Chili Mac

I had a taste for a bagel, so I stopped at my local grocery store on my way to work – score – the bagels were on sale for .33 cents each!  I went with an everything bagel this time.  Before I left work I microwaved the middle part of my bagel sammie – 1 egg, 2 slices deli ham and a slice of Swiss cheese.  Breakfast comes in at 474 calories, 13 fat, 61 carbs, 2 fiber and 24 protein.

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One of my co-workers is having a birthday party for her daughter this weekend – Helly Ktty theme (and yes Sophia, I thought of you!)  So I skipped my normal lunch workout to go shopping with her to Michael’s Crap Store, then we picked up lunch at Panera on the way back to the office.

I posted this on facebook yesterday – completely forgot about these!

wolly willy

I ended up spending only $1.07 – I bought two packages (100 total!) of these super cute muffin baking cups.  Look how cute the bottom is?

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Although Tony thought it was weird because he said “who looks at the bottom of a muffin?”  I still think they are cute. Open-mouthed smile

I went with the Pick 2 at Panera – you have to get the broccoli cheddar soup, its my favorite.  In case you want to make it at home, my copy cat recipe is pretty close!  For my side I asked what was on the Italian combo sandwich.  I asked to leave the tomato off, otherwise I liked everything else.

panera soup

So imagine my surprise when I unwrap the sandwich and I get a waft of RED ONION!  Not only that, one side was slathered in mayo – I don’t do mayo.  So I ended up with half of a half a sandwich, which I guess was a blessing in disguise because had I eaten the whole sandwich it would have been 490 calories alone!

nasty onions

So lunch comes in at 445 calories, 23 fat, 37 carbs, 6 fiber and 23 protein.

One of the perks of working in a small office is that sometimes I get to take my bosses dog for a walk when she brings him in.  I love this dog.  I can’t remember what kind of breed he is, but he’s sick with cancer and just had his first chemo treatment yesterday.  I had no idea dogs could get chemo!  You wouldn’t have known it on our walk, he almost dragged me down he was so strong!

walking cooper

Tony is a huge fan of Cincinnati chili – simply for the fact that there are no beans, where I think that beans make a chili.  This is my tried and true Cincinnati chili recipe – feel free to add a touch more cinnamon if you want, or a touch of brown sugar.  I LOVE the vinegar kick in this chili.

Cincinnati Chili

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups low-sodium (I used regular) chicken broth
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1.5 pounds 85% lean ground beef **
  1. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Cook onions (if using) until soft and browned about 8 minutes. Add garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, oregano, cinnamon, salt and pepper and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in chicken broth, tomato sauce, vinegar and sugar (if using).
  2. Add beef and stir to break up meat. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until chili is slightly thickened, about 20 minutes.

Now this is not a thick chili, so don’t worry. This recipe made 7 cups of chili and each cup comes in at 365 calories, 28 fat, 8.2 carbs, 2.2 fiber and 19 grams of protein.

** beware if you don’t use ground sirloin – I would cook the beef on the side, then drain the fat and then add it in at the end.  Otherwise the chili is too greasy if you use an 80/20 blend.

I had mine over 1 cup of pasta, then topped with 1/2 an ounce of cheddar cheese.  Dinner comes in at 593 calories, 33 fat, 41 carbs, 9 fiber and 31 protein.

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I miss Hannah – even though she’s only an hour and fifteen minute drive for me, I still miss her face.  So we skyped last night!  Well, half way.  I could see her and me, she couldn’t see me at all.  Not sure if its because she was on a mac and I was on a PC?  I could see her face though, which is all that mattered to me. Open-mouthed smile

skype

She showed me her notes for one of her classes – she has mid-terms already next week!

hannah notes

We talked for a whole hour, which was nice – when we talk on the phone during the day I usually get interrupted at work.  I love you Hannah!

Any ideas on why she couldn’t see me?  I don’t skype very often! 

Alright, the roof isn’t going to repair itself.  We got a later start because it rained last night, but its nothing but puffy clouds and blue skies today.  If you are working today, hope it goes by fast – Happy Friday!