WIAW #16 – Pre-Finals Twinkie Effect

I had to leave behind this guy this past week.  😦 He stays at home and I go back to school, but it is only a short time until we are reunited!

So, back to Jenn’s fabulous What I Ate Wednesday (or whatever day…) You know, I could probably fall into a few other good habits right about now.  Sure, healthy eating, but how about studying?  Any good tips or tricks for those of us still in school and haunted by multiple choice tests? Definitely not my favorite 🙂

I call it the “Twinkie Effect” because I know if I don’t strategically plan out my meals and incorporate at least a half dozen fruits and vegetables into the mix, I’ll be heading down a deep dark path of ice cream, pretzel chips (the chocolate kind), peanut butter cups, and more.  All in the name of getting myself over the impending stress of finals. I guess you could say it’s also a late tribute to the “Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling”

I’ve been good about staying off of social media sites, mostly because I block them from my computer during the day time.  I know my self-control is minimal, so once I have checked Facebook a couple times during the morning, I set up my Self-Control app on my computer and away it goes.  Now only if I could do that for all the sweets and enticing holiday snacks.

Breakfast Day 1: Pumpkin Cheesecake Quesadilla
Wheat tortilla
2 Tbsp cream cheese light
2+ Tbsp pumpkin puree
Cinnamon
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Your favorite toppings: walnuts, pecans, apple slices, banana slices

Attempt at lunch day one back at school.  As I mentioned the other day, I had practically nothing in the fridge/cupboard for a solid lunch.  So, an apple, ThinkThin PB bar and nuts it is. 

Day 1 Dinner: Pumpkin Ravioli w/ chicken, brussels sprouts, onion, pesto, tomato paste…pure delish! (And I’m not usually a pasta fan!)

This was what Trader Joe’s looked like when I arrived around 8pm.  Who knew all the good stuff would be taken?

This is where the “twinkie” or sugar overload effect comes into play…all the delectable desserts Trader Joe’s offers! Deadly I tell you, deadly.  I try to not stock the house with these treats, that is unless I know I can share with others.  Then, I make a point of splurging. 🙂

Ok, I did break down and buy a bag of pretzel slims…why not?

Day 2 Breakfast: Pumpkin yogurt, frozen cherry/berry mix, some oats, chia seeds, and ground flaxseedBecause I didn’t have class on Tuesday, I was able to prepare a solid lunch for myself.  I had picked up a kabocha squash, purely because I was intrigued by the name and had seen it on other’s blogs.  After roasting it in foil in the oven (~400F) for about 55 minutes, it was nice and tender and ready to be consumed.  I devoured half with some seasoned salts, including my uncle’s special blend, along with some green beans and TJ savory tofu. The other half will be saved for my busy schedule today. Then for dinner, I met up with one of my good friends, Sam, who also shares a love for food.  That actually is how we first met, over a discussion of BBQ and food.  

We experimented with a recipe I had pulled out of some Cooking Light Magazine. YOLO 🙂

Tomato and Mozzarella Risotto
~4 servings (or a couple very hungry individuals) 😉
Total Time ~30 minutes
Ingredients:
3.25 cups vegetable broth/chicken broth (I subbed in TJ’s chicken broth packets)
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 Tbsp minced fresh garlic
1.25 cups whole wheat couscous
3/4 cup tomatoes (calls for crushed tomatoes…we used regular chopped tomatoes)
~1/2+ cup chopped/shredded mozzarella (I’d say give in a little if you are really craving a cheesy meal)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp kosher salt
2 cups torn fresh baby spinach

Directions:
1. Place the broth in a pot and set to a simmer on the stove (don’t let it boil).  At the same time melt butter in a low saucepan on the stove.
2. Add onion and garlic to pan; saute ~2 minutes or under onion is tender, stirring frequently.
3. Add rice to pan; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Add 1/2 cup of broth to rice/couscous mixture and stir until it is fully blended.  Repeat until all the broth is used up. (~22 minutes)
4.  Stir in tomatoes; cook ~1 minute.
5. Add cheese, peper, and salt, stirring until cheese melts (add more if you see fit…the more the better in my opinion) 🙂
6. Remove from heat and add in the spinach, stirring until it is fully incorporated as wel.  Place risotto in four bowls and enjoy!

“One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
– Sigmund Freud

How are you preparing for the holidays? How do you avoid sugar overload?

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16 thoughts on “WIAW #16 – Pre-Finals Twinkie Effect

  1. I hate leaving my puppies when I leave home 😦 I think I miss them as much as my family members hehe Wow that quesadilla sounds FABULOUS. I need to make that because I have all of the ingredients!

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