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Protein swap

I switched up one of my favorite recipes tonight to include shrimp instead of tofu:

I also omitted the enormous handful of breadcrumbs that I usually throw on top. Because I didn’t have to coat the tofu in them, I couldn’t justify it.  I did miss them, though.  A lot.

Other than that, I used:

1 bag baby spinach

8 ounces of shrimp

2 scallions

1 T olive oil

4 ounces soba noodles

6 or 7 chopped up almonds

A ton of garlic powder

Cook the shrimp, cook the noodles, cook the spinach, then mix it all together with the olive oil, garlic powder, scallions and almonds.  Done.

This afternoon I had popcorn and chocolate chips as a snack again.  This is one of those things that I can just tell I am going to eat over and over again.  In fact, it might replace Z Bars if I don’t need something portable.  We’ll see.  It kind of tastes the same.

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What a day!  For starters, I had cottage cheese for the first time ever:

It’s under the peaches, sorry.  I got the whipped 1% kind and I thought it was okay.  It’s not something I’d eat for pleasure, but I can suck it up for the protein.  However, if anyone has suggestions for ways to make it taste better, I’m open.  I kind of have a lot left.

Then I made this for dinner:

Recipe here.

And if that isn’t enough excitement, I also discovered that I am apparently unfit for travel to other countries. Remember a few weeks ago when I had my passport photo taken?

Well.  Today I get a letter that says that my application has been delayed because “the identification I provided is not sufficient for passport purposes.”  After calling and speaking with a nice man named Fred, I learned that there are “a thousand” reasons why they might consider a drivers’ license insufficient, and that I need to somehow find five things that either have my name, picture, and a date, or my name, signature and a date.

This is harder than it sounds.  Fred told me that I could submit five signed credit card receipts, and I couldn’t even find that.  Then I started thinking about how it was rather absurd that five credit card receipts were going to verify my identity, so I called back and learned that – yep – Fred was wrong.

So tomorrow, I have to go and make a photo copy of my yearbook, because apparently, that is acceptable.  I will also be photo copying my gym membership contract, a signed receipt from when I took my computer for repairs at the Apple store, an application I submitted to rent this apartment nearly four years ago, and a freelance contract I managed to scrounge up from the depths of my junk drawer.

All of this, according to Fred, will “probably” prove that I am, in fact me.  But it might not.  Because he didn’t know.  And neither did his supervisor.  It’s quite the operation they are running there.  I also have to send the addresses of all former residences, the names and addresses of every school I’ve ever attended, and my complete employment history, including the names and phone numbers of my supervisors.

So.  I am fairly certain that the man who may or may not be named Jason who I think was my boss at Dairy Queen back in 1999 no longer works there.  But I guess we’ll find out, won’t we?

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I attract the crazies

Sorry for the late post, I was out running around all day.  Uptown and downtown and uptown and downtown and Brooklyn and the nail salon and Whole Foods and Starbucks and it’s a tough life, okay?

And yes.  I did go to Starbucks again.  I’m actually quite glad I did because while I was there a completely sane man approached me with a very lucrative offer.  He wanted to know if I would like to wrestle with him on Wednesday night, and if I wasn’t up for that, perhaps we could just go on a date.

I swear.

And then, to continue my bizarro day, I was walking Jack this afternoon and a woman stopped to let her dog sniff him and then proceeded to tell me that her dog was having one of her “sexy days.”

I pulled Jack away.  He is just a puppy, for god’s sake.

Anyway, in the midst of all this I ate a Z Bar, but did not photograph it.  Things were just too hectic, I think you’ll understand.

But I did photograph dinner:

Did you know that if you mix pesto and plain yogurt, you get a nice, creamy sauce?  You do, it’s true.  This is just my pesto mixed with about two tablespoons of non-fat yogurt.  Then pasta, shrimp and sun dried tomatoes.

And now I will probably have some chocolate chips.  I think I deserve them.

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Getting it right

Man, this was good:

I have no idea what to call it, so we’re going to go with shrimp and rice salad.  Chris wanted me to name it “Shrimp Surprise.”  He’s quite creative.

Anyway, the recipe.  I made it up as I went along but I think I have the proportions about right:

3/4 cup brown rice

1 or 2 cloves garlic (I used two but I kind of love garlic)

1 cup seeded and diced tomato

1 bunch basil

3 scallions

5 or 6 sun-dried tomatoes, diced

2 oz goat cheese

1 lemon, zest and juice

6 oz cooked shrimp

Salt and pepper

Cook the rice and let cool.  Chop garlic, basil, scallions, sun dried tomatoes.  Mix together with rice, tomatoes and shrimp.  Add the lemon zest and juice, and crumble in the goat cheese.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Probably makes about three servings, although Chris and I finished it off.

The lemon juice and goat cheese kind of makes a sauce, and it’s all garlicky and basily and let’s be real, anything with shrimp tastes good, am I right?

I had to taste it like 67 times while I was cooking, just to make sure everything was coming together alright.  You know how it is.  So I was pretty full after eating, but then we went on a walk with the pup and I managed to make room for some chocolate chips:

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Tonight for dinner I made a take on this goat cheese zucchini pasta by adding shrimp:

Much better with shrimp, I have to say.  I’m not sure what isn’t better with shrimp actually.  The last time I made it, it was a little too much with all the cheese, but the shrimp balanced it out a little better.  If you like goat cheese, you should definitely try this.  It’s like fettucini alfredo.  Except it won’t kill you, which kind of makes it better. I think it would be good with broccoli and sun dried tomatoes and the possibilities are endless, really.

Before dinner I accidentally had a handful of Sun Chips.  No photo, sorry.  I was going to go back and do a little reenactment, but I was scared I’d eat that handful, too.  Damn those chips.

I’ll probably have an ice cream sandwich in a few minutes.  As for the rest of the night, I’ll be working on keeping my fingers out of the jam.  I am pretty sure it cast some sort of weird spell over me.

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I can’t believe tomorrow is Monday.  Blah.

So I woke up with a massive hangover from last night…too many vodka sodas, birthday shots…yikes.  This always leads to fourth meal, but Chris said that during the cab ride home, I announced that I was going “straight to bed.”  Normally I just say I’m not going to have anything, then I start eating chips, and next thing I know I’m powering down a grilled cheese.

Perhaps the grilled cheese would have helped with the hangover.  I guess I’ll never know.

Anyway, we were pretty worthless today.  We did get our laundry done, which sounds rather productive until I tell you that we take it to a wash and fold.  We took Jack on lots of walks.  And we watched 27 Dresses, which was exactly the kind of mindless entertainment I was looking for.

In between all of these activities, I had a veggie burger for lunch:

And a few of these strawberries:

And a blurry Z Bar:

And I made shrimp pasta for dinner with asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, broccolini:

We had some left over whole grain baguette so I used it to make garlic bread.

For dessert I had a few figs:

This is because I already had ice cream at some point earlier.  Sorry, no picture.  It was a cookies and cream bar.

Oh, and last night we didn’t leave our apartment until about ten, so while I got dressed I ate the last of the grapes:

I think that about sums it up.  Now I’m going to enjoy my couch for a few more minutes and then go to bed.  Good night!

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This was good.

So you marinate about eight ounces of shrimp like so.  I used my food processor to make the marinade because I’m fancy like that and also I like making more dishes for Chris to wash.

Then, in a large bowl, mix together:

2 cans of black beans, rinsed

1 can of corn, drained

1 bell pepper

3 scallions

1/2 of a red onion

1 medium tomato

cilantro

In a separate bowl, for the dressing:

1/3 cup vegetable stock (approximately)

juice and zest from one lime

1 T honey

2 cloves garlic

1 t cumin

1 t paprika

1 t chili powder

Hot sauce to taste

salt and pepper

Add the dressing to the black bean mixture and mix.  In a pan, cook shrimp with the marinade until pink and cooked through, then add shrimp and cooked marinade to black beans and toss together.  Makes about four servings, give or take a little.

I also had this glass of wine with it:

But I only drank about half because Mexican food + wine = heartburn.  If you’re me.  I’m kind of like a fat old guy.

I also had a bunch of this cantaloupe this afternoon as a snack.  And by a bunch, I mean almost all of it:

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