Gorgeous Day!

Wow, after what seems like weeks of thunderstorms, Chicagoland’s weather could not have been better yesterday!  In the 70’s, blue skies, and perfect sleeping weather – I think it got down to 50 degrees last night 😀

For breakfast I scooped out half of a baked potato, leaving 3.5 of the shell.  I scrambled 1 egg, 1.5 ounces of deli ham and red pepper and stuffed that in the potato, then put it under the broiler with .7 ounces of American cheese – delish!

And more strawberries – breakfast comes in at 335 calories, 39 carbs, 22 protein, 12.1 fat and 6 fiber.

I went to the gym and did the bike machine again – I warmed up with something called “the chaser.”  Basically you ride the bike to grab tokens, then have to find the object on the token within a certain time to get points – it had me riding super fast, uphill, downhill – it was really fun!  I did that for 10 minutes, then did a 6.9 steady hill climb – in the end I did 41 minutes on the bike for 8.1 total miles.

I was hangry when I got back to work – quick and simple, just heated up my vegetarian chili with chips and fresh jalapenos:  lunch is 502 calories, 81 carbs, 25 protein, 11.2 fat and 16.6 fiber 😀

I need to thank my co-worker for bringing me these pickles – while I prefer dill pickles to sweet, these babies are jalapeno pickles from a farmers market!  I need to make these – you start out with the sweet and slowly the heat creeps in.  Have you made pickles before?

I’ve been trying to figure out how to use our fresh herbs, and decided to add some to my spaetzle batter  – it turned out great!

thyme, basil and Italian parsley

I love my spaetzle maker – also found on Amazon.com for about $10 bucks.

I had grilled pork chops on the menu to go with the spaetzle – Tony picked up this marinade, and while I didn’t marinate the chops, I brushed it on at the last minute – gave the chops a nice tangy taste!

I tossed the grilled zucchini in a tablespoon of this dressing – I know it says onions on it (it’s actually Hannah’s!) but I liked it!

My plate:  521 calories, 52 carbs, 45 protein, 13.8 fat and 0 fiber

Then about 9:00, I could feel my blood sugar start to drop – must have overestimated the carbs in the spaetzle?  So a weird event happened here on BDL – I had dessert!  These shortcake shells are 60 calories each, with 2 giant sliced strawberries and whip cream.  I woke up this morning and my blood sugar was a perfect 101! 😀

A big thank you to Leslie – I won one of her gorgeous handmade bags, and I hope she doesn’t mind that I am giving it to my daughter – she loves green – thanks Leslie!

And have you seen our friend Lynn’s movie yet from Actor’s Diet yet?  It’s called White on Rice, available on demand. Tony and I watched it last night – it was so good!  Parts of it had us laughing out loud.  You have to check it out! 😀  Great job Lynn!

Stats for Monday:

  • 1508 calories, 204 carbs, 94 protein, 38 fat, 24 fiber
  • 8.1 total bike ride
  • 5 minutes abs on the ball

I’ll leave you with something creepy – look what’s growing on our screened gazebo!

some sort of insect eggs??

Have a great Tuesday! 😀  It’s another gorgeous day!

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  • Autumn @ Good Eats Girl
    June 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm Everything looks GREAT! I've never made pickles before, but I've always wanted to try because I LOVE pickles! I'm not a huge sweet pickle fan either, but if I find the right ones, I'll eat 'em! I'm envious of the bike machine you use...it sounds like so much fun and such a way to stay motivated!
  • Jenn@slim-shoppin
    June 29, 2010 at 1:02 pm I've never seen the Dr. Pepper marinade? That's cool! What are those things in your screen??? Ewwwwwww!!!! Call you later! Jenn
    • biz319
      June 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm We actually bought it at Menard's of all places! :D
  • ksgoodeats
    June 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm I haven't had a potato skin in SO LONG! That breakfast is brilliant! My mom made pickles years ago and we had so many jars that there were pickles everywhere!! Your spaetzle looks fantastic - I've always wanted to try making it. Woohoo for Hannah coming home soon! I think, if she's up to it and it's okay with you, she should do a guest post. I'd love to hear all about her trip! Enjoy the gorgeous weather!!
  • Helen
    June 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm Man you come up with some great breakfast ideas Biz! I don't have on demand so I'm going to see if I can add your friend's movie to my Netlifx cue. Great job on your workouts - see how much fun it is when you're doing what you like?!
  • Marisa (Loser for Life)
    June 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm I love spaetzle! Mmm... now I want some. That wouldn't be a bad breakfast, right? ;)
  • kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com
    June 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm i think it was Healthy Exposures that features ur veg chili.. but either way i think its one of ur timeless creations that looks so freaking yummy! <3
  • Al (losingharry)
    June 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm I make my own pickles and love them. I am a kosher pickle fan so I make them regularly and they take 4 days or so. That breakfast potato looks really good.
  • laurajane
    June 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm The weather is excellent here in Pittsburgh as well, and I'm loving it! And the weekend is supposed to be great weather as well! What are those things on your fence? Weird.
  • Samantha
    June 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm Hmm the Dr. Pepper Marinade sounds interesting! I adore pickles, but only dill...sweet pickles are bleh to me lol
  • Shelley B
    June 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm It's so fun to see all of Leslie's bags popping up throughout blogland - that one is so cute! Mine will make its debut on Fashion Friday. :)
  • Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
    June 29, 2010 at 3:21 pm I just saw that Dr. Pepper marinade. I saw Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce too. Same with rootbeer flavoring. I thought about getting but I was scared! Glad to hear you liked it! The poppyseed dressing sounds awesome! So what IS that growing there?
  • Mom
    June 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm Definitely insect eggs! I googled that description to Google Images - lots of photos similar to yours. Who knows what they are - if I were you, I'd kill 'em now!
    • biz319
      June 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm Thanks Momma! :D
  • Veronica M
    June 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm OMgosh, that is so freaking me out. I wouldn't be able to even look at it. If that stuff starts hatching, warn me before you post a photo b/c I'm gonna scream! I've seen the soda pop marinades & ice cream toppings and have solemnly vowed NEVER to use them. I don't know why, but it majorly freaks me out to the maximum capacity. Well, maybe not the marinades as much as the scary ice cream toppings. I think that would make me gag to have Dr. Pepper or Crush syrup on top of my ice cream. Since you liked that dressing, maybe you would like onions that have been caramelized. It does change their flavor and there's like NO acidity--they're just sweet but still taste like onion. You should try them on like a burger or sandwich or something to see if it jives with you. I can't imagine a life without onions. Oh, and those pickles sound fabulous! I would dig them. I'm a spicy girl myself, but probably not as much as you. :)
    • biz319
      June 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm It's not so much the flavor of onions - its a texture thing - raw ones are squeaky to me and the carmelized ones are like worms. I know, its Tony and I against a world of onion lovers! :D
  • tj
    June 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm hey- I used Trader Joe's Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing. I dont mix very much with it just a little then top my serving with a drizzle because it soaks it up as it sits in the fridge. I love that mix as a base for "pasta" salad. You can add in anything! :) YUM!
  • lesouefsbrouilles
    June 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm dr pepper marinade?! sounds tangy! anyways, i could be wrong but i believe those are ladybug eggs. still looks really creepy though
  • actorsdiet
    June 29, 2010 at 4:13 pm aw thanks so much for watching my movie! that means so much to me. i've never made my own pickles before but i have added veggies to pickle brine. it works great!
  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)
    June 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm I went to a couple of gyms in town looking for a fun bike machine like the one you talk about. NO LUCK! I am bummed! All of those fresh herbs in the spaetzle....MMM! I bet it was so delicious. I still haven't tried spaetzle and I really want to.
  • Jenn
    June 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm My three year old and I can finish a jar of bread and butter pickles if given the opportunity. She also always steals the dill pickle spears off of my husband's lunch when we go out. Ewww!!!! Your last picture gave me chills and goosebumps!!!
  • homecookedem
    June 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm What a creative and outside-the-box breakfast idea!! That looks really, really tasty!! :) Glad to see the spaetzle again!! :) Looks so great!!
  • Mari
    June 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm What is that growing on your screen????? I love the "pouring" picture! it's perfect!
  • Tricia
    June 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm love the bag!
  • Nutritious Foodie
    June 29, 2010 at 8:08 pm I have personally never made pickle.. but mom used to A LOT.. she pickeled all kinds of vegetables.. yummy :)
  • The Candid RD
    June 29, 2010 at 8:44 pm The weather here started off pretty blah, but now it's beautiful! And the best part is that there is no humidity. Can't beat it. The Chaser game on the bike sounds like fun! Great way to motivate you to keep moving. I love that. I have never made pickles, but have always wanted to try ever since I watched Good Eats and Alton showed me how. He makes everything look so easy though. Not so much I'm sure.
  • Nicole
    June 29, 2010 at 8:55 pm Those eggs almost look fake! Breakfast is so creative, I love that! You're so much more ambitious in the mornings than I could ever be! 101 - nice! I think you should have some dessert more often! ;)
  • Satu
    June 29, 2010 at 9:25 pm Hi Biz! I also had your vegetarian chili today (I, uum, added Frank's Hot into it). :-) The vegetarian chili is good but not as good as the Best Buffalo Chicken Chili... My guess is that those round pale green thingies are eggs that are going to hatch; and then some kind of creepy crawlies are going to come out of them. Then they take over the World. I hope you don't suffer from Arachnofobia! ;-)
  • fitandfortysomething
    June 29, 2010 at 9:37 pm biz, i love what you did with the baked potato for bfast! how original :)
  • hogeruns
    June 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm That is sooo creepy!! I can't wait to hear what hatches!
  • Christina (Dinner at Christina's)
    June 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm ohhh Dr. Pepper marinade!? I'll have to see if I can find that. OMG that last picture made me want to vomit. I'd make Johnny get rid of it. So nasty.
  • Tina
    June 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm You are doing an amazing job!! I love seeing people who can listen to their bodies and really make their eating a lifestyle. That's awesome. Your bike machine sounds so cool. I would love something to distract me like that during cardio. LOL
  • carolinebee
    June 30, 2010 at 12:24 am Haha i was gonna say, is your marinade just Dr. Pepper!? Then i saw it is an actual marinade, sounds great!! :)
  • South Beach Steve
    June 30, 2010 at 1:02 am What great sounding weather. I love that temperature and the blue skies!
  • A@ Please Don't Eat Me!
    June 30, 2010 at 1:22 am ewwwwwww wtf is on that screen?!?! it looks like .. shoot i dont even know! lol *shudder* i love your dessert! that looks so yummy! nice bike ride! im planning a nice long one tomorrow.. i hope its nice out!
  • Diane Fit to the Finish
    June 30, 2010 at 1:47 am I've done pickles before but it's been quite a few years. Sorry you had the blood sugar drop, but love your dessert solution! :)
  • Marianne
    June 30, 2010 at 4:24 am Ah, I love your baked potato breakfast. If only I liked eggs, I totally be making that.
  • Karen@WaistingTime
    June 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm Your food pictures are so gorgeous! And I just have to tell you that your font is so easy for my aging eyes to read - crisp and large. I appreciate that. Some blogs have me squinting. Super cute bag; I got one too:)
  • Jessica
    June 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm I've not made pickles myself, but have friends that give me jars of theirs. I want to do more canning in the future.
  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    June 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm Today is the perfect day for chili - the weather is so beautiful in Philly!
  • janetha
    July 1, 2010 at 2:40 am never seen that marinade! and WTF IS ON YOUR SCREEN?! so so creepy.
  • John
    July 2, 2010 at 4:05 am I need to try that chili soon...looks good even without meat :-)
  • Renee
    July 25, 2013 at 11:07 pm Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say fantastic blog!