Hot jumbalaya!

February 2, 2011

Title courtesy of the movie mrs. Doubtfire, if you didn’t catch that.

Uneventful day until dinner.

Breakfast was a toasted apple cinnamon fiber one muffin with spray butter and an apple.


Morning snack was half a pint of Blueberries. This batch was better then the other. More tart berries. And a few cocoa roast almonds.


Lunch was a safe way brand chicken and wild rice soup. I think I have officially decided i don’t love wild rice. The aftertaste is weird. This soup was good though. Lots of carrots but not enough chicken.


I had some special k garIic herb crackers on the side. These were delicious and only 90 calories for 24 chips. They donthave much fiber or protein but I bought for the volume.


Afternoon snack was the other half of the blueberry pint.


Later I was still hungry and had a handful of soy nuts.


Vita top in my winter coat.


Fitness: normal wed routine (see my workouts tab). Today I added a bunch of moves I learned from 6 week 6 pack. For some reason when was the leader of these they didn’t seem as hard as when Jillian Michaels leads but still nice to mix up the class a bit.

Dinner was a lovely meal and nova bball. Watch at Jae’s. he made a jumbalaya type dish. It was awesome!


Hoot jumbalaya:
-Spanish rice with peppers and onions
-shrimp coated in Moroccan spice
-mango and jalapeƱo turkey sausage

sides:
-stuffed mushroom with tomato and mozz
-garlic bread

The jumbalaya was a good amount of spiciness.


The stuff mushroom was a delicious addition as well.


I went back for more garlic bread because it had a crispy crust and a soft middle. Sooo good.


Glass of vin on the side.


Then nova beat Marquette. Nice little dinner.

Pardon the photos. Not that my photos are ever that spectacular but my battery died today so these are from the iPhone.


Coollld as iiice

February 1, 2011

You’re cold as ice to me! Singing that as I scraped the obnoxious ice off my car this morning. Really had to chip away at that. So annoying.

I made breakfast at home before coming to work.


-2 slices carb style bread
-1 tbsp reduced fat pb
-1 tbsp marshmallow fluff
-2 tbsp sugar free raspberry jelly


I love pb and fluff. This was delicious! I scaled down the servings of the pure sugar and pb to make this an about 250 calorie breakfast. The bread was high protein and fiber so that helped keep me full.

I snacked on an apple mid morning. And a coffee. Both ofnwuicho forgot to snap pics of apparently… sorry. just shows, been needing coffee thus far this week. I think I’m missing some sleep.

Lunch was Amy’s enchilada with Spanish ice and beans and some baked tostitos.

This amys isn’t my favorite. It needed salt but I am always hesitant to add salt to frozen meals. I would still buy again but I would start with the other varieties first.


Chips were good for sopping the beans.


And suicide hot sauce for my hotness.


Half blueberry pint and some nuts for afternoon snackage.


South beach diet choc pb bar Pre gym.


As an aside if you haven’t noticed I’ve been eating a little more on Tuesdays. I don’t get home until 8 on tues and am always ravenous. So, I am trying to eat a little more during the day so I don’t binge when I get home and am rushing to make dinner. So far it is working out. I’m only adding an extra maybe 100 calories but I think it helps.

Fitness: W3 D2 of 100 pushup challenge. I manhandled this one. Well not really but it was manageable. Tough at the end when I had to do 25+, but i was able to do 33. I kind of just want this challenge to end! But I am sticking to it. Aside from that I did my normal Tuesday workout (see my workouts tab).

So I mentioned making Mac n cheese on Sunday and I was saving the recipe for when I served it. Today I realized I wasn’t serving it because it’s Jae’s turn to cook. So I had it for dinner.


-whole wheat Mac n cheese
-imitation crab (I ate it cold this time)
-broccoli, snap pea, and broccoli slaw
-extra hot cocktail sauce (!) and some light peppercorn ranch for dipping


Now for the Mac n cheeeeeeese (pronounced as in old school) recipe


-whole wheat pasta. I chose shells cause they reminded me of velvet shells n cheese.
-fat free cottage cheese
-nutritional yeast (just discovered this from the blog world. It is super good for you and has a cheesy nutty flavor)
-ff cheddar i used slices but shredded would have been perfect as well.
-whole wheat flour (for thickening)
-salt, pepper, cayenne, nutmeg for spice

1. Cook your pasta as normal
2. Put cottage cheese in a pot on the stove
3. When it becomes smooth stir in nutritional yeast (to taste. You actually can skip this step if nutritional yeast scares you but u wanted to try it and it seemed like it couldn’t hurt)
4. Stir in cheddar.
5. Add spices to taste
6. Stir in ww flour to thicken to your liking
7. Pour over cooked pasta

This Mac n cheese is guilt free and turned out to be a really good healthy version. Dan was skeptical and approved! If your skeptical about the cottage cheese, it actually becomes smooth and is the “cream” in your dish. And if you don’t care for the nutritional yeast omit it. I am not sure it added much flavor.

The leftover version was good too. The Mac stuck together a little more and was delicious and whole wheaty.

Next time I make this I will top with shredded ff cheese and bread crumbs and bake in the oven a bit.


Turmeric education

December 15, 2010

Breakfast was a new peanut butter (you’re welcome for not eating oats, Sam)-Naturally nutty chocolate cherry pb. When I opened it up I was delightfully surprised that there were actual dried cherries in it.

-1 tbsp NN chocolate cherry pb
-ww bagel thing toasted

The peanut butter was good but I couldn’t really taste chocolate or cherry. The cherries in it were a nice touch though.

Morning snack banana.

Lunch was healthy choice again. This time cheese tortellini.

This was basically tomato soup with some spinach and a few tortellinis. It only added up to 180 calories so I had a Thomas’ Light English Muffin toasted and spritzed with Olivio butter spray which I then dipped into it.

Afternoon snack was a cut up apple.

Pre workout pb vita top. Speaking of which, so excited to order the new pumpkin spice vita flavor today!

Fitness: taught kick boxing tonight. Nothing special to report back on… My class never gets old for me. The hour goes so fast, I could go for longer.

Dinner escalated quickly. It started with TJ’s microwaveable wild rice… good stats, looked interesting, bad smell when I opened it.

On the stove I poured some frozen mixed vegetables and white beans in a pan coated with butter spray.

In the oven I broiled purdue baked chicken breast 5 minutes each side.

I mixed it all together and split into 3 servings (only 2 have chicken because that was all I had). It turned out a robust size about 430 calories a serving (590 with chicken). Mistake one, should have broken it into four servings if I wanted the chicken. 500 calories is enough for dinner.

Mistake two, I then tried to spice it up by taking about 1/3 of an Oikos non-fat Greek yogurt and mixing it with turmeric, cayenne pepper, and “no salt” salt (sounds weird… It’s low sodium salt).

The idea was good. Definitely needed some type of sauce because the rice still smelled weird, but I went a little heavy handed on the turmeric. Apparently a little goes a long way. I only have turmeric in my cabinet because Dan uses it in his famous (in my mind- i love it!) chili. I probably should have asked him before I poured a heaping amount into the yogurt. It was not good. I ended up eating the crispy baked chicken, which, as always, was awesome. I tried to get through the rice and veg but just couldn’t. It was a big dinner anyway so I guess I’m “eating intuitively” by stoping mid meal? I tried putting some curry powder to tone down the turmeric (did not work), but hence the yellow color of the remnants:

You win some, you lose some I guess. I will probably fear turmeric for a while now. I feel like I can’t make a real decision if I like the rice or not but I will try it tomorrow sans sauce. Thank God I didn’t put sauce over all of it!

Beware of turmeric.

Cleansed the palate with this sliver of Lauren’s birthday pumpkin cake. The icing was so good I knew I had to back away before I scraped the whole cake. Cake was good too but I have a weakness for icing. It’s an unhealthy obsession actually. So they make cakes anywhere there are 90% icing? Dream.