If anyone lives in the Chicagoland area, you know that Dominick’s and Jewel are the most expensive grocery stores. I typically only stop by Dominick’s on my way home from work to pick up a couple things I might need for that nights dinner, like hamburger buns.
I am a sale flyer menu planner. Last week I had my whole meal plan worked out, Tony and I drive to my favorite grocery store, only to see that the whole parking lot was roped off. We learned a couple days later that they suffered roof damage and were closed until they could make repairs.
According to their website, they’ll be closed for 2 – 3 months! It’s the perfect store, awesome meat prices, best produce and stunning deli. My only saving grace is that a Fresh Market is opening up “soon” in Crystal Lake.
Are you loyal to one grocery store or do you use several?
As I was getting out of the shower yesterday morning, I suddenly realized that I forgot to defrost my chicken for my Asian broccoli slaw chicken salad. I was running out of time and ideas, so I made a quick stop at Walgreen’s on my way to work. You’ll never guess what I had for breakfast!
Yep, a bowl of cereal. I love milk, but it doesn’t like me back, so I have it only once in a while. This was Special K’s almond vanilla – it’s very good – very crunchy. I didn’t think this would keep me full for very long, but it did – probably the protein in the milk helped. 1.5 cups cereal and 1/2 cup skim milk = 7 WW points.
I checked the weather before I headed out for my run at lunch. It said 77 degrees, 65% chance of rain during the hour I was going out. I thought, “who cares if I get wet!” I started at my “start” line at 12:10. I concentrated on the music I was listening to, told myself I could stop if I really had to, but convinced myself I was doing fine.
It was the perfect weather – overcast, sprinkles at times, and at my half way point to turn around, I told myself “walking is not an option.” Guess what?? That worked! I ended my 5k in . . .34:10!
That’s the fastest I’ve run outside. . . ever! My last 5k outdoor race was in 2008 – I can’t believe almost 3 years ago!
Yup - 40:54 was my time back then! Why didn’t anyone tell me my belly was so big? I am on the left, Hannah in the middle and my friend Kim – I think that was Kim’s and Hannah’s last race too!
I still need to sign up for two races before Labor Day – and Shelley, to answer your question about the dualthon I was going to do – I realized I’ll be in Virigina that weekend.
Because of my horrible food planning today, I give you a glimpse into “prepared food Biz food!” Truth be told, I love Hormel chili – always have. Next to spaghettios, Hormel chili was my go to. I also found a new chip that I absolutely love – Tostitos new artisan black bean tortilla chips. They are thinner than their regular chips and super flavorful. This bag comes in at 6 points, so with a cup of chili, lunch comes in at 11 points.
Dinner was another simple go to – stuffed peppers for two. I made these for my SIL for one of her lunches this week – she texted me “outstanding stuffed green peppers!”
Stuffed Peppers for Two (each pepper is 10 PointsPlus)
- 2 large green peppers
- 8 ounces tomato sauce, divided
- 4 ounces ground sirloin
- 2 ounces Italian sausage
- 1 ounce chopped pepperoni
- 1 ounce cooked brown rice
- 1.5 ounces mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- salt and pepper
For an easy weeknight dinner, I just put the green peppers whole in the microwave, poked with a knife, and hit “fresh vegetable.” Meanwhile, I cook the ground sirloin and Italian sausage until cooked and no longer pink. Drain the fat. Add in 6 ounces of the tomato sauce, pepperoni, Italian seasoning, rice, oregano and salt and pepper, cook a couple more minutes.
Once the green peppers have cooled enough to handle, cut off the top. Stuff with meat mixture, top with 3/4 ounce of mozzarella cheese on top of each pepper and broil until the cheese is bubbly. I added the last 2 ounces of the can of tomato sauce on the bottom of the baking dish.
I’ve tried to have Friday features, like fashion Friday or Friday flashbacks, but turns out I am lazy. I think what I will do is spread a little link love to new to me food blogs I’ve been enjoying lately.
Broke Foodie. I just discovered her blog yesterday and already love her writing style and recipes (um, and she may be a cookbook whore like me!) I may have to give her Thai Carrot Pizza a go – but add cheese!
Crave. She recently made a chipotle cole slaw that I’ve been drooling about since I saw her post it. I love that it mixes greek yogurt with a smaller amount of mayo – all mayo cole slaws make me want to throw up in my mouth a little.
Stats for Thursday:
- 45 minute workout (included 34:10 5k PR!)
- 34 points (including 5 points of crackers while watching t.v.)
- average blood sugar 101 – nice!
PRODUCT ALERT! Nicole, I hope you are reading this! I need to find this – soon! Sadly, when I went to the store locater on Tabasco’s website, this is what it said:
No stores within 145 miles carry TABASCO® brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce 5-oz.
Tony, I may be using some of our paypal $$ to order some!
Happy Friday! Hoping I have a loss on the scale tomorrow at WW – either way, I know I am a running superstar!