Bitter Cold

When I let Ed out this morning, a burst of arctic air immediately hit my face!  Even the dog didn’t stay out longer than he had to!  I came inside to check weather.com:

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Yikes!  I decided to warm my car up about 10 minutes before I left, thinking the ice would melt, but it didn’t.  While I finished getting ready for work though, Tony went and scraped my car – thanks Tony! :D

So I had to have something hot and spicy for breakfast to warm me up!  1 low carb tortilla, 1/4 cup fat free refried black beans, 1/2 cup egg beaters cooked with 1/4 cup spicy salsa verde, then extra jalapenos and fresh cilantro to round out the breakfast taco!

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12 grams of fiber! This kept me full for hours, and while I had a snack planned (apple and peanut butter), I just wasn’t hungry for it.

In this month’s Cooks Illustrated they had a recipe for Thai Basil Chicken.  While I have never had it before, I decided to give it a try.  Their recipe was a bit confusing, so since I made this before work today, I’ll give you my version:

Biz’s Thai Basil Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 package basil (mine is 2 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 4-6 thai chiles

Mince garlic, basil, oyster sauce and chiles in food processor.  Heat non-stick skillet with Pam to medium heat.  Add basil mixture and cook for a couple minutes until fragrant.  Without rinsing the processor bowl, add chicken and pulse until it is ground.  Add to basil mixture and cook until chicken is done – about 6-8 minutes.

So flavorful and easy!  Their recipe also called for fish sauce, but I didn’t have any.  And while I went timid on the chilies (I only added 3), I wish I would have added more.  So on each piece I added a touch of red chile paste! :D

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Done!

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While the chicken was cooking, I decided to make wonton bowls for my chicken.  Just bake wontons at 350 for about 6-8 minutes.  I love my silicone muffin pan!

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This was a wonderful lunch!  Best part?  The chicken mixture makes four 4 ounce servings – each one is only 130 calories, and 6 wonton wrappers are only 85 calories!

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My giant plate of food with a romaine salad on the side.  I used Annie’s Asian sesame dressing to keep with the theme!

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My afternoon snack to up my calories for the day:

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I actually had no plans for dinner believe it or not!  So Tony got a patty melt:

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And I made this plate:  1 pita with an ounce of salami, an ounce of pepper jack cheese, 4 ounces cucumbers with 1/4 cup cottage cheese and a jalapeno pepper on each cucumber – weird but delicious!

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But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t Bizzy in the Kitchen!  Come back tomorrow for Shrimp Wonton Soup!

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Oops!  Forgot to leave my stats for the day! Not pictured – 1.5 ounces of smoked almonds eaten before bed! :D

Stats for the Day:

  • 1,624 calories
  • 82 fat
  • 120 carbs
  • 104 protein
  • 32 fiber!!
  • 40 minutes of The Firm Fat Blaster
  • 5 minutes stretching
  • 5 minutes abs

Off to snuggle with Tony and watch the Office!  See you tomorrow – Friday – yahoo!! :D

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27 thoughts on “Bitter Cold

  1. Oh, glad you liked the Thai Basil chicken. I’ve been eyeing that recipe, but was unsure about it.

    I can totally relate about the cold! I’m bundled up and have the heat up to 72!

  2. Holy smokes, do you ever leave the kitchen!!? That would take me a good 10 hrs to cook what you just showed us and clean up after myself!!!

    Brr, we were -23 too when I let the dog out for his early morning walk. The door was frozen shut and his leash was frozen to the ground!

  3. oooooo! More fun with wont-tons!! :) I can’t wait to hear about your shrimp won-ton soup!! Sounds delightful.

    Jackie
    tritolose.wordpress.com

  4. Thai Basil chicken sounds excellent especially served in those wonton bowls!

  5. YUM on that chicken I was just telling B all about how we need to make it, but he’s watching TV and conveniently ignoring me! :D

  6. BRRRRR… As usual, i would eat this for the day.. come and cook for me

  7. Love the Thai Basil Chicken in the wonton bowls! Looks & sounds awesome! And I also love your dinner plate. I honestly think you eat THE BEST FOOD for all your meals. I’m always in awe (although I can’t always comment).

    And the Shrimp Wonton Soup is an amazing teaser! :)

  8. man, and i thought i had a cold morning! nope, not compared to you!

  9. OMG…everything looks soooo yummy! I can barely wait for the Shrimp Wanton Soup recipe! :)

    The office just started for me…

    Oh, and I’ll stop complaining about my “warm” 18 degree from now on!

  10. move here!!

    except dont in the summer time :)
    I need to live in Chicago or PA in the summer and the lovely ATX all winter long.

    Ive become such a coldwimp in a short period of time.

  11. Brr!!! It’s freezing here as well! Love that lunch – how fun!

  12. That’s a fancy lunch B!

    Everything looks totally deluxe!

  13. I love The Office-it’s such a funny show!

  14. I love thai basil chicken, I’ve just never made it myself. Sounds pretty good!

  15. OMG, I thought it was cold here…

    I need to try that breakfast out! Sounds great and I’m sure it is a great way to stay satisfied throughout the morning.

  16. Two of my favorite things: Snuggling with Nick (and yes, that’s what we call it) and watching my favorite tv shows with Nick, while he makes me laugh.

    The burger is mouth-watering. Yum.

    Regarding Trtacy, I thing you are right. She’s been taking MAJOR supplements, or drugs, or something!

  17. WOW, all your meals look so delicious and creative!!!

  18. Biz, everything looks sooo good! Especially that basic chicken.

    P.S. I left you an award on my blog post from yesterday – be sure to check it out : )

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  19. I really like the wanton bowls with the Thai Basil Chicken. A nice holiday dinner party appetizer idea.

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