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What I Ate [And Indulged Since] Wednesday – #6


Hello my lovelies!

It’s time for another installment of What I Ate Wednesday! Oh how I love Wednesday now. I never had anything against it before, but this is just another perk to the week.

I started up two new things this past week:
Chia Seeds –  I finally bought a little bag from Whole Foods and I’ve been putting them on my breakfast ever since! I’m so glad I finally bought some. All the bloggers I follow rave about how good it is for you, so now is as good a time as any. I’m hoping to find some ways to use them in smoothies and snacks. I started incorporating chia seeds to my new breakfast of champions: lower sugar maple & brown sugar oatmeal, sprinkling of natural granola, sprinkling of chia seeds and some fresh berries!

Soup Sunday – I eat soup every day for lunch. It’s quick, low carb and cheaper than buying soup. I only eat 1 cup and pair it with yogurt or string cheese to keep my protein up and my fat and calorie count down. So I’m going to try to make soups on Sunday and eat them throughout the week. Last week I made the Spiced Vegetable Lentil Soup and by midweek, it was kind of thick so I decided to eat it a different way for lunch:

I brought a 90-calorie whole wheat slimwich from home along with a tablespoon of Priya brand mango pickle. If you haven’t had mango pickle, you don’t know what you’re missing!! It’s a spicy condiment in Indian cooking and is, you guessed it: pickled fruit. It’s so spicy and beats any kind of mayo or mustard. I just spread some on the bun, then scooped some of the lentil soup and had open face sandwiches. Delicious!

I’ve made a weeks worth of soup two weeks in a row. Can I do it a third? Stay tuned!

All right, let’s get to the grub.

On Wednesday of last week I started doing trivia with one of my friends. Her and I do the weekly dinner each week and now we’re doing Wednesday night trivia at the Irish pub in town call Conor O’Neils. It was so much fun! So instead of going some place else for weekly dinner, we decided to just eat there. I was surprised at how many vegetarian options they actually had on their menu. I wanted to try to be good though, so I started with a side salad called the Golden Vale.

It had mixed greens, sundried tomatoes, hard boiled egg, black olives, carrots and then crumbled bleu cheese. I should have asked them to put the cheese on the side or say light cheese. I knew they’d probably put too much on there. It was still good. I got their raspberry poppy seed vinaigrette on the side. I barely needed it. The salad had so much flavor on its own!

For dinner I ordered the Vegetarian Shepherds Pie. Ooh boy. It was “Irish” to say the least. The serving size was huge!

As you can see, I didn’t make a huge dent in it. It was just vegetables and then topped with mashed potatoes that were browned. It wasn’t bad, but I probably wouldn’t get it again. It just didn’t have as much flavor as it could have.

On Friday we met up with another married couple and had dinner and Game of Thrones night. I was SO happy to know my friend Amber and her hubby loved Game of Thrones. We decided we’d all re-watch the first season in preparation for the second season set to start in April. But first came dinner. We met up at Raja Rani, which is my favorite Indian restaurant in town. The other places in town don’t even compare to this place. Her and her hubby got the Dinner for Two deal and REB and I did the same. You get: appetizer sampler, salad, three curries (one meat, two veggie if you want the non-vegetarian variety. We all got veggie though), rice, naan, raita and two desserts. It. was. a. lot. of. food.

To say “Indian feast” is an understatement. They got pakora curry, navaratam korma and channa masala. We got channa masala, mattar paneer and dal makhni. It was all so delicious!

Leftovers on Saturday FTW!
And then on Sunday I’m sure you all saw that I had a cooking extravaganza!

And there we have it! As always, if you want to participate in What I Ate Wednesday, head on over to Jenn’s blog, Peas and Crayons, and find out how you can start!

Happy Wednesday and hope you all have another great week!

What was your favorite thing you ate this week?

What [Veggies] I Ate Wednesday – #4

It’s time for another installment of What I Ate Wednesday! I’m on week 4, which is kind of cool! It’s been nice tracking what I’ve been eating. If this is your first time stopping by and you’re confused about what What I Ate Wednesday means, head on over to Jen’s blog, Peas and Crayons, to learn what it’s all about! She’s having a theme for the month of February to remind us all to eat and love our veggies. Don’t let the picture of the macarons fool you, though. I did eat my veggies this past week, but I didn’t forget to indulge juuuust a little ;) Let’s get to it!

Wednesday night we made some Lemon Grilled Tofu with a Mediterranean Chopped Salad. I found the recipe online and then we modified it a touch for out tastes. It turned out fantastic! I will definitely be making this again – especially in the summer!

I had a few appointments to take care of on Thursday, so I worked a half day. I decided to have lunch at home before I took the bus downtown to the office. Usually when I’m home for lunch, I run across the street to Potbelly for a delicious Chickpea Veggie Salad or Mushroom Melt, but I just wasn’t in the mood for something even that heavy! I wanted to eat something light so I searched our kitchen and found some basil and tomatoes.

A very quick and light lunch! I became very fond of Kalamata olives within the past year and I’m glad I finally gave olives a chance! I used to think they tasted how feet might taste (…don’t ask…) but the saltiness of these particular olives is just delicious!

So that night, REB and I decided to use up the rest of our tofu block and made the General’s Tofu recipe that lives here on the blog.

The only difference this time around is that we made it a whole lot spicier and we also added some mushrooms for more protein. Instead of carbing up with brown rice, I just put all the tofu on a bed of steamed broccoli. Delicious! The fun continued with REB wanting to make a very sweet dessert.

We made the Vanilla Poached Pears that you probably saw on the blog last week. It was so ridiculously sweet, but in a good way, and the syrup lasted a few days! REB ended up buying more pears just to dip into the syrup – ha!

On Friday night, I had the real treat of learning how to make macarons from a French pastry chef here in town. She doesn’t own a storefront, but does sell her macarons and other yummy treats at the farmer’s market and also to a cafe here in town. She also offers amateur and professional classes for anyone interested. And I was interested! I had the best time! You can read more about the experience if you’re curious, but can we just take a second and look at how yummy these look?

We still have some leftover, which is good because I have been wanting one for every day since taking the class – whoops!

So on Saturday REB and I braved the unplowed roads and bitter cold and went downtown. We got some lunch at one of our favorite, new vegetarian restaurants Jazzy Veggie. It’s owned by an Indian family and they sneak in little Indian spices and influences in a lot of their dishes – I love it!
I love living in Ann Arbor because they have at least three all-vegetarian restaurants. It’s awesome but it’s also so hard to choose want I want to eat when there are so many choices! Usually it’s easy to pick something out at any restaurant like the veggie burger, salad, or something with beans (that hopefully aren’t made with lard – ew). But when you go to a place that is all vegetarian or even vegan, my indecisive are taken to the next level.

To warm up, we each got a cup of soup. REB got the black bean which was really spicy and hearty and I got the corn and lentil soup that was sweet but also spicy. It was a nice combination!

For the main course, I ordered their Spicy Southwest wrap which had grilled chick’n and REB got the Grilled Chick’n Caesar wrap. Since we both wanted to try each other’s lunch, we just split the wraps so we could try each kind! Both were so good. Both wraps came with fried plantains, which I ate since REB is allergic to bananas and all banana-type flavors.

I like to think of Saturday as my indulging day. More so than the other days of the week. You might ask why. Well, after this most delicious lunch, I went over to Whole Foods and bought a few little treats so that I could make my own Cafe Garamond at home. Cafe Garamond is what we had in Paris at almost every restaurant. It was just a little dessert plate with three mini desserts and some espresso.

Okay, so my version had four little desserts, but it you can’t deny it wasn’t delicious ;)
So if THAT wasn’t enough indulgence, we met some friends for sushi at my favorite sushi place in town. I bought a Groupon to eat there and my friend AE offered to take my portrait for my photo web site. The snow and cold, however, prevented that from happening, but it didn’t stop me from still treating her and her hubby to a thank you dinner. We’ll still take the picture, but I guess it will have to wait until the warm comes!

One of the problems I used to have with sushi after I gave up eating meat, was that I wasn’t as fond of it anymore. When the only options at most sushi places is a cucumber roll or asparagus roll, you aren’t getting as much protein. And this was also a time when I didn’t care of mushrooms all the time. This place has a great roll called the tofu tempura roll. I got that and the sweet potato roll. I also got one piece of egg. It was so good!! We definitely had a feast between the four of us!

So there’s another highlight of a weeks worth of yummy food! Just you wait until next week. We have more culinary adventures up our sleeves this week and weekend!

For all you vegetarians out there, do you eat sushi?
What’s your favorite kind?