On Top of Old Smokey!

I realized when I was fixing dinner that my package of cheese ravioli was only 1/2 a package, so angel hair pasta had to fill in!    I am not going to post my meatball recipe – I need to tweak it some more – and Tony said they needed more salt – I am terrible when it comes to salt!!  I must have burned all my taste buds on Tabasco and jalapenos!

My meatballs only cooked in about 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and Pam, just so they wouldn't stick to the pan and get crispy all the way around

My meatballs only cooked in about 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and Pam, just so they wouldn't stick to the pan and get crispy all the way around

nice and crispy on the outside!

nice and crispy on the outside!

My plate: 1 cup baby spinach, 6 ounces angel hair pasta, 1 cup sauce, 3 ounces of meatballs and 1/2 teaspoon fresh shredded parmesan

My plate: 1 cup baby spinach, 6 ounces angel hair pasta, 1 cup sauce, 3 ounces of meatballs and 1/2 teaspoon fresh shredded parmesan

Dinner comes in at:

  • 535 calories, 13 gat and 84 carbs

Stats for the Day:

  • 1408 calories
  • 50 fat
  • 182 carbs (although lower than that since I didn’t eat the last 1/3 of my breakfast)
  • 28 grams of fiber (nice!)
  • 61 grams of protein
  • 32 % of calories from fat, 17% from protein, 51% carbs (kind of high today)
  • day 28 of 30 day Shred!
  • 15 minutes treadmill job after shred

Okay, no more talk – I am watching Biggest Loser and have come close to tears several times already!!  See you tomorrow!

Two Problems and Tofu Spaghetti

First problem was that my breakfast was so sweet to me, I couldn’t finish it – which resulted in a second problem – low blood sugar!  I calculated how much insulin I would need to cover the breakfast (which was a lot by the way at 74 grams of carbs!) but if you don’t eat enough to match the insulin, it results in low blood sugar.

Around noon I could feel the sweat start, and sure enough, I was 42 and sinking.  My first thought was to go get chocolate from our office candy dish, but then had a better idea:

Pure apple juice to the rescue!  With 36 grams of carbs, this did the trick so I could work out!

Pure apple juice to the rescue! With 36 grams of carbs, this did the trick so I could work out!

Day 28 of 30 Day Shred is complete!  I worked out with someone from the building next to ours – she saw us working out and asked to join in, so today we did level 1.  And you know what??  It was easy!  Well, easier than level 3 – and to think that 28 days ago I couldn’t do the whole thing without stopping!

Now on to lunch.  Tofu noodles are not for everyone.   I believe Hannah told me they tasted like worms when I had her try them once!  There is an odd texture and “funky” smell to these noodles. 

That being said I love them!  It was kind of tricky because I don’t have a strainer at work (may have to stock that for the future!) because you really have to rinse these noodles off.  If I were at home, I would have run them under cold water, then “towel dry” them with paper towels and then microwave for one minute.

This is two servings (which I made one for me!) at 20 calories per serving!

This is two servings (which I made one for me!) at 20 calories per serving!

Lunch (with my spinach salad) comes in at 452 calories, 29 fat and 25 carbs

Lunch (with my spinach salad) comes in at 452 calories, 29 fat and 25 carbs

Tony thinks I like baby spinach too much!

Tony thinks I like baby spinach too much!

It was the last of my Cincinnati Chili – lunch was delicious!

Leah is the new hostess of this weeks BSI Challenge – check out her blog later today to find out this weeks secret ingredient.

Okay, luckily I can type fast because lunch is almost over and I need to clean up my dishes.  Come on back tonight for Cheese Ravioli with Classic Italian Meatballs!   

And its BizTV again tonight – both Biggest Loser and American Idol – looking forward to Ron being kicked off and hearing Adam sing!

Not my normal breakfast . . .

I slept as long as possible this morning – yes, yet again, I decided it was a good idea to stay up until midnight watching Anthony Bourdain travel through the Philippines!   It was a good show, interesting food, but I easily could have DVR’d it and gone to bed!

So breakfast and lunch was sort of “thrown” together with whatever was within easy reach.  I’ve been seeing yogurt parfaits all around food blog land and decided to give it a try.  I am curious if this will hold me as well as my beloved eggs and cheese!

  • 8 ounce vanilla yogurt
  • 2.5 ounces strawberries
  • 3.0 ounce chopped apple
  • 1.5 ounces Organic Path Pumpkin Seed Granola
  • squirt of whip cream 😀
This breakfast comes in at 421 calories, 9 fat and a whopping 74 carbs!

This breakfast comes in at 421 calories, 9 fat and a whopping 74 carbs!

I am not sure I’ll fix this again, or if I do, maybe have half as much.  By the end it was SO sweet – ever since becoming diabetic, my sweet tooth has been switched to savory, hence when my love affair with cheese was born!

Morning break is over – come back for Cincinnati Chili with Tofu Noodles!

Best Onion Rings !!!

Before I get to that though – I had to post my lunch – a turkey flat out, lots of veggies and about a cup of my chicken brunswick stew – I used green salsa mixed with one tablespoon fat free ranch dressing for a spicy veggie dip for only 20 calories!

Lunch comes in at 525 calories, 12 fat and 33 carbs

Lunch comes in at 525 calories, 12 fat and 33 carbs

Beer-Battered Onion Rings (courtesy of Cooks Country!)

  • 2 sweet onions, peeled and sliced thin
  • 3 cups beer, divided
  • 2 teaspoons malt vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • canola oil for frying
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup corn startch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Soak onions from 30 minutes to 2 hours (no more than 2 hours) in 2 cups of beer, vinegar, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper in a ziptop bag and refrigerate.  This combinati0n softens the harsh bite of a raw onion.

While you heat the oil to 350 degrees, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl.  Slowly whisk in 3/4 cup of beer until just combined.  Whisk in remaining beer as needed, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the batter falls from whisk in a steady stream.  Be careful with this step – if the batter is too thick, the onion rings will be doughy, and too thin it will fall off the onion.

Have a preheated oven at 275 and place a cookie sheet with a wire rack.  After each batch fries for about 5 minutes (flipping half way through) and are browned, transfer to oven until all the rings are done.  Salt once they come out of the oven and serve right away.  I don’t even like onions and these were amazing!!

this is just one onion, and I didn't even use it all!

this is just one onion, and I didn't even use it all!

 

another secret is not to overcrowd the pan

another secret is not to overcrowd the pan

 

Here is the magazines version

Here is the magazines version

 

you can see I sliced mine thinner!

you can see I sliced mine thinner!

I bought all these peppers at the store for a $1.00, and decided to grill them to make a green chile cheeseburger.  I am not posting the recipe, because it needs tweaking.  I basically charred the peppers on my grill and then processed them with garlic, lime juice and salt and pepper.  While straight from the processor it was super spicy, once combined with my 4 ounces of ground sirloin, it ended up not being spicy at all.

I love the dollar rack at my store!

I love the dollar rack at my store!

 

I have no idea what kind of peppers these are - my guess is the bigger ones are poblanos and the smaller ones are anaheim??

I have no idea what kind of peppers these are - my guess is the bigger ones are poblanos and the smaller ones are anaheim??

 

I made Tony a blue cheese burger - but a lot of the cheese stuck to my grill

I made Tony a blue cheese burger - but a lot of the cheese stuck to my grill

 

I'll have to go back to the drawing board on this - maybe adding a jalapeno with seeds would have made it spicier?

I'll have to go back to the drawing board on this - maybe adding a jalapeno with seeds would have made it spicier?

 

My plate - I decided to have my burger open face, and I cut a lot of the bottom bun away to save on carbs - not sure how many calories dinner was, but I had 700 to spend, so I am calling it a wash!

My plate - I decided to have my burger open face, and I cut a lot of the bottom bun away to save on carbs - not sure how many calories dinner was, but I had 700 to spend, so I am calling it a wash!

Right now I am still working on my pasta sauce from yesterday – my tomatoes were really on the sour side so its a process to work it around – Tony is still the best taste tester – I am immune to salt and never seem to add enough!

Okay, now everyone go out and buy onions and make this asap!  See you tomorrow!