The sun was shining on my way to work yesterday. The sun just makes me happy in general, no matter what the temperature is. Happily we had temps in the 40′s yesterday – so weird this close to January!
And the geese were all over our parking lot at work!
It was my third and final day of the broccoli bacon bake, and I don’t think I can eat the final serving – maybe it will freeze well? This time with leftover steak from the kabobs the other night and a tangerine from my PIL from Florida – it was so juicy and delicious! Breakfast comes in at 10 points.
With the sun shining, I couldn’t wait to get outside at lunch. I ended up doing a 5 minute warm up walk, 35 minute run and 5 minute cool down. Glorious!
I couldn’t wait to get back to my desk because I had Tikka Masala Soup on the menu. Holy shizz you guys – this was SO spicy flavorful! I found a new blog that is right up my alley – um, its called Soup Addict! They had a recipe for tikka masala soup with shrimp, but it had direction with raw shrimp.
I had made perfect shrimp cocktail over the weekend, but we never ended up eating it on Christmas Eve – so I adapted my recipe from her tikka masala soup using what I had on hand.
Tikka Masala Soup with Shrimp and Cilantro (makes 4, two cup servings – 147 calories, 4.4 fat, 18 carbs, 11 protein and 2 fiber – or 4 WW points)
- 1/2 pound perfect shrimp cocktail
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon paprika (smoked paprika if you have it)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 28 can of chopped or crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (or more per your taste – I like a lot of cilantro!)
- cracked pepper to taste
Put everything but the shrimp and cilantro into a stock pot and simmer over medium low heat for 20 minutes. Using a stick blender, blend until smooth. Divide the shrimp among four bowls, divide soup over shrimp and garnish with cilantro.
This picture doesn’t do it justice. It may seem like a super simple soup, but it is so complex in flavor and the epitome of a spicy yet flavorful soup. This one is definitely a keeper.
I didn’t really have anything planned for dinner last night since we had so many leftovers. I ended up having a bowl of my beef and bean soup with some tortilla chips on the side – I actually think the flavors developed even more being in the fridge.
Tony and I watched about 4 episodes of Shameless last night on Demand – does anyone watch that show? I think its on Showtime with William H. Macy. It’s really well done. I slept in until 9:30 this morning! And I realized that tomorrow is my WI at WW – hopefully they are open on New Years Eve!
- 27 WW points – no Chex Mix!
- 45 minute walk/run
- average blood sugar 143
With it almost being the new year I have plans to organize this weekend. I need to do a deep clean of our bedroom (i.e. move the bed and vacuum under there!) and I need to purge clothes I haven’t worn in a while. And get rid of my size 14 pants. I wore a pair of pants yesterday to work that were a size 14 and I didn’t even have to unbutton them to go to the bathroom, I could just pull them down!
Hope all of you have today off too! I’ll be back for my WI tomorrow – make it a great day!