As I was watching Biggest Loser the other night eating cheese and crackers I realized how ironic it was. (and maybe a glass of wine ). There I was sitting on my comfy couch cheering these people on, marveling over how fast they can run on the treadmill now just after 11 weeks, and I was doing exactly what got the contestants on that show in the first place! Mindless eating.
It comes and goes with me. I can be all the way on, or maybe 90/10, which is still pretty healthy. But I’d have to say that lately I am 50/50 with the healthy eating and then eating crap. One thing I’ve discovered is that I can’t keep food in my desk. Peanuts, crackers, chips, etc. I say that they are there for my boss, because she pays for them, but I eat my equal share. I find that if I have down time that’s the first thing I do is reach in and get a handful of peanuts or whatever.
No more. I put everything in a locked drawer in my bosses office, and only she has the key.
That being said, I will enjoy my birthday cheese while I can. I have a big April challenge for myself that is in the works, so my plan is to be 90/10 the remainder of March – just so you know that 10% will be cheese!
One cheese Tony gave me was called Comte. It’s a french, non-pasturized cow’s milk cheese and it has a wonderful flavor. First touch of it I knew it would be a great melty cheese like gruyere. It looks like this:
It’s creamy, slightly sweet but definitely has a strong taste to it, but not enough to overpower my breakfast – just enough to kick it up a notch.
Biz’ s Breakfast Baked Potato
- 6 ounce baked potato, flesh removed (this was half of a giant potato I had) (4 points) *
- 1 ounce deli ham chopped (1 point)
- 1 cup baby spinach, chopped (0 points)
- 1 egg (2)
- 1/2 ounce thinly sliced Comte cheese (2)
Cut the baked potato in half and scoop out the potato leaving the shell. In a non-stick skillet, combine the potato, spinach, and ham and cook just until the spinach barely starts to wilt. Add the cracked egg and scramble together. Since I was taking this to work, I put my half potato shell in a ziploc, and my filling in a container. Then once I was at work, I added the egg mixture to the potato – kinda had to stuff it in so it would fit. I heated that up in the microwave for 1 minute. Then added my two thinly sliced pieces of Comte cheese and finished it off under the toaster oven.
On the side I had one of the oranges my PIL gave me – this delicious and super filling breakfast comes in at 9 WW points. And because I couldn’t make up my mind which picture to post – you get three! Your welcome.
Okay, I am all about this nice weather, but a tiny piece of me misses the actual spring like weather – you know 50′s and 60′s? This is what I saw before leaving for my run . . . at 11:30 a.m.!
I decided to try running, but it was just too hot, and I haven’t worked out since last Friday, so I need to build up my speed again – amazing what just five days of not exercising can do to your stamina. No worries – I walked for 50 minutes. I moved! And I was sweaty.
It felt nice to get moving again. I was excited to heat up my lunch because it was more leftovers! I have to say, the $18 dollar piece of flank steak I got is getting good use. We had it my birthday dinner night. Then the night before last I chopped some up for our baby crispy tacos. And yesterday I had it with some of Tony’s famous fried rice.
My bowl: 3 ounces of flank steak tossed in a bit of sriracha (3); 1 cup of Tony’s fried rice (4); and 1 cup of steamed broccoli and some bean sprouts (0). I did saute the steak in a bit of olive oil before adding the fried rice, so I’ll add another point for that, so this bowl comes in at 8 points. Super filling! And I still have half a pound of flank steak left to use up! I may have kicked my dish up with some sriracha. I love that stuff.
Tony had a doctors appointment with his GP yesterday – his gout is back with a vengence, which is why I love him so much that he pushed through the pain to make my fried rice for my birthday. Guess what we have a three week prescription of?? PREDNISONE! I tell you its a wonder drug for Tony. It takes the gout swelling down, his joints don’t hurt as much – I just wish he could take it longer than three weeks, but at least he’ll have a reprieve for a few weeks!
On Sunday I had every intention of making homemade pita breads for making chicken gyros this week. I made the dough, and its been sitting on my counter ever since! I followed this recipe to a T. (except left the dough on the counter for 4 days!) It makes 15, 4 inch pitas – each one comes in at 101 calories, 1.2 fat, 19 carbs, .7 fiber and 2.7 protein. 3 WW points.
I also cooked my pitas on my grill. I cooked up just 4 pitas. I used my unglazed quarry tiles I got at Menard’s (.49 cents each) that I use when I grill pizza. Which I haven’t make in a long time, need to fix that! I heated up my grill to 400 degrees.
Then I added my dough one at a time – it literally only took about a minute, minute and a half per side to cook through.
Chicken Gyros (makes 4 servings: 131 calories, 6.6 fat, .8 carbs, .2 fiber and 17 protein, or 3 WW points)
- 1 pound chicken breast
- 2 cloves garlic
- juice of half a lemon
- zest of half a lemon
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- salt and pepper
Mix all the ingredients above and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
I let my chicken sit while I rolled out my pita dough and grilled the pita, so it really only sat for about 15 minutes, but it was still super flavorful. I decided to keep the chicken whole while grilling, and then slice it before serving. My plate: 1 homemade pita (3), 4 ounces of chicken (3), lettuce and tomato (0), 2 tablespoons tzatziki (1) and 1/2 an ounce of potato chips (2). Dinner comes in at 9 points.
I had a good day. I got some exercise in. I almost brought the can of peanuts to the living room last night while we were watching t.v., but I ate exactly 10 (2 points) and stopped at that.
Don’t forget to submit your BSI – breakfast recipes! I am still getting emails that a lot of you can’t comment – still don’t know what’s wrong with that, but hopefully wordpress will fix it soon. So if you can’t leave a comment with your breakfast link, just email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am off to make my lunch: Mango Chicken Salad with Spicy Ginger Dressing. Yum!
I may be the last person to know about this site, but just in case there wasn’t enough food porn out there – check out Tablespoon.com. Not sure if its kinda like Tastespotting where you can submit recipes, but it is searchable.
Make it a great day!