Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili and Lightened Bolognese

I was all set to go to the gym yesterday morning.  Bathing suit laid out, gym bag packed, granola bar in purse.  The only problem?  I woke up an hour and fifteen minutes later than I intended!   My alarm did go off at six, but my “just one more minute” turned into a lot more.  But not to worry, I decided to make today a rest day and I’ll just work out on Wednesday. :D

I had my old camera with me today – it isn’t until I download my pictures that I realize how much I LOVE my new camera!  I am sure you can tell which pictures were taken with Old Blue and my Nikon!

Breakfast was a breakfast burrito and a Vanilla Chobani – 8 points.

Tony had an appointment near my office and picked me up for lunch.  We were the first customers, so even after driving to the restaurant, eating and getting back to my office, I was only gone 40 minutes!  I knew I was getting a salad ahead of time, but do you know what was on their special menu?  Giardienera sliders with pepper jack cheese and tater tots!  My mouth is watering just typing that sentence!

But I stuck to my plan – and maybe had 3 of Tony’s tots!  I got the julienne salad, brought my own Paul Newman’s dressing – lunch comes in at 9 points.

It's mostly iceburg lettuce too :(

What I originally had on my lunch menu today (but will never pass up lunch with Tony!) is Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili.  I adapted this recipe from an Eating Well recipe.  I’ve been putting my recipes into eTools, then copying them and pasting them here.  The only problem is that there are scripts that keep trying to run when I paste them here that drive me insane – I think I wrote the same paragraph 5 times in yesterday’s post but the script kept stopping it and when I would hit save, I’d lose all the pictures and words.

So I am going back to making printer friendly versions on Google Docs.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili (recipe and printer friendly version here)

I forgot to tell you that two of my co-workers are doing WW and I am making them soup all week, and get this – they are paying me to do it!  Their contribution to Soup Week here on My Bizzy Kitchen paid for 1/3 of my groceries for the week!

My one co-worker said “I love sweet potatoes and this is going on my dinner menu next week – best chili ever and two snaps around the world!”  My other co-worker was under the weather, but upon reading such a rave review, ate it and loved it and gave me two thumbs up!  I was nice and gave my chili to my boss – she is a Lean Cuisine junky so she loved it too :D

I loved how I had my Nikon lens cap on the cutting board!

I don't even like sweet potatoes, but I loved this.

The original recipe didn’t call for a canned chipotle pepper, but the first taste was a tad too sweet for me, but once I added the pepper, it was the perfect balance of sweet and heat.  First soup of the week = success!  On tap tomorrow. . . chicken and spinach soup with pesto.  :D

I randomly get sent Cuisine at Home, and most times there are just a couple recipes that I would like to try.  The cover picture stopped me in my tracks.  Again, I bizzified the recipe, removing the damn onions, and using regular Italian sausage instead of turkey Italian sausage.

Lightened Bolognese (recipe and printer friendly version here)

 

here was the cover picture

and my plate on a bed of baby spinach – 1 cup chopped baby spinach, 1 cup cooked pasta, 3/4 cup sauce and a slice of garlic bread – 14 PointsPlus.

I was skeptical about using ground turkey breast instead of beef, but since I added the Italian sausage it still had a meaty taste.  Yum!

Stats for Monday:

  • 31 points (only 12 flex points left – too much wine over the weekend!)
  • no exercise – rest day
  • average blood sugar: 98 :D

Do you guys remember these things?

The package says it grows 600%!  It’s been in water since Saturday – can’t wait to see how big it gets!  (and yes, I am like a five year old at times!)

And today . . . I am off to the gym!  Have a great day :D

p.s.  Check out Nicole’s post about Weight Watchers new Program. Anyone who has questions about this program should read this post – she’s a registered dietitian and breaks down the program so its easy to understand.  Thanks Nicole! :D

p.s.s.  Don’t forget to submit your healthy recipes for a chance to win one of two AUTOGRAPHED copies of Rocco DiSpirito’s new cookbook – Now Eat This!  You have until Friday, January 14 to enter. :D