Category Archives: rice and pastas

Friday, April 20th

8:30AM Dorm Room – Getting Ready for Lab
1 packet of Quaker instant oatmeal, cinnamon roll flavored, prepared with water. I haven't had oatmeal in a while. I used to eat it every morning before work about two summers ago. Must have gotten sick of it that way. I had to go into work early this morning, so I thought I would try and fill up more during breakfast.

3:30PM Cambridgeside Galleria Foodcourt – Thai Accent
1/3 entree of pad thai with roast pork. I had surprisingly little appetite after having starved all afternoon, since there was no Friday Forum to get free food from today. Maybe it's like how sometimes you get so hungry that you feel nauseous so you just can't eat a lot. But it was tasty at least. I always get the pad thai with roast pork whenever I eat at the galleria's foodcourt. Mostly because the other stuff, like Taco Bell and BK don't interest me at all.

9:00PM Vinny T's in Copley Square
A few pieces of thin Focaccia bread smeared with fresh roasted garlic, 1/2 entree of pollo alla fiorentina (penne with spinach, red peppers, chicken breast, in a light cream sauce with pecorino romano), and part of a chocolate bomba for dessert ("dense chocolate genoise with layers of rich mousse, hazelnuts and shaved white chocolate with creme Anglaise.")

Mmmm what a yummy dinner. I love Vinny T's bread with roasted garlic. It's so much more vibrant than other restaurants with their rolls and butter. Very comfort-food-like, though a little bit messy to eat. Don't ever go to Vinny T's unless you are comfortable with the both of you smelling like garlic all night. Greg and I polished off practically one whole head of roasted garlic, haha.

The chicken pasta entree was pretty good too. I especially loved the taste of the fresh, tender spinach in the pasta. I have always loved spinach, but only when it is freshly blanched. If I ever order this dish again, I'm sure I will try and ask for extra spinach in it.

And finally, the chocolate bomba dessert. It was super rich, which was a bit much for me after having pasta for dinner. I originally wanted tiramisu, but my boyfriend wasn't feeling it. The chocolate bomba was a slice of cake that had a layer of chocolate cake on the bottom, and the top 2/3 was a layer of chocolate mousse that was almost fudge-like. It was sprinkled with roasted hazelnuts (yum!), and sitting in a little pool of creme Anglaise, which is a vanilla-flavored custard sauce. It was really good, but just hard to eat very much of, since it was so rich. I'll put up a picture of it later when I get it off of Greg's cell phone.


Tuesday, April 17th

1:30PM Greg's Room
1 cha shao bun, 1 egg custard tart from Chinatown. 1/8 of a 萨其马 (sa qi ma, a.k.a honey cake). Kind of a weird lunch, but you make do with what you got.

7:30PM Baker Dining
Chicken stir fry with noodles and assorted vegetables, in chili garlic sauce and hoisin peanut sauce. Great stir fry, as usual. I'm trying to eat chicken more (I used to get beef stir fry most often), since I read a recent study that eating red meat is linked to breast cancer :(

Also got a "Mission Mango" smoothie which consisted of fresh mango, peaches, strawberries, guava juice, and yogurt. I love smoothies with fresh fruit, it just tastes so natural. There are no funny artificial flavors that you get when you drink some mystery smoothie from a store where you see them pour in some juice/flavor syrup. Haha plus with a fresh fruit smoothie, you're getting some of your daily fruit servings! :D

Monday, April 2nd

9:30AM Dorm Room – Getting Ready for Lab
1 Special K bar (strawberry flavored, 90 calories). Ah, back to the good ol' breakfast item for when I am late. Always late…

1:00PM Graduate Biomechanics Lecture
State Forbes Cafe entree: Chinese pepper beef, on white rice. Half bottle of Lipton PureLeaf iced tea in diet lemon. The nutrition tag on the entree said it was 350 calories per serving. Though I'm pretty sure that doesn't include the rice. So all in all, I would say that I had 1 cup of rice plus most of the pork, giving me a total of 550 calories for this entree. The pork was okay, a little bit on the dry side. Though I did like the sauce and the bell peppers. It didn't taste like Chinese cuisine though, the whole dish reminded me of Mexican cuisine, with the peppers and tomatoes and all, which gave the overall impression of pork fajita. The diet lemon iced tea was okay, but I'm not too fond of the diet lemon flavor. It's so fake that it's almost sickening. I'm not sure why it's so hard to make lemon taste without using real sugar. You'd think they could just rely on lemon juice to lend its flavor. My favorite Lipton tea is the regular peach flavor though, it's really nice. Not quite sure what the new brand name for the tea is supposed to mean. PureLeaf? It says made with fresh brewed tea, but aren't all of Lipton's flavored iced teas like that?

8:00PM Baker Dorm Dining
2 cups of beef stir fry with assorted vegetables and brown rice in teriyaki and soy ginger sauce (1.2 cups brown rice, 250 calories, 2/3 cup of vegetables, 40 calories, 2.5 oz. beef, 150 calories -> total is 440 for 2 cups of this stir fry). Very healthy stuff this is, with all the brown rice and veggies, and just a bit of beef for protein. But it's a bit boring to eat, and the brown rice is dry. The beef was wonderful though. The stir fry chef didn't overcook it today because I was the only one waiting in line for an order, so the beef was juicy and tender and had lots of flavor. I sure got a TON of this stir fry though. It came out to 6 cups total, so I have like 2 more meals I can make out of this haha. Anyway, enjoy the picture, I'm trying to learn to take better/more appealing food photos.

1:30AM Dorm Room
 1 Asian pear (100 calories). Last one in my fridge! Now I just have grapefruit to work on heh.

4:45AM Dorm Room – Getting through another late night…
1 packet of prepared Nestle fat free hot chocolate with calcium (25 calories). I got smart this time and used less water to make my hot chocolate. Apparently the packet says you only make it with 6 oz of water, and lo and behold, it actually tastes somewhat like hot chocolate if you do that. Of course, the whole fat free-ness of hot chocolate makes it a lot less rich, but I just needed a little something to help get me through another half hour or so of reading. I've been having some trouble falling asleep lately, I'm not sure if it's because I stay up too late or because I'm just stressed out in general about mcats and schoolwork, but it helps to have some hot chocolate beforehand I think.

Total for today is about 1200. I think it's good that I'm indulging less in junk nowadays, although my low calorie count bothers me. I'm either counting wrong, or I'm eating too little for real, or my metabolism is slowing down. None of those seem too fantastic. I can't wait until the schoolwork and med school stuff subsides a little so that I can spend more time exercising. That way I can avoid most of the problems I just mentioned above.

Monday, March 26th

3:30PM Dorm Room – Leftovers for a Late Lunch (I need stop waking up so late)
3/4 cup of leftover Rice-a-roni (230 calories), 1.25 oz. canned tuna (40 calories), 1 oreo (50 calories). Rice-a-roni tastes pretty bad as leftovers (even when you make it on a stove at home). For some reason the moisture evaporates and leaves the rice seeming undercooked. I was also kind of sick of the rice flavor by this afternoon, and I ended up giving a good deal of my portion to Greg haha. Having oreos around is kind of being detrimental to my eating habits, because when it's there I just want to have some, especially after a meal of salty stuff. Ack.

6:45PM Dorm Room – Early Dinner / Snack
Remaining 1/2 of the chicken salad sandwich from yesterday (220 calories). I think Greg and I are going to order out again for dinner (sigh, wish we had more options). Maybe we'll get Chinese today. Anyway, the 1/2 sandwich is for keeping me from starving to death until we order lol.

8:20PM Dorm Room – Quan's Kitchen Takeout
White rice (2 cups, 400 calories), 5 oz. lobster sauce (175 calories), 6 oz. sesame chicken (350 calories). Yum. I haven't had Quan's lobster sauce in a long time. It's a thick sauce with ground pork, eggs, and Chinese black beans in it, plus lots of corn starch and some soy sauce for flavoring and consistency. Very cheap (1 quart costs $6.50, and lasts more or less 6 meals if you are eating by yourself), but you are mostly eating sauce anyway lol. We were originally going to order Quan's grilled lemongrass chicken, which is very fragrant. But they had run out of it, so I had to make a spur of the moment decision to switch to sesame chicken, which is really different. In the end though, the two entrees balanced each other out quite well, since the lobster sauce is salty, and the sesame chicken is sweet. In the picture, the lobster sauce is piled on the rice on the left, and the sesame chicken, adorned with sesame seeds, is on the right.

4:30AM Dorm Room
5 oreos (250 calories), 1 Viactiv vitamin. Ugh, I blame it on my stress from studying for MCATs. Took a practice exam today and didn't do spendidly. With the test coming up in less than 2 weeks I really don't have time to not be doing well anymore… Well, I guess being up late again doesn't help, since I get hungry late at night. Blah. No oreos for me tomorrow. Seriously. I would totally just throw it out altogether if it wasn't for the fact that my boyfriend would complain. Man…

Total for today is about 1715. Really cutting it too close. This whole business of having no access to healthy food and being stressed out at the same time is doing wonders for me.

Sunday, March 25th

3:00PM Greg's Room
Rest of the whole wheat fusilli with carbonara sauce (1.5 cups, 600 calories). Pasta with cream sauce never tastes too fantastic after it's been refrigerated and microwaved. Somehow it all turns into a puddle of grease. Oh well, less grease that I'm ingesting haha. Spring break started this weekend, so for the next week there won't be any dorm dining to lean on for food (and healthy choices). I have to figure out what I can eat this week, and if I order out, it will be disaster for my eating habits!  I would normally turn to cooking, but this week I have to focus entirely on studying for the MCATs coming up in 2 weeks, so I really don't have time to do much cooking unless it's quick.

9:45PM Dorm Room – Studying for MCATs
1 pizza bagel left over from Baker's study break, except this one was on a real bagel half (~ 300 calories), 1 spring fling oreo (50 calories). I posted a picture in this past Thursday's entry so take a look there if you want to see what it was like. Hmm…I miss eating vegetables and unprocessed foods… all this takeout and stuff is making me lethargic.

11:30PM Dorm Room – Late Dinner
1/2 chicken salad sandwich on wheat from La Verde's (~220 calories). I adore the new cranberry walnut chicken salad that La Verdes is offering nowadays. It is so much tastier than the old version that was always too salty, too peppery, and too onion-y. The cranberry walnut version is sweeter, and I really like the texture of it, with the crunchy walnuts and the fresh fruit bite of the cranberries. I don't know if they use dried cranberries or not, but in the salad it doesn't bite like a raisin, so I assume they use fresh cranberries? I don't know, I could be wrong, but they just taste kind of like grapes. I was a little bit frustrating while wandering around La Verdes trying to find something healthy to eat, that had vegetables in it. But short of getting some kind of frozen entree which would either be too fatty/salty/greasy or too little food to be satisfied with (i.e. Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice type meals), I just couldn't find anything else with vegetables in it. I also wasn't interested in getting a huge sub filled with meats and empty vegetables like lettuce and onions. The chicken salad isn't much better, except that it is smaller in portion size. While I was there, I was also interested in trying some Kombucha tea, which I heard is really good for you. But it cost about 3 bucks for a small bottle of maybe 12 oz. at best, so I really wasn't about to pay for that. Maybe some other time…

3:45AM Dorm Room – Late Night Snack… (a.k.a. My Boyfriend Was Hungry)
2/3 cup of Rice-a-roni (herb and butter flavored, 200 calories), 1.25 oz. canned tuna (45 calories). Greg couldn't sleep and really wanted to eat something, and after looking through all my random crap he decided to make Rice-a-roni. Our first box (using microwave directions) failed miserably because we accidentally burnt it. Second time around it came out much better, and was pretty tasty for a microwaved rice dish. The tuna went well with it. There's leftovers for tomorrow too, so that's kind of convenient.

Total for today was about 1350. Much better lol.

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