Soup and Salad

I did my workout during lunch today. There was a going away lunch for a co-worker and I said I couldn’t go because I had errands to do. Is that bad? I have only been at my company for three months and it wasn’t a person in my department so it wasn’t like I really needed to say a special goodbye. Plus, I don’t really like the restaurant they chose. That always seems to happen at my jobs. There’s always a company favorite restaurant and I always hate it. At the job before my last (my last doesn’t count because the people there were extremely anti-social, or maybe they just were anti-social with me), it was a Mexican place. This job, everyone seems to love the greasy Italian place down the street. Anyway, my workout was an errand of sorts, right?

I just didn’t want the greasy Italian food. I suck at being social sometimes.

Anyway, for dinner tonight, I had soup and salad. It wasn’t just any soup though; I had matzoh ball soup. I am basically a non-practicing Jew (does that phrase remind people of Reality Bites?) but I love me some matzoh ball soup. When I was a kid, my mom used to make the soup from scratch, simmering a chicken carcass for days. These days, I take an easier route. It’s vegetarian too.

Matzoh ball soup mix

It’s actually sort of filled with disgusting ingredients (think Ramen soup flavoring-esque) but it tastes damn good. I even stuck some baby carrots in there to make it seem more homemade. Ha.

Matzoh ball soup

With my soup, I had salad, but again, it wasn’t just any salad. I made Kale and Avocado Salad with Creamy Hemp Dressing. I didn’t have any cabbage, so I just used spinach. This made a lot so I had to break out the big boy salad bowl. It doesn’t get enough love anyway.

Kale avocado salad

This was absolutely delicious although I had some trouble finding the hemp seeds. I’d assumed they’d be in the bulk bins at Whole Foods. Nope! They were actually in the Whole Body section (I don’t know why) in a bag that looked like this:

Hemp seeds

The Whole Foods closest to my house is on the small side, though, so I bet bigger ones might have them in their bulk bins. That bag, which held exactly half a cup, was only like two dollars so it was all good.

Murphy is demanding attention now so I have to go. And by demanding attention, I mean putting my arm in his mouth. Yes, really.

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20 Responses to Soup and Salad

  1. I usually go to those things and try to find the least gross item on the menu ;) . I made matzo soup tonight too! With turkey and veggies

  2. I’ve skipped dinners just to workout, so I understand you skipping greasy lunch :)

  3. I’ve never seen hemp seeds in the WF bulk bins. I got the same bag at the one on Ponce.

  4. That is a gorgeous picture of the salad with serving bowl in the background!

    Yeah, Whole Foods does a few weird things with product placements that I don’t understand. It seems that any “superfoods” get grouped with vitamins and cleansing products, essentially labeling them as supplements rather than foods you would eat on their own. Hemp seeds are a good example. They’re grouped with the “cleansing diet” pills instead of with the bulk items where I would think they would be.

  5. Ahh, yes, Lee… we are so alike. I probably would have skipped out on a work function too if they were going to a nasty restaurant. Like, no thanks! I know some people might view that as snobbish or bitchy, but I get it. And have done the same thing.
    I miss going for lunch time workouts. I used to do that when I worked at a medical office in Germantown years ago. It was great!
    Kudos the Reality Bites quote “I’m a non-practicing virgin!”

  6. Murphy sounds so cute ;-) Love that he was demanding attention! and I am similar to you with some work social things too, it doesn’t mean we suck at it. Choosing our battles, right?! dinner looks yum!

    • He literally will put your arm, leg, hand, whatever in his mouth when he wants attention. He’s not really biting, but I don’t know what else to call it. Mouthing?

  7. satisifed my own Cultural Jew compulsion but buying macaroons last weekend

  8. I’m the same about stuff at work — I hate when they pick crappy restaurants! Though at my new job I’ve already got the reputation as the “healthy chick” so they kinda know to steer clear of the greasy joints if they want me to come with them. hehe. I’m such a brat ;-)

  9. Yum, yum, yum – you know I love everything with Kale! I remember that recipe on Daily Garnish, but now I can’t remember if I made it or not. Guess I’ll have to make it again. :)

  10. The job before my last one always went to this Chinese buffet that was cheap and gave me a migraine from all the sodium. The food was good but I dreaded going. Saying you had errands was pretty genius.

    • I feel like if I’m going eat something unhealthy, I might as well like it. I don’t like this place, at least not what I had the last time.

  11. Hahahhahaha I love when you talk about the ridiculous things Murphy does! Give him a pat for me! :)

  12. Oooh, I’m loving your pictures in this post!! Beautiful!

  13. Office lunches at nasty places…do not miss that shizz nit at all!!!

  14. I’m totally the same way about going out to eat with my coworkers. They are all awesome. Seriously. They are the reason I like going to work every day. But they are cheeseburger and fries kind of people, and I eat tofu. So, yeah…

    I had some really good friends in highschool who were Jewish, not orthodox, but they were pretty good about following all the rules during Passover. I LOVED eating their food! We made matza pizzas, PB and matza “sandwiches”, and of course, matza ball soup. They also introduced me to Hebrew National turkey dogs. =)

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