Seeing cousins :)

Bobby’s cousins were in town today (they live in Portland currently) and we had a lovely lunch with them at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant.  It seems like we take all of our visitors there!  I had the same salad that I got when I went last week with my coworkers: Lotus Root Salad with Shrimp and Pork.  The pork was so lean and flavorful – delicious, as always.

I also had pieces of both shrimp and veggie spring rolls (dipped in peanut sauce) as well as a sample of the Chicken salad that our cousins ordered.  And I had a few bites of Bobby’s beef soup (pho) – that broth is so good.

After our leisurely lunch (we talked so much and had such a wonderful time with them), we took them to our favorite grocery store – Milk Pail, a small partially open-air market.  We got our groceries for the week for a total of $21.60… which brings us to $125.14 for the Thanksgiving Challenge.  I think we made it!  We still have 2 extra meals leftover to eat out, and I don’t think we’ll have to buy anything else for the rest of the week.  It’s too soon to celebrate now, but I think we did it!  I’ll do a more detailed post regarding how I felt during the challenge after it’s officially over.

I found something amazing at Milk Pail – honeycrisp apples for $0.59/pound.  I got no less than 6.5 pounds.  I am so happy.  So I had one when we got home:

For dinner I kept it simple:

  • Gliding Calm baked tofu
  • Vietnamese cabbage salad (sliced cabbage, shredded carrot, sliced onion, sliced celery, and basil; topped with a sugar/fish sauce/lemon juice/water dressing)
  • Wild rice with smart balance – about 1/2 cup
  • more pumpkin puree with smart balance (seconds on this)

And dessert was a staple as well:

  • 2 Honeycrisp apples with lemon juice (shared with Bobby – this pic is of the first)

I also had 2 of the Chocolate Raisin Peanut Pumpkin Cookies that I baked yesterday for the BSI contest.  Yummy!  I am staying out of the kitchen for the rest of the night though.

Hope you all have a wonderful start to this very short week!

19 Replies to “Seeing cousins :)”

  1. Wow, thank you so much for the pingback. I am soooo glad to hear that you had a much better day and properly fueled your body all day long. I find that giving my body lots of fuel (ESPECIALLY in the earlier part of the day/noon) reduces snackiness behavior in the evening hours.

    Your great. I ate some Peanut butter cookies yesterday, too, cause I was hungry, they tasted awesome, and cause i dont have cookies alot. it was probably more than i am used to, (they were big), but it is such a small thing compared to the rest of my life (what i have to look forward to!!)

  2. Thanks for sharing Maggie. I definitely can relate, and I’m glad you posted that.

    Great eats with your cousin – Whenever my parents are here to visit, we usually go out to Vietnamese too! Haha!

  3. Hi there! Wow – honeycrisp apples for 0.59/lb? That’s a great deal! Especially since honeycrisp are hard to come by and are absolutely delicious! I like those and fujis the best :).

    How fun that you were able to see your cousins! I miss mine a lot cause they live in Taiwan…

    hope to keep in touch and read more of your posts 🙂

  4. Your eats look delicious! I am struggling with the same issues you are. I know exactly what that feels like. All you can do is keep your chin up and realize tomorrow is a new day!

  5. hmmm I thought I started a comment and hit enter by mistake but don’t see it..SO…

    I think we all have eating issues around this time of year…there are just so many more treats lying around to snack on 🙂 For me I know I love to eat the treats so I just need to bump up the workouts!

    That salad looks Amazing!! Those shrimp!!

  6. Everything looks so yum…I have rice wrappers so I am tempted to make spring rolls with yummy peanut dipping sauce like in your picture. Also, one way that I curb my evening snacking is to do something where my hands are busy, like quilting. Or, if you are watching TV, you can knit, spin or do needlepoint…this would keep your hands engaged and not able to reach for food. (It doesn’t always work for me but sometimes it does!)

  7. I totally can relate. Did you read Beadie’s post? It happens to everyone.
    The only thing is, a lot of normal people do it and don’t feel guilty! Like my hub. Jealous!

  8. Aw, I’m sorry about the struggle with snacking on saturday, but you are such a healthy gal, I’m sure you’re back in the game today. No worries…seriously everyone goes through a day like the one you described. Laziness, over-sleeping, unscheduled, out of routine eating can really cause this for anyone, including myself. Don’t feel like you’re alone 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the rest of your weekend!! and yayyyyy for honey crisps, yum !

  9. i love veggie spring rolls with peanut sauce!! i buy them premade at the grocery store and i just love them. i wish i knew how to make my own. that would be a fun experiment.

  10. Wow, that shrimp looks delicious! I applaud you on being honest about your eating, not only for moral support but it may help you not to binge in the future – hang in there!

  11. don’t you just love lee’s posts? they work wonders for me, all the time! but im’ glad you realized what happened!

    rest of your eats look wonderful!

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