I actually don’t mind getting a Timehop that stops me in my tracks. Obviously nearly 99% of all my Timehops are food related because it grabs the memories from Instagram and Facebook. Yesterday I had two Tony memories:
I remember that he called me last minute and wanted to know if I could break away from work and meet him for lunch. I think this was the first time we went out to eat after his January 2014 nine day hospital stay. I remember he ate hardly anything and I ate nearly my whole Reuben sandwich
Jacky, you’ll laugh because I went back to the post where Tony gave me this basket. That night I didn’t go on the computer at all and we caught up on some of our DVR shows. When I woke up the next day to blog for the day, when I turned on the computer, this is what he put as the background picture. (For new readers, it’s a long story about this blogger – I had one of my most controversial posts in 2012 – you can check it out here if you feel like it).
But neither of those posts made me teary. Sad, yes, but I just continued on with my day and got myself ready for work.
While I said I was going to up my protein for my meals this week, for some reason Chobani always keeps me full. I made this banana parfait with my one point fruit sauce (this time cranberry and blueberry) with one Nature’s Valley granola bar crunched over the top. This whole thing was only 6 smart points. I actually like how you can see the Chicago skyline in the reflection with our blue skies with puffy clouds
My co-worker picked up a McDonald’s parfait that was maybe half the size of mine and 7 smart points. Um, mine was better
My sister and I were walking buddies again yesterday. We both decided we don’t walk north very often, and as we were chit chatting away, I realized we were right by The Chopping Block so we stopped by so she could look around. I saw some people I hadn’t seen in a while, so that was nice.
It was high 40’s, and with that weather I am fine with a fleece jacket. In fact I probably would have been okay in just a t-shirt. I know Shelley you are shaking your head on that one! And Mom, I am fully prepared for you to tell me that I need to trim my bangs 😀
Since I spent nearly my whole lunch hour walking, I ate lunch at my desk. I wasn’t feeling what I meal planned, so I had an egg white spinach sandwich with a serving of pretzels (which I already ate before taking this picture!) with carrots/cucumbers at Goddess dressing.
It wasn’t until I was leaving work, and walking through the train station and everyone was buying chocolates at Fannie Mae and buying flowers with the special vendors that were there, that I really missed the thought of racing home to Tony and making us a nice Valentine’s dinner. The kadults had plans, so it was just me. The longer the train went along the tracks closer to home, the more I was thinking “just get a deep dish pizza and a bottle of wine!” And I was 90% sure that’s what was going to go down, regardless that I’ve already spent my weekly points and have no extras left for the week. Who cares?!
Turns out I do care. I turned my mindset around, and as I walked to my parked car, talked myself into coming up with something that I already had at home, and within my points for the day. Here was my inspiration:
Leftover ground pork from my pork egg rolls over the weekend, jalapeno and this Laughing Cow cheese that I picked up because it was on sale. Can’t remember the last time I bought that! This recipe is for one, but obviously you can multiply it for however big your family is. Maybe I should write my recipes out for more than one serving?!
- 3 ounces lean ground pork
- 2 tablespoons jalapeno (chopped – adjust to taste)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 corn tortillas (mine were 3 for 4 points)
- 1 laughing cow wedge, spicy pepper jack
- 1/4 cup broccoli slaw, chopped
- 1 chopped radish
- 1/8 of avocado, chopped
- cilantro, tomato and lime for garnish
- In a skillet over medium heat, add the pork and jalapeno together. I just used a bit of Pam cooking spray on the bottom of my pan. Cook until the pork is no longer pink. Remove from heat and stir in the laughing cow cheese wedge and ground cumin and stir until it melts. Taste pork mixture and season with salt and pepper as needed. In each corn tortilla, place some of the broccoli slaw, then some of the pork/jalapeno filling and Pam fry the tacos for about 2 minutes a side. Top with the chopped radish, avocado, cilantro and lime and dinner is served! The Weight Watchers app put these tacos at 3 points each – so 9 points for the whole plate, and I ended my day with 29/30 points.
These were so good! I am trying to think, but I don’t think I’ve ever used ground pork in making tacos before. Tony didn’t like the smell or taste of pork the last couple years before he passed away, but I am not sure he would have gone for these even when he did like pork. Hannah thinks that cumin smells like an old man’s armpit, and I could just hear Tony yelling from the living room “What Smells Like Ass?!” If I ever write a cookbook, that’s going to be the title
And a huge thank you to my parents-in-law for sending me this sweet card – thank you and love you!
So I didn’t succumb to my typical emotional eating – #nsv! I had a nice cup of coffee after dinner and that was it – kitchen closed!
Here is your Wednesday Words of Wisdom – make it a great day!