Appetizer

Ranch Pita Chips

I am happy to report that my surgery yesterday went really well.  Literally 30 minutes from beginning to end.  I had no idea what to expect, how I would feel afterwards.  Um, turns out I could have probably done this on my lunch hour since the plastic surgeons office is literally 2 minutes from my office.

I didn’t want to eat a big breakfast, so I decided on a Green Monster!   This one comes in at 345 calories, 13 fat, 43 carbs, 10 fiber and 20 protein.

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 cup cantaloupe
  • 4 cups baby spinach (loosely packed)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 an apple, chopped
  • 5 ice cubes

I didn’t have any frozen bananas, so had to add the ice cubes to get the right consistency.   I threw everything into the blender and I ended up getting two glasses of the one posted below.  This is super tasty and filling!  Tony took one look at me putting the spinach in and was like “no way I am going to have any of that!”

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That cup with sipping top?  Total score at CVS – it was on the 75% off rack, and I had a $2 off any order, so it ended up costing me .80 cents.  Winning! Open-mouthed smile

The part that hurt the most about the stitches?  Getting the local anesthesia!  Tony was with me the whole time and he said “good think your eyes were closed because that was a long needle!  I could feel the stitches being put in, but just a pulling sensation, no pain.  I go back next Monday to get them taken out.

Two things I didn’t expect?  No covering of the stitches, they need to stay open to the air and I need to just keep the stitches soft with Neosporin.   Another thing I didn’t expect?  No exercise until Thursday!  I can’t sweat at all the first three days.  So I really will need to kick the mileage up on the bike machine when I can get back at it!

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I thought this picture was weird because my bathroom mirrors weren’t all closed properly.  Up close:

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Please ignore the caterpillar eyebrows – I’ll get them done over the weekend.  The side of my face with the stitches was a bit puffy from the anesthesia shot. Sad smile

So what better way to treat myself as a good patient than to get an amazeball sandwich at Garibaldi’s.   I love the décor – it’s a shitty picture, but it’s a statue of a waitress that looks like she’s going to spill a tray of food on the customers below.

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Tony grew up around the neighborhood we were in so he’s probably been going to this place for 25+ years.  I ended up getting the Oven Grinder, which is ham, salami, provolone, Italian seasonings, lettuce and chopped pickles.  I could only eat half!

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Thanks for being my hand model Tony!  Had I sat down long enough, I probably would have taken a nap, but I had some stuff to do in the kitchen for lunches/dinners later in the week.  My MIL gave me a sausage pumpkin sauce recipe that turned out really good (although  I did tweak it a bit) . . . that recipe will come later in the week.

I bought a can of hummus at my store over the weekend for .99 cents.  I have no idea how good it is, but 2 tablespoons are only 20 calories.  I decided to make some pita chips to go on the side.  When I was cleaning out my pantry over the weekend, I found a packet of hidden valley ranch dressing that I never used. 

Baked Pita Chips

  • 4 white pitas, cut into 8 triangles each pita (my pitas were 125 calories each)
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of hidden valley ranch dressing powder

4 servings:  185 calories, 3.3 fat, 32 carbs, 4 fiber and 5 protein.

Heat oven to 425.  Brush the pita chips with the olive oil on both sides, sprinkle with the ranch dressing and bake for 8 minutes. You don’t have to coat each pita with the olive oil, just dab enough so that the ranch dressing powder sticks.

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Crunchy, not too salty – delicious!  Know how I took this picture?

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I used a skewer to make one chip higher than all the rest.  I saw that on a blog a long time ago and completely forgot about it!

I made calzones for dinner – not posting the recipe just yet because it needs some serious tweaks, or at the very least to be deep fried and not baked!

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And Kym, I tried to make the Artisan bread in a pasta pot with foil in between.  It came out pretty flat and dull, but the one in my Dutch oven didn’t rise as much as well, but it was definitely better in the Dutch oven.

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Thanks Tony for taking me to the doctor yesterday and being a great lunch companion!  He was in heaven last night – Bears game and the final game in the Cardinals/Giants game to see who goes to the World Series.

And my football picks sucked last week so I am again in last place. Sad smile

Off to get ready for work – make it a great day!

And Happy belated birthday to my soon to be step-daughter in law Lizz – she turned 22 yesterday – hope you had a great day!

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  • Kym
    October 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm So happy to hear all went well. What a nice job your doctor did. I bet that is because you were such a good patient. :) Thanks for the bread tip. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for a little lighter weight dutch oven. Until then I will have to try your pita chips. I make the homemade corn tortilla chips all the time. YUM!
    • biz319
      October 24, 2012 at 1:05 am I am going to try another method Kym and let you know if it turns out! :D
  • Renee@Mykitchenadventures
    October 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm Glad your surgery went well. Those pita chips sound amazing! My pantry need a serious clean out before the holidays! But right now, I've got my daughters closet all pulled apart for cleaning...major project best done with her gone at school! lol I swear, that girl gets rid of NOTHING!
  • teresa
    October 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm i'm glad things went well. i actually have a mole in the exact same spot on my face that i'll probably have removed eventually. i LOVE those pita chips, what a great idea!
  • Jane
    October 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm ahhh I'm glad it went well, and I hope it heals quickly! I've actually done that before to take pictures, lol!
  • Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats
    October 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm Well, I have pitas sitting in my fridge, I should make these chips! And...I always use King Arthur's no fail 'No Knead Artisan Bread' recipe....here's a link, so good and easy! http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/no-knead-crusty-white-bread-recipe
    • biz319
      October 24, 2012 at 1:05 am Thanks for the link Ally! :D
  • Erica
    October 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm Glad the procedure wasn't too bad! Love the war wound shots ;). That is a neat trick with the pita chips. Pita chips and hummus- not sure there is anything better!
  • Beth @ 990 Square
    October 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm So glad everything went well with your surgery Biz!
  • Lori
    October 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm Those lidocaine numbing shots hurt like hell! I can't believe you can't exercise until Thursday. Maybe they don't want a stitch popping or something? Glad it is all over for you now.
    • biz319
      October 24, 2012 at 1:06 am It has to do with the sweat - I couldn't even take a shower this morning! Great job on the biking this weekend - its going to get chilly this weekend!
  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    October 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm Glad the surgery went well! Love the food picture tip - it's a great one!
  • Helen
    October 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm I knew it would be easy peasy. The most aggravation is usually after the surgery is all said and done! Don't worry, Thursday will be here before you know it. In the meantime, take care of those stitches.
    • biz319
      October 24, 2012 at 1:07 am Thanks Helen, yep, piece of cake! :D
  • myjourneytofit
    October 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm Glad it went well; I agree, the shots are usually the worst part of any procedure! Love the "behind the scenes" shot of the pita chip - very clever!
  • Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds
    October 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm Phew! Glad your surgery went well! Take it easy and Thursday will be here before you know it!
  • Roz@weightingfor50
    October 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm Hi Vat. SOOOOO glad the procedure went well. Hugs. I was thinking of you! I am SOOO gonna steal the "skewer trick" for photos!
  • spunkysuzi (@spunkysuzi)
    October 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm Glad to hear the surgery is over and done with!! I know when I had the surgery on my hand I was o.k with anything as long as I didn't look :)
    • biz319
      October 24, 2012 at 1:07 am It is kind of weird because when I look down I see something sticking out of my face and I want to wipe it away!
  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits
    October 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm What a neat idea to make your own pita chips! Hope your face is doing well - usually those things heal nicely.
  • Rhonda
    October 23, 2012 at 8:05 pm I am so glad the surgery went well and was over quickly! That sandwich looks freaking amazing, I miss bread ;)
  • Veronica
    October 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm Yikes, it hurts to look at your stitches. When I've had fillings in the past, the part that hurt for me was getting the anesthetic-those dang needles! I wouldn't have looked either-a long needle in the vicinity of my eye would freak me out. lol. I'm really glad it went so smoothly. Your sandwich looks so good! And those chips...they are probably going to be the best thing about your chips & hummus cuz I once bought a low-cal jar like that and it was detestable. It's definitely worth the extra cals to eat real hummus-lol. They look so good though and your photo is too cool with the chip higher than the others! Neat trick.
    • biz319
      October 24, 2012 at 1:09 am Thanks for the heads up V - I thought I may have to doctor it up with some real tahini - I'll let you know how it goes! Still so happy you are doing the fundraiser for Suzie!
  • mjjacobsen
    October 24, 2012 at 12:10 am Good to hear your surgery went well, but ouch! :)
    • biz319
      October 24, 2012 at 1:09 am It's okay, I went in knowing that it would be the end of my modeling career - ha! :D
  • Sophia
    October 24, 2012 at 1:59 am I'm just catching up to your last few days' posts, Biz. I'm really glad your surgery went fine, and it was fast and relatively(?) painless. Hope it heals quickly and perfectly! Deep-fried calzones? That sounds freaking amazing.
  • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
    October 24, 2012 at 8:04 pm I'm glad to hear that the surgery went well! Medical procedures are always so scary. Neat photo tip! I never would have thought to do that.
  • Fran
    October 25, 2012 at 9:22 am Happy to hear the surgery went well. Won't the stitches leave a scarf?