Premier Protein Blueberry Scones

I’ve talked about my love of scones on this blog over the years.  The first one that stole my heart was the one from Starbuck’s – the cinnamon chip one – swoon!  Um, turns out it’s 21 smart points though – or basically the equivalent of two meals.

I wanted to try yet another version using Premier Protein (I still have so many to use up before they expire!) and pulled out a bananas and cream protein shake.  I also used this generic Splenda as well.  

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You’ll only need one cup of the protein shake, but reserve the rest to brush over the top of the scones so the cinnamon sugar mixture sticks.

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Normally I would make 16 scones to make them more point friendly, but once I put them in the recipe builder as 8 servings, I was thrilled when 8 scones was 4 smart points each!

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Premier Protein Blueberry Scones

I always pair lemon with blueberries - the zest just wakes up these scones.  Using vinegar with the Premier Protein acts as a mock buttermilk which will give you the lightest scones.

Course Breakfast
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Premier Protein bananas and cream shake reserve 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Splenda, no calorie sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 425.

    Mix the vinegar and Premier protein together and let it sit for a few minutes, or until thickenend.  

    In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, splenda and salt.  Add the vinegar/premier protein mixture into the flour mixture, and add the vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice and blueberries and mix until combined.  The dough will be a bit sticky.

    Form into a circle, put the dough on parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.  You'll be able to cut the scones into 8 pieces much easier this way.  Brush the tops of the scones with the remaining protein shake, and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top.  Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until they are browned.

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I used one of the scones to make a mock Starbucks protein box – but pretty sure that they don’t have steak in their protein box.  Breakfast came in at 9 points.

My sister was busy at work so I was solo on my walk.  I bought a new purse that goes over my shoulders with a zipper so if someone tries to steal my phone, they are going to have to take me with them!  I brought enchilada soup for lunch, and before I left for my walk I put it on the counter to help defrost before I got back.  It was then that I realized that I froze this soup without the chicken – the first time I made it I added rotisserie chicken to it right before heating it up.

A couple blocks from my office has a big salad bar/hot bar, and I bought .25 pounds (about 4 ounces) of grilled chicken off the hot bar for $1.55 and chopped that up in my soup.

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Lunch came in at 8 smart points.  

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I normally don’t check my email during work, but jumped on around 3 to make sure that the marketing director at The Chopping Block got my lastest blog post.  I saw that my Mom had planned to go downtown last night with a friend to see the free Broadway show at Millenium Park, but her friend was sick and she asked if either Jenn and I wanted to go with her, because she still wanted to go, just not by herself.

If your 76 year old Momma asks to hang out with you – always say yes!  She texted me that she had shrimp, hummus, cheese and fruit and an adult beverage.  I went to Walgreens and picked up more adult beverage, crackers, deli ham and dark chocolate mini pretzels.

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She tried Bandit pinot grigio and loved it.  I love these cardboard boxed wines.

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No big deal – just my Momma hanging out with her favorite child again. 

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Turns out a lot of other people had the same idea we did!  I got there at 5:15 and the pavillion, both the seats and lawn area (seats 7,000) was already at capacity and they weren’t letting anyone else in.  So we ate our little sninner (snack+dinner) and then made our way over the pavillion, and after a few minutes as people left, they would let more people in.

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We had a pretty good view and the music was amazing.  I definitely want to see The Color Purple and Waitress.

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It was so much fun Momma!   I got home around 10:00 and was in bed by 10:30.  Jacob was telling me that he’s never been to musical before, so this fall we’ll have to take care of that.

Happy Tuesday – make it a great day!

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!

Better Together

You guys know after all the YEARS I’ve been on Weight Watchers that I’ve always loved the program.  Um, it’s just that I never followed it exactly.  I always tried to “cheat” the system, to somehow eat the same way I did that got me overweight, but somehow sprinkle those cheat meals throughout the week, just work out more and somehow the scale would move.  I believe in 2016 I lost and gained the same 5 pounds every.single.month.

I’ve realized that obviously doesn’t work – I am like a hamster on a spinning wheel wondering why the scale wasn’t moving.  It’s not been a perfect year for me, but I am embracing this lifestyle and hope by the end of this month to get back down to the 20 pound weight loss.  My goal is to get to goal by the end of the year – not so I can be “done” but I seriously want to stop paying WW my monthly fee! 😀

They have a new program that they announced to the Weight Watchers Ambassadors – “Better Together!”  They sent me these bracelets that Hannah and I are sporting below.  I didn’t work out last night because I was making stuff for a BBQ I am going to tonight, and since I didn’t go, neither did Hannah and Jacob.  So better together it is!  If I have to be the one to suggest going to they gym so they will go too, that’s what I will do – Better Together!

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I have a special referral link if you want to joint Weight Watchers, are have someone in your life who is interested.  Just click on this link for more details, but if you sign up before October 31, you get an extra $20 bucks to shop on their online store.

Our Chicago weather is feeling more like fall than summer, and I am loving it.  Well, and my ComEd bill is loving it too.  Yesterday I made oatmeal, but that’s a shit ton of carbs for me – oatmeal and fruit.  So I decided to add a scoop of Premier Protein chocolate protein powder to not only boost the protein (30 grams!) in my breakfast, but that protein helps my blood sugars not spike after eating a meal like this.   I remember when it was nice not to have to worry about what I ate before I became diabetic, but it’s all good.  Just sometimes I’d like to eat a whole bowl of fresh fruit and not worry about how much insulin to take. 

This bowl of goodness was 8 smart points.  I went to my WW meeting and didn’t eat my lunch until after 1:30 and this kept me full until then.  Well, I did start getting hungry at my meeting, but I knew I’d be eating lunch soon.  Ham sandwich in a Joseph’s pita!


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Only one tiny problem about my lunch.  Um, it wasn’t ham I grabbed out of the fridge, it was . . . Canadian bacon!  At first I wasn’t sure I could make it work, but I cooked it for like 30 seconds, and it was fine – I mean, it’s kind of like ham!  If you haven’t tried buffalo hummus, go get some – I bought it at Aldi and it’s delicious for 2 tablespoons at 2 points.

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No one signed up for night secretary, so I got the hockey puck out of there.  I came home and did Day 10 of Insanity Max:30 – it was Tabata Power and while I wasn’t as sweaty with some of the other workouts,  it was hard – so many pushups!  I can feel myself getting stronger though, so that’s good!

Dinner was already taken care of because Hannah made her favorite crock pot French dip. I know, my nearly almost always vegetarian daughter loves this dish.  But Jacob and I have to take off all the fat of some pieces and only give her the lean meat, which is what I eat anyway.  3 points for 3 ounces.   It’s just a big chuck roast (around 3 pounds) in the crock pot with a can of beef consomme, a can of French onion soup and a packet of French onion soup.  That’s it.  Just set it on low and let it cook all day. 

On the side I made everything but the bagel potato chips.  Six ounces of thin sliced red potato that I deep fried, then tossed in everything but the bagel seasoning, which I am officially out of so I see a trip to Trader Joe’s in my future!  

My plate came in at a delicious 11 points.  

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I didn’t make it to the gym last night (my body thanked me for that!) because I had some cooking to do.  I am going over to my friends house tonight for a BBQ and made mac n chese for her littles, homemade vegan pita bread, and chocolate chip cookies for ice cream sandwiches.  I am going to be making chimichurri marinated grilled chicken pitas, a corn and zucchini saute, the mac n cheese and ice cream sandwiches for dessert.  Just a light meal before weigh in tomorrow!   Their girls are then coming over to my house for a sleep over tonight which should be fun.  

I am actually good – I still have 11 weekly points I haven’t used up and I killed it with tracking and working out this week.  

Happy Friday – make it a great day!

 

“Skinny” Shrimp Carbonara

I know I’ve talked about these Joseph brand pita breads, but I absolutely love them.  The only thing is that next time I won’t try to stuff them – since they are only one point, they are thin, and when I tried to picked these egg white and romaine lettuce pita halves, they kind of fell apart.  I’m not mad about that though – at one point each, it wasn’t a big deal to eat this with a knife and fork.  When I put this on Instagram I posted that there were 6 slices of Canadian bacon in there.  

After I took the first bite I was like “I forgot the Canadian bacon!”  It was in my lunch bag, but I was already working, so this breakfast was only 4 points instead of 6.

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It was warm yesterday and with the possibility of some rain, my sister and I walked through Macy’s, then through the Pedway.  She didn’t bring a lunch, so we stopped at a taco stand and while she got a taco salad (Jenn, forgot to ask you how that was!) I asked her to add a chips and salsa to accessorize my lunch.  

While this isn’t the prettiest lunch, it was plenty tasty.  Jennie-O turkey burger that I cooked before work, with 1/2 ounce provolone cheese, lots of German mustard, chips and salsa and cucumbers on the side.  This was 14 smart points and very filling!

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I am loving the Max 30: Insanity.  Yesterday was Day 9 and it kicked my butt – so many lunges.  The 30 minutes goes by very fast.  While I was working out, I defrosted some shrimp and started water for pasta.

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Jessica of How Sweet Eats posted a summer shrimp pasta dish that looked amazing.  The other day I grilled up all the corn I had, knowing I would use an ear of corn in this dish.   However her original dish called for 8 slices of thick cut bacon AND 1.5 cups of Parmesan cheese.  I knew that I could lighten this up.  I made this recipe for one serving, but you can double, triple it as needed.  

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Skinny Shrimp Carbonara

A super light summer pasta dish - all the flavor without all the calories of a traditional carbonara.  Ready in 20 minutes, so perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.

Course brunch, dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1
Author Biz (inspired by Jessica of How Sweet Eats)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked angel hair pasta
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 slice bacon chopped
  • 3 ounces shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup corn
  • 1 small zucchini, cooked
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, and drain, reserving 1/2 a cup of the starchy pasta water.  In a large skillet, cook the bacon until desired doneness - I am on team crispy!  Remove, cool and chop.   In the same pan, add the shrimp, corn, zucchini and garlic and cook, getting all that bacon goodness from the bottom of the pan.  

    In a large bowl, mix the egg and Parmesan cheese together.  Add your hot pasta to that bowl and pour in the egg/cheese mixture, and stir for 3 minutes - I did add another 2 tablespoons of the pasta water to that mixture, and before you know it, your pasta will be saucy!   Stir in the cooked shrimp/zucchini/corn mixture, the seasonings and toss until combined, garnishing with the fresh cut basil and the chopped bacon.

 

Cook the pasta according to package directions, and drain, reserving 1/2 a cup of the starchy pasta water.  In a large skillet, cook the bacon until desired doneness – I am on team crispy!  Remove, cool and chop.   In the same pan, add the shrimp, corn and zucchini and cook, getting all that bacon goodness from the bottom of the pan.  

In a large bowl, mix the egg and Parmesan cheese together.  Add your hot pasta to that bowl and pour in the egg/cheese mixture, and stir for 3 minutes – I did add another 2 tablespoons of the pasta water to that mixture, and before you know it, your pasta will be saucy!   Stir in the cooked shrimp/zucchini/corn mixture, the seasonings and toss until combined, garnishing with the fresh cut basil and the chopped bacon.

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Thanks Hannah for being my hand model!

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So even though this dish came in at 12 smart points, this was super light.  I finished eating around 8:30 and we were at the gym at 9:00.  I started out with the elliptical for 10 minutes, which I don’t like at all.  My feet get tingly on that machine, so as soon as the stairmaster was open, I jumped on that for 30 minutes.  

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Then the best way to end the day – 10 minutes in the hydro chair!

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My timehop was bittersweet yesterday:

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Can’t believe that was three years ago already – I remember that day like it was yesterday.  I was trying to get a leave of absence from work, when Tony told me it would be stupid and for me to come home for the week while he was at St. Mary’s at Mayo.  He was so tired that I never actually talked to him that week, but would call the nurses station to check up on him.  That was the longest 5 hour drive home leaving him there.  I never would have thought a mere four months later he’d be gone. 🙁

On a happier note, thank you to everyone who wanted to send me their old fitbits!  Rachel, Maggie, Jill and Amanda – you guys are awesome!  But Rachel texted me first so I am happy to take her old fitbit.  THANK YOU!

Today is supposed to be stormy, but I’ll still try to get to the WW meeting today – I just love this meeting so much even though my new weigh in day is on Saturday.  Jenn, are you going today? 

Time to catch up on some blog reading for the remainder of my train ride into work today.  It’s Lolapalooza (sp?!) in Chicago for the next four days – I think they expect 100,000 people?  I took the early train this morning in case there were any hiccups, but so far so good.  Although I probably just jinxed myself by saying that.  

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!

Weekly Weigh In . . . July 31?!

I can’t seem to wrap my brain around it being already the last day of July.  Not only has the summer, but this whole year gone by so fast!  Remember when you were a kid and a summer’s day seemed to last a week long.  Somehow the older you get, the fast time goes!

I went to my Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday to WI.  I have to tell you that I enjoy going to both the downtown meeting on Thursday as well as the Saturday one.  In my book, you can never go to too many meetings, and while both leaders are completely different, they are both super engaging and fun to listen to.  You will remember I gained 3.8 on vacation.  Happy to say, that starting July 19, the day I got back from vacation, I got right back on plan.  I lost 3.6 this past week! (*people who follow the Weight Watchers program can expect to lose between 1-2 pounds per week).

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The receptionist gave me a bravo sticker for not only weighing in after vacation, but getting right back on track.  She says that there are members that have a gain of 3.8 and won’t come back for weeks, which only makes it worse.  I just jumped back on track, switched from wine to water and moved!

As I was driving to WW, I saw that our recycling center was having a special recycle day – pretty much anything but paint, and included one t.v. and prescription medication.  I never got rid of Tony’s medication.  

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I forgot how he used to write on each bottle of medication to remind him what it was for “shingles, gout, pain, heavy pain.”  It made me sad to remember how much he went through the last several years of his life.  🙁

On a happier note, we met Hannah’s friend and her son for lunch.  M is a single Mom, having had C when she was 19.  She’s done an amazing job raising him and we had a great time.   

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He loves his sushi!  Well, let me rephrase that – he likes a vehicle to get soy sauce into his mouth – and he also only eats avocado sushi.   And ate a giant bowl of miso soup!

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Went went thrifting – our local thrift store was 50% all clothes.  I got a couple pairs of pants and tops, all size medium and 12 in pants.  

The Insanity program has Sunday being a rest day, but I switched it up because I obviously have more time on the weekends, so Friday is my new rest day.  I came back home did Insanity day 6 and  and did day 7 on Sunday. Your welcome for the up close sweaty face pic! 😀

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Jacob’s Dad’s birthday was on Saturday, so we took him out to dinner.   Here is how I made this burger work into my meal plan for the day:  1.  drank water instead of their craft beer (which is amazing by the way) 2. ordered the veggie of the day which were amazing sauteed carrots instead of fries and 3. no dessert.  I ended my day with 35 points.

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Hannah and Jacob joined Planet Fitness which just opened up near us.   After our dinner digested a bit, Hannah brought me as a guest Saturday.  We didn’t even get there until 9:30.

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I had no idea it was open 24 hours!  That’s the only part I hated about the YMCA, is that it closed at 5:00 on Saturday and 4:00 on Sunday.  I joined myself – its $20 a month, $1 to sign up and a yearly $39.00 fee that gets billed October 1 every year.  The $20 fee includes the spa, which was really nice – that hydro bed with the monitor attached to it?  It’s amazing!

Jacob and I were both up by 8 on Sunday morning and went to visit Hannah at to the coffee shop.  Jacob worked on homework and I did my grocery list and meal plan.   When we came home I did Insanity Day 7, then spent the better part of 45 minutes in the hammock.  Glorious!

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My store had Delmonico steaks on sale for $4.49 a pound.  Yes please!  With steak like this, you only need a good coating of salt and pepper.  I cooked them to 125, the residual heat will bring them up to 130-135 for perfect medium rare.

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I made a quick bone broth mushroom sauce to top the steak, did a grilled corn and zucchini hash with a teaspoon of my homemade chimichurri sauce, and . . . fries.  Because why not.  Dinner came in at 13 points.

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I went back to Planet Fitness around 8:00 last night while the kadults were watching Game of Thrones.  I am probably one of a handful of people who have never seen that show!  They have this 30 minute circuit and it kicked my butt.  It has 30 stations and it takes you 30 minutes to complete – a red and green light let you know when to stop and start.  I can definitely feel some sore muscles I haven’t felt in a while, even doing Insanity.

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And now I am stuck on the train.  No pedestrian incident today, but a mechanical issue and we are waiting for mechanics to come fix it, but the delay is unknown at this time.  I even took the early train so that I could get to work early since my boss is back from his two week vacation today.  Gah.  Again, worse world problems, but I hate being late.

How was your weekend??  Make it a great day! 

 

Premier Protein Mile High Biscuits

Every once in a while I impress myself with recipes.  You see I write a lot of my recipes in a book, while I am on the train.  I never know exactly how they will turn out, although truth be told, they all turn out great in my head.  When I opened my oven door and saw these beautiful mile high biscuits I squeaked with joy!  Well, as loud as I could at 6:15 in the morning when my kitchen is outside Hannah and Jacob’s bedroom Smile with tongue out

I’ve had several biscuit recipes on the blog over the years, and most, if not all, have some type of sugar in them.  I wondered if I could sub out the sugar and replace it with a scoop of Premier Protein vanilla protein powder? 

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That turned out to be a great idea!  For the record, these don’t taste like vanilla at all, just a slight hint of sweet like you would with any good biscuit.  And these are only 4 smart points!  They are buttery, flakey, and have just the right amount of bite.  I brought a couple for the woman at the front desk at my office, and one said she grew up on biscuits and declared this one of the best she’d ever had – Wow – high praise!

Here are a few tips about baking biscuits that rise like that – first hot oven – I bake these at 450.  Second, super cold butter.

I use my cheese grated to shred the butter – I pull back a stick of butter and shred 4 tablespoons in my bowl and I never touch the butter with my hands.  Third, because even how quickly you work, the butter starts to warm up in the biscuit dough, so I put them in the freezer for 5 minutes before baking – so super cold biscuit to super hot oven = perfection.

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Then add the powdered vanilla Premier Protein – I just use a fork to mix it all together.

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And because I didn’t have any buttermilk, I added a tablespoon of vinegar to the coconut milk (from Aldi!) and let that sit for 5 minutes until it gets really thick. 

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The deep fryer is on the counter so I can clean it, but have to laugh that I have it in the background.  I couldn’t find my biscuit cutter so a mason jar worked just fine.

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Into the freezer they go!

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Bake for 10 minutes and try to not open the oven door while they cook – I promise they will be perfect at 10 minutes.

Serves 1 biscuit

Premier Protein Mile High Biscuits

Super buttery, flakey biscuit - perfect for a breakfast sammie or with a bowl of soup.

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 scoop Premier Protein vanilla protein powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (use 1 teaspoon if you use unsalted butter)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 450. Mix the flour, protein powder, salt and baking powder together. Add the grated butter and toss with a fork. Add the vinegar to the coconut milk and let sit for 5 minutes. I used Aldi brand coconut milk which is 80 calories a cup. Add in the egg, mix until combined, and add the liquid into the flour mixture and mix until combined, try not to overwork the dough.
  2. Roll out, use a biscuit cutter or jelly jar to cut out the biscuits. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes before baking. Bake for 10 minutes, trying not to open the oven door during baking. This dough gave me 16 biscuits.
Cuisine: Bread | Recipe Type: Biscuit

Notes

The prep time includes the 5 minutes of letting the vinegar do its magic in the coconut milk. These are ready start to finish in 20 minutes.

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I styled that first photo before I left work, but this is what my actual breakfast looked like when I got to work.  Everything bagel seasoning egg white, 1/2 ounce cheese, piece of bacon and fruit.  7 smart points.

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I went to the Weight Watchers meeting and what I love about this meeting is that there is no real direction.  Not that the leader doesn’t touch on the Weekly meeting subject (usually 5 minutes before the end of the meeting!) but everyone talks back and forth about what worked for them.  One woman had an epiphany.  She was walking after dinner with her husband one night, and he said to her “it will be so great when you get to goal so we can go back to eating like we did.”

She said it stopped her in her tracks – she realized she suddenly couldn’t eat the way she did, because – duh, that gave her a body she didn’t want to have anymore.  Her husband thought of WW as a “diet” not a lifestyle.  So true.  Until you wrap your brain around that, I don’t think weight loss will ever happend.  You aren’t “done” just making better choices every day, which I try to do as well.  

I had an 8 point piece of leftover Lou Malnati’s pizza and apples with chocolate PB2 for lunch.  It wasn’t very filling – I missed my giant picky plates that take me an hour to eat.  Oh well!

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I worked late last night.  I had to literally run 8 blocks to the train to make the 6:25 (or 6:30 if I missed that one) otherwise have to wait until 7:30 for the next train.

I made it by 1 minute! 

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Since its an hour train ride, I took out my laptop, started doing stuff, and minutes later realized that we weren’t moving.  It was then that I heard through the intercom that the 6:25 and 6:30 NW line wasn’t going anywhere because a pedestrian was struck on my train line, merely six days after the last one.  

I didn’t get home until 8:30.  I was happy when I looked on the schedule for Insanity and saw that it was Cardio Recovery for 35 minutes.  It’s all strength (lots of squats and lunges) but perfect workout after a long day.  I think I had turkey burgers and fries on the menu last night, but by the time I finished my workout it was 9:30 and just wasn’t feeling it, so tacos to the rescue – 8 smart points and hit the spot.

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Happy Friday! Last day before my boss comes back from being gone two weeks – I actually miss being busy!  This last week has been pretty light for me, even when I’ve asked everyone around me if they need help, but nothing.  I may work for another attorney this morning though that could make the day go by faster, fingers crossed!

Hope you have a great weekend!  Make it a great day!