Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dinner at La Pita

Dinner last night was fantastic! Jerry and I had a "date night", so we decided to either do dinner at La Pita or go to the movies to see Mockingjay. La Pita sounded so good, and we hadn't been there in a long time, so we opted for La Pita. (I suppose we could have done both, but we are getting old--we don't stay out late anymore!)

I wasn't sure what I was going to order, but I ended up getting a new-to-me dish called Ghalaba. The description on the menu was: sautéed carrots, broccoli, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, and green peppers, served with rice". I love sautéed vegetables, and La Pita's rice pilaf is awesome, so it sounded really good to me. I got a salad to start--I had planned to only eat half of it, but it was so good I ate it all.


I was hungry, and it was hard not to eat the deep-fried pita chips that they put in front of us while we waited for our food! When the food came, it smelled delicious.


The rice portion was HUGE--I estimated 2 cups of rice total, so I just divided it in half (I only planned to eat 1 cup, which is 7 PP). The Ghalaba was amazing--I don't know what they seasoned the veggies with, but it was really good. I estimated that it was 7 PP (veggies are 0, but they were sautéed in oil).

I also ate one small pita (2 PP) and a smear of Jerry's hummus (1 PP). I counted the salad as 3 PP, so the whole meal ended up being about 20 PP. Totally worth it! I love that no matter what I order at La Pita, I never feel gross when I leave there. The food is all healthy (well, maybe not the deep fried pita chips!).

The kids love hummus, so I ordered a large side of hummus to go.


It came with five large pita breads, so for dinner tonight, I made a mock version of La Pita's Chicken Tawook wrap. Chunks of chicken breast, pickles, and hummus, wrapped in a large, thin pita--it sounds really strange, but the ingredients go together so well! The pickles just seemed so odd when I saw it on their menu, but they are definitely necessary. I ordered it once when I was at La Pita, and I never would have thought I'd have liked it that much.

Anyway, here is my food log from yesterday:


Today was a rest day, and I spent it being completely lazy. I didn't even change out of my pajamas until around noon, and then Jerry and I decided to work on a puzzle I'd gotten several months ago.


We learned that Jerry is terrible at puzzles, haha! He was getting so frustrated, while I thought it was almost therapeutic. I didn't even eat an afternoon snack, even though I was hungry, because I didn't want to stop working on it. I haven't done a puzzle since I was a kid, but I really like it! This is a tough one, and right now, I only have the edges and the bottom left quarter of the puzzle done. Maybe I'll finish it up tomorrow, after my long run. Twelve miles on the schedule! Tonight, we're having a movie night with the kids.

18 comments:

  1. Question - are the pickles in the wrap spicy, sweet, dill?

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    1. They're just plain old dill pickles. Try it, it's surprisingly really good!

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    2. I always find eating out to be challenging, calorie-wise. I've never tried Mediterranean food before but your dish looks great!

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  2. I wish I had a La Pita nearby, it sounds like the type of food I enjoy!

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  3. My problem with puzzles is that I can not walk away and also 4 cats....LOL I have an app on my iPad called magic puzzles, I do one every night to relax. :)

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    1. I've been working on it non-stop! I don't think I'll do another for a while. My neck is killing me, haha

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  4. Would you mind explaining what the numbers at the bottom of your journal mean?

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    1. Sure! The numbers in the orange column at the bottom are the number of weekly points and/or activity points I used THAT DAY. The numbers just to the right of those, are the balance of the weekly points and activity points for the WEEK. On this log, for example, I earned 11 PP for activity, bringing my total for the week to 17. I used 0 activity points for food, so the balance is still 17. And then I used 20 weekly PP, bringing my weekly balance to 17. Hope that makes sense! It's kind of like balancing a checkbook :)

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  5. I love puzzles. Haven't done one in ages!!! Think it's time to change that!

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    1. I never enjoyed puzzles as a kid, but it's fun doing a difficult one as an adult!

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  6. I'm just getting back in to puzzles too! I realized that I had no hobbies (because in the past, I was either moving, getting married, finding a new job, moving again...) and doing puzzles, for now, is going to be it. I asked for a bunch for Christmas. They are totally therapeutic! :)

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    1. It's a fun way to pass the time. My problem is just that I don't want to quit until it's done! haha

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  7. You have to go see Mockingjay!! I've seen it 3 times at the theater already.
    I realllly enjoyed it. Next to Catching Fire it's definitely my favorite movie out of the 3. If you see it let us know how you liked it. :)
    I've seen it with friends and family and there's been mixed reviews about it lol.
    :)

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    1. I think we're going to go see it on Wednesday. We went last Friday, but it was sold out :(

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  8. Thanks, I think I get it. The 46 has nothing to do with those numbers, right? That is the total points you used for the day (regular, weekly, or activity.) The two 17s confused me, too, had they been 16 and 18 I probably would have caught on quicker. I'd love to see a week's worth at once (hint, hint...)

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