Insonmnia

Last night was the second night in a row that I’ve had trouble going to sleep.  It is so not like me.  I am notorious for my sleeping abilities, and am usually sound asleep within 5 minutes of my head hitting the pillow.  I am the one at family events that sneaks off to take a nap for three hours and still not have any problems going to sleep!

Around 1:00 I woke up, Tony woke up and said “why are you getting up?”  And I yelled “I haven’t even fallen asleep yet!”  I got up to make some tea, I felt like I want to cry, I check my blood sugar and it is on the low side – 55.  Turns out I am mean when my blood sugar is low, so I apologize for snapping your head off Tony!

I made some tea we had in the cupboard called “bedtime” had 1/2 of Mel’s scone and went back to bed around 1:30.  The last time I checked the clock it was 2:30, so sometime after that is when I fell asleep.

Other than that, yesterday was a good day! 😀  Breakfast was an egg white spinach and canned potato hash with an English muffin and orange on the side.  One thing I like to do with oranges is after I peel them, let them sit until the outside skin gets dry, then they just pop when you bite into them.   Breakfast:  395 calories, 6 fat, 62 carbs, 23 protein, 12 fiber

Biz’s Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna

  • 1 (16 oz) can of kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (14 oz) can Rotel tomatoes with chile
  • 1 (4 oz) can of green chiles
  • 4 ounces of cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 5 corn tortillas

Since I don’t like chunky sauces, I used my stick blender to blend the Rotel and chiles.  Then I dumped in the kidney beans and seasonings for my sauce layer.

Next to build my layers – spray the bottom of your dish.  Start with a corn tortilla, then add the spinach, sauce and 1 ounce of cheddar cheese and continue to layer until you end up with a tortilla and cheese on top.

Bake at 400 for 20 minutes, or until cheese is all bubbly

1/4 of casserole is: 295 calories, 10.75 fat, 35 carbs, 15.25 protein and 10.25 fiber 😀

I made a dip of Smart Balance sour cream and Taco Bell sauce for a veggie dip.  While the casserole might look like dog food with melted cheese on it, it was delicious!  I gave some to my co-worker, and while I thought it could have been spicier, she loved it as is and said it was a keeper.  I did add Tabasco to mine to kick it up! 😀

392 calories, 14 fat, 47 carbs, 24 protein, 12 fiber

I had every intention of making spinach linguine with shrimp for dinner last night, but realized homemade pasta is probably not a week night dish to make.  So I went ahead with the shrimp scampi – this is by far my favorite shrimp I’ve made – I added lemon zest to it and it really brightened the dish.

Biz’s Shrimp Scampi

  • 1 pound 21-25 count shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chardonnay
  • 1/2 squeezed fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest

Make sure your shrimp is perfectly dry.  Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.  Heat skillet with melted butter – when it starts to foam, add the shrimp for 1 minute.  After 1 minute add the garlic for another minute.  Flip for 2 minutes and remove shrimp to a bowl.  To pan add chardonnay, lemon juice and zest and scrape up all the bits from the pan.

At this point I made my dish – first layer baby spinach, then six ounces cooked pasta, 1/2 cup of my marinara sauce and 3 oz. of shrimp.  I added Tony’s pasta and shrimp back into the pan to soak up all the zest, juice and goodness – he really liked it – no marinara sauce required!

Major score at the store: 21-25 count shrimp were $4.98 a pound!

the key to great shrimp is not overcooking them

crushed red pepper was added to mine after the picture!

Tony's plate with all the flavor from the pan

But later in the night I was hungry, so I ate an apple dipped in a tablespoon of peanut butter:

love Fuji apples

Stats For Tuesday:

  • 1,485 calories
  • 47 fat
  • 193 carbs
  • 84 protein
  • 35 fiber 😀
  • 40 minute sculpting ball DVD

I have to finish putting my breakfast together – fingers crossed I can get to sleep tonight!  What do you do if you can’t sleep – get up?  Read a book?  Watch t.v.?

It’s Your Life

Hannah had this song on her iPod (I actually almost typed eyepod!) while we were driving to lunch on Sunday.  This was the song that they played at the end of the last episode of Jon & Kate + 8.   I liked the acoustic version though.  I loved the lyrics!

This is the moment
It’s on the line
Which way you gonna fall?
In the middle between
Wrong and right
But you know after all

(Chorus)
It’s your life
What you gonna do?
The world is watching you
Every day the choices you make
Say what you are and who
Your heart beats for
It’s an open door
It’s your life

Are you who you always said you would be?
With a sinking feeling in your chest
Always waiting for someone else to fix you
Tell me when did you forget

To live the way that you believe
This is your opportunity
To let your life be one that lights the way

I read Jen’s post yesterday.  I loved how at the end of her post she said “2010 is the Year of Jen!”  Well any long time readers will know that last year I declared 2009 as mine and since I don’t have a rhyming name like Jen, I decided that 2010 is WHEN! I know I have push myself harder to get to where I want to be.   And it’s not even a particular weight I am striving for – its to feel and be healthy so I can be around for my family.  While the weight is slow to leave, I know the RD’s and fellow diabetics will appreciate this number!

That's my 14 day average!!

How cool is that?  I think Pubsgal and Foodie will be happy with those numbers too! 😀

Breakfast was completely insulin worthy!  My friend Mel made me chocolate chip scones from Cooking Light Magazine – holy cow these were amazing Mel!!  I love scones – the first scone I ever had was at Starbucks, and it was their cinnamon chip one – I dipped this bad boy into my coffee and it was so good!  Thanks Mel!  On the side I had a kiwi and a fiber one peach yogurt.  Not a huge fan of the yogurt – I am so used to Greek yogurt that this was overly sweet – I ended up eating a few spoonfuls.

Lunch was wonton soup from the wontons I made out of leftover Chinese food!   There is no real recipe to this, I just kept throwing things into the mix:  2 cups low sodium chicken broth, broccoli, radish, dried red chilis, spinach, carrots, sliced jalapeno and 8 of the wontons.  And even though the broth looks like dirty dish water – it was nice and spicy!

the perfect bite!

Dinner was pork chops, scalloped potatoes and green beans – I was the only one who had sauerkraut – no one else in my family likes it.  I love it so much I can basically eat it out of the can!  I thought Allison would get a kick out of my seasoning for my pork chop!

Buffalo pork chops!

My pork chop weighed in at 12 ounces!  So I only at 1/3 of it, 1/2 cup scalloped potatoes, green beans, and not pictured was a cup of sauerkraut. 😀

On tap for lunch today is a vegetarian Mexican lasagna – something even Marissa can make!   The best part is that 1/4 of this casserole is only 295 calories!  You’ll have to come back tomorrow for the recipe.  Also on tap for dinner is Shrimp Scampi with homemade spinach pasta – hope it works out!  This is the finished product:

Mmmm....cheese!

So while I struggle to make good choices, I am going to make today a good day – one day at a time.  You can’t move forward looking in the rear view mirror.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to make this amazing grilled cheese sandwich with short ribs (sans the onions!) from the cover of Bon Appetit I got in the mail yesterday!  Look at all that melty cheese! 😀

New Friends!

It still amazes me how many different people I have become friends with that I never would have run across in my every day life!  Today I met a fellow blogger – we have been following each others blogs for probably almost a year if not longer?  She lives in Milwaukee, but she and her boyfriend were hitting up Woodfield and Ikea and asked if I would like to meet them for lunch – done!

I knew I was going to split a pepperoni pizza with Hannah, so breakfast was on the small side for me – just a simple egg/meat/cheese sammie!  These English muffins get extra crispy!

Hannah drove today – the older I get, the more I hate driving, and when she drives I get to read a magazine!  I am LOVING the Jan/Feb Cooking Light!  So many great recipes!  Thanks for driving Hanners!

When Mel showed her boyfriend J the huge burger Tony had at the soft opening at The Lucky Monk, he couldn’t wait to try it!   He didn’t even eat breakfast yesterday in anticipation of it! 😀   He ended up getting the 9 ounce Farmhouse – with a fried egg on top!  I know Sophia and Brandi will LOVE the runny yolk!  You can check out their menu here.

Mel got a chicken sandwich on a pretzel roll:

And Hannah and I split a 12 inch pizza – it was big, we still had three pieces left!  We both love the big slices of pepperoni.

Thanks for a great time today Mel and J!!

Me and Mel! 😀

The best part about reading each others blogs is that we already knew so much about each other, it isn’t weird meeting in person – she’s just as cute and fun as she comes across on her blog! 😀

Dinner was Thanksgiving in January – my store had Jennie-O turkey breasts on sale for .99 cents a pound – I got a 6 pound one – my plan is to have it for dinner, then cutting off the rest for sandwiches later in the week for me and Tony – not bad for $6 bucks!

Baked at 325 for 2 hours - low and slow makes a juicy turkey!

My plate with a cup of mashed potatoes and stuffing.

There was a lot of meat on this!  Not only did I get dinner last night, but I have 6 ounces of shredded turkey to add to a soup later on:

And I have 1.2 pounds of chunk turkey breast to cut for sandwiches this week:

Okay so I knew I wanted to make wonton soup for one of my lunches this week.  I decided to puree my Chinese leftovers from Saturday night and use that as a filling.  Guess what? It was delicious!  I just added some spicy stir fry sauce to kick it up a notch.

I dumped it all into the food processor

Then used about 1 tsp. of filling into each wonton:

Eight wontons are a serving:

I steamed them in a covered pan until the water evaporated, about 5 minutes, then added a touch of oil and Pam to pan fry them:

These turned out really good!  You’ll just have to come back tomorrow to see how I put the soup together!

Off to get ready for work – can’t believe it’s Monday again already!  Have a great day! 😀

Awesome Grocery Shop!

Am I the only one who gets a kick out of saving a ton at the grocery store??  I shopped at our local Dominick’s store, which isn’t where I normally do my full grocery shop because it is more expensive than our ethnic grocery store with the awesome deli and produce.  But the sale flyer was just too good to pass up!

I saved 50 PERCENT!! I spent $84 and saved $83.41!!

What’s on the menu?  (Remember, breakfast and lunch is just me!)

Breakfasts

  • zucchini eggs on tostadas with salsa
  • breakfast pizza
  • spicy oats with fried egg
  • Biz typical breakfast sammie
  • blueberry buckwheat pancakes

Lunches:  (I couldn’t find wheat berries!  Next week I’ll go to Whole Foods)

  • Dijon croque monsieur (Jan/Feb Cooking Light)
  • chili baked potato
  • turkey sandwich with tomato soup
  • vegetarian tortilla bake
  • shrimp stir fry and wonton soup

Dinners

  • herb roasted turkey breast with garlic mashed potatoes and stuffing
  • fish taco fiesta with cilantro avocado sauce
  • shrimp scampi with spinach fettucini
  • chili 3 ways
  • pork chops with scalloped potatoes and green beans

Not bad for $84!!

Tony made me breakfast yesterday morning – he makes the best eggs I’ve ever eaten!  Thanks honey!

We ate kind of late in the morning thanks to me not getting my ass out of bed until almost 10:00!  I heart sleeping in! 😀  Later in the afternoon I got hungry though – I had 1 ounce of Italian beef, 1 healthy living bun, 1 slice of muenster cheese and put it in the toaster oven until it got all melty.

Then these were staring me in the face:

I don’t really bake much, so I probably break every rule in baking by just throwing everything in a big bowl and mixing it up.  I had one fatal error though – I added 1 cup of Kashi puff cereal thinking it would give the muffins a bit of a crunch, but in the batter, they just ended up being chewy – so leave it out if you make these!  Best part?  Nutrition!  Each muffin: 130 calories, 2.5 fat, 25 carbs, 3.5 protein and 1.5 fiber.  Would that be a 2 point muffin?

Biz’s Low Sugar Banana Muffins (makes 12)

  • 3 medium bananas
  • 2 tablespoons smart balance sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons no sugar added applesauce
  • 1/4 cup egg white
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • zest of fresh nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar free pancake syrup
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • put the Kashi puffed cereal back in the pantry!

Mix everything together.  I used my 1/3 cup measure to put in the muffin tin.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing them from the muffin pan.

I opted for sour cream instead of butter - it worked!

love the big banana nugget on top!

We all had a Chinese jones going on, so we had Hannah pick up Chinese on her way home last night.  I opted for wonton soup instead of an egg roll – this was 1/3 of the bowl!

I added mustard sauce to the broth - it was kind of bland

Then I had Hunan shrimp as my entree.  Tony and I really love Chinese food when we ask for NO ONIONS!

With pork fried rice on the side – NO ONIONS!

I am going to put my leftover Chinese food in the food processor today and see if I can make potstickers out of them.  Do you think that would work??

Blogger Meet up Today! I am meeting my friend Mel and her boyfriend J for the first time today – Hannah and I are going to be meeting them up at The Lucky Monk for big ass burgers!  I will try to be good and get a salad, but you never know! 😀

If I have time I may post a BSI mushroom recipe – its just darn hard because I don’t like mushrooms!

Party Pizza Friday!

Okay, I think Tony has about had it with party pizza Friday.  I never mention what’s for dinner on Friday’s because I already know that I am going to make pizza!  So I was bringing up the stand mixer from the basement and he asks “what’s for dinner?”  I hem and haw, but then meekly say “deep dish sausage pizza?”   While I could eat pizza every day and never get sick of it, I think Tony is done with pizza for a while – but at least I went out with a bang – this one was delicious!!

But I am sure you are waiting with anticipation as to “what did Biz eat for breakfast and lunch??” 😀

low carb wrap, 1 egg, 1 oz. swiss cheese and 1 oz. corned beef wrap

and a kiwi on the side: Breakfast: 358 calories, 21 fat, 25 carbs, 25 protein, 10 fiber and 673 sodium

One kiwi has 3 grams of fiber! And thanks to the corned beef, my breakfast was kind of high in sodium.

Lunch was the rest of my Mexican Soup – which I am happy to say is only 80 calories a cup, 4.5 grams of fat, 7 carbs, 5 protein and 1 fiber.

I had two cups with 1.5 ounces of tortilla chips – I dipped the chip into the soup, then splashed Tabasco on each bite = heaven!

Lunch: 373 calories, 20 fat, 41 carbs, 13 protein, 6 fiber (2,085 sodium!!)

Yep – the chicken broth put me over the edge in the sodium department, but this was really good!

I used my Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza Dough.   While it was mixing it was still kind of sticking to my mixing bowl, so I added 1 tsp. of olive oil and it worked like a charm – look how clean my bowl is after the kneading!

I am actually curious how this dough would taste if I actually let it rise – I was impatient last night and only let it rest 15 minutes before rolling it out.

my side: red pepper, sausage and bacon - Tony's: add mushrooms and green olives

Damn Diners, Drive-Inns and Dives.  We recently saw an episode where they went to a pizza place and they had a LAYER of sausage in their deep dish pizza.  I made a giant patty of sausage, browned it on both sides then used my rolling pin to make it into a big circle.   I added the sausage on top of the ingredients above, then finished off with my pasta sauce and more cheese.

I forgot to take a picture in the pizza!

two olives on the right so I knew which side was Tony's

Baked at 425 for 20 minutes – let cool at least five minutes.

it was really hard to wait to cut into this!!

Look how cheezy!!

I could be over estimating, but my guess is that 1/4 of this pizza comes in at 788 calories, 40 fat, 82 carbs, 25 protein, 0 fiber, 1,676 sodium.   But because I had low calories for breakfast and lunch, it all worked out.

Stats for Friday

  • 1,519 calories
  • 81 fat (oops – 45% of my calories were from fat!) 😦
  • 148 carbs
  • 63 protein
  • 15 fiber
  • 4,433 sodium (2 times the recommended amount)
  • 40 minute jog on the treadmill
  • 5 minutes abs

A glance back on this weeks food – not enough fruits and veggies – I think I may have to go back to having big side salads at lunch – that is going to be on my radar next week.

I have lot’s of new things to try too thanks to you guys!

First up – Devon from Traveling Taste Buds made this Wonder Paste – you have to see it to believe it.  Luckily my store carries cilantro for 3 bunches for a dollar!  I plan on adding this to wraps and maybe even my egg wraps next week!

Next, Christy from the Actors Diet had Two Peas cater her whole day worth of meals.  One of the items in her day was a Wheat Berry Salad that I am going to try to recreate.  Ellie Krieger has a salad similar that is on my menu for lunch next week – thanks for the idea Christy!

Then Laura had an Amy’s tortilla and black bean frozen dinner that looked really good!  I have a vegetarian recipe I am going to try out for my lunch next week too – I am hoping it freezes well, because I don’t think Tony or Hannah would like this – lots of green chiles!

Other Peeps to Check Out:

RobinSue – quite possibly a genius because she now serves dinner at breakfast and eats breakfast for dinner!  You have to check this out!

Shelley kicked ass this week with her workouts – she continues to inspire me on a daily basis – check out her bruises too!

And Cathy made this amazing creamy warm bacon dip – this may show up on Superbowl Sunday!  Calories don’t count that day do they?

I sent my Jillian DVD to Faith for winning last week’s BSI – she’s from upstate New York, somewhere I have never been.

So my question of the day?  Where are you from? You don’t have to be too specific, a state will do!

Don’t forget that Val is hosting BSI this week – mushrooms!  You have until Sunday night to submit your entrees – I have to get going on that!!