Turns out my new camera has a little flashy thing that tells me when my battery is REALLY low – so there is no picture of my breakfast – but it was 2 ounces of leftover pepper steak, peppers and cheese stuffed into a hallowed out 2 ounce baked potato – such a filling breakfast for only 6 points!
So guess who’s caught the running bug? Yep, Helen and Shelley would be so proud of me (sorry Shelley – I know you can’t run at the moment – didn’t mean to throw salt on that wound!) I ended up running two miles in 22:40, which is a 11:20 mph pace – woot! I still plan on signing up for a 5k either in May or June – my goal is to beat my PR of 39:21. I think I am doing pretty good with beating that pace!
I ended up with a total of 35 minutes on the treadmill, then I did 10 minutes of biceps and triceps (really need to up the strength training!) and then 5 minutes of abs on the ball. 😀
For lunch I decided to make the spicy pork stew again, but this time using broccoli. Pork stew meat was still on sale and when I went to the store, I didn’t see any so I asked. The butcher went into the back, came out and asked me the price per pound (because I had the sale flyer) and then brought me my package. But it didn’t look like last weeks – this one was like pork tenderloin, where last week it was a bit darker meat.
I shrugged my shoulders, said it would work just fine. I did the recipe the same way I did last week, but the pork was like chewing a leather shoe. I decided to heat it up yesterday morning before work to see if more cooking time would make it tender, but it only made it worse. But since I bring lunch for two women in my office, I had to think of something. What other protein . . . I had shrimp!
So I scooped out all the pork, and since the broth was still hot, just threw in frozen deveined shrimp, and it cooked perfectly once we reheated it at work – the shrimp was nice and tender. So basically you could make the spicy sauce and then just add whatever protein and grain you wanted. The spicy sauce is zero points – its just 2 chopped peppers (any color) 4 cups water and 2 teaspoons Mexican chile powder which is then pureed.
I added 2 ounces of cooked shrimp (only 1 point) 1/2 cup hominy (2) and 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice (3) and poured that over a bed of cooked broccoli – 6 points for this whole bowl!
Over the weekend my store’s $1 rack had two heads of cauliflower. I remember seeing Renee’s Lightened Up Cauliflower Gratin and knew I had to make it. I did make some corrections though – leaving out the onion and adding some corn starch to thicken the cheese sauce and added pepper jack cheese. And then I wasn’t sure where she put the bacon in on her dish, so I just diced up the cooked bacon and added it to the bread crumb topping. And I made my servings bigger: 4 servings for 6 points.
Lightened Up Cauliflower Gratin
- adapted from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- 4 servings: 6 points each
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 tsp. butter
- 1 cup skim milk
- 1/2 cup fat free half and half
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- pinch of ground nutmeg (will add a bit more next time)
- 2 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
- 1 ounce pepper jack cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1 tablespoon water
- Preheat the oven to 375. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Microwave the cauliflower on the fresh vegetable setting. Set aside to cook, then chop.
- In a non-stick skillet, melt the butter and add the panko bread crumbs and cook until browned and crispy – about five minutes.
- Mix together the flour, milk, half and half, salt, pepper, and nutmeg and mix welll.
- Fry the bacon, cool and finely chop. Add this to the bread crumb mixture and combine.
- In a pot, spray with Pam and add the garlic, cooking for a couple minutes. Add the milk mixture and cook for 5 minutes, or until it starts to thicken. This is where I added the combined 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water to thicken.
- Add chopped cauliflower and mix well. Put in casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes until bubbly – then sprinkle the bread crumb mixture of the top and I baked it an additional 5 minutes.
So for dinner, since its still just me, I knew the cauliflower gratin was going to be my side dish, and I had green beans too. Guess what I finally found!
I found the fish balls that Lori keeps talking about! Luckily they were on sale for $5.99 (normally they are $8.49). I baked them for 20 minutes, then put them under the broiler for a couple minutes a side – I like my balls crispy! 😀 Dinner comes in at 9 Points.
These were really good – not sure I could consider that eating fish for dinner, but these will be nice to have on hand. Thanks Lori!
Stats for Tuesday:
- 34 points (including wine and a serving of peanuts while watching Biggest Loser)
- 35 minute treadmill
- 10 minute biceps triceps
- 5 minute abs
Come back tomorrow for Creamless Creamy Tomato Soup – get this – 2 1/4 cups is only 3 points! Leaves room for the grilled cheese on the side!