Sometimes Its A Wash

Wanna see what a future food blogger looks like?  This is what Hannah sent me yesterday with the caption “mini egg, ham and cheese sammies – delish!”

You all are too nice about telling me how young I look – I’ll be 44 next month! 😀  But I’ll take the compliments.

I have to give a shout out to Tony’s home health care nurse – not sure how to spell her name, so I may not do it justice, but her name is Shallette.  She is a super cute Philapino woman, who loves spicy food!  I gave her some of my baja fresh salsa when I was home when she made a visit.

I should have tasted it though because you never know with jalapenos – some of my salsas get hotter the longer they sit.  This batch, while flavorful, wasn’t spicy at all, which is why her husband and son loved it!  You know the best part?  She called last night to confirm her appointment today and she’s now calling him Tony!  (um, some of you may not know that Tony is not my husband’s real name – its his “stage name” for the blog!).

She takes great care of him, gets his sense of humor, and for that I am grateful.

Now some of you may throw up your mouth a little at my breakfast yesterday – bring it on.  There is a show Tony watches on one of his “man channels” called Drinking Made Easy.  They mostly go into bars that have creative cocktails – the latest episode Tony called me in the living room – they were at a restaurant in British Colombia that was doing a wine pairing with food and my beloved cheese.

One wine was paired with a thick slice of corned beef with an ale mustard – seriously my mouth watered simply looking at it.  Then one of the combinations they had was a wedge of blue cheese with honey on top.  I instantly thought that combination would be amazing – a balance of sweet and sour.

So I hallowed out a piece of ciabatta bread so it weighed 2 ounces.  I scrambled up 1/2 cup of egg whites with baby spinach, then stuffed that into my bread shell, then put 2 tablespoons of blue cheese on top, then drizzled 2 teaspoons of honey over the top, and then put it under the broiler in the toaster oven.

I know it doesn’t look that pretty, but the flavor was amazing – I got a bit of blue cheese and honey in every bite, and it is a good combo.  I am going to have to invest in some good blue cheese and try this again on a tasting plate – um, you may see it on my lunch menu next week!  Breakfast comes in at 8 points.

When it was time to work out, my blood sugar was only 130, so I ate 2 granola bars (Aldi Brand) while at only 180 calories for both, come in at 5 WW points.

I had a great run/walk for 45 minutes.  I ended up walking 3 minutes, running 1 minute and sprinting 1 minute – it felt great!  42 and sunny – nice!

Lunch was so good – I forget to make this, and its so simple.  I made stuffed zucchini boats.  I put a whole zucchini in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.  Let it cool and put it in my lunch bag.  I browned 3 ounces of ground sirloin with a pinch of Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper.  Put that in a separate container.

At work I cut the zucchini in half – I like a crisp tender zucchini, so you can cook yours longer if you like.  I scooped out the middle, split the meat mixture between the two, topped with my fire roasted tomato sauce I made the other day and topped it with an ounce of shredded mozzarella – it took about 5 minutes under a hot broiler and lunch was done.  And only 6 points!

Only one slight problem – I didn’t check my blood sugar when I got back from my run.  It must have been on the low side because I took the normal amount of insulin I would have for that plate – about 45 minutes later, my blood sugar dropped to 50. 😦  My boss came to my desk to give me something and she was like “what’s wrong with your eyes!”  My eye look weird when I have low blood sugar and I start to sweat.  I know, it’s a pretty look!

I ate a pear, that wasn’t enough, so I ended up eating a cup of Vanilla Almond cereal that I had in my desk.  So between the 5 point granola bar to fuel my work out, and the 4 points of cereal to recover from my workout, my run was basically a wash.  Oh well, at least I survive to eat and run another day! 😀

I have to give my buddy Rachel a shout out.  Last year when Tony was sick she sent us some “fuck cancer” magnets, but also sent me this seasoning.

Sadly it had gotten pushed to the back of my spice cabinet, but when I rearranged our cabinet over the Christmas holidays, I found it and holy shit is this stuff good.  Super spicy, think black pepper spicy.

I had defrosted chicken breasts.  Tony didn’t have much of an appetite for dinner becuase guess what he had for lunch?  A butter burger from Culver’s!  He enjoyed every last bit of it, but since its the most food he’s eaten in a while, we have to slowly get his appetite back.

So it was just me.  So I got to use my spicy seasoning.  I love a good pan gravy.  What could be bad about gravy!  Here is a super simple one, that will be an explosion of flavor in your mouth.  I am so serious.  This is one serving for 3 WW points.

  • 1 teaspoon butter (1)
  • 1 teaspoon flour (0)
  • 1/3 cup white wine (I used box chardonnay because I am klassy like that) (2)
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth (0)
  • salt and pepper to taste (0)

I sprinkled my 4 ounce chicken breast liberally with the seasoning.  Over medium high heat I pam seared the chicken (if you need to get in your oil for the day – you can saute in 1 tsp. of olive oil).

I had pounded my chicken so it was even, so it only took about 3 minutes a side. I set it on a plate to rest.  Then I lowered the heat to medium low.  Added the butter.  When melted I added the flour and cooked for 1 minute.  Then I added the wine and chicken broth and let it come to a boil – it took about 5 minutes for the sauce to thicken.

Since my chicken seasoning was pretty spicy, I only needed to add a pinch of salt (sorry Skippy!).  Now this is a more tart sauce because the wine never really cooks out of it, but I lean towards tart sauces – the butter rounds it out nicely though.

All together I served it over a bed of fresh spinach, 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes, the chicken and gravy.  Yep, this took about 20 minutes from beginning to end – definitely worthy of company!

Did I tell you guys that I love gravy?  Dinner comes in at 9 points.

I think I am going to have another parfait today – this time with Chobani’s passion fruit flavor – can’t wait to try it!

Don’t expect much from my weigh in this week – I think my exercise will be enough to keep me the same – um, I may have had some Cheez-Its last night while Hannah and I watched American Idol in her room last night.  And we ate Cheez-Its, not Cheese Nips – there is a difference! 😀

Make it a great day!

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30 thoughts on “Sometimes Its A Wash

  1. I didn’t know his real name wasn’t Tony, let me guess, it’s Errighn! 🙂

    • Ha! Love it Debbi – not sure I’ll ever reveal his real name – it adds an element of mystery to him, doesn’t it! 😀 And for the record, I do sometimes call him Tony!

  2. Yah Hannah! You must send us her blog name when she gets the blog going. I had no idea that Tonys name is not Tony. Thats hilarious. Josh’s name is Josh ;). Whoop for getting out there. Glad the weather has been treating you well. And I think sometimes the BEST foods don’t look that pretty. I’m hoping for a positive weigh in

  3. I did know that you love gravy (dinner looks killer, by the way….not so sure about the honey and blue cheese but I won’t knock anything until I’ve tried it!)

    But Tony isn’t “Tony’s” real name?! I had NO IDEA! I’ve been reading for how many years?! Crazy!!! Maybe you’ll tell me his real name when we meet up next time I’m in town 🙂

  4. I want to attend that wine tasting. Corned beef? Cheese? Yes, please.

    I am jealous of the cheez-its. They are so delicious and addicting. They used to be my go-to midnight snack. Now it’s chocolate drizzled kettle corn. YUM!

  5. Now you have me guessing and I can’t concentrate on your delicious food. However, I’m sure I know his real name. It’s Rumplestiltskin.

    Send me a prize please!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

  6. I love bleu cheese with honey, I am a huge fan of contrasting flavors so it looks great to me. Thanks for letting us in on your face lotion secret, I think $10 is a great buy.

  7. Man I love blue cheese. I miss blue cheese. Can’t have it when you are pregnant. Some people miss wine when pregnant. Me? Blue cheese.

    That spicy gravy looks gooooood.

    • Really?? One of my co-workers who was pregnant said she couldn’t have deli meat – I think I ate a hard salami sandwich nearly every day when I was pregnant with Hannah! Maybe that’s why she loves onions?

      Then try my gravy – I think you’ll love it!

  8. Rachel is such a sweetie! Your dinner looks gourmet. Makes me want to…go out to dinner (ha! you didn’t think I’d say COOK, didja?!?).

    You and Tony (I feel special because I know his real name) have a great weekend!

  9. If I worked with you I would BEG you to include me in every meal you made at work! YUM!

  10. I love blue cheese when paired with something sweet. My all time favorite salad has candied walnuts, blue cheese and pear in it. Have you tried Maytag cheese? Sooo good and you don’t need much of it to get tons of blue cheese flavor.

    I LOVE gravy too. I’d take shots of it if it were socially acceptable! (And if it wouldn’t go straight to my thighs.) 😀

    LOL…I only figured out Tony’s real name when we became FB friends. But personally, I like the stage name! 🙂

  11. OMG, how did I not know Tony’s not his real name???!!!!!!!

  12. I am a Cheez-It afficionado and yes there is a HUGE difference between them and the nips. I shouldn’t encourage you to eat them but have you tried the Duoz yet? Oh my I got a box of the smoked cheddar/monterey jack flavor and Mr. Helen can’t keep out of them (and he doesn’t even like regular Cheez-Its!).

    I feel special because I know Tony’s real name but it makes no difference to me, he’ll always be Tony!

  13. I thought Tony was Tony too! You should sponsor a “Guess Tony’s Real Name” contest with the prize being you cooking for the winner for a week! It all looks yummy…as always.

  14. I love sweet with savory, so I will definitely try that blue cheese and honey. The zucchini looks good too, and easy.

    My husband loves hot sauce and I am amazed how much chiles vary in heat depending on where and when I get them.

  15. I didn’t know his name wasn’t Tony either!

  16. Yummy food! I’m not sure about the honey and bleu cheese, but I’ve eaten stranger things.

    Do you use your exercise points on your WW tracking? Weekly points?

  17. Oh, cheez-its! I’ve been snacking on way too many oyster crackers lately. They seem so tiny and innocent. Your breakfast actually looks pretty good. Great idea to hollow out the ciabatta.

  18. Okay, I must know what BC restaurant they were featuring. Gotta know if it’s a place I need to check out 😀

  19. It is spelled Filipino or Filipina. Not Philapino.

  20. Is Hannah a stage name as well?? 🙂

    • Nope, Hannah is Hannah. Really my name (my nickname is Biz though!) and Tony’s names are “stage names.” It’s funny because in the beginning 3 1/2 years ago, I thought I would be so anonymous, but now I just don’t care – I am living my life out loud. 😀

  21. I actually found out last week that his name wasn’t Tony…I have to say it was like finding out Santa Claus wasn’t real. 😦 (sniff…sniff)

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