Happy Friday!

Wow, did this week go by fast or what??  Pretty soon Hannah will be going to Prom and graduating – then leaving for Germany – she actually leaves for Germany in just over six weeks!

Breakfast yesterday was really good – I had forgotten that I had picked up red chile tortillas the last time I was at Whole Foods.  Inside was 1/4 of a red pepper I sauteed, with egg beaters, 1/2 ounce 75% reduced fat cheese and baby spinach.  I used 1/2 a container of Chobani honey yogurt, mixed with1 tablespoon sugar free syrup as my apple dipper. 😀  Breakfast comes in at 376 calories, 47 carbs, 31 protein, 7.1 fat and 15.1 fiber! 😀

Since my chili recipe the night before last wasn’t exactly like my Cincinnati Chili, I decided to put it in caloriecount to get the right stats.

Another Chili by Biz!  (printer friendly version here)

Each 1.25 cup serving:  317 calories, 8.9 fat, 27.4 carbs, 7.5 fiber and 32.7 protein)


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound ground chicken
1 cup kidney beans


  1. 1. Heat heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, oregano, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper and allspice and cook until fragrant – about a minute. Stir in chicken broth, tomato sauce, vinegar and sugar.
  2. 2. Add beef and chicken and stir to break it up. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until chili is deep brown and slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Season with salt if necessary. Keep refrigerated for three days or frozen for up to 2 months).

I never actually used a spoon, I just dipped my tortilla chips! With 1 oz. of tortilla chips, lunch comes in at 454 calories, 46 carbs, 35 protein, 15.4 fat and 9 fiber

I am sending this recipe to Christina’s Friday Firsts, since its the first time I made this chili! 😀

For dinner, Tony, Hannah and I met up with my step-son Joe and her girlfriend Lizz.  We went to her favorite Chinese restaurant after she went to Joe’s favorite and just thought it was good, but not great.   We usually go to Heng Wing – which is always consistently good, so the bar was set pretty high!

I started out with a Miller Lite:

They had dinner specials for only $8.25 – each came with 1 egg roll, 2 crab rangoons, shrimp fried rice and your entree of choice!  I ordered the non-fried chicken and hot peppers with extra broccoli.  Can I just say the portions are huge!!

lots of veggies though!

I love crab rangoon.  I need to find maybe an oven version of this?!

note the orange insulin pen on the side of my plate! um, my guess is that dinner was around 88 carbs!

Lizz loves hot stuff too, and I was glad when she ordered their house hot sauce – so good!  But I quickly learned – a little of this goes a long way!

Dinner: 814 calories, 88 carbs, 45 protei, 19.6 fat and 4.8 fiber

And Joe paid for dinner – thanks Joe! 😀

It was so nice outside, we took the long way home!

I am proud to say that my orchid I got for Administrative Assistant’s day is alive and well!  Turns out they like it really dry – I can do that!

And my other boss just gave me (belated!) a Nike gift card!  What should I get??

Stats for Thursday:

  • 15 minute AM yoga
  • 30-day shred level 1
  • 1 mile run on treadmill
  • 1,655 calories, 181 carbs, 111 protein, 42 fat and 29 fiber

I might actually be making pasta for dinner tonight instead of pizza!  I will be killing two birds with one stone – the BSI is artichokes, and I am going to try to make a homemade pasta incorporating the artichokes, which will also be my submission to Natasha’s Pasta Makeover Dish!

Alright – its time for Yoga!  Make today a great Friday!

23 thoughts on “Happy Friday!

  1. it looks like you had a great time, the chinese food looks wonderful!

  2. I don’t eat chili nearly enough, it’s such a delicious dish 🙂
    Have a great day Biz!

  3. You know I will cry when Hannah does the whole prom/grad/Germany thing…just warning you now. They grow up so fast!

    For your Nike gift card (what a cool gift, btw), I would recommend a Nike+ (I got the sportsband because I don’t normally run with music/my iPod) – or they also have these supercute running skirts with capris attached – love them! Whatever you choose, have fun spending it!

  4. I can feel the heat from that hot sauce! Your dinner sounds delicious. I use those tortillas from Whole Foods for pizza too.

    I have good luck with orchids too since they seem, as least for me, to thrive on benign neglect. The header from my blog looked just like your orchard before I tweaked it a little. I bought it at Whole Foods about six weeks ago and it is still lovely.

    Have a good weekend.


  5. I bought a new hot sauce yesterday and thought of you Biz! Chipotle-Habanero!! I can’t wait to try it.

    I hope you and Hannah will have fun during these last weeks before her Germany trip. I think back on that time now and am glad that I savored every moment possible.

    BTW, I think I may have drank your extra glasses of wine this past week. I had a glass Weds. nite and last nite too – usually never do that! I’ll be interested to see pics of the splurge day. Come on, inspire me!

  6. Rachel Palmieri

    I would be indebted to you if you came up with a healthy crab rangoon. I LOVE love love crab rangoon!

  7. The pictures look fantastic! A healthy crab rangoon? I’d be all over it!

  8. That orchid is stunning! And when you come up with a healthy crab rangoon, send it my way!

  9. I hope you share hannah’s prom pictures! I bet she’ll look fabulous!

  10. Aren’t those red chili tortillas awesome? I get them all the time at WF! They are so soft and totally flavorful. Crab rangoons are my fave appetizer. Oh so delicious!

    Love the soups Biz! What a great idea!

  11. Thanks so much for that website. One can easily spend $40+ on bread alone! I take it you live in the Chicago area?


  12. i had that similar breakfast today!!! YUMMY

    hope yoga was awesome!!!! xoxo ❤

  13. I ove crab rangoons, too! They’re so creamy, I just love the texture of the wonton, too. YUM 😀


  14. I discovered Crab Ragoon about 2 years ago and I was so upset that it was missing from my life for 25 years!!!! soooooo gooooooood!

    Have a great weekend chickie and I hope you get something cute from Nike…oh maybe some dry fit pants for the summer =)

  15. Thanks for the shout out!

    I LOVE crab rangoons too! Let me know if you find a baked version, my thighs will love you for it! 😉

  16. The chili sounds great! I’m looking forward to your pasta with artichokes!

  17. Omg, that chili looks awesome!! I love how you always garnish it with jalapeno slices. It really makes me hungry!!!!!! 🙂

    I’ll have to look for those tortillas at WF’s. They look good!!

    Happy Friday, Biz!! 🙂

  18. THANK YOU, thank you, thank you for the post about habanero cheddar cheese, OMG so divine! I have never been a big fan of pepper jack, no real heat so what’s the point? The habanero cheddar though, beautiful burn in my mouth, it was perfect and my husband has a new favourite cheese!

    As to your comment on my blog, I enjoy grocery shopping, when it isn’t crowded it’s all other forms of shopping that I truly loathe 😛

  19. Great, now I’m craving Chinese – yum 🙂 I hope you have wonderful weekend!!

  20. One of my best friends & I have a “rangoon” date once a year – we make our own rangoons (fried – never tried baked) and eat them all! Not the healthiest day ever, but so delicious once a year!

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