crazy good eats week!
Thank you for the lovely feedback regarding my crazy good meal in New Jersey, and my opinions about the importance of eating together. After reading your comments, I realized I did not quite explain myself as clearly as I could have. Many of you mentioned that sure, it is fun and important to eat together, but we were also made to eat alone! Of course! Hellooo, I am a single gal in college, OF COURSE I know what it is like to eat alone. I also enjoy eating alone. I eat breakfast by myself every single morning, and ladies and gentlemen, it is personally my favorite time of day.
Eating alone, is, well, reason alone, why I cannot wait to be an independent, career, twenty-something working girl. Fixing myself dinner and whatnot. I think the point I was trying to make in my previous post was more for my own benefit -to reinstate what I am learning while in school. At home, I ate alone a lot. It was easy for me to get “caught up” in roasting a head of broccoli and vita-mixing protein ice cream (ohh, how I miss you protein ice cream) everyday instead of going out with friends to eat.
For many people, there are certain anxieties that come with eating in a group setting and eating out, and here at school, I am almost forced to eat with people; and what I thought was going to be an extremely stressful situation ended up not bad at all. When you’re not thinking and worrying about the actual act of eating, it is even fun! Partaking in the Italian Feast in Jersey was only evidence that eating in that kind of environment is healthy, relaxing, rewarding and also attributes to a healthy relationship with food.
Just wanted to clear that up a bit. :)
Breakfast: Peanut butter & raw honey oats.
Lunch was another repeat at Banquets.. decided to forgo taking a picture. When dinner rolled around, my friend and I were just not feeling standing in line to wait for dinner, and we weren’t especially hungry for a full on meal either. So what did we do? It was early, so both the desserts and salad bar were still out, so it became salad & dessert for dinner day!
We shared and tried a couple different desserts. The above being one my of my personal favorites, carrot cake.
An apple tart made with phyllo dough and a Napoleon.
SPOTTED! Anthropologie tissue paper! Guess what was delivered to me last week to the mail room?
A bowl sent to me via snail mail from Maya. She was so sweet to send me a little birthday gift.. Thank you Maya! You’re the best! I was definitely lacking in the food blogging “bowl” department, so an Anthropologie bowl was so appropriate.
For breakfast I definitely had to make use of my new bowl..so the night before I made up a batch of Averie’s overnight protein oats, and slid them in the bowl the next morning.
Averie’s protein oats were perfection! Definitely making again once I am lacking time in the morning to make breakfast.
Lunch: I ventured downstairs to Asia’s again and ordered the poached flounder wrapped around a spinach stuffed cabbage leaf; unfortunately, despite its beauty, the dish was extremely rare. Like, raw.
For dinner guess where we went? MEDS! (The word used to describe Kitchen of the Mediterranean.) Of course we did. We always go to Meds. I swear, I think the chef in the there knows who we are now..
It was TAPAS night! OK, I admit, it was a little overwhelming, but that’s what I love about this school…. you can get overly-excited and pile your plate tray as high as the sky, and not eat a single thing if you wanted.
Did I eat the buttery broccoli? Yes, of course.
Confession: the broccoli was the only distinguishable thing on my tray, so I can’t tell you what all of this was, but it was delicious!
Breakfast: Vanilla protein coconut oats with coconut butter on top.
In a very large Cali bowl.
We went to Asia’s upstairs for lunch that day, and it was so, much, better. This kitchen was featuring an entire sushi plate that day, which got me very excited.
So good. Even the side salad and miso soup (undocumented) were very flavorful.
Pretty sure this is the most photogenic, mouth-watering bowl of oatmeal I’ve ever made.
Vanille protein oat bran topped with mini marshmallows, PB and crumbled chocolate covered pretzel! (Given to me by Roomie #2, who is sadly leaving on her externship this week! My other roommate and I will be meeting our new roommate next week.)
Lunch was at Americas… I believe red snapper with a citrus salsa. Not sure on the fish though.
The broccoli and fritters were good! Unfortunately I got more raw fish.
I’m forgiving because I know I will be in the kitchens soon enough, experiencing my own episodes of raw fish; but I could actually take these plates back down the the Chef in charge of the kitchen, they appreciate knowing what went wrong- but by the time you find a seat, sit down, you’re just ready to eat!
Still hungry after the raw fish, so I ate microwaved leftover roasted butternut squash with spinach and broccoli in my room.
Breakfast was canned butternut squash oats with almond butter and maple syrup.
Lunch was “Italy” at Meds- sausage stuffed calamari,which normally I wouldn’t be a huge fan of, but it was okay. I mainly ordered the dish for the big serving of broccoli rabe! And pizza on the side.
Dinner Friday was at Asia’s again.
Spicy mango salad hit the spot.
The “special” of pork ribs unfortunately didn’t. They were a little chewy and tough. Oh well. Next time. :)
Mid morning breakfast of leftover canned butternut squash mixed with vanilla protein powder (microwaved) and topped with coconut-chia-granola! Mmm.
A few of you have asked me a few questions about school and whatnot, so I’m in the process of answering them in an upcoming post; but I figured I’d see if anyone else had any questions, really regarding whatever. Please feel free to ask. If not- no worries! You don’t have to ask me anything! :)
Once again, I’d like to reiterate that for me personally, eating and food comes down to balance. I have never been one to stick with one eating “mantra” or “style”; for instance, three large meals, small meals, grazing, tasting, snacking, protein vs. carbs, non-fat; because honestly if I did only one of those things, my life (and blog, for that matter) would be boring! And although I do NOT live by this: life is short, so do whatever the hell you want; I do live by this: Life is short, so treat your body well, nourishing and taking care of it, but not living in fear of food and eating. Eat the bread on occasion. Have an entire serving of dessert. Or two. Participate in Sweet Treat Wednesday. Taste your way through a ten course meal. By tomorrow, you’ll be back to eating broccoli and protein powder again right? I know I will!