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Kitchen mistakes sometimes lead to yumminess

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

So today was a tough day for me because I forgot my oatmeal this morning and all I had to eat all morning was 1/2 grapefruit, 1/2 banana, and 1/2 c. of greek yogurt. Then I had a buffalo-chicken breast, lentil and spinach salad for lunch but I was still starving. Since I'm on the whole foods thing I don't have any popcorn at work *yes, I know I can make my own microwave popcorn but haven't gotten around to buying paper bags. So the only other food I had at work was an ounce of cheddar and an apple, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but by the time I got home from work there was no way I was going to the gym, I was making dinner right away and that was that!

As an aside, I had to go to the grocery store by work at lunch to get milk, yogurt and cat litter. This particular grocery store I am scared to go in because they make their own popcorn (obviously, I freaking love popcorn). They oil-pop it and coat it with white cheddar and salt and every bite is heaven. Unfortunately they also only sell these things in 5 gallon bags, and at $2.50 it's like why not? So I was very proud of myself for not getting any popcorn at the grocery store, I stuck to what we needed and a bottle of seltzer water to fizz up my stomach for the rest of the afternoon.

So I get home and defrost the salmon, I have almond-crusted salmon on the menu, but I need to make some sides and I still had a lot of calories to eat today. I was planning on just eating it with some baby spinach, but I needed carbs in a bad way. So I boiled some whole wheat pasta to make with pesto for the side. As I was getting the spinach out I saw a pint of grape tomatoes in the fridge, which I had completely forgotten about and they started to look like they were going to wither. So I decided to incorporate them into the meal. I fired up a small stainless steel skillet and put 1 T of grapeseed oil and started up the burner.

I'd like to add that we moved a month ago and I now have an electric stove. Worst thing invented, ever. You don't know what is on or off and I've burned myself multiple times! You also have very limited control over the temperature!

So I'm scurrying around to get the salmon in the other pan, and the pasta in the saucepan, and forget about the little skillet for the tomatoes. When I realize that I throw the tomatoes in and this huge plume of smoke comes barreling out of the skillet. All of a sudden the fire alarm is going off, the cats are freaking out and my husband is looking at me like I'm a very silly girl.

I immediately took the tomatoes off the burner, opened up the balcony door and turned the ventilator fan on. I let them stop sizzling, but you could see the little guys getting very charred indeed. Once I had the stove under control I added a splash of balsamic to the skillet and it made some more irritated noises but I let it be.

So for dinner there was 3 oz. almond-crusted salmon, 1 c. spinach, 1/4 lemon, and 1 c. whole-wheat fussili with reduced fat pesto (2 T). Total was like 450 calories. OMG. The tomatoes were freaking AMAZING. They were so juicy and flavorful! The salmon was good too (we are not huge fish fans but try to eat it a few times per month), and everything worked perfectly together. I had it with a cup of 2% milk and now I am only about 75 calories to go for today which is great.

I have leftovers (sans pasta/pesto) for lunch! Hopefully I remember to bring enough food tomorrow so I have energy for the gym tomorrow night.
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FIRECOM 2/16/2013 10:07AM

    This is very well written and tells a tale full of truth. I have assumed full kitchen duties since my DW had a stroke. I am getting better but I have found that truly, mistakes can make a memorable dish. (Some of those are not good memories but I am getting better.)

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MRSBAHR 2/6/2013 8:47PM

  Electric stoves do get easier! Your supper sounds good!

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ELSCO55 2/6/2013 8:09PM

    Good luck on your tracking. I had always had an electric stove and have no luck on gas.

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