I got mad.

Thank goodness my family realizes that when I am mad, my blood sugar is low.  It’s not a pretty sight and I am usually embarrassed by my behavior afterwards, because mad in just not in my nature!

The morning started out fine, read the Sunday paper, had my coffee.  Breakfast was pretty boring – a low carb egg wrap made with 1 egg, 1 tablespoons bacon bits, 1 ounce of 75% Cabot reduced fat cheese, and half of a sliced apple. These are the low carb wraps I use – love them!

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Joe came over, and I know that taco bell is one of his favorite fast food restaurant.  I decided to try to recreate one of his favorites – the Crunchwrap Supreme – although he likes just meat and cheese, no lettuce, tomatoes or sour cream.  I decided to use queso as a kind of glue before I pan fried the crunchwrap:

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After the first flip – I cooked the seam side down first:

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This is about the part where I get mad – because I tried to just use a spatula to get this to Joe’s plate, and it fell on the floor.  Tony came into the room joking “what’s taking so long for our lunch!”   I couldn’t speak I was so mad!  Tony recognized the warning signs, and a few tortilla chips later, I was myself again!  And made another one!

I made myself a taco salad – but healthy! 

  • 1 cup chopped romaine
  • 1 cup chopped radicchio
  • 1 ounce shredded carrots
  • 2.5 ounces chopped cucumber
  • 1 chopped radish
  • 1/2 ounce pepper jack cheese
  • 2 ounces taco meat (from 95% ground sirloin)
  • 1 serving Annie’s goddess dressing
  • fresh chopped cilantro on the top

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I cut a cucumber for Tony’s salad, and left it to the side.  When I picked it up I thought these beads of water looked cool!

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I finished making the Acorn Squash Soup, but I changed the recipe from the one I saw online. 

Acorn Squash Bisque

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup fat free half and half
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

It was really hard, but I ended up cutting the acorn squash in half, drizzled with olive oil and salt and pepper and baked, flesh side down, for 45 minutes at 375.  I let them cool on my counter overnight.  This morning I scooped out the pulp – I ended up with 1.7 pounds of flesh.  I use soup base for my chicken broth – I think it has more flavor and its the same calories as chicken broth – and A LOT less expensive.  I get 76 cups of chicken broth with this and it costs $3.49 at my store.

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Since the squash was already cooked I just heated this up for about 10 minutes.  I removed from heat and using my stick blender, blended it smooth.  Then off heat I stirred in the fat free half and half, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.  OMG this is so good!  How have I neglected the acorn squash for so long??  It’s slightly sweet, creamy because of the half and half and just a kick of heat.  I love this blue bowl too – blue is my favorite color!

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So Tony and I watched Grill It! with Bobby Flay.  I’ve never seen that show before on Food Network.  Their ingredient was flank steak.  His guest made a marinated flank steak on a baguette with roasted red peppers and fresh mozzarella cheese.  On the side he made hollowed out potatoes stuffed with cheese and asparagus and wrapped in bacon.  Dinner was born!

I got my trust bread cookbook out, and found a recipe for a baguette.  What was interesting is that it called for folding in two egg whites that had been beaten into stiff peaks.  The result?  A perfect sandwich roll!  I am not posting the recipe . . . I am tweaking my recipe page which will be unveiled soon!  And I am not sure I have any readers left after this GIANT post!

I don’t have a baguette baking pan, so Tony’s engineering skills went to work!  It worked perfectly!

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After the first hour rise, the dough had risen almost to the top of my biggest bowl:

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Then I divided the dough into three baguettes.  This is how they looked after they rose an additional hour:

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40 minutes later – I had this!

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A little bit of texture on the outside (not as crunchy as we would have thought) but oh so fluffy on the inside!

I cut open our red pepper to roast – I thought the inside looked like a swan!

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I cut two potatoes in half, and using my melon baller, took out about 1/2 of the inside.

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I seasoned with salt and pepper.  Wrapped each potato in just one slice of bacon and cooked it on the grill on top of foil to prevent the fat from the bacon giving me any flare-ups.  The bacon is your temperature gauge – once the bacon is done, the potatoes should be done too.

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Next went the veggies – I just brushed with a bit of vegetable oil so they wouldn’t stick.

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When the veggies were almost done – next went the flank steak:

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Then I built our sammies – each sandwich had the flank steak, roasted red pepper and fresh mozzarella – I then wrapped them up in foil and put them back on the grill to let the cheese melt:

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By then the potatoes were done:

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My plate:

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I have no idea how many calories dinner is, but I had about 800 to spend so I am not going to sweat it! 

With only doing one post a day, I kind of blog all day long and post at the end.  I am sure most of you are asleep by now! 

My Momma is coming over tomorrow, with the request that shrimp scampi butter is on the menu!  You’ll have to come back tomorrow night to see what I make!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! :D

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25 thoughts on “I got mad.

  1. Seriously, you are the best cook ever. ALl your recipes make me drool. I do love the low carb la tortilla wraps too. Gotta try them out the Biz way soon.

  2. Your dinner looks so good! I wish I could pick up that sandwich and eat it through the monitor!

    I used to LOVE the Taco Bell crunchwrap supreme! Yours look awfully close to the real deal – very cool of you to make it (twice) for Joe!

  3. Ahhh I’m too excited now to comment, I need to scroll back up and relive this awesomeness!!! :)

    That Taco Bell re-create looks so authentic, although I would prefer to eat your taco salad!

    Love the soup – so simple and I know it’s full of flavor – I’m def. going to be trying that this Fall/Winter.

    Lovin’ Tony’s innovativeness with the baguette pan! I would never have thought of that!

    And everything after that — the flank steak, grilled veggies, baguette, bacon wrapped potatoes w/ cheesy veggie well carved out — you’re KILLING ME! hahaha That’s easily one of the top 3 tastiest things I’ve seen on your blog and that’s saying a lot!

  4. I have hypergylcimia, not diagnosed but my dad is and my sister has hypoglycimia so it stands to reason. If I have similar symptoms I probably have it to. My blood sugar drops realy fast and I better find some sugar or I will pass out. I don’t have diabetes however! I am so glad. I am trying to keep my weight under controll so I don’t end up with it. You inspire me to find better for me recipies. They always look so good!

  5. Great job on making those baguettes!

  6. Joseph Carl Velatini

    It was delicious!

  7. I have little “episodes” like that, and I don’t have low blood sugar as an excuse ;) I can’t believe you re-created the Taco Bell thing so well–it looks absolutely delicious!
    A homemade baguette sounds so comforting–I want to come to your house!

  8. Although I’m not diabetic, I’m hypoglycemic and I’m all too familiar with those kind of episodes as well. Crunch wrap supremes fueled many of my evenings when I was in high school – yum!!

  9. haha, what a funny looking red pepper center!! It’s a perfect spiral, that’s awesome.
    I love your Taco Bell recreation, it seriously looks just like the commercials! And, I’m sure it was much better (although I really love Taco Bel, I’m with Joe on that one!).

  10. Your food is always amazing!!! Wow!

    I love how you get the inspiration to eat a baguette and end up baking them right then and there! The baguettes look sooo good! And I love the little potato cups; I have never seen that…

  11. WOW! All this food is making me hungry. The swan looks too cute.

  12. your bread looks great!

  13. Your food always looks AMAZING. The end.

    (enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!)

  14. OK, I am so hungry now! Everything looks great especially the salad and dinner yum-o! I think that dinner is something hubs would like to do sometime.

  15. I don’t believe you – I don’t think you are capable of being mad – just nice and sweet, that’s all :) But in all seriousness – its great your fam knows the warning signs and can always help.

    Now onto food – HOMEMADE CRUNCHWRAPS?!?!?!?!?! yowza! i am totally jealous – that looks amazing (I can’t show mike though – otherwise i’d be making it ever day! and i love the idea of the hollowed out potatoes! :)

  16. What a fancy dinner B!

    I haven’t seen that Bobby Flay show either, where have I been?

    Sorry about your food falling on the floor!

  17. That pepper seed pod looks nearly obscene — like something off of mytastytreasures. :-0

    Watch that blood sugar!

  18. I get irritable when my blood sugar is low, even though I don’t have diabetes!

    Your dinner looks so gourmet, especially the potato creation!

  19. Love what you did with the potato and asparagus! Your pictures are always so drool-worthy.

  20. i get grouchy just when i’m hungry, so i can’t imagine what it’s like with the low blood sugar! the crunchwrap looks great! i love all of your food pics, you’re so talented!

  21. That flank steak sandwich looks to die for! I scroll through your site and drool over your good looking food that you eat everyday. Wish I lived closer, I would join you!

  22. nice presentation on those potatoes! love it!

  23. [...] I was kind of nervous because I have never had acorn squash by itself, I’ve made an acorn squash bisque before, which is [...]

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