Everything Chicken

I had a feeling yesterday was going to be a busy work day, but it was literally non-stop.  The only reason I had time to put together this quick parfait was because my computer locked up and I had to wait for it to reboot.

Chobani yogurt (2), banana, homemade strawberry sauce (1) topped with 1/4 cup of granola (3) with a hard boiled egg on the side (2).

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I am glad I decided to add that egg last minute, because this breakfast kept me full for several hours.  I never got to walk with my sister at lunch, and didn’t eat my lunch at my desk until nearly 3:20.  Gah.  This was a ham (2) and lavash  wrap (2) with mustard and romaine, with fruit on the side.  I also ate an ounce of tortilla chips about 30 minutes before eating this wrap for (4).

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Which is why I have hardly any pictures to post together.   But can we stop and talk about delicata squash?  I keep forgetting that when I do Instastories and share video and photos there, they don’t actually save to my phone, so I wish I had more photos to post about this squash, but it couldn’t be easier to make.

Whenever I work with squash, whether it’s butternut, spaghetti, etc., I always microwave it for a few minutes to soften the skin – I find it’s much easier to cut, less risk of cutting yourself and easier to scrape the seeds out.

Cut the squash in half, scrape the seeds out – I use an ice cream scoop and it works great.  Slice in moon shape rounds, spray with Pam and a teaspoon of olive oil and any seasoning you want – this time I just did salt, pepper, paprika and a bit of crushed red pepper.  I baked it on parchment paper on my baking steel (you can use a cookie sheet) at 425 for 20 minutes.  This is SO good.  So much flavorful and zero points!

Now let’s talk about this chicken.  I first saw cream cheese everything chicken on my friend Nicole’s blog a couple years ago, and I pinned it immediately.  And saw it on my “recipes I want to make” in my Pinterest board all the time, and still never made it.  

As a Weight Watchers ambassador, they sent me some of their whipped cream cheese, and I bought thin chicken cutlets because they were on sale, and last night was the perfect night to make my version of this recipe.  I didn’t get home from work until 8:20 and I was eating this dinner at 8:35.  It comes together that quickly.

Each of my cutlets were 2 ounces each, so 4 ounces of chicken (2) and then I placed one tablespoon of Weight Watchers whipped cream cheese onto each cutlet.  (I’ve seen it at Walmart)  The roll up the chicken, dip into a bit of liquid egg whites, then sprinkle with Trader Joe’s everything but the bagel seasoning.  

I cooked mine in my cast iron skillet, seam side down for the first 2 minuts, then flipped it over, covered my skillet and cooked about 6 minutes longer on medium low heat.  I actually really like the crunchy bits of seasonoing on top.

I made Jacob’s chicken with the chive whipped cream cheese and he loved it.  Hannah made herself ham macaroni and cheese. 😀

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This was so flavorful, so quick and delicious, this will easily become a weeknight staple.  I love how melty the cream cheese got too.

I am meeting my Mom out for dinner tonight with some relatives that are in town from Virginia.  My cousin Suzanna and her husband Frank are on a road trip and are in Chicago for a couple days.  We are eating at The Berghoff tonight – cannot wait!   What’s your favorite type of German food?   I remember making spaetzel when our German exchange student was here, but haven’t made it in a while – I need to change that.

  I imagine it’s going to be another busy day, but one of my bosses it out today so while he left me a bunch of work, he won’t need it until tomorrow. 

Happy Tuesday – make it a great day!  And make this Everything Chicken – you’ll thank me later.

 

Greek Turkey Meatballs

Guess what I did on my train ride to work yesterday?  I read a book!  I know, such a novel idea!  (see what I did there!). It’s the first time I haven’t used an electronic device on the train since I’ve been taking it, I think, and it was a nice change of pace.  For anyone who is wondering, I am reading: No One Tells Everything by Rae Meadows.  I bought it at a garage sale a while back in a box of books that were .5 cents each.  I didn’t realized until I opened it up yesterday that it’s actually signed by the author!  I got 50 pages in on my train ride to work – nice!

My phone got delivered around 11:30 yesterday.  It was super easy to file a claim online with my phone insurance company, and when they offered free overnight shipping I checked the box “yes please!”

I normally take my lunch photos in an empty office right outside my cubicle, but an attorney just moved in there.  So I was scrambling to try to find a spot to take this photo of my lunch, and while it will never win any food photography awards, these Greek turkey meatballs are delicious!

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I haven’t dropped by the 50% off discount bin at my local Jewel for a while, and last week after I handed off the littles to their parents, I stopped by to see what I could pick up.  I Can you see the sticker in the middle?  “this product was sold with $2.00 of coupon.”  It was normally $3.99 for the package, but I got this for $2, so I stocked up and bought three packages.

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This ground turkey is 1 smart point per ounce, so I decided to make this recipe into 16 meatballs, basically one point each.  I didn’t add any fillers (like bread crumbs or egg) to keep this together, which is why you won’t want to skip the step of putting these in the freezer after you form the meatballs before pan frying them – they won’t hold together otherwise.

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Have you seen these seasoning grinders before?  I picked up that one at Walmart and am loving it.  Great in this recipe, but also on eggs, potatoes and pork chops.

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The batteries were out in my food scale, so I just divided my meatball mixture into two equal portions, then cut the circles like I would if I were making scones to get each one about the same size.  

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For the record, the Halo Top is not mine – Jacob bought some for he and Hannah to try.  While I don’t mind eating some of their fruit that is about to go bad, I typically don’t eat the food that they buy for themselves.

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Greek Turkey Meatballs

Spicy, super flavorful meatballs - great for a pita sandwich, but I can't wait to slice these thin and put them on a pizza!

Servings 16
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup spinach, fresh and chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix everything together in a large bowl.  Portion the meat mixture into 16 meatballs, roll and put on a plate.  Put them in your freezer for 15-30 minutes before pan frying in a bit of grape seed oil and coconut oil spray.  Cook for 4-5 minutes if you are meal planning and will reheat them later, otherwise, cook 6-7 minutes, turning frequently, until they reach 165 degrees.

The Dijon mustard and lemon zest make these meatballs for me – they are so flavorful.  I seriously and dreaming about slicing the meatballs thin to make a pizza this weekend. 

I had a bit of technical difficulty downloading my pics off my new phone last night.  It said one picture had an error and asked if I wanted to skip it.  I said yes, and I must not have read the whole prompt through, because it deleted about 10 photos I’d taken of dinner.  Oh well!  

I got home from work at 6:40 and by 6:50 I was already doing Max 30:Insanity – I am loving these workouts!  I can now do them without stopping, only modifying about half of the steps.  My goal is that by the end of two months, be able to do the whole 30 minutes without any modifications.  One day I will do a minute of pushups!

I had avocado toast for dinner.  I bought this sunflower bread at my local grocery store that is amazing.  I topped it with Wholly guacamole, a pan fried egg and pom seeds for 11 smart points and it was the perfect fuel before heading to the gym at 9:00 p.m.  I know some of you can’t imagine working out that late, but it works for me.  I have the hour train ride home to “rest” and I did a 45 minute tread mill workout out – five minutes walking 3.4 mph, then each subsequent 5 minutes running without stopping.  My first five minute run (okay, let’s call it what it was – a jog!) was 4.3 mph, until the last 5 minute run was at 6.0 mph – or a 10 minute mile pace!  And I didn’t die. 😀

After workout selfie in the car at 10:00 p.m.:

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I have to give a shout out to Bolthouse Farms.  I gushed about their 1 smart point salsa avocado dressing on Instagram, and they DM’d me and asked if I wanted to try out more of their products.  Um, yes please!  I told the kadults they couldn’t use anything until I took a picture.  Last night Hannah asked “can I finally drink one of these smoothies?!”

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Hannah tried this one.  I had a sip and it was light, refreshing, and wasn’t overly sweet.  Sadly, too many carbs for this diabetic, even with insulin – I know the carbs are all from fruits and veggies, but I can’t drink it fast enough without my blood sugar spiking.  But Hannah LOVES them so they will go to good use.  I will just be having a lot of salads – yum!

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Off to catch up on my blog reading and Insta stories on the rest of the train ride to work.  It was tough being without my phone for 24 hours!   

Make it a great day!

Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

My train was delayed yesterday because of mechanical problems.  It was the first day back for my one boss who’s been on vacation for two weeks, and I thought for sure it was going to be a crazy busy day, so I took the early train.  Well, I got on the platform to catch my train at 7:05 and didn’t sit down to my desk until 9:30.  But, it all worked out.  Turns out my boss eased through his inbox throughout the day and it was steady busy, but not crazy busy.  Just sucked that I had to make up the time and work until 5:30 though. Sad smile

I didn’t eat breakfast until nearly 10!  An oldie but a good, light English muffin (2), egg whites (1), deli ham (1), and 1/2 ounce provolone (2).

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Before I knew it, it was time to meet up with my sister for our walk.   Before the summer is out we keep telling each other we are going to hang out on the River Walk after work.  This would look so pretty at night.

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I realized I never posted my newes version of my chicken tikka masala that I made last weekend.  I cheated and used an old picture from my blog when I posted my lunch on Instagram yesterday because my actual dish was in the plastic container below. 😛

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1/2 cup of the sauce and 4 ounces of chicken is 5 smart points – I paired my lunch with spinach and mushroom rice for an extra 5 points, so lunch came in at 10 points.  This may be a Whole 30 compliant dish too!  I’ll have to ask my friend Ashley and I’ll get back to you on that 😀

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Easy Chicken Tikka Masala
Serves 4
Using jarred pasta sauce, this chicken tikka masala comes together in no time!
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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
267 calories
8 g
78 g
14 g
27 g
8 g
179 g
318 g
5 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
179g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267
Calories from Fat 122
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
22%
Saturated Fat 8g
38%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 78mg
26%
Sodium 318mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 27g
Vitamin A
13%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
3%
Iron
14%
* 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. 12 ounces chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
  2. 2 cups jarred pasta sauce
  3. 1 teaspoot hot curry powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 1 teaspoon cumin
  7. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  8. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  9. 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  10. 4 dried chiles
  11. 1/2 cup coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking rice according to package directions, if using. In a cast iron on non-stick skillet, add all the seasonings except for the ginger and chiles. Cook for 1 minute. Add in the chicken and coat the chicken with the seasoning and cook for another 30 seconds.
  2. Add the jarred pasta sauce, the grated ginger and dried chiles and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut milk.
  3. Serve over rice with steamed veggies.
Notes
  1. I used Penzey's hot curry powder, which is spicy on it's own, but you know I love the spice so added the extra cayenne - feel free to use regular curry powder and cut down on the cayenne if you don't want it too spicy. The coconut milk gives it a slightly sweet combo with the spices, and only adds 40 calories to the dish vs. heavy cream which most masala recipes call for - at 40 calories per tablespoon!
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I had Day 8 of Insanity when I got home, and since I had to stay 30 minutes late and wouldn’t be eating dinner until 8:00 or 8:30, made a vanilla Premier Protein iced coffee drink.  I poured myself a cup of coffee around 3:00 and just let it get to room temp and drank this at 5:15.  Um, turns out trying to take a picture and pouring proved to be a bit difficult!  

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Day 8 of Insanity complete!  It was the one with the football drills and sprints, one of my favorites.  But I realized after I worked out, knowing I was still going to go to Planet Fitness after dinner, that the giant pork chop I had on my menu was going to be too heavy.  I was still a bit full from the protein shake, but knew I needed to refuel for the gym.

I looked over at my fruit bowl and saw a lone sweet potato that needed to be used up, and suddenly sweet potato toast seemed like a great idea.  If you’ve never made sweet potato toast, you are missing out!  I made two sweet and two savory:  two had Canadian bacon and a Pam fried egg (4), the sweet ones had 2 tablespoons of chocolate PB2 (1) and blueberries and strawberries.  The sweet potato (3.5 ounces) was 3 points, so this whole plate came in at 8 smart points.

I just sliced the sweet potato and toasted it three cycles through the toaster until the sweet potato was fork tender.

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I biked 8 miles in 35 minutes while watching Netflix.  

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They also have this “cross fit” section (my friend Jody will be happy to hear this!) – I wasn’t exactly sure how the circuit worked (I have to make an appointment with a trainer which is free with membership) but I’ve always wanted to do these ropes that I’ve seen on Biggest Loser.  

Um, holy balls is that hard!  I did five minutes – 30 seconds on, 30 seconds rest, and my arms were jelly by the end.

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I was home by 10:30 and in bed by 11:15.  I know some people can’t contemplate working out at night, but I somehow have more energy at night.  Plus I have the hour train ride home to “rest” before I get home, so that helps.

Happy August 1st!  It will be Halloween before we know it 😛  Make it a great day!

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
156g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 348
Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
16%
Saturated Fat 5g
24%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 95mg
32%
Sodium 459mg
19%
Total Carbohydrates 25g
8%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 38g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
18%
Iron
14%
* 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 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
Instructions
  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.
Notes
  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!

Weekly WI– +2.8

Not surprisingly, there was a bit of a gain on the scale yesterday.  Even though I knew it was going to be up, I was happy to go.  As I was walking there, I thought to myself, if you read a post where someone had an off week, would you call them a failure, tell them they aren’t worth it and they should just give up?  Well, of course that answer is no, so why would I tell myself those things?!

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I need to learn to treat myself with the same kindness I would give anyone else.  So that’s what I am chalking that up as – just an off week.  I am refocused.  I am still fitting into my size 12 pants.  Yesterday is gone, and today I will focus on making good choices.  I had a Premier protein chocolate shake (2), hard boiled egg (2) and fruit for breakfast.

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The farmers market opened yesterday for the first time this season, and my new office is right across the street.  I met my friend Jacky there.  We walked around to see what was there.  Of course, so many baked goods, fresh breads – I wanted one of everything!  But I bought my favorite mushrooms, my favorite tofu, my favorite granola and something for lunch.

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I wish I had a green thumb – so many gorgeous plants, but sadly I am only really good at growing weeds and killing everything else. 

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Jacky had Rock N Roll noodles before, and while I would have gotten a noodle bowl, it was easily two cups of pasta and I would have eaten the whole thing.  We opted to get the lemon grass chicken over a salad.  I didn’t use the peanut sauce, but asked for hot sauce on the side.  The salad was already lightly dressed.  

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The chicken was cold, so I opted to nuke that for a minute before assembling my salad on my dinner plate.  This was SO good.  Light, crunchy, the chicken was so flavorful – I need to figure out how to make lemongrass chicken at home.  I counted this as 12 points because I added a bit of peanuts on top and I wasn’t sure what the dressing was.

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When I worked the farmers market in Lincoln Square last summer, the vendor across the way from me was River Valley Ranch and Kitchens.  They have a restaurant/grocery store that I’ve been wanting to go to.  One of these weekends I’ll have to take a drive there.  

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These cremini mushrooms are amazing.  Why I didn’t like mushrooms the first 40 years of my life, I will never know.  I knew I would incorporate them into my dinner somehow.

I worked late so didn’t get home until 7:45.  I bought these thin chicken cutlets last weekend that I needed to use or freeze.  Supa cheap!

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Hannah wanted spinach tortellini that I bought at Trader Joe’s last week, so I took 1/2 a cup of that (5) as the base of my dish.  While I sauteed the mushrooms, I put my chicken cutlet in the same pan with the lid on.  Just salt, pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper on the chicken, stuffed with fresh spinach, rolled it up and it was cooked in about 7 minutes because it was so thin.

I tossed the tortellini in 1/4 cup of marinara sauce and topped the chicken with a tablespoon of shaved Parmesan (1).  This whole dish came in at 10 smart points.

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Guess what I am having tonight?  PIZZA!  Although it’s a new crust I found at my grocery store – about a 7 inch personal crust that comes in at only 4 smart points.  That leaves more points for cheese – oh, and these mushrooms – definitely going on there too.

I am happy to report that my cough is almost gone!  Only took three weeks 😛  If it’s rainy tomorrow I am going to the gym.  And since I missed my WW meeting yesterday, I am stopping by my old meeting with my old leader Marci.  

The topic couldn’t be more perfect for me this week – STAY THE COURSE!

“We all do it—that slight or not-so-slight slide or detour from the plan. We might not track so carefully, or maybe we eat a little more ice cream than we intend to, or we sleep in instead of taking that morning walk. Stuff like that. Whether or not it shows up on the scale, you’ll want to course-correct quickly.

The first step is recognizing that a slip isn’t a big deal (or a deal-breaker). That’s essential to remember: If you think it is a big deal, you may be more likely to throw in the towel, and a comeback can be harder. Turning things around is a matter of small steps—and mindset shifts. As your Weekly lays it out, looking at a slip from a fresh perspective and giving it a reality check can steer you right back on course. Whether you analyze your reaction to the slip from a factual point of view (“Is it really true that I never stick to my SmartPoints®Budget?”) or from a friend’s point of view (“You overdid it at one meal—big deal. You can get back on track at your next meal.”), you’re more likely to arrive at a helpful thought that gets your head and your plan back in the right place.”

Hope you have an amazing weekend – and Happy Momma Day to all the Mom’s out there. 😀  Hugs!

+1.8 Weekly WI

I knew I would be up this week.  Mainly because after such a big loss last week, I got cocky, thinking I can have another bite of this, or another glass of wine.  That thinking and eating caught up with me, but I am happy to say I am still in the 150s by the hair on my chin!

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Huh, and I just realized that my weekly points went down from 35 to 28!  That could be another reason!  Also, didn’t carb cycle as strict as last week.  And even though its a holiday weekend, I am bound and determined to meal plan and grocery shop for the week, not just for Easter Sunday. My momma is coming over and I’ll be grilling up something – hopefully a ham. 😀

I met Jennifer before work to weigh in and I’ve told her about the Amish people that are in teh train station on Thursdays.  When I walk off the train into the station, it’s like I’ve just walked into my grandmas kitchen it smells so good.  They have pastries, pies, cakes, brittle, muffins, two pounds of butter even! 

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 As I walked by the end table  I picked up this brittle and came SO close to buying it.  But cooler heads prevailed and I put it back and walked on by – didn’t even ask for a sample (which you can by the way!)

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I also wore my new WW uniform.  I think I told you that I cut off a pair of tights to make them leggings, but looking at this picture, um, I think it looks like fricken tights!  They are super comfy though!

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Corner Bakery for the rescue for breakfast.  This is their avocado and spinach power flatbread – I looked again and it’s actually 8 points not the six I posted on Insagram, but this is delicious, the salsa is not oniony and Jenn and I each got a large fruit cup to go. I ate half that cup with breakfast and the second half with lunch.

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I was all set to leave for my WW meeting at lunch, when my boss had a client come in unexpectedly and I had to stick around to put some docs together.  I was  pissed because the topic was protein – protein is my jam! I would have probably taken over the meeting though! Open-mouthed smile

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I haven’t read the whole weekly yet, but I am definitely putting this on my menu next week – works for both Weight Watchers and for a low carb dinner option with my carb cycling.  Mom, do you like capers??  I am not sure I’ve had them like this, but I think I would love the briney/vinegar combo.

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Since I haven’t meal planned, picked up lunch at Pret.  I appreciate that they put the nutrtion labels on all the shelves.  I picked this salad because it was 280 calories, and regardless of how many points that turned out to be, an under 300 calorie salad is fine by me.   I picked up the skinny Dijon dressing, and was happy that I looked at the label, because that small container is TWO servings.  The salad was 8 points, and the dressing was 2.  It was delicious – although I may bring extra veggies to add to it next time.

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I worked through lunch and 45 minutes after quitting time, and just as I was about to leave, my friend Tia texted me to tell me there was a delay on the train.  Rat farts.

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The train got in 90 minutes later than usual since all the trains were backed up . . .I had to crack up when Tia told me to go downstairs in the train station because they sell tiny bottles of wine you can drink on the train ride home.  She knows me so well!  But alas, I’ve got to kick the alcohol to the curb again except for special occasions – Mom, you’ll be happy to know that Easter is a special occasion.

When my sister and I were walking Wednesday I mentioned that we stopped at a candy store – one of the things I bought were these:

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I had them in my backpack, and I was thankful they were there because fifteen minutes into the train ride home I felt that I had low blood sugar, and sure enough, it was 70.  I ate 5 points worth approximately, but I didn’t have any fruit with me.  Um, these are delicious though!

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That would be my new Weight Watcher’s journal I finally started using.  I just finished my old journal, so it was good timing.  When I get a few days into it, I’ll show you pics.   At first I thought the days had too much space, but now I realize I may need to write smaller.

So after a long train ride home, I was hangry:

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This is a 10 minute one skillet meal.  It’s not really a recipe, but I got a few messages on IG from yesterdays post.

In a non-stick or cast iron skillet heat pan to medium high.  I used 5 ounces of chicken tenders (3), that I sprinkled with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.  Spray your pan with coconut oil or non-stick spray.  Put the chicken in the pan, let it cook for 1.5 minutes.  Add in 1/2 cup of your favorite marinara sauce (I used my one point sauce from the freezer ), flip your chicken over, put a lid on and cook for another 2 minutes.  Remove the lid, add chopped fresh spinach and 2 tablespoons of shredded Parmesan cheese, put the lid back on for another minute, and you are done. 

Obviously you could serve this over pasta, or spaghetti squash.  Since I didn’t eat until nearly 8:30 I was too lazy to cook my spaghetti squash.  

Stats for the Day:  

  • 28 smart points
  • 1147 calories, 122 carbs, 43 fat, 17 saturated far, 80 grams of protein.

Inspirational quote of the day – “great things take time, belief and persistence.” – Steve Weatherford

Make it a great day and Happy Friday!!

Goat Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

I have to laugh at my blog post title today.  My blog friend Tieghan from Half Baked Harvest (well, she probably doesn’t know who I am, but I still consider us friends!) usually has the longest blog title recipe posts, but I think this beats here longest! Open-mouthed smile

Before we get to dinner though, let’s start with breakfast, shall we?!  Today was a lower carb day, meaning all of my carbs came from fruits and veggies.

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I loved the guacamole on top of the hard boiled eggs – so good!  In my meal prep a baked off a dozen hard boiled eggs.  You can check out this blog post to see how to do that. 

Because my work has been so busy, I’ve been working through lunch a lot, and decided that needed to stop.  I work for four people (two attorneys, two paralegals), so I sent an email out yesterday that I would be taking lunch from 12:30 – 1:30 every day.  And after I sent that email, texted my sister to see if she could walk. 

When I was doing my meal plan for the week, I saw a recipe for a Mexican meatball soup, and thought, did I do that before?  Yep!  Nearly six years ago to the day, I made this ancho chile albondigas soup.  

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I deemed this one a keeper, but like most food bloggers, I have to laugh that it took me nearly six years to the day to make it again.  The only thing I did was add more veggies: carrots, celery and more zucchini.  For instagram purposes, I stole the picture from that 2011 post, but here is the soup below – not as photogenic, but delicious!  The broth has a complex heat.  

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Gave myself too much insulin, moved around too much at work, blood sugar 52.  So I had 1/4 cup granola, with a banana, and then later to get my points up for the day, a package of these nuts.

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And I still had money on a gift card, so got a cold brew for the train ride home – 1 smart point for the fat free milk. 

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I have Kevin of Closet Cooking to thank for last nights recipe.  I adapted his recipe a bit for one serving (although Jacob loved the roasted red pepper sauce over his steak!), but this was a simple, delicious dinner and was ready in about 15 minutes.  This is for one serving, and comes in at 8 smart points.

  • 6 ounces chicken breast
  • 1 ounce herbed goat cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup jarred red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon grape seed oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons fat free half and half
  • pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, divided
  • 1 cup fresh green beans

Microwave the green beans on vegetable setting.  Meanwhile, lay the two pieces of chicken on a cutting board, season with salt and pepper and use 1/2 the goat cheese in the chicken, top with the baby spinach, and roll up, and season with more salt and pepper.  Heat a skillet with grape seed oil, and cook seam side down first (I should have just kept it on the seam side down, because when I tried to flip the chicken, it unrolled a bit).   While the chicken is cooking, add the red pepper, chicken broth, corn starch, 2 cloves of garlic, crushed red pepper and half and half to a blender and puree.

When the chicken is nearly done (about 6-8 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken), remove to a plate.  Add the remaining clove of garlic to your skillet and cook for a couple minutes.  Add in the microwaved green beans and salt and pepper – I just added a spray of coconut oil spray, but you could add a touch more grape seed oil.  Cook a couple minutes, and set aside.

Now pour the roasted red pepper sauce back in the pan, add the chicken back in, and put a lid on the pan and cook over medium heat for a couple minutes, until the sauce starts to thicken.

Plate the green beans on the plate, top with the chicken, drizzle the roasted red pepper sauce (which will be too much, but it will be great leftover!) and sprinkle with dried parsley and the remaining 1/2 ounce of goat cheese.

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I don’t normally buy thin sliced chicken, but this package was perfect for two servings for me.  I used just under 6 ounces of chicken for dinner last night, and I’ll use the rest for chicken lettuce wraps with veggies.  Not bad for $1.82!

No need to pound out  either which is a time saver.  Because these were so thin, I just cooked them in my cast iron skillet.  My store had spinach bunches for .69 cents a bunch – look at how big the leaves are!

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Sear on the seam side, and because the chicken is so thin, keep it on this side so it holds together.

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So simple and delicious!   The above dinner comes in at 8 smart points, or 394 calories, 16 carbs, 13 fat, 46 protein, 5 saturated fat and 8 grams of sugar.

So I am tracking both calories and points while I carb cycle this week.  I ate more carbs and calories than I wanted to, but blame that on the low blood sugar by having the banana and granola.  

Stats for the Day:

I had 32 points for the day and 1510 calories, 120 carbs, 69 fat, 107 protein, 22 saturated fat, and 55 grams of sugar.  Without the banana and granola, I would have been at about 80 grams of carbs for the day, and around 1300 calories.

Another dreary day in Chicago, but hopefully the rain will stay away so Jenn and I can walk today.  I had close to 14k steps yesterday.

Happy Tuesday – make it a great day!