It’s funny because at work, I am extremely organized. If you need to find one piece of paper, I am the one to find it. Tony always jokes with me that I leave my organizational skillz at work and they don’t make it on the drive home.
I’ve spent the last few days organizing at work, and it’s funny, I think “I wonder if Hannah would organize it this way?” I will admit I am tired when I come home, but in a good way. And I forgot to tell you guys that our dishwasher broke . . . the Thursday before Easter! And I have told you that I am the queen of using every dish, utencil, etc., while cooking, but I’ll tell you, since having to hand wash all the dishes, I am getting to become a cleaner cook – just the swift kick in the ass I needed. (But we’ll have our new dishwasher by Saturday at the latest!).
I went to the gym yesterday morning with the intent of doing laps, but the pool was too Bizzy. I ended up getting the therapy pool to water jog with aqua dumbells. It was really hard – I jogged and did upper body for a full 30 minutes – my arms were so tired by the end and I was actually sweating.
I kinda look like this, except without the footies :
Right next to me were some old people like this:
I told Tony that I was giving the old people the evil eye if they tried to get into my space. Kidding, I am a very nice to old people.
I had prepared my food the night before, but by the time I got back home from the gym, I literally needed to leave in 1o minutes. Got all my stuff together, even had time to make coffee and realized half way to work that I forgot my camera. So while my tacos were leftovers today, the picture below is from when I made them over the weekend.
You didn’t miss much for breakfast – just a typical egg sammie – I stole this picture off of Google. With my egg, ham, cheese, bread and apple, breakfast was 8 points.
Tony was flipping through the channels on Saturday and he stopped it on America’s Test Ktichens to have me watch how they made chicken tacos. The first word I heard was “chipotle peppers” which meant I was in, Tony was out. So while I made taco seasoning chicken tacos for Tony and Hannah, they missed out on the best chicken tacos I’ve ever had – I literally had to stop myself from taking more chicken out of the bowl!
America’s Test Kitchen’s Chicken Soft Tacos
- makes 6 servings (calories for chicken mixture only) each 4 oz. serving: 210 calories, 4.9 fat, 3.5 carbs, 35 protein, 1 fiber - 5 PointsPlus
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons minced canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 3/4 cup chopped cilantro, divided
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard (in my opinion brought the whole sauce together)
- pinch of salt and pepper
- flour, corn, or tostadas of your choice
- any desired toppings, tomatoes, cheese, etc.
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Stir in the garlic and chipotles and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cilantro, Worcestershire and orange juice.
Nestle the chicken breasts into the skillet and bring to a simmer, cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until the thickest part registeres 160-165 degrees, about 12 – 18 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Remove the chicken from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Shred into bite-sized pieces using 2 forks. Continue to simmer the sauce over medium heat until it starts to reduce, about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat, whisk in the mustard and remaining cilantro. Stir in the chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with tortillas and desired toppings.
I can’t describe what a unique flavor this is – it’s slightly sweet because of the orange juice, but then you get the tang of the mustard at the end and the brightness of the fresh cilantro. This one is a keeper – for me. And actually when I was packing my lunch I thought how much my old WW buddies would have loved this lunch.
The other thing missing from this picture is the “refried” beans I made. I thought I had refried beans, but I didn’t so I drained a can of cannelli beans, put it in a small sauce pan with 1 4 oz. can of green chilis. I heated it for about 10 minutes on low heat, then used a potato masher and mashed it up – it looked like baby food, but it was so good!
I was able to use my free gym pass at lunch yesterday though – so I did 2.75 miles in 35 minutes, all while watching Pregnant and 16 on MTV. I think every teenager should watch that show – it’s so sad seeing these super young girls having to grow up so fast when they have a baby. Hell, it made me grow up when I had Hannah and I was 23!
We have so much leftover ham, I am trying to find ways to use it up. I asked Tony what he had for lunch and he was like “I had a ham sandwich.” Rats. I thought he wouldn’t be up for having ham for dinner, because I found a recipe I wanted to make. Cheesey Baked Penne from RecipeGirl. I copied her recipe pretty much verbatim, except I reduced the provolone cheese and Parmesan cheese down to 1/2 a cup each instead of a full cup. And I didn’t bake it – Tony doesn’t like baked pasta, and it looked perfect the way it was – and this literally took about 15 minutes to put together.
When I told him what I was going to make he was all over it – he loves ham and peas. I made this 6 servings since its so rich, it comes out to be 390 calories, 13.8 fat, 45 carbs, 1.4 fiber and 2.6 grams of protein, or 10 PointsPlus.
I did end up adding some pasta water to the sauce – I didn’t want a cheese sauce, but rather the sauce to just coat the pasta – this was pure comfort in a bowl.
I have to tell you though I was hungry a lot yesterday. I think I added about 10 points in extras because I was so hungry – a handful of peanuts, a piece of cheese and ham while making dinner, crackers and cheese after dinner. I think maybe I need to add more protein?
It’s Wednesday so its . . . Hanging With Hannah! We are going to go to the gym and swim and then pick up Chipotle and probably come back and watch American Idol.
Stats for Tuesday:
- 41 points
- 30 minute water jogging
- 40 minute treadmill jogging (2.75 miles)
- average blood sugar 151
Happy Wednesday! Make it a great day!