I was contacted by Teami Blends Tea a few weeks ago and they asked me if I wanted to try their products. The month of January when I was doing dry January, normally my go to drink at night would be coffee. But guess what? I can’t do that anymore. I just toss and turn – that never used to happen. Tony used to make fun of me that I could have a giant cup of coffee and then be asleep in five minutes.
So I switched to tea. Teami Blends sent me two blends to try:
Profit: helps boost metabolism, aids in digestion, suppresses cravings** and Alive: which helps with exhaustion and inflammation.
**I have to tell you that the nights that I sipped on the profit blend I never once thought to raid the pantry, like I do almost every.single.night before talking myself out of it. I just never thought about it.
The Profit blend is loose tea, but it was sent with this cute tea infuser. Just load up the little strainer – omg, this tea not only tastes great but it smells amazing – it even looks like it has bits of dried fruit in it.
I have Hannah to thank for these pictures – the pictures I took got lost somehow in the transfer from my phone to my computer. Thanks Hannah for your amazeball photography skillz.
It’s the perfect ending to a long day. Teami has given me a coupon code if you go here, just enter Biz15 for 15% off any and all orders, not just your first one. #thankyouteami! #teamipartner
Um, did I mention I had a long day yesterday? It started out with an electrical fire on the last train car. We had to stop at a station, remove that, and it was packed like sardines – luckily because I am close to the end of the line, I had a seat, but it was an hour and forty minute train ride in, and some people had to stand the whole time. I got to work just in time to go straight to an hour mandatory meeting, so I didn’t eat breakfast until after 10:30. It was worth the wait though – waffle sammie – 1 point for 1/2 a waffle, 2 points for the egg, 1 point for the cheese, 1 for the sugar free syrup and half a giant honeycrisp apple on the side. (if you are doing #freestyle, this breakfast would only be 3 points).
I actually didn’t mind eating a late breakfast because that meant I could eat a late lunch, and hit the gym before eating dinner last night, that was the plan. This meatball sub was amazeballs – I made these beef and pork meatballs for my friend MaryBeth and her family for the Meal Train, and made a few extra for me. Each ball is only 1 smart point, so the balls are 3, the bun was 1 and the sauce and cheese were each one. Along with the other half of the honeycrisp apple – I think that apple weighed 1.5 pounds! I’ll be posted the meatball recipe soon.
Since I was late to work, I had to make up the 30 minutes, so I took a short lunch so I could leave on time. It never fails that when I actually leave on time, the trains are running late. And my running late, I mean there were no trains in the station to take us anywhere – they blamed the delay on trains being late back to the station, but it was a sea of humanity, they kept switching tracks – it was nuts. My 5:20 train finally left at 6:20, but took about 5 minutes at each stop because of all the people on the trains, and I didn’t get to Cary until 7:30.
I had planned on making steak Diane for dinner – one of the Certified Angus Beef recipes, but when I took the package of filet out of the fridge, I realized it had gone bad. I bought it Friday at The Fresh Market, but didn’t make it on Friday, Saturday night was Jacob’s grandmas party, and then his grandpa took us out to a thank you dinner Sunday.
At this point, I was starting to get mad. It was almost 8:15, I was hungry, pissed that I wasn’t going to be eating beef, but I took a step back, took a deep breath and went with Plan B.
And this delicious dinner was created! Pan seared chicken breasts topped with “creamed” spinach with feta with a steak Diane sauce.
Pan seared chicken with "creamed" spinach and steak Diane SaucePrint Recipe
- 5 ounce thin chicken breast
- 1 teaspoon chopped dried rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 ounce feta cheese
- 1/2 cup bone broth (or chicken broth)
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons fat free half and half
- 1/2 teaspoon butter
Mix the dried rosemary, salt and pepper and season the chicken breast. In a cast iron skillet, spray Pam or oil spray, and cook the chicken about 4 minutes per side. Remove from pan.
Add teaspoon of butter, and add the minced garlic and cook for a minute. Add in the bone broth, mustard, Worchestershire sauce, and 1/2 the feta and the spinach. Cook over medium high heat, until the spinach starts to wilt.
Remove from heat, and stir in the fat free half and half and season to taste.
Plate the chicken, top with the spinach, and the remaining 1/2 ounce of feta cheese, and drizzle the sauce over the chicken.
If you are following Weight Watchers #freestyle, this dinner would be 5 points (3 points for the cheese, and 2 for the sauce). If you are doing #backto30, this would be 8 points, because I am counting the points in the chicken.
I didn’t sit down until nearly 9:30 to catch some of the Olympics – I think someone was waiting to snuggle with me!
Happy Tuesday friends – make it a great day!