Those of you who have been following my blog since the beginning may have noticed the shift from eating at home often (probably 5 nights a week) to eating out… a lot. The shift happened slowly over time as I transitioned from my first job in CA, to freelancing in CA (part time), to working full time again when we moved to NYC, to working more and more! I’m not complaining about work. My career and work are going better than I could have ever dreamed. I love my job and I love my coworkers. I am challenged every day with real problems that I can solve (I’m a programmer – a software engineer / web developer).
BUT – with working so much, I just don’t make the time to cook at home. (Though I am sure I could find more time if I really wanted to.)
So I try to find healthy options for eating out.
Keeping with the theme of Macrobiotic March, here are some of my favorite macro meals I have eaten (out) lately. And one macro meal that I made.
(I use Instagram and an iPhone 4 – not 4s - for most of my eating out pics… hence the mediocre images.)
A few weeks ago I got lunch with an internet friend (we go back years now) at a vegetarian restaurant in midtown called Zen Palate. The lunch and the company were great. This is what I ordered:
The dish is called Shredded Melody. It’s shredded soy protein stir-fried with celery, carrots, zucchini and pine nuts in a light garlic sauce. It came with a brown and red rice mix and 2 spring rolls. I ate most at the restuarant and had the leftovers at my desk a few hours later.
Another night, after dinner at Souen, Bobby and I shared the Cocoa Creamy Parfait: cocoa mousse with vanilla soy cream and granola.
Really delicious. I do prefer their scones though…
Another night I got takeout from Souen because I was in a rush. I had this meal after a vigorous yoga class at Pure:
Takeout Macro Plate: an ideal blance of steamed greens (collards usually), vegetables (carrots, broccoli), brown rice, beans (chickpeas here – my favorite), and hijiki seaweed.
I also got this dessert the same night…
A Macrobiotic Scone – the cranberry orange version. As you can see, I was trying to practice portion control by only putting half on my plate. This failed and I ate the second half too. Very much worth it.
Sometimes I do cook at home. One night I made this healthy fried rice variation:
Homemade macrobiotic fried rice with Trader Joe’s Healthy 8 Veggie Mix, Brussels sprouts, sesame seeds, and some teriyaki sauce. Steamed kabocha on the side, and yes I had seconds. I think this was another post-yoga meal.
Another night Bobby and I went to Hu Kitchen, a new paleo restaurant near his office. Hu Kitchen is on 5th Ave between 13th and 14th streets (right near Souen). Hu says, ‘For us, getting back to eating like humans means eating foods we would find in nature or foods minimally processed using only basic, mechanical methods.‘
I got The Herbivore: 3 veggie sides of the day. I picked creamed cauliflower with coconut milk, roasted butternut squash, and sauteed greens. That little brown thing you see is grain-free bread. All of it – absolutely amazing. I could have licked the plate. It’s a little pricey – this dish was $10 and it was not that big. We ended up getting a paleo dessert, too (chocolate chia pudding) but the picture didn’t come out well. It looked like ass so you will just have to trust me that it tasted delicious.
SO – that’s what I have been eating lately. I actually have some more macro meals but I will save them for another time. I have to get to work!
Couple other things I wanted to mention:
- I have accidentally been pescetarian this month except for 1 meal (a pasta dish this weekend).
- I have had diet soda only 2 times this month. (!) One day that I had it, later on I found myself at the cafe downstairs buying a cookie – the only time I was craving sugar in a few weeks. Coincidence? I don’t think so. I think diet soda makes you crave real sugar.
- Bobby and I are planning on doing vegetarian April! (Vegetarian = pescetarian for us.)
- Elise @ Hungry Hungry Hippie had a macrobiotic-inspired meal the other day. MMM kale.
- Heather made those yummy cookies I linked to last week.
Have you had any delicious macrobiotic meals lately? Are you a diet soda person? Do you eat meat and/or fish, or are you vegetarian or vegan?
Happy Wednesday! I’ve been meaning to share most of these links for-EVER so I apologize if they seem out of date.
Health & Food Articles
‘You Are Not So Smart’: Why We Can’t Tell Good Wine From Bad. In this exposé-ish article, the author reveals that expectations have way more to do with your opinion of a wine than the actual quality of the wine. Antics employed to test unsuspecting consumers and experts include dyeing white wine red and putting expensive stickers on cheap wines.
The True Cost of Healthcare. A site that gives an inside look at what medicines and treatments actually cost, how the costs are hidden (from both doctors and patients), and why people are excluded from healthcare.
The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food. This is old news by now (from late Feb), but if you haven’t read this NY Times article on how junk food companies actually try to create food that is addicting, I highly recommend it.
Handvo: Indian Savory Snack Cake. My coworker brought this in the other day and it smelled amazing. We spent a few minutes googling for recipes. (Her MIL had made it.) I believe most recipes for this snack cake are gluten free.
Handava/Handvo. Another recipe for handvo that looks really good.
This Healthy Fruit Pizza (with oats and yogurt) looks easy and delicious.
And these Zucchini and Quinoa burgers sound interesting. I have not tried to make veggie burgers in so long, I can’t even remember when the last time I tried was.
Whole Wheat Blackberry Ricotta Scones Recipe. Can’t wait to make this – 101 Cookbooks never disappoints.
Scones are possibly my very favorite food. The one pictured happens to be a kabocha chocolate scone from Souen (for my birthday back in 2010).
That’s all I have for today.
Bobby and I have had a crazy past 2 weeks. Between the two of us, we haven’t had a single free night. Tonight, the last of the planned evenings, we are going out to dinner with a friend who just found out the sex of her baby (it’s a girl!!) at Sakagura. And then, finally, we will have no plans at all after work (for a few days at least). I can’t wait to spend some quality time chilling out with hubby and the cats. Who knows, maybe we will even cook in (a rare event as of late). For example, last night we dined at La Maison du Croque Monsieur down on 13th street… Mm mm mm mm mm.
I do have lots of pictures of macrobiotic (and otherwise) eats that I must share soon; and don’t go away, more Macrobiotic March posts are coming right up.
My sister came to visit me this weekend. She arrived on Sunday and she left this morning. She came by because she hadn’t seen our home since we did renovations and also she is leaving in one short week for a 6-month internship at a wolf sanctuary out in Colorado. I’m not sure if I’ll have a chance to visit her out there so we wanted to see each other now while we can.
I had to work yesterday, but after work we all convened downtown (me, Julia, and Bobby) near Bobby’s office to get something for dinner. Bobby suggested Souen, and who am I to disagree! Julia also enjoys Souen though she says it’s a little bland sometimes
So let’s see, what did we get…
Julia ordered the cornbread with a side of miso-tahini spread. (But we all shared it.)
This is an old picture of mine of the cornbread but it still looks the same. The dip though is more paste-y now instead of runny. I like it either way.
I got Squash Tofu – my absolute favorite dish at Souen. My other favorite is the macro plate, but I was in a more squash tofu-y mood last night. Squash Tofu is a sauteed mix of fresh vegetables – broccoli, napa cabbage, onions, soft/medium tofu, carrots, kabocha squash (oh how I’ve missed it – haven’t had it in a while), and probably more that I am forgetting. The sauce is of the miso/tahini variety (a common theme at Souen).
Souen’s Squash Tofu (with a side of brown rice)
Julia opted for the Inspired Vegetable Curry – a delicious mix of broccoli, carrots, squash (kabocha), cauliflower, mushrooms, and more + a savory Indian spice-inspired sauce.
Souen’s Inspired Vegetable Curry (with a side of brown rice)
And last but certainly not least, Bobby got Souen’s Stir-Fried Noodles with soba noodles as his entree. Tons of veggies including lotus root and snap peas, topped with some seaweed flakes. It’s in a mushroomy-gingery sauce.
Souen’s Stir-Fried Noodles
After dinner I of course had to get a macrobiotic scone, which I savored slowly back at our apartment. Forgot to snap a pic. (Btw – I also have a recipe for macrobiotic scones that I have been meaning to resurrect – it’s from 2009. And I found this Eden Foods recipe for Cranberry Walnut macro scones too. Sounds yum.)
That’s all for now – must focus on work today because I want to leave in time to hit up this oh-so-exciting R & SciDB meetup!!! (Yep, I’m a nerd. Did I mention I was a math major?)
Do you like macrobiotic food? Which dish would you pick at Souen? Do you like math?