Reason 1,049 I love Tony and BSI – Sour Cream!

He buys me hot shit!

Oh my gosh – these are delicious!  And you get 33 in a serving!  Although I know today I am going to have to portion them out into individual servings, because I have no doubt I could eat the whole bag on one sitting!

spicy goodness in a bowl! 😀 Thanks Tony!

I am still flying by the seat of pants meal planning wise.  I am continuing the “Mexican” theme with breakfast tostadas.  I have corn tortillas that are 50 calories a piece.  I “pam” fried them to firm them up a bit.  When I got to work, I just put them in the toaster and they got nice and crispy!  On top I had 1/2 cup egg whites, spinach and an ounce of diced ham and one ounce of mozzarella cheese split between the two tostadas.  This was so good! The creaminess of the eggs against the crunchy corn tostada – heaven! 😀   I forgot I was going to add 1/2 a cup of veggie refried beans – I’ll have to remember that next time!

Breakfast: 360 calories, 46 carbs, 27 protein, 8.2 fat and 7.9 fiber

I told you Alison gave me the idea for the cauliflower mac n cheese, and it did not disappoint!  And when I remembered that the BSI this week is sour cream, I definitely knew I would make it!  I tweaked her recipe just a little bit.

Biz’s Version of Cauliflower Mac N Cheese (printer friendly version here)

4 servings:  Each serving 390 calories, 11. Fat, 52 carbs, 6 fiber and 21 protein

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces dry elbow macaroni
  • 2 pounds (about 1 large head) cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 Arnold Thins
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 ounces 75% reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup fat free half and half
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ cups light sour cream

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Cook the pasta according to the package, adding the chopped cauliflower during the last 3 minutes.  Drain.
  • Toast the Arnold thins until almost dark – you need to dry them out to pulse in the food processor.  Add to food processor with the cilantro, oil and dash of salt and pepper and pulse to combine.
  • Return the pasta/cauliflower mixture to pot.  Add cheese, sour cream, half and half, mustard and cayenne pepper and mix well.
  • Transfer to baking dish, sprinkle with bread crumbs and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

It all started with this cheese - it's one of my favorites, still so flavorful and only 60 calories an ounce!

I used regular elbow macaroni because I had it on hand - and I reduced the amount to 10 ounces

I bulked the dish up with 2 pounds of cauliflower 😀

I also used light sour cream - just because it was what I had on hand

I realized I am out of bread crumbs! So I toasted 2 Arnold thins and pulsed with fresh cilantro, 1/2 tsp. oil and salt and pepper for the topping

In the last few minutes the pasta is cooking, add the cauliflower to blanche

mix everything together - nice and creamy!!

pulse the Arnold thins so it's course, not powdery

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 400 degrees

My lunch:  One serving of mac n cheese and a side salad with diced apples and low carb Italian dressing.  Lunch comes in at 505 calories, 68 carbs, 23 protein, 16 fat, and 8.9 fiber.

I love the crumb topping and the hint of spicy with the cayenne 😀

I shared this with some co-workers and they all loved it – I came home with an empty casserole dish!  Although Tony says people at work eat 5 day old donuts on the counter too! 😀  I loved this, but it got me thinking that next time I might puree the cooked cauliflower in with the sour cream and cheese for a creamier version – and maybe switch it up and make a broccoli cheese sauce too.  The possibilities are endless! 😀

So last night was the German Exchange Farewell dinner.  Maxi flies home today!  It seems like she just got here, but three weeks went by really fast.

It was a catered event – this was my plate:

I also managed a German exchange blog for the German parents to see what their kids were up to.  You can check that out here.   I was surprised when we got to the dinner that someone had printed out multiple copies of pictures from the blog for kids to take home with them at the end of the dinner – during dinner they served as table decorations!

All the students - big group!!

But when I got home I was still hungry!  So I made a quick pizza.  Between the “two” dinners, dinner comes in at 812 calories, 90 carbs, 49 protein, 28 fat and 2.4 fiber.

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 45 minute walk at lunch
  • blood sugar average: 145.5
  • 1,677 calories, 204 carbs, 99 protein, 52 fat and 19.2 fiber

I have the day off of work today to take Maxi to the airport.  Off to make apple cinnamon pancakes as a farewell breakfast!  Have a great day! 😀

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40 thoughts on “Reason 1,049 I love Tony and BSI – Sour Cream!

  1. Those jalepeno crunchies look awesome!

  2. wow – what a great mac & cheese recipe – looks AWESOME!! I love jalapeno crunchies – I seriously had to stop buying them… they kept disappearing? So odd! 🙂

  3. oh my gosh, maxi is leaving already? those weeks flew by! so cool of you to set up a blog for all the kids’ parents. how did you find the time to do that?

  4. erintakescontrol

    He buys me hot shit! <~~~Classic!! Thanks for posting the recipe – I'm excited to try it!!!

  5. Okay, your first sentence made me LOL!

    I can’t believe it’s time for Maxi to go already! I have to say, if I were going to a foreign country and staying with someone, I’d want that person to be YOU. All of the amazing meals and the spaetzle…you were SO sweet to do all of that!

  6. The crunchies look yummy. I wish there was a Trader Joe’s where I live!

    So nice of you to set up the other blog. I’m sure the parents really enjoyed it.

  7. woah look at all those students!

  8. The cauliflower recipe looks good and not too complicated! I’ll have to check out the crunchies. Are they hot? I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy hot.

  9. What great food! I’m impressed with the ‘mac and cheese’, and wish I could find those jalapeno sticks – I’d have to use some portion control as well!

  10. I can’t believe Maxi is leaving already – she just got here! I’m sure she will go home with wonderful memories…will Hannah be staying with her family in June?

    Those jalapeno cheese sticks look gooooood!

  11. I was thinking that the mac and cheese would be good with broccoli too, sort of a broccoli cheese sauce with some noodles 😛 I think next time I might up the cayenne for a bit more kick, it was nice but more is better, right?
    Wow so Maxi goes home that was fast, sounds like you all had a good time. Is Hannah going over there sometime soon?

  12. I love the cauliflower mac and cheese, and I think I would puree it too, so my kids won’t see it!

    And what a great idea to use the Arnold thins for crumb topping!

    I can’t believe Maxi is leaving already! I can’t wait to see what Hannah’s trip to her house will be like!

  13. Wow, seems like Maxi just go here! Can’t believe she and the other students are heading home already.

    Ooo, jalapeno cheese crunchies? I might have to get some of those for my mom. Another food I didn’t need to know about…. 😉

    The cauliflower mac & cheese looks yummy! We used to just add some mixed frozen veggies to the noodles when boiling the water, and then go from there. (Bacon too, sometimes. :-9)

  14. I have to look for those the next time that I go to TJ’s!

    Can you ship me some of that mac and cheese? thanks! =)

  15. I’m thinking that I could demolish that entire bag of spicy crunchy things…mmmmm.

  16. Woo yay thanks for the BSI entry! 🙂

    When does Hannah go to Maxi’s house?!

  17. Awww, I bet all of you are sad to see Maxi go! What a lucky girl she is to have such a delicious send-off breakfast!!

    Haha, your line about another reason to love Tony cracks me up!! 😉 Those crunchies look good!! I’m pretty positive I could finish that bag off myself too, haha!

  18. oh my i MUST try that mac ncheese- it looks phenomenal! I will never follow recipes but will definitely use this as inspiration for the next time i make it- love that you blended the cilantro with the toasted bread crumbs! fantastic.

  19. I like the idea of cauliflower in mac and cheese.. sounds good 🙂

  20. I always pass on the sour cream. Never did like it. It didn’t seem like 3 weeks to me either.

  21. WOW! That cauliflower mac + cheese looks SINFUL!! 😯 Love it! 😀 Definitely going to try it sometime. YUMMM

    LOL @ hot shit hahahaha

    Jenn

  22. Apple cinnamon pancakes sounds awesome!
    And I can’t believe she’s already flying home, time went by so fast! 🙂

  23. 3 weeks??? in my day (take the year Lindbergh flew the Atlantic, and the year 2010, and my day is exactly half), exchange students stayed for a full school year.

    Great fun for all though.

    Love the mac and cheese look

    as always, would love for you to cook for me now that the exchange is over

  24. hmm apple cinnamon pancakes. want to overnight some my way? 😉

  25. Love that mac and cheese recipe, hiding the cauliflower in there is perfect for my family.

  26. thehealthyjunky

    Mac and Cheese looks great! Will have to make the sometime soon!
    I need to get to TJ’s fast to get some of those crunches!

  27. Haha, ‘Pam” fry 😉

    Your macaroni and cheese looks delicious and healthy with the cauliflower! And wow, those are a lot of students. I’ll bet it was fun to have an exchange student – a great way to learn about another culture 🙂

  28. I’m not a cauliflower fan…however…your recipe just may tempt me to step outside my comfort zone 🙂 Thanks for popping by the blog the other day!

  29. i am loving that mac and cheese! fun pics!

  30. That is a big group of students. That mac and cheese looks so good. I put some of mine in the freezer so I think when I get back to the island there will be some for me to enjoy.

  31. Jalapenos crunchies!? YUM! I’d need to count out my portion, too, that’s for sure!

    I am making that cauliflower mac and cheese recipe that Alison posted! It looks wonderful!

  32. I saw your mac ‘n cheese over at Christina’s today … and holy cow does it look good! Am definitely going to try this because I adore both cauliflower and mac ‘n cheese. It looks spectacular!

    Also … I want those cheese crunchies … but there’s no Trader Joe’s in my neighborhood. Waah!

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