Let’s start this Friday off with the winner of my friend Andie’s cookbook! I used random.org to pick the winner:
True Random Number Generator Min 1 : Max 98: Result: 46
Michelle – send me your address at email@example.com and I’ll have the cookbook shipped directly to you from Amazon. Congrats!
My Mom bought me a pasta roller a long time ago, but my counters are so crappy that I could never get the roller to stick to my counter and it proved much more trouble than it’s worth. And while I love the taste of homemade pasta, rolling out the dough with my pizza cutter can take quite a bit of time. So imagine my surprise when I was watching a cooking video (can’t remember exactly where!) where the chef clipped his pasta roller to his . . . cutting board! Duh!
I made two batches of homemade pasta – one without spinach spinach and one with. I cheat and use my food processor. You can find the recipe here. For the spinach I just added 1 cup of spinach to the processor. I divided each dough into 6 pieces, which is 5 smart points per serving so I could keep track when cooking. Each pile or fold is one serving – pretty generous considering it really puffs up when it cooks. I was really hungry the other night after a long workout and ate 1 1/2 servings with homemade sauce and turkey Italian sausage. So this whole bowl of pasta goodness is 11 smart points.
I’ve been doing a new HIIT workout on the treadmill I am really loving it. I love running, but it takes me so long to get into the “zone” that I usually give up before I get to that point. But with this workout, I kind of build up my stamina as I go. It’s quite simple 5 minute walk at an incline/5 minute jog – for 60 minutes. Seems like a long time, but it’s really only one episode of Property Brothers
For each 5 minute jog I tell myself I have to do it faster, even if it’s just going from 5.6 miles an hour to 5.7 miles per hour – but I have to keep jogging the whole 5 minutes. It’s kind of a mind game, but I tell myself “you can do anything for just 5 flipping minutes!). My last 5 minute jog was at a 6.5 mph pace – or a 9:14 minute mile. Then the last minute before my cool down, I held a 7.3 mph or 8:13 minute mile pace for a whole minute!
I’ve also been taking advantage of my exercise on demand – so cold outside still. Yesterday I started out on my walk and I got about 1/2 mile in before I turned around because it was so cold and windy. When I got back I checked weather.com and it said it was 34 degrees, but with the wind chill, felt like 24. Gah. Um, Mother Nature, I am ready for spring over here!
I had another one of Andie’s recipes flagged to make and since I am working from home, easy to marinate the chicken and cook, although you could easily make this ahead on a weekend for a quick lunch to reheat. I did make her recipe a bit more Weight Watcher friendly by ditching the oil altogether. And I didn’t have fresh parsley, so I used dried. I also reduced the amount of chicken to 1 pound for 4 servings. After putting my revised version into the recipe builder on the WW site, each 4 ounce serving is only 2 smart points!
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt (I used Chobani)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
- Mix everything together and let marinate for 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours. I did the 30 minute route. And while I would have loved to grill the chicken, it was too cold, so did it in a non-stick pan. Cook, stirring occasionally for 8-10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
I actually cooked up 8 ounces yesterday – ate one myself and saved the other cooked half for Jacob. The rest I marinated overnight and will probably have that for lunch again today – I’ll be interested to see how much more flavor the overnight marinade is.
I’ve been saving positive messages during the week to keep my focus in the right direction. Happy to day I’ve had no night time eating after dinner this week – whoop! I thought I’d share a couple with you today:
And to leave you with a bit of a laugh today, I thought I’d share my latest app that I found – thin face! Not kidding in the least. Apparently you can use this app to alter your selfies before you post them to social media. This one is legit though – I mean, come on, look at how thin I got my face!
The windows behind me? Totally normal! Hope you guys have a great weekend – in the meantime you can find me on Instagram (mybizzykitchen). I am off to make breakfast wonton quiches for breakfast.
Make it a great day!