We actually lived off of our cupboards and pantry for about 5-6 days without doing any significant grocery shopping! All I bought was some ingredients for the Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins I made mid-week.

On an unrelated note, I started a rotation at a new hospital today, one at which I hope to one day work, so I have to be super on-my-game. Unfortunately, from an edible perspective, this new hospital is very deficient. Besides having very little good food to eat, the cafeteria is unattractive and small while the lines are simply epic. =( Even more disappointing is the complete lack of any drinkable coffee in the whole place! I even got a second cup today from a different location but it was awful =( I guess I'll have to tote along my own coffee in addition to my own lunch AND breakfast. Maybe a lunch bag is in order now. Or a bigger purse. Anyway, on to some of week's meals.
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Hot, humid day = nice refreshing dinner on top of lettuce!

This dinner starred 1 can of tuna, 2 tbsp plain nonfat yogurt, a few chopped picked jalapeno rings and some S+P. I mixed the tuna up in a bowl and scooped it on top of these giant lettuce leaves.

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I'm not kidding when I say giant!

Actually some chopped fresh veggies would have been really great with this (carrots, celery, cuc?) but this is simply what we had on hand.

That glass of wine is actually from a bottle of white wine we brought back from Ithaca Americana winery. It's a table white wine, which I suppose means lower quality but it was absolutely delicious. In fact, when we had it again a few nights later and it got even better after some refrigeration!

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I did have to buy some ingredients to make these little fiber-bombs of deliciousness.

These are Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins (with whole wheat flour). They were really pretty good without being overly sweet and I only managed to eat 2 before they were all gone in 3 nights/2 days.

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Step 1

Chop up about 1.5 apples to make 2 cups of 1/2" cubes (actually these could be smaller) 120+45 cal+65 cak = 230 cal

Melt 1 tbsp I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spread in a saucepan and drop in the apples along with 2 tbsp brown sugar. Sautee until the apples are a bit soft. Feel free to taste, you wont regret it!

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Now make the batter..

The Dry Ingredients (+1 egg)
1.5 cups oatmeal (I used instant oats): 450 cals
1.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour: 780 cal
1 tbsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg: ~80 cals
1-2 packages sweetener (I use Sweet N Lo)

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The Wet Ingredients (- 1 egg)
1 cup sugar free apple sauce (this is actually sweet): 100 cal
3/4 cup vanilla slender soy milk: ~60 cal

I added zero-calorie caramel syrup and some sugar free maple syrup to up the sweetness. If you don't care too much about calories, add the real stuff. Or just use the recommended 1/4 cup sugar



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Mix the wet and dry ingredients until just a bit lumpy then throw in your sauteed apples and give it a light mix

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Distribute dough among 12 muffin cups (some of them can be almost entirely full) and bake at 350-375 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Insert a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean to assess doneness.

You can see the apple chunks peeking out of the brown, oaty crust.

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The muffins come out to just about 140 cals/muffin (you can decrease the calories by putting in more oatmeal and less flour) and have just TONS of fiber and fruit.

I *think* that adding in some walnuts or butterscotch chips would have really taken these to a whole other level either nutritionally (with the nuts) or with sweetness factor (chips).

Still, they were well received and another batch has been requested.

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A closeup of the interior of the muffins shows just how moist they were. I think the apple slices should have been smaller. They could have incorporated better into the dough.

I think grating would have worked but then they wouldn't have been very sautee-friendly.



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Well folks, I may have only gotten to eat 2 of the muffins, but thanks to Boyfriend's extreme aversion to even a small bit of raw egg, I always get to lick the bowl. It looks gross, but I know you all do it!

Sometimes I even leave a bit of batter behind on purpose. Shhh! =)

Well, my Labor Day weekend was an exercise in overindulgence in both solids and liquids with fried foods and various things in shot-glasses. Unfortunately, unlike my trip to San Fransisco, this time it shows. I guess I'll have to get back on the wagon this week!

Ugh, right now the rain is just pouring down and kept us awake all last night!

What did you all do on Labor Day?

 


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    I'm a recent graduate from medical school and a pathology resident living in New York City. Like most girls living in the city, I've found that a lot of my social life revolves around the regular consumption of high-calorie food and alcoholic beverages. I've decided to start a blog about how I am trying to beat the bulge by eating and cooking defensively between social engagements and how even a busy girl can fit exercise into a busy life.

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