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November 2008


Excellent shopping. . .

I went to Fresh Market and Trader Joe’s this week for groceriies.  Between the two stores I spent $84!  That’s huge considering how expensive everything is at The Fresh Market.  I ended up getting my tilapia, shrimp, and as a treat 10 stuffed escargot shells for Tony.  They have the escargot and herb butter mixture all in each shell and I end up baking them in my mini muffin tin.  He loves them!

When I got home, as I was putting away my groceries I remembered I never tried the kale I bought last week, so I ended up trying kale chips.  I had about 2 cups of chopped kale, drizzled about 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and mixed that around.  The sprinkled parmesan cheese and grey sea salt and cooked them for about 15 minutes in a 375 oven.  The result?  Not much flavor at all.  First I expected bitterness, maybe I overcooked them because they were very fragile.  I tried dipping them in jalapeno mustard but it wasn’t coming together.  I probably ate about half of what I made.

My sammie, however, was delicious!

  • 1 ounce corned beef
  • 1/2 ounce swiss cheese
  • 1 slice Trader Joe’s 10 grain bread
  • .5 ounce sauerkraut
  • 1 teaspoon thousand island dressing
This whole lunch was only 310 calories, 15 fat (mostly from the olive oil) and 27 carbs

This whole lunch was only 310 calories, 15 fat (mostly from the olive oil) and 27 carbs

Then by the Fresh Market is a DSW, and they have a huge clearance room.  I was able to get a new pair of gym shoes for only $25 with tax!  They are Saucony brand.

um, can you tell blue is my favorite color?!

um, can you tell blue is my favorite color?!

Menu for the Week:

  • turkey tetrazzini
  • grilled tilapia tacos with refried beans and Mexican rice
  • white chicken chili over baked potatos
  • shrimp scampi over thin spaghetti with garden salad
  • tofu stir fry for me and Hannah and beef and broccoli stir fry for Tony

See you at dinner!


Snow on the way!

Yep, supposedly we are going to get up to six inches of snow by tomorrow!  Last December 1st Hannah had a snow day from school, so hopefully we won’t repeat that this year!

I defrosted steak last night, but didn’t use it, so I diced up some for a steak/egg scramble with an ounce of peasant bread with a pat of butter.

448 calories, 21 fat, 15 carbs

448 calories, 21 fat, 15 carbs

 Now I am of to continue the laundry, clean out the fridge and make my menu for the week and grocery shop!  So happy I have one more day off!  See you later!


Plan B

I swear when Hannah and I went to the store I picked up yeast for the pizza dough.  I remember because it was on sale: two 3 packs for $3.00 which is a great price!

So Hannah’s friend is over, and I start to make the pizza dough.  No yeast!  I look everywhere, Hannah doesn’t remember seeing it, and its not on my receipt.  Nertz!

So on to Plan B:  no yeast pizza dough!

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Combine all ingredients into food processor and process for 5 minutes.  I ended up having to add an additional two tablespoons of flour to the dough so it wouldn’t stick to the sides of the bowl.  It felt like my usual pizza dough but the finished texture was more cracker like?  I can’t really put my finger on it though!  It was okay, and in a pinch I’d use it again.  What’s nice is that it’s pantry items you would usually have!

495 calories, 18 grams of fat and 58 grams of carbs

495 calories, 18 grams of fat and 58 grams of carbs

My individual pizza was:

  • 3 ounces of pizza dough, rolled thin
  • 2 ounces pizza sauce
  • .4 ounces of diced pepperoni
  • 3 tablespoons of mixed peppers
  • 2 ounces part skim mozzarella cheese

Very filling! 

I can’t believe I have another day off!  Definitely have to tackle the laundry tomorrow and grocery shop.  I got my Clean Eating magazine and am going to try to incorporate (i.e plan!) some of their meal plans for my breakfast and lunches next week.  And I have to get to the fitness center at some point tomorrow.  I keep telling myself to do it, but after walking Ed I just decide not to.  But now that I said it “out loud” hopefully I’ll keep my promise to myself!

See you tomorrow!