Live from the ice pack

Though I probably also could have titled this post: How to double your size in five days or less. On a positive note, though, it is a (thankfully!) rare experience for me to be physically unable to engage in vigorous excerise, and I might as well enjoy the expansion by continuing to eat as I normally do (and then some) and getting an extra half hour of sleep … in theory ๐Ÿ˜€

The work day started like any other: with tropical fruit salad, lemon curd + part-skim ricotta + yogurt, and granola.


I actually ran out of time to finish this before my 11am visit, so I saved the last two bites for lunch dessert later.

Lunch at 12:30 was a repeat of yesterday’s southern comfort in slightly smaller portions with 1/2 cup sweet collard greens, 1/2 cup baked beans, and 1/4 giant piece of cornbread:


To supplement, I also had about 1/3 cup of Myrna’s Dominican rice and fish:


And one cup of her salad:


Aren’t those cabbage ribbons beautiful? Myrna brought me enough of this rice and salad for tomorrow’s lunch, too. My coworkers treat me too well!!

Also, I probably had 4-6 of these guys throughout the day:


Loving the cinnamon mints!

When the mid-afternoon nibbles hit around 3, I had another serving of the Newman’s white cheddar soy crisps I reviewed yesterday with about 2 tbsp homemade guac:


While the soy crisps still tasted delicious, I have to add one complaint. The bag claims to hold 3.5 one-ounce servings. I actually used a food scale (for once) to measure one ounce of these crisps … and it definitely involved about half the bag!!! While I’m delighted that so many light and puffy soy crisps can squeeze into one serving, I’m bummed that I’m only getting 2-ish servings from what is supposed to be a 3-ish servings bag! And that’s using Newman’s serving guidelines — not even my own. Hmph.

Moving on, I had to leave my internship today at 3:30 to head to a mandatory seminar on working with aging populations at Hunter. I was thrilled to find that I was passing by Butterfield Market (aka my weekly supplier of manchego cheese samples) during their Passover Menu Tasting that I’ve seen them advertising on the sidewalk for a couple of weeks. How fortuitous … especially since Passover is my favorite holiday in the world due to the food that comes with it (and probably also because I am always so freaking starving after all the seder-ing that matzo becomes the most delicious delicacy EVER)!

Since I definitely needed more food (because eating is fun and not because I was hungry, obviously), I stopped in for “a little bit of everything, please.” Butterfield did not hold back:


That plate included (in no particular order) gefilte fish, beef brisket, boneless chicken with apricot glaze, zucchini “linguine” with fresh herbs (YUM!), apple matzoh kugel (the BEST of the plate’s contents … but still no better than Aunt Sherye makes it), caulifower kugel with toasted pecans, and a non-Passover Ritz cracker with pate.

That could have been dinner, but why stop?? Especially when I had a fun dinner trick up my sleeve ….

To be continued!

Do you have any tricks up your sleeve?


1. Enter my Bobโ€™s Red Mill giveaway!

2. Do you want to win the chocolate-covered vegan in a box? I know I do …

13 thoughts on “Live from the ice pack

  1. dailydulcie says:

    Love the southern comfort leftovers you had for lunch! Mmm. I want me some beans, collard greens, and corn bread!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I hate when serving sizes are off! So frustratinggg!! Why canโ€™t they give you the amount that they printed on the bag?!?

    Lets see.. I can form my tongue into a 3 leaf clover. I think that’s pretty neat! haha


  2. Jessica (jesslikesithot) says:

    homemade guacamole?? i’m jealousss, I get to use STORE BRANDS, WOO!

    And although I’m a vegetarian (been one my whole life!….My parents were hippies??), that pre-dinner plate and the southern comfort meal looks deliciousss!


  3. Sarah says:

    oh my gosh, Passover is MY FAVORITE holiday too! I CANT WAIT! What a brilliant idea to make zucchini ‘linguini’, I’m definitely going to try that!

    Feel better soon! (That’s an order!)


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