The sun was shining on my way to work yesterday. :D The sun just makes me happy in general, no matter what the temperature is. Happily we had temps in the 40′s yesterday – so weird this close to January!
And the geese were all over our parking lot at work!
It was my third and final day of the broccoli bacon bake, and I don’t think I can eat the final serving – maybe it will freeze well? This time with leftover steak from the kabobs the other night and a tangerine from my PIL from Florida – it was so juicy and delicious! Breakfast comes in at 10 points.
With the sun shining, I couldn’t wait to get outside at lunch. I ended up doing a 5 minute warm up walk, 35 minute run and 5 minute cool down. Glorious!
I couldn’t wait to get back to my desk because I had Tikka Masala Soup on the menu. Holy shizz you guys – this was SO spicy flavorful! I found a new blog that is right up my alley – um, its called Soup Addict! They had a recipe for tikka masala soup with shrimp, but it had direction with raw shrimp.
I had made perfect shrimp cocktail over the weekend, but we never ended up eating it on Christmas Eve – so I adapted my recipe from her tikka masala soup using what I had on hand.
Tikka Masala Soup with Shrimp and Cilantro (makes 4, two cup servings – 147 calories, 4.4 fat, 18 carbs, 11 protein and 2 fiber – or 4 WW points)
- 1/2 pound perfect shrimp cocktail
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon paprika (smoked paprika if you have it)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 28 can of chopped or crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (or more per your taste – I like a lot of cilantro!)
- cracked pepper to taste
Put everything but the shrimp and cilantro into a stock pot and simmer over medium low heat for 20 minutes. Using a stick blender, blend until smooth. Divide the shrimp among four bowls, divide soup over shrimp and garnish with cilantro.
This picture doesn’t do it justice. It may seem like a super simple soup, but it is so complex in flavor and the epitome of a spicy yet flavorful soup. This one is definitely a keeper.
I didn’t really have anything planned for dinner last night since we had so many leftovers. I ended up having a bowl of my beef and bean soup with some tortilla chips on the side – I actually think the flavors developed even more being in the fridge.
Tony and I watched about 4 episodes of Shameless last night on Demand – does anyone watch that show? I think its on Showtime with William H. Macy. It’s really well done. I slept in until 9:30 this morning! And I realized that tomorrow is my WI at WW – hopefully they are open on New Years Eve!
- 27 WW points – no Chex Mix!
- 45 minute walk/run
- average blood sugar 143
With it almost being the new year I have plans to organize this weekend. I need to do a deep clean of our bedroom (i.e. move the bed and vacuum under there!) and I need to purge clothes I haven’t worn in a while. And get rid of my size 14 pants. I wore a pair of pants yesterday to work that were a size 14 and I didn’t even have to unbutton them to go to the bathroom, I could just pull them down!
Hope all of you have today off too! I’ll be back for my WI tomorrow – make it a great day!