So not technical.

I’ve been trying to figure out over a year how to have printer friendly versions of my recipes.  I’ve gone on wordpress forums and the explanation on how to do it made no sense to me at all – first off, I don’t know how to write any code so I was pretty clueless from the get go.

I was on a blog yesterday, saw a recipe for Thai pizza and it had a printer friendly link.  Imagine my surprise when I figured out how to do it!  It’s a website called http://www.scribd.com.  You log in with an email and password and that’s it.  I put my recipe on a word document, uploaded it and it gives you an URL to link to.  😀

Breakfast was amazing – thanks to Can You Stay for Dinner I had the best pancakes – Blueberry Lemon Zest Pancakes!  The only difference was that I let my batter sit for 15 minutes to get extra fluffy pancakes.  You can print out a printer friendly version of the recipe here.

So fluffy!  I had three lite sausage links on the side.  Breakfast:  337 calories, 42 carbs, 17.4 protein, 12.2 protein and 1.9 fiber.  While my recipe card says serves one, I only had two of the four pancakes.

Lisa at Jersey Girl Cooks was my inspiration for lunch.  It’s not an exact duplicate because I used what I had on hand.   You can print out my recipe here.

ingredients

stuffed and ready for the oven

my plate - but I threw out the bread when I found mold! 😦

468 calories, 30 carbs, 21 fat, 21 protein, 5.2 fiber

Dinner was pork loin done on the grill.  It was nice hanging out with Tony on the deck while dinner cooked – it almost felt like summer!  And our dog loves it too – so much to see!

I just used a lemon pepper mix on the pork with grilled veggies on the side.

My plate: 3 ounce pork, broccoli potatoes and spicy bbq sauce!

Dinner:  437 calories, 39 carbs, 25 fat, 8.4 protein, 12.6 fiber (thanks to the broccoli!)

Stats for Tuesday:  No exercise (worked through lunch)

BSI is taking a break this week because of Easter – Christina will be our host next week, so stay tuned!

Also, check out my brother’s recap of Fit Bloggin!  So wish I could have been there! 😦

Off to get ready for work – have a great Wednesday!


Breakfast Pizza!

Since I had so much dough leftover from our pizza party Saturday night, it was inevitable that I would make breakfast pizza again!  This time: 3 oz. dough, 1/4 cup sauce, 1 ounce mozzarella, handful of baby spinach and 1/4 cup egg whites poured over the top.  You can taste the egg whites even if you can’t see them – it kind of blends into the cheese!

479 calories, 73 carbs, 24 portein, 13 fat and 6.6 fiber

When I saw Beth@990’s spicy green beans with tofu, I knew I would be making that soon!   I just made 1/4 of her recipe for my lunch.  I didn’t think that would be filling enough, so I made pork potstickers on the side 😀

4 ounces of fresh green beans

2 ounces of tofu

hot paprika, cumin, coriander, cury powder, salt and crushed red pepper

I deviated slightly from her recipe – I left out the onions and raisins!  😀

I made Alton Brown’s pot sticker recipe, but added 2 teaspoons of my spicy peanut butter!

Ingredients (printer friendly version)

  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions (left out – but subbed in 1 cup of shredded cabbage)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Peanut Butter & Co. Spicy Peanut Butter
  • 35 to 40 small wonton wrappers
  • Water, for sealing wontons
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 1/3 cups chicken stock, divided

Directions

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

Combine the first 11 ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl (pork through cayenne). Set aside.

To form the dumplings, remove 1 wonton wrapper from the package, covering the others with a damp cloth. Brush 2 of the edges of the wrapper lightly with water. Place 1/2 rounded teaspoon of the pork mixture in the center of the wrapper. Fold over, seal edges, and shape as desired. Set on a sheet pan and cover with a damp cloth. Repeat procedure until all of the filling is gone.

Heat a 12-inch saute pan over medium heat. Brush with vegetable oil once hot. Add 8 to 10 potstickers at a time to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, without touching. Once the 2 minutes are up, gently add 1/3 cup chicken stock to the pan, turn the heat down to low, cover, and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove wontons to a heatproof platter and place in the warm oven. Clean the pan in between batches by pouring in water and allowing the pan to deglaze. Repeat until all the wontons are cooked. Serve immediately.

I am submitting this recipe to the Great Peanut Butter Exhibition Recipe Contest.  Thanks Mara for posting  this!

the spicy peanut butter gave the pot stickers a nice kick!

a heaping teaspoon went into each wonton wrapper

fried in a touch of oil for a crispy bottom

here's how they look after being steamed

I had the spicy green beans with five pot stickers.  I drizzled the pot stickers with House of Tsang Szechwan sauce – only 25 calories a tablespoon – and a touch of sweet and sour sauce.  This was such a filling lunch!

Lunch: 522 calories, 74 carbs, 19.8 protein, 16.6 fat and 8.6 fiber

Whenever my store sells chicken wings for .79 cents a pound, I cannot pass that up!  And what better way to serve them but fried! 😀  I used this recipe for the chicken.   I don’t know what it is, but whenever I soak chicken in buttermilk, it is so tender!

I put this together yesterday morning, so it soaked about 9 hours

then mixed up the seasoned flour

I’ve discovered that if you let the chicken sit for at least 5 minutes after you coat the chicken, it stays on better.

My plate: (I only ate one wing), 1 cup mashed potatoes with gravy and 1/2 cup green beans on the side.

Dinner: 428 caloires, 38 carbs, 22 protein 21 fat and 6.5 fiber

I got mail! Thanks to Jen at Prior Fat Girl – I won new kicks!

New Balance! These fit like a glove!

I decided these are going to be my new “gym” workout shoes – I won’t use them outside.  I wore them while I was making dinner and it was like I wasn’t wearing shoes at all – and these retail for $65!! 😀  Thanks Jen!

Stats for Monday: 40 minute walk at lunch.  1,429 calories, 185 carbs, 65 protein, 51 fat and 22 fiber.

So excited for breakfast – I made Can you stay for dinner’s lemon blueberry pancakes!  And for lunch I have my version of Jersey Girl Cook’s Stuffed Peppers!  Have a great day! 😀

Foodbuzz, 24, 24, 24: German Exchange Pizza Party!

We had the privilege of having some of our German exchange students over for Pizza 101!  They had a great time and loved the pizza!

I decided to make my our pizza sauce when I lucked out with these tomatoes!

1 pound of tomatoes for $1 😀

I sliced them in quarters and generously sprinkled them with salt and pepper while 1 tablespoon of minced garlic was being sauteed in my stock pot with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Every batch I make is different because it depends on how the tomatoes are – some are really sweet, some are really tart – these were somewhere in the middle!

Biz’s Pizza Sauce

  • 1 pound fresh tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 to 10 basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Cook tomatoes until soft, about 20 minutes.  Puree with stick blender and simmer for up to two hours to reduce.

I had to make the dough ahead of time, because it needs to rise for at least 30 minutes.

Biz’s Deep Dish Pizza Dough

  • 3 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1.5 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water (room temperature is fine)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon oil (for the bowl when rising)

Put the flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar and yeast in your stand mixer with dough hook.  Add the water and butter and let the machine knead it for about 5 minutes.  Add to a bowl with olive oil and let rest for 30 minutes.

mix dry ingredients first

Then I add the melted butter to the water and mix that together – 5 minutes in the mixer and you are done!

I set the dough in the corner of my kitchen to rest.  I made WAY too much dough!  I don’t know what I was thinking, because each dough recipe is enough for two 16 inch pizzas!

Then I had my ingredients on the other side:

And I got giant pepperoni from my deli – so good!

I also bought new rolling pins and pizza pans:

Maxi and Eyke were ready to roll the dough:

Larissa had some awesome knife skills!  She sliced up the mushrooms and onions. (Yes, I know, I let an onion into the house!)

Larissa made a mushroom, pepperoni and onion pizza:

putting on the homemade sauce

ready for the oven!

Hannah and Eyke rolling out their dough

this one ended up being mostly mushroom with a little bit of pepperoni and light on the cheese

Eyke also made a tiny pizza with some of the dough – his “mini pizza!”E

Since I baked both of these at the same time – I baked them at 425 for 30 minutes, then 5 minutes off the pan straight on my oven rack to crisp up the crust – they loved it!

I love how charred the pepperoni gets 😀

While the kids ate, I made a pizza for me and Tony – sausage, pepperoni, green olives, black olives and fresh basil on my side – I ate 2 pieces, or 1/4 of this pizza:

I may have added this to my slices – if anyone likes crushed red pepper flakes, you’ll love this!  When you open up the jar it smells exactly like jalapenos!  Tony found this at TJ Maxx and gave it to me for my birthday last week 😀

my plate! 😀

For dessert I bought an assortment of butter cookies from our ethnic grocery store.  Um, pretty sure the turtle ones were a big hit!  I only had two cookies left this morning from a pound!

And as a thank you, we gave our German exchange students travel coffee mugs that have the Chicago skyline on it and winter caps with Chicago on it.

Nici and Eyke

Thanks to FoodBuzz for selecting my submission for this months 24, 24, 24!   It was a great night 😀

Sushi!

I had such a non-Biz breakfast yesterday – it reminded me of something Meghann would normally have! 😀

Two Van’s brand multi-grain waffles, 6 large strawberries, 6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt split between the two waffles and 1/4 cup of sugar free pancake syrup.   This plate comes in at 294 calories, 52 carbs, 18.2 protein, 2 fat and 7 fiber 😀

My friend and I walked at lunch again yesterday – there is this spot we walk by, it’s flooded and loaded with frogs – they are so loud!  That is, until they hear us talk and then they all simultaneously stop!  It makes us laugh every time!

It was still pretty cold out – maybe only 40 degrees, but we are starting to see signs of spring!

I loved my lunch yesterday!  I found these chicken sausages – each link is only 100 calories!  I know it says “onions” on the package, but I didn’t see it and I didn’t taste any 😀

My plate – one link, one 80 calorie bun, 1 ounce of sun chips and a new apple to me – it was called Pacific Rose and it was really good!

Okay, I may have an unusal obcession with mustard and hot peppers! 😀

Lunch comes in at:  393 calories, 53 carbs, 18.7 protein, 13 fat and 6.1 fiber.

Tony and I decided to have sushi for dinner – it’s at this point in the Lenten season that I am all out of ideas for non-meat meals!  We were tired of shrimp, I don’t like many types of fish, so sushi won!  On the way we stopped at World Market to pick up some coffee – so cheap!  We got a 24 ounce bag of Italian roast for only $8.49!

Of course you can never go into a store like that and not pick anything else up.  This may have landed in my basket:

But I did not put this in my basket! While I like spicy things, they have to be flavorful spicy – I think this one would just be too hot!

I almost always get the same thing when we go here – the aged dashi tofu, potstickers and miso soup.  I decided to switch gears and I got the Fire Spice Roll – jalapenos with cream cheese and raw tuna in a tempura batter with a spicy sauce – this was so good!  It even came to the table on fire!

I'll definitely order this one again!

I also got the cucumber rolls:

Tony always gets this – its called Happy Avo and its raw fish on an avocado with the most amazing sauce – we both agree that the sauce makes this dish – I didn’t eat any of the raw fish, but I did have a couple bites of the avocado.

And Tony got his crunchy shrimp head!

I also had two of these - 😀

And I even tried one of Tony’s rolls – it had raw fish/tuna/avocado and small roe on the side – it was actually really good! Ten years ago I never would have looked at that, let alone try it!

I estimate dinner at 699 calories, 102 carbs, 21 protein, 6.6 fat and 2 fiber - does that sound about right?

Stats for Friday: 45 minute walk.  1,387 calories, 207 carbs, 58 protein, 22 fat and 15.1 fiber. Calorie Count gave me a C+ for the day because I was low on fat, too high in sodium, and too low in fiber, Vitamin A, Calcium, Iron and Potassium. 😦  Maybe I should start taking multi-vitamins again?!

The girls have already left for a full day of shopping at Woodfield.   I am excited because Food Buzz picked my submission for this months 24:24:24!  I am having some German exchange students over for pizza making 101!  Be sure to stop by tomorrow for that post!

I love this picture of Hannah and Maxi!  It was taken at the ice skating rink they went to last night.

Oh – check out my friend Judy’s giveaway! Her son recently had difficult brain surgery and the prognosis is great!

Hope everyone enjoys their Saturday! 😀

Spaetzle!

I decided to have yet another taco burrito for breakfast, not the best picture, but it’s so good!

I only ate the strawberries in this fruit cup – the others weren’t very good.  I realize now that when I buy the pre-cut fruit, I really need to eat it within the first couple of days.

Breakfast: 397 calories, 43 carbs, 40 protein, 10.2 fat and 16.4 fiber 😀

Lunch was more of my Chicken Tikka Masala.  Um, pretty sure I love this because it’s the third time I’ve made it in three weeks!  I had 3/4 cup of white rice and a WW 1 point pita.

Lunch: 616 calories, 66 carbs, 51 protein, 15.7 fat and 4 fiber

I love the added cilantro – probably my favorite herb next to basil!

I had another orange on the side too.

I knew the girls were going to be home for dinner, so I took Christina’s advice and made her something she would be more familiar with:  spaetzle!   Only problem – I’ve never made it before!  My friend Andrea at work’s Mom is from Germany, so she gave me her tried and true recipe:

Andrea’s Mom’s Spaetzle Recipe (I doubled it!)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (didn’t add to mine though)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives (left that out too!)

Mix flour together – mix eggs and milk together.  Make a well in the dry ingredients and put eggs/milk in the middle.  Using a fork, bring down flour to incorporate.  Let dough sit 10 to 15 minutes.

the dough was thicker than I thought it would be

I saw on youtube where you could just push the dough through a collendar – um, that didn’t work!

It was then that Maxi said her mom uses a machine – and her hand gestures led me to my potato ricer!

with Tony's strong arms, he was able to get the dough through! 😀

They only take a couple minutes to cook – when they float to the top, they are done. 

mixed with a little butter

I was wondering what to make with the spaetzle, and a quick google search led me to this recipe.    So beef stroganoff spaetzle it was!  Maxi had two helpings!

Dinner was literally ready in about 25 minutes, and the kitchen was all cleaned up by 6:45!  It was still so light out, so I took Ed for a quick walk – but it was freezing, we only lasted 15 minutes!

He's looking at the ducks on the river!

And while cold, it was a beautiful sunset!

Stats for Thursday:  40 minute walk/jog/5% incline on treadmill (wasn’t feeling the run yesterday!), 15 minute walk with the dog.  (1454 calories, 143 carbs, 141 protein, 37 fat and 23 fiber)

The German students went downtown on Wednesday – I finally downloaded Maxi’s pictures last night – this one is one of my favorites!  They are in the glass cube that juts out of the Sears Tower!

Happy Friday!  I get to wear Jeans today at work – have a great day! 😀

Old School

I started out with my typical breakfast sammie on Thomas’ Everything bagel thin.  I cannot tell you how much I love these – all the flavor of a bagel, but without all the calories!  I had another orange on the side from my $1 bin, but this was more of a juice orange than a navel orange, so it made it a little more difficult to eat, but so juicy!

Breakfast: 309 calories, 41 carbs, 24 protein, 6.9 fat and 4.1 fiber

Lunch was Chili Mac – 3 ways – 1/2 cup cooke penne, 1 cup of my Cincinnati Chili, 1 oz. cheddar cheese and fresh jalapenos! 😀

I also had a side salad – mixed greens, cucumbers, fat free Italian dressing and 1/2 package of the best almonds!

I have Michelle at Lucky Taste Buds to thank for these – I recently won her giveaway!  The whole package is only 110 calories – I was going to just use half of the package on my salad, but then ended up eating them all – they were that good!

Lunch: 580 calories, 39 carbs, 43 protein, 28 fat and 9.4 fiber

The only thing I can say about dinner is that I was frazzled!   I was making pork chops and I wanted to make potato pancakes.  Well, I had to take the deep fryer downstairs, and bring up the food processor.  Only problem – I could not find the insert that let me use my shredder!

I looked everywhere, but it was no where to be found.  After looking for 15 minutes and going up and down stairs at least half a dozen times, I had to go Old School.  I am confident half of my readers have never seen anything like this before!

It sits on top of your bowl and you select the size you want.  Oh.my.God. this was a pain in the ass!  My arms were so tired just shredding 4 potatoes!  And all the while I kept thinking, “if I knew where that part was I could be done in 20 seconds!!”

they were good though! 😀

Luckily Tony took charge of the pork chops – he put lemon pepper seasoning on them and they were cooked to perfection – I cut off 4 ounces for my dinner – they were huge!

I also decided to make stuffed grilled zucchini.  I microwaved the zucchini whole, then cut it in half, took out some of the seeds and put in 1.25 ounces of goat cheese.  Tony rolled the cheese in his hands to get it to fit – thanks!

These were so good – the goat cheese already had seasoning in it – just called “fine herb” so not exactly sure what is in it, but so flavorful!

Dinner came in at 423 calories, 13.9 carbs, 45 protein, 8.2 fat and 3.2 fiber.  And Tony came through – I kept forgetting to replenish my office stock!

this will last me about a month! 😀

Stats for Wednesday:  45 minute walk at lunch with 2 pound weights!

Off to finish making my lunch – more Chicken Tikka Masala!!  Have a great Thursday!