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WIAW: Not My Typical Dinner

Hello and welcome to my first “What I Ate Wednesday” post! This is something I have been wanting to do for a very long time but I honestly just haven’t had the time. Wednesday nights are not the best for me to post because my small group from church meets and typically we get done a little later and I go straight to bed. I toyed around with the thought of doing a “Food Friday” post or a “Meal Monday” or something like that, but I realized that all my days have the potential to be busy and I need to just choose one and commit!

So here we are!

Even though Wednesdays are usually a later night for me, I realized that they have the potential to be my most exciting eating day of the week. My tribe (which is what my church calls small groups) typically meets around 6 pm and we always start with dinner. We have a theme each week and everyone pitches in to contribute something to the meal. 

Tonight was salad bar and ice cream bar.

I was really excited because I bought lunch at work today and actually remembered to take a picture (woo!) and then realized once I got to tribe that I was basically going to be eating ice cream for dinner. As an RD I would like to be a role model for those around me- ice cream for dinner may not be the best way to start!

I want this blog to be real though. Yes, I am a registered dietitian. No, I am not perfect. Sometimes I eat too much ice cream at dinner. 

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Breakfast: My breakfasts are pretty standard. I eat an English muffin with some kind of nut butter before I leave for work. I drink my coffee on my commute so that I’m ready to go when I get to the hospital. This meal only holds me over for a few hours, so my morning always includes a snack since we don’t meet for lunch until 12:30.

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Mid-morning Snack: Lately I’ve been snacking on vanilla Greek yogurt topped with fresh strawberries and some granola. I used to buy the individual yogurts but none of the ones I like have been on sale lately (Tillamook Greek marionberry flavor = heaven in a cup), so I’ve switched to this for the time being. The Greek yogurt usually does a good job keeping me satisfied until right before lunch.

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One thing I immediately loved about the RD/DTR team at the hospital I’m working at is that they all eat lunch together. As an intern this gave me a chance to get to know everyone and now as an employee I see how important it is because it gives us all a chance to de-brief if we need and ask for a little extra help if we’re feeling overwhelmed or offer help if we’re nearing the end of our list. 

The cafeteria at the hospital is amazing and today they were serving chicken quesadillas made to order at the grill. Now, I know I’m trying to be vegetarian and all, but this baby was calling my name. The quesadilla was stuffed with cheese, fajita veggies, chicken, corn salsa, and pickled jalapenos and served with salsa, guac, and sour cream. It was delicious, messy, and it filled me up!

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Afternoon Snack: I ended up leaving work early because my patient list was super short today, no one else needed help, and I’m having some sort of allergy problem right now and my red, itchy eyes were drawing too much attention! I normally pack myself a snack for the drive home but today I ended up snacking once I got home. Banana, peanut butter, and a small glass of almond coconut milk. Yum!

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Dinner: As I said earlier, our theme for dinner at tribe tonight was salad bar and ice cream bar. I topped my pile of lettuce with corn, ham, garbanzo beans, carrots, croutons, avocado, and a french vinaigrette dressing. My salad was about half gone when I finally snapped this photo, I promise I ate more!

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And this is my weakness: ice cream. Admittedly, I took too much. But I honestly rarely indulge like this and once in a blue moon is not going to make or break my overall eating. Also, this chunk of ice cream is not as massive as it looks, it was flat and perched on the smaller scoop below.  

I think it’s important to remember that once in a while it’s okay to totally fall off the wagon and eat a shameful meal. The important part is to move on, get back on the wagon, and resume a healthy eating schedule after. Tomorrow I don’t work so I’ll do a morning work out and eat normal meals. I won’t try to compenstate for this calorie bomb of ice cream by restricting my intake or exercising twice as much. I’ll acknowledge that this was too much ice cream and move on. 

Eating healthy is all about balance.

Dessert · Food Network · Holidays · Pears

Pear Crisp

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Yet again, I absolutely fail at food photography.  I think I’m just lazy and I’m too eager to eat my food so I just snap a quick picture, eat, and then take the time to look at the picture and realize how horrible it is.

So here is the most delicious dessert I’ve ever had (that isn’t chocolate, because that’s in a league of it’s own) and all I have for everyone to look at is this pathetic picture.  Luckily, this is a Pioneer Woman recipe so her website has lots of pretty pictures of the recipe!

Pear Crisp

Slightly adapted from  The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients:

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

  • 6-7 whole Large Pears (Bosc Work Well)
  • 2/3 cups Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

TOPPING INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup Pecans, Very Finely Chopped
  • 1 stick Butter, Melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel, core, and dice pears. Place into a bowl and stir together with 2/3 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. Stir together. Drizzle melted butter gradually, stirring with a fork as you go until all combined.
  4. Pour pears into a baking dish; top with crumb topping.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  6. Place pan on top rack of oven for an additional 10 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.
  7. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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The pears get all bubbly and delicious and the topping browns and the pecans totally take the dessert past normal crisp and make it ridiculously fantastic.  I used a lot more pears and slightly increased the pecans from the original recipe and I liked having more pears inside because they didn’t get overwhelmed by the topping.

Overall, this was delicious and easy to make.  PERFECT for a holiday meal, especially since pears are in season!

Enjoy 🙂