It was like ordering lasagna at an Irish restaurant

Can I tell you how nice it is to know that I am not the only one who carries around guilt?ย  That actually made me feel much better – thanks for all your comments yesterday! ๐Ÿ˜€

When we were at the Japanese grocery store over the weekend, they have the most amazing bakery attached to it.ย  We picked up these cheddar rolls, each one weighs 1.5 ounces and areย 4 points each, so my egg white sammie with fruit comes in at 7 Points.

One of the secretary’s was out yesterday, and the other one had to leave for lunch at a specific time.ย  I only had 45 minutes, so I decided to jog/walk the same walk I did yesterday which took me 55 minutes, and I did it in 45 minutes!ย  It was really hot and humid – around 93, but I guess I can’t complain because its been hotter than heck in Texas.

Now I am sure you were all waiting with baited breath as to what I was going to do with the grilled butternut squash . . . shocker . . . SOUP!

Grilled Butternut Squash Soup

  • makes four servings – each serving approximately 2.25 cups – 4 PointsPlus per serving ๐Ÿ˜€


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1, 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 6 ounces green lentils (uncooked)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 large butternut squash

Slice the squash in half.ย  Drizzle with a touch of olive oil and salt and pepper – grill over medium heat for 30 minutes, or until fork tender.ย  Let cool.

Throw all the rest of the ingredients in the pool and just let it simmer for a couple hours until the lentils are soft.ย  Using a stick blender, puree.

Now that I look at this picture, I think these may be split peas and not green lentils?

This soup was so good – I fed four people at work with it, and they all loved it.ย  It had such layers of flavor, and the texture of the peas/lentils was nice too.ย 

Tony and I had a date night last night – we wanted to see Super 8 and our local theater had it in an Imax theater so we thought that would be cool.ย  We stopped off at a bar after work since the movie didn’t start unil 7:30.ย  They have a huge salt water fish tank – I’ve always loved these yellow fish.

Then we went to a Sushi place – Tony specifically took me there so I could get a big bowl of spicy soup that he thought I would love.ย  However I saw dashi tofu and wanted that, and they also had something called Japanese chicken wings.ย  I imagined chicken wings in a spicy teriyaki glaze – but what came out were giant chicken wings, but with a mayo/jalapeno sauce that was out of this world.ย 

Tony still can’t believe I ordered fried chicken at a sushi restaurant – he compares it to ordering lasagna at an Irish pub. ๐Ÿ˜€

I added wasabi to the broth, just to kick it up a notch. ๐Ÿ˜€

These wings were huge- and perfectly cooked – I ate two of them and with the tofu, am calling my dinner 15 points + 7 points for the wine – so 21 points.ย  I had 15 going into dinner, so going 6 over isn’t too bad. ๐Ÿ˜€

Tony east the raw stuff – ew!

So we leave the restaurant to go to the movies – it looks like it could storm.ย  We sit through approximately 30 minutes of previews, get through half of the movie, when all of a sudden the lights are turned on – the movie staff said that a tornado touched down in the next town over and we have to move to the front of the theater!

All of a sudden people are going into panic mode – we leave the theater and Tony walks outside and says its not that bad and we should just leave.ย  I truly believe Tony was a storm chaser in a previous life!ย  The drive home actually wasn’t that bad, but we drove through neighborhoods that had tons of debris, so something must have come through.

But now we don’t know how the movie ended!ย  I hope we can get our $$ back.

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 35 points
  • 45 minute jog/walk
  • average blood sugar 104 ๐Ÿ˜€

I hope to hang with Hannah tonight – I am going to suggest the gym and swim . . . then hot tub! ๐Ÿ˜€ย  Make it a great day!



20 thoughts on “It was like ordering lasagna at an Irish restaurant

  1. Well…how was the movie? At least what you saw of it? I hear it’s fantastic.

    I’d storm chase if I had the balls to do it. I find weather absolutely fascinating. If I fail as an epidemiologist, I’m gonna become a meteorologist!

  2. I love storms, but I surely couldn’t ever be a storm chaser, I’m way to chicken for that kind of stuff! And ordering chicken wings at the sushi place is pretty funny…I usually go with anything cooked lol, my husband also eats all the raw stuff too..eww!

    Hope you and Hannah have a great evening together!

  3. Yikes, scary! I went to Hawaii with my spouse and a friend. I picked a Pacific-Asian style seafood restaurant for dinner.

    They didn’t like their food. They ordered: fried chicken, and jambalaya.

    I of course ordered fish. It was amazing.

  4. The movie… For me, one of the best of the summer… A bit of a more grown up ET. Don’t get money back, go see the end! For me, it had a slow start, but really a slam bang end.

    And the coconut milk in the soup!!! YEHAA sounds wonderful. Just love the idea of this … um, bisque actually (that’s why Jackie kicks me in the shins).

  5. Love that BN squash soup with the split peas. Nice spice too. BN squash is one of my fave veggies.

  6. I think that is split peas B… But it looks great – I would probably like it.

    And the wings look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It’s just like Hannah ordering chicken tenders everywhere!

  7. Ugh, I’ve got to stop hanging around fit people! Between my husband going for a run early this morning and you going for a 45 min run in the hot weather, you’re both making me feel lazy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Guess I’ll go run now too!

    Bummer you couldn’t see the whole movie! I bet this is a situation where you can get your money back or at least get a free pass to see it so you can see the ending.

    Have fun with Hannah tonight!

  8. Awesome breakfast! Cheddar rolls are perfect for eggy sandwiches. Those look like split peas to me too (which I LOVE). What a great date night (minus the movie interruption). I bet if you call the theater they’ll definitely give you some free tickets!

  9. That soup sounds amazing, Biz! And yeah, I think those are split peas. Probably helped make the soup nice and creamy thick! YUMMY!

    Have fun with Hannah tonight!

  10. Gym and Swim – how fun! What a drag that the movie got interrupted, but up to that point, your date night sounded fun (except for that icky fish, and RAW fish at that!).

    We got a wonderful storm early this morning – it was still lightly raining when I drove home from the pool just before 10am. Temp? 70. Yesterday’s temp, same time? 92. Ahhhhh. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. We once had to leave a theatre due to the weather, but they gave us tix to come back b4 we left. I’m glad you guys made it home OK! Your soup sounds wonderful and I think those are split peas. I think lentils are thinner? Nigirizushi (the kind with raw fish) s actually very good if you get it fresh. The fish It is kind of sweet, not fishy at all, and almost melts in your mouth. I would never have tried it alone, but on rice, it seemed easier to try it for some reason, and now I don’t mind the idea at all.

  12. Eeeeek! I don’t eat the raw stuff either!
    My sister said there were tornado warnings in Chicago yesterday! Her tv went black and the warning popped up. Glad everyone and everything is OK.

  13. This title cracked me up as I’m always giving my nephew a hard time for ordering chicken strips no matter what kind of restaurant we’re at. That kid is weird. But those wings look awesome. You need to go back to see that movie. It gets better and better and I LOVED it. Can’t wait for the DVD and I want to take my son to see it. Glad you didn’t blow away though!

  14. oh man….I am with Tony though, I would much rather take fate into my own hands than sit trapped in a movie theater! this is definitely something my husband would do as well! yea, I sure hope you get comped!! My boys said super 8 was good….it is supposed to take place in 1979….right up my time alley! lol

    And sorry, but Tony’s plate of raw eats looks AMAZING to me!!!!!! Yum and double yum! lol

  15. Biz…I just created a summer salad blog hop, and would love it if you would link up with one of your wonderful creations!

  16. Oh how scary is that to be evacuated from your movie! The storms and tornadoes have been so creepy this year.

    I have to laugh at your title! When I was a kid we went to San Francisco (grew up in NE) we are in a restaurant in Fishermans Warf and my mom ordered ham for all of us! My dad will never let her live that down! Now that I live just 90 miles Northeast of S.F. when we take my mom over to the city she always orders seafood!

    Hope you get a refund on that movie!

  17. You are too cute! You remind me of my coworker who always brings in food for us.
    Wow, that’s so crazy! I would have been one of those people freaking out! I don’t handle situations like that well.

  18. That soup looks so good! I am totally making that.
    I’m going to see Super 8 and the Hangover 2 this weekend at the drive-in, up at the cottage. I can’t wait

  19. Weighting For 50

    Holy Twister! Glad you weren’t affected badly, and hope those who were are ok. Tony’s plate of sushi looks REALLY good to me! I know, I bet you just “eww’d” as you read that!!! Take care Biz!!!

  20. Aww Biz! I know everything about guilt, though my brand of guilt has nothing to do with people-pleasing. I’ve been convinced for a very long time that I’m not a very good person, and it makes me really weary. It’s such a waste of life. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Too bad you didn’t see the movie. I just saw a trailer last night and it looked promising. Because it’s A.J. Abrams movie it’s probably pretty good.

    The butternut squash soup looks really good. Am I really supposed to add butter in it? ๐Ÿ™‚

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