We had a really big toaster oven. We don’t have a very big kitchen, and why I thought I needed a toaster oven that had a bun warmer, I have no idea. I think I used the bun warmer twice? This is what it looked like:
We had it for years, and then to me, it seemed that it took twice as long to get to temperature, and realized we were really only using it as a toaster. So one day I unplugged it and threw it out. Let’s call it an executive decision, shall we? So I promptly replaced it with this piece of shit toaster:
This Hamilton Beach toaster oven couldn’t even fit rye bread – you would have to flip the bread around half way through. The “bagel” setting barely warmed the bagel, let alone toast it. I kept hearing Tony say “it would be really nice to have a toaster oven, but oh yeah, you threw it out!” But my thought was, why spend xx amount on a toaster oven if all we use it for is as a toaster? I can be cheap like that sometimes. 😀
I hate to concede. But. Tony was right. Yep, I said it Tony!! We get Consumer Reports magazine, and they recommended this toaster oven:
The Oster Digital Countertop Oven with Convection – Model: TSSTTVMNDG. This was on sale at our local Wal-Mart for $79. After toasting bagels over the weekend, Tony used the convection oven to make a Homerun Inn frozen pizza and declared it delicious. The cheese got nice and bubbly and he said that the crust was perfectly crisp. Nice! 😀
Breakfast was a mini bagel sammie – 1 egg, baby spinach, 1/2 ounce hard salami, 2/3 ounce cheese – 8 PointsPlus.
I thought I was going to be too swamped to take a walk at lunch but luckily found a window – perfect weather!! Sunny and 60. I walked/ran for 50 minutes – it felt really good!
So my grocery store sale flyer had pork stew for $1.99. I asked Tony if he had ever had it before and his answer was “not intentionally!” So I decided to make a dish I know I would like and my SIL would like . . . and guess who else loved it? Hannah! Yep, my mostly non-meat eating daughter thought it was delicious.
Thai Pork Stew (4 servings / 4 oz. pork mixture with 1/2 cup of sauce is 276 calories, 12 fat, 15 carbs, 2 fiber and 26 protein = 7 PointsPlus).
- 1 pound pork stew (alternatively 1 pound cut up pork chops or tenderloin)
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 cups red peppers
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 2 tablespoons cream peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon sriracha
- 2 cups chicken broth
I heated my oven to 300. I just put everything in together (don’t worry, the peanut butter melts into the sauce) and baked it for 90 minutes in my dutch oven, stirring every half hour.
I don’t have any pictures when it came out of the oven because it was already dark out. When I reheated my portion, I tossed it with 2/3 cups cooked white rice and a cup of steamed veggies – broccoli/carrots and peapods. Sorry about the quality of the photo – but this was really delicious!
This was so filling! It took me a while to eat too – the pork was super tender and I loved that there was a lot of sauce – my lunch comes in at 10 PointsPlus. 😀
Now the sun is setting on my drive home – they sky was so pretty!
And then I turned that sky picture into something cool – I always forget I have a “fisheye” effect on my camera!
I thought I was going to have to work late last night, and Tony had a dinner out so I had nothing really planned. Um, left to my own devices, I am sure no one is shocked at what I made for me and Hannah.
We made pizza! Um, someone put red onions on her half – ew!
Yep, my 14 point half of pizza really hit the spot – I had 1.5 ounces of sausage, 1/2 ounce pepperoni, roasted red pepper, baby spinach, 4 ounces of pizza dough, and 1.5 ounces of asiago cheese. Yumz.
Stats for Monday:
- 36 points (includes 4 points of tasting while cooking last night – I may have had half a pumpkin scone!)
- 50 minute walk/run
- average blood sugar 132
Have a great Tuesday – make it a great day! 😀