Eating, Eating, Eating vegetables (And Deep Fried Kool Aid)

I have far too many snapshots of food and future food.

I have far too many snapshots of food and future food.

So, ever since I set my goal to get at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, I haven’t really had to overhaul what I eat, but I’ve been more mindful to pick those when given the choice. I make sure to keep fruit around at work for a snack, and I’ve been making sure that my Monday-food is packed with vegetables. Since I was too poor to keep doing WW online, I’ve been using SparkPeople. Along with their nutrition, water and work out trackers, they also have this handy Fruit/Vegetable servings tracker.

Ta da!

Ta da!

This week I made extra vegetarian groundnut stew (aka my favorite food) for Sunday dinner, so I’m off the hook today to do other stuff like.. work, school, meetings, and er… blogging.

A few weeks ago, I asked twitter for some soup ideas, and Tina from Faith, Fitness and Fun replied with this recipe for Tortellini Soup. I made a few changes to make it vegetarian, but I have to say it was really good! I knew I was going to save this soup for later in the week, so I used kale in place of spinach since it is a heartier green. I replaced the chicken broth and sausage with vegetable broth, extra kale, carrots and herbs like rosemary and thyme.

Vegetarian Cheese Tortellini Soup

Vegetarian Cheese Tortellini Soup

Tortellini soup with vegetables and more vegetables.

Tortellini soup with vegetables and more vegetables.

For nutritional info for this version, visit my Spark Recipe page. This recipe is 5 WW+ points if you calculate with the vegetables.

I decided to expand my squash consumption to spaghetti squash for some variety. This one I baked until it was soft.

I decided to expand my squash consumption to spaghetti squash for some variety. This one I baked until it was soft.

I scooped out at the spaghetti-ish part of the squash and spread in in the baking pan. I tossed it with tomatoes, onions, garlic, bell pepper, Italian herbs and topped with cheese and 1/4 cup of bread crumbs. I’m not sure how long I baked it, but I left it in until the cheesey-top was browning.

Ok, this is super ugly and I haven't even bothered to write a real recipe. But it tastes good, I promise. You can get your fix for Italian flavors without eating mountains of actual spaghetti.

Ok, this is super ugly and I haven't even bothered to write a real recipe. But it tastes good, I promise. You can get your fix for Italian flavors without eating mountains of actual spaghetti.

I really liked both of these make-ahead dishes more than I expected I would, and I will make them again.

And, because I am such a dedicated blogger, and because I walked around the S.C. State Fair telling my friends “I want to eat something WEIRD!” …  I present.. Deep Fried Kool-Aid.

My friend commented that they looked like peeps. Or dead birds. They kind of did, I'm not sure why they were shaped that way, or if they were supposed to look like something else.

My friend commented that they looked like peeps. Or dead birds. They kind of did, I'm not sure why they were shaped that way, or if they were supposed to look like something else.

The verdict: Deep Fried Kool-Aid tastes like strawberry pound cake, fried and covered in sugar/Kool Aid dust. I think they must have dipped some other dough into Kool Aid, or made it with Kool Aid.

The verdict: Deep Fried Kool-Aid tastes like strawberry pound cake, fried and covered in sugar/Kool Aid dust. I think they must have dipped some kind of dough into Kool Aid, or made it with Kool Aid.

You have to make crazy eyes when you are about to eat something like this.

You have to make crazy eyes when you are about to eat something like this.

I ate this so you don’t have to. We all split the order, and although it wasn’t terrible, none of us were hankering for more. The next time you’re at a fair, look for something else weird to eat.

This is a picture of BFFKatie and me on the ride that takes you over the fair. You can't see our faces, but we were having the "Hmm, what if this ride can't handle the weight of all these people eating deep fried Snickers bars?" and freaking ourselves out. Also, this lovely picture was taken by Tisha and stolen by me off Facebook.  The SC State Fair never looked so sparkly.

This is a picture of BFFKatie and me on the ride that takes you over the fair. You can't see our faces, but we were having the "Hmm, what if this ride can't handle the weight of all these people eating deep fried Snickers bars?"conversation and freaking ourselves out. Also, this lovely picture was taken by Tisha and stolen by me off Facebook. The SC State Fair never looked so sparkly.

2 thoughts on “Eating, Eating, Eating vegetables (And Deep Fried Kool Aid)

  1. Glad you liked the soup! And your version sounds very tasty. I actually will be making htat soup and spaghetti squash this week.

    Never heard of deep fried kool aid! I always hated koolaid though. Even as a kid. Strange. I did, however, consider trying a fried snickers at the fair this year. ;)

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