Thank God for Wednesday!!

Morning Everyone!

Thank you all so much for all the sweet notes and words last night!! I (somehow) made it through work and was able to get home early to take a bath and go to bed. Only NOW is my headache gone! I was so worried I would wake up with it because I went to sleep with it pounding last night. I’m so relieved its all gone and I can get on with my life!

But now we are dealing with a whole new set of problems….I got some notes from you all about missing recipes so I went and checked and SOMEHOW most of the recipes got completely erased from the recipe page!! I have NO IDEA how this happened…they were there….then something strange happened and now they are gone. You can only imagine how upset that makes me because, of course, I didn’t have any saved. You might think by now I would learn to back up my stuff on the computer. I have one of those flash sticks and all..but I think I sort of trusted the internet wayyyy too much because this is not the first time I’ve lost all my stuff!!! I feel horrible that its gone for you guys!! So…we are just sort of going to have to start from here. And everytime I write a recipe I will save it in case this ever happens again. If you all have a question about a recipe that got erased, let me know and I will write it out again for you. I just can’t write out again 30 recipes today since I have to study for my final exam tomorrow!!!! I am SO sorry!!!! I promise though…if you want a specific recipe I will get it to you. I was in the process of re-working that entire page thougha nd actually meeting with a website expert designer so hopefully the new, improved future recipe page will be 10 times better (and easier for you all to search) than the one that got erased. Ugh! Sometimes technology really sucks!!

Okay, well on to breakfast. I’m so happy its already Wednesday and the week is half over! Tomorrow is my final exam in Hospitality and also my last day (Friday got cancelled!)…tonight is my night off from work as well so I hope to get the chance to study and relax a bit before the craziness tomorrow night!!! People were asking what Ryan and I were doing Friday night to celebrate. Well, he left it up to me to pick the restaurant! That’s a tough one…I can never make up my mind and still haven’t picked! We are thinking sushi (something we both love) but not sure yet….

For breakfast this morning I just made a big power smoothie using 1 cup vanilla hempmilk, 1 frozen banana, 1 tbsp pb and 2 tbsp ground flax. Whirled that all up in the blender to produce the best tasting peanut butter-banana smoothie I’ve ever had. Hempmilk works wonders in smoothies! I don’t usually make smoothies for breakfast just because I’m so in love with my breakfast carbs, but banana smoothies are actually supposed to be really good for anxiety and migraine sufferers, so I thought it couldn’t hurt. It was quite tasty and very filling! I also had a grapefruit on the side that I sliced up and sprinkled with cane sugar and now I am sipping on peppermint tea! Lots of hot, cold, sweet, bitter tastes going on this morning!


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  • VeggieGirl
    February 13, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Thank goodness you’re feeling better; and thank goodness the recipe page issue was solved!! Technology: gotta love it, gotta hate it :0D

    Your power smoothie sounds glorious, for sure – similar to the large smoothies I make every night!! The hempmilk gives smoothies so much “body,” lending a smooth, creamy, “milkshake-like” consistency. Enjoy your nourishing breakfast (my goodness, that grapefruit is stunning!), and get ready for a much-better Wednesday :0)

  • jenna
    February 13, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    thanks!! My mom always said you “couldn’t have” 2 bad days in a row…the next was bound to be great! So that’s my mentality for today! That smoothie was an idea spawned from the smoothie recipes you sent me yesterday so thank you!! It was superb and will be one of my regular breakfasts for sure now!!!!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 13, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Your mom is right – definitely keep your head high for the day ahead!! It’ll be great, for sure!!

    Ahh, so glad that you found those smoothie recipes inspiring!! :0D

  • Ellie
    February 13, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    I’m glad that your headache has subsided!

    And I have to say that your breakfast looks delicious. I love smoothies. Yours is making me want to try hemp milk.

  • Lisa
    February 13, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    mmm…that smoothie looks great!!! I think I might have to try some of that hemp milk out…especially for the use in my smoothies!

    OH! I tried this new cookie recipe last night…WONDERFUL! I’m sure you can subsitute the ingredients for vegan one’s etc:

    1 C. WW Flour
    1/2 reg. flour
    1 cup butter (I used smart balance)
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/3 unsweetend cocoa powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3 cups rolled oats (I only had 2 cups left and it worked just fine!)
    1 cup raisins ( I added the raisins but could have easily done without them)

    Oven @ 350 bake for 10-12 min….do not over bake! Cool on a cooling rack.
    I got the recipe off of and made a few changes

    Veggiegirl…are your smoothie recipes on your blog at all?

  • Emily #2
    February 13, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    hey guys I have three questions.
    1- I’m going to Europe next week and staying with a friend in Germany. I’m very excited to try their local cusine and sausages etc! I’m also a little worried that in between I’m going to feel so full from all the rich foods. Any tips on trying to sneak in vegetables etc inbetween? I’ll have minimal access to a kitchen since we’ll be traveling a lot. Also I don’t want to be rude if they make me dinner but sometimes they only serve the richest foods! Any ideas on how to compromise with that well? That’s a problem I often have when visiting friends/family.
    2-I’ll be in Paris for a night, where I’ve been before, but want to eat in a nice “very french” restaurant in the Latin Quarter. Any favorites??
    3- Here in the US I’ve become semi addicted to salads (only raw veggies with light protein, and occasionally beans). I love vegetables and feel like I could never get enough. Even when I make steamed/sauteed veggies I end up putting them over or with salad. Any other ideas on how to get all my vegetables but take a break from them once and a while? Also does anyone think there’s any neg health consequences that can come from eating too many salads? Like for 2 meals a day? I know that sounds ridiculous but I want to make sure.
    Thanks!!! 🙂

  • one food guy
    February 13, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Great smoothie. I’m always making fruit/yogurt smoothies for breakfast during the summer, but I just can’t do it when it’s freezing and snowy in Boston…like right now!

  • Sam
    February 13, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks Kelly,

    if you don’t mind me asking a follow up question, why don’t you drink milk and why do you eat puffed kamut versus cereal or oatmeal? I’m trying to learn about all these food products- there are so many

  • Katie Mc
    February 13, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    I always assumed you had to put yogurt in a smoothie..I never knew you could make them with just milk! I am off to make a smoothie with soymilk and banana and peanut butter!! 🙂

  • Leah
    February 13, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Emily #2 —

    What I have come to learn from doing a LOT of traveling is that the only country whose trademark foods are unhealthy is … the United States. I’m talking McDonald’s, processed foods, stuff out of a can. But on the other hand, Germans have managed just fine without an obesity epidemic for hundreds of years eating German food, so they must be doing something right.

    Maybe it’s easier said than done, but try to enjoy without worry while you’re there. Remember:

    –Even a week of bratwurst won’t do any permanent damage
    –When are you going to be in Germany again? You have the whole rest of your life for salads.
    –Rejecting food prepared for you by someone who cares about you is a real slap in the face.
    –Traveling=sightseeing=walking. A lot.
    –Who knows, you might even like it.

    My advice actually comes half from positive experiences and half from regret. When I ate my way through entire countries I was a lot happier than when I restricted my eating.

    Have a great trip!

  • Kristie
    February 13, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Hey… so in good news, I used a couple of your recipes (which turned out *amazing*, by the way) before they were deleted and have them saved! So… I’ll just post them here, and then you could add them on or whatever? 🙂

    Cilantro-Parmesan Encrusted Chicken
    Serves 4 (200 kcal per serving)
    1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    minced garlic cloves
    1 tbsp hot sauce
    1 egg white
    dash of salt and pepper
    .5 cup parmesan cheese
    .5 cup panko breadcrumbs
    small handful of chopped cilantro
    4 chicken breasts
    Preheat oven to 350. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Mix together the oil, garlic, hot sauce, egg white and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, combine the panko crumbs, parmesan cheese and cilantro. Dip each chicken in the oil mixture then the panko crumbs. Cook chicken for 35 minutes or until golden and not pink in the middle anymore.

    Whole Wheat Foccacia with Fresh Herbs
    Makes 12 squares (115 kcal each)
    1 ¼ c. hot water
    1 packet rapid rise yeast
    3 c. white whole wheat flour
    1 tsp. honey
    1 tsp. sea salt
    3 tbsp. chopped herbs (I used rosemary and thyme)
    1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
    Dissolve the yeast in a bowl with the water. Add the honey and the salt and stir with a whisk until all is dissolved. Add the flour and knead for about 3 minutes or until dough is smooth, elastic and no longer sticky. Preheat the oven to 450. On a greased baking sheet, stretch out the dough and form into a long rectangle. Cover with a greased piece of wax paper and set on warm oven for 30 minutes. Make dimples in the dough with your fingers and drizzle on 1 tbsp. olive oil. Spread with your hands to make sure the olive oil fills all the indentations in the dough. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and more sea salt. Bake for 15 minutes, until golden.

  • Allyson
    February 13, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I asked this question on Kath’s website, but it didn’t get answered-so maybe i’ll have better luck here!

    First-Glad to hear you’re feeling better! I used to get wicked migraines in college, so I’m right there with ya!

    Ok-my questions is about ginseng…does anyone take it (at anytime of day or before a workout)?? Just wondering what everyone’s thought’s on it were..

    also-what are thoughts on energy drinks (red bull, etc)…how many drink them, how good or bad are they for you??

    thanks everyone! 🙂

  • Andrea
    February 13, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Veggiegirl, I was wondering if I could have a sample of your daily plan. I am struggling with balancing my meals and I would love to see how you are able to do it since I’m a vegetarian too. Is there any way I can send my email to you privately? i would appreciate it sooooooooooo much 🙂

    jenna, have you noticed any big changes now that you’ve switched over to a meatless lifestyle? just curious! have a great day!!

  • Comrade GoGo
    February 13, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better today! That smoothie sounds delicious and I’m definitely going to try it out in the near future.

  • jenn
    February 13, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    happy humpday Jenna!
    & everyone else as well 🙂

  • Alison
    February 13, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I actually have some of your recipes saved to a word document, because that was the only way I could print them out while I was at work. If you would like, I can email them to you and you can repost some of the missing ones. Just let me know your email and I’d be happy to help!

    And this question is for everyone else…

    Does anyone have the recipe for the Quinoa with Spicy Mushrooms? I was planning on making it this week, but of course didn’t have this one printed off yet! Any help would be much appreciated!

    Happy Wednesday everyone 🙂

  • Amy C.
    February 13, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    I’m so glad your headache is gone, Jenna! Let’s hope that delicious smoothie helps keep it away. It sounds like today is going a lot better for you. 🙂 Good luck with all the studying!

    Also, I got vanilla hempmilk after work last night and had it in my cereal this morning. It’s so creamy and delicious! I absolutely love it. 🙂

  • Lisa
    February 13, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    hahah I think I read/check this blog and spend more time reading the posts than I do actually working at my job! haha Oh I need to stop getting on here so much so I can get something done today! It’s just so much fun reading!!!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 13, 2008 at 2:46 pm


    none of my smoothie recipes are on my blog, but I could always email them to you, post them here **(Jenna, is that okay? I don’t want to take over your blog! haha). Let me know what works best :0)


    I will see if there is someone who read this blog (and who has received a meal plan from me) that will share my email address with you, privately (since I too do not want to post it – I know how you feel!) I do hope we can get in touch soon – I’d be happy to send you a meal plan!! :0)

  • sperly
    February 13, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Emily #2

    LOL regarding the “salad addiction”.. the only problem I can see with having too many is just missing out on other daily nutrients that you need. But as long as you’re getting a variety of things through out the day with other meals/snacks you should be fine.

    Some other fun ways to get your veggies:
    raw veggies in hummus
    carrots and PB
    stuffed peppers
    veggie stuffed spring rolls
    ww pasta w/ veggies
    an eggplant bake
    veggie chilis/stews

  • Lisa
    February 13, 2008 at 3:00 pm


    I can just give you my e-mail…I don’t mind! It’s

    Thanks so much!

  • Gena
    February 13, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    Just wanted to say that I’m glad you’re feeling better again! And thanks for this exceptional website. I’ve just discovered it and love checking in each day.

    Congrats, too, on the decision to go back to vegetarianism! I made the full transition this year and have never felt better.

    Thanks again,

    Gena (pronounced like your name, but different spelling!)

  • linds
    February 13, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Leah, I liked your comments on food and travelling. I’m going to Scotland on Feb 22 (I can’t wait!!!! First trip to Europe!!!) and I’m so excited for Scottish shortbread and whatever else they make that is Scottish lol. I remember I saw a tv special on weird food and it had a spot on Scotland showing them deep-frying mars bars AND pizza…um… Well if I find it, I’ll probably try it lol. Emily #2 enjoy your vacation!

  • Annie
    February 13, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Hey Everyone! So glad your feeling better Jenna. I also saved one of the recipes tha got deleted, your moms pulled chicken sandwhiches. Im having them next week, and I cant wait!

    Slow Cooked BBQ Pulled Chicken
    Makes 4-6 servings.
    1 and 1/2 lbs. skinned and deboned chx thighs.
    1 Tbl olive oil
    1 cup ketchup
    1/4 cup dark brown sugar
    1 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
    1 Tbl cider vinegar
    1 Tbl yellow mustard
    1 tsp ground red pepper
    1/2 tsp garlic salt
    -Brown chicken 4 minutes on each side in 1 tbsp. hot oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Remove from heat and place in a slow cooker.
    -Combine ketchup and next 6 ingredients. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on High for 1 hour. Reduce heat to Low, and cook 5-6 hours.
    -Remove chicken from sauce; shred chicken. Stir shredded chicken into sauce. Spoon mixture onto buns

    Just in case anyone else wants it, or you want to repost it.

  • Sam
    February 13, 2008 at 3:36 pm


    Do you think you or your mom could repost her shrimp scampi…….i mean if it’s good enough to get a guy to propose 🙂

    Also, I am hoping you know the answer to this question. On eat like me she said that she made her butternut soup with skim milk. Wouldn’t skim milk curdle?

  • Tina
    February 13, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I had a super smoothie today too! Yours sounds yummy!

  • chandra
    February 13, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Yes! Go for sushi on Friday!! Sushi is my FAVORITE. I just had some last night. 🙂

  • arimcg
    February 13, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    I love banana and peanut butter smoothies!! I think I might have to try it with hemp milk next time.

  • Ryane
    February 13, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Oh yes, I ditto the request to repost the shrimp scampi recipe! I was thinking of preparing that for my boyfriend tomorrow night! Ooh la la…

  • MC
    February 13, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Whenever you get the chance can you re post the olive oil cake? that looked so good and i was hoping to make it! Glad you’re feeling better. 🙂

  • JennS
    February 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    haha, i am also making the shrimp scampi tomorrow night! the olive oil cake is in the recipe section 🙂

  • Sydnie
    February 13, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    So glad to hear you’re feeling better!! I was wondering if I could get your granola recipe. I’m going on a roadtrip tomorrow and was going to make some for everyone to snack on. It sounded great! Thanks!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 13, 2008 at 4:45 pm


    I just emailed you :0) Would it be okay if Andrea emails you, and then you privately give her my email address (see comment way above, from Andrea)??

    Andrea, I hope you’re reading this too! :0)

  • Lisa
    February 13, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Yeah Andrea could def e-mail and I’ll give her yours!

  • eurydice
    February 13, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    hi jenna,

    i was wondering – do you ever have a problem getting the peel off of a frozen banana? because i do! maybe i am freezing them too late (already starting to go brown). do you have any advice?


  • Arika
    February 13, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    MC – I saved the Olive Oil Cake Recipe yesterday so I will repost to here:

    Olive Oil Cake~~ From The Vegetarian Times Cooks Mediterranean Cookbook
    I can practically write this recipe from heart, I’ve made it so many times.
    4 eggs
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    pinch of salt
    1 cup flour (white)
    1. Beat together the eggs and sugar with an electric beater until thick and pale. Add the olive oil, baking powder and salt and beat again until combined.
    2. Fold in the flour and pour into a prepared cake pan (sprayed with nonstick spray)
    3. Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes until golden brown. When cool, dust with powdered sugar.
    **The cookbook this is from says “one slice=310 calories” and that there were 8 slices total. I get a lot more than 8 slices from this cake because a thin slice is all that’s needed to satisfy. Enjoy with a cup of tea with honey or a decaf cappuccino. Share with someone you love.

    Also, to Emily #2,

    I lived in Germany for a bit and I never noticed a lack of veggies at meals, but I agree with another poster earlier who said to just not worry and enjoy it! You don’t always get many chances in life to experience new cultures and their foods! I wouldn’t turn down anything made for you, just watch portions if your feeling its a heavy dish. You will have a great time and don’t worry about the food! Happy Travels!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 13, 2008 at 4:59 pm


    Lisa said that she’d be able to give you my email address (thanks, Lisa!!!) – send her an email (see above).

  • SDF
    February 13, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    That smoothy looks delicious! I think I need to try hempmilk. This blog is great for making me try new things. I only JUST tried soy milk for the first time, and I’m now in love with it. As well as last night I made myself an acorn squash stew-and it’s delicious! Thanks Jenna (and all you lovely ladies) for the inspiration to branch out with different foods!
    I have a question about “ideal weights”. Where do they grab their numbers from? I’m 5’11 and I weigh 135 pounds…and according to ideal weights I should weigh 20 more pounds!! I have a small bone structure, and I don’t think this would look good at all. Does anybody know where they get that information from?

  • Kelly
    February 13, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Sam- I posted this on yesterday’s thread as wel but I thought I’d put it here in case you missed it. I do love oatmeal and oatbran but for some strange reason I never crave it in the morning. My “go to” dinner when my husband works late is oatmeal and that happens once or twice a week. I started eating the puffed kamut because it is all natural and no sugar. It’s just plain ol’ puffed kamut. The fiber content isn’t stellar so I add fruit to it most of the time, it also helps to add some healthy fat like nuts or low fat yogurt. When you mix it all together it gets nice and mushy and I just love it!

    I don’t drink milk because I don’t like it. I grew up eating it in my cereal but would literally take my teeth and scrape the cereal off the spoon so I didn’t get a spoonful of milk. I can eat cereal with milk if I had to, it won’t make be gag or anything, I just don’t particularly care for it. After becoming more health concious I decided to try yogurt so that I could still get the protein and calcium in. I eat the whole bowl this way. I usually used vanilla yogurt with cereals like puffed corn and Barbara’s Puffins but I used other flavors with cereals I mix fruit in (All Bran, Kamut, Wheatabix) HOpe that helps!

  • Erica
    February 13, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Jenna, that smoothie looks absolutely delicious! I know what i’m having for breakfast tomorrow morning! Hope you have a great day today, you deserve it after yesterday!

    Also, I have several of your recipes saved to a word document at home, so when I return home, I’d be glad to email them to you or just post them here. 🙂

  • Aimee H.
    February 13, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Emily #2 – I lived in Austria and Germany for six months and never gained a pound (I actually lost weight abroad). I also find (as Leah mentioned) that when I travel to Europe I walk SO MUCH, so it’s best not to worry. And I never had trouble finding healthy food to eat.. my biggest problem in Europe is drinking too much coffee!

  • jenna
    February 13, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Thank you, Erica! My email is if anyone has recipes they smartly saved (which I SHOULD have done!)

  • Sarah
    February 13, 2008 at 5:36 pm


    I used to have the same problem with frozen bananas and used to be quite dangerous about getting into them (e.g., using a large carving knife to cut the peel off!)

    Then my mom sent me a Martha Stewart Living clipping about how to properly freeze bananas. Martha suggests peeling them first (at room temperature,) breaking the bananas into halves, placing them into a ziplock bag and putting the sealed bag in the door of the freezer (so they do not get freezer burn.) This has changed my banana eating habits. And they make such a good “I’m feeling weak/shaky/tired after the gym and need something NOW to cool down with!” snack.

  • Emily #2(haha)
    February 13, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks guys for the trip encouragement. I def agree and want to experience the food, and german beer too (I’m not usually a drinker but when in rome)! I lived in spain for a summer and lost weight too. I’m just more concerned now because I walk all the time…I live in manhattan and I workout almost everyday and eat a very strict diet. I recently lost about 20 pounds…I wasn’t overweight. I’m just at the lower end of my “healthy weight range.” I tried for a long time to lose weight and until I changed my diet to what it is now I was never successful, so I have to say I’m now somewhat paranoid about it. I also just find that I start to feel sick when I eat too many rich foods so that’s another concern, but I agree I think there will be enough vegetables within different meals to keep me going. I actually was hoping in general maybe some people had tips on how they stay on their normal routine when visiting family and friends…even you vegetarians, don’t you ever get negative comments or are called “picky” etc? It’s a hard balance between being rude and sticking to your diet. Also those of you who have been to Germany any suggestions on dishes I have to try while there? I’m so excited to go!

  • Em
    February 13, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Do you have a recipe for your eggplant bake? THanks!

  • eurydice
    February 13, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    thanks sarah! peel first – why didn’t i think of that lol.

  • Aimee H.
    February 13, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    The beer in Germany is a must.. I have to say that I was not a beer fan until I lived there. Darker was better in my opinion. I lived in Vienna and Berlin but was dating a guy from Swabia (which is southern Germany) and the cuisines differ depending on the region. But I must say that I loved Spätzle and Maultaschen, both of which are considered Schwaben cuisine, but I think you can find them in Berlin (you can find most things in Berlin). I did love sausage or Wurst.. and ate it from time to time.. all kinds and they sell it on the streets very cheaply. And hot mustard is the best! I also recommend the German Kartoffelsalat or potato salad which is so unlike American potato salad.. it’s oil based and not mayo-based. I have to admit that I ate more ethnic foods when I was in these two countries… Asian and Italian food and Turkish! Mmm.. Kebabs are awesome and you can also get Falafel. But it’s funny how AMAZING the Italian food was in Vienna.. they even had something like three gelato places right in the center of the city. I really enjoyed eating while abroad.. it made my whole experience!

  • Lilveggiepatch
    February 13, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    hey jenna, don’t know if you saw this in the dining section of the times today:

    it’s about having relationships with people who have different dietary needs and restrictions. i’m a vegetarian and my boyfriend is a die-hard carnivore, like you and ryan… it’s all about the compromise!

  • jenna
    February 14, 2008 at 1:57 am


    I always peel my banana BEFORE freezing them! see it that helps 🙂