Chili in July?

Do any of you subscribe to the Food Network Magazine?  I absolutely love it.  While not everything is healthy, this recipe caught my eye:

I adapted it a bit by using rosemary ham and cheddar cheese.   And while I was skeptical about having arugula on top of my eggs, it was really good!

Open Face Cheese and Ham Omelet with Arugula (printer friendly version here)

Makes 1 serving (327 calories, 13 fat, 6.2 carbs, 1.5 fiber and 24 protein)


2 large eggs
1 1/2 ounce deli ham, rosemary flavored
1/4 cup roasted red pepper
1/2 ounce cheddar cheese
1 cup arugula
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper


  1. Dice roasted peppers and cook in 6 inch skillet for about 5 minutes. Add eggs that have been scrambled and when the eggs are almost set, add sliced ham and cheese and put a top on until eggs are done cooking.
  2. To assemble – toss arugula with the oil and vinegar and salt and pepper to taste and place on top of open face omelet.

I found this at my local grocery store - only $3!

I cooked the omelet at home, then tossed the arugula with the oil and vinegar at work so it wouldn't wilt

On the side was a cup of watermelon:

Breakfast: 373 calories, 17.8 fat, 25 carbs, 23 protein and 2.1 fiber

Before I went to work out, I checked my blood sugar and it was 83.  While that is a great number, I needed it to be higher before working out, so I ate one of my blueberry muffins.

It did the trick!  After biking a sweaty 7.5 miles on the bike, when I was done working out my blood sugar was 98.  I know Gina, Melinda and Nicole would be so proud of my numbers. 😀  I test my blood sugar about 5 times a day, and my monthly average is 114! 😀

When I got back from working out I was hangry!   I had chicken caesar salad on my menu, but ended up using 3 oz. of leftover grilled turkey from Meatfest 2010.  On the side was my pepper and potato soup to which I added 1/2 cup of three cheese tortellini – this took me over an hour to eat!

with Annie's Goddess dressing 😀

Lunch: 592 calories, 66 carbs, 21 fat, 15.2 protein and 5.6 fiber

While I had baked Fish & Chips on the menu, after seeing this recipe, (and discovering Tony threw up in his mouth a little at the idea of rice krispie coated baked fish) I decided I had to make it fried.  I put it into caloriecount, and it actually didn’t turn out too bad.  However, her instructions said for crispy fries, soak the potatoes for at least one hour or overnight, so I’ll make that for dinner tonight.

So it was on to Plan B!  My tried and true Buffalo Chicken Chili – except I left out the Frank’s hot sauce on this one.  Even then, it was just on the spicy side for Tony, but I thought it was wonderful.  While it does get better the longer it simmers, this took 45 minutes from beginning to plate.

I puree all the veggies first, then add the diced tomatoes to puree - not a fan of chunky chili

Then after the ground chicken breast has cooked for 10 minutes, just throw everything in the pool and simmer for 30 minutes.

A ate about 1/2 an ounce of tortilla chips to taste test the chili, and added that to my final dinner total calorie count.  Served over 1/2 cup cooked penne pasta and 1/2 ounce cheddar cheese, and for me – an extra kick of Chipotle Tabasco 😀

573 calories, 49 carbs, 28 fat, 24 protein and 10.3 fiber

Stats for Monday:

  • 1,754 calories (not pictured 1/2 ounce almonds)
  • 175 carbs
  • 109 protein
  • 41 fat
  • 21 fiber
  • 6.0 mile hill climb on the bike machine
  • 1.5 mile sprint ride (where I beat my previous time by 30 seconds!)

I’ve updated our 101 Days of Summer Page.  If I missed your week 6 update email, just let me know!

Don’t forget to check out this weeks BSI – hostess.  She chose black eyed peas!

27 thoughts on “Chili in July?

  1. I can’t get in to arugula. I’ve tried it so many times. maybe I’m not balancing flavours properly.

  2. Breakfast looks delish…I need to try arugula again. I always shy away from it while picking out greens at the store. It might be humid and hot outside, but your chili looks fantastic…I wonder if I could get away with throwing some together with my hubby who thinks that chili is a winter meal!! 🙂

  3. I had chili for dinner last night – there’s never a wrong time to eat chili! haha

    That ham/egg/arugula breakfast looks great!!

  4. That chili looks great. I’ll have to give it a try.
    Thanks Biz!

  5. That’s funny! I have the same recipe bookmarked! Glad it’s worth a try!

  6. I’m gonna have to look into getting that magazine!

  7. I’ve never heard of rosemary ham – that sounds delicious!

    I’ve also never had chili over pasta – I always eat it with sour cream/greek yogurt & cheese with occasional chips on the side 😀 Happy Tuesday!

  8. I’m going to have to try making that chili when it cools off enough to turn the stove on. I think I sent an e-mail last week with my week 6 update but, if not, it’s here:

  9. YUM- everything looks good! I made a corn flake chicken recipe a while back and at first my Mom rolled her eyes- but it was delicious! So ya never know till you try it right? 🙂

  10. Biz, I subscribe to FN Mag also and really enjoy it. I always clip out several recipes from each issue. I would love to save the mag but alas I throw it out. No room. And PS I love arugula too.

  11. I would totally eat Chili in July!! I love this recipe, I just printed it up! I would be skeptical about arugla on eggs too but I’ll believe you!

  12. Nice work on the bike – and way to go, beating your sprint time!

  13. Sometimes I crave hot things in the summer too…the other day I made soup and just cranked up my AC while I enjoyed it lol

  14. I need to make some chili soon! But been so lazy with cooking lately even though chili jas got to be one of the easiest things for me to make!

  15. i love arugula! it’s awesome on eggs, and PIZZA! i just made a fig/goat cheese/chicken sandwich with arugula last night, which was great as well. Such a lovely flavor, but you either love it, or hate it!!

  16. That breakfast looks incredible! YUM!

  17. Arugula is good with anything in my book! I don’t know why it took me three decades to discover one of the few leafy greens that actually has flavor!

    A friend sent me a link to a NY Times article about a woman who has journaled her dinners in a notebook for the past 5 years. It totally reminded me of what you have done with your meals. I thought you’d enjoy reading it:

    It’s such a neat perspective about the precurser to what food bloggers do on a day-to-day basis these days!

  18. Awesome numbers!! I am very proud! 🙂 That breakfast looks SOOOO good, and filling! My kind of breakfast!

  19. CHILI!!!!! ❤ ❤

    but kudos for that tortellini salad- thats incredibly mouth watering too! annie's dressings are really yummy.. ive tried almost all of them by now i think 😉


  20. i always enjoy reading mom’s foodnetwork magazine when i’m home 🙂 a delicious day of eats! and tony’s comment made me laugh!

  21. Eggs, arugula, fantastic !!! So impressed with your camera work and the attention to good food. My restaurant anytime you need a job….
    So nice…

  22. So I think I need to subscribe to Food Network Magazine. Maybe when I get a bigger kitchen? I have a ton of cookbooks (that are great) but I never use them. I think once I have kids and have more space for cooking, I will use them all the time! This opened face sandwich, with arugula, looks mouth-wateringly amazing.

  23. that buffalo chicken chili looks and sounds amazing – what if I like it more mild? any tweaks you suggest?

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