Soup will travel . . . to pick up Tony!

Yep, that’s right!  As soon as I took my lunch pics and started to eat, I got the call from Tony to come get him!  Luckily my office has to go cups!

the other "to go" container was strawberries, but I never got around to eating them

the other "to go" container was strawberries, but I never got around to eating them

 So the dog was super excited to see Tony and now they are laying near each other in the living room.  The only time Ed wants to be right next to Tony is when I am sitting next to him and then he lays all over me until I move!   I am sure Tony’s completely exhausted having not slept well in the hospital these last seven days.  Again, thanks for all your concerns and prayers!  We both totally appreciate it!

Since everyone is dying for my soup recipe, here it is – I also accessorized my lunch today, but I’ll explain that later.   Like I said before there are so many roasted red pepper tomato soup recipes, I kind of gathered ideas from them, yet added new things to make it my own.

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Soup and Tomato Soup

  • 3 large red peppers, roasted under the broiler until black
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon thai chili paste (really spicy with1 tablespoon, maybe start with 1 teaspoon to start and go from there)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (liked the sweet/sour kick this added!)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
I chose three of the biggest peppers from my loot

I chose three of the biggest peppers from my loot

a little of this goes a long way, but it made for a spicy, yet flavorful soup!

a little of this goes a long way, but it made for a spicy, yet flavorful soup!

I'll never buy my chicken broth anywhere else - $1.29 for this 4 cup box!

I'll never buy my chicken broth anywhere else - ALDI! - $1.29 for this 4 cup box!

Once broiled, put in a bowl with plastic wrap and let rest until cool enough to handle- 20 minutes or so then put on cutting board to remove seeds and stems

Once broiled, put in a bowl with plastic wrap and let rest until cool enough to handle- 20 minutes or so then put on cutting board to remove seeds and stems

I intentionally left the char on one pepper, because I like the smokiness it gives to the soup.  While the red peppers roasted, I put the tomatoes in a big pot and cooked them down with the garlic.  Once the peppers were peeled, I added them to the pool and added the remaining ingredients, except the soy milk.  I let this cook for about 20 more minutes and then using my stick blender I pureed it right in the pot.  

I took one bite and it was WAY too spicy – I couldn’t believe how spicy 1 tablespoon of the Thai chili paste would go!  That’s when I decided to add the soy milk (off the heat).  That added an extra layer of creaminess and cooled the heat just enough.

This is also cheap at Aldi - $1.39!

This is also cheap at Aldi - $1.39!

see the flecks of the charred red pepper??

see the flecks of the charred red pepper??

So this whole recipe made 9 cups at 57 calories, 2.6 fat, 5.7 carbs, 1.4 fiber and 3.3 protein.  The whole pot is only 518 calories!  I think I am going to have 1 cup of this with every lunch this week!  

I also brought cucumber, 2 laughing cow cheeses and the strawberries. When I put it into calorie king, my lunch only came in at like 240 calories – definitely not enough!  So I went downstairs to the cafe in the building and asked for 2 pieces of Italian bread.  The cook came out, handed me the bread and said “it’s only bread, no charge!”  Nice!

So I toasted the two pieces of bread, spread 1 triangle of laughing cow light on each piece of bread, then layered the cucumbers on top with salt and pepper.  This was so refreshing mixed with the spicy soup!  This is definitely a keeper!!

So lunch ended up coming in at 434 calories

So lunch ended up coming in at 434 calories

Whew, okay, now I can move on now that I know this is posted and Tony is resting comfortably.  Off to do a couple loads of laundry and start dinner.  Come back for Southern Fried/Baked Chicken with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Parmesan Zucchini!

Garlic Foccacia Egg Sammie

We have so many different kinds of bread in the house right now, I need to start using it up!  Bagels, sandwich bread, english muffins, garlic foccacia!  My breakfast portion was 2.2 ounces.   I toasted it lightly then put 1/4 cup cooked egg beaters, 1.5 ounces Krakus ham and .9 ounces of Alpine Lace reduced fat swiss cheese (i.e. stinky cheese!) :D and then put it all together and nuked it for 20 seconds to melt the cheese.

Breakfast comes in at 343 calories, 14 fat and 26 carbs

Breakfast comes in at 343 calories, 14 fat and 26 carbs

 I can’t believe today is the last day of March already!!  You know what that means . . . my first day of the month giveaway is tomorrow and it is no April fools either!!  Can’t wait to share it with you!

Last night I made a spicy roasted red pepper and tomato soup with some of my produce loot – I combined a bunch of different ideas I liked and added some twists of my own, including thai chili paste, apple cider vinegar and soy milk!  Best part though is each one cup serving is only 57 calories!

You’ll have to stop by at lunch to get that recipe!  See you then :D

Clean Eating Magazine Mac N Cheese

I stop by Cathy’s blog www.noblepig.com just about every day.  Her pictures are amazing and even if I’ve just eaten, my mouth begins to water when I see her food.   Today she had peanut butter and jelly chicken wings for goodness sakes!  But the reason I mention her, is because of her site I discovered Cream Puffs in Venice!  She has a regular feature called Magazine Mondays.  She, apparently like me, is a cooking magazine whore and decided that every Monday she would make a recipe from one of her magazines.  Brilliant!   So tonight I am going to send her my link for Magazine Monday.

But first, look at my produce loot!

Definitely going to make roasted red pepper soup and pasta sauce - each package was only $1!

Definitely going to make roasted red pepper soup and pasta sauce - each package was only $1!

 So tonight Hannah and I decided to make the Clean Eating Mac n Cheese out of this months issue.

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Here is the photo in the magazine

Here is the photo in the magazine

I actually was able to find this flour!  At the same store no less where they had the $11.49 quinoa, this package of flour was only $2.39.

I actually was able to find this flour! At the same store no less where they had the $11.49 quinoa, this package of flour was only $2.39.

This makes the dish - only 60 calories and 1 gram of fat per ounce and it is still very flavorful!

This makes the dish - only 60 calories and 1 gram of fat per ounce and it is still very flavorful!

While the original recipe called for swiss cheese, Hannah's not a huge fan so I substituted 4 ounces of part skim mozzarella and reduced the Cabot cheese to 4 ounces

While the original recipe called for swiss cheese, Hannah's not a huge fan so I substituted 4 ounces of part skim mozzarella and reduced the Cabot cheese to 4 ounces

This is the whole grain elbow noodles we used - very good!  Sometimes I  think whole wheat noodles taste weird, but this was more like the real deal

This is the whole grain elbow noodles we used - very good! Sometimes I think whole wheat noodles taste weird, but this was more like the real deal

I removed the noodles when they were very aldante, because it cooks an additional 20 minutes at 375

I removed the noodles when they were very aldante, because it cooks an additional 20 minutes at 375

I nuked some broccoli to add - which isn't in the original recipe

I nuked some broccoli to add - which isn't in the original recipe

the original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of whole wheat panko bread crumbs, and 2 tablespoons of parmesan for the topping.  I used 2 tablespoons regular panko and reduced the parm to 1 tablespoon since it wasn't low fat

the original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of whole wheat panko bread crumbs, and 2 tablespoons of parmesan for the topping. I used 2 tablespoons regular panko and reduced the parm to 1 tablespoon since it wasn't low fat

But look how good the stats are on this!  I ended up eating 1 1/2 cups

But look how good the stats are on this! I ended up eating 1 1/2 cups

While it was pretty creamy before going in the oven, it dried up a bit in the oven, which Hannah loved because she doesn’t like an overly cheesey sauce (what?) so with the remainder, I stirred in 1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk to cream it up.  I plan on bringing some to my friend Renee who is the best taste tester! 

Off to start my soup and pasta sauce.  Oh, and before I forget, we have a relatively new blogger hosting this weeks BSI – Avocado!  She won last weeks BSI eggs – she actually made a big egg white into a wrap and stuffed it – very clever!!  She’s Ruth over at Plentiful Plants - check out her win!

And as always, thanks for your continued support and concern for Tony!  See you tomorrow!

Don’t know yet. . .

about Tony yet, except infectious disease stopped by today to say that a tissue that was removed from last weeks surgery has come back positive.  Have no more details than that, but I have to keep doing what I do to not drive myself crazy thinking about it. 

So until I know more I am going to try to stay positive!! 

1.5 cups homemade brunswick stew - Hannah labeled them so I didn't end up with mystery soup!

1.5 cups homemade brunswick stew - Hannah labeled them so I didn't end up with mystery soup! Doesn't look pretty but it tastes really good!

1 low carb wrap, 2.0 ounces cajun turkey and 1 ounce Alpine lace swiss cheese

1 low carb wrap, 2.0 ounces cajun turkey and 1 ounce Alpine lace swiss cheese

So lunch comes in at 519 calories, 22 fat and 31 carbs.

So send your good thoughts our way! 

Tony coming home? and Weigh In Monday

Tony was able to get around on crutches this morning – so that is an awesome step in the right direction!!   He may be coming home this afternoon, but definitely tomorrow at the latest.  Keep your fingers crossed its today!

I forgot to weigh in today, so I am going to skip this week.  I don’t think I lost any, and I don’t think I gained any, but I have to get my a$$ in geer this week with the exercise!

Hannah and I stopped by Aldi to pick up coffee creamer – so cheap there!  I’ve told my mom about this dill havarti cheese and she hasn’t been able to find it at her local Aldi.  It was at mine again so I picked up some for her – I’ll just have to remember to give it to her the next time I see her!

But I also found this cheese:

Jalapeno Havarti!  Nice and spicy!

Jalapeno Havarti! Nice and spicy!

So you know what I had to have for breakfast!

Whole wheat english muffin, 3 ounce apple and 1.3 ounces jalapeno cheese - breakfast comes in at 317 calories, 13 fat and 37 carbs

Whole wheat english muffin, 3 ounce apple and 1.3 ounces jalapeno cheese - breakfast comes in at 317 calories, 13 fat and 37 carbs

Do I eat in my sleep?  Last night before bed I checked my blood sugar and at 10:30 p.m. it was 126 – not bad!  This morning I woke up and it was 272!!??  How the heck does that happen?  I’ve seen those shows on Oprah where people eat in their sleep – maybe with Tony not being home I am somehow consuming food I am not aware of? :D

Okay, morning break is over, not sure what the rest of the day will be – I brought lunch just in case I need to pick up Tony today, but its portable – we’ll see!  See you later.

Dinner with Tony

Tony looked online and said that our town officially got 7.2 inches of snow overnight last night!   But by mid-afternoon, the sun was shining and the melting began!  

While I was sitting at our computer this morning, this big fat bird was sitting right outside the window on our gazebo, and wouldn’t you know every time I tried to take a picture of it, it flew away!   But when Hannah and I were leaving to go to the grocery store, I got this pic!

I described it to Tony and he said that the birds with colorful breasts are actually males to attact the ladies!

I described it to Tony and he said that the birds with colorful breasts are actually males to attract the ladies!

 

I am pretty much a sucker for tree pictures, sunset pictures, sunrise pictures. . . .

I am pretty much a sucker for tree pictures, sunset pictures, sunrise pictures. . . .

But before we went to the store I was doing an inventory and realized I had one more portion of pizza dough in the fridge so that’s what Hannah and I had for lunch.  She had broccoli and sausage!  I had shredded zucchini and green pepper with an ounce of sausage.  My dough weighed in at 4 ounces, so my whole pizza was 504 calories, 14 fat and 71 carbs.

This pizza dough is probably just about 2 weeks old and we loved it!  It had a very yeasty taste and mine was cracker crispy!

This pizza dough is probably just about 2 weeks old and we loved it! It had a very yeasty taste and mine was cracker crispy!

And I found this jalapeno pepper that was on the bottom of the veggie drawer - I guess I can use it like a dried pepper?

And I found this jalapeno pepper that was on the bottom of the veggie drawer - I guess I can use it like a dried pepper?

We did a great grocery shop – I’ll have to show the pictures tomorrow.  I would show you tonight, but while I cleaned this morning, it apparently wasn’t up to Hannah’s standards and now our house is spotless.  She even finished all our laundry and folded all of my clothes and they are perfectly divided between workout shirts, work shirts, work pants, etc.  She has a gift!   But sometimes its hard to get her to stop!  So while I would like to bring out my grocery loot, I think she may have a mild heart attack if I mess up the perfect kitchen!

Let’s just say that Sunday is the best $1 day!  I got approximately 20 tomatoes for $3 and about 15 red peppers forf $3.  I plan on making pasta sauce with the tomatoes and roasted red pepper soup with the peppers.  Again, I would start some of that tonight, but I’ll wait until tomorrow!

Can I just say that I am having a hard time finding QUINOA?!  Look at the price at my ethnic grocery store!

Isn't that price crazy??

Isn't that price crazy??

So we get back from the store, and now the snow is melting, I know the roads are okay and make a decision to hop in the car and bring dinner for me and Tony at the hospital.  He didn’t know I was coming so I think he was startled by that!   I came in the knick of time – this is what they served him:

the potatoes tasted like the boxed kind you just add water to, and the "roast beef" and the texture of a leather belt

the potatoes tasted like the boxed kind you just add water to, and the "roast beef" and the texture of a leather belt

I made a sub sandwich for Tony, while I made a sammie out of the beer bread that Hannah made.  I love that this bread is slightly sweet! 

2 ounces of beer bread, 1.5 ounces of corned beef, 1 ounce of reduced fat Alpine Lace swiss cheese. I also had a serving of baked potato chips (not shown). Dinner comes in at 470 calories, 15 fat and 53 carbs

2 ounces of beer bread, 1.5 ounces of corned beef, 1 ounce of reduced fat Alpine Lace swiss cheese. I also had a serving of baked potato chips (not shown). Dinner comes in at 470 calories, 15 fat and 53 carbs

So Hannah gave me this for Christmas, so I have to officially cross the closet clean off my list!

Thanks for all your hard work today Hanners!

Thanks for all your hard work today Hanners!

Hope everyone had a good Sunday!  We are still not sure when Tony is coming home, so we are taking it day by day.  Again, thanks for all of your wonderful comments and concern – we BOTH appreciate it!!!

See you tomorrow!

Banana Oat Pancakes with Red Pepper Jelly Syrup

Well, I guess the snow isn’t as bad as it could have been – maybe we got 5 inches!  But the show is so WET!

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I already brought out some of our summer chairs!

I already brought out some of our summer chairs!

can't tell if this branch is just bent or snapped!

can't tell if this branch is just bent or snapped!

Unfortunately, the weather is preventing me from going to visit Tony today. :(   We’ve talked a couple times already this morning and his floor is really quiet so hopefully he’ll get some rest today!

I recently got my next issue of Clean Eating and decided to make Stephanie Izard’s Banana Oatmeal Pancakes.  I decided to kick it up a notch and made a red pepper jelly syrup.  I melted 1/4 cup sugar free syrup with1 tablespoon red pepper jelly – just a hint of spice but went well with the sweet!

the batter was really light and fluffy!

the batter was really light and fluffy!

loaded with red pepper flakes!

loaded with red pepper flakes!

This whle plate comes in at 365 calories, 3 fat, 78 carbs, 7.5 fiber and 16.5 protein

This whle plate comes in at 365 calories, 3 fat, 78 carbs, 7.5 fiber and 16.5 protein

Banana Oat Pancakes with Red Pepper Jelly Syrup

  • 3 medium bananas
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (I am out, so I didn’t use it)
  • 1 cup rolled oats, ground to a course flour in a food processor
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (I used Quaker quick oats for both)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 egg whites, whipped to soft peaks

I did everything in the processor.  I ground the oats first, then put in a separate bowl.  I added the oats, flour, salt and baking powder and mixed well.  I rinsed that out and added the 2 egg whites to the processor and left it on until soft peaks, and put in a small bowl.   Next went the bananas, milk and extract and mixed well.   Add the banana mixture to the oat mixture and mix well.  Fold in the egg whites last. 

Each pancake comes in at 100 calories, 1 gram of fat, 20.5 carbs, 2.5 fiber, and 5.5 protein!

Off to do some cleaning, shoveling and making my menu for the week.  See you later!