Salisbury Steak with Gluten Free Noodles

I shared the remainder of my reuben quiche with a couple co-workers yesterday, and they both agreed it was delicious!  Especially my one co-worker – she and I are Reuben geeks – we even compare notes when we’ve tried a new one.  So I had the last 1/4 for my breakfast yesterday.

I also had my first orange of the season – can’t wait to get some grapefruit.  I’ll have to ask if my MIL will send me some grapefruit this year – they grow them in their back yard :D

breakfast comes in at 336 calories, 24 carbs, 25 protein, 16 fat and 4 fiber

When I got to work I was greeted with a brand new computer – its so fast!  Plus I have a 19 inch flat screen monitor – I have horrible eye sight, so this is so nice.  I have it on the largest font and if someone walked by they would think a blind person worked at my desk!   I only had 212 emails to go through, which wasn’t too bad considering I was off a whole week.

For lunch I had the last of my butternut squash soup and a side salad that had diced chicken, diced apple, carrots, cucumber, romaine and Ken’s Light Italian with romano cheese and red pepper – its my new favorite dressing – check out the stats!

I love adding fruit to salad

lunch was only 318 calories, 39 carbs, 25 protein, 8.8 fat and 6.9 fiber

Long time readers will know that not only do I hate onions, but I am not a huge fan of mushrooms.  I love the smell as they cook, but its a texture thing.  One of Tony’s favorite meals is Salisbury steak with mushroom sauce.  I decided to throw it together for a quick week night dinner.

Biz’s Week Night Salisbury Steak

  • 1 pound 95% ground sirloin (I used Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Beef)
  • 1 tablespoon steak seasoning (like McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning)
  • 3 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 10 large mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 package of brown gravy mix

Heat oil in large skillet.  Add garlic and mushrooms and cook until browned.  Set aside.  Mix beef with steak seasoning, salt and pepper and mix well.  Shape into 4 oval patties.  Cook over medium heat about 4 minutes a side, or until your preference of doneness.  (not sure that is a word, but I am sticking with it!)

Put gravy mix with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.  Add mushrooms and stir and pour over the Salisbury steak.  Garnish with parsley.

My Dollar General sells that gravy mix 2 for $1.  It’s nice to have in the pantry – and each 1/4 cup serving is only 20 calories.  Tony and I split it, so 40 calories for 1/2 cup of gravy isn’t too bad!

be sure not to flip it too soon - you want to get a nice crust on top

And because I used the extra lean meat, 8 ounces of meat was only 280 calories.   I decided to try some gluten free noodles on the side – guess what?  Tony actually liked it better than whole wheat pasta! :D

I got this at Trader Joe's - and I think the package was only around $1.69.

my plate with 1/2 cup of noodles: 570 calories, 57 carbs, 55 protein, 10.5 fat and 5 fiber

It was delicious! :D

Stats for Monday:

  • 1445 calories, 128 carbs, 110 protein, 56 fat and 17.9 fiber
  • 34% of calories from fat
  • 45 minute workout on treadmill at lunch – walk 3.9 mph on 5% incline for 5 minutes, then run at 5.5 for 5 minutes, then switched back and forth
  • 5 minutes abs on the ball

I went to bed at a decent time last night so I am up early today.  I am off to make gluten free breakfast pizza – fingers crossed it works out!

Make it a great day!

Reuben Quiche and My Favorite Snowman

When I saw how much leftover corned beef I would have, I immediately decided to make a Reuben quiche for breakfast yesterday morning.  Allison, you will love this!

Reuben Quiche (printer friendly version here)

Makes 4 servings (255 calories, 16 fat, 3.7 carbs, .4 fiber and 23 protein)

Ingredients

3 eggs
1 cup egg whites
6 ounces corned beef
2 ounces Swiss cheese
2 ounces sauerkraut
1 pinch of pepper
1/2 cup 2% milk

Directions

  1. Chop leftover corned beef into bite sized pieces. Dice up Swiss cheese and chop sauerkraut.
  2. Put whole eggs in large bowl and mix well. Add egg whites and remaining ingredients. Pour into pie plate and bake at 350 for 40 minutes, or until set and browned on top.
  3. There is enough salt in the corned beef and cheese that you don’t need to add any additional.

it was really hard to wait for this to cool enough to cut :D

My plate:

This was so good!  I thought the sauerkraut might be weird in a quiche, but all the ingredients worked wonderfully together.  This one is a keeper!

After Hannah and I went to the grocery store, we decided to do our long walk/jog.  It took us 50 minutes.  We then drove to see how far it was, both joking back and forth that it was probably 6 or 9 miles.  Um, turns out it is only a 2.9 walk, but hey, it’s better than nothing! :D

nothing but blue skies :D

As we were walking, we passed by a Christmas tree farm.

It totally reminded me of our first Christmas together as a family in 2001.  Hannah was 9 and my step-son was 11.  When we first moved to our town in July of 2001, I saw that we had a Christmas tree farm and thought what a great first family memory to have to chop down our first family Christmas tree!  Until we got there and found out they started at $65!

No way we were going to spend that much money on a tree (and have to do all the work!) so we went to the VFW hall and got a $19 tree.  Tony chopped off the bottom of the tree before we put it in our tree stand.  Joe took the stump and peeled off the bark and just started sanding it.  He sanded it for hours!  When I asked him what he was going to do with it, he said he couldn’t decide.

So Christmas morning, Joe hands me a gift.  This is what was inside:

He hand painted a snowman for me!  I was so touched because it was such a loving gesture and I really felt happy that I had married his Dad.   Fast forward nine years and this is the first snowman I look for to put out and the last one I put away.   I love you Joe! (even though you beat me in football picks this week!) :D

When we got back from our walk it was already 3:30, so I just heated up a cup of my butternut squash soup and a few crackers to tide me over until dinner.

So for dinner I found a recipe for Chicken Cordon Blue from Kaylyn’s Kitchen.   In the recipe she said not to skip buying grueyere cheese because it made the dish.  When I went to my deli, I couldn’t find it behind the deli counter, but asked if they had it.  He found it, showed it to me and I said “why don’t you cut me one big slice about an inch and a half.”  He handed the cheese to me, I got some buffalo style turkey breast, threw the stuff in my cart and headed to the check out.

It wasn’t until I got home and noticed how expensive it was!

I thought it was delicious paired with brown rice.  Although I think Tony was disappointed, because when I said “how about Chicken Cordon Blue for dinner?”  I think he was thinking of those frozen ones when you cut into them butter just oozes all over.  Mine were sans butter, but still delicious. :D

Even though I spent $11+ dollars on cheese, I still had a great grocery shop:

On the menu:  (remember breakfast and lunch is just me)

Breakfasts:

  • Reuben Quiche
  • breakfast pizza with gluten free flour
  • egg mcmuffin with canteloupe
  • oatmeal pancakes
  • egg white omelet with black beans, pepper and cheese

Lunches:

  • butternut squash soup and salad
  • buffalo chicken chili over spaghetti squash
  • Pork posole stew with cheese quesadilla
  • brown rice and sausage stuffed zucchini
  • stuffed pepper with gluten free pasta

Dinners:

  • Salisbury steak with green beans
  • chicken wings/celery/blue cheese dressing
  • asian pork chops with stir fry veggies and brown rice
  • grilled chicken chopped cobb salad
  • cauliflower crust pizza (going to try that again!)

So while I had a great time being home this past week, it will nice to get back into a routine.  I didn’t drink nearly enough water, so I decided to skip this week’s weigh in and will step on the scale next Monday.

Hope you had a great holiday weekend.  Happy Monday! :D


 

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Curry

So remember how I made breakfast nachos the other morning?  Well Hannah woke up with breakfast nachos on the brain, so she made them for me! :D

I had a couple errands to run – Brandi, I finally shipped your package to you for your BSI win!   I also stopped by a small store to get new printer cartridges.   The woman that worked there and I were chatting – she asked about how my Thanksgiving was and I told her it was weird that I only had one guest and didn’t cook that much.

So we continue talking and she started telling me about the dishes she made, and I said “so you like to cook?”  She replied “I love it!”  I then handed her My Bizzy Kitchen business card for her to check out my blog.  Guess what – she’d never heard of a food blog before?!”   I think I’ve opened up a whole new world to her!

On the drive back home there were ducks everywhere!

I am actually going to be making my buffalo chicken chili today for one of my lunches this week, but in a pinch, I usually have a can or two of Hormel chili.  My lunch: 1 cup chili over a 5 ounce baked potato.

I continued my clean sweep of the house – Hannah was cleaning out our pantry and found a butternut squash I forgot I bought!  I decided to make soup. :D

Curry Butternut Squash Soup (printer friendly version here)

Makes 4 servings (generous 1.5 cups:  111 calories, 1.9 fat, 23 carbs, 3.4 fiber and 2.6 protein)

A delicious balance of sweet from the squash and heat from the curry powder and sriracha sauce.

Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 granny smith apple, peeled and chopped
2 cups butternut squash
7 ounce potato
4 cups chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
10 drops sriracha hot sauce

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400. Cut butternut squash in half, put on a baking sheet with about 1 cup of water and cook, cut side down for 30 minutes. Let cool. Remove pulp and seeds from the middle.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in stock pot. Add diced apples and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally. Scoop out squash flesh and put in pot along with remaining ingredients.
  3. Cook until apples and potato are tender. Using a stick blender, puree soup until smooth.

saute the apples and garlic over medium heat with 1 tsp. olive oil

I love how the butternut squash almost carmelizes when baked - I didn't weigh the squash before I cooked it, but I ended up with 2 cups of pulp

While I know sage and butternut squash go well together, my sage had turned.  I decided to use curry powder, tarragon and sriracha sauce for my seasonings.

a little curry goes a long way - start low and add more to taste

silky, smooth, complex :D

I love this soup!

It has such complex flavors.  First spoonful, you taste the sweetness of the squash and apple, then the curry and sriracha finish it off – its the perfect balance of sweet and heat.  And only 2 WW points! :D

Tony and I both had a taste for corned beef – I don’t know why we really only think about it around St. Patrick’s Day.  We bought Nathan’s brand corned beef because it looked really lean and it comes with its own seasoning packet.  You put the corned beef in a pot, cover with water, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

My plate:  4 ounces rosemary potatoes, 1 cup sauerkraut and 4 ounces of corned beef.

at the table I dipped my corned beef into a pile of Dijon mustard :D

So I was trying to think what to do with the leftovers . . . .I may have a reuben quiche in the oven right now!

I also found a soup to make using the last of our pork roast from Thanksgiving – a Mexican soup called Posole - a spicy soup that sounds right up my alley.

So its my last day of staycation.  I slept in until 9:30 this morning :D  I got everything done that I wanted, relaxed, spent lots of time with Tony and Hannah – its going to be hard getting up tomorrow morning!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Breakfast Nachos!

I am sure they have been done before, but I somehow got the idea to make Hannah and I breakfast nachos yesterday morning.  I cut four corn tortillas and sprayed them with Pam, sprinkled with a bit of sea salt and baked for 12 minutes at 350.

I cooked the bacon in the microwave, and chopped that up.  I then scrambled 3 eggs.  When the chips were done, I divided the eggs over top 12 chips, added 1 ounce of cheese and broiled until the cheese melted, then sprinkled with the chopped bacon.  IT WAS SO GOOD!

Hannah didn’t have to work until late afternoon so she, Tony and I went out for lunch.

I usually get the bento box, but I wasn’t sure if there was going to be gluten in the tempura batter.  So I went with this:

broiled teriyaki chicken with vegetables and rice

I forgot to say no onions!  Hannah got those :D

Tony requested brown rice for his sushi – it looked purple to us though!

I think this had sriracha hot sauce - they were too spicy for Tony so I ate a couple of these rolls

Lunch actually gave us the idea for dinner.  I diced up some of the pork roast from Thanksgiving.

Tony was the chef last night – he used this brown rice, which I loved!

He added 2 eggs and scrambled them in the wok:

Then added canned stir fry veggies:

Then tossed in the pork:

Tony in action!

My bowl – I loved the crisp edges of some of the rice :D

And of course, Tony thought I ruined it by adding this:

Perfect!

My name is Biz, and I am a paper hoarder.  I told you my big project this week was to clean our basement.   While the rest of the house is almost always company ready, the basement became just a catch all or dumping ground.  I mostly just ignore it as I go to the washer and dryer, but enough was enough.  The most embarrassing thing was that I had a pile of boxes – they were all empty from Christmas last year!

I am proud to say in just three hours, my basement is 75% clean!  My desk was a huge mess too.  I do our budget each month, and I have a folder for each month with all the bill stubs, where I write the check number and date it was paid.  I had 120 folders worth of bills.  Did I really need to keep a Com Ed bill stub from 10 years ago?

So I shredded almost three giant garbage bags of old bills.  Things that I thought I may need to keep were scanned and put on the computer.  I can actually use my desk now! :D

By the time I came up from the basement, it was 4:30 and I realized I hadn’t done any exercise yet.  So I did Jillian’s 30 minute last chance workout on exercise t.v.   It was really hard!  Then I took our dog for a walk for 10 minutes – um, note to self, don’t walk the dog when its super cold outside after you are sweaty from a workout – I nearly froze to death in 10 minutes!

Today’s plan is to finish the last part of the basement and grocery shop so I have nothing to do tomorrow before having to go back to work on Monday.  It’s been a great week off! :D

Have a great Saturday!

Picnic Ham = Pork Roast?

We had such a laid back Thanksgiving and it was awesome!  Just having one guest over takes almost all of the pressure off.  Not that we didn’t make good food, but we just made a few simple things and it was delicious.

I mentioned to Hannah if she wanted me to make biscuits and gravy for breakfast and her eyes lit up and said “yes please!”  I have made these mile high biscuits before - they are from Cook’s Illustrated and they are super tall, moist – simply amazing.

Well I didn’t have any buttermilk, so I did the trick of adding vinegar to regular milk to make my own.  Not sure if that was the fatal error, but they turned into buttery hockey pucks.

So back to the drawing board!

Baking Powder Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the shortening and mix until in little pieces. Add milk a little at a time and mix until it forms a ball.
  3. Roll out on floured board to 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick. Cut out in desired size and dip in melted shortening. Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. Variation: For shortcakes add 2 tablespoons for sugar to the dough and roll dough out to 1/2 inch thick.

These turned out very good (although a couple rings below the mile high ones!).  To make the gravy, I used some of Christina’s Dad’s breakfast sausage (I used the other 3/4 for my sausage muffins later in the day).  So about 1/2 cup crumbled sausage, add 1/8 cup of flour to the pan and slowly stir in 1 cup of milk, until it’s nice and thick.  This step takes about 6-7 minutes, because you don’t want the gravy tasting like flour.  Add lots of cracked pepper and some salt.

I am submitting these biscuits to Christina’s Friday First!

I made our favorite shrimp cocktail for one of the appetizers:

Then Hannah’s favorite – bacon wrapped water chestnuts with a teriyaki glaze.  I just marinated 2 cans of water chestnuts overnight in about 1/3 cup of bottled teriyaki sauce.  Every time I went in the fridge I tossed them to coat well.

We used 1/4 of a slice of bacon to wrap each one.  With the remaining sauce in the bowl I added 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and a tablespoon of ketchup and mixed well.  I baked the chestnuts for 20 minutes without the glaze, then another 20 minutes with the glaze.  These are seriously addicting!

And any holiday table would not be complete without deviled eggs.  The two that are slightly green have pesto added to them – they were delicious. :D

Hannah was in charge of her favorite side dish to make – tater tot casserole.  I am not exactly sure how she makes it, but she defrosts tater tots, mixes them with cream of cheddar and cream of chicken soup, milk, and cheese – tops them with corn flakes and bakes it.  I think this is the third year in a row she’s made it – its so good I had two servings of it!

I also made sausage stuffing muffins.   A took about 1 cup of crumbled breakfast sausage, mixed with 6 cups of stuffing mix, 3 cups of chicken broth and mixed well.  You want a pretty soggy muffin.  Put in muffin tin and bake for 30 minutes.

So Tony and I picked up what we thought was the same type of ham we got last year.  Last year we bought an uncooked ham.  It had lots of fat on the outside and took about 4 hours to cook.  It was salty and pink and tender when we sliced it.

last years ham

our picnic ham on the grill

Tony scored the top of the fat and it kind of bathed the ham as it cooked.

When it was time to cut it up, it was grey on the inside like a pork tenderloin, not like a ham.  Still not sure where we went wrong on this one, but since it wasn’t salty like last years, we really didn’t season this meat at all.  It was tender, but had I known exactly what type of meat I had, I would have brined it or at the bare minimum, seasoned it with olive oil and rosemary and salt and pepper overnight.

Live and learn, right?  I plan on making North Carolina pulled pork with the leftovers :D

our table simply dressed :D

my plate + 1 more helping of tots :D

And I had a piece of my apple pie for dessert which turned out really good.  But I had no idea how to adjust the insulin intake on that since it was made with artificial sweetener.  About an hour and a half after dinner I tested my blood sugar and it was 314!  Oops!  So Hannah and I bundled up and did a brisk 30 minute walk.  An hour later my blood sugar was back down to 134.

the sunset from our front deck

the sky from our walk

And thanks to Hannah for being my sous chef – I really need to take lessons from her – she was constantly in cleaning mode so the after dinner clean up took us only about 5 minutes.  Thanks Hannah!  And thanks for manning the ham on the grill Tony!  :D  And also thanks to our nephew Chris who was able to spend the day with us – hope you had a nice time!

Maybe Dave can shine some light on what type of meat we bought?

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  What is your favorite part of the holiday?  Mine is definitely spending time in the kitchen and enjoying good food with family! :D

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am the first one up, I have mile high biscuits in the oven and the coffee is brewing.  It’s days like today that make me slow down, and appreciate all the little things in my life that when put all together are wonderful things!

First I am thankful for my family.  They put up with me banging around the kitchen at all hours of the night and day, leaving a shit storm of dirty dishes in my path.  For waiting the few extra minutes to eat because I have to take “just one more picture” before they can dig in.   Thank you for your support Tony and Hannah – I love you!

I didn’t realize how little I ate yesterday until I downloaded my pictures.  Breakfast was a simple scrambled egg with two pieces of bacon.  If you can get bacon at your deli – get it.  Ours sells for $2.99 a pound, and you can get it cut thick and it is so delicious compared to the thin Oscar Meyer that sells for $5 for 12 ounces!

Later on I got hungry and had a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with Tabasco:

Hannah got home from work, and after she ate lunch, we went to the thrift store.  So.Many.Snowmen! I didn’t buy any though:

if I had little kids, this would be a cute plate to leave cookies for Santa

When I got back home I was really hungry, so I made a quick pork taco with a leftover pork chop, 1/4 cup hominy and taco sauce.

Then it was time to make pie!  I made two this year.  Tony and Hannah’s favorite is Pecan Pie.  Look no further than Ree’s pecan pie from Pioneer Woman Cooks.   I made it last year and it was a huge hit.

And I made a sugar free apple pie.  I am using artificial sweetener and while I usually use fuji apples for my apple pie, I couldn’t pass up 4 pounds of apples for $1!  So this pie has honey crisp, gala and golden delicious apples.

Here are my recipes from last year here.

Done!

When I met up with Christina and the other bloggers last week, I wasn’t just excited about seeing Christina again, but also getting my hands on her Dad’s homemade sausage!  She gave me some last year, and when she emailed me if I wanted more I didn’t hesitate.

I made red beans and rice on the side and some quickly sauteed zucchini.  I slow simmered the sausage in beer on the stove, then grilled them.  So delicious!!  I ended up only eating one link though for dinner, and diced up the rest and put in a pot of homemade marinara sauce.

And thanks to all my readers who stop by and say hello each day – I really appreciate it!

I saw this video and I thought it was funny – enjoy!

It’s Wednesday . . .

and I haven’t finished cleaning my basement yet!  I am surprised at how fast this week is going by without me being at work.

I had the idea of making stuffed peppers for breakfast.  It’s weird that I have all this time but don’t really feel like making anything!  But after the first bite, I could only scoop out the inside – the peppers were too hot for me – poblano peppers are not supposed to be that hot!

I was going to add black beans to my eggs, but I didn’t have any.  I saw a can of hominy and thought, why not add 1/2 a cup?  I loved it!

353 calories, 13 carbs, 21 protein, 24 fat and 2.1 fiber

Have you seen the show Brew Masters on Discovery?  It’s about how a micro brew company works and it was really interesting to watch.  Not sure if they feature new breweries ever week, but the episode we saw was Dogfish Head.  We went to the liquor store to buy wine for Thanksgiving and found it.  But I can’t seem to get myself to spend $9.99 for a six pack!

Or spending $21.99 for a four pack!

I decided to have the rest of my chili for lunch.  I discovered that corn tortillas have no gluten!  So I cut up two – and baked them for 12 minutes at 350, then sprinkled them with a bit of salt.  Perfect dippers for chili :D

488 calories, 61 carbs, 25 protein, 15 fat and 9 fiber

I waited until Hannah got home from work to see if she wanted to walk with me.  We did a big loop around our neighborhood – I need to see how far it actually was, but it took us 50 minutes to walk/jog the route.  It was fricken cold though!

And then whenever our dog sees I have shoes on, he thinks he’s going on a walk, so I took him to the river.   Isn’t this a pretty picture:

It’s hard to believe my ears were almost frost bitten while taking this picture.  Pretty soon the river will be frozen over – it looks so pretty but it scares me to death when I see snow mobiles driving on top of it.

We were going to go see a movie last night, but the times didn’t work out.  Have you seen Social Network yet?  We are going to grab a bite to eat and then see it this afternoon.  I have a $50 AMC gift card that I won for my Halloween costume – nice! :D

I had a steak I needed to cook up, and made parmesan zucchini on this side.  I just wish my grill pan didn’t smoke up the house so much when I use it!

gots to show off my grill marks :D

The steak was perfectly cooked too:

436 calories, 5.2 carbs, 54 protein, 21 fat and 1.4 fiber

I will be in the kitchen later today though!  I have a pecan and sugar free apple pie to make, and some rosemary bread.  We decided to just do ham this year.  I think it will be kind of weird not to have turkey, but there is only 4 of us for Thanksgiving.

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 1277 calories, 79 carbs, 100 protein, 61 fat and 12.5 fiber
  • 42% of calories from fat
  • 50 minute walk/jog with Hannah
  • 15 minute walk with the dog

Do you have turkey every year for Thanksgiving? Any unusual items at your Thanksgiving table?  One year I went to my brother’s wifes step-dads for Thanksgiving.   While he was a great cook – Charlie and I hated just about everything he served -

  • oyster stuffing (yuck)
  • creamed corn (double yuck)
  • stuffing that was chock full of onions and mushrooms (triple yuck)
  • a jello mold that had nuts and cream cheese in it (just wrong on so many levels)
  • yams with marshmallows on top (ick!)

We both put white turkey meat on our plates and were like “guess we aren’t going to overeat this Thanksgiving!

Have a great day! :D