Delicata Squash–my new fries!

I am so excited for my 5k tomorrow.  I used my new Weight Watchers bag yesterday – not sure if its a lunch bag or not, but that’s what I am using it for.  

My original goal was to raise $100, and I am shocked that I am almost to $300!  Huge thank you to my Aunt Cele, my Mom, Carrie, Lynne, my MIL Bonnie, Debbie, Lisa and someone who donted in the memory of Diana – I only have $40 to go to raise $300 (I may have to hit up my bosses today!).   Here is my fundraising page link.

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I was just about to jump in the shower yesterday when I decided that I wanted a parfait for breakfast – only one tiny problem, I hadn’t made my fruit sauce yet – so quick and simple!  I took a cup of mixed berries out of the freezer, tossed them in a bowl and microwaved them for 1 minute to slightly defrost, then put then in a pan with 1/2 cup of water mixed with 1 teaspoon corn starch.  I cooked that over medium high heat while I was in the shower (literally 5 minutes) and when I came out, it was done.  And super hot!  I poured the sauce into a mason jar and had to wrap it in a dish towel to carry it to work.

Once at work I threw the sauce (still warm!) and the yogurt in the work freezer for 30 minutes.  Breakfast was 6 points.

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I wasn’t sure I was able to get away from my desk so I didn’t even try to get together with my sister.  I finally walked away and went to the farmers market in the Daley Center right across the street from my office.  I am definitely picking up a steak for dinner so I can use the crimini mushrooms I bought.  I actually always thought they were spelled cremini?!

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I almost pulled the trigger on this honey for the honeycomb alone – but $12?  But as I am looking at it now, I should have gotten it – buyers remorse!

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I loved all the colors of the peppers.  

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By the time I got back to the office, my blood sugar was 53 – so I ate super quick and didn’t really care what my picture looked like.

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Shocker, I worked late last night!  I told the HR manager that even if no one signs up for night secretary, that I would still have to stay late to get all my work done.  We’ll see how long I can do that, I am hoping after a couple more weeks of working for three partners and two paralegals, I’ll be able to get more of a work/life balance.  I do get paid overtime, so at least I have that going for me.  😀

I didn’t start making my dinner until 9:15 last night.  I had thoughts of making a leftover french fry frittata, but Hannah and Jacob ate their leftovers too – I am shocked as shit because they hardly ever eat leftovers.  I love, love, delicata squash.  I love that you can eat the skin.  It takes a while for my oven to get to temp, so I ate at 9:45, but these squash take only 15 minutes at 425 – simply slice in half, scoop out the seeds, slice into half moons, drizzle with a bit of salt and pepper, and I used everything but the bagel seasoning.  In the last 5 minutes I threw in my leftover burger.

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I have a busy weekend and am so happy about that!  My walk tomorrow morning, lunch with Nicole on Saturday then my Mom has a concert on Sunday and we’ll be trying out a new place in Oak Park called Altiro, which is a Latin fusion restaurant – I think tiny plates, which my Mom and I love so we can try all different kinds of things.  

I am also on the brink of starting my Metabolic Reset with Steve Weatherford – I’ll talk more about it as I get more information today on Monday’s post, but I am excited.  

I can’t believe Hannah and Jacob’s wedding was already a week ago – time is flying by.  

Happy Friday my friends – make it a great day!

Creamy Pasta with Spinach and Sausage

It was my first full day working for three partners, but as luck would have it, one of them didn’t come in – whew!  I think I may need to rethink the idea of eating breakfast at work – it’s just that I am usually not hungry when I wake up and coffee holds me until I eat breakfast.  But I hit the ground running yesterday and didn’t put this breakfast together until nearly 10:30.  Two slices of my homemade bread (5), egg whites and spinach (1) and fresh fruit.  Oh, and hot sauce – duh. 😀

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It was such a gorgeous day in Chicago I didn’t care what was going on at work, I was going to get outside.  I met my sister and our friend Jenny and we went to the smaller farmers market which is on Adams and Monroe.  I bought an ear of corn, another potato squash (I am going to cook up all my squash I have tonight!) some fresh green beans and the best thing of all – bloody mary mix from River Valley Ranch Kitchens.  It’s so good!!

I am pretty sure purple sweet potatoes are only purple on the outside?  I had thoughts of buying one to zoodle, but remembered I already have two sweet potatoes I need to use at home – so pretty though!

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Again, not going to win any food photography awards with my lunch, but it was the last of my chicken tortilla soup, and it was so thick that I served it over 1/2 cup cooked pasta.  Lunch came in at 8 points.

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Usually the first 30 minutes of my train ride home I check up on social media.  I had to laugh that Pinterest found boards regarding Relationship goals and beef stew – huh.  Pretty sure I’ve only pinned food! 😀

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I am getting down to the last few months of my lease on my Nissan Juke.  It is way more care than I ever would need – too much technology in that car – do I really need my car to read my Facebook comments to me?!  But I do like that when I listen to my blue tooth, it shows “My Bizzy Kitchen.”  I had to label my phone so that I can use my hot spot on the train, and there are about 50 people that just left “iPhone” (like me!) and it was impossible to locate my wifi.

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I thawed some turkey sausage for dinner and wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do with it, but with it being National Pasta Day, that’s what I made.  I told Hannah and Jacob that I was going to be using whipped cream cheese in my sauce, and they both gave that idea a thumbs down, so Hannah got to work on their sauce, that began with just a few onions.  #ew

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While my dish came in at 14 smart points, totally worth it.  I need to make another batch of my zero point marinara sauce, because 1/2 a cup of most jarred sauces are 3 points each.

I cooked 2 ounces of penne pasta, and while that cooked, sliced the turkey sausage into rounds and Pam fried them in a smaller skillet.  Once the pasta was ready to be drained, (save 1/2 cup of the pasta water) I added 1.5 cups of baby spinach to the sausage, 1/2 cup jarred sauce, a tablespoon of Weight Watchers reduced fat cream cheese and stirred that until the spinach started to wilt and the cream cheese melted.  I added 1 cup of the cooked pasta, stirred until combined and then topped it with Trader Joe’s light mozzarella.  Literally ready in 15 minutes.

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Inquiring minds may want to know where we stand on Dog #3 – below is where the poll stood as of 7:30 –  53 yes, and 20 no.  I am leaning more to the no now – which I can do when I don’t see that cute dogs face!   The kadults didn’t mention it yesterday, so that makes me think they changed their mind – we’ll see!  I could come home today and meet Roanoke – yes, if they got the dog, that would be its name. 

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With my walk at lunch and walking to and from the train and busy at work (thanks to one boss being up one floor – lots of stairs!) I had 14,500 steps yesterday.  But I really need to get back to the gym – its been too long, and I’ve gotten into the habit of watching t.v. at night again, something I usually saved for the weekend.  Not sure if its because its dark out when I get home, I just want to get into my jammies and relax on my couch.  

I am excited for this weekend though, I’ll be walking with Weight Watchers and the American Cancer Society for Project L.I.F.T. and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.   My initial goal was to raise $100, but now I am up to $130, so I’d like to hit $200 by Saturday.  You can check out my donation page here.  Also excited to meet a local WW Ambassador Liz, who just ran her second marathon and beat her time by 45 minutes from her first one!  Ahem, I’ll be walking this 5k though 😀

Happy hump day – make it a great day!

Mini Banana Poppy Seed Bread

Good morning!  I have a little bit of a late start this morning as I have my semi-annual diabetes doctor appointment at 11:15 this morning, so I got to sleep in a bit this morning.  Enjoying a nice cup of coffee on what hopefully will be our last 90 degree weather of 2017.  Chicago broke a record for longest hot streak for this late in the season.  I am ready for a cool breeze over my face with my bedroom window open, and will be glad to turn off the central air.  I love all the flowers by my train station – wish I could grow flowers, but I have a black thumb.  If anyone is looking for a great travel coffee mug, Aladdin is awesome.  I have an hour train ride in the morning and my coffee is still hot to the last sip.

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Even though the temps were in the 90s that didn’t stop me from baking over the weekend.  I had bananas that needed to be used up, and I bought these mini bread loaf pans over the summer and hadn’t used them yet.  I am a sucker for tiny food!

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Mini Banana Poppy Seed Bread

Who doesn't love tiny food?!  These mini loaves are 8 smart points each, but half is plenty for breakfast with a hard boiled egg and some fruit.

Course Breakfast
Servings 16
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 4 large bananas very ripe
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup Splenda no calorie sweetener
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, poppy seeds and salt together and set aside.

    In a large bowl, add the bananas, apple sauce, butter, brown sugar, Splenda, egg whites and with a hand mixer, mix until creamy.  There will be chunks of banana, that's okay!

    Bake in a mini loaf pan - I used a 1/2 cup of batter in each loaf pan.  Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

    Let cool slightly before using.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have super ripe bananas, just slice a banana through the skin and microwave for 45 seconds, and proceed with the recipe.  It will be easier to combine in the batter when the bananas are softened.

I thought I’d eat a whole baby loaf for breakfast, even though it was 9 points, but half a loaf was perfect.  I had a hard boiled egg (2), half the bread (4) two ounces deli ham (2) and some grapes.  Perfect picky plate for breakfast.

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It was already 90 degrees at lunch time, so Jenn and I walked Macy’s again.  She had a shirt to return, and we just wandered from floor to floor.  We both decided that a fruit salad would be a good choice for lunch.

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Ha, I wish that fruit salad was zero points!  We walked up to the 7th floor where the culinary kitchen is.  It was empty today, but we need to find a schedule to attend a class in there.

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Not shockingly I brought stuff to make tacos for lunch.  I bought these mini Mission brand flour tortillas, you know to continue the tiny food theme of the day.  These are good – but not sure they are worth the 5 points for two when I could have used a 1 point lavash, or 2 point low carb tortilla. 

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My plate: 2 tortillas (5), three ounces beef (3), 2 tablespoons Weight Watchers Mexican blend cheese (1) two tablespoons refried beans (1), shredded zucchini and diced tomatoes.

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I worked late last night – I agreed to help another attorney and the HR director who assigned me the project said “it will only take you 15 minutes” but it took me an hour and it was something he had to get out last night.  I had a few minutes to kill before catching the later train and wondered around the French Market in the train station – I would like one of each of these cheeses!

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I got home late, so I decided to do my workout at home instead of spending an additional 20 minutes of travel to and from the gym.  I had upper body on my workout menu last night, so this 45 minute DVD worked out perfectly.  I watched it with the sound off and Hannah made a workout play list for me.  So sweet.

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I am walking on October 21 in Chicago – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer as a Weight Watcher Ambassador.  I received a goody bag of stuff I’ll share later this week, but I am loving this headband.  My hair stayed back the whole time and I never had to adjust it once.  If you live in the Chicago area and want to walk it with my and my fellow Chicago ambassador Liz, email me at mybizzykitchen@gmail.com.  If you could donate anything, I would appreciate it too!   My donation page is here.    My sister in law Laura is a breast cancer survivor, and sadly, my cousin Pam lost her battle in January 2015.

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I had more ground beef to use up or freeze, so made bunless burgers for dinner.  While mine looks like a hot mess, it was delish!  Romaine on the bottom with sauerkraut, my 5 ounce burger topped with a slice of Weight Watchers American cheese, and sauteed mushrooms, mustard and Bolthouse Farms blue cheese dressing

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I have loved every Bolthouse Farms dressing I’ve tried, but this blue cheese and the avocado salsa verde are my two favorites.

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Now I am off to make taco soup for my lunch with more leftovers from my Mom’s birthday dinner.  I am the leftover queen!

Make it a great day!

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Cups

I woke up 30 minutes early yesterday and got a quick walk in before work.  It was gorgeous – no breeze, 50 degrees.  I loved the fog hovering over the river.  It was such a great way to set the tone of being on track for the day.

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I didn’t do a full grocery shop this past weekend because I had plenty of food to use up.  I am the queen of doing a full grocery shop every.single.week until Hannah is like Mom, you can’t fit one more thing in the pantry!  Okay, I get it 😀

I meal prepped these ham, cheese and veggie breakfast cups over the weekend.  So easy and delicious and the best part is that each cup is only 2 smart points (but 5 for two and 7 for three).  This would be perfect for a brunch because everyone could add their own favorite veggies and it bakes all at once.  

I am having trouble with my recipe plugin, so below is the recipe.  I love the crispy edges of the ham.

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Feel free to use any veggies you like 😀

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Yesterday was such a busy day, I didn’t have time to set up any pretty pictures of my food.  I had two breakfast cups (5) with fresh fruit on the side.

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Luckily my sister and I got together to walk – it was sunny and 72 – perfect!  By the time I got back from our lunch walk, I had already walked 11,000 steps!

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In meal planning through my fridge/freezer/pantry I found this . . . soup?  chili?  Not exactly sure, all I know is that I wrote “5 points per cup” so I had that with an ounce of tortilla chips for 9 points.  I think it must have been a vegetarian chili because there wasn’t any meat. 

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The day flew by.  I had a Premier Protein on the train ride home because I had goals to get to the gym before dinner.  Hello stranger!

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I did the 30 minute circuit first:

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And then finished it off with 30 minutes (5 minutes cool down) on the treadmill.  I start out at 3.5 mph hour for 4 minutes, then “sprint” one minute and repeat.  My last sprint was 6.1 mph – which is about a 9:40 minute mile pace.

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I didn’t eat dinner until almost 9:30.  I decided to use leftover steak to make a steak, egg, cheese and hashbrown brinner panini.  I used the Joseph’s Lavash bread (2) two ounces of steak (2) one egg (2) 3/4 cup Ore Ida hash browns that I cooked with Pam (1) and an ounce of muenster cheese (4) then put it on my panini maker to get it all crispy and melty.  I dipped this into spicy salsa and this was a super filling and delicious 11 point dinner.  

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I ended up with a few steps yesterday 😀  I remember when I first got my Fitbit that I thought it would be impossible to reach 10k steps!

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Day 1 of Biz 2.0 was great.  I was tempted by apple cider donuts, leftover pizza, gummy bears that were on sale at the store, and I chose me over the food.  Now let’s see if I can continue that another day.  Just taking it one day at a time, but it feels good to be in control.

The only thing I was lacking yesterday was water – I might have only had 60 ounces, so I am going to fill up my gallon container and keep it on my desk as a reminder to drink up!

How was your Monday?  What are your goals today?  Make it a great day!

Weekly WI and Shrimp Lo Mein

Friday night I posted my dinner on Instagram and Connect, and I got all sorts of messages “recipe please!”  There isn’t really a recipe because there are only four ingrendients, but I thought I’d post it here for reference.

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Shrimp Lo Mein

A super quick and easy weeknight dinner using store bought stir fry sauce - so delish!

Servings 1
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dried lo mein
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 3 ounces shrimp
  • 1 tablesponn House of Tsang szechuan
  • 1/4 cup starchy pasta water

Instructions

  1. Cook the lo mein noodles according to package directions - mine only took 3 minutes.  Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the starchy pasta water.

    In a large skillet, saute the shrimp for 2 minutes.  While the shrimp are cooking, put the fresh green beans in the microwaver and cook on "fresh vegetable" setting.  I love this method because I love a crunchy fresh green bean.  Remove from microwave, chop into bite size pieces and toss that in with the shrimp. 

    Add the noodles, stir fry sauce and as much pasta water as you want (I used 1/4 cup) to make a sauce.  Cook one minute until the noodles are coated with the sauce and serve. 


Recipe Notes

I put this in the WW recipe builder and it was 8 smart points - 6 points for the noodles, 1 point for the shrimp and one point for the stir fry sauce.

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This is my favorite stir fry sauce – only 1 smart point per tablespoons and super spicy.

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I may have had a couple beggars wondering if I was going to finish it all!

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The week before last I thought I would have had a 3 pound gain, instead, I lost .6 – but I knew it would catch up with me.  My meals are spot on – I know exactly how many points my breakfast, lunch and dinner is, but it’s the “extras” each day that add up to a 3.8 pound gain in two weeks.

Hannah and Jacob love snacky food, as do I, but I try not to buy that stuff because I know come 9:00 at night when I sit down and relax, my immediate thought is “I think there are Doritos in the pantry!”  Gah.  

I also went to my WW meeting last Thursday, and someone mentioned that it’s only FIFTEEN WEEKS until January 1, so I need to get my head back in the game and see if I can end the year on a positive note – I lost 20 pounds the first 10 weeks of the year, so I am hoping to continue that streak going through this holiday season.  

I am taking it one day at a time, posting my daily results on Healthy for 2016 page on Facebook (message me if you want to be added to this private group or email me at mybizzykitchen@gmail.com)

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I babysat for my friends on Saturday night who have two kids, ages 7 and 10.  Such fun ages!  Of course, I brought stuff to make pizza – duh.  I think the kids played with the pizza dough for roughly 30 minutes before we actually made the pizza.  The older one decided to use cookie cutters to make the pizza, and I loved that idea.  I wasn’t sure how they would turn out after baking – only the snowmen which were a smaller cutter, lost its shape while baking, but the large cut outs turned out great.

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Here are the pizzas before hitting the oven.  O doesn’t like a lot of cheese 😀

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Baked at 425 for 10 minutes – these turned out great and they each ate everything they made over the course of the evening.

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When I got home around 10:00 on Saturday night, Hannah and Jacob had made a bonfire and they said they had a productive eveining.  My house pretty much is “company ready” at all times.  My living room is always spotless, as is my dining room.  The kitchen is always in various stages of cleanliness, but not too bad.  My basement, however, is a hot fucking mess.  Like all the time.  It’s the “catch all” when someone doesn’t know where to put something “just put it in the basement.”  

They spent a few hours sorting what was down there, putting a donate pile together on items not used, breaking down boxes, etc.  I’ll post a picture when it is done (you didn’t want to see the before!) but I was very happy at how far they had gotten, and truth be told, quite embarrased that I had let it go that long. 

Saturday afternoon we continued the project, and in going through some of my old stuff, came across this old WW sliding points calculator.  Anyone remember taking this to the grocery store?!  I also found an old WW calculator, and finding those old tools only motivates me to get to goal, so I can stop paying Weight Watchers money – ha!

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One of my cooking club friends husband posted on Facebook that he was thinking of going to an Oktoberfest a few towns over, and I suggested after we worked in the basement a couple hours to go.  

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Um, thank you weeklies, because I dipped into them for this grapefruit beer – if you love grapefruit and beer, this is delicious!  My guess was 5 points for the 12 ounce pour.

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I love this picture of Hannah and Jacob aka my roommates. 😀

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Here is something I learned though – don’t go to a fest during the last 90 minutes because they were out of almost all the food.  When I finally chose this sauerbraten sandwich with sauerkraut, they guy said “last sandwich of the day!” And literally scraped the bottom of the barrel to put this sandwich together.

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It was just okay.  The meat was tender, butthe sauce too sweet, even with the balance of the saurkraut.  Oh well, the beer was delicious, we had fun and the kadults had the best apple cider donuts of their lives – all good!

I was still hungry when we got home, so made this quick and easy beef with green beans and mushrooms – again another meal that I could eat over and over.  Four ounces of beef, a cup of green beans and mushrooms.  While I sauteed the green beans and mushrooms in Pam, most restaurants pour clarified butter over their steaks before they hit the table.  I melted 1 teaspoon of butter (2 points) and poured it over the beef and veggies so that I had a buttery taste in every bite.  So good.

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Day 1 of 15 weeks of Biz 2.0 (or 11.0 – but whose counting?!) 😛

I am using Biz of 2013 for inspiration – and realize that strength training has to play a bigger role in my workouts.  Walking is fine for cardio, but I will only reshape my body with weight training.  I want to be a bad ass like my friend Jody who does Crossfit.

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Four years ago today I was well over 100+ days of Insanity. I was consistent, not perfect and need to do that again.

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I got up early and snuck in a quick 25 minute walk before work in 50 degree weather – it was glorious and a great way to start the day. 

Happy Monday – make it a great day!

Bubble Up Breakfast

As I was walking into work yesterday morning, I got this text from Hannah.  Ignore the part where I texted her the sales at our local thrift store over the weekend 😛  

Pickles, the baby squirrel that Hannah tried to save, died overnight.  She feels she did everything right, she read how they like to burrow when they sleep, she had it in a box with plenty of ventilation.  She buried it in the backyard.  I am sure it is only a matter of time before the dogs figure out where it is – fingers crossed they don’t find it!

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Jacob asked if his Dad could come over for dinner on Sunday.  So I bought one more steak.  The kadults were working until 6:00, so Jacob told his Dad to come at 6:30.  Guess what time he showed up at?  4:00!   So I don’t have any pretty pictures of my take on this bubble up breakfast from Daily Dose of Pepper (which I now realize she calls a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit bake!)   Let’s say I was “inspired” by her recipe to come up with this one.  Her original recipe was 8 smart points per serving.  My version is 10 points for 1/4 of the cast iron skillet.

So while I had hoped to make this with plenty of daylight and get good pics, I was a good hostess and hung out with Jacob’s Dad.  Who now wants to do this EVERY Sunday.  I don’t mind Sunday dinner, but hopefully he’ll come at the required time so I can finish the stuff I want to.  This recipe is so easy though – I put it together in a matter of minutes, popped it in the oven, and 30 minutes later it was done.

My first substition was to use Jennie-O turkey sausage.  Only 1 smart point per two ounces vs. 1 point per piece of bacon in her recipe.  The second substition was that I used only 4 eggs and used 1 cup of egg whites.  And lastly, I used Trader Joe’s lite mozzarella (one point per ounce) in place of the American cheese she used.  So you can see, mine was inspired by Star – thanks for the inspiration though!

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Oh, and I had a zucchini that needed to be used up, so I added that in with the sausage.

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Just mix, pour and bake!

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Bubble Up Breakfast Bake

A great meal plan breakfast - 4 servings at 6 WW points each.  Cook once and breakfast is set for the week!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 1/4 of skillet
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 1 cup liquid egg whites
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 ounces Jennie-0 turkey sausage, chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 ounces Trader Joe's lite mozzarella
  • 8 portions reduced fat refrigerator biscuit

Instructions

  1. Cut the refrigerator biscuits in quarters and toss them in a big bowl.  Add all remaining ingredients except the cheese and mix well.  Pour into a cast iron skillet, or casserole dish.  Top with cheese, another sprinkle of dried parsley, and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

I wish I had a better picture to show you, but this was delicious.  Only one tiny problem.  When I entered this into my recipe builder, I forgot to add the reduced fat biscuits, so instead of being 6 points for 1/4 of it, it’s 10 points per quarter.  But I was only able to eat half of my serving yesterday, so 5 points for 1/8 isn’t too bad! 

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I added two points to my tracker yesterday 😛

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Jenn and I walked at lunch – it was an absolutely gorgeous day.  We walked north on Wabash and never saw this sculpture before.  Hi Jenn!

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It was a tad windy too 😀

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While I know you’ll look at this and think “that’s lasagna soup!”  Nope.  This is tomato soup with baby cheese ravioli and spinach.  I had a giant pot of marinara I made last weekend that had to be either used up or frozen.  I froze two cup portions and had about a cup leftover, so mixed that with one cup of chicken broth and viola!  Tomato soup.  My store sells their homemade ravioli that is 6 points for 1 cup and delicious.  I only reheated the cooked ravioli for about 30 seconds, just to get the chill of from the fridge, then when I heated up the hot soup, just poured the ravioli into the soup and it heated through as it sat on my desk.

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It was a busy day at work, so it went by fast.  Jacob is back doing low carb/keto and when I mentioned I was making Michael Symon’s Cinncinati chili he asked if that would work in his diet.  Yep!  The only difference between Michael’s recipe and mine was that I left out the onions (duh) and I only made half a batch using 95% lean sirloin beef.

Jacob had his served over sauted cauliflower.  Hannah tasted it and thought it tasted like ass, or in her words “it tastes like chili pasta sauce.”  It is a different consistency then regular chili, because it’s meant to be chili mac, but the flavors are amazing – cinnamon, cocoa powder, sherry vinegar.  Yum!  I have some for lunch today.

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I wasn’t hungry for dinner yet, so I went to the gym.  Here is the obligatory next to the janitor closet, gym selfie.  I did two miles on the treadmill.  Five minutes of 3.8 mph, then each additional five minutes I jogged – my last 5 minutes was at a 6.2 mph pace!  

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I got home a little after 9 p.m. and the thought of having chili made me want to throw up.  So I made toast!  One savory:  7 grain bread (5 points for 2 slices) topped with 2 ounces deli turkey (1) and 1/2 container guacamole (2) and the second sweet: 1 tablespoon peanut butter (3) strawberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.  I could have that for any meal any day of the week.   11 points of deliciousness.

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I haven’t been on Half Baked Harvest’s blog for a while, but I saw this on Instagram, and this is going to happen this weekend – doesn’t it look amazing?!  Honey, apple, cheddar, and bacon panini.  Um, yes please!

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As far as I know, my parents in law are still without power.  I am going to get in touch with them sometime today to see how they are doing.  Just so glad they are okay!

Alright, the train is almost into the station – happy Tuesday – make it a great day!

Three Cookies and Wine

It was pretty funny standing on the train platform yesterday morning.  With temps in the low 50’s, there were some women who were clinging to summer wearing sleeveless dresses and sandles.  Right next to them were women with Ugg boots, full scarf around their neck and fingerless gloves.  

Yesterday was such a busy day.  I never even made it to the gym last night and I still had close to 18,00o steps.  I never even ate my breakfast until nearly 10:30.  I don’t think my breakfast photo is going to win any food photography contests 😀  One point Joseph’s pita, egg whites (1), 1/2 ounce cheese (2) and watermelon.  4 points for breakfast.

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My sister and I finally got together for a walk!  We walked along the River Walk – such a gorgeous day.

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I posted this lunch picture on my Instastory yesterday and had half a dozen messages asking me for the recipe for this beef fried rice.  Well, there really isn’t a recipe, but I’ll describe it here too.  1.5 cups of coleslaw mix which I cooked for about two minutes, so it wilted a bit, but it was still crunchy, then I added 1/2 a cup of rice (3), three ounces of leftover beef from my sirloin roast, diced (3), and then used House of Tsang Szchewan sauce (1) and tossed it together.  That’s it 😀 

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I normally put my points into the WW app as I go along the day, but I was so busy I didn’t have time, so on my train ride home I realized I still had 19 points left for the day – no wonder I was so hungry on my way home!

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I made batch 4,398 of Lasagna Soup!   This time I kind of deconstructed it.  The tomato base is fresh tomatoes that I cooked down with no additional fat, so that is zero points.  I cooked up 2 ounces of hot Italian sausage (6) and added 4 ounces of cooked rotini noodles (4) for a 10 point delicious bowl of goodness.  I also added shredded zucchini to this bowl as well.  I am sure I’ve mentioned this before, but if you make this soup, keep the noodles separate.  It makes it easy to count the points for one, but second, if you left the noodles in the soup they will be all mushy when you go to reheat it.  You could also save points by using turkey sausage, but my store had their homemade sausage on sale for $1.99 a pound and it’s delicious. 

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The moon last night was amazing!  I had to run to Walgreen’s to pick up a prescription after dinner, and I noticed it when I was getting back to my car.  Once I got home, I walked to the river and took this picture with my iPhone – no filter.  I sat there and looked at it for several minutes, just listening to the water.  

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Can we talk about my Walgreen’s trip?  There was a bit of a line for pick up, so I walked around the store, and before I knew it, I picked up a small bottle of wine and a 6 pack of $1 chocolate chip cookies.  WTF.  I think mentally I was like “I still have points left!”  Well, all my flex points were gone over the weekend with the extra wine I had so I really didn’t have the points.  

I got home, started watching America’s Got Talent, and mindlessly had 3 glasses of wine and 3 cookies.  I was 12 points over for the day and finished the day with 42 points.  I don’t know why I do it.  But what’s interesting, is that a lot of other people I follow on Instagram do the same thing, so I am not alone.  In fact one of my fellow Weight Watcher Ambassadors had an 88 point evening “snack” all while tracking it, she still ate it even as she saw the points go up and up every time she put something in her mouth.  For the record, two pop tarts are 17 smart points. 😛

This morning I threw the rest of the cookies in the garbage.  I have bone broth, a hard boiled egg and fruit for breakfast this morning.  I am loving this latest batch of bone broth – I mostly drink it as a snack.  I am going to post my recipe for it tomorrow – perfect to make with a rotisserie chicken carcass.

I am having lunch today with a fellow WW who follows me on connect.  She realized that we live in the same area and sometimes actually take the same train to Chicago.   We are going to Revival Food Hall today so I am looking forward to that.  

There is still time to leave a comment to my Blog Anniversary post – you can find it here.  

Goals for the day:  15k steps, 100 ounces of water, no wine, gym after work.  Make it a great day!