Thailand Cafe, you can GFY! (By Natalie)

Last night, I was so freaking hangry, my stomach’s rumblings were comparable to that of The Nothing from The NeverEnding Story. I had later clients than usual yesterday, so my plan was to order a Rama Garden (steamed vegetables with brown rice) with tofu from my favorite Thai restaurant, Thailand Cafe. That way, I could pick up, go home, and snarf. Alas, my go-to take-out resto was not answering their phone! AHHHHH!!!!  I called 3 times–once as I walked to the subway station on my way home from my client, again right as I came out from underground, and AGAIN, (hangrily) 2 seconds later. No answer. What was a hangry chick to do? I had to think on my feet. What could I wrangle up FAST so that I didn’t start mowing people down on the street in hanger?

I had a rice bowl concoction in my head as my meal of choice, so I had to come up with an alternative for a Rama Garden that could be made in a jiff. As I trekked home, I mentally took stock of what I had in my fridge. 1) I had some left over brown rice ready to go. Good, don’t have to wait an hour to cook that. 2) I had some broccoli that I could steam. That takes 5 minutes and although it won’t take the place of the variety of veggies that Thailand usually offers, it would make do. Finally, what could I sub for the tofu? I don’t usually keep tofu in my fridge, so what could a protein alternative be? I got it! 3) I’ll go all veggie burger on it! I had Amy’s Texas Veggie Burgers in my freezer and although I’d have to microwave, it would have to do on such short notice.

I mixed the cut up veggie burger with the steamed broccoli, re-heated brown rice, and a tablespoon and a half of hummus for flavor and texture. The finished product looked like this:

Guys, I know it doesn’t look appetizing, but it tastes pretty damn good for a 5 minute meal. Especially when you’re so hungry, you could eat your own hair and think it was a 6 course meal, complete with wine parings, from Le Bernardin. There ain’t nothing wrong with a little bump and grind veggies, brown rice, and cut up veggie burger, ya’ll. Get on it when you’ve only got a brief moment to refrain from eating your $200 haircut. Peace, not hanger.

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Thank you, Cosi, for your hanger busting deliciousness. (By Natalie)

To quote from the musical Legally Blonde, “Oh my god, oh my god, you guys,” it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. I took a hiatus (and Greta did, too), but I’m back in action, Jackson. So you bettah expect to see some furious hanger busting blogging going on from here on out. I’m on this like white on rice, again. Let’s get this party started!

Okay, so last week, I was so freaking hangry, I thought I was going to kill someone. I was like, an 8 on the hanger scale. That’s bad news, right there. I didn’t eat enough calories for breakfast before my kickboxing class at the New York Sports Club. During the class, I could feel my stomach growling. Not cool when you’re trying to be a GFY kind of kickboxer, my friends. The hanger overcomes you and even though you might think the anger brought upon by being hungry would aid in the ass-kicking, the low blood sugar wins out, and energy loss overcomes you. I didn’t have any snacks on hand (bad idea for a girl who frequently gets hangry) and I had a bunch of errands to run after my class. What was a hangry chick to do? I’ll tell you what she’s to do. She’s to get to Cosi, close to where her errands are to be conducted, and grab a hanger busing lunch. Awww yeah. (Ceasing the creepy third-person writing….annnndddd….now.)

So, I went to Cosi. And I got this for lunch.

It’s a half Signature Salad Light (half the dressing and the cheese–you have to ask for that specifically) and a half Turkey Light Sandwich on multi-grain bread (you can see that I was so hangry, I couldn’t wait to take a bite of the sammy before taking the picture–I believe I was chewing while photographing). All of this deliciousness for 387 calories, according to Cosi’s nutrition facts. You’re gettin’ your protien, carbs, veggies, little fruit, and some diary, all to healthfully beat your hanger. After scarfing down enjoying this delicious combo, I was hanger-free, and able to run my errands without causing a hangry fight with a sales person, or getting passively-aggressively weird to a fellow customer. Hanger averted!