Salmon + Pumpkin

February 9, 2008

Salmon + Avocado on a Wheat Bagel


We’re out of almost all sandwich toppings except for PB + J and tuna and I wasn’t in the mood for either, so I thawed a salmon patty to have on a bagel. We buy these at Trader Joe’s in frozen packs of 5. They have 80 kcal, 1 gram of fat and 17 grams of protein – and are quite delicious! There is some added salt and water, but otherwise they’re just salmon. I had a little honey mustard on this too, but it’s REALLY good with blue cheese!


WARNING – be careful when you try to separate the frozen patties or you might end up in the emergency room like I did back in October. (Don’t click if you’re not a blood and guts type!)

Also had apple and celery with a tad bit of PB on each piece – just enough to get the delicious flavor!


And lastly, pumpkin yogurt. I made this by combining 1/2 a cup of plain low-fat yogurt with 1/2 a cup of Libby’s 100% Canned Pure Pumpkin with a little pumpkin pie spice. It does taste better with a little splenda or maple syrup too, but I left that out today. I think canned pumpkin is an acquired tasted, but I have grown to LOVE it. This bowl was SUPER filling too. That’s a little Trader Joe’s High Fiber sticks on top for crunch. (And the other bowl I got at Kohl’s for $1 I think!?)


All together – ( I can finally drink water again!)


This lunch was about 500 kcal – and it was very filling!


Our trip to the gym this morning was great – I think because it’s finally warm outside I am warmer (and happier) at the gym! I did the Stairmaster, ET and some upper body lifting and stretching.


I did some studying (although only half of what I wanted to get done) and we’re going out on a walk to the shopping center for some groceries for dinner and to rent a movie.  Then we’re going to a wine tasting, then making homemade pizza with my mother in law.

See you for dinner!

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1 sp February 9, 2008 at 3:01 pm

If you are still wondering about pants, try New York and Company. I am 5’9″ as well. Theory and BR are great, but NYandCo is much more reasonable if you are looking for something that you would wear everyday to work or something like that. Then you aren’t devistated when something happens to them, because they didnt cost that much.


2 Molly February 9, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Hey Kath!

I know exactly of the salmon patties you are talking about- but the times Ive bought and frozen them, I don’t know how to defrost just one! Do you just try to pry them apart with a knife (hence the ER warning?)? Or is there a better way to do it?

Thanks- Happy Saturday.


3 NCCarter February 9, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Another pants comment – someone may have already said this, but J.Crew has tall sizes as well. Some people mentioned Theory, and I think their inseams are pretty long. I’m 5’6″ and always have to have my Theory stuff hemmed (not that I’m buying a ton of it, especially now that I’m a stay-at-home mom!).


4 hk February 9, 2008 at 3:26 pm

I love love love theory and jcrew–my 2 go to brands for anything classic and well made.

J-Crew pants have actually never really fit me properly, however. I’m 5’6 and the length was right, but the cut just never did it for me…always a bit too boxy/shapeless. On that note, the styles have gotten much cuter and more tailored over the past few seasons…so I’m actually considering trying a pair out.

Another question (for anyone): What do you all think about milk of magnesia? I’ve heard it’s a create supplement to take, and my mom actually swears by it (a tbsp. before bed)…anyone have any thoughts? I get plenty of calcium, but then again, I would assume my mom did too..what are the other benefits (if any?)??


5 VeggieGirl February 9, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Regarding your mishap with trying to separate the frozen salmon patties, Kath: oh my goodness, you NEED to see this blog post of mine (the last one) – this happened to me when trying to separate two frozen Sunshine burgers!!:

I can’t even tell you how perfect that bagel looks – you really perfected your first batch, for sure!!

Apples + celery + nut-butter = delicious lunch component, indeed.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday afternoon :0)


6 Leslie February 9, 2008 at 3:40 pm

RANDOM! but just wanted to say thanks! You motivate me to eat healthy everyday and really enjoy food! You meals always like sooo good and remind me that eating healthy is FUN! :) ….which is really needed right now because I’m stressed out and doing boring global business homework.. which always makes junk food seem more appealing!


7 Sarah February 9, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Your lunch looks absolutely scrumptious! Sometimes I crave salmon…so good! Especially on top of homemade bagels I’m sure…:)

Sounds like you have a fun Saturday planned! :)


8 Buzz February 9, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Kath, Matthew, the new chocolatier in town, is giving away samples today at the wine store. I just want you to know that on my hour plus walk, I passed the shop THREE times and not once did I go in for a sample.

Not that it would be so horrible to go in for a sample or two, but I just wanted to prove to myself and to you that I could do it!

But they looked quite delicious.

Love, Mom

And say hi to the husband


9 Katie February 9, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Speaking of pizza…does anyone have any recommendations for healthy pre-made pizza dough or crust that you could buy at the grocery store?


10 Amandamoo February 9, 2008 at 4:38 pm

The husband has the pizza dough recipe (and a video too, I think) on the husband page of the blog. : )


11 Katschi February 9, 2008 at 4:46 pm

I wish we had a Trader Joe’s here. I suppose I could try to make my own patties.
I agree about the bagels looking superb, especially for the first off.
I’ve never thought to put some fiber stuff in the pumpkin yogurt but I’ll have to give that a try next time. I have All Bran with psyllium…that’ll do.
Again, I love the pics!
Enjoy your weekend.


12 Katie February 9, 2008 at 5:06 pm


Thanks! I was looking for something that I didn’t have to make myself if at all possible! :)


13 Natalie February 9, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Wow, with the salmon patty story! I buy those same patties but let them defrost in the fridge before I attempt to separate.


14 Ashley February 9, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Katie, If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, they have a whole wheat pre-made pizza dough in the refrigerator section. It’s really good, we just tried it last week! :)


15 Ruby Red Vegan February 9, 2008 at 8:32 pm

I am still in awe that the husband made homemade bagels! That is one of my baking aspirations. :)

Those high fiber sticks from TJ’s look really yummy – I’m guessing they don’t have artificial sweeteners like Fiber One cereal, right?


16 Kath February 9, 2008 at 9:49 pm

DO NOT stick a knife between them!!! That’s what I did wrong (had my hand on the back of the stack and the patties un-stuck VERY quickly and the knife went through them and in and out of my finger from the force! The husband now handles the patties – I’m too traumatized. But he says you just rap them hard on the counter and they come free. Or just let them sit out for a few minutes. I don’t think the others were defrost enough to do structural damage.

I know nothing about Milk of mag. Anyone else?
Wikipedia says it works as a stomach neutralizer and a stool softener of sorts. (And this was fun to read because I just learned about CCK and parietal cells and HCL secretion in Physio!)

Yikes!! Did you do the same that I did!? I can’t believe I didn’t sever anything considering the knife went ALL the way through – eeks!

I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ruby Red,
You’re right. I’m pretty sure it has cane juice as the sweetener (but I’m too lazy to go double check) :)



17 Kelley February 11, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Hi Kath,

Why couldn’t you drink water before? I didn’t realize that all that tea was replacing your water! Just curious.

Love your blog!


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