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Fast Day #14: Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells - 270 calories (FAIL)

~ 270 calories not well spent ~

Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt
Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells with Marinara Sauce

Since I had such a light lunch today, I figured I'd reach into the freezer for a pasta meal that I've been wanting to try. These stuffed shells from Trader Joe's (see above) look so inviting. It has carbs, veggies, cheese and tomato sauce! All the things I love.

But alas this entree succumbed to the most devastating flaw imaginable - small portion size. I mean really, really, really small. There were only 2 stuffed shells the length of my middle finger and about an inch wide at the chubbiest point. Two, two measly shells - this is not a good sign.

I heated up the entree according to the package directions. and this was what I was greeted with:
~ not what I was expecting ~

Not too appealing looking. But I'm not one to judge a dish by it's presentation. Gleefully, I dug in. To my dismay I was welcomed to  a hard shell, a mealy interior, and a too tart marinara sauce.

This was one of the few from Trader Joe's that I really didn't like. The cheese was goop-y and had no flavor. I could not tell that there was any spinach in it at all. At least there was ample sauce - though I thought the flavor was sour and one dimensional.

I thought I could save dinner by putting it on top of a bed of sauteed kale that I needed to finish up before it went bad. That helped a little but only because all I could now taste was kale which isn't so bad since I really like my sauteed kale. 

~ all kale'd up and no where to go ~

Alas, I did my math wrong again and the kale ended up putting me over the top calorie wise. It was very much my own fault because I wanted to use up the rest of the bag. I was in a situation where the amount I wanted to have left a tiny bit that wasn't worth saving and the kale was on it's last legs so I had to use it all. But I forgot to account for the oil I needed to cook the kale and the amount of calories that each clove of garlic contained.

So tonight was the first time in on this diet that I went over my 500 calories for my fasting day. My total daily calorie intake was 539 calories after all the kale. Oh well, it was bound to happen. At least my overage was due to veggies.

Overall not a good night for me. *le sigh*


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