I finally have a few hours to burn at home and what do I do? Clean. I’ve been playing catch-up on the household for the past 2 hours – laundry, cleaning the floors, dishes, etc. and I’m about to sit down and crank out some studying before my last class of the week!
The oatmeal smoothie was quite cool. I actually kind of liked how the cooked oats weren’t blended so I could (I know this is grose) chew the smoothie. You guys know I’m a chew person. It was actually really filling too. Guess because it was dense. I’ve added dry oats to smoothies before, but I really liked the cooked way too. Guess it’s a keeper (perhaps with a few tweaks). I ended up eating my muffin around 10:00. Probably wasn’t totally ready for it, but that’s when I had to eat it. And I did munch on the Quackers on my ride home, which was perfect for buying me 30 minutes to unwind before making lunch.
- Romaine + spinach
- Homemade balsamic dressing
- Steamed carrots, squash + radish
- Small amount avocado
- Dill pickle
- 1/2 a cup hot lentils
- 2 tbsp shredded Mexican cheese
Here’s the jam we made in lab! It’s actually horrible – all sugar and frozen strawberries with sugar and in some kind of instant gel (not the authentic jam method). But I had a tsp on some of the husband’s homemade bread to try it. It’s quite sugary!
A disappointing plum . It wasn’t very sweet 🙁
With leftover sparking water …
To the books!
Kelly T says
i made a big batch of lentils the other night and kind of dont know what to do with them. i think ill make me a salad tonight….
Sorry your jam wasn’t great
I notice that you don’t often have jam, but I wanted to recommend Sarabeth’s anyways. They are 100% natural and really delicious. Im from NYC and Sarabeth’s is an UBER famous restaurant/brunch spot in NYC. The jams come in EVERY flavor and can be found in many grocery stores like King’s, Whole Foods, etc. (my fave is the apple spice . . . tastes like APPLE PIE!!!)
I consider it a treat although it is only 25-30 calories and 6-7 grams of sugar per tbsp and thankfully the jars last a really long time if put in the fridge.
Hope you try them!
I’ve noticed that you often use just a bit of the avocado. I too cannot eat an entire avocado on my own. However, whenever I try to store leftover avocado, it becomes brown and nasty very quickly (even if I spritz it with lemon or lime juice) and I end up wastefully throwing it away. How do you preserve yours?
Hot lentils are so perfect – I love mexican salads.
I just eat them brown. Keep the pit in and store it in the fridge. You already knew about the lemon juice thing, but really I think that’s too much effort. Just eat the brown or scrape that layer off. You could be cutting into them when they are overripe, which means they turn mushy much faster. They should still be kind of firm.
Lemon juice also works well to preserve the color!
Another Kelly says
It’s interesting that the things you’ve made so far in lab haven’t ended up being that heathy given your masters’ subject. Is the class more about kitchen chemistry? I’m very curious. I know your first day was more about testing pan differences.
Yes, it’s “Food Composition” so it really has nothing to do with nutrition and everything to do with how food reacts and cooks. It’s NOT a healthy cooking class at all (so our prof. emphasizes) but learning the differences in butter vs. shortening vs. oils vs. lard etc. to be able to understand food. We were all quite surprised at the ingredient lists, but we’re using a food comp. lab manual that isn’t for nutrition but just science in general. The course is the first course in the Foodservice Management piece of the R.D. requirements (as in meal planning for hospitals, schools, etc.) Hope that helps…
Kath, I know you don’t generally use workout DVDs, but can anyone recommend a good pilates or power yoga DVD to do at home? I really like both of these workouts but I just graduated from college (so lost my gym access) and can’t afford to take these classes right now. Thanks!
Allison K. says
So one of my Husband’s favorite jokes is: ” What did the big tomato say the little tomato, when the little tomato was falling behind? Ketch-up!”
Sorry..had to share. Let’s all pretend I never said that.
I make oatmeal/protein powder smoothies to take to work almost everyday and I also love the way they taste “chewy!” People think I’m weird and that it’s gross that I end up “chewing” my shakes, but personally I find that they’re more filling this way. Although I haven’t tried them with cooked oatmeal? This might be something new.
Also, you mentioned using something else that you could put a straw in – I purchased a shaker cup from The Vitamin Shoppe and this has worked wonders. It comes with a little metal springy ball thing so that I can continuously shake it up as I’m drinking it. I’ve also discovered that I like putting 1 TB of wheat germ and 1 TB of flax in the shakes. MORE chew! 🙂
madiella- I am OBSESSED with the show “Work Out” on Bravo. Jackie has a DVD out that you can buy pretty much anywhere and it has 2 kick-ass workouts, arms, abs and lower body. Very highly recommended for strength training and cardio.
I enjoy the Crunch pilates DVD’s. They are pretty easy to follow and not irritating (which is how I find a lot of DVD workouts)
I meant 3 workouts, sorry
Carrie H says
Allison K —
That’s okay … My husband loves the “How do you catch a unique rabbit? You ‘neak’ up on it!” and “How do you catch a tame one? The ‘tame’ way!”
… He also tells some actually funny jokes … but I don’t think they are appropriate for a food blog. :0)
My dad tells the worst jokes-you know the ones, where everyone has heard them but he still tells them and then laughs…I’m not sure if he laughs because he knows he’s lame or if it’s because he finds them actually funny.
Example joke: “Why did the blind guy stop sky diving?”
“Because it scared his dog”
[insert laugh here]
Jen, I love Sarabeth’s jam and am so excited that you just said that it’s available at Whole Foods! I ate there in NY (don’t live there) and wanted to bring some of the yummy stawberry jam home but didn’t want to check my suitcase. I will look for it at WF now.
Allison K. says
Lame or not…I laughed at that joke. I’m going to tell it my husband when I get home, that is if I remember the punch line…I usually forget!
LOVE sarahbeths, YUM!! Lentils are one of my faves, salad looks great 🙂 glad youve had a productive afternoon; good luck studying!
My grandpa is the king of dumb jokes. His favorite is to say to someone, “Say Knock, Knock.” So they do, and then he says, “Who’s There?” Lame, I know! 🙂 Gotta love Grandpa!
mmmmm. sarabeth’s jams are amazing.
haha, amy13, my dad does that one too, except he starts with: “i’ve got a great knock, knock joke! you start!”….haha, dad
Well your jelly LOOKS really pretty- I’m sorry that the taste didn’t measure up!
So did you steam the radish with the squash and carrots? I actually don’t think I’ve ever had a cooked radish before… but it sounds good.
Yeah, I steamed them all together. I’ve never really had radishes, but they certainly are good steamed!
try squeezing lemon juice on top and adding a big dollop of yogurt-it transforms the soup and makes it a complete protein. I looooove lentil soup this way.
Hi, I’m a new reader and totally in love with your blog! This is my first comment. Exciting. I made a bland lentil soup a few weeks ago, and drizzled a little olive oil over my bowl just before eating. It added a delicious richness–I recommend it!