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Tony loved egg salad, but it was almost equal parts mayo and eggs and it was just gross.  But making egg salad with avocado?  I am all over that!  1/4 of an avocado smashed with one hard boiled egg, salt, pepper, everything but the bagel seasoning and hot sauce on crunchy toast.  #perfection.

This is the bread I used – I bought it at the French Market and its delicious.  Hearty but light at the same time if that makes any sense.  I’ll have to bring it to my Mom’s this weekend, I think it would make amazing French Toast.  The nuts make this bread.

I was on my own for lunch as my sister had a work event.  I walked to Olive Mediterranean.  OMG, how do I forget how delicious this place is??

I got the spicy chicken kabob plate – it comes with rice, hummus and your choice of side salad.  I chose the chick pea salad because it looked like the least amount of red onions 😀

I’ve kind of half-assed tracked this week – probably because I knew I wasn’t going to weigh in tomorrow since I’ll be at my Mom’s house, but I need to get it together.  I have measuring spoons and a food scale at work, so it’s about time I put them to work.  I had TWO CUPS of rice in that container – I scooped out 1 cup.  I also had 1/2 a cup of hummus and I scooped out 1/4 cup.

If I hadn’t measured out my sides, I would have added 10 points to my lunch!

I have no idea how this chicken is seasoned but it is so flavorful spicy and the hummus is so smooth and garlicky.  My mouth is watering just looking at it.  This is a $10 lunch but worth every penny.

Guess what?  I had more beef for dinner!  I still had the rest of the sirloin steak so I thinly sliced 3 ounces of steak and make a quick beef fried rice.  I tried to channel Tony’s fried rice skills, and while this was good, it wasn’t great.  Probably because he used to use three times the amount of soy sauce as I would.  You can still check out his YouTube video on how he makes it here – so weird that he died just a year after we filmed this.

And that brings us to Friday Favorites!  

I heard about this book Life from Scratch and want to check it out.  

Andie’s Chicken Lo Mein looks amazing and healthy!  Did you read her books?  I started following her when her blog was just starting and so excited that she and her husband are expecting their first child!

Can’t wait to spend time with my brother and his family – that is a favorite thing for sure!!  Hard to believe this picture of us was taken about 35 years ago!

Happy Friday – hope you have a great weekend!

 

 

Beef/ Certified Angus Beef

Beef with Red Wine Sauce

Beef, it’s what’s for breakfast!  I may have to have a vegetarian dinner tonight after all the beef I’ve had last night, but even though my steak was overcooked, I hate to waste food, so it morphed into my breakfast – The French Market in the train station has this bread vendor – I’ll have to check the package, but it is like a crunchy, almost nutty bread that is perfect for avocado toast.  They also had avocados on sale 2/$1 – score!  I have a food scale at work and two slices at the end of the loaf were 1.5 ounces, so 3 points for the bread, 3 points for the avocado, two points for the steak and strawberries for dessert – 8 smart point breakfast.

My sister and I went to Mariano’s to pick up a few things.  I’ve had a Certified Angus Beef dish on my menu that I hadn’t made yet and since I got my new pan, last night I wanted to try it out.  The dish for February that you can cook along with is sauteed beef medallions with pearl onions and red wine sauce.  

That beef does look good though!

I picked up lunch at Mariano’s – 1/2 turkey sandwich on Swiss on a pretzel bun and an ounce of their house made potato chips – so good!

I worked late and didn’t get home until after 7:30.  After changing clothes, checking mail, etc., I didn’t start cooking dinner until 8.  Not having time is probably the number one reason people pick up take out, but this dinner took me less than 12 minutes to pull together.  First rule of thumb, mis en place!  Get everything you need and measured and it will save you time in the long run.

While this was a “cook along” to follow Certified Angus Beef’s recipe, um, we all know how I feel about onions (except onion rings!) and pearl onions make me want to throw up in my mouth.  So I subbed in mushrooms.  I read the instructions for my new Le Creuset pan – I generously rubbed it with coconut oil (I didn’t have any canola oil) then washed in hot water and that “seasons” the pan.  As soon as  I added the mushrooms to the plan, I started my timer to see how long it would take to put this dinner together.

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And because I am a professional, this is where I take most of my dinner pics in the winter.  And a shout out to Hannah who not only cleaned my room, but also steam cleaned my carpet – um, turns out there were a few dog accidents on my carpet 😛

Less than 12 minutes for this restaurant worthy recipe!  Try it soon and let me know what you think.  I won’t mind if you use pearl onions either.

We’ve made it to Thursday – whoop!  My brother and his family are coming to town so I have half a day tomorrow and Monday off – can’t wait to see them!  

Make it a great day.  And go eat some beef. 😀

Beef/ Certified Angus Beef

Certified Angus Beef – Thank You!

Knowing I was going out to eat I kept my breakfast and lunch light.  Um, I may have gotten a bit heavy handed on the hot sauce. 😀  Six points for breakfast.

My sister and I kept checking the weather, and decided we would take our chances with the rain and walked the river walk.  We got half way down the path and it just started down pouring – even though we had umbrellas, my feet were soaked by the time I got back to the office.  But we’ll take 64 degrees in February every day of the week.

I could feel my blood sugar dropping about ten minutes before I made it back to the office.  In my haste to leave to meet my sister, I forgot to check my blood sugar otherwise I would have brought a banana with me.  I sweat profusely when my blood sugar drops like that, and coupled with my wet feet, once my blood sugar started rising, I was freezing.  My light jacket was soaked, but luckily I remembered I had an extra pair of socks and my winter boots under my desk, and that helped.

I had more lasagna soup, and no picture since I was basically eating quickly to get my blood sugar up.  I was happy that I not only left on time, I caught the 5:20 train AND the train actually left on time!

Certified Angus Beef sent me a generous gift card to take my “sweetie” out to dinner for Valentine’s Day.  I learned a long time ago never to go out on that actual holiday – I’ve told the story before on here, but one of the first Valentine’s Tony and I spent together I suggested this restaurant, and when we got there, didn’t realize that it was a pre fix menu – and it was all small plates – while there were 8 courses, each course was one or two bites at best – and $150 pp without drink.  We drove to Burger King afterwards because we were so hungry and we pretty much cooked a special dinner at home every year after that.

Along with a gift card, they gave me a list of local restaurants who served Certified Angus Beef and Lindy’s Landing in Wauconda was one of the restaurants on the list.   Since Hannah and Jacob usually have dinner with his grandpa on Tuesday’s, we invited him to.

Turns out one of the drink specials was $2 glasses of house wine.  Um, yes please.

If cheese curds are on the menu, we nearly always get them, and these were delicious.

For $30 they had an 8 ounce filet mignon with mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies.  

Sadly, the beef was a tad overcooked, and our server, while super sweet, never came back after our food was delivered.  It was good – not great.  I am not going to lie, I was thinking to myself that my $6.50 New York strip that I made the night before was leaps above this steak.  But it was a fun night out, and I will definitely come back here in the summer when their outdoor patio is open, and eat cheese curds and drink wine. 😀

Hannah, Jacob and John split the lava cake for dessert.  I had a glass of wine for dessert.

Thank you Certified Angus Beef for our dinner out!

As a total coincidence, when I got home, there was a package from Certified Angus Beef!

I may have screamed when I opened the package!!  This gorgeous LeCreuset saute pan!!!  Holy shit.  

I think I’ll be making some delicious beef dishes in that pan.  Wow.  THANK YOU!!

I’ll be cooking up some #beefcookalong dishes before February is out – stay tuned!

Today we are back to winter.  It was 22 degrees when I left the house this morning.  But, we may see the sun today, which I desperately miss, so I’ve got that going for me.

Curious how many of you are beef eaters?  Liz and Kris, don’t answer that question, I already know the answer. 😀

Make it a great day!