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Chicken and Waffles

It started out rainy, but warm #win!  By the time I got downtown, it stopped raining and it was near 50 degrees.  The river was still partially frozen, but it was a glimpse of spring and it was a glorious walk to my office from the train station.

These muffins.  OMG.  I am posting the recipe for these tomorrow, but they taste like a potato biscuit.  Have you had a potato biscuit before??  You can check a recipe here for those – I am going to try to tweak this recipe by subbing in the Greek yogurt for the milk – I’ll keep you posted.

Pinky swear I’ll share this recipe tomorrow. 😀  Each muffin comes in at just 2 points, and no matter how you double, triple, quadruple, they are still two points each.  #love

I’m just teasing you now with this close up!

It was drizzling outside, so Jenn and I walked Macy’s.  She was wearing this necklace, and asked if I liked it.  Um. no.  So I did a pole and 1/3 of my Instagram followers loved it, the others didn’t.  But who cares?  If she loves it, that’s all that matters!

I worked late, even though I wasn’t supposed to, but I had overnight packages that had to get out.  It was still near 50 when I was heading to the train station at 6:15 – and all the ice melted!  It was a happy accident that I got the moon in this pic.

Hannah had some friends over last night, so the kitchen was quite cramped, and while I had visions of deep frying these chicken fingers because I had the points, that just didn’t work out, but these were still delicious.

Chicken and Waffles

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Serves: 2 Cooking Time: 10

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound chicken tenders
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon grape seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons Frank's hot sauce
  • 2 waffles
  • 1/2 cup sugar free pancake syrup

Instructions

1

You can easily use frozen waffles, but I used my pumpkin waffle recipe, which is 3 points per waffle.

2

Mix the flour, salt and pepper together, and coat the chicken. Heat the oil in a cast iron or non-stick skillet and heat to medium. When the oil is hot, cook the chicken, about 7-8 minutes depending on the size of your chicken, turning to brown all sides.

3

Toss the Frank's hot sauce in the pan and coat the chicken. Place half the chicken over the toasted waffle, drizzle with the sugar free syrup and garnish with dried parsley.

Notes

Using the WW recipe builder, and with my 3 point waffles, this dinner is 6 points - 3 for the waffle, 2 for the chicken and 1 for the syrup.

Skinny Chicken and Waffles

This was healthy comfort food at it’s finest, and the perfect balance of sweet and savory.  And it was ready in about 15 minutes which was good since I didn’t fix dinner until nearly 8:15!

I was so happy about all the snow almost melting except for big piles in parking lots, but of course, being January in Chicago, we got a couple inches of snow overnight.  

In case you are wondering, the first day of spring is only 56 days away!

Happy Tuesday friends – make it a great day!

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Mini Cinnamon Rolls

I looked at my points tracker on Friday night and was astonished that I still had 30 weekly points left on the table the night before weight in.  I had a great week.  Didn’t have a 46 point day, drank my water (we’ll talk about exercise later, m’kay?) and am still going strong with #dryjanuary

So I was shocked when I only lost .2.  But then I had to remember, it’s not unusual for me to have a low loss after a big one, and I did lose 3 pounds last week.  I didn’t let it rattle me, it’s just a number, and I am in this for the long haul and in the end its the big picture, not just one weigh in of seven days.

After Weight Watchers I went to the local car dealership because the lease was up on my Nissan Juke.  I loved that car, but seems like I was the only one who liked it.  Hannah and Jacob thought it was too small – but guess what?  It was my car, and it fit me perfect.  But they don’t make the Juke anymore.

That’s my new ride!  It’s a Nissan Rogue Sport.  It’s actually a down grade from what I had – cloth seats, no sun or moon roof, but it still has a lot of bells and whistles – heated steering wheel?  Didn’t know that was a thing.  It came with a remote start, and it’s $150 less than my old car payment.

I love to lease because I don’t like maintaining cars, that was Tony’s job, and now that he’s not here, I’d just let someone else take care of that, and that is worth the price of the car payment alone.  I am perfectly aware that I could buy a car for a smaller car payment, but this works for me.  

I met up with Hannah, we ran some errands and it was after 3:00 before I started getting bizzy in my kitchen – unheard of for a Saturday!

I am THIS CLOSE to the perfect low point brownie.  These are actually chick pea brownies!  I didn’t have any black beans, and because people say that you can’t taste the beans in this recipe, I figured, once pureed, would you know if they were chick peas or black beans?

I had to laugh so hard, because this is how I handed Hannah the brownie to taste – mind you that is 1/2 of one serving, and only 1 point – 2 points for 1/9 of a 9×9 pan.  Pretty sure that’s how professional chefs serve their food, no?!   I will probably post this recipe next week after I tweak it a bit, but it’s close.

Aunt Martha, I still love that makeup bag you gave me – it holds all my diabetes stuff and I use it every day.

Sunday morning I had a taste for cinnamon rolls.  I haven’t had a true cinnamon roll in ages, and when I looked through my blog to see if I had made them (I was sure I did because my step-son LOVES all things cinnamon) turns out my recipe calls for a stick of melted butter, and a cup of brown sugar.

I took two ounces of my Skinny Pizza Dough and decided to make one sweet treat and one savory. Today I am showing the cinnamon rolls, because they were the star of the plate.

I rolled out the dough pretty thin, then spread 1/2 teaspoon butter over the dough, a teaspoon of brown sugar and a few pinches of cinnamon.  I rolled it up, then cut it into three pieces and baked at 425 for 10 minutes.

I made a glaze of powdered sugar and milk, and used 1 teaspoon of the glaze for the cinnamon rolls – so these three mini cinnamon rolls were only 3 points.  One for the dough, 1 for the butter and 1 for the glaze.  And these were perfect – a bit of a crunch on the bottom where the brown sugar caramelized, and soft on the inside.  If I wasn’t meeting my Mom for lunch, I would have made more right then and there!

Did you know that Hannah has a new Instagram account?  She joined Weight Watchers the second week of January and has lost 8 pounds.  So proud of her!  And go follow her on Instagram – she’s a much better photographer than I’ll ever be.  Go Hannah!

Before meeting my Mom for lunch, Jacob and I stopped by the coffee shop.  She makes the best sugar free hazelnut lattes.   I finished up my meal plan after doing a quick inventory of what I have on hand, and came up with this meal plan below.  I am SO excited to show you my low point chicken and waffles tonight.  I subscribe to NY Times food section by email and last week they did a recap of chicken and waffles, and I can’t shake it, so I am going to make it!

I only had three things on my grocery list, but it never fails that I can still spend a minimum of $50.

And my Momma and I were going to be shopping at Whole Foods!  #wholepaycheck

My Mom turned me onto mochi ice cream balls – holy cow, were these amazing!  I didn’t get a photo or video of me eating them, because we let them defrost for about 15 minutes and they were just perfect – a slight chew of the “dough” on the outside – and I got a coffee filling.  Luckily the price tag prevented us from buying more – they were $2 each!  My Mom treated me, because you know, I am her favorite.  #duh.  Loved spending time with you yesterday Mom!

Lookie there – I spent $10.39 on my groceries!  But if I had bought those same items at my local grocery store, it probably would have been $5 😛

OMG, have you guys seen the soap display at Whole Foods before??!!  Lori, I totally thought of you – they were selling these soaps for $1.49 an ounce – I weighed one of them and each one would cost between $10-$14 per bar, depending on the size.  That black and white one?  Charcoal and lemongrass and it smelled amazing.

The ones below were almond caramel and I almost wanted to it eat.

It was a great weekend.  I have to share pics of the pups – Roman doesn’t usually like me picking me up and will only tolerate it when he’s really tired.

Rummy loves being picked up!   OMG, look at all that grey hair!  I don’t notice it until I see it in pictures, but I am low maintenance, so not ready to start dying it i

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Skinny Chocolate Cake

Hannah and I had so much fun at our library over the weekend – they just renovated the whole place, and I don’t take advantage of it often enough.  One of the books I got was Jamie Oliver’s “Super Foods” and one of the recipes that I thought I could tweak a bit to make it lower in points was his “pretty chia pots.”  Hannah bought a lifetime supply of chia seeds about a year ago (do they go bad?!) so I already had everything I needed to make this.

The bottom layer is yogurt, bananas, vanilla extract and chia seeds.  It chills in the fridge for an hour to firm up, then the top layer is frozen mango, more banana and topped with fresh fruit and unsweetened coconut flakes.  

The flavor is amazing, but the texture got to me after I ate about half of this mason jar.  It started tasting like gourmet baby food and I am not quite ready to post the recipe for this – I think I’ll treat this more like a smoothie bowl and add granola/nuts/etc. which will add more points but I’d probably lick the bowl clean – stay tuned!  Photo credit goes to Hannah – who lost SIX pounds her first week on Weight Watchers. #gohannah

I met my sister and her co-worker Jenny for walking at Macy’s at lunch.  It was a balmy 21 degrees and I easily could have walked outside in that weather especially since it was sunny.  But it was fun catching up with Jenny – I hadn’t seen her since before Christmas.

Lunch was a snap to put together because it was another bowl of lasagna soup – the only sad part was that I forgot the lite mozzarella a.k.a cheesy goodness!  It was still delicious.  If you haven’t tried Italian Seasoned Jennie-O turkey give it a try.  It’s not zero points, but only 1 point an ounce.  My bowl of soup without the cheese was 5 points.

I left work on time yesterday!  Whoop!  Although I waited to take the 5:30 train.  I could have caught the 5:20 train, but it would have been packed and since I am near the end of the line, I would have had to stand for at least 30 minutes of my 1:07 train ride home.  But I was one of the first ones on the 5:30 train, so I got a great seat.  

Am I the only one who writes recipes on the way home from work? Hannah and I tried to make skinny brownies the night before last, and they tasted like ass.  When I woke up yesterday morning, I suddenly realized that Hannah and I forgot to put the protein powder in! I am not sure that would have helped the recipe at all, but Hannah called them “frownies” instead of brownies, and declared them #nastypants.  If you guys are not watching our stories on Instagram, there is some pretty funny shit there!

Anywho, I tweaked this a bit after I put this together, for starters I doubled the recipe, I added baking powder (which in hindsight may have made it more cake like than brownie) and added coconut milk.

While the brownies (well cake!) baked, I made this quick dinner.  Leftovers!  I had leftover steak, I needed to use up the rest of some shrimp that I defrosted, and made orzo to make this quick spinach and orzo side dish.  Literally about 15 minutes from beginning to end, and mostly because I had to wait for the water to boil for the orzo.

Surf and Turf Weeknight Dinner

The creole sauce is below – once you take everything out of the pan, just pour this mixture in the pan, cook for 2 minutes until it thickens up, and pour it over the steak and shrimp.  I swear it tastes like there is butter in the sauce, but there isn’t any. 

After the “brownies” cooled and I cut them, it was quite clear that I had made chocolate cake.  And I wasn’t mad about that!  I don’t like overly sweet desserts (well, except for gummies!) and if I am at a wedding or baby shower and someone hands me a piece of cake, the first thing I do is scrape off all the frosting.

Hannah took a bite, and I wish I would have videotaped it, because she still thought these tasted #nastypants.  I like them, and brought a few squares to work to get the opinion of a couple other people.  So I am posting the recipe, because I would make these again.  And maybe I put a bit of whipped cream on top to kick it up a notch.

Skinny Chocolate Cake
Serves 16
A slightly sweet chocolate cake that won't break the calorie bank.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
140 calories
13 g
54 g
10 g
4 g
5 g
50 g
96 g
3 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
50g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140
Calories from Fat 83
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
15%
Saturated Fat 5g
27%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 54mg
18%
Sodium 96mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
5%
Iron
9%
* 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. 4 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
  2. 2 tablespoons grape seed oil (or olive oil)
  3. 2 cups no calorie granular Splenda
  4. 4 eggs
  5. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  6. 1 cup flour
  7. 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  10. 1 cup coconut milk (mine is Aldi brand at 60 calories a cup)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the butter, oil, splenda, eggs, coconut milk and vanilla in a large bowl and mix with a whisk for a minute.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix with a fork the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Combine the flour mixture into the wet mixture and stir just until combined.
  4. Put in a 9x9 or 8x8 pan (I lined mine with parchment paper so it would be easy to take out of the pan) and bake for 25 minutes.
  5. Let cool and slice into 16 portions.
Notes
  1. I put this recipe into the Weight Watchers recipe builder and it's 3 smart points per square.
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calories
140
fat
10g
protein
4g
carbs
13g
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Skinny Chocolate Cake

This was the perfect way to end my day yesterday, and I ended my day with 25/23 points for the day.

Skinny chocolate cake

Okay, so to prove how technically challenged I am?  Yesterday I couldn’t log onto my wifi hot spot.  Well, when Jacob fixed my phone and mac book pro, he had to go back to some factory settings or something like that – well I name my phone My Bizzy Kitchen so I can find it on the wifi drop down on the train.  When he reset my iphone, it named my phone iphone – and I could have logged on using that on the train ride in yesterday.  Doh!

All is well, my computer is working great, so thank you Jacob!

We are already to Wednesday – make it a great day!