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?

24 thoughts on “What I Ate [And Indulged Since] Wednesday – #6

  1. Sara

    I absolutely love your idea of “cook once, eat all week” soup! I’m a soup addict and nothing sounds better than a warm bowl to curl up with after a long day. Instead of allowing yourself to ire of one soup after eating it five days in a row, why don’t you make one type of soup each week and freeze it in individual portions, so that eventually you will be able to pull a different variety of soup out of the refrigerator each day.

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  2. Diana @ VeggieNextDoor

    Your lentil-soup sandwich looks incredible!

    Your nights out with your friends sound so fun. I’m jealous of the Indian “feast”. I don’t know enough vegetarians, so usually I get to watch all my friends share and have just one entree for myself. Boo :-P

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    1. Aparna B. Post author

      That’s awesome! My aunts make really good lemon and mango pickle but they’re all the way in India. I need to get their recipe and try it this summer :)

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    1. Aparna B. Post author

      It really was! But I wish it wasn’t so bland :( But I’m used to incorporating a lot of spice haha. Oh well. It was still packed full of veggies, which was a huge plus!

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        1. Aparna B. Post author

          You’re reading my mind. I LOVE and live for spice! I love how spicy samosas can be and then how good it is with the sweet tamarind chutney!

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    1. Aparna B. Post author

      I am definitely loving them! How much should you put into what ever you are eating..?? Indian food is the best! I don’t cook it nearly enough (bad Indian wifey)

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    1. Aparna B. Post author

      It’s weird because I never used to like sugar-free or lower-sugar anything. But now I can’t have normal oatmeal or normal creamer with my coffee.

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