I got my 10%!

And for the fourth week in a row, I lost another .6 – for a total loss of 17.4 since March 1. 😀

I was only bummed that my regular leader wasn’t there today – oh well!

Yesterday was bagel Friday – I realized I missed my weekly bagel on Wednesday! 

It was week two of grilling with Biz at my office yesterday.  On the menu?

  • marinated skirt steak fajitas
  • homemade Spanish rice
  • homemade black bean refried beans
  • salsa 😀

And, because I am nice, I did grill up some onions – thank God I don’t have the lingering smell of onions at home 😀

The meat is already marinated – my store had it on sale for only $3.99 a pound – I charged my co-workers $4 a plate. 😀  The skirt steak is really thin so it cooked up really fast.

My Spanish rice recipe is really easy – not sure how authentic it is though!

Easy Spanish Rice

  • makes 8 servings of 3/4 cup at 4 PointsPlus

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 8 ounces salsa de tomato (or regular tomato sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Taco seasoning
  • zest of lime
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 cup canned corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper

Cook the brown rice according to package directions.  I just used my rice maker.  Once it was cooked, I threw it in a bowl and mixed in the rest of the ingredients.  I loved the zest of the lime.

My plate:

My guess is about 13 points for this plate

I think it was a success – everyone had seconds!  I think next week I am going to try to grill pizza – I am going to buy some unglazed ceramic tiles and try it out this weekend.

Enjoy your Saturday!  It’s beautiful in Chicagoland today. 😀

 

550,000 Pageview Giveaway!

I realized earlier in the week that I clocked another 50,000 pageviews since my half million giveaway post at the end of April, so its time for another giveaway to thank everyone who takes time out of their day to see what’s happening at My Bizzy Kitchen. 😀

I have Shelley to thank for my new hat that I wear every day during lunch, whether I am walking, biking or running – it fits well and covers my face from the sun and even in windy conditions stays put.  

Under Armour hat – I couldn’t find the exact one she gave me, but this one is close:

Then because its summer, and Shelley and I are swimming fools, I thought I would throw in a pair of Speedo Water Thongs – perfect for grabbing the mail or to wear around a pool:

And last, but not least – a cool short sleeve shirt with rashgaurd – not exactly sure that that is, but I like the fit – and it comes in either pink or blue.

And thanks again for everyone leaving comments, emailing me on the side – I am so lucky to have so many friends! 😀  To enter the giveaway, simply leave me a comment telling me what your favorite exercise gear is.  Second entry (and second comment) if you tweet about it.  I’ve only sent one tweet in my whole life, and that was to help my friend Heather become a FitAmbassador for Cleveland.  One day I’ll latch on to all this social media – I only go on facebook once a week too!

I’ll pick a winner on Monday, June 27.  Good luck! 😀

Now onto the eats!

At the Japanese grocery store, I picked up some black sesame seed bread – its really good – I ended up with an 0pen face sammie with a sliced pear for breakfast – I had a couple slices of deli turkey under the egg and cheese, and I think it was spoiled because I felt like shizz for a couple hours after I ate it.  It tasted good going down though!  Breakfast comes in at 8 PointsPlus.

I had to do a bank deposit for work, so walked to and from the bank for a nice 45 minute walk – after I work out twice a day like I did on Wednesday, its hard to do too much the next day.

Lunch was super delicious – think chili mac, only with leftover sloppy Joe’s!  I had 1/2 a cup of sloppy joes over yaki soba noodles with baby spinach and a sprinkling of cheese – this delicious bowl was 10 points and quite filling. 😀  The soba noodles were from the Japanese grocery store too – each of the three 5.5 ounce cooked packages are only 4 Points – simple steep them in hot water for a couple minutes.

And I had pork chops on the menu but forgot to defrost them – so it was on to Plan B – chicken taquitos!  3 taquitos were 11 mouthwatering PointsPlus.

  • 3 corn tortillas (3 pts.)
  • 3 ounces chicken (3 pts.)
  • 3 tablespoons fat free refried beans (1 pt.)
  • 3/4 ounce cheddar cheese (2 pts.)
  • 1 tsp. oil for frying (1 pt.)
  • 1.5 tablespoons light sour cream (1 pt.)
  • chopped baby spinach and jalapeno (0 pt.)
  • 1 tablespoon salsa (0 pt.)

Deep fried for just a couple minutes – I’ve said it before, but our deep fryer holds the temp so well, I only count 1 tsp. of oil for the deep frying – but these are not greasy at all.

Yep, not gonna lie these are delicious – and I probably could have stopped at two, but why? 😀

the green toothpicks represent chopped jalapenos on the inside - didn't want to accidentally give one of these to Tony!

Yep, one more picture – I couldn’t decide which one ot post, so I posted all three 😀

So happy it’s Friday!  Stats for Thursday:

  • 29 Points
  • 45 minute walk
  • average blood sugar 131

Make it a great day!

Cloudy/Windy/Rainy/Sunny

I am sure by now you guys know I like spicy shit.  A lot.  So am stoked to have stumbled upon a few recipes and products to add to my never ending list of things to try.

First up?  Ally’s Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls.  Holla!  Baked with spicy chicken and cream cheese – and it scores two points with me because I am also a known cheese whore.

A Bird in the Kitchen made spicy zucchini pancakes with green goddess dressing.   Growing up my Dad always made homemade thousand island dressing, but I remember green goddess dressing being one of my favorite bottled salad dressings – all for a girl who only ate cucumbers and carrots.  😀

I have decided that Friday is going to be grilling with Biz at work – this week I plan on making grilled carne asada fajitias with fresh peppers, homemade spanish brown rice and homemade refried black beans.  I have a spicy salsa, but for those who can’t take all the heat, I think I will make Gina from Skinny Taste’s creamy cilantro tomatillo dressing

And WW posted a Chinese BBQ sauce that I can’t wait to try:

Ingredients

 
  1/2 cup(s) hoisin sauce   
  1/2 cup(s) ketchup   
  1/2 cup(s) diet ginger ale   
  2 Tbsp rice vinegar, seasoned   
  1/2 tsp five-spice powder   
  1/4 tsp garlic powder   

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until simmering.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer 5 minutes, or longer for desired thickness. Cool 10 minutes before using (or cool and store in a plastic or glass container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks). Yields about 2 tablespoons per serving.

And K.C. Masterpiece has a new marinade – buffalo!

I can’t wait to find that – I am actually fresh out of my Buffalo Wild Wing spicy sauce – this could be a great substitute.

My meals have mostly been leftovers morphed into something edible.  I had a lone leftover baked potato, so I cut it in half (it was 4 oz.), scooped out the potato leaving about a 1/4 inch skin, then cooked the potato with 1 egg, 1.5 ounces steak, baby spinach and cheese – a filling and delicious breakfast for 8 WW points.

The weather was iffy at lunch, but I went for it.  In my 8.5 mile, 55 mile bike ride it started out cloudy, then really windy (it seemed the wind was in my face the whole time), then rainy and I got back to my office and it was sunny. 😀

I heated up the rest of Tony’s pad thai noodles to make a noodle dish:

  • 2/3 cup pad thai noodles (4 pts)
  • 1 cup diced zucchini (0)
  • 1/2 cup carrots (0)
  • 3 ounces leftover steak (3)
  • 1 cup baby spinach (0)
  • 1 tablespoons spicy szechwan sauce (1)
  • sliced jalapeno and cilantro (0)

Wow, was this delicious – it took me a long time to eat and while I love fresh jalapenos, for some reason some are hotter than others – I could only eat one!

I actually got snacky later in the day which is not normal for me, but even after lunch I only had 16 points, so I had 3 oz. of leftover chicken and a pear.

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I talked to Tony later in the afternoon and said “I have ground beef . . .” and before I gave him my options of stuffed peppers/pasta bolognese/blue cheese sliders, he said “loose meat sandwiches.”  So that’s what we had – with waffle fries from Alexia – these were good!  Dinner comes in at 10 points.  And if you are even wondering, no, that isn’t too much mustard. 😀  I think manwich is on the sweet side, but when I add the mustard, its the perfect balance.

After dinner Hannah and I went to the gym.  We ended up swimming for 45 minutes – we did the weighted ring toss and try as I might, out of the 6 rings Hannah would get 5 and I would only get one – she’s a fast swimmer!  The only time I got more than one is if she gave me a 3 second head start. 😀  I would do lap swims in between – it doesn’t really feel like exercise because its so much fun.

We stopped at a frozen yogurt place – I had an unphotographed no sugar added peanut butter yogurt with fresh strawberries and a tablespoon of mini-chocolate chips for 6 points – delicious!

Stats for the Day:

  • 35 points
  • 55 minute bike ride at lunch
  • 45 minute swim after dinner
  • average blood sugar 123

A shout out to all my Chicagoland readers.  My friends BIL is battling non-hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is a cancer of the blood.  He’s single and the medical bills are piling up around him.

His family is having a fundraiser at The Village Tavern in Schaumburg on Sunday, June 26 from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m.  20% of your pre-tax bill will be donated to help Rob’s medical bills.  Just let me know if you are going – I will need to email you a flyer so that they get credit. 

Have I mentioned that The Village Tavern has the best nachos and chicken fingers? I am happy I’ll have 6 days to work them off before my next weigh in!

Make it a great day! 😀

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?  That actually made me feel much better – thanks for all your comments yesterday! 😀

When we were at the Japanese grocery store over the weekend, they have the most amazing bakery attached to it.  We picked up these cheddar rolls, each one weighs 1.5 ounces and are 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.  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!  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 😀

Ingredients:

  • 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.  Drizzle with a touch of olive oil and salt and pepper – grill over medium heat for 30 minutes, or until fork tender.  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.  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.  It had such layers of flavor, and the texture of the peas/lentils was nice too. 

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.  We stopped off at a bar after work since the movie didn’t start unil 7:30.  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.  However I saw dashi tofu and wanted that, and they also had something called Japanese chicken wings.  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. 

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

I added wasabi to the broth, just to kick it up a notch. 😀

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.  I had 15 going into dinner, so going 6 over isn’t too bad. 😀

Tony east the raw stuff – ew!

So we leave the restaurant to go to the movies – it looks like it could storm.  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.  I truly believe Tony was a storm chaser in a previous life!  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!  I hope we can get our $$ back.

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 35 points
  • 45 minute jog/walk
  • average blood sugar 104 😀

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

 

Guilt

is an invisible blanket I wear on an almost daily basis.  Almost all of it is self-imposed and I’ve been like this for years.  I am the quintessential people pleaser, didn’t matter if I wasn’t happy, but if everyone else around me was, then I considered that a success.

But I am older now, and I just want to put that blanket in a bonfire and set it on fire.  I know I cannot control the people around me and trying to do so isn’t making me happy, so I just have to let it go.  Do you think I can?

So I am returning My Bizzy Kitchen to rainbows and butterflies again, and talk about what makes me happy – cooking! 😀  Thank you though for all the virtual hugs and emails – I sincerely appreciate it. 😀

Over the weekend I made a new dry rub for a small boneless pork roast.  It was delicious!

Wet Rub for Pork – 2 PointsPlus for the rub

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper

I let the roast sit on the counter for 30 minutes before grilling it – then spooned the mixture over the roast – a tablespoon of rosemary might seem like a lot, but it mellows when its grilled and isn’t too overpowering.

I bought a ton of fruit over the weekend – I was happy to find raspberries and blackberries for just 1.99 a pint.  Breakfast was an egg white open sammie on wholegrain bread and a cup of raspberries and blackberries – only 6 Points for this whole plate. 😀

We had a chance of rain off and on yesterday, so I decided to walk instead of bike – it started out as a light drizzle, but then just got humid – I got in a nice 55 minute walk at lunch.  Lunch was leftovers again – leftover chicken from my last Friday grill at my office – they morphed into chicken tacos with a peach and a pear on the side – the pear was amazing, I threw the peach out – ew.  Lunch comes in at only 7 PP.

I had defrosted some sort of “mystery” meat.  I am the worst at labeling frozen food – I always think “Oh, I’ll remember what this is.”  Um, that hardly ever happens.  I’ve been known to bring homemade marinara to work for lunch, when I thought it was roasted red pepper soup.

So I couldn’t tell if the meat I pulled out to defrost was a chuck roast, or what, so I was pleasantly surprised that it was a sirloin steak. 😀  I served it with corn on the cob and canned baby peas.

cook the steak to 125 degrees and rest for at least 10 minutes for medium rare

I just happened to get July’s issue of Bon Appetit so I was reading that as I grilled last night – the cover story was “how to grill the perfect steak” and I love how it said “salt and pepper – the little black dress of beef – is all a steak needs.”  I couldn’t agree more.

And while reading Bon Appetit I found a recipe I need to recreate (sans the grape tomatoes).  Why have I not had halloumi cheese before?  Grilled halloumi cheese with watermelon and basil-mint oil – yum!

It was a day late, but here is the t-shirt I got Tony for Father’s Day – he actually sent me the link as a hint – sorry for all the vegetarians who may read my blog!

Stats for Monday

  • 31 points (including wine)
  • 55 minute walk
  • average blood sugar 129

Come back tomorrow to see what I made with grilled butternut squash – its delicious!

Hope you have a great day! 😀