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Chicken soup for the bowl

Posted Nov 28 2007 12:00am

Today was a “2800 calorie day” today and I’ve had so many delicious things so far and still so many to go LOL. I’m sure a lot of people wonder HOW I could possibly eat 2800 calories? My response: With pleasure! But I don’t think I’ll be able to finish all of them today; I couldn’t even finish the chicken soup with veggies and whole wheat bowtie pasta that I made for dinner:

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I used low sodium chicken broth that I found in Whole Foods, made by Pacific something or other, I threw out the box. It was very good to me but my mom added salt to hers. I guess I’m just used to low salt/no salt added things being I avoid sodium as much as possible. I’d love to be able to use it a little more often but I blow up like a balloon! :cry:

My husband had chicken wings :? *sigh* He did eat the carrots and celery I cut up for him though! :shock: Luckily, I was never big on hot wings they are ok when I’m drunk but my vein repulsion keeps me at a safe distance most other times lol.

I made 2 small pots of the soup; 1 for me and 1 for my mother. I filled my soup bowl up as seen in the picture and there was still half a pot left. I also started to get full halfway through eating it, so I guess I only ate about half of it between what was left in my bowl and what was left in the pot. I should have saved it to eat again tomorrow but I already have tomorrow’s menu planned and I don’t make changes unless I really want something else lol.

I was also surprised by how easy it was to make 2 small sauce pans of it. The prep time was less than 20 minutes, between chopping and dicing. After I cooked the carrots, celery, onions, and chicken down in 1 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil; I added the broth, water, pasta, and other veggies and let it simmer on low for about 2.5 hours. Yum! I need to make soup more often, it’s so filling and you can load so many veggies into them! Not to mention affordable too you could probably make a week’s worth of soup for only $5, depending on the meat you use in it. I think I’ll try to make a Minestrone soup or something next. Hmm… the possibilities are endless.

I didn’t exercise today :( I’ve felt kinda blah all day. I woke up earlier than usual and it’s been cozy in the house all day you know, the perfect temperature to fall asleep at any given time, when your eyelids start to have that burning sensation and you want to curl up on the couch and take a nice Autumn nap? hehe

I usually can’t sleep unless it’s very cold in the room and I have a very bad habit of sleeping with a fan on. :? Being cold raises your metabolism as your body works extra hard to keep you warm, so that’s a plus at least. A lot of experts actually recommend lowering the temperature while you sleep for the purpose of raising your metabolism. Maybe that’s why I have a pretty good burn rate? LOL If only!! My husband Dustin, my mom, and our 7 kitties would be high-tailing it to the nearest Alaskan igloo if that were true! lol That doesn’t sound like a bad idea anyway, I love cold weather I can’t stand warm, humid weather! I’m like a penguin :D

Ohhh… alright… I guess I’ll go have some pizza now :? I talked me into it. LOL </sarcasm> I could be awakened in the middle of a deep sleep to eat pizza and I’d gladly oblige! Unfortunately, the frozen NY style pizza we buy that’s imported from NYC will have to do until we get back to NY… the Atlanta suburbs have few and far between REAL pizza places :cry: Sorry folks, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, and Domino’s are NOT REAL PIZZA!! Never have been; never will be! :P

The “Eddie’s” we buy frozen tastes remarkably good for being frozen. You set it on the racks by itself on 500F for 4 or 5 minutes and it comes out almost as good as fresh-from-the-oven NY pizza. Almost.

Today’s menu:

Wednesday November 28th – 2800 calorie day
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Menu

Calories

Calories
Left

Breakfast:

1 Thomas’ 100% whole wheat mini bagel
1 tablespoon MaraNatha cashew butter
1 tablespoon MaraNatha almond butter
1 medium banana

120
95
95
110

420

2380

Snack 1:

3oz fresh baby carrots
2 tablespoons Cedar’s hummus

38
50

88

2292

Lunch:

1 Thomas’ 100% whole wheat mini bagel
1 Laura’s lean beef hamburger (92% fat free)
1 slice reduced fat swiss cheese
Romaine lettuce/tomatoes/onions/mustard
1 tablespoon Hellmann’s Canola Mayo
2 tablespoons Heinz no salt added ketchup
1 serving Alexia parmesan, olive oil baked fries

120
160
50
40
45
40
120

575

1717

Snack 2:

1 chocolate pecan pie Luna bar
1 cup skim milk

180
90

270

1447

Dinner:

Chicken soup w/pasta: 118g chicken breast
1oz whole wheat bowtie pasta
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1oz fresh baby carrots
64g celery
50g onions
84g (3 cups) fresh spinach
1 cup green beans
1/4 cup green peas
1 tablespoon 3 blend hard shredded cheese
1 Alexia ciabatta dinner roll
1 Weight Watchers turtle ice cream sundae

130
105
30
120
16
10
25
20
35
30
20
100
170

811

636

Snack 3:

106g Gala apple
2 TBSP (12g) PB2 powdered peanut butter

55
54

99

537

Snack 4:

1 slice NY style pizza
2 Back to Nature peanut butter creme cookies

400
130

530

7

Adjustments:

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-

-

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    DAY
TOTAL:

2793


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