Beef Shank Stew and No Power

Yep, the leftover queen strikes again!  This time in breakfast form:

  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 1/4 cup fat free refried beans
  • 1 scrambled egg
  • 2 ounces leftover taco chicken from the night before last
  • 1/2 ounce shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped romaine
  • taco bell taco sauce 😀

This was a supa filling breakfast for 10 points.

It’s official – I am sick.  Not horribly sick, but when I woke up yesterday morning it sounded as if I had just smoked a pack of marlboros.  My chest feels a bit tight and now my runny/stuffy nose is sneezing a lot.  So I took yet a 3rd rest day from exercise.

I remembered I had my leftover Irish potato soup in the fridge at work, and thought that would hit the spot.  However, I forgot I fed one more person at the office and realized I had about 1/2 a cup of soup.  I am generous to a fault, aren’t I?! 😀

So I went across the street to Jimmy John’s and got the #5 Vito – no cheese, mayo, tomato or onion, but extra hot peppers. 😀  11 points.

And for everyone who was interested in the pumpkin spiced marshmallows yesterday, here’s what the package looks like – and like the packaging says, these are good for snacking!  I bought them at Wal-mart and they were in the center aisle with all the baking stuff.

A few weeks ago I bought beef shank meat – check out how cheap it is!

I wasn’t sure exactly how to treat the beef shank, so I decided its such a cheap cut of beef, that I would use my slow cooker, and made a version of beef shank stew:

Biz’s Beef Shank Stew

  • makes 6 servings for 5 WW points  (198 calories, 4.2 fat, 24 carbs, 3.5 fiber and 16 protein)

Ingredients:

  • 3 beef shanks (I ended up getting 12 ounces of meat after removing fat and the marrow bone)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups chopped carrots (about 5 large)
  • 1 pound red potatoes, scrubbed, and sliced (I left the skin on)

Spray the bottom of your crock pot with Pam.  Add frozen beef shanks to the bottom, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Peel and sliced the carrots, add them to the crock pot.  Dice the potatoes into big chunks and add to the pot.

In large bowl mix vinegar, olive oil, flour, tomato juice, tomato juice and stir until the flour is completely dissolved.  Pour mixture over beef and veggies, then add the 2 cups beef broth.

Cook on 8 hours. 

When I got home, I took the beef shank out, took out the marrow bone, cut away any visible fat, shredded the meat and then mixed it all together.  Holy yum, I am sure the marrow helped add a depth of flavor to this dish.  I didn’t notice the beads of fat in my gravy until I took a picture.

The meat was so tender, but I have a feeling this is more than 5 points, so I am calling it 9 points and with a slice of my beer bread to soak up the gravy, dinner comes in at 12 points.

We were just sitting down to dinner when the lights started to flicker on and off.  Tony yelled “go run turn off the computer!”  I raced to the back of the house, unplugged it and turned off the lights – it was super stormy and high winds.  It was still kinda light out so we enjoyed our meal sans Wheel of Fortune.

So we did the only thing we could do.  We went out for beers!  We had to adapt and survive people!  So we found a bar that had a parking spot right in front and lo and behold they had $2 Miller Lites.  Even though they had Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest AND Blue Moon on tap, I stuck with the light beer.  Um, maybe I had three. 😀

Then we drove to the bar close to our house, who for some reason had power.  Had my 4th beer there when one of the patrons got a call from their house saying the power was back on.  It was probably around 9:30.  As soon as we step out of the bar, all the lights go off.

We both had had enough beer, so we went home anyway – and the power was on! Woot!  I start cleaning the kitchen, then the power goes out again – this time for another hour and a half – it finally came on around 11 as I was going to bed.

Here is a sequence of pictures of our weather.  The first picture was when I was walking into my office:

The next picture was when I was driving home – it was super sunny and blue skies on one side and dark angry clouds on the other:

This is the last long road I take to get to our house.

I guess we can’t complain too much – the last time our power went out it was off for 4 days!  It was fun hanging out with you Tony! 😀

Okay, I need your help – Tony bought me this big container of baby spinach, now I need ideas on how to use it up – any recipes left in the comments section would be appreciated! 😀

Stats for Thursday:

  • 49 points – I think 16 points for the beer?  I need to double check that
  • no exercise
  • average blood sugar 112

Happy Friday!  Make it a great day.  Not looking forward to my WI tomorrow, but I am going anyway.  Not sure how my lack of exercise is gonna effect the WI – tune in tomorrow to find out. 😀