Lyle wanted to stay for dinner!

At our blogger brunch last weekend, Jacky gave me some of her sister Jody’s granola, so I decided to make a breakfast parfait.  I sauteed 1 apple with a pinch of brown sugar and Pam, then tossed in some blackberries.  Since I knew the fruit and granola were sweet, I made the right move and used plain Chobani – good to the last drop!

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The granola was so good – thanks Jody!

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Since I still had 21 miles to go in my 45 miles for March challenge, I knew I was going to do a bike ride and decided to do the bike ride that you follow the scene on the screen and have to stay ahead of the pace bike – It’s really challenging!

Sadly, when I got to the gym, I found this:

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So on to Plan B!  I did a random ride on the regular exercise bike, except this time I kept my RPMs between 90 and 100 no matter how steep the hill got – I actually got in an extra 1.5 miles in nearly the same amount of time as the day before!  Only 11.5 miles to go – no probs!

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Lunch was a cup of Tony’s steak fried rice, along with some steamed broccoli that I tossed in some sriracha.  Delish!

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Um, turns out I am not the biggest fan of broccoli stems!

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I thawed out some chicken breasts and decided to make chicken marsala, but I decided to rewrite the recipe for two servings. 

Chicken Marsala for Two

  • 394 caloires, 17 fat, 913 sodium, 21 carbs, 2 fiber and 26 protein


  • 1/8 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2, 4 oz. chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon oli
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup Marsala wine
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • optional lemon juice squeezed over the dish

Put the flour, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning on a shallow plate and mix well.  Dip the chicken in the flour on both sides.

Heat butter and oil over medium heat.  Cook both sides of the chicken, just until browned, then remove to a plate.  Add the garlic and mushrooms, and cook for 2 minutes.  Pour in the wine and deglaze the pan for a couple minutes, then return the chicken to the pan.

Cover with a skillet and cook for about 6-8 minutes, flipping half way through, depending on how thick your chicken is.  Mine was skinny, so I only cooked mine 3 minutes a side.  Remove from heat and stir in cream.  Serve over pasta of your choice.  FYI, the calories above do not include the pasta.

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Okay, so here is what I hadn’t considered about my new “photography studio.”  I set my board down by the back door, I took about four pictures, when all of a sudden, who should show up by the back door?  Lyle the Squirrel!


Except I was too freaked out to take a picture of him, because he was literally about to walk in our back door – you’ve never seen anyone move so fast, while saving their dinner, before in your life!

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Note to self – check for Lyle before taking photos!  He probably just wanted my delicious Marsala! Open-mouthed smile

Last day of the work week today!  Looking forward to a 3 day weekend.  Come back tomorrow for pork and apple sausage recipe that I made this morning for breakfast.

Make it a great day!

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  • myjourneytofit
    March 28, 2013 at 7:06 am Lyle probably thought you were setting out that bowl of food for him! How funny - he's really become your accidental-pet now.
    • biz319
      March 28, 2013 at 5:05 pm He really has Shelley - it's kind of funny, we'll be watching t.v. and see something out of the corner of our eye and say "Is that Lyle??!!"
  • Erica
    March 28, 2013 at 7:18 am hahahha I love that you've named him. Oh Lyle, you can't steal Biz's delicious food!! I hope you're having a good day!!
  • findingradiance
    March 28, 2013 at 7:35 am I am very picky with my broccoli! I buy frozen Bird's Eye baby broccoli florets. Period :D
    • biz319
      March 28, 2013 at 5:05 pm I am kind of weird about frozen broccoli - but I'll try it based on your suggestion - no stems!
  • Errign
    March 28, 2013 at 8:01 am Is Marsalis with the regular wine at the store? Looks good!
    • biz319
      March 28, 2013 at 8:12 am Errign, I use Marsala "cooking" wine because it's cheaper than Marsala wine and you can find it on the vinegar aisle. I use House of Holland Brand - it looks like this: http://www.target.com/p/holland-house-marsala-cooking-wine-16-oz/-/A-13323059 It's under $5 a bottle in my neck of the woods, and is enough for about 4 chicken marsala recipes. :D
      • Errign
        March 28, 2013 at 10:35 am Thank you! Excuse my auto correct haha!
  • robynstar21
    March 28, 2013 at 8:50 am your food looks amazing! and what a cute little squirrel friend :)
    • biz319
      March 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm Thanks Robyn! :D
  • Carrie @ Season It Already!
    March 28, 2013 at 8:57 am I love your Lyle posts! Broccoli to me is like onions to you - Blech! I've also never really cared for Chicken Marsala. I've always thought it was kind of boring - but you make it look soooo good here!
    • biz319
      March 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm I am totally going to look for that Red Zin over the weekend, hopefully I can find a red wine that will knock Tony's socks off - he says I keep picking red wines with no taste! (because he says I've burned my taste buds off with all the hot shit I eat!)
      • Carrie @ Season It Already!
        March 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm OOOOooo. Make sure to go for the Opolo Mountain (it's a little bit more expensive, but worth it once in a while). They also have an Opolo Summit Zin that is still good, but not as bold.
      • Carrie @ Season It Already!
        March 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm Whoops. I thought you were talking about a different post! The Federalist Zin is great, but the Opolo Mountain is my favorite Zin. ;-)
        • biz319
          March 29, 2013 at 8:33 am No problem, I'll check them both out Carrie - thanks for the suggestions!
  • Abbe@This is How I Cook
    March 28, 2013 at 10:28 am Love chicken marsala! And I know you will accomplish your miles! We actually used to have chipmunks come into our condo in the mountains and eat all of our chocolate covered coffee beans. I used to keep the balcony door open so the dog could rest on the deck. We kept wondering why she wasn't getting sick eating them until one day when i was home I saw the chipmunk sneeking in. Well, I like them, everywhere but in my house!
    • biz319
      March 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm I've seen videos of squirrels being caught in houses - that's some scary shit!
  • Renee
    March 28, 2013 at 11:08 am LOVE the shot of your rigatoni! Props to your aquiring skills
    • biz319
      March 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm Thanks Renee - I like how that one turned out too :D
  • Thekitchwitch
    March 28, 2013 at 11:12 am Lyle is such a rascal! Of course he wanted your marsala--it looks divine!
    • biz319
      March 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm Give your daughter hugs from me as she is now a woman! They grow so fast don't they?
  • Weighting For 50
    March 28, 2013 at 11:48 am Ah, ha, ha.....love the shot of the real Lyle and the Lyle "stand in". Can you double that recipe for two? If so, Dennis and I would love to join you and Tony! :) Have a great Thursday Vat!
    • biz319
      March 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm Next time you and Dennis are in Chicago - my door is wide open! :D
  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    March 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm I pinned your marsala recipe the last time you posted it . . . . I really want to try it out! Sounds delicious. Way to go with your monthly miles. Almost there!!
  • Suzie
    March 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm Great job on the bike Biz, you'll definitely make your goal! Lyle is just too funny. You know he seems to be kind of tame, you and Tony should see if you can teach him how to eat from your hand. It doesn't look like it would take long, he seems pretty curious and friendly right now :)
    • biz319
      March 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm I totally want to, but I am afraid of getting rabies!
  • Rhonda
    March 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm I got all inspired by your three day weekend and decided to take Monday off, it really is a holiday, OPENING DAY! So glad baseball is back! Chicken marsala is one of my favorites so I am sure Lyle just wanted a taste to see what all the buzz is about ;)
    • biz319
      March 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm Hooray for a 3 day weekend! And yes, Opening Day is a holiday - Go White Sox! Sadly our opening day temps will only be in the 30s! I am glad for baseball season too - it is such a long haul from football to baseball season when we hate hockey and basketball!
  • spunkysuzi (@spunkysuzi)
    March 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm Oh Lyle you silly dude! Oh my that Chicken Marsala looks amazing :)
  • A Life From Scratch
    March 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm That little Lyle is so cute and of course he wanted your food - it's wonderful! Thanks for supporting my sister on A Life!!
  • Jody
    March 28, 2013 at 9:00 pm I just caught up all your posts, love that squirrell!! I just made a double batch of granola, wish we were closer I'd bring it right over.
  • Kerstin
    March 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm Yum, that chicken marsala looks addicting! Lyle is such a cute squirrel name :) I made the mistake of feeding a squirrel some peanuts once - i thought it would be fun to watch him open the shells up. And then he chased me around wanting more! Lyle definitely wanted that marsala :)
  • Fran
    March 29, 2013 at 5:30 am Lyle knows where to find good food, I don't blame him for trying :)
  • Nicole, RD
    March 29, 2013 at 6:13 am I was reading along...got to the picture above Lyle, and I was like, WOW! That's a great photo! I love photography set-ups and yours looks just like mine :P The marsala looks sooooo good :) Have a super weekend, Biz!!! :)
    • biz319
      March 29, 2013 at 8:32 am That's probably where I saw it Nicole!! Thanks for the idea. I plan on staining one side of my board, and then painting the other side white. Just hope the squirrels stay away when I photograph my food!
  • Aimee
    March 29, 2013 at 7:53 am There is this really bold squirrel that hangs out just outside one of the doors at the hospital. I swear that bugger is going to walk right in one day. He gets eerily close to the door and then chases people. Lots of people feed him so he's always looking for more.
  • Marianne
    March 30, 2013 at 1:26 am Aww, don't be scared of Lyle. Squirrels aren't that bad. I've had them climb my legs to get peanuts before.
  • Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen
    March 31, 2013 at 2:47 pm Yum this sounds so delicious, thank you for the recipe!
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