Technical Difficulties

I was beginning to think it was just me yesterday, because my post wouldn’t publish, I had a hard time going on an WordPress blog, and when I tried to comment, it wouldn’t recognize my Open I.D.  Luckily Veronica e-mailed me and was having the same trouble – hopefully today will go a bit smoother!

Two pictures I wanted to post yesterday and couldn’t – my skinny pesto chicken meatball subs – this whole sammie was 10 points and so worth it – I hollowed out a 3 ounce whole wheat roll, so each half was only 1 ounce of bread.  Stuffed it with baby spinach – 5 meatballs between the two sandwiches, marinara sauce, then topped with 1/8 cup shaved Parmesan cheese and put it in my office toaster oven for about 10 minutes – I will definitely be making these again. 😀

Then Wednesday night, someone was home for dinner – Hannah!  She and I are like passing ships in the night – with me working during the day, her going to school, working and babysitting – she loves skinny burgers and my fries so that’s what we had!

I baked up refrigerator biscuits – 3 biscuits is 4 points, then portioned out 1 ounce of raw beef for each slider – I topped mine with 1 ounce of 50% reduced fat Cabot cheese and sauerkraut – this plate was 13 points.

So now we are all caught up – whew! 😀

Yesterday’s breakfast was egg tacos – 3 tortillas, 3/4 cup egg beaters split between the tortillas, sauteed red peppers, salsa and cheese – 9 points.

I carefully packed my gym bag, made sure I had everything and headed over there.  I normally would go between 11:30 and 12:00, but because of my work schedule, didn’t get there until 1:00.  When I walked in, the girl at the front desk looked at her watch and said “your late!”  and then she said “Hey, wait a second, where have you been?”  I don’t know anyone on a first name basis at this gym, so it was nice that she noticed I hadn’t been there in a while!

I ended up doing 40 minutes on the treadmill, and was actually able to run 25 minutes without stopping at 4.8 mph – which I didn’t think was too bad considering how long it had been since I ran.

For lunch I put together another what I call “pantry soup.”

Pumpkin Apple soup with Chipotle Pepper

  • Makes 4, two cup servings: 171 calories, 2.5 fat, 26 carbs, 5.1 fiber and 12 protein or 4 PointsPlus
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 48 ounce container of chicken broth
  • 1 can (2 cups) canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 chipotle pepper (either halve or seed this – its pretty spicy!)
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • garnish with Greek yogurt and pumpkins seeds

Put everything (except garnish) in a stock pot and simmer over medium heat for 30 – 40 minutes, until the apples are tender.  Using a stick blender puree until smooth.  Garnish with Greek yogurt and pumpkin seeds.

My lunch was 8 points which included a slice of my simple white bread with a schmear of butter.

the chipotle peppers give a nice spicy balance to the sweetness of the pumpkin and apples

Hannah went out for dinner with friends last night, and Tony didn’t have much of an appetite, so it was just me!  I love stir fry, so that’s what I did – zucchini, broccoli, red and orange peppers, carrots , 3 ounces of firm tofu and 3 ounces of shrimp.  For the shrimp and tofu, I tossed them in about a tablespoon of corn starch – it gives the outside a nice crunchy texture.  I cooked the tofu first, then set aside, then the shrimp, then set aside, then the veggies last with the wok lid on.

The last two minutes I toss everything together with 1/4 cup water and 2 tablespoons of House of Tsang Szechuan spicy stir fry sauce.

yep, all those veggies are just for me - and I ate it all 😀

yes, you may be jealous of our Le Creuset cast iron wok 😀

Here is how the shrimp look after being fried – so delicious!

My big dish – 10 points which includes the 3/4 cup of whole grain rice at the bottom and the oil I used to stir fry.  I love how you can see the steam in the bowl. 😀

Stats for Thursday:

  • 34 points, which included wine 😀
  • 40 minutes on treadmill
  • average blood sugar 109

Anybody have any big plans this weekend?   Hope you have a great one and I’ll see you on Monday – it’s Hannah’s 19th birthday on Monday! 😀




26 thoughts on “Technical Difficulties

  1. What a great idea to hollow the bread out for your sandwich!

    No big plans on this side of the US, except that it might actually be 45 and sunny tomorrow and I am beyond excited to get outside for a run!

  2. All your food looks great as always but I am really drooling over the fries. Have a great weekend!

  3. I’m glad someone else has occasional technical difficulties. Sometimes just booting up leaves my head spinning:( Your food from yesterday looks great – the pesto meatball subs – what a great idea. The pumpkin soup comes at a perfect time because I have about 3/4 of a large can of pumpkin in the fridge and was pondering what to do with it – the answer is lying on my printer tray.
    Hannah is so adorable – and definitely looks like her mama. I’m surprised she doesn’t have a steady flow of friends in to sample mama’s cookin’! Hope Tony is feeling more like himself and stronger each day.

  4. Hannah! I can’t believe you are going to be 19!!!! It went by so fast. I love being your Aunt!!!

    Love the chicken meatball subs. I am going to make that for dinner one night!

  5. I’ve known people to pull out the center of a bagel; that’s my favorite part.
    How’s Tony doing? I hope he’s feeling swell. (my mom’s word, I swear)

  6. Whoa, those meatball subs look Ah-mazing! So does that stir-fry!

    Hope you guys have a great weekend, Biz! xoxo

  7. Happy Birthday to Hannah! Biz I don’t know anyone who eats as much variety as you do. I stand in awe of your creativity in the kitchen – you rock it girl! Those meatball subs look amazing. I had a jar of pest in my hand at TJ’s the other day and I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to make with it so I put it back! Darn!

    Hope you and Tony have a wonderful weekend.

  8. oh does that stir fry look FABULOUS

  9. Haha…oh yes, I am jealous. I have lodge cast iron…lol

    See? you really are the soup queen of the world! wow. that soup sounds amazing and looks divine!

  10. Great job on the run! I need to have some shrimp – that looks good.

    We have renovations on the schedule and are hosting a Mardi Gras dinner on Sunday!

  11. What fabulous eats!!! The sandwich looks particularly good!
    I’m on my way to Napa today to celebrate my sister in law’s birthday….so excited!!!

  12. I am loving that soup! That sounds excellent!

    Happy Early Birthday to Hannah!!

  13. I never thought about hollowing out the bread, good idea!

    I don’t have any big plans this weekend, just spending time with my husband before he leaves. Hope you have a great weekend!

  14. I hate when I have blogging issues! That stuffed sub is SUCH a great idea! And how gorgeous does Hannah look in that picture?? And an early happy birthday to her! The Pumpkin Apple soup with Chipotle Pepper sounds right up my alley. I want to make this. I’m so happy its Friday!

  15. WordPress WAS out of whack for a while yesterday – glad it seems to be sorted today. (Would it be lame if I said a day without wordpress is like a day without sunshine – yeah, it would be lame, but I said it anyway!) Your meals look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing the photos. Have a wonderful weekend with that soon to be birthday girl and your recovering husband. Take care!!!

  16. I love the combo of squash & apple. My big plans for the weekend are working & grabbing dinner with friends either Sat or Sun night 🙂 Happy almost birthday to Hannah!

  17. Oh yum, I’m glad we got to see that meatball sub! And I love the sound of that soup. I may be addicted to my roasted butternut squash soup that I cooked for the PFB2010 contest. I’ve made it like 5 or 6 times since Oct.!

  18. Very cool that the girl at the gym not only recognized you, but missed you! And nice, nice job on the run! Hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. 🙂

  19. the front desk people at the gym always treat me like an old friend too, i kinda like it 🙂

    love all of those veggies, it’s such a colorful picture. hannah is such a cutie!

  20. i just made a similar stir-fry with shrimp and veggies, i need to post it soon. o wait it was prawns..but i mean shrimp and prawns are pretty much the same..same looking lol.
    ur breakfast egg tacos look amazing btw!! oh and i just noticed that ur daughter has a Munroe piercing (i think thats what its called)… i think they look so pretty on the right person- and she really pulls it off well 🙂


  21. All looks good per usual.
    Happy birthday to Hannah for Monday 🙂

  22. That stirfry looks amaze!!!!!! I LOVE shrimpies!

  23. Hannah has the coolest color of eyes!

  24. I am jealous of our Le Creuset cast iron wok! Your dinner looks delicious!! 🙂 Have a great weekend, Biz!

  25. Especially great pics in this post, but that sandwich at the top takes the prize. What a perfect Sunday afternoon treat. Can’t wait to make my own. Thanks! – Gary

  26. Definitely jealous of your wok! After reading this post I am dying for some food! Love all the recipes and ideas, especially the little sliders with Cabot 🙂 Happy birthday to Hannah today!

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