I couldn’t post lunch earlier today since I spent my lunch at the dentist.   I know, I should floss!   He even gave me PRESCRIPTION mouth wash to use.  I ate soup and my teeth were very sensitive to it.


  • Ramen noodle soup
  • arnold sandwich thin
  • 2 ounce deli turkey
  • .8 ounce provolone
  • pickled jalapenos
  • mustard (lots!)
  • 4 ounces watermelon
425 calories, 13 fat, 50 carbs, 6.5 fiber, 24 protein

425 calories, 13 fat, 50 carbs, 6.5 fiber, 24 protein

Not sure what’s on the dinner menu for me – its meatloaf for the hubby (yuk!) and my daughter is going to her friends volleyball game.

Perfect Fall Morning

Sunny and 49 degrees this morning!  Love it!  And the leaves are starting to change.

At first Ed didn’t want to have anything to do with me.  He took my spot in bed when I drove my daughter to work.  Eventually he came out, so it was a short walk, maybe 20 minutes?  And no work out at lunch. . .I have a dentist appointment.  Needless to say, soup is on the lunch menu!


  • 1 ounce oats
  • 1/3 hemp
  • 1/3 water
  • 1.5 ounce banana
  • 1 tablespoon flax
  • 1/8 cup sugar free pancake syrup
  • .3 ounce macadamia nut
  • travel coffee the daughter made this morning (thanks!)
318 calories, 12 fat, 43 carbs, 7 fiber, 12 protein

318 calories, 12 fat, 43 carbs, 7 fiber, 12 protein

Off to work!

Oven Fried Chicken

Okay, when I told my husband that we were having oven fried chicken for dinner, I MAYBE should have told him that it was oven fried chicken BREASTS!

I found this recipe online at www.recipezaar.com (Recipe # 82102).  In order to bring down the calories just a bit, I dipped my chicken breasts in 1/3 cup fat free half and half instead of the butter.  And I omitted the grated cheddar cheese on top.  I took the suggestion of putting the chicken on a cookie rack, so that it would get “crispy” all over.  The result?  I ended up having to spray the chicken with Pam and then putting it under the broiler on high to try to get the crispiness.  Maybe omitting the butter made it not so crispy? 

It turned out juicy though!

Oven Baked Chicken Breasts

  • 1/3 cup fat free half and half
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)

Set oven to 350.  In a bowl, mix half and half, garlic, garlic powder and salt.  Set aside.  In another bowl, combine bread crumbs with and ground pepper.  Dip in milk mixture, then in crumb mixture.  Cook for 35 minutes (and then on broil for 5).

I served dinner with potato/cheese periogies (120 calories for 7) and frozen green beens sauteed in 2 tablespoons real bacon bits.

469 calories, 9 fat, 34 carbs, 4 fiber, 58 protein

469 calories, 9 fat, 34 carbs, 4 fiber, 58 protein

You know how you bread things, and you have your “wet” station and “dry” station, but after the first things you dip, your hands are just full of breading?  I came up with the shimy shake.  I put my bread crumbs on foil and then “toss” the chicken back and forth on the foil and my fingers never touch it.  It coated the chicken really well!

My pasta sauce is coming along beautifully!

My pasta sauce is coming along beautifully!

The pasta sauce is still cooking down.  It will be ready to can in a couple days.

My daughter took this picture in our back yard at sunset – can’t wait for the leaves to turn!


Stuffed Pepper Lunch

We saw a cooking challenge on FoodTV recently, and one woman was making crab stuffed peppers.  They looked so good!  Well, I had two poblano peppers and came up with this with what I had on hand.

  • 2 poblano peppers, seeded, cut in half
  • 4 ounces chicken
  • 1/2 cup Rotel tomatoes with chiles
  • 2 ounces pepper jack cheese

I cooked the chicken in Pam until almost done, then added the Rotel tomatoes until it was bubbly.  I placed an ounce of chicken in each half, and then placed 1/2 ounce pepper jack cheese on each one, making sure to stuff the cheese down.  I baked it at 350 for 35 minutes, and reheated for 1 minute in the microwave.

Served it with a garden salad with Annie’s Goddess dressing (my new fav!) and hot mango tea because its still icky outside.

Just the right amount of spice!

Just the right amount of spice!

411 calories, 26 fat, 24 carbs, 6 fiber, 21 protein.

Lunch break is over – see you after dinner!

Not a way to start the day . . .

My husband picked up a message on our answering machine this morning saying that there would be no bus service for school because of a house fire that was on the next street over.

I immediately got the dog, grabbed the camera and headed up the street.  As soon as I turned right, and saw the firetrucks at the top of the hill.  I knew it was the bar.  We have a small bar (that looks like a house) a block and a half from our house.  While the building structure is in tact, the whole thing was burned on the inside.

So on my way back from dropping my daughter off to school, I happend to see one of the owners.  I asked her what happened, and she said they thought it was electrical and started in the basement.

She seemed so calm though and then she said something that put it in perspective.  The fire was contained, it didn’t spread to any other house on the street, no one was injured.  “It’s just stuff.”  Her main concern was about their two full time employees! 

It’s a rainy day here, the type of day you want to just stay in bed. 


  • 1 slice of my wheat berry bread
  • 1 tsp. smart balance
  • .5 ounce spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ounce canadian bacon
  • .5 ounce provoloe
405 calories, 17 fat, 36 carbs, 4.9 fiber, 26 protein

405 calories, 17 fat, 36 carbs, 4.9 fiber, 26 protein

My break is over, back to work!

Lazy dinner. . .

After coming home, putting the groceries away, chopping up the tomatoes, etc. I decided to make a simple meal tonight.  My daughter LOVES turkey cheddar brats.  They are Johnsonville brand and each one is only 120 calories and 6 grams of fat.  The more charred the better!

I cut up one potato, drizzled with a little olive oil and french fry seasoning and oven baked them.  I guess you could say my other vegetable was the Tabasco ketchup (and the dill pickles on the brat!)

390 calories, 9 fat, 53 carbs, 4.5 fiber, 18 protein

390 calories, 9 fat, 53 carbs, 4.5 fiber, 18 protein

 Here’s a look at the tomatoes – I chose ones that were on the soft side to see what difference it make make in my sauce.  It’s still cooking down, so we’ll see.

7 pounds of tomatoes for $4.75!

7 pounds of tomatoes for $4.75!

With the poblano peppers my husband got last week, I decided to make stuffed peppers for my lunches.  Here they are before going in:

Each half is only 110 calories and 7 fat!

Each half is only 110 calories and 7 fat!


  • 1351 calories, 87 fat, 223 carbs (way too much for one day, but that french toast was worth the extra insulin!), 15 fiber (not enough) and 75 grams protein.

EXERCISE:  none 😦