Spicy Thai Pork with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

I saw Lori’s blog post where she had pumpkin oats and I was a tad bit jealous because my local store had a sign where the pumpkin should be that said “coming soon!”  I hope we don’t have a pumpkin shortage this year.  Otherwise how will I make my pumpkin scones with spicy glaze I’ve been craving once the weather starts to cool?

So I looked to see what I had, and remembered that I had peaches from the farmers market that needed to be eaten – soon!  OMG, these were so good – just slightly tart – I had 3/4 cup oats to 1 cup water, then added 1 tsp. of honey and 2 tablespoons of granola on top – pure summer/fall comfort in a bowl. 😀  Breakfast comes in at 9 points.

Work was super busy, so busy that it was 12:30 before I realized I hadn’t gone on my lunch workout.  Shelley commented recently that she didn’t realize the ups and downs I go through being diabetic.  She’s right – I don’t talk about it too much because a: I don’t want people to look at my blog and say “she can eat three tacos and she’s diabetic, so I can too!”

What works for me probably only works for me – it’s not as cut and dry.  I have to time my lunch/workouts from when I ate breakfast, etc.  Luckily since my breakfast was high in carbs, my blood sugar was 250 before working out.  While some diabetics would freak out about that, I loved that number.  It was overcast and 70 degrees when I went out at lunch.  I knew I could push myself on my 5k a bit more because the weather was cooperating.

I knew almost immediately that I started out too fast – I have that problem, and I know that it takes me a good 10 or 15 minutes to get in the running “groove.”  So I slowed down a bit, walked for about 10 seconds, then kept running.  Had I not had to reject a song on Pandora at my half-way point, I would never have known that I ran the first 1.5 miles in 16 minutes!

I knew I could break my PR.  So I just kept my head up, my feet moving to the beat of a fast tempo song and before I knew it, I had crossed my “finish” line and when I looked down at my watch, could not believe I ran my 5k in 32:07!!  Woot!  Some of you already know that because I couldn’t help not post something on facebook (something I vowed I would never use, but am slowly learning to love it!)

After I read Kelly’s blog post about how she feels like a runner, I couldn’t agree more.  I never thought I would enjoy running, just think how fast I’ll be once I drop these damn 30 pounds. 😀

When I got back to my desk I was really ready for lunch – I think it was almost 1:45 by the time I ate.  I made a spicy thai pork dish that I copied from here.

Thai Pork & Peanut Sauce

Adapted from a cooking light recipe

Ingredients

2 pounds lean pork loin
2 large sweet red peppers
1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more if you like it spicier)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup peanut butter
Chopped green onion, for garnish
Chopped dry roasted peanuts, for garnish
Lime wedges, for garnish

Directions

Coat crock pot with cooking spray.

Put pork, bell peppers, teriyaki sauce, vinegar, red pepper flakes, and garlic in crockpot. Cover and cook on low until pork is fork tender, 6-8 hours (or on high for 3-4 hours).

Remove pork and coarsely chop. Add the peanut butter to the liquid in crockpot, stir well to dissolve.  The only thing I did differently was puree the red pepper peanut butter mixture to make a smooth sauce, then I added 2 tablespoons of thai chili paste to kick it up – leave out if you don’t want it too spicy.

Return pork to sauce, stir to coat meat evenly. Serve with rice, garnishing with green onion, peanuts and lime wedges.

I actually served mine over a cup of mashed sweet potatoes with steamed broccoli – this whole gorgeous spicy plate comes in at 10 points.

I emailed my brother and sister and said “I am eating mashed sweet potatoes and am liking them!”  I told them I spiced them up with some thai chili sauce.  My brother then sent this picture which made me almost pee in my pants.  It’s because my sister said that mashed sweet potatoes was like baby food. 😀

That baby’s face just kills me!

So Tony, while feeling better, still doesn’t have much of an appetite, so for dinner I made him buttered egg noodles.  So what would I possibly eat?  Yep – pizza!

i had half of the pizza dough leftover from my fig and goat cheese pizza.  I then realized that this pizza dough recipe is perfect for 2 people to make their own individual pizzas – half of the dough is 6 points, then just build it from there.

Pizza Dough for Two

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt (may seem like a lot, but it works)

Just mix together with a wooden spoon, pour onto lightly floured counter and knead it for about 2 minutes.  Divide in half and each person can put whatever toppings on they want.  I went with a bacon and broccoli pizza.  My pizza all together comes in at 11 points.

It was delicious.  Tony just looked over at me and shook his head – seriously he would be fine with having pizza just once a month.  Where did I go wrong with him? 😀  I know Helen’s husband is probably like “WTF?!”  He could have pizza every night like me and never get sick of it. 😀

I was reading Leslie’s post yesterday about how a lot of us didn’t reach our summer goals as we thought we would.   It got me thinking because from the start of my vacation and about 10 days afterwards (about 15 days) I didn’t count points, I felt like I ate like a pig, I was really feeling down on myself.  But when I weighed in at WW on Saturday, turns out I lost .2.

It’s so easy to revert back to negative thinking and think “I can’t do it.”  Pushing myself on my run yesterday only proves that if you push yourself, maybe even just a little bit more than the day before, we can reach our goals.  My switch is back on people – look out! 😀

Stats for Tuesday

  • 33 points (after eating 4 points of crack pop chips while watching t.v.)
  • 45 minute walk/run – 32:07 5k PR
  • average blood sugar 134

I am headed to my Mom’s house tonight – she’s having out patient surgery tomorrow and I am her designated driver and caretaker. 😀  See you tonight Momma!

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29 thoughts on “Spicy Thai Pork with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  1. Safe surgery wishes for your Mom!

    Um…Tony is ITALIAN! How can he not love pizza?

    You know, I wasn’t as successful with the challenge as I would have liked either. My problem isn’t that I fall of the wagon and think “I can’t do this.” My problem is that I *temporarily* like falling off the wagon. Sometimes I hate being a healthy eater and wish I could just eat whatever I want. I have to really work to train my mind to really not want those unhealthy things so damn frequently! I know I can do it. I just have to want to do it!

  2. “…just think how fast I’ll be once I drop these damn 30 pounds.”

    ME TOO.

  3. 1. That baby’s face is HORRIFYING! If I have nightmares tonight, I blame you!

    2. I totally didn’t reach my goals this summer. I’m not upset though. I went through a lot and I’m just thankful I made it through without completely losing my shit. Life is calmer and now I can focus on those goals. Life happens and we can’t beat ourselves up. Sometimes, you just have to go into “survival” mode and push through. If anything, I call that a success!

  4. Awesome on the running! I didn’t reach my summer goals, such a bummer. It IS so easy to fall off the wagon and not get back on. Yesterday I wanted to so bad, but made a complete 360 after my workout. A workout was JUST what I needed. Best wishes to your mom.

    • Jacky – I was thinking of signing up for the Frank Lloyd Wright run in Oak Park (mainly because its a fast course) and even though the race is in October, it’s already filled up! 😦

  5. You can have Pooldad and I’ll take Tony. giggle – you know how I feel about pizza – although yours always looks so yum. My family loves it, especially when we make it homemade, but it doesn’t do it for me. I hope Tony gets his appetite back soon. I know how it is – he isn’t losing too much weight is he?

    And look at you – losing on vacation – that is awesome. Not many can say that Bizzy. You should be proud!

    • Nope, he’s hanging in. They said it may take up to a year to recover from his colon cancer surgery, we have to remember it’s only been six months.

  6. Way to go on your run, Biz! You are a speed demon, lady!! 🙂

    Looooooove your pizza!!!! Hope Tony is feeling better soon and prayers for your Mom’s surgery.

  7. I could eat pizza several times a week for sure! My kids are so picky, one won’t eat sauce, one only eats the toppings, etc. Hope Tony is feeling better and that your mom’s surgery goes smoothly.

  8. Wow, good for you! I have so much trouble with pacing myself outside! I can fun forever on the treadmill, but outside, I start to fast and get tired too quickly.

    The pizza looks delicious.. I love that it makes enough for just 2 people!

  9. Wow AWESOME on that 5K!! That’s such a great pace!

    I dunno about Tony…I LOVE pizza. Then again, my husband hates chocolate.

  10. Great job on the PR!!!

  11. Whoop to your run! Way to rock ittttttttt. And the meal looks delicious- peanut sauce is seriously amazing. So sweet of you to take care of your Mama. Hope everything goes easy breezy.

  12. Love personal pizzas and woooooooot woot to your run!

  13. Seriously, Biz…don’t bother setting up sub 30 as a running goal. You’re just about there!!! I’m thinking 10K for your next goal!!!! 😉

    Glad Tony feels better! Hope everything goes smoothly for your mum!

  14. Hope everything going smoothly for your mama.

    I am like Tony – pizza once in a blue moon is fine with me. But goat cheese and fig…hm. That sounds MUCH more enticing! Mark could and would eat pizza EVERY night if I would allow for it. He thinks I don’t know that he has it just about every day for lunch, but I do…terd.

  15. The baby jar made me laugh!! I love pizza any time, any place!

  16. I was so proud when I saw your PR on FB! 🙂
    Great job, Biz!

  17. Holy shit look at that PR! YOU WERE SMOKIN’ out there!!!! 🙂 I am smiling so big for you, Biz!

    I have a ton of GF pizza dough in the freezer. I need to make pizza. Andy loves it so much!

  18. Love thai sauces! My grocery has pumpkin year round. Weird, huh? I guess I’m lucky though!
    I just had a way over baked sweet potato. Nice and carmelized, but soft and gooey 😀 Just how I like em!

    • I actually only started liking them about six months ago – I think it was just one of those veggies from child hood that I just decided I would never like. Um, but they are best made into deep fat fries. 😀

  19. I really shouldn’t read your blog around lunch time because all this delicious food is making me hungry.
    Everything here looks just delicious! I could happily eat pizza everyday! Yum!

  20. Wow, great job on that run! Such a great time! Now I’m gonna wait to watch you break 30 min! 😀 Yay!!!

    and I’m totally digging that pizza dough for two. I always want pizza, but never have a small enough amount of pizza dough or tortillas to use! 😛

  21. I’m a lazy pizza lover, which is probably a good thing…too lazy to make it myself, and the places that have decent pizza require a bit of drive. Still, Tony is CRAZY for not jumping on the pizza bandwagon, especially with you for a wife! 😉

    That baby food picante sauce is horrible and hilarious at the same time!!!

    You have done so well with your running, Miss Speedypants!

  22. I could eat pizza every day for sure! And I love anything spicy…that baby food pic is hilarious!

  23. Congrats on the PR! And I am loving all that broccoli in this post – yum!

  24. pizza for two is the best – i just need a cute date to share this with, then i would be much happier 🙂

    And i love when there’s broccoli on top of the cheese, mmm those two foods just pair so well together!

    xoxo ❤

  25. The whole “no pumpkin on the shelf” thing floors me – we always have pumpkin in our stores. You gotta move to Canada Biz – you’ll be able to satisfy your pumpkin craving year round!

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