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November 2009

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Back to Reality

Yep, tomorrow is back to reality.  I’ll actually have to set an alarm tomorrow! :(  But I’ve had a great week, and got everything accomplished that I set out to. 😀

For breakfast I had 1 cup of diced potatoes, Pam fried with 1/2 ounce of cheese, 1 egg and 1 sausage patty (which I cut in half to give myself the illusion on having two!)  Oh, and I may have splashed it with Frank’s hot sauce and Tabasco! 😀

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For lunch I had one serving of my BSI – entry.  I bought broccoli when I went to the store, so I am going to add steamed broccoli when we have it for dinner one night this week.  Don’t worry Tony, you’ll be having bacon wrapped meatloaf!

After spending time on the computer catching up on what everyone is doing, I put my menu together.  Two things I am going to be making for my lunch this week with leftover turkey is Kevin’s Turkey Pho Soup (i couldn’t find star anise – anyone know where to even find it at the store?)  and then subbing turkey for chicken in my Bahn-Mi Style Sandwich.

But I hit the gym on the way.  I didn’t feel like running, so I did the spin bike.  What I do is a 5 minute warm up, then 5 minute hill climb (just tighten the resistance) at 50 rpm, then bring the resistance down and sprint for 5 minutes at 95 rpm, and alternate.  I ended up going for 45 minutes.  In the end I biked 8.01 miles!  I had to do the conversion at home since this bike was in kilometers!

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My step-son Joe ended up staying for dinner, so I made a taco fiesta!  I knew I wanted a serving of tortilla chips, so I swapped out my corn tortillas for boston bibb lettuce.

  • 4 lettuce cups
  • 2 ounces taco meat
  • 1 ounce cheddar cheese
  • .25 cup canned black beans
  • .25 cup canned white shoepeg corn
  • 2 tablespoons Mild Taco Sauce
  • Salsa Verde
  • Hot Banana Peppers
  • 1 ounce of tortilla chips
  • 1 ounce of guacamole

Holy yum, was this good!  I lined everything up in the kitchen and everyone just helped themselves.  Makes for a quick clean up too (thanks for cleaning the kitchen Hannah!).

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My grocery store makes the best salsa verde – luckily its too spicy for the rest of my family, so its all mine!  Although, it does have onions in it so I have to puree it :D  Yep – only $1!

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Stats for the Day

  • 1251 calories
  • 69 fat
  • 106 carbs
  • 52 protein (kinda low)
  • 13 fiber (kinda low too)
  • 45 minute on spin bike for 8.01 miles! 😀

Off to put my breakfast and lunch together for work.  I checked my email yesterday, and as of then, I had 521 emails! Yikes!  Hope everyone had a great long weekend – see you tomorrow night!

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BSI – Flax!

Holly over at The Balanced Broad chose Flax as this weeks ingredient.  I almost forgot because of Thanksgiving, but I read Emily’s blog today, and she reminded me – thanks Em! 😀

I actually bought flax seeds a couple weeks ago and they’ve been in my cupboard ever since, unopened!  The obvious thing to do would be to make some sort of muffin, or maybe a breakfast cookie.  But you know how I love my cheese!

Biz’s Mac N Cheese

  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta, any shape
  • 8 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 cups chicken broth (no milk in this one!) (I used my soup base mixture)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • cracked pepper
  • (don’t add any salt – the chicken broth has plenty!)
  • seasoning of your choice (I used Soul Food seasoning)
  • topping: 2 tablespoons flax seed, 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (mix well)

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain.  Meanwhile, melt butter.  Add flour and mix into a pasta and cook for 2 minutes.  Slowly add the chicken broth to make a roux.  Remove from heat after it has thickened (and I was skeptical it would because of the broth, but it was nice and thick!) add cheese and stir until melted.  Add in cooked pasta and mix well, put in casserole dish and sprinkle flax seed mixture over the top.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or until cheese sauce is nice and bubbly.  Had I had broccoli I would have added it! 😀

Makes Six Servings:  Each serving is 372 calories, 19 fat, 33 carbs, 16.6 protein and 2.1 fiber

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The perfect bite!  I love how the topping got crunchy and almost added a nutty flavor to the mac n cheese.  One con for me:  i thought it was a tad salty, but my step-son Joe, a salt lover, said it was great!

Thanks again for hosting this week Holly! 😀

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State Champs!!

Hannah’s high school took the state championship in football today for the first time in school history!  Not only that, but their girls volleyball took state two weeks ago, making it the first sport in school history to win state – two champs in two weeks!  It was very exciting.  While the volleyball games were not televised, the football game was – Tony has been enjoying watching the high school games today – he said one game was one of the best games he’s ever seen, even including college and NFL!

What a beautiful day we had!  I have to love it when I am stringing lights on our deck in a t-shirt! 

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I am sure my regular readers know I gravitate towards the $1 produce rack to see what kind of deals I can get.  I just found out they have a bakery sale rack too!  It’s just day old bakery items for up to 75% off!   I bought 5 bagels for $1.29!  This mornings breakfast: 3 ounce everything bagel, 1/4 cup egg beaters, 1/2 ounce goat cheese, 1/2 ounce cheddar cheese.  It was cheezy delicious!

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Then Hannah and I went to Tree Classics – a giant winter wonderland!  The place was huge!  And although I saw many cute snowman items, I didn’t buy one – I was on a mission to buy LED lights for our deck.

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We saw some of the biggest artificial trees I’ve ever seen! 

So not only did I have tons of bags of garbage when I cleaned out the basement yesterday, I also had five bags of clothes to giveaway.  So our next stop was Good Will!  Not only did I get a tax write off, but they gave us a coupon!

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I bought 6 matching wine glasses for $4, a new Sony alarm clock for $3.99, a couple shirts and some strings of lights that have garland attached for decorating inside our house.  Hannah and I could literally spend hours in this place!

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Nope, she didn’t buy the sunglasses!  By the time we left there we were hangry, so we made a quick pick up at Taco Bell.  I got the 3 crispy taco deal.

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Then after folding more laundry (only one more load to do!) Hannah and I hit the gym.  We always forget that they close at 5:00 on the weekends, so I squeezed in what I could:

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Dinner was making something from our leftovers:  Turkey Tetrazzini!

Biz’s Low Fat Turkey Tetrazzini

  • 12 ounces uncooked noodles
  • 6 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1.75 cups skim milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 12 ounces chopped cooked turkey breast
  • 1 cup canned peas, drainied
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 ounces swiss cheese
  • 1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • no sherry because I think it tastes like ass

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Preheat oven to 375.  Cook mushrooms in Pam for about 10 minutes, set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter then stir in flour and cook for about 3 minutes.

Gradually stir in the milk, broth, and simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Drain pasta, then in a large bowl (I used my big stock pot that I just had the pasta in) and mix together the pasta, sauce, mushrooms, turkey, peas, the Swiss cheese and salt and pepper. 

Place in a large casserole dish.  Mix together 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese with 1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs and put over the top.  Bake for 30 minutes, or until it is bubbling and top is golden.

Makes 8 – one cup servings:  367 calories, 11.4 fat, 40 carbs, 1.5 fiber, 24.5 protein

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While I don’t like eating mushrooms, I love the flavor, so I just picked them out and gave them to the dog! 😀

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I had a salad on the side:

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1357 calories
  • 47 fat
  • 110 carbs
  • 71 protein
  • 13 fiber (I need to kick this up a notch!)
  • 15 minute walk with Ed
  • 35 minute, 2.5 mile run

Now I am off to make sauce – I lucked out at the $1 produce rack!

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Look at how many tomatoes I got for $2!

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One more day of staycation!  My last project is to clean my deep freeze tomorrow and do a complete inventory of both the refrigerator and freezer – I want to use up as much stuff as I can before bringing more food in the house! 

See you tomorrow! 😀