It’s Been A Long Time

Hannah is one of those people that is never sick.   As a baby I can remember one night when she was about 2 1/2 that she puked 4 times in a night – twice in her crib and then twice when I brought her into my bed.  Only problem was that I only had two sets of sheets for each bed and I think we ended up sleeping on blankets.

It’s easy to make them feel better when they are little.  You pick them up and let them lay their head down, rock them back and forth, read them books.  So imagine my surprise when Hannah called me at 1:00 in the afternoon to say she felt sick and had to leave school.  Mind you, other than having the chicken pox when she was in kindergarten, Hannah has never missed a day of school.

When I got home from work, she napped, she cried because her stomach hurt, and when she tried to take Pepto Bismol, it made her puke.  She didn’t quite make it all the way in the bathroom, and when she came out she said “don’t go in there – I puked everywhere.”  But no matter if your baby is 9 months, 9 years or almost 19 like my baby, I did what a good mother should and cleaned it up.  Then I told her she was probably faking it because it was garbage/recycling night and that’s one of her chores. 😀

So hopefully she feels better today!

I did my usual baked potato Sunday – I baked up 4 potatoes to use during the week.  Love that they keep in the fridge for a week.  Breakfast was my stuffed baked potato breakfast: 3.5 ounce potato, 1 ounce black beans, 1/4 cup diced red pepper, 1 egg 3/4 ounce of cheese (only 2 points!).   Scrape out half of the potato leaving half of the shell.   Scramble the potato with the black beans, red pepper and egg.

Then when I got to work I just put the egg scramble in the potato, topped it with 3/4 ounce cheese and put it in the toaster oven under broil.  This is so filling.

love that this is only six points 😀

I went to the gym at lunch.  I ended up doing 35 minutes on the stairmaster and then a 15 minute 3.3 hill climb ride on the bike – nice and schweaty workout.

In the March FoodNetwork magazine, they had a pull out of 50 things to do with pesto.  One of the first things to jump out at me was the pesto bean soup.  Although I made modifications – I added a can of chick peas, and left out the onions.  While this was delicious I think next time I made add some smoked sausage to this.

Pesto Bean Soup (printer friendly version here)

4 servings: 1 ½ cups per serving

6 WW PointsPlus (246 Calories, 5.1 fat, 36 carbs, 12 fiber and15 protein)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1 can of chick peas
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 roasted red pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

1.    Heat oil over medium heat in a stock pot.  Saute garlic and red pepper flakes for a couple minutes.  Add the drained beans, chicken stock, celery carrots and red pepper.  Cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender.

2.    Remove from heat, stir in the pesto, salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish with a few shaved pieces of Parmesan cheese.

I actually never liked pesto until a few years ago - now I love it

My bowl with a 3 point slice of bread – lunch comes in at 9 points.

Dinner was pork chops with 1/2 cup blue cheese polenta,(except I halved the recipe and reduced the butter to 1 tablespoon) and a sauteed zucchini with fiesta seasoning – nice and spicy.  I only ate half the pork chop, so that was about 5 ounces.  Dinner comes in at 11 points.

I love squeezing lemon juice over pork chops

Someone at my office brought in a chocolate Portillo’s cake.  Anyone in the Chicagoland area knows that this is an amazing chocolate cake.  It’s super chocolately and so moist.  In fact, I’ve made a copy cat version – you use a box of cake mix, 1 cup water, 1 cup mayo, and 3 eggs – so not good for you, but you have to splurge every once in a while. 😀

Well, I brought a slice home for Tony, and wouldn’t you know we split it watching t.v. last night – totally worth the 5 points!

Stats for Monday:

  • 31 points, 47 flex remaining, 16 activity points earned
  • 35 minutes stair climb, 3.3 mile hill bike ride
  • average blood sugar 122

Come back tomorrow for roasted red pepper soup with cilantro cream – only 6 points for two cups! 😀

Have a great day!