Jan. 12: What I Ate

Outrageous experiments in sensible eating.
Jan. 12 2011 6:39 PM

Jan. 12: What I Ate

I'm sick with a cold, so I worked at home today, which gives me greater capability to cook and eat better.

Breakfast: an omelet with kale, oil, and garlic (approximate cost: $1.50):

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I made this cold remedy of boiled water, ginger, garlic, cayenne, honey (first added sugar all month!), and lemon (approximate cost: 25 cents). It has some kick to it, helpful with the throat and sinuses. And it doesn't taste too bad either.

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Homemade lentil soup for lunch with celery, carrots, oil, onion, garlic, tomatoes, salt, red wine, red wine vinegar, black pepper, and lemon juice (approximate cost per serving: $1). OK, it wasn't so much soup as just cooked lentils, and it's true: lentil soup is not the prettiest food, but it is good.

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This cold has me craving citrus, so I had two Cara Cara oranges (cost: $1.98):

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I had a plan for dinner: I planned to make a salad and serve it with hummus and babaganoush, but I wasn't feeling that great, so I changed the plan. I decided to have more soup ($1) and a bit of cheese ($2) and olives (50 cents) and then go to bed.

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Total for the day: $8.23.

I'm still eating from last week's groceries, so some of these choices are not as economical as they could be. The plan is to come up with a less pricey shopping list by the end of the week for purchase next week (since we'll be away for the weekend). Stay tuned.

 Night-night.