eat that much at one sitting, probably not. Get some perspective before attacking.


24 kathleen July 1, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Hi Blog Readers,
I was looking for suggestions on vegan and vegetarian cookbooks. I am looking to buy two as gifts…I personally love Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan and Veganomicon, but was looking for other suggestions.


25 yadi July 1, 2008 at 7:04 pm

I love Farina. Try preparing it and then putting your oatmeal toppings. Delish!


26 Emily July 1, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Sarah H – i really love brussel sprouts roasted. Ina Garten made them that way and that’s the way i began to like them.

A cup of brussels sprouts, washed with the ends chopped off
2 tsp. olive oil
kosher salt for seasoning

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Spread the sprouts on an oiled pan and sprinkle with olive oil and salt.
Bake for about 12 minutes, turn, and bake for another 12-15.



27 Kath July 1, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Christie ,
Glad I’m not the only one! Tomorrow is Quick Breads…



28 Ally July 1, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Spending my childhood in Chicago, all I had for breakfast in the Winter was Cream of Wheat Or Cocoa Wheats. Best comfort food in the world!


29 coco July 1, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Kath, how i envy you to cook and try so many different food everyday! They look delicious!


30 CourtneyS July 1, 2008 at 8:27 pm

I LOVE Ina’s brussel sprouts! I make them all the time and tell my boyfried that they taste JUST like French fries…he disagrees so more for me!

Kath, do you think you’ll recreate any of the grain recipes at home? Everything looks great.

I love apricots and Cream of Wheat, though I did raise a few eyebrows when I told a group of colleagues that I’d never eaten at Applebees before…


31 Erica July 1, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Hey Kath!

Your class looks like so much fun! I think I’d weigh 10 extra pounds if I had that class :) The bars look delicious (even if they’re falling apart)-recipe?


32 lara July 1, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Wow kath, all those grains look so good. Which grain is your favorite, and do you plan on incorporating more of these into your diet?


33 darien e July 1, 2008 at 9:03 pm

cream of wheat = love! (i happen to like mine lumpy. strange? maybe.)


34 CarrieM July 1, 2008 at 9:14 pm



This is a cookbook from one of Chicago’s best vegetarian restaurants. I live right near the place and love their food…I just had their veggie lasagna for lunch and it was delish! One drawback is that they use a lot of fake meat in their recipes but if you don’t mind that it’s great and pretty unique.

Hope that helps!


35 Tina O. July 1, 2008 at 9:24 pm

I just bought Cooking the Whole Foods Way by Christina Pirello. Be aware, it doesn’t have any pictures, but it has 334 pages of vegan recipes. I’m excited to start trying meals!


36 Ally July 1, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Darien- not strange! When I was little I used to only eat half when it was hot, get ‘full’ and put it in the sink, and then eat the lumpy cold left overs later in the day!


37 jenny July 1, 2008 at 11:10 pm

i have a question, why is vegetable oil bad?? i thought all oils that dont come from animals were good.


38 Caroline July 1, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Hey Kath–Quick question: Is this lab for a food science class? My nutrition professor was talking about how much fun she had in food science class during her undergrad education. She said that making meringue was her favorite lesson! Anyway, I was just curious:)


39 Kath July 2, 2008 at 6:10 am

lara ,
Favorite grain is definitely oats! Followed by any kind of berry – wheat, spelt. Working on trying the rye. I already do eat most of the grains we prepared yesterday, so yes, I will be eating more of them!

jenny ,
Veg oil isn’t bad – neither is butter. But the amounts that were in these traditional recipes, it was too much. There are also oils that are healthier choices like canola and oil, so veg. oil isn’t as good as those. But you’re right that it’s “better” than butter for lack of cholesterol and less saturated fat.

Caroline ,
Yes, it’s the first in a sequence of classes in foodservice systems, so it’s teaching the basis of food science. It’s really fun!



40 R. Leigh July 2, 2008 at 6:35 am
41 Little Black Dress July 2, 2008 at 8:02 am

Kath, OMG. What a fabulous post. I loved it for several reasons:

1. All those foods look absooutely awesome- most esp. the oatmeal bars. I think that combines just about the 3 greatest foods in the world…mmmm.

2. Thank you for being honest with us about how much you ate and how you feel- esp. the “oink” comment. I love that I look to you for inspiration on being healthy and moderate. Part of that is that you have days when you do feel you sample a few too many treats (and not in a “binge” way, just in a “I’m having so much fun I want to try more!” way), and can admit to it. Here’s the important part- you acknowledge how you feel, and move on with your day. I think the most important part about healthy eating is “getting back on the horse” when we fall off. What I love about your habits (and what I could benefit from) is that you don’t beat yourself up after having an indulgence, or limit your food intake drastically the next day. Instead, you are sure to eat healthy afterwards and move on with your life. Thank you!

3. On the “greasy” and “oink” comments- I totally feel you! I feel exactly that wast after I enjoy too many tastes of things. Good for you for taking your test, enjoying a walk with the hubbie, and eating a light and delish dinner to refresh yourself.

4. You are going an amazing job, Kath! Only a little bit longer and then you can go back to a “normal” schedule. Thanks for continuing to keep us informed about your life even when you are so incredibly busy and even when I am sure it is hard to read some of the comments. You are doing great, and my respect for you grows every day!


42 Kath July 2, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Thanks so much for your comment :)



43 Jo July 5, 2008 at 11:59 am

Sarah – I love brussel sprouts but you have to be really careful not to overcook them. Boil for 4-5 mins. But don’t have frozen ones, they must be fresh.
Also, another yummy way to have them is sauted with pancetta – delish.


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