I was so happy to see the sun again yesterday morning, but it was deceiving because it was really cold. It was 26 when I left, but with the windchill it felt like 18 – me no likey. But, one day closer to spring weather, so I am hanging my hat on that.
My main boss was out yesterday so I was really looking forward to getting my space organized, something I truly felt I haven’t done yet, but needed time to settle in. But, I was still super busy. Got farmed out to a couple other attorneys, and my associate had a list of things for me to do, so I hit the ground running as usual.
Breakfast was so delicious that I didn’t even mind eating it at room temperature while I ate and worked. Healthy Life English muffin (2), egg whites with spinach (1), 2 ounces steak (2) and one slice of low fat American cheese (1). With apples and blueberries on the side. It is sprinkled with just a bit of cinnamon sugar, but a whole teaspoon is 1 point, so I don’t count that little dusting.
My sister had a meeting around lunch time so we didn’t go walking until 1:00 p.m. and that breakfast held me well. Since it was still cold out we walked to the State of Illinois Center (Thompson Building) and just walked around indoors for a while. I’ve always loved the lobby of this building. It’s crazy that they may tear the whole thing down to build a 115 story building!
Shocker, I did not pack a lunch. I hadn’t used any of my $20 weekly budget for eating out for a while, so we walked around to see what our lunch options were. KFC, Taco Bell, the usual basically. But we both stopped at M Burger.
I saw that they had a “Fowl Mouth” burger, and you all know I can swear like a truck driver, so I was sold.
FOWL MOUTH BURGER
TURKEY PATTY, SPICY BBQ, PEPPERJACK, LETTUCE, PICKLE, ONION
When she asked me how spicy I said “very spicy!” What I didn’t realize until I took the first bite was that the bottom layer of the burger was fresh sliced jalapenos. Yes please!
We spent the most of our lunch hour walking and talking, so we each took our lunches back to our offices. Jenn got the chicken fingers, but said they were pretty dry. Um, my turkey was about a ten napkin lunch! We split the fries, but they were really skinny fries, and got cold by the time I got back to the office. After I reheated my burger in the oven for 30 seconds, I stuck the half order of fries in the microwave, and managed to overcook them – just as well, because I figured this burger to be about 10 points.
The burger patty had a nice texture, but truth be told, not sure I could tell it was a turkey burger vs. a beef burger because of all the toppings, but it was delicious nonetheless.
I had hopes of hitting up my office gym after work, but worked about 30 minutes late, and because of all the running around in my office (I was working for an attorney two floors above me so did LOTS of stairs yesterday) when I checked my blood sugar it was 144, and I like it to be about 200 before working out because it will drop at least 100 points at that time of night. So even without a “formal” workout, I ended yesterday with almost 17,000 steps!
I think the number one question I get from blog readers, or Instagram followers is how I have time to cook so much. Well, first off, I love to cook. And second, I meal plan/meal prep and I think ahead for the next day and see if there is something I can do the night before that might be a short cut for the next nights meals – whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. Making steel cut oats the night before for example.
My store had Greek marinated chicken on sale so I knew I was going to have a chicken pita for dinner one night this week. I usually make my naan bread on the weekend because it takes an hour to rise, and then rolling 16 pitas out, cooking them one at a time in my 6 inch skillet is a bit time consuming. So I wanted to see if I could streamline the process. The answer to that question? Hells Yes! I put the dough together in a matter of minutes the night before last, stuck it in the fridge and let it rise in the fridge and I was ready to go when I got home from work last night, so dinner came together in about 20 minutes.
- 3.5 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 cup really warm water
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cashew milk
- 5.3 ounce plain Greek yogurt
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda together. Heat 1/4 cup of water in the microwave for about 15 seconds. You just want it warm enough to dissolve the sugar. Add the sugar to the warm water, and mix. Add the yeast and let the yeast sit in the sugar water for 5 minutes. Add the yeast/sugar mixture, the cashew milk and yogurt to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Please note you may need to add a couple more splashes of cashew milk to get the dough to come together – sometimes I need it, sometimes I don’t – have no idea why! I added about 2 tablespoons to this recipe.
- Place in a ziploc bag that is sprayed with Pam. Throw it in the fridge the night before you want to make the naan and walk away. Once home, take the dough out and cut into 4 pieces. Cut those pieces into 4 pieces, so you have 16 portions. I am a bit anal when it comes to having the same size breads, so I weighed out the whole dough recipe, divided that by 16 and got 1.6 ounces, so that’s how many ounces the dough is per portion.
- Roll out into a 6 inch circle. I brush my pan with a big of olive oil, then cook the naan on one side for about 1-2 minutes – you’ll see the top start to bubble up. Sprinkle any seasoning you want – sesame seeds, onion flakes – whatever! Flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Repeat until you cook all the naan.
- Once cool, these freeze amazingly well. I’ll take one out of the freezer and toss it in a ziploc and throw it in my lunch bag for the next day and it defrosts nicely.
- *The cook time includes the overnight rise in the fridge. But hands on time is only about 30 minutes total to cook off all 16 naan if you were doing them all at the same time.
This is the seasoning I used – I bought it at a farmers market last summer and am almost out!
I actually added dried onions to mine too, but they kind of burned, so I guess I wouldn’t recommend that. My dinner: three ounces chicken (2), pita (3), tzatziki (1), red peppers and romaine (0) and potato zoodles on the side (4).
These pita are so light and fluffy, probably because the yeast had so much time to do its magic in the fridge overnight. I only cooked off 4 last night, and the dough will be good for several days, and I’ll probably finish cooking them off and freezing them on the weekend when I have more time. I may even do party PITA pizza Friday this week!
Please let me know if you make this – I promise this is a winner and can easily make it on your weekly dinner menu.
Today is my weekly WI and I honestly have no idea how I did this week. After my 46 point day on Friday I reigned it in the rest of the week, but without any weekly points for some wiggle room since Friday, I have no idea. But my sister and I have promised to hit every weekly meeting and weigh in no matter what, so it is what it is. I overcame what could have been a giant binge on Valentine’s day this week, so that in and of itself makes this past week a success.
Make it a great day!