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Skinny Chicken Parm Panini Sandwiches

While I posted waffles on my instagram yesterday topped with whipped cream, that was Sunday’s breakfast.  Yesterday I made these sweet and savory strawberry shortcake waffles – holy cow was this delicious!  I used the everything but the bagel seasoning with the egg whites (1) the waffle (4) and a drizzle of sugar free pancake syrup (1).  A delicious and filling 6 smart point breakfast – loved the sweet/savory combo – oops – I also added 1 once of Trader Joe’s lite mozzarella (1) to the egg whites – so a 7 point breakfast.  Yummo.

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It’s going to be hot and in the 90s all week in Chicago, so my twin sister and I took advantage of the pedway.  You can read up about Chicago’s pedway here – basically an underground walkway that goes miles through the city, just underground.  You can see people swimming at LA Fitness:

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Or you can find restaurants, both sit down and fast food, stores, etc.  Kym, thought you would like to see these pics!

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As we were walking, we decided to stop and accessorize our lunches at this Thai place.  We each placed an order for a shrimp spring roll.  We continued walking and came back to get it, and still had to wait – nearly 2o minutes from when we ordered. 

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So maybe our expectations were a bit high, but we were both disappointed.  First, for $6.50 I only had two small pieces of shrimp – the rest was just veggies.  Which I guess is okay, but it was so sloppily wrapped, and if you didn’t use the dipping sauce (it was really sweet, so I didn’t use it) there was zero flavor in the spring roll itself.  And that one piece with all the lettuce in it?  That one was just lettuce, the spring roll wrapper, and a few cellophane noodles.  Weird.

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I brought more of my tofu brown rice stir fry that I made over the weekend – I counted lunch as 9 points, but I didn’t even finish it all.  

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I guess I was expecting something like this below: thanks Heidi of FoodieCrush for me stealing your picture and now I want to make your grilled Vietnamese spring rolls at home!  Don’t these look delicious?!

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On Sunday night I grilled up meat to use later in the week – tip from me to you – don’t cook the meat all the way through if you are going to use it later in the week and reheat it.   I cooked these chicken thighs 80%  Love using Newman’s own light balsamic as a marinade. 

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I know I’ve talked about Jimmy John’s day old bread before, but its worth repeating.  You can buy a loaf of their day old bread for .50 cents a loaf.  I usually stock up around the holidays when I make stuffing and bread puddings, but just in case you were wondering, it also makes amazing garlic bread.

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Skinny Chicken Parm Panini
Serves 1
Grill up meat on the weekend when you have time, and this becomes a super quick weeknight dinner.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
348 calories
25 g
95 g
10 g
38 g
5 g
156 g
459 g
1 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 348
Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 95mg
Sodium 459mg
Total Carbohydrates 25g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 38g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1.5 ounce french bread (or day old Jimmy John's bread)
  2. 3 ounces grilled chicken thigh
  3. 1 ounce Trader Joe's lite mozzarella
  4. 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  5. 1/3 cup mariana sauce, divided
  1. Since my chicken wasn't fully cooked, I reheated 3 ounces of the meat in a skillet over medium high heat with coconut spray for a couple minutes to heat and cook through.
  2. I pulled out the "guts" of the bread to leave me with 1.5 ounces. I put a couple tablespoons of marinara sauce on the bottom, topped with the cheese and chicken and basil, and cooked in my panini maker for 5 minutes, until the bread got nice and crispy and the cheese melty.
  1. I sprayed the top and bottom of my panini maker with coconut oil spray, so no butter was needed.
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Check out what came in the mail!  Guess who’s about to get insane?!  Tonight is the Fit Test Open-mouthed smile 

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I got nearly 16,000 steps yesterday – I am in a fitbit challenge, and now my sister is in the group too, and turns out I am a bit competitive!  

Happy Tuesday – make it a great day!

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  • Marcia
    June 13, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Funny that one of my FB memories this week from years ago was of you doing Insanity!!

    That’s a nice underground. Reminds me a lot of Crystal City in DC area/ Arlington. I used to walk 1 mile to work, almost all of it in the underground.

    • Biz319
      June 15, 2017 at 6:51 am

      That is a coincidence! Hopefully I’ll get the power cord to hook up the xbox so I can watch the DVD – after I redid my living room I realized I hardly ever used my DVD player (hello Netflix!) and gave it to goodwill.

  • Randi MacDonald
    June 13, 2017 at 10:28 am

    That pedway looks amazing. Do they run the A/C in the summer? I’m assuming more people use it in the winter? Your eats are on point!!

    • Biz319
      June 15, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Yep, it’s air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. There is a train station there, so some people are able to get off the train, walk in the underground pedway and to their office, all without having to step outside!

  • Melly
    June 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Hmmmm… do we get the tofu brown rice recipe!? That looks really good! Sorry about the spring rolls – what a ripoff! I would have gone back and complained.

    Question: is it safe to only cook chicken meat 80%? I would be afraid of salmonella or whatever other bacteria not getting cooked out. I could see where it would be fine to do beef medium rare, but is chicken safe?

    • Biz319
      June 15, 2017 at 6:55 am

      I’ll post that recipe for you tomorrow Melly. And I only cook the chicken 80% if I know I am going to finish cooking it later in the week. That my “meal prep” temp that I cook it at – I don’t eat it then.

      I reheat the chicken in the microwave or in a skillet depending on what I am using it for – if I were to cook the chicken through the first time, when I reheat the leftovers, the chicken would be overcooked and dry.

  • Shelley B
    June 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    It kind of looks like you’re walking through an airport in that pedway picture – what a neat idea, though!

    • Biz319
      June 15, 2017 at 6:56 am

      There is a train station down there too!

  • Kym
    June 14, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Comment take two. Yesterday when I was trying to comment every time I typed a couple of letters I got bumped back to the top of the post and had to start again. It was weird. Anyway, I love the pedway photos! I can’t believe it. It is like a whole other world underneath the city. I’m just in awe! I really am easily amused 🙂 The chicken parm looks so good I love how the bread looks perfect crispy. Insanity is back! I remember how crazy insane you were when you did it last time. I don’t think I could “hang” with you. I would wipe out after the first minute.

    • Biz319
      June 15, 2017 at 6:57 am

      I am excited to start it again – just waiting for the power cord to hook up the xBox. After I did my kitchen remodel, I got rid of my DVD player!

      That’s the best part about Insanity, is that you just do what you can and build on that. The first week I was lucky if I kept up 75% of the way – and by the end I was able to do it, no problem. 😀