Late Lunch, Mojito Tea!

Hi! Sorry for the delayed lunch post. I drove back to Tampa this afternoon and it was more of a lengthy drive than I remember! Almost three hours! yuck! I had a great morning though that included: having an apple with cranberry tea for a snack (nope-plain oatmeal did NOT hold me over til lunch!), getting a pedicure and going out to lunch with mom. We went to a little gourmet store we both loved when my family lived there…I got a great salad that had field greens, one ounce of feta, about three ounces of salmon and a variety of veggies in it. I had a half of an 8 inch baguette with it (probably about 1.5 ounces) and a green tea. It hit the spot!

Of course I was hungry again when I got home so I just made an apple and peanut butter snack using my parent’s smart balance peanut butter (I don’t really like the taste of this but I don’t have my freshly ground stuff so there’s really no choice!). I hope this snack holds me over a while because tonight Ryan and I are meeting a large group of friends at a really fancy steakhouse for dinner at 8:30! We are celebrating one of our friend’s birthdays and it should be a really fun night. As you all may have noticed, I really don’t eat steak very often—but this place is famous and supposedly really good so I’m actually looking forward to ordering a steak tonight! I’ll let you all know how it goes!



This lunch was probably around 465 calories

(this green tea pictured was AMAZING! I really don’t like liquor at all but LOVE mojitos! They are my absolute favorite drink other than wine and make me feel like I’m in the islands whenever I order one. I try to be good and only order these on special occasions because they are incredibly high in sugar usually but oh so good! 🙂 This tea tasted just like a mojito but with no alcohol and no sugar! yay!


Snack = 180 calories

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  • Maggie
    January 19, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Hi Jenna, long time reader, first time poster. I love pedicurees, if only they weren’t like $40! I love your blog, especially the photography. I just bought Pacific brand tomato soup (32 oz size). I only used half of it. I remember you eating this brand before, and I’m doubting you ate 32 oz! How do you store the soup when you don’t finish it?

    In your lentil soup recipe you used red pepper flakes. When cooking, how do you know when to use crushed red pepper versus flakes? Does one recipe type typically require a certain type?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Sara F
    January 19, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    here’s the last couple of dorm room recipes….

    -Heat 1/2 c black, kidney, or refried beans in microwave
    -Warm one tortilla (I think a large whole wheat one works and tastes best)
    -spread beans onto tortilla, top with 1/4 cup grated cheese, and microwave until cheese melts.
    -top with chopped tomato, lettuce, and any other veggies available.
    -roll up and serve with a side of salsa and sourcream
    (you can vary this recipe my using a ground up veggie burger patty instead of beans, or by adding some pre-cooked brown or white rice)

    Things I keep on hand-
    -hummus and whole wheat crackers/pitas
    -low sodium soups
    -canned black bean and canned mixed veggies to turn soup into a heartier meal
    -tuna to mix with cottage cheese and put on pita bread with a little salt and pepper- makes a pretty good tuna salad sandwich
    -whole wheat pasta (cook in microwave and top with canned sauce and whatever veggies I can get my hands on 🙂 )
    okay…thats all folks

  • Sara
    January 19, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    I love that restuarant! My guy is a HUGE fan of steak, but I am not. Once I got the mushrooms stuffed with crab meat and their chop salad and the other time I ordred the ahi-tuna. Everything was amazing!

    In the summer I am definitely going to try some of the Tazo teas, for the winter I stick to my skinny cinnamon dolce latte!

  • Sara
    January 19, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Sara F – thanks for the recipe! It is funny, I have everything that you listed and it didn’t even occur to be to use them fo a burrito. That will definitely be lunch tomorrow!

  • Laura
    January 19, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Sara F, that was so nice of you to take the time to do that! What brand tortilla do you recommend? I have tried La Tortilla and think they are so gross!

    Do you have a sandwich bread you recommend?

  • Liz
    January 19, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    OMG!!! I went to Ruth’s Chris a couple weeks ago and had their petite filet, it was amazing. If you want to make it a little more healthy, as for it “dry”….because usually they put a large pad of butter on the steak when it comes out of the oven. I also really recommend the broiled tomatoes as one of your sides….enjoy!!

  • jenna
    January 19, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    How many ounces is the petit filet?? That sounds really good-I’ll probably get it! Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve never been there!

  • Annie
    January 20, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Hi Jenna, Today I went to an amazing Farmers Market in San Fran, and I saw these little macaroons that looked just like the ones in your post on 1/16, so I tried them, and they were AMAZING. I saw that you posted a picture of a book that has a recipe in it, and was just wondering if you knew wher I could get it. I looked on amazon, and no luck.
    I am love baking, and am now obsessed with these cookies, so just wondering if you have any ideas.
    I also dont ever eat steak, and last night my family took me to some world known steak restaurant, and I got chicken, expecting it to be awful cause chicken is never usually any good at a steak place- but it was really good, maybe the best ive had yet. So you could always try getting chicken if you dont like steak, you never know.
    Hope you enjoy the night, Thanks!

  • Laura
    January 20, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Jenna, I’m new to real bread (been living off pre sliced peppridge farm), is that 3 oz in the picture or 1.5?

    Enjoy your steak! Funny considering all the vegetarian conversation thats been on this site recently.

  • Ashley
    January 20, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Ruth’s Chris is amazing you will have alot of fun! The seafood is also amazing!

  • Liz
    January 20, 2008 at 2:55 am

    I am sure you are out already, but I think the petit filet was about 6-7 oz…I can’t be sure though :-/, I just remember it tasted amazing. You’ll have to let us know what you thought! Ruth’s Chris is over priced, but I guess if you only go once in a while it’s ok. I haven’t ever tried anything besides steak there…I figure get what they do best.

  • Sara F
    January 20, 2008 at 3:12 am

    I do have a brand of wheat tortillas that i like to get and also a multi-grain flax bread that I like…unfortunately I am out of tortillas right now and can’t remember the specific brand name…i can’t remember the name of the bread either. I tried a new variety that I don’t like nearly as much. All that to say, next time I’m at the grocery store I will jot down the names and let you know. Sorry I’m not much help for now. I always suggest looking at trader joes though, if you have one in your area…they always have all sorts of yummy, interesting brands to try.

  • Sarah
    January 20, 2008 at 3:46 am

    I just tried the South Beach Diet whole grain (or whole wheat, I can’t remember) tortillas b/c they were $1 per package (I am not a South Beacher, but who can turn down 10 tortillas for $1?!) I was pleasantly surprised. They have a really cool texture that breaks apart and a nice taste.

    Also, here are my dorm room suggestions:

    -a package of frozen veggies

    -light/low fat mozz. string cheese–it is versatile as you can take it on the go as a snack or shred it for a little pizza on top of a tortilla. I have also made grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches with these.

    -tortillas—they can be topped w/ hummus (you can steal veggies from your school’s salad bar and add them in for a tasty wrap!) or peanut butter/banana/cinnamon (these are so good baked or microwaved) or with spaghetti sauce and cheese for a tortilla pizza

    -can of spaghetti sauce (you can have dry pasta on hand and add this sauce for a quick meal, or use it to create a tortilla or english muffin pizza)

    -jam and peanut butter (morning toast or PB&J to go)

    -english muffins or bread

    -several cans or pouches of tuna (you can make tuna fish sandwiches, top a to-go salad with tuna for some extra protein, or have it with crackers for a snack.)

    -take fruits and veggies from your campus cafeteria as snacks as often as possible (if you have an “all you can eat” meal plan that is–I’m not advocating STEALING!)

    -cottage cheese–delicious whe sprinkled with cinnamon and paired with apples



  • Sarah
    January 20, 2008 at 3:47 am

    oh, and yogurts!

  • Sara F
    January 20, 2008 at 5:11 am

    lots and lots of yogurt…with tons of different granolas, cereals, and lots of bananas on top! 🙂

  • jenna
    January 20, 2008 at 12:53 pm


    I use the two interchangeably….there might be subtle differences but they both are very spicy and I love using them!!


    Unfortunately you can’t get that book unless you go to France and visit Laduree. Its not on amazon or anything…that’s why its so special to me! 🙂 The farmers market sounds amazing…I’m jealous! We dont have anything like that around here


    I dont know exactly because that portion was not weighed out, but by eye balling it, I would say 1.5 ounces. Could me more or less though! You cant tell exactly without a scale.

  • jenna
    January 20, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Oh and maggie (sorry for only answering part of your question!)- I usually buy smaller packages of the soup. My supermarket sells them in 12 ounce little boxes. But…if I were to buy them in a larger box I would just keep the rest in the fridge and use it within a week. 🙂