The only thing worse than having to set my alarm yesterday was getting out of my toasty bed and discovering that its 9 degrees outside, and with the windchill it was -1! Definitely the coldest we’ve been in a long time.
I made these waffles over the weekend, had every intention of making another batch for my breakfast, but just simply ran out of time – too busy catching up on my blog reading and coffee drinking.
But these were delicious and simple. As with my pancake recipes, I let this batter sit about 15 minutes.
Blueberry Waffles (makes 8, 7 ww points for 2) (I used a 1/3 measuring cup – not filled to the top, maybe about 3/4 of a 1/3 measuring cup so the batter didn’t flow over the sides of the waffle maker)
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 3/4 cups skim milk
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup egg beaters
- 1 cup fresh (or frozen, thawed) blueberries
- cooking spray for waffle maker
Mix all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon, making sure the flour is combined. Let sit for 15 minutes. Heat your waffle maker and cook according to manufacture directions. Mine took about 6 minutes.
These were crisp on the outside, yet tender on the inside – I think I need to make pumpkin waffles next.
But since I didn’t make time to make waffles, what I really had for breakfast was an egg mcMuffin sammie – I sliced my chicken apple breakfast sausage in half, placed it on a 100 calorie english muffin, with 1/4 cup egg beaters and 1/2 ounce of cheese – I forgot the spinach on my kitchen counter. With a side of orange slices, breakfast comes in at 7 WW points.
By the time lunch rolled around, I looked outside and it looked nice and sunny, but when I went on weather.com it said it was 26 degrees, but with the windchill felt like 15. I decided to use my 2012 mantra “hard work, dedictation” and told myself if it was REALLY too cold, I could just turn around and come back.
I actually like this picture because it looks like I am about to talk to someone and I was all by myself. I am kool like that.
I opted to do my walk/run routine, i.e. I walk for one song, then run the next song. It works great because my runs are really fast (to me!) because I know it probably won’t last more than 5 minutes. I spent 45 minutes outside. It was refreshing!
I came back from my chilly run to a hot cup of soup – the last of my beef and bean salsa soup. This cup is 8 WW points.
Since Tony still isn’t up for eating too much, it was another solo Biz dinner – this time I had a version of this chicken spinach pasta bake - only for one.
Chicken Spinach Pasta Bake (serves 1, 10 WW points)
- 1 cup cooked pastas
- 1 3 oz. chicken breast
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1/2 cup canned tomatoes (crushed, puree, whatever you have)
- 1/2 clove garlic, crushed
- salt and pepper
- pinch of crush red pepper
- 2 cup baby spinach (it wilts a lot!)
- 1/8 cup of white wine
- 1 ounce mozzarella cheese
Heat oven to 350. In a skillet, heat olive oil and add the diced chicken, cooking just until browned on all sides. Add garlic and stir for 1 minute. Set aside. To same skillet add the spinach, white wine, crushed red pepper, and salt and pepper and cook for about 3 minutes, just until the spinach starts to wilt.
Toss in the pasta and chicken and combine. Put in a small oven safe dish, top with mozzarella cheese, cover and bake for 15 minutes.
This was really delicious and filling! And next time if I have the points, I’ll add some Italian sausage or pepperoni to this.
Stats for Tuesday
- 26 points exactly
- 45 minute run/walk
- average blood sugar 161 (a bit on the high side – no worries)
Hannah is meeting me for lunch today and tonight we are going to hit the gym – its Wednesday so I am gonna hang with Hannah!
Here’s some things to whet your appetite:
- Skinny Wheat Germ Oatmeal with Bananas and Pecans (8 WW points)
- Baked Sweet Potato Skins with Bacon and Avocado (10 WW points)
- Sweet potato, apple and pancetta hash - this is my breakfast today (my version will be posted tomorrow – it’s 8 WW points)
Make it a great day!