More storms. . .

I gotta get this post in quick.  I woke up to swim this morning – it looked like all the storms were south of us because it was sunny to the north.  I pulled in the parking lot of the pool and then it hit – torrential downpours and windy!  It is now only raining but I think its only a matter of time before it hits us.

Thanks to all your kind comments yesterday about my failed chicken wing dinner the night before last – they made me put my life into perspective, and one failed dish is nothing to get worked up about!  Hannah wasn’t even home for that dinner, but when she got back home from work she asked how dinner was.   She was like “I’ll try your side dish!”  but then I pointed her to the trash can :D

She stopped by my office yesterday and brought me this:

a skinny latte and a poem!

That totally made my day – thanks Hannah!

Since it was raining yesterday morning, I decided to make my 30 minute marinara sauce in the morning for dinner and then had time to do this:

this was really good!

Breakfast was an egg white wrap with a gala apple – lots of Tabasco please :D  Breakfast comes in at 298 calories, 31 carbs, 22 protein, 7.6 fat and 9.2 fiber.

At lunch I did 45 minutes on the elliptical while watching the Sox Game – we ruled the first game and won 12-2, I won’t talk about the second game :(

I think Tony makes fun of my sweaty t-shirts, so this may be a daily picture :D

Lunch was so good!  Remember that giant pork butt Tony and I had the other night?  Well after it cooled, I picked off all the meat, diced it up and simmered it in apple cider vinegar, crushed red pepper and Tabasco – east North Carolina style.  My plate: 1 point bun, three ounces of pork bbq, white beans mixed with a tablespoon of jalapeno barbecue sauce, watermelon and celery and carrot.

the pork roll stole the show - so good! 512 calories, 94 carbs, 32 protein, 7.5 fat and 15.2 fiber

I got home and there was a package for me!  I won Beth @990 Square’s giveaway – thanks B! :D  I need to incorporate more veggies in my diet – hopefully this will help :D

I was looking through my Clean Eating magazine and found a recipe for Bolognese Sauce.  Their recipe called for 2 pounds of fresh roma tomatoes – you had to boil water, blanch the tomatoes, cool them in a water bath, peel, seed. . . blah blah blah.   I wanted a quick weeknight version and this turned out really good.  I also added more meat and added some seasoning – they only called for 1/4 tsp. of salt and no basil, oregano or even Italian seasoning!

Biz’s 30 Minute Bolognese

  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into chunks
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound meatloaf mix (mine was 2 parts ground beef to 1 part ground pork)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup 2% low fat milk
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes

Put carrot, celery, green pepper and canned tomatoes in food processor.  Heat oil in dutch oven.  Add tomato mixture and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until the carrots soften.  Meanwhile, in a separate pan, brown meatloaf mix.  Once the pink is gone, drain the fat, add to the tomato mixture and add remaining ingredients.  Simmer for 15 more minutes – done!

with a bed of baby spinach on the bottom - the sauce was really good!

However, both Tony and Hannah didn’t like the pasta – it was an Italian pasta I picked up, but they both thought it tasted low carb or whole wheat.  And because of all of your wonderful comments and the loving support of my family, I didn’t flip out when I burned the garlic bread! :D

I also had a side salad:  dinner comes in at 412 calories, 62 carbs, 14.3 protein, 12.2 fat and 11.5 fiber.

I realized the only way I am going to hit my 1800 calorie intake is to add in some snacks.  So not pictured snacks today:  2 ounce banana bread, 1 serving almonds, a Viactiv calcium chew, 1/2 a banana and a skinny latte:  556 calories, 76 carbs, 19 protein, 22 fat and 5.1 fiber.

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 1778 calories, 262 carbs, 87 protein, 49 fat a whopping 41 grams of fiber!
  • 21 minute abs
  • 45 minute elliptical
  • no alcohol :D

Is anyone watching Master Chef?  The second round cooked last night to make their signature dish – I was trying to think what mine would be and I am not sure!  Although I did make my chicken tikka masala for my lunch today – the combination of flavors is just amazing to me.  And I finally came up with a chili recipe that works – my buffalo chicken chili.

What would be your signature dish?  And if you have a link to that recipe, even better :D

Off to do AM yoga and abs – happy hump day!

Quick shout-outs for help: Eliana is running the Chicago marathon with the Leukemia Society’s Team in Training. . . she needs to raise $3500, so if you are able to donate even $5 dollars to the cause, we both would appreciate it!

And our 101 Days of Summer Challenger John needs our votes!  He’s trying to win $10,000 from Stride Gum to do 40 races before he turns 40 years old – top 5 get the cash and he’s so close!

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20 thoughts on “More storms. . .

  1. Tell me how you like that new cookbook! It has been on my wishlist for a while! I have not seen MasterChef, but we have been watching The Next Food Network Star this summer, and so I am constantly wondering about things like signature dishes and points of view! Heh heh. I think my signature dish is my Chickpeas and Rice…definitely at least my husband’s favorite! http://cookanddishwasher.blogspot.com/2010/07/chickpeas-and-rice-with-zucchini-dates.html

  2. That Hannah is one sweetheart! How blessed you are to have a daughter like that.

  3. Your sauce looks fabulous! love how thick and hearty it looks.

    Her note to you brightened MY day – what a sweet girl. :) Nice job on getting your 1,800 calorie intake!

  4. hannah is the best daughter EVER! what a sweet gesture.

  5. I totally want pulled pork now. Looks so good. And your bolognese is brilliant. Must earmark that one for a quick weeknight meal.

  6. Your girl is so sweet…you done good, Biz. :)

  7. A bologenese sauce with milk in it? Is that common? I need to make this….

  8. Hannah is so sweet. You certainly raised her well.

    I was thinking about you last night while I was watching Master Chef. You would rock on that show. I don’t think I could come up with a signature dish. I’m just happy when I put something in the over and it comes out edible. ;)

  9. fitandfortysomething

    oh hannah is the best…..love that note :) you raised a good one biz…..

  10. that note is the sweetest thing i’ve ever seen! that must have made your day! i hope you’ve been having a good summer biz. i tried a hot sauce in cali called tapatio. i’m not a hot sauce person, but this was good stuff, i thought of you!

  11. Oh, I loved that note from Hannah! Too cute! She’s such a sweetie.

    And I had to chuckle a little at the garlic bread, because I almost ALWAYS burn the garlic bread. :-) All the other stuff looks yummy, but especially that sandwich. It must mean I’m almost done being sick of pork.

  12. Aww, Hannah is so sweet :)

  13. What a sweet daughter :) Warms my heart to see a daughter love her momma so much!

  14. haha your sweaty workout clothes inspired me to take a pic of mine after a run. im gonna load them up in tomorrows post.

    Hannah is the best! she quite creative too which definitely makes for more fun suprises! plus she definitely knows how to cheer you up!! <3 <3

  15. That’s a hard question – what would I make as my signature dish. I honestly have no clue. I don’t feel like I even have a signature dish. I should change that!

  16. Ha, if we lived in a same household, I would weigh at least 200 pounds, failed dishes or not! :-D

  17. ah, how sweet of hannah!!! what a great daughter!

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