Jan. 6: The Rest of My Eating Day

Outrageous experiments in sensible eating.
Jan. 6 2011 8:44 PM

Jan. 6: The Rest of My Eating Day

Macadamia nuts at 9:45 a.m.:

Ellen Tarlin Ellen Tarlin

Ellen Tarlin is a former Slate copy chief and writer of the "Clean Plate" blog. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston PhoenixBrooklyn Bridge, Bark, and  the RISK storytelling podcast. Follow her on Twitter.

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I tried to space out my carbs today. A banana before noon:

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One slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter after:

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But I still ended up with a blood-sugar coma. Maybe I just can't eat bread in the middle of the day.

An apple at 2ish:

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Celery at 4 p.m., because I have to have my afternoon crunchies. It's also nice and watery and salty, though it's more fun if you can dip it in a vat of salad dressing:

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I was still hungry an hour and a half later, so I enjoyed some provolone:

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And then for dinner, I made some minestrone  (rhyme intentional):

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This is from Mollie Katzen's Moosewood Cookbook (the old one; here is the new one ). It's topped with parmesan and parsley, and served with whole-wheat challah. I've been making this one for years. The husband really likes it. And it makes a ton. I'm pretty sure Katzen cooks without measuring, so her serving sizes are a bit off (maybe this is no longer true in the newer cookbooks). This recipe claimed it would yield four to six servings, but I divided it into more than six servings for storage after my husband and I dined.

What I love about this dish is it gives you everything in one bowl: vegetables, beans, protein, starch, and even fruit if you count tomatoes as a fruit. And it's tasty and satisfying. However, some of Katzen's recipes have a LOT of ingredients; this one involves a lot of chopping and a longer prep time than I can usually stand after working all day. But now I'll have some for future lunches and dinners.

And to top it all off:

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A lovely Cara Cara orange. My husband and I split it so I only ate half.

I ended the day full. And happy.