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Fraises et fromage

It’s been a heck of a long, stressful¬†day. And to be honest, my eating was quite mediocre. Lunch was a large whole wheat roll, a banana, and chickpea salad (chickpeas, cucumbers, feta cheese, tomatoes, olive oil, and assorted herbs). Afternoon snack was chocolate covered pretzels and some pita chips. Talk about hearty and nutritious eating today ūüėČ My “dinner”/nighttime snack was some sliced strawberries on top of a huge serving of ricotta cheese…so incredibly delish.

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Bellissimo

There’s nothing better than a good eggplant parmesan (Catie, you were right!). And while my eggplant parmesan wasn’t exactly tradition, it sure was tasty…especially considering it was cooked in a microwave. And it was super easy to make with very few ingredients: just an eggplant, marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, and 2 tbsp. of wheat germ for the “parmesan topping”. 10 microwave minutes later you have a delicious imitation of eggplant parm without all the crazy grease and frying and baking. Granted, that’s what makes eggplant parm so darn delicious but in a pinch this will do, especially when health is in mind. Paired with a small vegetarian Caesar salad, this made for a quick Italian¬†meal. I also snacked on an apple with some pumpkin pie spice (not pictured).¬†The best part about tonight’s dinner? I have at least 2 night’s worth of leftovers…so this microwave parm will be making appearances for the rest of the week. I guess I’ll find out if leftover eggplant parmesan truly is better than when its originally made.

My dinner:

I’m off to finish watching Good Eats and do some more chem studying. Hopefully I’ll sleep well tonight because I have to be up bright and early for chem lab.

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Confessions

I confess…I spent the entire day in my pajamas and I was not about to get all dressed up just to go grab some dinner (I’m not one of those students that feels comfortable wandering around campus in my pajamas). So instead of trying to be at least a little creative, I had a melange of random things: a veggie¬†burger, baby carrots with hummus, kashi¬†crackers (I ended up eating more than pictured)¬†and a kiwi (I also snacked on strawberries about an hour before dinner). It was delicious but most definitely one of my laziest meals yet.¬†I¬†knew the “meal” didn’t make sense just by looking at it.¬†But hey, as long as it tastes good…

I was going to make something special tonight¬†but just wasn’t in the mood for it. Since I don’t have an abundance of ingredients to make it, I’d like to save it for a night that I’m really craving it (and no, I’m not going to tell you what it is ūüėČ But here’s a hint for all you fellow¬†Food Network addicts: it was featured on an episode of Bobby Flay’s Throwdown last week).

In true Ellie fashion, I had to have a nighttime snack. It was the same as last night’s; a plump plum and a mug of hazelnut Belgium coffee (which I’m beginning to think will takeover the spot previously held by hot chocolate. Every sip just gets better and better). Quite yum.

I also confess that I have been wanting to bake quite¬†a bit¬†more than usual lately. Seriously, baking is all I can think about; cakes, cupcakes, pies…you name it, I’ve dreamt about it. It’s a bizarre phenomenon because prior to, well, now I never considered myself to be a baker (I am infamous for messing up simple cookies). Watching Nigella Feasts this morning didn’t help with this burning desire one bit; it was her “chocolate feast” epsiode and, after seeing the chocolate cake she made, I had to restrain myself. Could this be a new passion being born? Maybe it’s just my sweet tooth taking over? Or maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been watching waaaaaay too much baking on the Food Network this weekend?¬†All I know is that I want to bake a killer batch of chocolate chip cookies right now.

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Feeling snacky

It’s been quite a snacky afternoon; because I got into the groove of studying I didn’t want to take a big long break for lunch and I ended up having a series of smaller snack-meals instead. I probably should have stopped and taken a break but I knew that if I had gotten out of the homework rhythm it’d be extremely difficult for me to get back into it.

My first snack was some trail mix.

Then I had a mint-chocolate Jocolat bar.

Finally, my “lunch” consisted of a whole wheat bagel with ricotta cheese and black raspberry jam with an apple on the side. I have to say that I really loved the ricotta cheese + black raspberry jam combination and it will definitely be making a comeback.

Now…off to do more studying!

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Smells like a turkey dinner

That’s what the girls in my hall said after I had microwave-baked my sweet potato. It’s amazing that something as simple as sweet potato smells can conjure up thoughts of Thanksgiving. I felt like I definitely would have the best dinner on the floor ūüôā But, sadly, I think I let my sweet potato cook for a minute or two too long because it got a little dried up; I always forget how strong the microwave we have is (it’s pretty much industrial strength…). At least now I know. And really, despite the fact that it didn’t come out exactly as I imagined it would, it was still edible and pretty delicious. I mashed it all up, put in a scoop of ricotta cheese, pumpkin pie spice,¬†and a tbsp. of chopped walnuts, and mixed everything together. It was a good combination and the next time I microwave-bake a sweet potato it’ll be much better because I’ve ‘learned my lesson’.

Today has been quite the snacky day though. I ended up having a handful of almonds around 4:00 because my stomach was gurgling extremely loudly and I felt like it was way too early to consider having dinner.

After dinner I had my first plum of the season…and it did not disappoint. It was just ripe enough to be slightly juicy and had the perfect combination of sweet/tart. Yummo. I love plums more than life itself.

I also had a mug of hazelnut Belgian coffee. I wanted hot chocolate because my sweet tooth was getting to be out of control but I’m fresh out of hot chocolate mix so this was the next best thing. I’m not much of a coffee girl but it really was surprisingly good…almost better than hot chocolate because it turned out much creamier and much less processed tasting (despite the fact that it’s just as processed…I’d like to make my own hot chocolate mix at some point). But now that I know that I like this coffee “mix” I can get more creative with it…

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As I mentioned yesterday, this is going to be another homework filled weekend. The homeworking has already started…I’ve been working on chemistry since climbing out of bed this morning. Thankfully I find electron configuration somewhat interesting and much more bearable than thermochemistry. But since I have a chem exam on Wednesday I am going to spending a majority of the next few days studying my brains out.

I was in a very non-oatmeal mood this morning; I think I was dehydrated because I really really wanted some nice juicy fruit and I wasn’t really all that hungry. So I had a banana, an apple with pumpkin pie spice, a kiwi, and a bunch of grapes. It definitely hit the spot, if I do say so myself.

I also snacked on a chocolate-coffee Jocolat bar. So far my favorite is the mint-chocolate variety but, in my non-discriminating opinion, they all kick butt.

Now it’s back to working on atomic structure problems. They can be so incredibly tedious (hence my need for a break!). I have a trip to the grocery store and some yoga planned for later on today just so I can get out and away from the thinking.

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Good Eats

Although this title was inspired by Alton Brown’s show Good Eats (which I am watching as I type), this evening’s eats were most definitely good. Mr. Brown probably would not have approved of my extremely basic meal but my appetite still isn’t back full force. Thankfully it is coming back. Because I haven’t had much of an appetite, my creativity hasn’t been at its prime so I do admit that my¬†dinner was quite lame. I had a small vegetarian Caesar salad with some balsamic vinegar, grapes, Kashi crackers, and some baby carrots. Not the best meal ever but it satisfied me and that’s what is important…I’m just hoping that I get my full appetite back sooner rather than later.

My nighttime snack, however, was the. best. snack. ever. I decided that I wanted to try a Jocalat bar and it completely blew me away…I tried the chocolate mint flavor tonight. I know it’s not anything like cheese cake but the taste¬†completely reminded me of cheese cake…something about the texture and the subtle sweetness; they are¬†absolutely nothing like a cheap candy bar and everything like a high¬†quality food.¬†I thought that Larabars were amazing, but Jocalat bars blow them out of the water. 1 serving of fruit + vitamins and minerals + chocolate + complete satisfaction of my sweet tooth = best. snack. ever. I also had a kiwi, which was the ending to a great day of happy eating.

The best part about tonight? Tomorrow is Friday!

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