I had to share this picture from when I left work on Tuesday night. Chicago at night never ceases to amaze me. I have to remind myself how lucky I am to leave so close to a great city like Chicago!
I was ill prepared with my food yesterday. I wasn’t thinking about my lack of time to put stuff together for the day after working a double, so I do what I normally do when I am running late. THROW SHIT IN A BAG! This time it was all the fruit. I decided to pick up steel cut oats from Pret on my way to work. It’s convenient that it’s in the lobby of my building! Their oats are 4 points, I used a teaspoon of brown sugar and a teaspoon of their granola for an extra two points = 6 point breakfast.
When I was throwing my fruit in a bag and moving on to what to bring for lunch, I thought “It’s Thursday – just get a soup to eat after the WW weigh in!” It wasn’t until I was on the train that I saw someone post this:
My blog friend Randi (hi Randi!) told me that she mystery shopped at Blaze Pizza and said it was pretty good. It was kind of crappy out, but it’s only a 4 block walk so I sucked it up. I got there right around 12:45.
Quite a bit of a line, but the woman in front of me said it went by pretty fast. In all, I think I waited all of 10 minutes from when I walked into the door until I got my pizza. As I sat down almost at 1:00, there was only one person in line – lesson learned!
I chose the “Simple Pie” with 1 topping which came to $6.68. I wasn’t sure how big the pizza was. Before I went, I checked my trusty WW app, and it said a slice was 3 smart points. The pizza cooks in a giant oven and literally cooks in a matter of minutes.
That woman was hilarious – she’d shout out your name when your pizza was done, and if she yelled your name more than twice she’d say “it’s okay STEVE, this pizza you created looks good and I am hungry, I’ll eat it!”
I added banana peppers to mine – perfection.
Three slices was 1/2 the pizza, and came in at 10 smart points. I really liked this pizza. Loved the crunchy edges, and the crust was perfect too:
And I always love a shout out on Instagram!
This actually kept me full all afternoon. So between breakfast and lunch I had 16/30 points.
Hannah texted me a picture of chicken legs that she was making for their dinner. Or should I say Jacob’s dinner – she had tofu! But I had already defrosted shrimp, so I told her to count me out. Bad idea!
Over the summer and fall you’ll remember me talking about Hardcore Carnivore Black Rub, and I think recently I showed you that I just got their new rub called Hardcore Carnivore Red. Hannah baked the chicken with just this Red rub, and the flavor is outstanding. I can only imagine how a grill would make this better. So the first part of my dinner was eating one of these chicken legs when I got home for 4 points. 20/30 for the day.
I had planned to make a shrimp cocktail kind of picky plate, but quickly switched gears after tasting this rub. While it’s meant for pork, it tasted amazeballs on chicken, so why not shrimp? I was lucky that I had an avocado that needed to be used up, and already baked wonton cups leftover, so this second dinner took just a matter of minutes to put together. This recipe is for one serving, but you could easily quadruple it for a family.
- 3 wonton skins, baked*
- 3 ounces shrimp
- 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
- 1 teaspoon Hardcore Carnivore Red rub
- 1.5 ounces avocado (about 1/2 a medium avocado)
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- salt to taste
- 1/4 cup chopped red cabbage
- 1/4 cup chopped cucumber
- Heat the grapeseed oil in a non-stick skillet. While the skillet gets hot, just toss the rub with the shrimp and mix together. Cook shrimp for about 1.5 minutes per side – it depends on how big your shrimp are, but I think I cooked mine for all of about 2 minutes and then took them off the heat and put a lid on the pan to keep them warm while I mixed the avocado with the lime juice and salt.
- On the bottom of the baked wonton, put the red cabbage and cucumber. Add the avocado, then the shrimp and squeeze a bit of lime juice over the top just before popping these in your mouth.
- You can bake a dozen wonton wrappers at at time - bake at 350 for 6-10 minutes, depending on your oven, but at 6 minutes, keep an eye on them because they will go from done to burnt in a minute!
- Once cool, store is a ziploc bag. I've used them for up to a couple weeks and they are still crisp.
These were delicious. And the fact that they are only 2 smart points each makes them even better! After dinner I was at 26/30 points for the day. I wasn’t that hungry since I didn’t eat my second dinner until nearly 8:30, but I needed to eat one more point to get my blue dot – so I ate two tablespoons of cool whip out of the container for 1 point! And let the dogs have some puppy whip too – everyone was a winner!
Another Thursday, another WI. Still going to weigh in before work so I don’t waste my meeting at lunch waiting in line to weigh in. You’ll just have to see if my losing streak continues, or if I start to plateau – you never know.
Here is my Thursday Thought for the Day:
Make it a great day! (and Melly – promise I’ll post the pork and polenta dish lemon sauce tomorrow – pinky swear!)