Faux spaghetti

December 30, 2010

Since I got in to work so early yesterday because no one is on the road these days, I let myself sleep and extra half hour. I still made it in on time. Love the lack of traffic!

I really wanted oats for breakfast but I had no banana to whip in to make them creamy so I did a 180 and toasted a pumpkin vita top ad made grits instead.


Morning snack was this reserved pomegranate greek yogurt from TJ’s. This was so good! 110 calories, thick and creamy. definitely need to buy again.


For lunch I had a Smart Ones Pasta with Ricotta and Spinach.


This was the first time I’ve ever had this and it was amazing! lots of cheesy sauce, lots of spinach, creamy ricotta. I kicked it up with a little salt and crushed red pepper. My only qualm was the calories were a little low (about 260) could have used some protein in there. I added this side of mini airplane pretzels I had in my desk (50 cals) to bulk it up.


At lunch I went out and got a pedicure since no one was around. She rubbed my shins a lot which felt awesome and then rubbed smooth, hot, oiled up stones on my legs which felt great. of course I later found that a few toes were ruined either by my spin shoes or just my regular shoes (reason #100973 why you should live in a climate where you can always wear flops).

(secret photo… You’re welcome)

Afternoon snack was some gingersnappsh tea and 18 cocoa roasted almonds.. I weighed them out they were about 2/3 of an oz so between 100-150 calories. Missed getting a photo because I was too busy weighing. Oops.

Vita Preworkout


Fitness: I had a hard time deciding what workout I wanted to do today. I decided on rowing class since I haven’t been in a while but right before I left I realized that because of the holiday i risked it being dead and just being a class of me and the instructor. In a quick turn of events, I decided to take a spin class. However when I got there no instructor showed up so I ended up teaching it (been happening often to me i guess). Even though I wasn’t in the teaching mind set I got into it and the class flew by. I love getting paid to do something I would be doing anyway!

Special dinner… I have been dying to try spaghetti squash recently so I checked at the Acme by my gym and they had it! A big one! I snacked on a tbsp TJ’s cilantro jalapeƱo hummus and butter snaps while making.


1. I started by halving the squash. This was tough it took a lot of muscle to cut through the uncooked skin.


2. Put half in a bowl and microwaved for 12 minutes until it was soft.
3. Scooped out top seeds and strands and threw away.
4. Using a fork scooped out the innards. This is when it started looking like spaghetti.


5. Top with sauce and eat.


I decided to make my own sauce flavor today… Not sure why. I used crushed tomatoes, and added crushed red, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, mrs dash Italian medley, oregano, and capers withe the juice. It turned out spicy and caper-y. I loved it.


I paired my meal with 5 perdue turkey meatballs that I heated in the oven while the squash was using the microwave (what I normally would have used).


The squash was an awesome spaghetti substitute. It was very filling, good texture… I will definitely make again!

I had the last of a salad bag with a tbsp of the hummus and some balsamic vinegar for some green and as another way to eat more hummus.


So nice to have off tomorrow! I mustered up energy to sweep my room but not enough to put everything away but I have a load of laundry in. Now I’m watching Nova play Temple in my sweats. Gonna go to bed early because I have big plans of gym and pampering tomorrow. :)

Dessert… I cant stop eating dessert these days! It’s getting out of hand! I broke into my gift from my brother Shawn… 72 chocolate covered cherries. It was a thoughtful gift remembering my childhood love for these but I need to get them out of the house so I don’t wake up and they are all gone one day and I’ve eaten 4,000 calories of chocolate and cherries. Anyway I had one and it was deliciously goupy but not sweet. Not as good as I remember. I think I might prefer the cream kind now because of my love of icing. I did enjoy it though, brought me back.


Alright, let’s go nova!


Lauren’s birthday, wooo

December 14, 2010

I tried to make my oats less boring this morning. Started with this rosey bowl that gave them a rosey glow. Just kidding that just happened.


-1/8 c steel cut
-1/4 c multi grain
-cinnamon, salt, sweet n low
-1/2 banana
-frozen pomegranate seeds on top

Frozen fruit on top makes it tons less boring.


1/2 banana for morning snack.


Fitness: since today is Lauren’s bday I had my spin class subbed for the night and got my gyming done at lunch. Fartlek training. Wikipedia calls it “Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a form of conditioning which puts stress on the whole aerobic energy system due to the continuous nature of the exercise. The difference between this type of training and continuous training is that the intensity or speed of the exercise varies, meaning that aerobic and anaerobic systems can be put under stress.” I did a variation of this but with 10 min warm up and 10 min cool down at 6.5 instead of 6.0.

I’ve only done this workout a handful of times and it’s usually pretty hard. Today I ran it quite easily. I was waiting for it to get hard but it never really did. Probably should have pushed myself a little more. In the end I went about 3.6 miles on 32 mins. Pretty slow but that’s what the workout was set up as.

Ate a soup at my desk for lunch post workout. Healthy choice lentil with goy a in it. It’s just ok. I like the plateful spinach initial but I really prefer Indian preparation of lentils as opposed to soup. Has good stats though and filling and conveniently heats in it’s own container.


Afternoon snacks were cut up pear and 100 calorie bag of popcorn.


I love popcorn and I always want it when people make it in the office which is inevitably at least once a week. However, if I eat it before a workout thats all I taste the entire time. Same deal with hummus, can’t eat it before a workout. Do you have anything like that, that just doesn’t sit well with you while working out?

I ran some errands after work (feeling productive!) and then met Lauren at home to drive to McCormick & Schmick’s in center city where we met Jae to celebrate Lauren’s 28th birthday. We drove past the infamous “Christmas Village”- actually made me was to check it out. Looks amusing.


I started with some wine, bread, and a single chilled shrimp. Delicious. Wish the bread was warm though :(


I was very excited that they had calorie counts on the back of the menu! The menu changes daily so not everything was listed but this gave me a good base. I chose the cedar roasted salmon with Northwest berry sauce. It was on the back (partly why I chose it) and it had 470 calories.


The sauce was really good but I wished there was more of it. Veggies were good too and lightly sauced which was refreshing.


I also had some of the mashed potatoes Jae and Lauren ordered and they tasted really whhhhhipped, buttery, and amazing. had to pry myself away from those.


For desert we shared the upside down apple pie with cinnamon ice cream. It was lacking in the ice cream serving department. Def needed more! The pie was good though. The crust was really mushy, in a good way, and blended into the apples.


Jae got a foamy cup-o-kine-o.


He’s so “cool”. Haha


It was freezing out tonight. Especially annoying we tried to be good and parked not with the valet but in a parking garage down the street. We trudged over there shaking and complaining. At the end of the night they ended up both being $18 grrrrr. Anyway now I am cozy in my bed. Mmmm


Four loco… :/

December 12, 2010

Saturday was Dan’s company Christmas party. We hung out at his house and watched tv in the morning.

Warning the food pics are few since i was trying not to be embarrassing to Dan in front of roommates or coworkers.

When i woke upI was starving and we split a pumpkin granola bar before we decided what we were going to eat. Not pictured but it’s the natures path one I’ve had in the past. I also had some of a Pb and jelly sandwich (natural, flax pb on white whole wheat bread and Crofters) that Dan made. I didn’t get to snap a photo tho. Oops.

For lunch we ordered from a Lebanese place near Dan’s house- forget the name. History: I have a strange relationship with falafel. I have never had falafel I liked. Every time I get it it’s so dry. I always think it sounds delicious and am disappointed. I decided to try it again… And this was the first falafel I have ever liked! In fact, I loved it! It was so good. Picture taken quickly under cover because Dan’s room ate was there.


-falafel
-spicy sauce.. Yogurt sauce maybe?
-pickled cabbage
-lettuce
-tomato
-on a delicious doughy pita

Sooo good! On the side we split tabouleh and hummus. I really liked the tabouleh and the humus was very creamy but lacked something.. I think it was a little bland.

After lunch we hit the road. Dan’s party was in New Jersey or Yersey, might be a soft j. We arrived at the Hilton at about 3. (Fitness:) And checked in and went right down to the gym. I knew I would be eating a lot so I was determined to move a little bit. I did a half hour on the elliptical. I meant for this to be a leisurely work out, it was a little harder then anticipated but definitely felt better about my fried choice for lunch.

Then we showered and leisurely got ready for the party. It was a nice afternoon. I brought my camera but decided not to be the girl taking pictures of food. I apparently also decided to not be the girl taking pics at all. So we never even got pics together. Terrible pic… Here I am getting ready… Yes I decided to keep the big-ish dress I liked it too much to send it back. It was a good choice.


The night began with four loco. Yeah… It’s exactly as it sounds. I had a little of the grape. Dan had his own full can and some of another haha. Nice work. The grape was much better then the watermelon one I tried while we were in CA. It tasted exactly like grape soda which I don’t particularly like but it. Was better then tasting like.. Gross-ness

The food at the party was really good. Like I said I refrained from stalking the food.

They had cocktail hour and the best hor devour was a beef Wellington puffy thing. Nmh salty and buttery pastry. The dinner had some great mashed potatoes and tortellini among other things.

The most memorable was the dessert ice cream dish they were serving. Best vanilla ice cream I have ever tasted. Hands down. It tasted like icing. It was topped with pan fried mangos in brown sugar, butter, and tequila. Weird combination but it was soooooo good!!! I want to recreate it someday but I don’t think I will ever find ice cream that good again. Then and there, I decided I would rather have ice cream over any type of pastry or cake any day.

We drank a bunch during the night. After the bit of four loco, i had a raspberry stoli vodka and club and then decided to switch to beer. The beer selection was minimal so i went with corona and stuck it out for the long haul. Dan did many soco shots with coworkers and also decided sipping chivas on the rocks was a good move. You’ll see in the next post how that worked out for him haha.


NY Tourists

December 4, 2010

This is minimal words weekend.

Fitness: ran 3 miles. Walked about 5 more later… Tbd (to be discussed.

Preworkout: pumpkin granola bar:

Breakfast: egg, tomato, wrap:

Snack: sugary nuts from a street vendor:

Starbucks non fat peppermint white chocolate mocha latte:

Warm up bar stop. Blue moon:
A one…

A twooo… And water.

Indian food dinner. Andaz. Some papadam and sauces:


Split bottle of malbec. This was good but as Dan said, “I think I prefer beer with spicy Indian food”


Chiken vindaloo, Chana saag (one if the eat dishes ive ever had), rice, roti. My plate:

I had more Chana saag and roti.

Pistachio ice cream thing and rice desserts split:

Dan spilled a potato: Hahah:

The 5 more miles I spoke of were spent touristing NY. We went up 5th ave, past the tree, past a bunch of department store window displays, into St. Pats, into the met, through central park. It was chilly but fun. Parts had waaay to many people.

Now: fire, couch, literally chestnuts roasting on said fire, poker?

I had a pic but it is now lost. I’m sure you can imagine… Maybe.


Konichiwa, b*tches

November 27, 2010

Sat night diner we went to Hayashi. It s a hibachi/ teppinyaki place in Phoenix.

I knew it wouldn’t be too healthy and decided I have been good so far and to not worry about it. And that was a good call because butter was a theme of the night.

Our Japanese Mexican chef j. Carlos made an onion volcano, spelled things in rice, and performed other amusing tricks.

I started with a chilled flavored saki tasting trio. Plum, coconut, and pear. I liked in that order. The pear was actually pretty foul. The coconut was better but I wouldn’t order it again. I really liked the plum which the waitress actually talked me into getting. This was my first time having chilled saki and I think I prefer it warm. The chilled tasted more like liquor.

For an app I had a few of baby bernie’s edamame. They were warm and salty. Mmm. I also had a delicious onion soup that was mostly broth but with some crispy onions at the bottom.

And a side salad with Ginger dressing. Love Ginger dressing.

Then came the rice and vegetable dish. I could have been healthy an ordered steam rice but no one else did and it seemed less fun. So went with fried which had bits of carrot, garlic, eggs and a heaping scoop of butter. It was good but I tried not to fill up from it. We also got a lot of veggies cooked in garlic and you guessed it. More butter. I really liked these and cleaned my plate.

I ate my dipped in these sauces the left was a delicious gingery sauce and right was a mustard.

For my entree I got scallops. They were awesome! Huge and juicy and charred on the grill. Soooo good.

These too were cooked with lots of garlic….and butter

I was so full i left a full meal on then plate (actually bernie ate it haha)

When we got home I was hungry again tho or not really but at least ready for dessert. 2 diff mint Hershey kisses.

Frozen blueberries with blue bell choc and vanilla ice cream. And some miracle whip (we were out of cherry cobbler pie). I heated the bloobs and this turned out delicious as well.

Good night of Mexicans posing as Japanese and family :)