Friday Morning & Salad Porn

by Christine on September 23rd, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

It’s Friday morning here in lovely Upstate NY. It’s been rainy here. Last night we had a fantastic thunderstorm with a downpour of rain. Very exciting! I’ve always loved storms–I probably should have been a Storm Chaser or something. I like to be outside, right in the middle of the action. The energy in the air is electrifying and so exciting to me!

Yesterday my in-laws came over to pick up their furniture. Years ago they bought a house in FL and bought beautiful, custom furniture for the house. Beautiful stuff! My mother-in-law carefully picked the stuff out. Then they sold the FL house, so they gave a lot of the furniture to my husband and me. Well, recently they decided that they want to be back in FL after all, so they bought another house and asked for their furniture back. I’m sad to see the stuff go, but I also understand; after all, his mom picked all this out special for their retirement home, and it’s beautiful stuff. I’d want it back too, if I were her!

So last night they came by the house to pick up the furniture, and they had to move it in the pouring rain! Plus, the mosquitoes are incredibly bad right now. With the doors open to the house, about a zillion mosquitoes got into the house. I killed about 20 of them before heading to bed. Nasty little buggers.

This weekend I’ll get my exercise in by re-arranging furniture, cleaning, and figuring out what I want to do with these empty rooms. I think the first order of business is to redecorate and paint the Master Bedroom. I need to search some photos to get inspired for the motif! I desperately need new flooring (either carpet or hardwood–I can’t decide) but unfortunately I can’t afford that right now. A $20 gallon of paint and $100 in wood & fabric to make a headboard is about all I can scrounge up at the moment.

Food wise, this week has been alright. Some easy eating; some difficult eating. I have been craving lasagna like crazy! But I also know that I can’t eat lasagna with the gastric band; the pasta gets stuck. So I made a frozen lasagna meal, but not very much of that was successfully eaten. Still, it helped me get over my craving. It’s been nearly 3 years since I last had lasagna!

This weekend I will focus on getting lots of veggies in. That means lots of salads, probably. I have three favorite local salads, none of which are terribly low in calorie, so portion size is key. (1) Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion Salad; (2) Recovery Room’s Carolina Chicken Salad; and (3) The Standard’s Polynesian Salad. All three are uber-delicious! The portion sizes are all huge, and none of them carry home very well unfortunately. Probably about 1300 calories for each of the three salads.

The Quesadilla Explosion Salad has lettuce, beans, corn, mexican cheese, grilled chicken, and two kinds of dressing mixed on top. Plus the cheese quesadillas on the side.

The Carolina salad has greens, mexican cheese, cranberries and walnuts, with a homemade honey mustard and a baguette on the side.

The Polynesian salad has greens, carrots, papaya, cucumber, sugar snap peas, macadamias, grilled chicken, and deep fried wafers to stack the salad high. Plus a light and citrusy dressing.

What are your favorite salads?

What are your plans for the weekend?

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  • JennyJiggleBits

    I love storms too! I totally agree that the energy of them takes a hold on me!
    The salads look amazing! My fav is the roasted beet and arugula salad from Moxies. I love me some beets!