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Ethnic Easter Eating

Friday, April 22, 2011

So today was the test of willpower... Easter family lunch (which stretched into dinner)... Gotta track but how on earth can you keep track of all the food you eat??

Especially when so much of it is NOT every day food?

When my extended family gets together we have a HUGE spread of VERY diverse food - we have expanded beyond just Korean food and it now includes anything...

Do you know how hard it is to track that kind of food?!

For example:
-1/3 cup of white rice (ok this is standard)
-3 pieces of tang soo yuk (Korean version of sweet and sour chicken, very tasty)
-2 pieces of zucchini dipped in an egg batter don't even know the name of it
-1 piece salmon sushi (ok this one is easy)
-1 piece spicy salmon maki (this one is relatively easy)
-1/4 cup jap chae (Korean glass noodles, very tasty, my sister made it)
-2 ggam poong gi (Kind of like sweet and sour chicken but it is spicy and delicious)

Let's not even discuss the cake (homemade). Yes. I had cake. 2 pieces.
and a slice of delicious strawberry pie.

(Yes, this was not your traditional conventional easter lunch at all... and we stuck around and ordered pizza for dinner as well. it was a whole day affair).

So if the goal is to track in order to manage the calories... well. half of that was accomplished.

I tracked. However, I am WAY over my calories...

but on the other hand, I suppose I could say that at least I did not eat the chocolate tart, i did not load up even more than I could have on the food (my plate looked quite lean compared to how I might usually load it up), I did not have more than the 3 pieces of tang soo yook which i love, or the 2 pieces of ggam poong gi which i also love.

Success? Maybe not. However, one day closer to meeting the goal of tracking each day til Sunday.

One step at a time right?? haha :)

  
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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 4/23/2011 9:56AM

    emoticon on resisting the tart and being aware that you are eating lighter than your usual Easter feast. Sounds like a great family celebration.

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ANNIETT29 4/23/2011 12:55AM

    I think it's a success! Small changes right?

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Happy food

Thursday, April 21, 2011

This is my first post and while I don't really think anyone will read it I'm going to post it up anyway!!

This is inspired by my lovely friend, Anniett who is the reason why I started on this site originally and whose list of favourite foods I just read. She is the one that kicks my butt when I need it and I appreciate it :)

My latest happy food is korean food and spring rolls.

Korean bibimbap - Typically this is white rice with assorted marinated and pickled veggies and sometimes beef with a friend egg on top, a bit of sesame oil and hot sauce. It's such comfort food.

The way my mom makes it and the way I eat it, is to start the bowl with a fair amount of lettuce (romaine or the red lettuce stuff but not iceberg), matchstick carrots that are slightly boiled (parboiled I guess) in a mix of soy sauce, splenda and water, zucchini with garlic, spinach with garlic ( i like garlic), any other veggies you may have on hand, with or without some meat, a bit of sesame oil, a bit of hot sauce (korean go chu jang) and one fried egg. I know it has the word' fried' in it, but you just gotta try it with the egg on top. It's hard to have it without the egg. Then once your bowl is full, put in a small amount of brown rice whatever you feel comfortable with. This is non-traditional, but this way the rice becomes a side player instead of the main and everything still tastes really good while getting in lots of veggies.

The spring rolls are my version of the ever so yummy vietnamese spring rolls! I make my own peanut sauce (soy sauce, organic pure peanut butter, splenda, hot sauce and a bit of lime juice), and then just stuff the rice paper with any kind of veggies (usually at least matchstick carrots, cilantro, mint, lettuce). I skip the vermicelli that often goes in there, usually don't put meat either. Again, totally not traditional or authentic, but who cares, it's yummy, not very high in calories and gets your veggies in.

Korean kimbap is also happy, yummy and relatively healthy- same ingredients essentially as in the bibimbap (usually no zucchini or meat for me though) plus dak kwang (yellow pickled radish -you have to check carefully for ones without MSG), verrrry thin layer of brown rice (hard to get it thin enough sometimes) all rolled up and then sliced into 8-10 pieces. Often you may buy ones with fish cake in it, but I suspect it is not so healthy and I never buy it anyway.

  
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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 4/21/2011 11:09PM

    Great first blog - so informative and happy! Asian is my comfort food, probably because I am Chinese. Could live on rice and sauce but sadly that is not helping me lose weight. So like you say, making sure to step up the veggies, and also protein.

Just be careful about eating out by making sure the place is very clean and the Asian food is very fresh.

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ANNIETT29 4/21/2011 8:19PM

    Aww thanks for the shoutout. You kick and motivate my butt lots too!

Bibimbap! That just makes me happy saying it!
I love spring rolls too- I dont know what it is but I love rollling my food up- it really jazzes things up!

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RIKKI572 4/21/2011 7:45PM

    I love trying new foods, and you've just given my a few new ideas. Thank you for sharing.

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