Monday Munchies, Part 4


Welcome to Monday! Over the weekend, Peter and I were in New York celebrating the wedding of my dear friend Amy (pictures forthcoming!). We got back last night, picked up the doggles, and crashed into bed. We haven’t had a chance to go grocery shopping yet, so needless to say, today’s eats should be interesting.

Onward! Below you’ll find everything I ate over the course of a recent Saturday. I found this day especially interesting as I ate out twice, and as you’ll see, the results were an interesting mish-mash of “Yum!” and “good gracious, there isn’t anything green in sight!”.

Breakfast, 8 am:

Coffee with a splash of skim. I thought about cropping out the screwdriver but felt it would disturb the perfect equilibrium of this picture.

Look familiar? Two eggs scrambled with a double handful of spinach, fresh peach, whole grain toast, skim milk.

At the Urbana Farmer’s Market an hour later, one of the vendors gave us an apple to try. His sample totally worked, as we proceeded to buy a bag of these unnamed apples. I enjoyed a few bites:

The day went a bit wonky from here.

Lunch, 12:30 pm. Catered picnic for Peter’s new department:

What is that?? Well, let me tell you: turkey (I think. Perhaps it was chicken.), mac ‘n’ cheese, coleslaw, cornbread, half-lemonade half-water mix.

As you can tell, I was not a big fan of this lunch. I ate a couple of bites of poultry, all the mac ‘n’ cheese (although it didn’t compare to our Perfect 10 Mac ‘n’ Cheese), a few bites of cornbread, and half a bite of coleslaw. That coleslaw did not taste as good as it looked, which is saying something. At least the company was excellent!

Snack, 4:30:

Two slices of sage cheddar on rosemary Triscuts. Settled the stomach nicely.

Dinner, 6:30:

Since we moved here, we’ve been going out to dinner once a week at this Chinese restaurant. Golden Harbor will never replace our beloved Forbidden City Bistro, but they make some tasty stuff.

(Sorry, Denise — this is where I ordered the Singapore noodles!)

The menu at Golden Harbor has hundreds of items on it, so I think we’ll be busy for a while. We usually ask the lovely woman behind the counter what to order.  She has suggested winners every time.

Jalapeno chicken:

Three veggies (eggplant, mushroom, and something else) in the most delicious sauce there yet:

A fried fish dish on their “desert” menu (dishes with spice but no sauce):

My plate:

That’s a lot of beige! Doesn’t quite match up with MyPlate, does it? 😉

Dessert, 7:30 pm:

Frozen custard from Jarling’s Custard Cup.

Frozen custard is huge here in the Midwest. Honestly, I couldn’t tell much of a difference between frozen custard and ice cream. Am I saying something blasphemous?

So there you have it! Another day of eats from a registered dietitian. Not the most balanced day, but that’s A-OK. I subscribe to the Always/Sometimes way of eating, and that means days like this are fine occasionally.

Happy Monday!

Q: Where was the last place you went out to eat?


  1. There appears to be a plethora of poultry in that jalapeno dish!

    1. Definitely not spicy enough for you.

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