Before I get to the delicious food, I want to wish my MIL a speedy recovery – she had knee replacement surgery today and while the surgery went very well, she’ll probably have a tough couple weeks ahead of her – send good thought her way! 😀
Breakfast was a good ole bagel sammie – this version is a smaller Lender’s bagel with egg white, spinach and 1/2 an ounce of Volpi salami. I had 5 ounces of cantelope on the side – I finally picked a ripe one!
I hate sweet potatoes. My Mom loves them baked with a simple pat of butter, and she makes a mean sweet potato pie. I have never been a huge fan of them by themselves. Until one day with the BSI was sweet potato, I had to put my thinking cap on. How do you create a dish when you hate he main ingredient??!!
But that’s how I came up with Sweet Potato Ravioli with Red Pepper Sauce. Holy yum! (and a reminder that I need to make these again – soon!).
So in my Eating Well magazine this month there was a recipe for Sweet Potato-Peanut bisque and I was immediately drawn to it. I am sure you could make this with canned yams (same thing?), but I used fresh – a total of 24 ounces.
Sweet Potato-Peanut Bisque (adapted from EW – you’ll see the changes I made)
- 24 ounces sweet potato (this was about 3 medium)
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 small yellow onion (NOPE!)
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 3 cups vegetable juice (I bought a generic brand)
- 1 4 ounce can diced green chilis (I used two tablespoons of Giardiniera)
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice (left this out too, don’t like allspice!)
- 1 15-ounce can vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I used TJ brand with flax seeds)
Bake the potatoes in the microwave for 8 minutes. Remove and let cool. Meanwhile heat oil in large pot, add garlic and onion if using, and cook for 5 minutes until they start to brown.
At this point I threw everything in the pot, the peeled sweet potato, juice, spices and let it cook for 15 minutes on a low simmer. Then I use one of my favorite kitchen tools – the stick blender! While the recipe said to only puree half the sweet potatoes so its a bit chunky, I like my bisques to be smooth – and you know what? It tastes like there is cream its so rich!
I love the slightly sweet, kick of the giardiniera, the touch of ginger – this is definitely company worthy soup!
Each 1 1/2 cup serving comes in at: 291 calories, 16 fat, 30 carbs, 6 fiber and 10 protein. And a whopping 300% of Vitamin A and 100% Vitamin C per serving!
Dinner is also from Eating Well, but its from my cookbook. Here is the link with the recipe for the herbed butter, but since I have my scampi butter already prepared from the farmers market, I decided to skip that step and just use my butter.
I had three pieces of corn I needed to cook, so they went on the grill first.
Okay, so I have seen grilled Caesar salad on other blogs, and thought it was interesting. Um, can I just say that Tony and Hannah were a bit suspect? My fire was a bit hot, so I may play around with this one on the gas grill. I thought it would be “smokey” flavored, but not so much. I just drizzled a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper on the romaine after I sliced it in half.
We like our steak on the rare side, so these filets only took 5 minutes tops. And these were on the small side – mine weighed in at 4 ounces and Tony’s weighed in at 6 ounces – both only cost $8!
I then put Healthy Life wheat bread on the grill to toast – only 35 calories a slice! But the best part was resting the steak on the bread, because the juice of the steak soaked into the bread – it was DELICIOUS!
Dinner with the salad comes in at 508 calories, 25 fat, 34 protein, 37 carb and 8.3 fiber. This recipe is a keeper!
But what I enjoyed most was sitting outside for an hour after we ate, enjoying a glass of Pinot Grigio with Tony and just enjoying the weather – it was perfect outside tonight!
My friend had plans with her husband at lunch today, so I hit the elliptical. I was only 35 minutes in and my blood sugar was taking a nose dive – it was 62 when I got back to my desk! But at least I got some exercise in!
Stats for the Day
- 1226 calories
- 52 fat
- 61 protein
- 131 carbs
- 17 fiber
- 35 minutes elliptical
Thanks for everyone’s comments on Hannah’s senior year – she appreciated it!
Off to make chili for tomorrow nights dinner – its a new recipe (Tony and I are chili challenged) so I am keeping my expectations pretty low! See you tomorrow!