Spicy Mess!

While this meal does not look pretty, it tastes delicious!  I used up the rest of my spaghetti squash, and while I thought I would just top it with my homemade pasta sauce, I decided to go Southwest!

  • 11 ounces cooked spaghetti squash
  • 1/2 cup 4% cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg white
  • 1 ounce diced pickled jalapeno
  • 3 ounces chopped grilled chicken breast from last night
  • 1 ounce Mexican cheese
  • 1 cup chopped baby spinach

I just mixed it all together and baked it at 350 for 30 minutes – it is so spicy and good – and because the cottage cheese kind of melted, each bit was CHEEZY!  Um, I think you know how I feel about cheese! 😀

here it is out of the oven

here it is out of the oven

It kind of fell apart when I was taking it out of the pan, so I just scraped it into a bowl to bring to work:

I am pretty sure Tony would throw up in his mouth if I gave this to him!

I am pretty sure Tony would throw up in his mouth if I gave this to him!

Lunch comes in at 459 calories, 17 fat, 44 protein, 30 carbs (spaghetti squash was 20 grams by itself!) and 5.3 fiber.

With the rest of the grilled chicken I made Tony chicken salad – 2 cups chopped chicken, 1/4 cup ff mayo, 1/4 cup light blue cheese dressing, chopped celery, tarragon and salt and pepper – he tasted it last night and said it was good!

My baby is all grown up!  She already had her seni0r pictures and we got them in the mail the other day –

we are thinking of this one for the yearbook

we are thinking of this one for the yearbook

And this one for our purchased package for family

And this one for our purchased package for family

I think they all turned out great so it was a tough decision! 

My friend and I were not feeling Jillian today, so I did 30 minutes on the treadmill and 3.5 mph at 7% incline, then 5 minutes of the rowing machine (which is HARD!) and 5 minutes of abs.

Lunch break is officially ovah – come back tonight for Balsamic Pork Tenderloin with Parmesan Asparagus!

Ham and Egg Bread

No, I didn’t have bread, but I baked my breakfast in a new mini bread pan my Mom found for me at a garage sale.

  • 1 cup egg beaters
  • 1 cup egg white
  • 3 ounces chopped lean deli ham
  • 2 ounces chopped baby spinach
  • 2 ounce Mexican cheese blend
I divided the above recipe between the six mini loaf pans

I divided the above recipe between the six mini loaf pans

then I baked for 30 minutes at 350 degrees

then I baked for 30 minutes at 350 degrees

Each loaf comes in at 76 calories, 1.9 fat, 11 protein, 2.5 carbs and .6 fiber.  I wish I would have known that before this morning, because I only grabbed two for my breakfast:

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But I brought a plain Chobani to go with it, but even then, my breakfast was only at 250 calories, so I added 45 calories and 3 grams of carbs to my Chobani – a tablespoon of Reese’s icecream topping!

Even with the topping, breakfast comes in at 302 calories, 7 fat, 41 protein, 15 carbs and 1.7 fiber

Even with the topping, breakfast comes in at 302 calories, 7 fat, 41 protein, 15 carbs and 1.7 fiber

Morning break is over – luckily my lunch is a bit more substantial – come on back for Southwestern Spaghetti Squash Bake!

Grilled Chicken Caprese with Spaghetti Squash

I got a great deal on chicken breasts this week – $1.49 a pound!

I used one package tonight

I used one package tonight

I cooked all of it.  Part for tonights dinner and then the rest split between our lunch tomorrow, which you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see – Tony gets terragon chicken salad, I made a southwestern bake with the leftover spaghetti squash.

just seasoned with salt and pepper and Italian seasoning

just seasoned with salt and pepper and Italian seasoning

10 minutes on the grill and they are done!

10 minutes on the grill and they are done!

Once off the grill I used 1 ounce of mozzarella cheese and put them under the broiler

cheezy goodness!

cheezy goodness!

My plate:

  • 4 ounce chicken
  • 1 ounce mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3 cup homemade pasta sauce
  • 8 ounces of cooked spaghetti squash
Dinner comes in at 413 calories, 12 fat, 46 protein, 29 carbs and 3.7 fiber

Dinner comes in at 413 calories, 12 fat, 46 protein, 29 carbs and 3.7 fiber

And guess what I got in the mail today??

a bread cookbook!

a bread cookbook!

I’ll have to wait a while before I try some of these recipes!  

Stats for the Day:

  • 1119 calories (not enough?)
  • 34 fat
  • 118 protein
  • 87 carbs
  • 13.3 fiber

Off to clean up the kitchen – see you at breakfast for ham, spinach, egg and cheese cups!

South Beach Stir Fry

Phase I guidelines for lunch:

  • protein – quantity is not limited, lean protein only
  • vegetables – minimum of 2 cups of acceptable choices (a lot!)
  • fruit – none
  • starch – none
  • milk – none
  • fat – 1 tbsp. mayo or oil

My stirfry:

  • 6 ounces firm tofu
  • 4 ounces diced zucchini
  • 5 ounces bean srouts
  • 2 ounces snap peas
  • 2 ounces broccoli
  • 2 ounces chopped crab
  • 2 tablespoons low carb (turns out!) stir fry sauce

This made a GIANT bowl of stirfry!  I decided to use a teaspoon of Smart Balance oil to add some more calories to my dish, even so, the whole thing comes in at:

  • 371 calories
  • 11.9 fat
  • 30.1 protein
  • 43 carbs
  • 8 fiber

I made Tony egg salad using lettuce as wraps.  I just now realized that I probably should have cut up more veggies on the side – sorry Tony! 😀

delicious!

delicious!

Gotta run, my friend and I walked for 45 minutes so my lunch hour is up!  See you tonight for Grilled Chicken Caprese with Spaghetti Squash!

Don’t forget – a winner will be picked tonight for the food scale!  Don’t forget to enter 😀

Farewell to Pizza – Day 1 South Beach!

Thanks for all your comments on the windshield yesterday – still so weird that happened!

So last night was pizza night – I forgot to post about it because I was watching Food Network Star – I love Melissa!  I like how she’s toned down her bubbliness – I thought her presentation was the best too.

So you know how Tony and I don’t like onions, but Hannah does.  I seriously don’t know where I went wrong with that child – I protected her from onions until about the age of 12, when she attended a sleepover and they ordered a veggie pizza.  It had onions on it.  Not to be rude, Hannah decided to eat it as is, and when she came home the next day she declared “Onions are delicious!!  You’ve kept them away from me my whole life!”

It was also then that she discovered most people like onions and Tony and I are the odd ones out!

Hannah chopped her own onions for her pizza!

Hannah chopped her own onions for her pizza!

She made hers a veggie pizza – onions, red pepper, yellow pepper, orange pepper, and broccoli:

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Our pizza - all sausage - Tony half green olive, my half had mixed diced peppers

Our pizza - all sausage - Tony half green olive, my half had mixed diced peppers

I cooked down my $1 tomatoes to make a sauce to use during the week for dinner tonight and for one of my lunches this week – look at how much it reduced in just 3 hours!

I also used this sauce on our pizzas

I also used this sauce on our pizzas

This mornings breakfast was what I guess you could call a frittata?

  • 2 ounces chopped mixed peppers
  • 1 ounce lean deli ham, chopped
  • 1/2 cup egg beaters
  • 1/2 cup egg white
  • 1 ounce Mexican blend cheese
  • 1/2 chobani yogurt (on the side)
It's the size of a paper plate - it was REALLY puffy when it came out of the oven, but flattened after a couple minutes

It's the size of a paper plate - it was REALLY puffy when it came out of the oven, but flattened after a couple minutes

I started by sauteeing the peppers in my 7 inch cast iron skillet for about 5 minutes, then added everything else and baked for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Chobani was on sale for $1.09 at my grocery store - I stocked up!

Chobani was on sale for $1.09 at my grocery store - I stocked up!

But I didn’t realize this one was vanilla, with 12 carbs, so I only ate half for breakfast.  All together breakfast comes in at 335 calories, 10.1 fat, 42.1 protein, 15.1 carbs and 1.8 fiber (28% of calories from fat, 53% calories from protein and 19% calories from carbs).

Morning break is up – see you at lunch for Tofu Stirfry!

Lucky!

Boy, am I lucky!  I was driving to the grocery store this afternoon and all of a sudden my windshield on our truck just completely smashed!   I don’t know if it was a golf ball, baseball, or just a branch (it was windy) but I had to call Tony because I was covered in tiny pieces of glass!  Luckily we only had to wait 30 minutes for a Sheriff – we live in an unincorporated area of our town, so the county sheriff handles stuff like this.

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I am so lucky that it contained and I didn’t get a scratch on me – we had to listen to the Sox game on the radio for the first two innings!  Tony took the truck home after the sheriff did his report, and I took the car to go on to the grocery store.

I spent $111.43 for our South Beach menu this week – not bad!

Breakfast Ideas:

  • zucchini quiche
  • ham zucchini and low fat cheese muffins
  • low carb protein shakes
  • 0% greek yogurt

Lunch Ideas:

  • tofu stir fry
  • egg salad in lettuce wraps
  • chicken salad in lettuce wraps
  • spaghetti squash and turkey sausage
  • salads with balsamic dressing
  • cauliflower cheese soup
  • taco soup
  • the rest of my roasted red pepper and tomato soup

Dinner Ideas:

  • Chicken Capri with spagetti squash side
  • Balsamic garlic prk tenderloin with grilled asparagus with parmesan
  • zucchini noodle ground beef lasagna (baby spinach on my side!)
  • marinated flank steak with grilled cauliflower with cheese sauce

My mom is coming over next Friday so I haven’t planned that dinner yet.  I scored on the $1 rack today!!

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In trying to use up some of our non-south beach friendly refrigerator goods, lunch was chili cheddar hot dogs with tater tots!

Nathan's hot dogs too - the best out there!

Nathan's hot dogs too - the best out there!

Pretty sure this made it:

crunchy goodness!

crunchy goodness!

Come on back tonight for PIZZA!   Hope everyone has awesome weather like us today!!  See you at dinner. 😀