…and then my day went to pot.

January 8, 2011

First&foremost, I want to apologize for making this such a long, wordy post. I’m in a mood and I’m treating the blog like therapy right now. Forgive me.

Around 11am, I munched on a pink lady apple (pretty much the only apple I’ll buy now. Every time someone says “oh no, you have to try this type of apple instead” I end up hating their apple and go back to my old favorite. Is that weird?) with a light cheese stick and some jalapeno slices. I really like a little spice to my food and am always adding jalapenos or hot sauce or sriracha to something.

The apple didn’t look too pretty but it tasted good.

Awesome combo.

  • 1 med pink lady apple: 72/0/19
  • 1 light cheese stick: 60/3/1

Mid-morning Snack Totals: 132cal/ 3g fat/20g cho

The weirdest thing happened to me this afternoon. I was editing my “about” section and had just finished typing the part about my favorite Mexican dish when my mom called to see if I wanted to go to the Mexican restaurant with her for lunch. I took it as a sign from the cosmos that I should save my turkey broccoli salad for later, so I met up with her.

Molcajete, refried beans, and rice.

The dish that I love is called molcajete by the restaurant but when I tried to look up the recipe online a few months back, I soon realized that a molcajete is the bowl they serve it in and that the recipe must be their own special secret. It is amazing. Chicken strips, shrimp, chorizo, and steak strips (I always order it without the steak) are cooked in a spicy red sauce with spring onions and a whole jalapeno. It is topped with a few strips of melty cheese and it is pure goodness. It would definitely be my last meal request if I were on death row.

Here it is, in all of its glory

Normally, I lose my mind when eating at a Mexican restaurant (I live in a town with a very strong hispanic culture and authentic Mexican food is available all over town – it’s nothing like ChiChis or OnTheBorder or Taco Bell) so today I set up a game plan before heading to the restaurant. I wrote down everything I would possibly eat (chips, rice, tortillas, etc.) with all of the nutrition facts then chose a few key items that I really wanted to eat. I ended up deciding on a small molcajete, refried beans, and a flour tortilla. I ended up not eating the tortilla as planned and ordered a side salad of iceberg, tomato slices, white onion, and a few avocado strips with a fresh lime squeezed over top. It was all so yummy and I was super excited to really stick to my eating plan.

I ate about half of the beans, one bite of the guac and none of the rice.

Just a heads up: my nutrition counts may have been off for lunch. My bloodsugar has been running a little high since lunch and I’m not sure if it’s from inaccurate counts or from battling this brutal cold I still can’t shake. The molcajete numbers are from a recipe I found online that had similar ingredients.

  • 1 small serv molcajete: 257/13/4
  • 1/4c refried beans: 53/0/9

Lunch Totals: 310cal/13g fat/13g cho

I ended up working late and didn’t have a chance to eat my afternoon snack until I got home. It’s been a rough week. Between the cold and some major stress I’m dealing with over a friend’s wedding, I have been craving the weekend AND A GIANT GLASS OF WINE.

This was only my first glass...

  • 24 pretzel snaps: 110/1/24
  • 1 wedge laughing cow cheese: 35/1/1

Afternoon Snack Totals: 145cal/2g fat/25g cho

After my late snack, I didn’t know what to do for dinner. Originally, I planned on making the mushroom lasagna that got pushed back from yesterday but after a glass of white I got lazy and decided that I would eat my turkey broccoli salad for dinner instead. Then, I got a rush of energy that convinced me that I should make the lasagna. So I started cooking. Here is a little tip that I always forget: read the recipe before you start making the dish. The recipe was long and full of weird requirements such as cooking with a dutch oven (even though it never needed to go from stovetop to oven) and straining warm milk through a sieve. It was ridiculous and in the end I ended up with not enough noodles (the ingredient list said 8oz. when it really should have said 12 noodles) and too much eggnog in the mushroom sauce (the recipe didn’t call for eggnog but it did call for 1% milk – I only had skim – and nutmeg, so i figured i could just mix eggnog and skim milk together for a thicker, nutmeggy sauce…I don’t recommend it).

I started to take pictures of the process b/c I was hoping to post the recipe on here but I got frustrated after an hour and almost turned off the stove and walked away. It’s really disappointing to have a 2 hour cooking endeavor become a 2 hour cooking disaster. I didn’t even end up eating it. I was so hungry for dinner at about an hour into it that I just started randomly picking at food in the fridge. Before I knew it, my hunger was gone and dinner was still being made. It all happened so fast (I swear I was in a hunger coma) that I didn’t snap any pics of my grub but I did manage to write everything down after the fact. Don’t judge me, I was really hungry:

  • 1 whole wheat bagel thin: 110/1/24
  • 1T salted butter: 100/11/0
  • 3/4c turkey broccoli salad: 113/4/7
  • 1c smooth&dreamy ice cream: 240/8/38
  • 2T Crazy Richard’s natural peanut butter: 190/16/8

Non-Dinner Dinner Totals: 753cal/40g fat/77g cho

I went totally nuts with the food at my non-dinner dinner. Making the lasagna put me in a nasty mood and when it came out all funky and sweet, I knew I would not be cheerful enough to go out tonight. So I spent the rest of the night vegged out on the couch watching boring tv shows and texting a friend in Ohio. I ended up skipping my bedtime snack tonight and tomorrow I may try to dissect the lasagna (I put a lid on the baking dish and threw it in the fridge in a fit of disgust) and snap a few photos for you all to see. I’ve got a few things lined up for this weekend so hopefully I’ll be in a better mood tomorrow.

Daily Totals: 1565cal/61g fat/175g cho

Do you have anything fun planned for this weekend?

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One Response to “…and then my day went to pot.”


  1. Pink Lady apples are my favorite too! I like honey crisp as well, but they’re not as readily available. I try to persuade everyone to try Pink Ladies 🙂


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