Feb. 8: What I Ate. Yes, You Will Be Seeing Many Leftovers This Week.

Outrageous experiments in sensible eating.
Feb. 8 2011 8:18 PM

Feb. 8: What I Ate. Yes, You Will Be Seeing Many Leftovers This Week.

Breakfast: wheat berries, apple butter, skim milk.

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.


Lunch No. 1: leftover root vegetable couscous, Twinings English breakfast tea with lemon.


Lunch No. 2: leftover curried black-eyed pea stew with mushrooms and tomatoes, barley, leftover gluten-free pizza crust, water.


Snack/dessert: banana.


Dinner: I tried to make this Jicama, Grapefruit, and Pepita Salad With Cilantro-Lime Dressing . It didn't come out very well. I used daikon instead of jicama, pomelo instead of grapefruit, blood orange, Romaine and arugula. I wasn't quite up for it--not feeling quite well enough to prepare it or to eat it. Or maybe it's the wrong season. The pomelo was good.



Healthy? Overall, the day looks a little heavy on grains, though they were all good grains. Apple butter is probably not the best choice, since it's really just concentrated fruit--concentrated sugar. I already discussed milk in yesterday's eating. Pretty low on green vegetables and variety too.

Smart shopping? Apple butter not as economical as fruit. Wheat berries and apple butter came from a rather pricey store. Couscous ingredients from FreshDirect, thus not the best buy. Avocado and pomelo not the most cost-effective ingredients. Black-eyed peas came from a can; not as inexpensive as dried beans. Cremini mushrooms not the least expensive choice. Then again, aside from the banana, these were all purchased last week, when economy wasn't the goal.

Slowness/mindfulness? Nope.

Satisfying? All good until dinner.

Environmentally friendly? Not really, aside from the meatlessness. The milk is local.

I'm not quite on the ball this week yet.



Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
Sept. 19 2014 9:15 PM Chris Christie, Better Than Ever
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.