More Balls and Almost Famous!

A while back I mentioned that I was being interviewed for Diabetes Forecast magazine.  I talked to the reporter for about 30 minutes about how I carb count, how I handle insulin and exercise.  Well, I got one tiny paragraph – but at least I am number one!

Check out the article here – and pass it along to any diabetic family or friends you have – there are some great tips! 😀

Breakfast was three of my almost buttermilk pancakes with 1/4 cup sf syrup and 2 pieces of bacon – 10 points.

When I was putting my meal plan together for me and my co-workers lunches, I decided to shake things up – while I am a soup and chili whore, even though the temps will barely make it out of the 30’s for a while, I decided to make grilled chicken, pan roasted broccoli and lemon thyme quinoa.

On Saturday I took three bone-in chicken breasts and put them in a ziploc bag with:

  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 of a lemon, sliced thin
  • salt and pepper

I marinated the chicken for 24 hours, then grilled them on the gas grill.  (Still can’t wait to use the Weber grill, but it’s got to be a bit warmer for me!).

Then I found a great way to pan fry broccoli.  Heat a large non-stick skillet with 1 tsp. olive oil and Pam – when the pan is hot, place broccoli that has been cut in half in the hot oil.  Don’t move the broccoli for 2 minutes.  Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons of water with salt and pepper to taste.  After the 2 minutes, put the water in the pan, cover with a top, cook 2 minutes and you will have tender crisp broccoli.

The quinoa side dish is just tossed in 1 tsp. of butter for the whole dish, juice of 1/2 a lemon, lemon zest and thyme – lunch comes in at 8 points.

I had on the menu Involtini from my new cook book – basically its rolled beef that has been stuffed with mortadella, sage and Parmesan cheese, then rolled and cooked in tomato sauce.  Tony ate a really late lunch and wasn’t that hungry.  Luckily for me, I stopped by Mara’s blog yesterday, and knew I would be making homemade pasta and meatballs!

I scaled my recipe down – this is enough pasta for 3 people:

Homemade Pasta

I put everything in a food processor – pulse until just combined, about 15-20 pulses.  Put out on your counter, making sure there is enough flour, then using a pizza cutter, cut your pasta to the size you want.

Weeknight Meatballs

  • makes 24 meatballs – 1 point each – 7 points for 5


  • 8 ounces ground sirloin
  • 8 ounces bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 ounces whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper

Heat 1 tsp. of olive oil in a non-stick pan, also spray with Pam.  Over medium high heat, sear the meatballs and brown them on all sides.  In a separate pot, have your pasta sauce over medium low heat.  Once the meatballs are seared, put in the tomato sauce to finish cooking.

My plate: 12 points of delicious goodness 😀

Fresh pasta only takes about 5 minutes to cook – just make sure to salt your water really well before adding the pasta.

Stats for Monday:

  • 40 points (including 11 points of wine and sesame sticks, which had way more points than I thought!)
  • 38 flex points left
  • 10 activity points earned
  • 50 minutes on treadmill, walking 3.5 mph at 3% incline tossing a 6 pound medicine ball back and forth
  • average blood sugar 90 (I could only walk because my blood sugar was too low to run) 😦

While the temperatures are still crap, it’s nice to hear the birds chirping again.  My mom, who lives next to an expressway, whenever she stays at our house she always comments on how noisy the birds are!

I always thought this bird was the Momma bird because it’s belly is so big – Tony says that the prettier birds are always male!

Have a great day – come back tomorrow for a different take on Chicken Tortilla Soup – only 6 WW points for 2 cups!

47 thoughts on “More Balls and Almost Famous!

  1. Ok, you’ve convinced me to make homemade pasta! Mara’s looked wonderful, too, and now I can’t resist any longer. You make it sound so simple, lol. Looks yummmmmmmmmmmyyy!!

  2. Your homemade pasta and meatballs look fabulous!

    Love the sound of chirping birds! I always thought it wasn’t fair that male birds are so much prettier than female birds!

  3. Congratulations on your article! I am going to depend on you to help me relearn how to eat having just been diagnosed as pre-diabetic and having both parents diabetic (Type 1 and Type 2) as well as 3 other immediate family members with Type 2. I am moving it and started WW last week and now I need to learn about counting carbs and such. I have three months before my next sugar check and I want it to be DOWN!

  4. Hey, congrats on the article! I’ll take almost famous any day!

    That big, plump robin made me smile.

  5. Reading your post I realized I’ve never made homemade pasta – another must do to my list!
    Congrats on the article – forwarding to my Husband!
    LOVE hearing the birds on these chilly mornings! Makes me feel like Spring may actually come…

  6. Almost? For real, you are first and therefore FAMOUS! Congratulations – and had the author known that your doctor is so impressed with how you control your diabetes, I bet he would have done the entire article just on you!

    I was very disappointed to learn that all of the colorful birds are males – the more plain ones are the females. Makes no sense to me!!! 😉

  7. ah! you’re totally famous! Great job on making the article 🙂 And how lucky are your coworkers? I work from home…but my coworker (Frank) never makes me anything! Spaghetti & Meatballs….tough to beat! Such a delicious and comforting week night meal. Its funny how in the animal world usually the prettier sex is usually the male…good thing thats not the case with humans 😉

  8. man…I’ve got to get a food processor! I didn’t know making pasta would be so easy to make.

  9. Nice article and good tip. Very relevant for me right now as I’m trying to really accept and face my Type 2. I printed a copy to hang inside the door to a cabinet at home. I don’t know why I’ve been so reluctant to really accept and work with my type 2 – I’m lucky so far as my numbers are good. But how much better if I really dig in and work WITH it instead of pretending I don’t have it. Thanks!

  10. I’ve never done homemade pasta, impressive. You’ve got a lot of balls…

  11. Congrats on being famous! Woot! That is awesome, and if anyone does this well it is you.

    Tony is right about the birds. The females are less colorful to camoflauge while in the next taking care of the babies and the males are brighter to distract predators. We have so many robins here this week, don’t know why, it is cold as behoohoo. Silly birds.

    Your coworkers do realize how lucky they are, right? That lunch looks like the perfect thing to have in the middle of a long work day. I can’t wait to make the broccoli. YUM.

    [I need a YUM key specifically for visiting your blog. Goodness knows I write it enough when I visit. ::wink::]

    Say hi to Tony for me. Hope he is doing good today. 🙂

  12. Yup! you are famous!! 🙂 Nice article!

    Never made from scratch pasta. I should give it a try sometime!

    We have got a pesky woodpecker in the woods behind my house, i would like to shut up in the morning! haha

  13. Homemade pasta is the BEST and so easy to make!!

    Love your lunch 🙂

  14. Famous AND homemade pasta???!! You rock, my friend!!

  15. In the article, #s 14, 16, and 19 are about you too! Congrats!

  16. Yay for being interviewed! I always love seeing my name in print and homemade pasta, yum! It’s one of my favorite things to make because it impresses without much effort.

  17. Congratulations on being interviewed!!! Today, Diabetes Forecast, tomorrow OPRAH!!! Love the Robin picture – awww. And nice balls!!!! Have a great day Biz!!!

  18. Great mention in the article! Love the bird picture. New lens? It looks great.

  19. Congrats on being famous! You look so pretty in your photo!
    The broccoli looks killer, and I love quinoa. I need to try it your way

  20. Congrats on being featured in the article.

    You really spoil your co-workers, hope they treat you well.

  21. Congrats Biz! That is excitig!

    Thanks for the warm wishes with Ry Dizzle being home! It’s SO nice to have my buddy back!

  22. I love that you are a self proclaimed chili whore!!!

  23. I love making homemade pasta but I haven’t done it in forever! I even have one of thos old time pasta machines and everything!

  24. I hope you are not the only one who brings in entire meals for your coworkers! There is a gal in my office who brings in treats at least once a week. Bars, cookies, pies, etc. After awhile, I noticed that no one else did, so I started bringing things, too. No one person should have to do all the work!

  25. Everything looks amazing and I definitely need to try those meatballs.


  26. All your meals are mouth-watering!! I’m especially hankering for some fresh pasta now. About the birds, I always thought it interesting that female humans are the prettier of the species, but it is the opposite in bird world. My husband told me it’s so the males attract attention and get attacked instead of the females. The females are more protected by their lack of stunning colors.

  27. Oops! forgot to say CONGRATS

  28. Arg, I didn’t finish! CONGRATS ON THE ARTICLE! It’s great!

  29. wow, how did you make homemade pasta look so easy?? i’ve always thought you need to use a pasta maker or at least some heavy duty kitchen equiptment. i might just have to give this a try!

  30. Homemade pasta and homemade meatballs?! I want to come eat at your house – insane! Everything looks wonderful!

  31. That is a great article Biz!

    Girl birds are less bright and ornate so they can blend in and hide their young. 😀

  32. Haha thanks! I swear, it’s BABY fine. I tried letting it grow, but it looked like spaghetti!

  33. I am new to your blog and enjoyed looking around. I have had trouble with keeping my blood sugar in normal ranges so I hope to learn a lot here.

  34. Mm, homemade pasta! I love your broccoli technique too, I’ll definitely be trying it!

  35. Can I come over for homemade pasta?! haha

  36. WOW…homemade pasta and an article, that is terrific!

  37. Oh, wow! I’m so impressed! Your pasta seriously looks amazing!

  38. great article and your pasta looks so good. i do not think i could stick to the serving size 🙂

  39. Congrats, Biz!!! And that was a good article – thanks for pointing us to it! (And now, is it wrong that I really want to eat a plate of spaghetti? 😉 I just saw another delectable one in the movie “Eat Pray Love.” Nom nom! Hmm…I’m wondering if that pasta recipe could be adapted to use peanut flour…maybe for pad thai or something?)

    Hi to Tony, too, and sure hope he’s feeling better!

  40. I want to make homemade pasta so badly! You make it look so easy…I’m not so confident!!

  41. P.S. The paragraph is amazing! You are such a wonderful patient 🙂

  42. P.P.S. Can you find 00 flour in stores easily? I’ve never seen it that I know of!

    Sorry, scattered thoughts before I have my coffee down!

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