Lunch

One Thick Sammie

I ate an early lunch today in between doing work. I broke out the 100% whole wheat bread and made a very large (and filling!) sandwich with it! At the store a few days ago I bought a can of boneless, skinless canned salmon (chicken of the sea brand) and I used 2.5 ounces of it, mixed with nayonnaise (soy-based mayo), whole grain dijon mustard, curry powder and broccoli slaw! It was a huge sandwich with a ton of bread. It’s hard to judge portion sizes when you have homemade bread that you are slicing yourself. These slices were pretty thick but the bread was oh so soft and wonderful! I also had a huge juicy pear that I’ve been letting ripen out on my counter for a few days.

All morning I’ve been working on the blog. I now have a store for you all to shop for the items/books I talk about all the time! I included my favorite cookbooks, foods and appliances so hopefully now if you are on the search for something and can’t find it, you know you can find it here! ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know what yall think.

I have to write a paper for class about the history of the baguette, so that’s what I’m doing for the rest of the afternoon. In a little while I’ll take a break to go to the gym!

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mmm……close up shot of my monster sandwich on freshly baked bread!

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  • Emma
    March 5, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    hey jenna! your breads look amazing as always..just wondering, is there anyway you can label or tell us which ones are which? i wish I could have some of your ww bread!! by the way, neat plates!!

  • Cara
    March 5, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks for adding that section. I am sure I will use it!

  • VeggieGirl
    March 5, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    wow, that sandwich looks like a real treat! very satiating!

    I love the new additions to your blog – great work!

    history of the baguette, eh? sounds interesting!! do tell what you find out :0)

  • Lizzy
    March 5, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Hey,

    hope I’m not too late! Here’s the recipe I got from Katie. It’s delicious!!

    And wow, you’re blog is always so up to date and each time with more fantastic healthy food!!

    — Mashed Cauliflower —

    1 head cauliflower or 1 bag frozen cauliflower
    1 veggie bouillion cube
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 or more cloves minced garlic
    1 tbsp Dijon mustard
    Dash of chopped parsley (can be dried parsley)

    1. Cook the cauliflower until it’s fork-tender and drain well (or, if it’s frozen, just defrost and then drain).
    2. Place all ingredients in a food proessor (crush bouillion cube first). Run on high until consistency of mashed potatoes. You may need to scrape the sides of the bowl a couple times to prevent lumps.

  • erica
    March 5, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    mmm that sandwich looks so good! i wish i had freshly baked bread for my sandwiches!

    just curious, where did you get that plate? it’s beautiful!!

  • Andrea
    March 5, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    i love the new shopping addition!!! so helpful! good luck with your paper ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lindsey
    March 5, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Iโ€™m sure everyone has experienced this. those nights when you could eat the entire kitchen! Yestreday I had balanced meals etc, no major differences from previous days and my hunger just couldnโ€™t be controlled. What is your allโ€™s go to food for these situations? Kath, I know you love pumpkin, but I can only stomach a little of that at a time.

  • ashley
    March 5, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    Just curious, do you still have a morning snack? I noticed you haven’t been writing about them anymore

  • jenna
    March 5, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    ashley,

    No–I usually don’t have one anymore because I wake up around 8 and eat lunch around 11-11:30. My breakfast usually lasts me those three hours! ๐Ÿ™‚ If I were to have an earlier morning or a later lunch though I would def. have one.

  • Lindsay
    March 5, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Wow – great idea with using broccoli slaw with the canned salmon…

  • Katie
    March 5, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Hi All–I have been reading Jenna’s blog pretty much since the beginning and really, really enjoy it. I’m someone who is obsessed with food but don’t allow myself to enjoy it. I am a control freak and am uncomfortable with not knowing exactly how many calories something so as a result, I tend to eat the same things (that I know the calorie value of) every day. I’ve been struggling with this for several years now and am finally getting help. Part of my “homework” is to put myself in social situations that make me uncomfortable and for me, simply “putting it out there” that I do, in fact, have a problem, is definitely uncomfortable for me. I never thought I didn’t have control but now I can see I really DON’T have control over this (it’s obviously controlling me) and that’s hard to admit. So, sorry for the serious post, but this was one way to put myself in an “uncomfortable” situation and know that I wouldn’t be blasted for admitting it. Thanks!
    PS-Jenna, I’ll be in Bradenton, Florida for a few days late next week (I work in college athletics and will be traveling with our baseball team)…I’ve never been to Florida before. Is Bradenton a nice area??

  • Mere
    March 5, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Jenna, I’m reposting a question I asked b/c I think it may have gotten lost in the shuffle…(I’m referring to your grocery list from the other day and your amazing shopping on only $40!)

    # Mere on 04 Mar 2008 at 2:50 am
    Iโ€™m currently trying to lose about 25 lbs and my sister turned me on to your website. I need to go grocery shopping and make sure I get some healthy foods, but I was wondering if you had any suggestions; i.e. basic items that you get frequently and can do a lot with. I really liked your grocery list above, which leads to this questionโ€ฆ Any advice would be appreciated!

  • jenna
    March 5, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Mere,

    it’s hard to shop healthy on a budget! Boy, do I know that!! Here’s a list of stuff I always keep around in my kitchen:

    Almonds for snacking
    homemade trail mix
    scottish oats
    kashi granola bars
    kashi cookies
    extra virgin olive oil
    whole wheat pastry flour for baking
    some dry cereal for munching like peanut butter puffins
    clif bars
    agave nectar
    maple syrup
    those 100 calorie packs of popcorn
    TEAS! i love tea!
    kashi crackers
    some cans of beans like garbanzo beans or black beans
    whole wheat tortillas
    whole wheat bread
    organic pasta sauce
    whole wheat pasta
    arborio rice for making risotto
    brown rice
    peanut butter!!!! my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

    in my fridge I like to keep:

    soy, hemp or almond milk
    1% cottage cheese, occasionally
    fresh fruit and veggies
    low fat cheddar cheese
    feta cheese
    some already homemade soups from stores like whole foods
    hummus
    red raspberry preserves
    earth balance spread
    tofu

    My main suggestion is stock up on FRUITS AND VEGGIES! I spend the majority of my $$ every week buying fresh produce and it’s SO worth it because after you have these essential staples you can really through a quick healthy meal together, no problem. Buy spinach, broccoli, carrots (in bulk they are much cheaper!), red bell peppers (I buy ONE and make it last the entire week by just using a tiny bit on my salad every night), celery….then buy about 5-6 pieces of fruit–figuring you will eat one piece every day, not including bananas. I like to buy 2 apples, 3 pears, a couple bananas and then something like grapes that I can snack on all week.

    Hope that helps a little bit!

    Jenna

  • Lindsey
    March 5, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Jenna, whenever you get a chance, I would love to hear your opinion about my earlier question. Thanks! Have fun baking tonight!

  • jenna
    March 5, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Lindsey,

    In times like that I eat high-fat food like peanut butter because I’ll feel satisfied with less than if I continually snack on something like crackers. When you are hungry, its your body’s sign that you need more calories, so i like to make a piece of peanut butter toast and tea. Snacking on high fat (healthy fats though!!) snacks will keep the rest of your munching at bay for the rest of the night because its not just empty calories.

  • JenP
    March 5, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Jenna, I made your Meatless Sloppy Joes last night. My husband and I LOVED them. The BBQ made all the difference. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa
    March 5, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    mmm…so I bought some larabars a couple of weeks ago and got an apple pie and banana cookie flavor…the banana cookie is HEAVENLY!!!
    I’m trying to take little nibbles of it for my snack before the gym but its just soooo good I want to scarf it down!!!

  • ashley
    March 5, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    I think I’m the only one here…I tried the apple pie larabar the other day and I didn’t like them : ( Maybe the banana cookie is better? LOVE clif bars though, especially the carrot cake or the KIND bars are awesome too

  • blueberrybabe
    March 5, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Ashley- i too tried the apple pie variety of larabar and was not impressed. i must say though that i started with an OBSESSION with the chocolate flavor… until i tried the Pecan Pie… and now i am obsessed with both!!! Ahhh! I am so excited to try more flavors but for now I am having a blast indulging in my obsessions hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

    Katie- I sympathize with you. It is great that you are acknowledging that you have a problem. I noticed no one responded to your post… but then I realized you didn’t really ask a specific question. Is there something more specific I can try and help you out with?

    Lindsey- I have been trying to think of an answer to your question but I don’t really know what my answer is! I’ll have to get back to you. For now I would just say to err on the side of eating MORE during the day if you are scared of feeling out of control at night?

  • Romina
    March 5, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Your bread looks great as a sandwich!! It is tough to judge portion sizes with homemade bread, so I always weigh it.

  • pinklilly
    March 6, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Katie – thanks for sharing! I can relate to you – but I’m somewhat fresh with all of these controlling feelings of what I will and will not eat. I tend to eat a lot of the same things day in and day out – especially during the work week. I have like 5-7 favorite lunches, dinners and snacks that I seem to stick with and make moderate alterations to in order to keep in interesting. Having the control over my meals and the knowledge of roughly how many calroies I’m intaking is such a good feeling. I find myself constantly thinking about food and ways to make adjustments to a recipe in order to make it healthier and exciting for me to eat. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one – which is probably one of the many reasons I love blogging! Whew, I just went on and on about me, but really – I just wanted to say thank you for sharing and to let you know you’re not alone! Have a happy night!