Snow Day!

Well, for Hannah anyway!  We have a winter storm warning through Friday morning, and we will probably see up to 12 inches by then.  However, we only got two inches overnight – but I guess their fear is that if it snows throughout the day, the buses won’t be able to run this afternoon.

Our school system has an automated phone system in case of school closure.  As I said goodnight to Hannah last night, she carried the cordless phone in her room, and this morning when I got up to make coffee, she wrote “No School!” on our chalkboard!   Lucky! 😀

I am glad you all got such a kick out of my 7 things about me!  My friend Christina also sent me that award, but I’ll save 7 more things and post next week – I know, the suspense is probably killing you! 😀

I had to have my pumpkin pancakes again for breakfast yesterday – although I have decided that two is plenty – and I wanted bacon!

357 calories, 15 fat, 44 carbs, 14 protien, 3 fiber

For lunch I had two cups of my Tomato/Potato Curry soup – although at the very end, I added a cup of baby spinach and it was fricken delicious!  It is the perfect amount of spice.  I added 1/2 ounce of reduced fat cheddar on top, and on the side – a giant carrot with low fat honey mustard dressing and a Thomas light English muffin with 2 slices of reduced fat American cheese.  I won’t lie – I dipped each bite of bread in the tomato soup – YUM!

469 calroies, 11 fat, 74 carbs, 20 protein – 17 FIBER!

Theperfect bite!

I actually got a little snacky yesterday afternoon – I equate that to my killer workout (you’ll see below).  I’ve had this Vegan cookie in my drawer at work which I won from Val.   Truth be told, I’ve been a little nervous to try it!  There were two cookies in the package – and one cookie was a serving.  Guess what?  I loved it!  Although in the beginning it was a bit dry, but as I drank my water and continued to eat it, it reminded me of Erin Baker”s Fruit and Nut Breakfast Cookie – but just more dense.

159 calories, 1.5 fat, 34 carbs, 5 fiber, 6 protein

Tony saw on Tastespotting Chile Con Carne – the main reason being that there are no beans!  Tracey adapted a recipe from Cooks Illustrated (which I love!), but found that the meat wasn’t as tender as she would have hoped.  So I adapted that recipe to make it a 30 minute week night meal.  Thanks for posting that Tracey – I must have missed that recipe on their site!  I did make some adjustments though to make it a week night dinner.

Biz’s Weeknight 30 minute Chile Con Carne (adapted from Cook’s Illustrated thanks to Tracey!)(my changes are in parenthesis)

  • One 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons inced chipotel chile in adobo (left out because Tony doesn’t like spicy chili)
  • 4 slices of bacon (left out since I cooked the meat in the crockpot)
  • 1 boneless beef chuck-eye roast – 3.5 to 4 pounds
  • 1 onion (of course, left out!)
  • 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and chopped (left out)
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder (reduced to 2 tablespoons)
  • 1.5 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (left out)
  • 2 tablespoons corn muffin mix (as thickening agent)
  • 6 ounces tomato paste (added – not in original recipe)

Since Tracey’s main complaint was the meat wasn’t tender, I decided to cook the meat in the crockpot.  It was on for two hours in the morning, Tony turned it off before going to a meeting, then Hannah turned it back on – so in total about 6 hours.

No seasoning – just placed in crockpot with 1 cup of water

When I got home I turned off the crock pot and put on my cutting board to cool so I could separate the fat.  Look at how tender and juicy the meat is!

Next I chopped up the meat – mind you this meat still has a bit of bite to it.  Had I left it in the crockpot on all day, it would have been shredded and that wasn’t what I was looking for.

the pile on the left is for the dog!

So while the original recipe takes approximately two hours, here is how I made this a weeknight meal:

Put the diced tomatoes in a blender and then add to stock pot.  Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, gloves, 4 cups water and tomato paste and heat over medium heat for about 15 minutes.  Remove 1 cup of tomato mixture and mix with 2 tablespoons corn muffin mix.   Put that mixture in a dish covered with saran wrap and microwave for 1 minute.  Whisk into chili mixture and cook an additional 10 minutes.  For the last 5 minutes, add diced meat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

I was actually surprised how thick this got in just 30 minutes!  We decided to do chili three ways!  I added 1/2 cup black beans to my chili and of course splashed with Tabasco! 😀  3/4 cup comes in at 270 calories, 11 fat, 29 carbs, 15 protein and 5 fiber.

My plate: 5 ounces cooked Smart Taste pasta, 3/4 cup chili, 1/2 cup black beans and 1/4 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese:

540 caloires, 18 fat, 68 carbs, 29 protein 13 fiber!

Stats for Wednesday

  • 1,516 calories
  • 47 fat
  • 212 carbs
  • 66  protein
  • 38 grams of fiber!
  • 27% of calories from fat
  • 25 minute Jillian circuit training (mostly biceps/triceps/jumping rope/jumping jacks)
  • 25 minute jog on treadmill at 4.5 mph

Here’s hoping we get let out of work early today!  Although while working a snow blower is fun in the beginning, the novelty wears off pretty quickly!

Come back tomorrow – dinner tonight is dry rubbed pork roast – its the perfect dry rub mix, you won’t want to mix it.  And dare I try to make scalloped potatoes?   If so, this would be try number 219 – one of them has to work out, right?  Anyone have any tips?

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27 thoughts on “Snow Day!

  1. Happy Snow day! I am dying to try your soup recipe! It’s 2 degrees here this morning…brrr!

  2. I have never had chili con carne and that looks so delicious! I do have some filet at home…but I’d like to make it with the roast. You have some awesome recipes girl!

  3. I may just have to try that dinner, hmmm I think I have all the ingredients to make it tonight!!!

  4. YIKES, If I am very good today, can I have a baked potato? Nothing says mmmmmmmmm like crunchy scalloped potatos.

  5. I can’t find those Heart Thrives anywhere!! Your lunch looks absolutely fantastic! Hope Hannah enjoys her snow day, lucky girl 🙂

  6. Haha at Tony’s comment!

    Your chili looks good – I never make chili with cuts of meat, only burger, so I should try it 🙂

    Jillian makes the most ass-kicking workouts – check out my post tonight for a link to another Jillian workout 🙂

  7. oh man!!!! that diner looks amazing.. so awesome!!
    i sound like a broken record but i would love to come and stay with you and tony! embrace the italian roots and have home cooked Biz food! lol
    i love the heart shaped cookies, they look delish!!

  8. I love chili and soups especially on a snow day! Tastes great and fills you right up 🙂

  9. snow day! i wish i could have one of those!

    and gotta love tastespotting…best site ever. have you tried foodgawker.com? they’re really great too!

  10. Wonder if the snow storm will come our way tomorrow. My daughter would love to sleep in on a snow day 🙂 Delicious eats, the chile con carne sounds mighty good right now!

  11. Gotta love a snow day. Those were the best. Too bad now when we grow up you have to go to work when it snows. Nice looking chili. I almost had some for lunch, but I decided to eat leftovers instead.

  12. WAHOO SNOW DAY!!! I’m home today, gotta love that district 🙂
    I’m definitely making a chili like that soon…would you believe I’ve never done one with steak instead of ground beef?

  13. GREAT JOB running for 25 minutes!!!

    I hope you get to leave work early – love the event of inclement weather, even if it means having to deal with snow. Stay warm, my friend!

  14. still waiting to see that photo of you in your Cassidy gear

  15. Yeah for Hannah!! I’m sure tomorrow the Columbus students will be in the same boat. It just started snowing here and it’s supposed to get BAD, yeah!
    Your pancakes, and tomato soup both sound/look fantastic. I have never made my own tomato soup, but now that I have a Magic Bullet I may be able to!

    Too bad about the BL. Oh well, Saturday is not too far away. I didn’t think this episode was very exciting…I Was kind of bummed about it.

  16. Wow…. that soup sounds soooo good! I’m not usually a soup kind of gal, but dipping the bread in it… I know all about.

    Thank you for your sweet comment about my boy!

  17. I just ate and now I’m hungry again looking at your food pictures. Sigh. I’m sick of snow already and wouldn’t care a whit if we didn’t get another inch for the rest of the winter. It’s definitely no fun having to try to get back and forth to work in a storm. Oh for the days of no school when I could just keep on sleeping!

  18. Wow, we got more than 2 inches! I’d say maybe 4 or so? (I always try to guess by what’s sitting on top of the furniture b/c I can’t tell just looking at the yard!) It’s still a brutal day, I’m glad they’re not risking having the kids on the road during this.

    The melted cheese on your soup looks so yummy! Nice job capturing that!

    I love the crockpot meat idea! It looks really good and Corky always gets the scraps too! 🙂

    PS my tip for scalloped potatoes is to use the box! 😉 hehe I can’t imagine making them from scratch, I know I’d fail. They’d be crunchy, the sauce would coagulate, or it’d be mush!

  19. I hope Hannah has enjoyed her snow day!! :)It’s finally snowing here in Georgia!! Wooooooo! I’m thinking we might have a snow day tomorrow, which obviously is great b/c I don’t have to go to school tomorrow, but also bad b/c they might turn it in to another furlough day!! 😦

  20. Hope you don’t have any troubles with traffic!

    We got about 4″ overnight but should only see flurries off & on for the rest of the week. Hopefully it will stay at flurries. 😉

    Chili looks great. I love to serve up the leftovers with some pasta & chopped raw onion. In fact, we’ll be doing that on Saturday.

    Have a great week!
    Lynn

  21. Snow is still coming down! I stayed home today, hubs got home early and we took a nap. He’s still sleeping yikes!

    Haven’t blogged about it yet but I’m most likely going to do the Reggae Marathon (1/2 marathon run/walk) in December in Jamaica. I am glad you linked to Val’s blog because I just added it to my reader.

    Chat soon!

  22. Those pancakes look amazing!

  23. i really miss the joy of having a school snow day!!!

  24. I want a snow day, darnit! Everyone else has them around here! Our director says, “The clinic will close when WalMart closes…never!” Awesome!

    The eats look wonderful, especially that chili con carne!

  25. We just had chili last night, so comforting with how cold it is right now!!

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