WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY #4: KITCHEN CURSE

Hello, hello! Happy WIAW, where I detail a day in my food life and bore you with the same ol' photos of my Tervis Tumblers. You ready? (Huge thanks as always to Peas & Crayons for hostessing!)

Quick announcement... last week I gushed about my new discovery (and adoration) of lightly sweetened Starbucks Iced Coffee brewed to personalize at home. I LOVE IT... though I thought to myself, I wish I could get it unsweetened.

Well guess what? I can! And DID! (When I found these in Target a few weeks ago, they only had the lightly sweetened version, and I didn't know there were other varieties.) In addition to the lightly sweetened (50 cals per 8oz serving) variety, they also make a caramel (60 cals per 8oz serving) and unsweetened (10 cal per 8oz serving)! I spotted three bottles of the unsweetened at Target last weekend, grabbed two, ran to our cart, ran back, and the 3rd bottle was already gone. Lesson learned. These are a hot commodity, and apparently not the easiest thing to find in NYC. Looks like we'll be heading back to the Bullseye this weekend...

That side note segues nicely into my typical Tuesday morning. I have to admit that yesterday consisted of mostly food fails, but I decided to post this anyway because life is far from perfect and you can't win 'em all. Alarm rang at 6AM, I hit my regular spin class at 6:30AM, and I was home by 7:30 and starving. Yesterday I was in the mood for a protein pancake, and I had the brilliant idea to make it with applesauce instead of my usual mashed banana for more of a "fall feel." The batter looked good, poured perfectly, and I thought I had a winner, until I realized that I'd made the pan too hot and the pancake completely fell apart. I got maybe half of it onto my plate and since I'd used my last bit of applesauce and wasn't in the mood to mash a banana, I ate it. The bit of it that I did eat was delicious, so at least the idea has potential. I will definitely be much more careful about the heat next time. Damn.

I was still hungry so I made scrambled egg whites shortly thereafter, and somehow I burnt some of those, too. This never happens. WTF? 

The best part overall was probably the glass of the unsweetened SIC with a splash of Organic Valley French Vanilla Half & Half.

After that double fiasco, I decided to stay out of the kitchen for awhile. I worked all morning and was starving by 12:45. It certainly would've been easier and cheaper to just make something, but I wasn't really in the mood. So I ran to Chipotle for a cheese and black bean quesadilla. 

By the way, if you're wondering why so many of my meals are photographed on my coffee table, it's because I like to sit on the floor when I eat at home. It's easier on my back. Anyway, back to the quesadilla. Isn't she a beaut? I was so hungry by this point that I thought I'd inhale it, but I ate in very small bites, something I try to do no matter how ravenous I am, and I only ended up finishing about 2/3 of this. It also wasn't as delicious without the usual corn salsa, which for some reason the friendly people at The Chip' wouldn't allow me to add yesterday. Beans and avocado is a very filling combo. I'm glad I took my time and didn't overeat. Though I was still hankering for something sweet, so I had a small bowl of red grapes.

After working a bit more, I did something I hardly ever do during the week. I took a nap. I set my alarm and let myself sleep for a bit over an hour. Getting up was tough - I hate the feeling of waking and rising after a nap - but I needed it. I decided to make a smoothie to regain some energy.

Big mistake! My kitchen curse had not yet lifted. I threw a big handful of kale, frozen strawberries, a cup of unsweetened almond milk, half a banana, and some almond butter into the blender. I usually use protein powder but since I'd had some in the pancake I thought, "eh." The consistency was totally off, and it took me a few re-blends to get it decent enough to drink. Honestly, it was more like a "smuice" than a smoothie. Grumble grumble nutrients eye roll. Whatever.

Okay, NOW I was really done with the kitchen. Luckily I had leftovers for dinner.

Or so I thought. I had made Skinnytaste Orange Chicken the night before, and I took this photo then. I was careful to make enough to feed one hungry Teddi, one hungry boyfriend, and for Tuesday night lefties. Spoiler alert: this dish does not reheat well. It was delicious the first night, however. I just didn't care for the way it translated into leftovers and wouldn't make as big of a batch next time. Live and learn!

I only ended up eating about half of my leftovers. So...

I went to Tasti D-lite and treated myself to a kiddie cup of Dutch Chocolate with chocolate sprinkles. And then I called it a flippin' day. Oh well.

Here's to trial and error... and hoping that the Kitchen Curse has been lifted.

What are you eating this week?