Saturday, August 20, 2011

How Far Will You Travel For a Good Lunch? And yes, the cottage cheese smoothie again!

First the cottage cheese smoothie. Seriously, if you have not tried making a smoothie with cottage cheese instead of yogurt then you are truly missing out! Cottage cheese really adds that "cheesecake" like feeling cutting back on the sweetness while adding better nutrition, especially protein. Yesterday I made a nectarine, blackberry, spinach smoothie and it was out of this world!

1 lg, or 2 sm ripe nectarines

1/2 c blackberries

1 handful spinach

1/2 c apple juice

1 c. cottage cheese


I would ususally add about 1-3 t. honey or sugar, but because I was sick this past week I had apple juice in the fridge so I used it instead. I never buy juices but it seems when you send a 22 year old to buy juice, they'll buy a gallon of it! Yikes! I guess I'll be using it in smoothies for a few weeks....or maybe I'll freeze some in small batches.


Yesterday I had a mid afternoon appt so I ate my lunch before I left the house. I did not choose to bring any food with me knowing I'd be home about the time I would get hungry again. Well, my appt was running late leaving me away from home too long.....away from my own prepared foods....

I thought about stopping somewhere to pick something up. An apple? Not in the mood for a snack, I needed a meal, besides the apples suck most of the time right now as it's not apple season. And I find it hard to buy non FM's fruits when tomorrow I'll be able to buy fresh seasonal and organic.....funny how particular we get sometimes (it's a sickness I'm convinced!)

A bowl of soup from Whole Foods? I know it's too salty and besides I had soup in the fridge at home waiting for me. A chicken wrap from TJ's? Yuck, instead of driving home for my own soup?

Not wanting to "backtrack" and drive 20 minues out of my way back home, I had no choice. I had to drive home. I've made the mistake before, not wanting to waste time or gas going home but it always backfires. I end up completely unsatisfied, eating foods I barely like or feel good about, and in addition it leaves me with too much food at home.

Ah....a nice big bowl of hot homemade soup...hit the spot. Totally worth the time and the gas! Lesson learned.


Juci RKC said...

Hi Tracy,
Just returned from our vacation, I'll email the goose liver recipe ASAP! Just trying to catch up on my correspondence and household first.

The new posts are awesome!
Big Hugs from Hungary

Tracy Reifkind said...


I've got some big bones simmering right now! Next is some bread....

Diana said...

Goose liver recipe??? OMG, can you forward that to me please!!!! regards to the smoothie, does it matter what kind of cottage cheese you use? IE: low-fat or regular?? Just wondering....just started to make these damn things and so far so good...they are pretty addicting after awhile.
I know you're going to roll your eyes over this one big time....but, I've actually added diet mt dew instead of juice. I hate juice, always have. It tastes good! I know, totally bad.

Maribel said...

You got me addicted to cottage cheese smoothies. I have them as a meal at least 3-4 times a week. It's perfect for those days when I don't feel like eating, but I know I need something in my belly.

Juci RKC said...

What's happening to those big bones?
I hope you will post the result!

Goose liver recipe sent :)

Tracy Reifkind said...


I will be posting the results!

To be honest I've still got a couple of pounds to drop since my return before I dive into that marrow fat!