Skinny French Toast Sticks

Friday night was of course, Party Pizza Friday.  I normally pick up a frozen deep dish to cook at home, but the problem with that?  Leftovers.  And Lou Malnati’s is not that point friendly.  I looked up their menu on the train ride home Friday night, and realized they had a tiny personal deep dish pizza that serves 1!  It looks big in this picture, but it’s probably 4-5 inches across?  Perfect!  I looked up the nutrition and it was 14 smart points – totally doable!

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I didn’t realize until AFTER I ate it that while the menu said a personal pizza serves 1, the nutritional value said that it as two servings.  🙁  So my baby deep dish pizza was 28 points.  I still love you Lou, but really?!

While you all know that I only buy my clothes at thrift stores and garage sales, a few items I do buy new – underwear, bras and bathing suits.  Hannah and I went to get a mani/pedi but there was a 30 minute wait, so we walked down to Ross.  Not sure why I never thought to go there for bathing suits before, they had hundreds! 

I picked this one up for our vacation next month.  I love the shorts, and the stripes help distract my muffin top.  Thoughts?!

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Out of all the colors to choose from, Hannah chose black.  I love the colors I picked – its written down but I don’t have it with me, but its OPI.  We both got the hot rock pedicure ($35) and the no chip manicure ($35) and as we were getting the rock massage, we both said “why don’t we do this more often?” Um, because of the price tag!  $90 with tip, but it was worth it for me, because I had two  in grown toe nails that were killing me – Tony used to take care of that for me – my Mom and I are both prone to them.  So that in itself was worth the $$.

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The kadults and I watched a movie together Saturday night.  We had big storms roll through, it rained pretty hard.

I woke up yesterday morning and the weather was amazing – 65 degrees, no humidity.  Love.  I had a taste for French toast and thought maybe I could use the vanilla Premier Protein for the batter.

Skinny French Toast Sticks
Serves 1
Using Premier Protein in your batter bumps up the protein in these French toast sticks - perfect for dipping!
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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
610 calories
59 g
186 g
7 g
14 g
2 g
242 g
493 g
22 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
242g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 610
Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
12%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 186mg
62%
Sodium 493mg
21%
Total Carbohydrates 59g
20%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 22g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
26%
Iron
22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 slices Healthy Life bread, but into three pieces
  2. 1/2 cup vanilla Premier Protein
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar (I use McCormick)
  5. coconut oil spray
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Mix the vanilla Premier Protein, the large egg and the cinnamon sugar in a bowl. Dip the bread into the batter, letting it soak up the protein shake. Spray your skillet with coconut oil spray, and cook the French toasts sticks for 2-3 minutes per side, or until desired doneness. Serve with sugar free pancake syrup.
Notes
  1. Health Life bread (3) egg (2) protein shake (1) pancake syrup (1) = 7 smart points total
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I really liked these.  Even with the light bread (I would have loved to use French bread – but that would kill on the points!) these were perfect dippers.  I use Smuckers sugar free pancake syrup – it’s by far the best sugar free pancake syrup on the market, and it’s usually the cheapest too!

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Tony’s car needed new tires.  Hannah and Jacob switch off using that car with their own depending on their schedules, which is why I held onto it.  It will finally be paid off in October, but the tires were really worn down, so I went to Sam’s Club and got new tires.  I was told it would be 30 minutes, so I walked behind Sam’s Club in the neighborhood – glorious day – 72 degrees and my favorite puffy clouds.

I started heading back thinking my car would be done, but they sold me the wrong tires initally, and the process to exchange the wrong tires with the new tires turned into a 30 minute process – no one knew how to account for the $80 rebate I got on the first set, the second set of tires had no rebate.  I could see the cashier getting really flustered and I told him “no one is dying on the table, it’s all good.”  He thanked me for my patience – he said he’s gotten yelled at from customers before.  That did remind me of Tony, because he had little patience when it came to stuff like that.

In the end, not only was the second set of tires $140 less, they also gave me the $80 rebate and a $30 store gift card for my patience.  Score!

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I went grocery shopping after that.  Chicken legs and thighs were .99 cents a pound, and chicken breasts were $1.29 a pound.  I grilled ahead for the week and for dinner last night.   

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I made a chick pea salad that reminded me of a salad I had for lunch last Friday.  I am going to post that recipe tomorrow, because it’s delicious.  I tried a new naan bread recipe yesterday.  I had a recipe on here, but there are some recipe plugins I used in the past, but then for some reason, the recipe just goes away when the plugin goes away.  These were tasty, but didn’t get fluffy like they normally do.

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The storm on Saturday night took down yet another tree in my backyard.  Luckily it didn’t hit anything since it was in the back of the woods.   There is so much dead wood in the back of my property, but I imagine it would cost thousands to get it cleaned out.  Although every time we go to the back of the property, Hannah remarks at how big it is, and I can see her planning to build a cottage for her and Jacob back there. 

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I am sad to say I had both wine and extra snacks this weekend.  I was really missing Tony yesterday – it would have been the perfect day to sit outside and listen to Frank Sinatra and watch him smoke his cigar and me taking a million pictures of him like I did.  I am so happy I have so many pictures of him.  It was the third Father’s Day without him and 19 years since my Dad died.  

But, today is a new day.  The snacks and wine are gone, I’ve got healthy meals planned, including this recipe – I am using some of the grilled chicken from last night to make this Grilled Chicken with Strawberry Chili Salsa – the salsa is made with strawberries, pineapple, and jalapenos and sounds so refreshing!

Happy Monday – how was your weekend??  Make it a great day!

Strawberry Shortcake Buttermilk Waffles

Friday night I had Tony’s nephews and their families over for a BBQ.  It’s been way too long since we’ve been together, and I realize I have to make these get togethers happen, otherwise, the next thing you know we’ll look up and it’s Christmas!

These two little cutes were so fun.  Hazel (love her name!) was just an infant the last time I saw her.  Maddux?  Um, I think he was a bit sick of me saying “smile!” 

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The only time I could get a picture of him not in motion was when he was eating – look at that blonde hair!

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It was a fun night, and I hope to get together at least once a month this summer – it’s hard with everyone’s schedules, but family first, right?

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Not shocking, I thrifting on Saturday.  I am taking inspiration from one of the women at Weight Watchers, who purposely buys clothes in smaller sizes to keep her focused.  I found another size 10 pants, that also zipped but are still a bit tight – another 5 pounds and they should fit nicely.  Um, every piece was $1!

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This is my inspiration dress.  It’s Esley brand and when I looked that brand up, their dresses run around $60-80 – and since this had a blue tag, it was also $1.

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Excuse my closet mess, but I was organizing.  I love the bottom of the dress – it’s a size SMALL!  Hey, you never know, maybe one day I’ll fit into it!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen that I had 61 points on Friday – 20 of which was eating candy to get my blood sugar up on Friday afternoon (damn diabetes!) so after Friday night, I stuck with my new favorite water – lime and grape – so refreshing!

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Sunday morning I got up early and hit up my towns farmers market.  I was so happy to run into my friend Emily from the Cheese People.  I had a tent next to her last summer in Grayslake.  I would make her a veggie burger wrap for dinner and she would give me string cheese.  #winwin

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Your basic food groups, veggies, bacon, brats and granola!  OMG, this granola – this tent was also next to me last year and they make these butterscotch granola bites – I’ll have to take a picture of them and post it because they are amazing.  I plan to use it on parfaits later this week.

When I got back home, decided to make waffles – using strawberries and cream Premier Protein.  I know if I’ve been out of buttermilk, a simple trick is to just add vinegar to milk and let it sit and it will curdle up and get thick like buttermilk.  I wondered if that would work by adding vinegar to the protein shake?  

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The answer – it worked!  Look at how thick the shake got after letting the vinegar sit for just 10 minutes.

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Strawberry Shortcake Protein Waffles
Serves 5
Adding vinegar to your protein shake will make it thick like buttermilk - so good!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
362 calories
34 g
144 g
22 g
9 g
13 g
215 g
561 g
5 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
215g
Servings
5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362
Calories from Fat 191
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
33%
Saturated Fat 13g
64%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 144mg
48%
Sodium 561mg
23%
Total Carbohydrates 34g
11%
Dietary Fiber 2g
10%
Sugars 5g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
78%
Calcium
16%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1.25 cups flour
  2. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon McCormick sugar cinnamon
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  8. 11 ounce prepared Premier Protein strawberries and cream shake
  9. 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  10. 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
Instructions
  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt together. In a 4 cup measuring cup, add the shake and vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes until thick. Add the egg and egg whites to flour mixture, pour in the shake/vinegar mixture and whisk, just until combined. Stir in the strawberries.
  2. I used 3/4 cup of batter per waffle, and got 5 waffles out of this batter. Cook according to your waffle maker instructions - mine took about 4 minutes to cook.
Notes
  1. I entered the recipe information into the Weight Watchers recipe builder and each waffle came out to 4 smart points.
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These are so light and delicious.  I had mine with 1/4 cup of sugar free Smuckers pancake syrup and two pieces of peppered turkey bacon from Trader Joe’s.  And since it was strawberry shortcake, it’s only natural to add a bit of whipped cream on top, no?!

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I have these for breakfast this morning, but I am making them into an egg white sandwich to add in a bit more protein.

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And we are back to Monday.  It’s going to be hot in Chicago this week (90s) so I may be hitting up the gym after dinner if it’s still too hot to walk outside.  I also need to buy another bathing suit, I only had one, and cannot find it even after organizing all my closet yesterday.  Jenn, I’ve got lots of clothes for you!  Are you able to walk today??

Hope you had a great weekend – make it a great day!

He Would Have Bought Me Flowers . . .

I woke up Sunday morning to my Timehop.  It reminded me that 17 years ago yesterday was the first day with my husband.  Can you believe he not only remembered but also posted it on social media?! 

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Long time readers will know that my husband’s name was Jeff, not Tony like I posted here on the blog – however, I called him Tony a lot too!   In fact the most googled thing about “my bizzy kitchen” is “my bizzy kitchen husband.”

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I miss him!  That picture was taken in 2004 – Tony would have been 44 years old, or just 5 years younger than I am now.  I would have been 36.  Bonnie (my MIL) I’ll be sure to email you this picture, as I am sure you’ve not seen it! 

As I lie in bed thinking about him, I thought of all things – carrot cake.  It was his favorite cake on his birthday and I made it every year.  It was my step-sons favorite one too – except Joe didn’t like raisins or nuts in his cake – just carrot cake with butter cream frosting.  So in honor of my husband, I made carrot cake protein waffles on the 17th anniversary of our first date, instead of heading to Dunkin Donuts for two apple fritters. 

Carrot Cake Protein Waffles
Serves 6
A waffle that tastes like carrot cake! #love And only 3 Weight Watcher smart points.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
282 calories
34 g
31 g
1 g
4 g
0 g
132 g
25 g
13 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
132g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282
Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 31mg
10%
Sodium 25mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 34g
11%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 13g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
32%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
10%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 medium bananas, smashed
  2. 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1 cup flour
  6. 1 teaspoon McCormick cinnamon sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 11 ounce prepared Premier Protein vanilla shake
Instructions
  1. Mix everything in a bowl and mix just until combined. Let the batter sit while your waffle maker comes to temperature.
  2. I used 1/2 cup measuring cup to get 6 waffles, at 3 smart points each according to the WW recipe app.
Notes
  1. These are great to make ahead on the weekend for a grab and go breakfast on a work day.
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Letting the batter sit for a few minutes lets the baking powder do its magic and you’ll be rewarded with fluffy waffles and pancakes every time.

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I had my waffle with 1 tablespoon bacon bits (1), strawberries and 1 tablespoon of real maple syrup (2).

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I could have gone the other way and just eaten like shit to deal with the sadness, or drink half a box of wine.  But instead, I bought myself flowers, because he would have bought me flowers.  Just a $3.99 bouquet from Trader Joe’s, but I chose to be kind to myself and not drown myself in food and wine.

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And I walked it out.  On Saturday I walked for an hour and fifteen minutes, and yesterday I walked for an hour before my blood sugar started dropping and had to come back home.

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And Saturday, I went thrifting and not only fit into a pair of size 10 jeans, they also zipped!  Although, they are a bit tight, but they were on the $1 rack so you better believe I bought them!  Another 5-10 pounds loss and they will fit comfortably.

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I am so proud of myself.  Proud that while I was sad and may have cried a bit while making the waffles in the house by myself, I let the emotions out, instead of filling myself with food.  #nsv for sure!!!

This popped up on Saturday on Instagram, but thought I’d share it here for Motivation Monday.   I especially like #1 – not that my past was bad, but I have to let go with the “what ifs” in order to be happy.  

Which number resonates with you?  Make it a Marvelous Monday!

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Premier Protein–Your New BFF for Weight Loss

I get a lot of requests each week to partner with certain products, links to articles, advertising – most of which I just immediately delete after receiving them because I am not going to promote anything that I don’t already use, or think that other people will find value with.

I am happy to say that I am a Premier Protein Ambassador!  I tried to jump on the protein bar/protein shake bandwagon several times.  Only one teeny tiny problem.  Turns out most of those have some sort of ingredient in them that makes me need to find a bathroom within five minutes after eating/drinking such products.  Not going to name and any names (ahem, Pure Protein, EAS, Atkins, – just to name a few).

So I tried Premier Protein after Instagram Weight Watcher peeps were buying these 2 smart point shakes and adding them to a two shot espresso from Starbucks.  A great, quick on the go mini breakfast as I like to call it – for only 160 calories and a whopping 30 grams of protein.  I recently bought an espresso machine at Goodwill, so now can make my drink to go at home, saving me $2.17 a day. Open-mouthed smile

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I recently made vanilla coffee protein pancakes using the powdered protein mix:

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But yesterday?  Holy balls, I made the best fluffy protein pancakes out there. 

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I am calling these Elvis Banana Pancakes because they have banana, peanut butter AND bacon.  And each fluffy pancake is only 4 smart points.  I use the Weight Watchers recipe builder to figure out  the points using my exact ingredients, so please don’t go by the nutrition label that is auto generated on generic ingredients.  My guess is that each pancakes is about 170 calories.

 

Elvis Protein Pancakes
Serves 8
A great, protein packed breakfast using Premier Protein.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
326 calories
37 g
71 g
17 g
8 g
9 g
131 g
67 g
12 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
131g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 326
Calories from Fat 147
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
26%
Saturated Fat 9g
44%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 71mg
24%
Sodium 67mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 37g
12%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 12g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
14%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
11%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1.5 cups flour
  2. • 3 teaspoon baking poweder
  3. • 1/2 teaspon salt
  4. • 2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter (I used PB2)
  5. • 1/4 cup sugar
  6. • 1 large egg
  7. • 1/4 cup Premier Protein vanilla milkshake protein powder
  8. • one 11 ounce container of Premier Protein prepared bananas and cream shake
Instructions
  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, peanut butter powder and protein powder and mix with a whisk, just until combined. Add in the egg and bananas and cream shake, and using a fork, mix just until combined. It’s okay if it’s a bit lumpy. Now here is the secret to fluffy pancakes. Let your batter sit a minimum of 15 minutes to let the baking powder do its magic. I used a 1/3 measuring cup to get 8 fluffy pancakes. Just cook with a lid on your pan between flips – because these are so fluffy, the lid helps steam the pancakes so they cook in the middle too.
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For my breakfast yesterday I took the top pancake (4 points) used my sugar free syrup (1), ate all the banana and blackberries, the tablespoon of real bacon bits (1) and the two slices of peppered bacon for a very filling and protein packed 6 point breakfast.

I have also tried their protein bars:

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They are 8 smart points.  I’ve eaten half for breakfast on the train before work if I am extra hungry, and saved the second half for the train ride home so I don’t feel like I have to eat the second I walk in the door.

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I also like to chop up half a bar and top it on my parfaits for a bit of texture.  I think the chocolate one tastes just like a snickers bar.

I now have found these products at Walgreen’s, CVS, Walmart and Sam’s Club.  Sam’s Club by me (Chicago area) is the cheapest – a 12 pack for only $16.68. 

Have you tried Premier Protein yet?  If other protein products bothered you in the past, I’d recommend trying these.  I am down 15 pounds this year, and I think in part because I’ve been able to drink a 2 point shake on my train ride home and have time to make a sensible dinner instead of coming home starving and driving through the Burger King drive through.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Note: This is a sponsored recipe post.  However, I will only endorse products I use and recommend.

Vanilla Coffee Banana Protein Pancakes

I have five words to say about this weekend.  I ate all the food.  I didn’t eat a lot of one thing (i.e. deep dish pizza by myself), but I ate a lot of little things.  I didn’t track all my food. I woke up with a taste for apple fritters, but cooler heads prevailed and I made a hash waffle.  This time topped it with 2 tablespoons shredded cheese so the top is nice and crispy, which the sides are kind of mash potatoey.  You know what I mean Open-mouthed smile

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I had some errands to run.  Ran to Tuesday Morning for some tissue paper, and bought a small bag of gummies at the check out and ate the whole thing while driving around.  300 calories (not even sure about how many points).   Came back from running errands and sliced up cheese and had cheese and triscuits – did I weigh out my cheese or measure out my crackers.  Nope.  I had plans to meet up with my step-son Joe and his wife Lizz for Lizz’s brothers high school graduation party.  Make up on – with jewelry!

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Within five minutes of getting to Lizz’s parents house, I was presented with all this food:

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In case you don’t know this, the Mexican community makes A LOT OF FOOD.  Later Lizz’s dad threw grilled chicken on my plate.  Her Mom presented me with fresh homemade corn tortillas, two salsas, guacamole and chips.  Oh, and Modelo beer.   I had three over the course of the evening, which I now know is 12 points.  Even with all this stuff, I was trying to make better choices, and basically could drink this chile de arbol salsa.  I dipped all my food into it.  I asked her what the recipe was, and when she got to “then I add a cup of olive oil” realized I’d probably eaten 4 tablespoons of olive oil.  Amazing stuff though!

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That salsa above was just as amazing, but I could tell had all fresh ingredients.  Didn’t even mind the onions!  Lizz’s Dad was the BBQ chef:

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The chicken was outstanding. I am not sure if these were chicken quarters, just cut in half?

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It was great to catch up with Joe and Lizz.  The weather held out, and while it didn’t rain, when it got dark, it was chilly enough that you could see your breath.  I was still wearing a short sleeved sweater and was fine.  However, Joe and Lizz have been living in Texas going on five years, and have lost their midwest skin.  I was happy when Lizz changed into comfy clothes!

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Those are Lizz’s cousins – I loved being behind the scenes of this mini photo shoot 😀

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I realized after I got home that I never got a picture of Joe and I that wasn’t silly – but this will have to do. 😀  I still can’t believe I met Joe 17 years ago already.  He was a chubby little 10 year old when I first met him and this fall he’ll be 28 years old.  Crazy!

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Sunday morning I had the house to myself.  The kadults had to work at the coffee shop, and I got to meal prepping and recipe developing.  I tried a protein powder muffin – epic fail.  Then decided to make protein pancakes and these were amazing.  Made with Premier Protein vanilla whey protein powder, this recipe made 4 pancakes for a total of 6 smart points.  I actually started to put all of them on my plate, but decided to eat two, and if I was still hungry, could always go back for more.  Two was plenty!

Vanilla Coffee Banana Protein Pancakes (makes 1-2 servings)

  • 1 ounce vanilla protein powder (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons strong cold coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 mashed banana

Mix the protein powder, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon together with a whisk.  Add remaining ingredients and mix just until combined.  Let the batter sit for 15 minutes to let the baking powder do its magic.  Cook for about 2 minutes a side over medium low heat.  I made a syrup of PB2 mixed with a teaspoon of real maple syrup.

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I have to regroup this week.  I am back to my old habits of doing great Monday through Friday, and then throwing all my hard work in the garbage by not tracking over the weekend.  The hamster wheel that kept me at the same weight (or gaining and losing the same five pounds) all of 2016.

So guess what I am bringing back?  INSANITY!  I started Insanity back on June 1, 2013.  I declared that June was going to be Insane.  I am not going to lie, a little piece of me was like “why not just wait until June of 2017.”  But I know me.  That would only give me more of an excuse on not to keep track because I am getting “back on” June 1.

Tonight is the fit test.  Back then I did the workout between 8-9 at night.  I am always home at that time, and in the beginning the workouts are only 35 minutes long.  Totally doable.  

Zen, I am shipping out your package tomorrow – I realized I never responded to your email, I will shortly! 😀 

Happy Monday!  I am actually looking forward to work this week because my boss that keeps me really busy is out of the country for the week on business.  I am finally going to have time to organize my files/desk/emails.  Jenn, can you walk today?  I need to text you.

How was your weekend?  I’d love to hear your highlights.  Mine, of course, was seeing Joe and Lizz. 😀

Steel Cut Oat Waffles

I love Saturday and Sunday mornings because there is no rush.  I can get up, make my Chemex coffee, sip on that for a while before thinking about what I want for breakfast.  Lately I’ve been in a waffle mood.  I was short on flour, so decided to see if I could you steel cut oats to replace most of the flour, and it worked surprisingly well!

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I just used my coffee grinder to grind up the oats.  

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Love the texture of this flour – it’s coarser than regular flour which gave my waffles an added crispness.

Serves 1 waffle

Steel Cut Oat Waffles

A different take on waffles by using steel cut oat flour - the waffles are super crispy, yet light.

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oat flour*
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Mix the oat flour, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together. In another bowl, mix the milk, eggs and vanilla until combined.
  2. Mix those together and let the batter sit for 15 minutes while your waffle maker gets hot. I used a heaping 1/3 measure per waffle, to get 5 waffles at 5 smart points each. Cook according to manufacture directions (mine took about 4-5 minutes each on medium heat).
  3. Serve with fresh fruit, and bacon!
Recipe Type: Breakfast

Notes

The total time includes cooking all the waffles. These will stay in the fridge for several days, just reheat in a toaster.

I just put the steel cut oats into a coffee grinder to process it into a flour.

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http://www.mybizzykitchen.com/2017/04/03/steel-cut-oat-waffles/

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These waffles were crisp on the outside, yet light on the inside.  This recipe made 5 waffles, at 5 smart points each.  Topped with SF syrup (1) and two slices of turkey bacon (2), this was a very filling breakfast.

I had plans to head to The Chopping Block on Saturday for the first of two events to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.  Even though I only worked there five months, I know I’ve made lifelong friends and it is still the best job I ever had – I loved going to work every day to work with food, talk about food, and just be around people who were as passionate to get the country cooking as I was.

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I didn’t get there until nearly 2:30, but just in time to hear Shelley, the founder and owner, talk about one of the first dishes that she ever made when she first started the cooking school – it was a blue cheese and caramelized onion tart.  But as she started talking, she started crying.  Crying because that recipe was one of her Mom’s recipes, and sadly her Mom died of breast cancer this past December.   You guys, I cry at weddings I watch on Youtube for people I don’t even know!  I immediately started tearing up, but then she said something funny and I was able to keep it together.

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Most of the savory food was gone by the time I got there, but there were plenty of sweets! 

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I had a glass of wine – this pinot grigio was really good:

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I nearly bought this, but couldn’t figure out where I would put it Open-mouthed smile

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And after Shelley’s demo, there was cake and champagne, which I ate too – loved seeing a full house!

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It was a fun afternoon, and I am happy I went.  I just forgot how awful the traffic was.  It took me nearly 90 minutes to drive 40 miles!  Totally worth it though.

I got my cleaning pants and meal planning pants on yesterday and I feel good about my eats this week.  I have a couple new recipes to share this week – another hash waffle – this one was over the top because it had crispy shredded gouda cheese on top:

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And this butternut squash mac n cheese – holy balls is this one good!  I adapted it from here, but made it more Weight Watcher friendly – left out the butter completely and scaled it back for two servings. 

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Anything new on your meal plan this week?  I’d love to hear!   I am actually doing a carb cycle again to shake things up, while still following the points for WW.  Three days lower carb (around 75-100 carbs) then day 4 is high carb (175-200 carbs), day 6 is low carb (75-100) and day 7 is high carb again.  I like that the two higher carb days fall on Thursday (after my weekly weigh in) and on Sunday, because that’ s a fun day!  Most of my carbs will be coming from fruits and veggies. 

Here’s some Monday motivation for you – make it a great day!

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French Fry Frittata

There are a lot of people at my office who are on Weight Watchers, which I love.   More people to talk about point friendly food!  One woman though the day before yesterday only ate strawberries and grapes for breakfast and wondered why she was starving at 11:00 a.m.   I asked if she had any protein, hard boiled egg, deli ham, anything else?  Nope.  I told her I would bring in a leftover French Fry Frittata, and she was a bit intrigued!

I brought home all the fries from my lunch out earlier in the week.  I had 3 ounces of fries leftover, which was perfect for two servings of this breakfast.  I put this in the WW recipe builder and each serving came in at 6 smart points.

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Serves 1/2 of frittata

French Fry Frittata

A great way to use up leftover French fries!

5 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

13 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3 ounces leftover French fries, chopped
  • 1 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/3 cup chopped red peppers
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/3 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 teaspoon everything bagel seasoning
  • 4 Jennie-O turkey sausage links, cooked and chopped
  • Coconut oil cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat, and add coconut oil spray. Put the chopped French fries on the bottom and press down with a spatula. Cook for about 4 minutes. Add in liquid egg whites, chopped red peppers, salt, pepper, dried parsley, turkey sausage and put a lid on the pan, reduce heat to low and cook 6-8 minutes, or until the egg whites are cooked through.
  2. I cut this in half, and after reheating it at work, tossed the diced tomatoes with the everything bagel seasoning and put that on top of my frittata.
Recipe Type: breakfast

Notes

Feel free to add any extra seasonings to the egg mixture - I didn't know if my friend at worked liked spicy stuff (turns out she does!) so I'd add crushed red pepper, or maybe paprika or cayenne.

Luckily I had hot sauce at my desk to kick it up a notch!

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http://www.mybizzykitchen.com/2017/03/24/french-fry-frittata/

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So good – and putting Trader Joe’s everything seasoning on the tomatoes was an awesome idea.  My friend couldn’t believe that she got all that food for 6 points, but more importantly, it kept her full for hours.  #winning #changinglivesonebreakfastatatime

I didn’t end up going to WW before work for my weigh in, because I wanted to get in early so I could leave to go to the lunch time meeting.  I am happy to report that my eating/drinking frenzy that was my birthday weekend, only cost me a 1.8 pound gain!  Congrats to my twin sister though who LOST 2.2 during our birthday weekend.  Great job!

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So I basically have to kick some serious ass this last week of March so that I’ll only have a small gain for the month.  Still down almost 15 pounds though – but I was SO close to being down almost 20!  Gah.

Lunch was on repeat – I fricken love the tomato feta soup from Pret!  

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I worked late and was really thinking of hitting up Burger King on the way home because it’s literally two blocks from the train station and I pass right by it every day to and from the train.  I even opened up the app to see what my choices would be before I slapped myself out of it.  Because a.  I knew I would get a side of fries no matter how healthy my order was, and b.  I had plenty of food at home and knew I could figure something out.

Having a stocked pantry is key – I had canned crushed tomatoes, pasta, and more ground sirloin that needed to be used up, so pasta and meatballs it was!  This was literally so easy – while the water boiled I cooked down the canned tomatoes with garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.  I used 3 ounces of ground sirloin (4) to make my mini meatballs, and cooked those up with coconut oil spray.  I bought this at Trader Joe’s and I love it because I can use it over high heat.

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I was still able to get a nice sear and the balls before throwing them in the sauce to finish cooking.  These were tiny balls (sometimes tiny balls are okay!) so they didn’t need to simmer too long before being cooked through.

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And because two ounces of dry pasta is hardly anything, I sautéed up a whole zucchini to bulk up my dinner.   Thanks to Hannah who came in and took the photo for me.

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Not surprisingly I follow lots of WW peeps on Instagram.  What was my life without Instagram?  It’s hilarious because I had no idea Instagram was a photo sharing site when I downloaded it a few years ago, and I took a picture of the train leaving after Hannah came to visit me when she and Jacob were living in the city.  I put a cool filter on it (I thought!) and Hannah texted me and said “love the train shot!” and I was thinking “how the hell did she see that picture?!” 

Anywho, one of my fellow WW ambassadors Catherine (@cheeseandcardio – follow her!) is down nearly 90 pounds since this time last year, and while following the Weight Watcher program with the smart points, she’s chosen to do low carb because that’s what works for her.  She’s been recently getting some “hate” comments, for lack of a better word, telling her that since she’s on WW she can eat ANYTHING she wants, so why not eat more bread, pasta, etc.? 

Well, her plan of WW/low carb is obviously working since she is down 86 pounds, but it just shows that no matter who you are, or what your journey is, do what’s right for you.   I think because of social media that more people are able to hide behind their monitors/ipads/laptops/iphones and just say whatever they want because it’s so anonymous. 

So it was only appropriate that I was thinking about not listening to other people in your journey, when my Instagram motivator posted this:

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So this Friday morning I hope that you #BEtheLION!   Make it a great day!