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. 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!

Weeknight Surf and Turf!

I lucked out on my $1 rack at my grocery store with 6 navel oranges for $1 – this one was so flavorful!!

On the side I had 1/2 cup egg white scrambled with baby spinach, 1 tablespoon of real bacon bits and 1 oz. 75% reduced fat cheddar cheese, rolled up in a low carb/high fiber wrap.

Breakfast: 310 caloires, 38 carbs, 29.8 protein, 8.6 fat and 13.3 fiber! 😀

Breakfast held me pretty well – probably because of the high fiber content?  Anyway, it was enough to fuel my 45 minute walk at lunch.  As my friend and I were walking we decided that next week we would bring our bikes and bike at lunch – its such a beautiful road and there is not a lot of traffic.

I told my friend I was bringing lunch in today – another version of a Bahn Mi sandwich.  The last time I brought this in for us, while the contents of the sandwich were good – the roll I picked out was way to crunchy.  I stopped at the store on the way to work in search of soft rolls – picked up the first one I saw and then as I was headed to the check out I noticed each bun was 310 calories! Nope!  So I got another brand for 180 calories – it was perfect.  As my friend described lunch:  It was 5 forks – which means it’s good enough to put on a menu! 😀

569 calories, 72 carbs, 38 protein, 14.4 fat and 6.2 fiber

I liked the added splashes of sriracha on mine!

I put my spicy tofu “mayo” in calorie count, and 1 tablespoon is only 16 calories!  I put it on the base of the sandwich and it really was good!

Hannah and Maxi decided to go shopping after school and informed me that they were not going to be home for dinner.  I decided that since it was so nice out, we would grill out.  They sell these petite filet’s at my store for $6.99 a pound – they have two small filets in each packet – sure beats the price of filet mignon behind the meat counter – it was $16.99 a pound yesterday!  And I picked up some shrimp.

While I was at the seafood counter, I looked at all the bottled sauces and decided to pick this one up.

Wasabi is the one spicy thing Tony will eat because its hot for an instant, and then goes away.  After we both tried it with dinner – Tony described it as Green Goddess with a little kick – perfect descriptions!  It was a tad on the sweet side, but we still liked it.  A little goes a long way too – at 150 calories for 2 tablespoons, a teaspoon was all I needed.

I marinated the shrimp in a bit of olive oil, garlic and strips of basil.

Luckily our gas grill has a temperature gage, because all of a sudden I looked over and the temperature was getting lower and lower – a quick change of the gas container (I can’t think of the word!) and we were back in business.  The filets only take about 20 minutes for medium rare.

My plate:  3 oz. tenderloin, 3 oz. shrimp, 2 cups baby spinach and 1 tsp. wasabi sauce:  This whole plate comes in at only 296 calories, 7 carbs, 43 protein, 8.7 fat and .7 fiber!

Stats for Tuesday:  45 minute walk at lunch

On the German Exchange calendar last night it was described as “Family Bowling Night!”  I decided to tag along with the girls, only to find out that other than the German teachers, I was the only parent there!  But I had an opportunity to take a bunch of pictures – I set up a blog for the German parents to go, to keep up with what their kids are up to.   Here’s one of the pictures:

Hannah is second to the right and Maxi is third to the right

Today is also the first official trip to Chicago – they are going to Sears Tower, Geno’s East for dinner and then to a dance performance – she won’t be home until 11:00 tonight so she will be tired!

Also, huge thank you to Tony for installing our medicine cabinet last night while we were bowling! We couldn’t find anything we liked in the stores, so we bought it on-line – it looks great – thanks Tony!

Alright, off to put my food together – have a great Wednesday!

Slight problem.

Sunday night Maxi was putting together a power point presentation of typical foods that German’s eat.  One of the slides caught my interest because it said that their main meal is in the middle of the day, usually a hot meal, and that they only have small snacks around dinner time.

Yesterday there was a welcome breakfast at school, and after school (Hannah gets out of school at 12:20) Hannah took Maxi to Panda Express.  Hannah said she loved it and ate every bite!  She went to the girls high school varsity soccer game and came home around 6:45.  Hannah came home from work around 7:15.  I asked Maxi if she was hungry?  Tony and I had made ahi tuna burgers and I knew she liked tuna.  Her reply?  “May I have just an apple?”

The only meal I’ve made for her was the one on the first day she got home!   I made Cincinnati chili for dinner tonight – maybe she’ll have some of that before we go bowling with the group.

Yesterday morning I made a taco omelet!  1.5 ounce taco meat, 1/4 cup refried beans, sliced jalapenos with 1/2 ounce diced pepper jack cheese with 1/2 cup egg whites.

I reheated it at work, and then put salsa verde on top, with fresh fruit on the side.

I love the fresh fruit at my local grocery store – only $1.99 a pound!

While a bit on the nippy side yesterday, that didn’t stop my friend and I going walking – we walked for 45 minutes!  When I got back, I heated up 1 cup of my broccoli mac n cheese and had more fruit.

Another present I got for my birthday was a cookbook from Diners Drive-Ins and Dives.  Last nights dinner was inpired by that book!  It called for a spicy wasabi mayonnaise – I don’t like mayo, so I subbed in silken tofu and it worked out great – I left it off Tony’s though – he doesn’t like tofu – and I added a dash of sriracha.

Biz’s Spicy “Mayo”

  • 10 ounces silken tofu
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce

Just whip in a food processor and you are good to go.  In fact, I am making Bahn Mi sandwiches for lunch today for me and my co-worker, and plan to use it on that sammie as well – and seriously, if you didn’t know it was tofu, it has the feel of mayo!

I got the tuna from our local grocery store too – I may have overcooked it a touch, but you can’t beat the price – four 4 oz. steaks for only $4.99!

For the steak, I just brushed with a touch of olive oil and soy sauce and sprinkled with some black sesame seeds.

The best part of the dinner I thought though was the Asian Slaw that went on top of the burger.  This is the recipe – the only addition I made was add a bit of sriracha sauce to my 1/3 cup before plating.

Asian Slaw

  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions (okay, you know I left that out!)
  • 1 tablepoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoison sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey (I swear I bought some, but couldn’t find it – I added 1 tsp. sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon pickled ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 tespoon mixed garlic


  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup purple cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots

Whisk all the dressing ingredients together in a large bowl.  Toss with slaw mix and mix well.  Stays in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Oh, and of course I added sliced jalapenos to mine too!

Right before I grilled the tuna steaks, I dropped the fries for the second time figuring they would be done at the same time as the tuna.  We started talking to a neighbor when we were on the deck, I take the tuna off, a few minutes later I walk in and smell the fryer and was like “oh shit!”  I thought they would be burned, but Tony and I actually loved them – they tasted just like potato skins!

this one is a keeper! 😀

Stats for Monday:  45 minute walk

And a huge thank you to Jasmine of Sweet and Fit – I recently won her giveaway – a $50 Safeway Card!!  (but I can use it at my local store called Dominick’s.)  Thanks Jasmine – glad you had such a great time at Fitbloggin!

Alright, time to jump in the shower – have a great Tuesday!!


Let’s get down to business first thing!  Thanks to everyone who commented on my birthday post from Friday – I had such a kick reading all your favorite birthday memories!

The winner of the giveaway . . . .

danica, on March 19, 2010 at 8:10 pm Said: Edit Comment

Awww – they look sooooo Happy! My parents had several exchange students growing up with the longest being from Brazil – she was with us for a year. It’s SO FUN!!! I can’t wait to read about your adventures showing her around town and all.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you and your Twin Sis!!!

My most memorable birthday was when The Husband went all out. He doesn’t really cook, in fact, he has only cooked I think maybe 3 times in our 7 years together. He actually baked me a cake for my 33rd birthday without me knowing and I heard from both his mom and my mom about all his calls on how to make it…if its supposed to puff up, how to frost, etc. I had NO CLUE he was making a cake nor did I have a CLUE that he was suprrising my by taking me to a restaraunt and my entire family was there. He rocks!!! :)

Congrats Danica!  Send my your address at

Breakfast yesterday was quick – a Thomas Bagel thin egg sammie with 1/4 of a fuji apple – these apples were huge!

I have to give Tony full credit for my submission to Natasha’s monthly challenge – come up with your own compound butter!

It all started with making corn muffins.  I just used the recipe that was on the side of the corn meal.  Had these all been for me, I definitely would have added chopped fresh jalapenos!

Tony suggested making an avocado butter!  Genius!

Avacado Butter

  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 6 ounces avocado (2 medium sized)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • juice of 1/4 of a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Throw everything into the food processor.  While I kept this butter in a dish for dinner – after dinner I put it in parchment paper, shaped it into a log and put it in the freezer.  Tony and I are going to melt some the next time we have steak!

My mom loved it – I think she liked it even more just with tortilla chips!

Since I was doing beef for dinner, I decided to make a macaroni and cheese for Hannah – and since I wasn’t sure Maxi liked beef, I thought she could eat it too.  Well, turns out the group she was with when she went downtown lost track of time and missed their train – she didn’t end up getting home until 8:00 – but she had a great time – too much site seeing and not enough shopping, but she did end up eating at a Chinese restaurant and getting ice cream! 😀

It was then I realized I was out of bread crumbs!  So I took 4 pieces of bread from my freezer, toasted them well and pureed them.  Then I mixed the bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons of melted butter for the topping.

This was a great mac n cheese!  Loved the topping 😀

I think my friend John would love this roast beef!  The key is to remove it at 125 and let it sit for 20 minutes before slicing.

My plate:

I almost forgot to show you one of my favorite birthday gifts!

This peanut butter is amazing!  One day this week I plan on making my pumpkin pancakes and plan to schmear this peanut butter on top – gotta love that after peanuts, the next three ingredients are all chiles! 😀

Alright, time to get ready for work – enjoy your Monday! 😀