Side Dishes

Homemade Rice-A-Roni

Some days I wonder if I would leave my head at home if it wasn’t attached to my body!  I was a whirlwind of activity before heading out to the gym.  I didn’t pack my back the night before and I was putting my work clothes in my bag – my worst fear is that after a work out I start to get dressed and I haven’t packed a bra or underwear, just a top and pants!

Got my food. Check!  Got my work clothes.  Check!  Got my camera.  Check!  Got my cell phone. Check!  Got my coffee.  Check!  Got my insulin bag . . .

Doh.  I got nearly to the gym and realized I left my insulin bag on the kitchen counter.  It has my test strips, glucose monitor, glucose tabs and . . . MY FAST ACTING INSULIN!   I have to take insulin every time I eat.  Drat.  But then I thought about it.  I could modify my food that I brought for the day – just make it lower carb.  And while Tony was perfectly willing to make the hour round trip drive to bring it to me, I thought I’d be okay.

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It was a gorgeous sunrise on the way to the gym.  Something about the sun just immediately puts me in a good mood!  On tap yesterday – chest and shoulders.

  • Incline Dumbbell Press: 3 sets 15 reps
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 3 sets of 15
  • Cable Crossover: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Plyo Kettlebell Push-Up: 3 X 12
  • One-Arm Overhead Dumbbell Squat: 3 sets of 15 reps, each side
  • Jackknife on Bench: 3 sets 15 reps
  • Side Lateral Raise: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Upright Row: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Burpee: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Dips: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Roman Chair Leg Raise: 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Push-Ups: 3 sets of 15 reps


  • 30-second sprints on treadmill; Level 8; 30 seconds on/30 off; 30 minutes total

Surprisingly, the strength portion only took me 35 minutes – nice!  So I went to the treadmill to start the sprints.  Um, no.  I was still sore from the day before.  I wasn’t feeling it, and I didn’t want to do a half ass job, so I quickly switched gears and went swimming for 30 minutes instead.  Ah, that felt good.  Got all the kinks out and when I got out of the pool, I wasn’t sore anymore.

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And I had time to take a 10 minute hot shower.  #love

No picture of breakfast – you’ve seen it so much – another slice of my quiche!  It was only 12 grams of carbs, so I couldn’t eat my fruit or Chobani since I didn’t have my insulin.

I talked to Tony later on, and he thought it was best that I skip my lunch time workout – without my glucose monitor I have no idea where my blood sugar is at.   Even with one of my bosses out I was busy yesterday.  Before I knew it, it was lunch time!  Taco salad – romaine lettuce, a couple tablespoons of corn, carrots, yellow pepper, 4 ounces of taco meat and my salsa/ranch dressing.  21 grams of carbs for lunch.

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One of Tony’s favorite side dishes growing up was Rice-A-Roni.  He remembered an Asian version that had slivered almonds, but I don’t remember that one.  Katie from Chaos in the Kitchen made a homemade version – you guys, this could not be easier!  The only thing I changed was I used 1 tablespoon of butter while I sauteed the rice and pasta, and I added a teaspoon of Italian seasoning for the dried parsley.

I bought this pasta a couple weeks ago because I had a coupon for it.  Neither Tony or I had seen this cut of pasta before!

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I love that the pasta is sitting on my printed out workout for today!   On the side I made fried chicken legs.  I puffy heart fried drumsticks.  I used to never like dark meat and now I love it.  (that’s what she said).

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I promise you that is just one cup of the rice-a-roni.  Oh, is that fucking hot sauce on my chicken?  How the hell did that get there?! Devil

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The chicken was cooked perfectly, and Tony gave dinner two thumbs up.  #winning!  He usually jokes with me when he likes something I make and says stuff like “finally a decent meal around here!”

Since I had to give up all my extras – fruit/yogurt, etc., my calories were a bit light yesterday!  I am pretty happy that when I got home my blood sugar was only 235 – not bad for not taking insulin all day!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1158 calories, 88 carbs, 73 protein, 58 fat, 7.6 fiber (so low!)
  • 44% of calories from fat, 25% from protein and 30% from carbs
  • 35 minutes chest/shoulders for strength
  • 30 minute swim

I want to give a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to blog reader Louise!  She lives up in Appleton, WI – and she makes wonderful greeting cards. I would love it if you could leave a ton of happy birthday comments and let her know I sent you her way!   She’s 67 years young today.  Maybe next summer I’ll have to make the drive up to WI for a meet up! Open-mouthed smile

I got to sleep in this morning.  I have a meeting near my office tonight, but It’s not until 7:15 so I decided to hit the gym after to work to kill time.  On today’s strength menu?  Hamstrings/Glutes/Calves – but no cardio – woop!

Oh, and guess what?  A while back I asked you guys to vote for my Buffalo Chicken Chili that was in Spark Peoples crock pot recipe contest.  I got an email last night that I made the top 15!  They are going to make the Top 15 recipes in the next week and announce a winner on December 2.  The prize?  $5,000 to me and $5,000 to my charity of choice!  Thanks again to Heather for letting me know about the recipe contest!  Wish me luck. Open-mouthed smile

Make it a great day!

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  • suzicate
    November 21, 2013 at 7:29 am I didn't know they made cut spaghetti! Cool!
  • Heather
    November 21, 2013 at 7:30 am HOORAY! So happy to hear you are in the top 15! I was promoting your recipe on Twitter and Google Plus, too :D And it's on the meal plan to make it after Thanksgiving at THS HQ ;) So excited to give it a try (also excited for the homemade rice-a-roni recipe!!) That cut spaghetti pasta is smart. Not that it takes much effort to break up regular spaghetti noodles but I remember being in my first apartment with just one TINY sauce pan, and my noodles NEVER fit into that pan. These nice and neat little pieces would have totally made my life back in the day. (i also had a thing for cartoon character shaped macaroni and cheese back then, I'm pretty sure we're both aware that the littlest of things make me happy ;) ) Hope you are having a kick-ass day, my friend!! :)
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:07 pm Thanks for your help Heather!! And my daughter always thought that the shaped Kraft macaroni and cheese tasted better than the regular elbow macaroni!
  • Shelley B
    November 21, 2013 at 7:48 am That's interesting that you were able to go the entire day without having to take insulin - does this mean that you could do that more often, if you were more stringent with your diet? Also, I have no idea what your insulin bag involves, but is it possible to have an emergency kit stashed at work, just in case? Big congrats on the Buffalo Chicken Chili making the finals - hope you win!!!
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm I wouldn't recommend not having insulin - I couldn't eat any fruit, my yogurt, etc. since that would have been too many carbs without the insulin. I am going to stash an extra insulin pen in my fridge at work - don't want Tony to worry about me! :D Thanks - fingers crossed I win! :D
  • Lynne
    November 21, 2013 at 8:22 am Glad you made it through the day w/o any insulin problems. That rice a roni looks great - my husband would love it! Maybe you can visit Louise on your way to the Packer Hall of Fame next year - I'm sure Tony would love that! ;)
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm Ha, I think Tony would just drive by the Packer Hall of Fame and flip it off!
  • Co-Worker C.
    November 21, 2013 at 8:35 am Nice job! Can you donate your charity winnings to The Human Fund? [Dated Seinfeld reference]
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm Ha - love it C!
  • Erin
    November 21, 2013 at 9:12 am I am freaking out at the mere thought of you not having your insulin bag!! My uncle is diabetic and had some pretty scary incidents right around the time he was diagnosed. I was probably 4 or 5 at the time, but to this day, I am always on high alert when I am around him (or anyone else I know who is diabetic). I'm so glad you made it through the day without any trouble! And I agree with Shelley B - is it possible to stash an emergency kit at work? Congrats on the finals for your recipe; you should TOTALLY win that shit! :)
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm Because I am such a controlled diabetic, being without insulin for 9 hours wasn't a big deal, but I will keep an extra insulin pen in the kitchen fridge just in case though!
  • mamatcan
    November 21, 2013 at 10:34 am Will have to look for that pasta. We usually just buy vermicelli and break it into the pieces. We have been using a recipe at Pillsbury, delicious. This recipe looks wonderful too.
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm Thanks for the link - can't wait to check it out! :D
  • itzyskitchen
    November 21, 2013 at 10:42 am ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! Good luck with the contest! You should totally win (not that I'm bias or anything ;)). The rice a roni looks fantastic. I remember loving that stuff as a kid. I've seen the cut spaghetti at the store and have always pondered purchasing it. Glad you made it through the day without your strips and meds. <3
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm Thanks Erica - and awesome job on your 19.5 mile run!!
  • jan
    November 21, 2013 at 10:49 am my husband would LOVE that dinner. Did you bread the chicken leg before frying? Thank you oh wise one! Janis
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm Hey Janis! Yep, I just put about 1/2 a cup of flour in a ziploc bag seasoned with pepper, salt and paprika. I have another dish with liquid egg whites. I dip the chicken in the egg whites, flour, back into egg whites and flour a second time. I keep the floured chicken in the fridge on a plate while the fryer gets up to temperature. So good, not greasy, and you have to love a crispy skin!
  • Mr. BizMoto (Tony)
    November 21, 2013 at 11:21 am Happy birthday Louise!!! You are a wonderful lady, and Mr. Louise is a lucky man! P.S. The packers loosing streak should not upset you, it's kinda expected!
    • Louise
      November 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm Thank you Tony for the Birthday Wishes....hahaha....I still think da' Packers will prevail and become a stronger team and end up with 4 great QBs that can't be beat. There's still 6 games left!! The big one being in Chicago on 12/29 You have a great day!!!
  • Tami
    November 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm I have never seen cut spaghetti - way cool. Congrats on making it to the final 15 - bet you win!
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm Thanks Tami!
  • Louise
    November 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm Thank you Biz for the shout out for my birthday....a pleasant surprise. Oh and lots of comments on my blog. That was fun!!! Would be fun to see you if you came to Appleton. Oh, oh better get my act in gear and lose those lbs I gained with this medication the doctor put me on to lower the blood sugars, side effect is I am always hungry.....I need some duct tape for the mouth :) I will have to look for that cut spaghetti in the store, would be good for Chicken soup too. Have a great day!!!
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm Let's plan on it Louise!!
  • Kim
    November 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm $5000?! That is awesome!!! Glad you made it safely through the day without your insulin testing stuff. And - I am going to check out the Rice-A-Roni recipe because we love it!!!
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm Let me know if you try it out - it's so simple, I'll never buy store bought again. :D
  • Sherry Werth
    November 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm Congrats on the Chili recipe contest! That is awesome!! I have a severe case of CRS!! If I had to get all that stuff together every morning....I'd never leave the house! lol So glad your insulin level was ok. :-D
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm Thanks Sherry! :D
  • Kym
    November 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm I'm with Shelly & Erin, an emergency insulin bag for work is a good idea. It is interesting you did so well without it. I have read some articles that have said it is possible to reverse diabetes (certain circumstances) with diet any chance you could be so lucky? I am sure it tasted good but the salsa ranch dressing looks like something my kitty spits up. Your are in the money!!! So happy to hear the results. Any news on the Chicago burger entry?
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm Sadly, since I am technically a Type I diabetic, there is no way diet and/or exercise can reverse it - I've got the sugars for life! And I know, that salad dressing looks like ass, but its so tasty good! Didn't make it past the first round in the Chicago burger - this is the farthest I've gotten in a recipe contest!
  • A Life From Scratch
    November 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm 1. you look so adorable after your 10 min hot shower!! 2. CONGRATS on the chili recipe - wow, that is awesome. Although I can't say that I'm all that's GOOD.
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm Ha - thanks Courtney! :D
  • Veronica
    November 22, 2013 at 4:24 am You should totally win that contest - best chili ever! So exciting, Biz! I'm sure the money would come in handy.
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm Yes it would! Momma needs a new pair of running shoes! :D
  • Veronica
    November 22, 2013 at 4:24 am And good job on managing without your insulin! I've had to do it before and it freaks me out - no fun!
    • Biz319
      November 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm Yep, sucks having the sugars. SO EXCITED YOU ARE IN THE HOSPITAL ABOUT TO HAVE YOUR BABY BOY!! I will be on pins and needles all day. You are going to be great parents - he will be worth the wait!