Um, can I just say it’s bullshit that work is getting in the way of me posting my eats on Instagram?! Hahahaha! I am kidding . . .a little bit. The minutes and hours go by so fast. I’ll have my phone plugged in under my desk and even though it’s on mute, I can hear the vibrations of notifications on my social media, and I have to wait until the end of the day to catch up with you all.
So question: has anyone had trouble viewing my posts? I’ve gotten a couple dozen emails, texts and messages on Instagram asking if I am okay, because they haven’t seen a post since March 8 or 9th. I know my posts are published, other people are commenting on them, just wondering so I can let my brother know. I have no idea how the back end of my blog works, even after nearly 9 years
Breakfast and lunch were good, but nothing out of the ordinary. Breakfast was an egg, deli roast beef and spinach tortilla (6 points) and lunch was more deli roast beef with spinach, cucumbers, tzatziki and the best potato chips I’ve ever had from a place in the French Market near my office called Frietkoten. Note to self, I’ll have to go back for some Belgian beer, but these potato chips were insanely delicious – so much so that I ate the whole small bag (the portion on this plate was about 1/4 of the bag) and my guess was 7 points, but so worth it!
The reason I stopped at the French Market was because the wind was so strong, even though it was sunny, it was cold AF. So I got my steps walking around the market – how cute are these marzipan?!
I am not sure I’ve ever even eaten marzipan but I wanted to buy a pig, a hot dog and a taco!
At least when it snows this late in the year, it doesn’t last long.
And before I knew it, it was time to call it a day and head home. Some people have a hard time with daylight savings, but it does nothing to me. But what it does do is make me happy when I step off the train at 6:30 and the sun is just setting.
My store had ground pork on sale for $1.99 a pound – did you know that you can buy 96% lean ground pork? It’s only 2 points for 3 ounces, and a quick Pinterest search landed me on Kristin’s page (Iowa Girl Eats) for her pork potsticker noodle bowl. She’s gluten free, so I took inspiration from her recipe. She also called for A LOT of soy sauce, and this being my weigh in day, I wanted to reduce the sodium in the dish as much as possible without sacrificing flavor.
These are the noodles I use to make this a super quick week night dinner. I found them in the Asian aisle at my regular grocery store. Each packet contains two servings – and I just cut the bag in half and microwave the noodles for a minute and they are ready to go.
This recipe is for my one serving:
Serves 1 bowl
A super quick and easy weeknight dinner, that tastes just like eating the inside of a pork potsticker, without the deep fryer.
5 minPrep Time
8 minCook Time
13 minTotal Time
- 3 ounces lean ground pork
- 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon szechwan sauce (I use House of Tsang)
- 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 1/2 cup shredded carrot
- 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
- cilantro for garnish
- 3/4 cup noodles (mine were 5 smart points)
- salt and pepper
- Normally I would salt and pepper the pork before cooking, but I think the sauce has enough salt so it's not necessary. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add pork and add ground pepper, and cook for about 1-2 minutes.
- In a bowl, mix the soy sauce, chicken broth, szechwan sauce, sriracha, ginger and garlic and mix until combined. Add this mixture to the pork and cook for about 30 seconds. Add in the cabbage, carrots and zucchini and cooked pasta, and cook for an additional minute or so. Plate and garnish with fresh cilantro or green onions.
While I used pre-cooked noodles, feel free to sub in any pasta you want - gluten free noodles, ramen - just be sure to check the points.
I also used 96% lean ground pork, so using the Weight Watcher recipe builder, this comes in at 10 smart points
That, my friends, is the perfect bite! It literally does taste like the inside of a pork potsticker, without the deep fryer. Although I did think that a pan fried wonton wrapper or two crumbled over the top would be a nice addition. Love that this was so super quick too.
It’s Thursday, so it’s WI day for me. Hopefully the sodium packed dinner wasn’t a bad idea. For those of you following along I gained 1.6 last week after a couple mini binges and Hannah’s birthday. I had a good week this week, although my strength training is not going as well as I had hoped. I need to figure out how to squeeze that into my day.
So here is your daily motivation – make it a great day!