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October 19, 2005

Once You've Licked Your Plate, You're One Of Us

MR and I had a great time last night with our blog-reader CR friendly dinner guest. He brought over a delicious bottle of red, plus some yummy teas. I enjoyed serving exactly the same thing to a guest that we eat ourselves: Quorn tenders with mushroom gravy (made with fat free plain yogurt), broccoli drizzled with flax oil and fresh lemon, and apples simmered in port with hazelnut oil and hazelnuts. He enjoyed the meal (or else he's a very good actor!) and once we were done, I explained that MR and I lick our plates to make sure that we get all of the calories we're owed. A lot of the oil sticks to the plate, and if you don't lick the plate, you could come out short a bunch of calories. This isn't a big deal to a person on a standard American diet where they're already eating too many calories, but when you're carefully monitoring your caloric intake, you don't want to lose a few here and there. Besides, the best stuff is left on the plate!

So despite some awkardness at first, our dinner guest licked his plate clean. Then I informed him that once you've licked your plate, you're one of us. It's like Persephone and the pomegranete seeds. Too late now!

I'm working until right up to dinner time all this week, so I made tonight's dinner in advance. It's a get-rid-of-stems night, so I put some gigantic amount of kale stems in a pot of no-salt veggie broth and simmered them this morning, then added tons of carrots (still getting rid of leftover carrots from the weekend and about 155 calories worth of eggwhites (I just pour them in... the lightly cook but don't entirely solidify, giving the soup a vaguely creamy texture.) Added garlic powder and a bunch of green onions that we needed to get rid of: 62 grams! All I have to do when I get home is add oil and measure out hazelnuts, and dinner is served! I'll just be having my good old brewers yeast, broth and veggie soup with flax oil. Gotta get my cruciferious veggies in!

Posted by april at October 19, 2005 9:12 AM


Lordy, Lordy! MR's grandpa will be spinning in his grave! Some of us out here in Bloggieland are awaiting recipes from the brunch. (I know, patience is a virtue....) Also, some of us less advanced bloggiefriends become dazed & confused by the mixing of measurement descriptions. I can comprehend grams of something but how do I know what 50 calories of an ingredient means? Help! JD :-)

Posted by: Judith at October 19, 2005 10:00 AM

Too bad bread is verboten. It's very handy for sopping up the leftovers :)

Posted by: Dan at October 21, 2005 12:39 AM

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