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popped my TJ cherry

I finally made it to the only Trader Joe’s in Manhattan.  Seriously, I’ve been doing walk-bys for months now (it is RIGHT next to work after all) and each time I venture close, I chicken out when I see the line.  You would think that having a line out the door every day of the week would clue them in to maybe open another store, but I guess not everyone is as business savvy as I am (right?). 

Ok, but let me back the eff up to the beginning of the day.

SBUX in the AM with a TON of silk.

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“Turkey” sammie.

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What an original lunch.  Btw, figs and carob raisins are officially my new OBSESSION!!!!

Work today was fairly boring.  Cardiac surgery seems to be at a stand still, so our unit is full of randos.  2 of my patients today were certifiably crazy (that’s my medical diagnosis not theirs), and I’m not big on psych, so it was a challenge at times.  Another patient was a prisoner, so the hospital stay was actually more like a holiday for him.  Don’t worry he was handcuffed with cops guarding him the entire time, but still, WEIRD.  And he had a bullet in him, so he couldn’t get an MRI…oh, the stories I have.  I should write down some quotes because you can’t make this stuff up!   

Moving on.

On the way home from work I decided I deserved a treat, having endured 3 days in a row of work – even though I am currently way over my weekly food budget (and it’s only Wednesday)!!!  I pretty much always think continuous shifts warrant treats, but whatever.  This usually means Whole Foods, but since I had a gift card to TJs and it was snowing/raining, I figured the line would be more tolerable…so I gave it a shot.  I L.O.V.E. Trader Joes.  I could have wandered around the store for hours, but I was starving, so I made it snappy.  And although the line was looooong, it was only 20 minutes of waiting rather than the typical 45.

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Bag ‘o goodies includes: cubed sweet potatoes, cubed BN squash, figs, brocc slaw, frozen veggies, fake meat, tofu, pomegranate soda.  Score!

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Dinner was a salad with “fancy” lettuce (love Earthbound Farms), edamame, steamed broccoli, tomato, and Boca chik’n nuggets

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I chopped up the nuggets and added them to the top of the salad and drizzled on some BBQ sauce.  I had a second plate (not as exciting though) with more lettuce, tomato, and the rest of the chik’n nuggets.

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And of course the best part of Wednesdays followed…Top Chef.  I really love Carla and Jamie.  Any one else a Top Chef fan?  I pretty much love all things Bravo.

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I couldn’t resist this once I saw it at TJs.  I don’t drink soda, so this was a really bizarre purchase.  But I can’t say no to anything pomegranate.    This was GOOD!  I only bought one, though, so no worries, I won’t get hooked. When it comes to fake sugar, I’ve got a “just say no” policy (wellllll….I try).  Still a nice treat.

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I had a big dessert plate, full of coco date rolls, FIGS, and carob covered raisins. 

I kinda continued grazing the rest of the night, too.

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These figs were the new ones I bought from TJs.  WAY better than the other bin figs I have been getting from our local health foods store.  Sorry in advance for the coming months which will most likely be a series of blogs regarding my love affair with figs.  It’s inevitable (I’ve been savoring sub-par figs, can you blame me?)!

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And a few more coconut date rolls…is it possible to have too much dried fruit?  Don’t answer that.  (I think I already know the answer)

I smell like Mucomyst

And it’s NOT pretty…it may be the worst smell ever.

No.  It’s definitely the worst smell ever.  Yep, I just conducted a study.  9 out of 10 researchers agreed with me (I think the 10th guy was sleeping with the drug rep). 

I may be off “egg” products for a while because of this…

Lunch

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Same sammie as ayer (bell pepps, “turkey,” greek yog, and hummus)

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Plus the usual side-kicks, along with a NEWBIE (and new obsession).  Dude, figs and carob covered raisins = heaven.  Holy yum, talk about a party in my mouth!!  I like eating them at the same time, it’s, like, THE best.

Naturally a liter of Starbucks’ coffee made it’s way in there (12 hour shifts demand it, so I don’t feel remotely guilty).  .

Dinner.

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Tofu, fresh edamame, fresh steamed brocc, frozen veggies, shirataki soy noodles.  In bulk.

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Can you believe I took this pic only half way through?!  I was getting super full and the end was no where in sight…but of course I finished it.  Duh!?!  It looks yummy, huh 🙂

I was surprisingly stuffed after this.  I made a cup of tea with silk.

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Obviously the entrepreneur mag is not mine…but the greenbox article was cool.  Hooray for being green!

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Did I say I was too full for dessert?  Riiiiiight.  Coconut date rolls, figs, carob covered raisins…and more tea.  I think this was the first platter, but there were quite a few, so it’s hard to keep track. 

Time to shower.  This may have been one of the most necessary showers of my life. 

have patients

Nope.  Not a typo.  I had QUITE a demanding patient load today at work.  Talk about a shock back into reality.  I’ve been off for about a week now, so I knew it was going to be an abrupt change from the lackadaisical days I’ve been having (lounging around the warm apartment without a hint of an agenda).

Anyways, today’s eats were as thrilling as ever.  Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m laying on the sarcasm pretty thick. 

Starbucks soy misto to get the day going.

Odwalla bar when I couldn’t ignore the growling in my stomach any longer.

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Sammie with Alvarado Street bread, hummus, greek yog, bell pepps, and Smart deli “turkey” meat.

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Figs and dried pineapple.

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Round 2 and 3 in the Starbucks department.

Apple in the PM.

And HOME at last…I actually had a bit of energy when I got home, so I decided to whip up a stir fry. 

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Seitan is not the devil, kids.

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This literally took 15 minutes (even less for the “eggs”).

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This was one of 2 plates piled to the very edges.

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That’s also half a tomato sliced on top.  The seitan chunks were HUGE and sooooo flavorful!!  I really heart seitan.  It’s the easiest non-meat protein to cook with BY FAR.  You literally can’t mess it up, and it’s so healthy.  Mmmmm…

Anyways, no new Gossip Girl 🙁

So I pretty much crashed right after dessert.

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:)  Figs, papaya, pineapple, oh my!!

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bean vs. breast

Which has more protein, tofu or chicken?

My boyfriend asked me that question last night which got me thinking…and after doing a little research, I decided to share.

The bean vs. The breast

**I used www.nutritiondata.com for the info and further specified tofu as silken, firm and the chicken as broiled, cooked, breast meat only

  TOFU CHICKEN
serving size 84 g 86 g
kcals 52 142
protein 6 g 27 g
fat 2 g 3 g
cholesterol**** 0 mg 73 mg
carbs 2 g 0 g
fiber 0 g 0 g
sodium 30 mg 64 mg

Interesting, no?  Of course my fave stat is the cholesterol, being a cardiac rn and all (I can’t help it!)…sure some cholesterol is good for you, but watch this commercial and you’ll understand.  I know it’s actually an anti-smoking campaign, but it’s still plaque build up from cholesterol (smoking just makes it that much more likely to stick to your arteries).  Ok, enough healthify-ing chatter…

Anyways, on that note, I started the day with a bowl of wonderful (cholesterol lowering) oats. 

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I added carob covered raisins into the oats before cooking them, which was SO good.  The carob melted and then I was left with subtle “chocolate” flavored oats with raisins.  Btw, I was hungry hungry this AM so I made the oatmeal super liquidy…more silk to fill me up :)     Nom. Nom. Nom. 

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Plus coffee.  Obvi.  Like the butterfly in the froth? 

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Smashed coconut date rolls, inspired by Erin, inspired by Katie.

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Strawberry o’soy yogurt.  It’s SO THICK and RICH!!!!

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I really do love Stonyfield.  Anyways, after I snacked the AM away I decided to head to the gym, but it was such a packed house, I peaced out after 45 minutes.  Blah.  I wasn’t that into it anyways.  I’ve had too many gym days in a row, so I’ll be looking to the coming few days off, since I work a TON this week.

After I got home from the gym I was famished, so I made some BN squash.

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I cheated and used the pre-cut and peeled kind again, so it took a whole 3 minutes to pop these bad boys were in the oven.

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While they were cooking I had the other half of my veggie burger from yesterday with some Sabra hummus.

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Could these squash cubes have been more perfectly cooked with those browned edges! (no)

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I had about half of them.

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Kyle and I did a massive shopping trip in the PM and by the time we got home I was pretty lazy, so I decided to go with Karen Sisters’ thai veggie “chicken.” 

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I also made a bunch of veggies to bulk it up, including steamed carrots, steamed broccoli, lettuce, brocc slaw, and BN squash.

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Plus the thai “chicken” (seitan) and some greek yog

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Round 2.

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Stuffed.  Like, no room for dessert, stuffed.  Wow.  After dinner, I did my first yoga “class” on Exercise TV on Demand, I did a Flex and Flow course first, and then a Rhythmic Stretch quickie as a cool down.  I really liked the way this calmed me down at the end of the day.  The focus on breathing with repetitive movements that were not too challenging allowed me to get centered and kind of shut myself down for the night (like I’m a computer or something).  It was nice, and since it was my first time,I think it went relatively well, and I’m not completely scared off from further exploring.  Looks like that pamphlet was money well spent 🙂

Haha, did I say no dessert before?!?!?!…yeah right!

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A few figs :)  yep I’m hooked!! 

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Followed by a coconut date roll (or 3).  Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

tempeh time

‘Aight kids, I’ve been meaning to take a stab at tempeh for a while now, so after going through tons of recipes, I decided I should prob start with something on the more simple side.  You know, get a feel for how this baby cooks, before I sink my teeth into a more “meaty” recipe (excuse the pun, I couldn’t resist). 

Here are some good websites for anyone else interested in doing a little experimenting in the tempeh department: Lightlife recipes, tempehinfo, and 101 cookbooks

I decided to go with BBQ tempeh…

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Since I’d never tried Annie’s BBQ sauce before, I made half with the Bulls Eye BBQ sauce (above) since I know I like it, and the rest with Annie’s.

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I rubbed the top of the triangles with the sauces and also sprinkled some BBQ seasoning on top.

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Above (before going into the oven).  Below (after 20 minutes of baking).

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I like my sauce tangy with only a little heat, so this flavor was perfect.  I made a little corn & bell pepper salsa/salad to go with it, too.

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Broccoli slaw, red onions, yellow/orange/green/red bell pepps, avocado, BBQ seasoning, and S & P.

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The corn/pepper salad and the avocado complimented the tempeh so PERFECTLY.  Wow, I’m so proud of myself.  This was so good.  Considering my first tempeh trial (which was basically just raw slices) was not the most successful, I was nervous to try the BBQ tempeh.  But after cooking it, all the bitterness was gone, and the barbecue sauce & seasoning was subtle enough to let the tempeh’s own texture and flavor come through.  A definite success.

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Here’s round #2…told you I was a second helping girl lately :)  Oh yeah, I also tossed some carrots on this plate. 

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Kyle and I watched the Miss America pageant (which was a little disturbing and basically reinforced most of the pageant stereotypes) while I had some coconut date rolls for dessert (like 3 times the amount actually shown).