Done!

by Jenna on December 20, 2007

I made it!!!!!!!!! The practicals this morning were very difficult but it’s over and I swung by with a B in the class. Now I am officially done with Meat Fabrication forever and have a lovely little break ahead of me! I actually did really well on my chicken…I just worked very slow and carefully and managed to produce 2 (almost) perfect boneless skinless breasts and 2 boneless skinless thighs. But then the fish came. I don’t know why its so hard for me but it is and I cut my finger again today! I have never not cut my finger when filleting fish. Maybe that means I shouldn’t do it! The fillets turned out okay in the end though. Not my best and I could have done better but I got what I needed to to get a B in the class so I’m happy. :) I got home earlier than usual and made a nice little lunch. I don’t have these often because I don’t like to eat a lot of processed food, but for a once in awhile thing, they are fine—the morningstar farms buffalo “chik’n” wings. I ate a ton of morningstar farms products when I was a vegetarian in college and still would choose them over real chicken tenders if I had the choice. They are so tasty! I had 5 of them (one serving) with about 1/2 tbsp honey mustard, a sliced pear, 4 ounces plain yogurt with jam and 10 kashi crackers. When I finished I was still sort of hungry because the meal wasn’t as calorie dense as my usual lunches so I ate 5 more kashi crackers, a tiny piece of dark chocolate and made some Candy Cane tea! Now I’m all set!

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My lunch…note that I did add 5 more crackers! Total (with the small chocolate) it was about 535 calories

Thank you all so much for all the well wishes for my practicals! I just love hearing from you guys, it really makes my day!

As for the rest of the day…cleaning until my friend gets here! We are going out to dinner at Roy’s Restaurant, where I work, and I am so excited because the food is AMAZING! I’ve been trying to plan out what I’m going to order for days because everything is just so good. I thought you guys might like to see the menu for yourselves! Here’s link: the sushi is to die for!

http://roysrestaurant.com/cuisine.asp

I’m happy because dinner is early tonight (6:30) and I love early dinners because I just get so hungry around then….I’m sure there will be wine involved but I’m going to try to keep it in moderation :)

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mel December 20, 2007 at 11:56 am

Hey Jenna! Congrats on your exam today!! Aren’t you relieved? We had finals last week and my stress level has gone down soo much since then! haha! I went to the store this am before breakfast and picked up the Mcanns irish oats…at first I jsut added a banana and they were boring, but then I added 1 tbsp of pb and it made it so good! I really like them- thanks so much for the idea! Also, I’ll have to try some of your spice ideas! I also got morningstar veggie burgers (110 calories, 3.5 fat grams each). Do you like these? I haven’t had them in awhile and really wanted them for fast meals !! take care!!
Mel

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katheats December 20, 2007 at 12:06 pm

Congrats on being done!! The restaurant looks really delicious too. Can’t wait to see what you get!

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jaweber December 20, 2007 at 12:45 pm

Thanks guys! It feels good to be done with all that raw meat! haha! Mel, I’m so glad you liked the oatmeal. I love that stuff! Peanut butter oatmeal (like I had this morning) is my favorite breakfast EVER–with a little maple syrup on top…SO good! did you add the banana to the oats before you microwaved it? that really makes a big difference because then the banana will magically “melt” into the oats. I actually have never tried those specific veggie burgers because I LOVE the gardenburger “original” veggie burgers and have never strayed! They are 100 calories each and have 1.5 grams of fat. I like to put a slice of cheese on top and some avocado sometimes. It’s one of my very favorites! I also sometimes take veggie burgers, heat them up and spoon a little marinara sauce on top then put a slice of cheese and stick it under the broiler until the cheese melts and the sauce is hot. It’s really good! :)

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Danielle December 20, 2007 at 1:25 pm

Congrats on the exam today! It amazes me how much everyone loves oatmeal because I certainly don’t. Actually, that’s a lie, I’ve never tried it because the consistency freaks me out. I feel like I should though to find out what all the hype is about. Do you have any recommendations on how to ease myself into it? I don’t want to waste good oats but I also don’t want to miss out on something “so delicious” :)

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jaweber December 20, 2007 at 2:36 pm

Danielle,

You have really never tried oatmeal??!!! If you like peanut butter you should def. try my usual breakfast of 1/2 cup dry oats, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 banana and a little maple syrup. its so good!!!!!!! I think you should really try it…you never know- you might find a new favorite food! Let me know what you think…

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Nicole December 20, 2007 at 8:31 pm

sorry to stick my 2 cents in, but I have to share my first experience with oatmeal (the real deal…not the packaged stuff)! I figured “ok oats + skim milk…the end. plain. It’ll taste just like the kind in the little pack.” NO! Bland and gross! soooo through trial and error I learned you should definitely add to it — not just for the health benefits but for taste as well! After incorporating STUFF in and out…I now LOVE LOVE LOVE oatmeal because I can choose what goes in and how I want it to taste :) Walnuts, cinnamon, syrup (I use sugar free since the whole point of my ditching the packaged kind was for the added sugar. well, that and the fact that the portions from the packs are usually small compared to the plain oats, yet the calories are basically the same. hmmm gimme more not less!), banana, raisins, natural PB, etc usually do the trick! <– of course, not all at one time…in combinations :) Just whatever you do, don’t make the mistake I did or you may never eat it…plain=gross, but adding to makes oatmeal tastier and …well, healthier as long as you add the right stuff!

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jaweber December 20, 2007 at 8:37 pm

I love all these oatmeal discussions going on here! I’m excited to eat my peanut butter steel cut oats in the morning! (seriously, I think my whole day goes better when I eat that for breakfast?!) I just love STUFF in my oatmeal!

thanks for reading guys!

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Kristin January 2, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Hey Jenna,

You mentioned you were a vegetarian in college, as am I… I was wondering if you had any more ideas for quick, healthy vegetarian meals I can make in my dorm room?
I love to cook, and I strive to eat as healthy as possible, but all I have is a microwave and fridge… sometimes it’s hard to be creative!
Any suggestions would be amazing! Thanks! =)

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jenna January 2, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Hi Kristin,

Hmm…dorm rooms are tricky! I take it you have a minifridge/microwave and that’s it? I think that’s all you can have, actually. Because of this you can’t get too fancy unfortunately! I like to buy the Gardenburger original veggie burgers, heat them up in the microwave and then melt a slice of provolone cheese on top. Then, heat up a little tomato sauce and top the veggie/cheese burger with the sauce. Serve with a slice of bread and some microwave-steamed veggies and you have a good meal! It actually works really well together! You could also easily make the meal I made last night (annie’s mac and cheese with broccoli and butternut) but instead of butternut, use corn that you steamed in the microwave. You can boil the water for the shells in the microwave and cook the pasta in that then add the cheese sauce, add the micro-steamed broccoli and corn and top with some parm. That’s easy enough! Good dorm room staples include peanut butter, cereal, yogurts, cottage cheese, fruit, nuts, bread. You could make little pita pizzas by topping a whole wheat pita bread with some jarred tom. sauce and a little cheese then zapping that in the microwave. As much as I hate the microwave, living in a dorm doesn’t give you much choice! Also, look for organic frozen meals…I don’t know if you have a car at school or not but look for a health food store and then just shop around in their freezer section.

I ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches when I lived in a dorm! Sadly you can’t do too much real cooking :(

Hope some of those help!

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Kristin January 3, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Thanks, those are some great ideas! I’m definately going to try that gardenburger, and I never would have thought to make mac n cheese (but I LOVE Annie’s!), and I love broccolli, so I’ll definately try that =)

Thanks for the help!

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