When I woke up yesterday morning, I was going to suggest to Tony that we go out for breakfast, but quickly realized I already had all the ingredients to make a kicked up breakfast. First up? Hash browns! This is one potato – it was huge! I finally figured out that I have to cook the potatoes in water first, then dry them and then Pam/oil fry them. That way they are crisp on the outside, but still tender on the inside.
My plate: 3.5 ounce steak, hashbrowns and 1 egg sprinkled with 1/2 oz. of 75% reduced fat Cabot cheddar cheese.
I need to figure out a way to organize my pantry items. While trying to come up with a solution, I discovered I had five boxes of spaghetti opened!
I then hit up the gym. 5 minute warm up and then:
Earlier in the morning I did my full meal plan and grocery list! When I got back from the gym, Tony and I headed out for a bite to eat before hitting the grocery store. We have never been there before – it’s called Fire Bar & Grill and it’s in Crystal Lake. The main reason I picked that place was because I had a coupon for buy one, get the other half off – but turns out that was for entrees only and we each got sandwiches. Mine was really good – the chicken was so flavorful! Another way I rate restaurants?
I got the chipotle wrap:
I came home and Hannah was back from work. She was going out to dinner with friends, but we realized we still had time to hit up our local Goodwill. I had a coupon for 25% off our entire purchase I have been looking for a new work back. My old one was just one big bag, no pockets, so everything always fell to the bottom. I totally scored! Check out my new Ralph Lauren bag!!
It has two outside pockets – one is for my camera and battery charger, the other one for my phone and iPod. On the inside it has a center pocket where I am going to put all my diabetes stuff (no more scrambling to find my insulin pen!) and an inside pocket for my make-up (chapstick and mascara – so low maintenance!).
Tony and I ate so late we decided to not eat my scheduled bbq ribs – but I still put a dry rub on them and cooked them for three hours at 250 degrees until tender. We’ll finish them off on the grill tonight. But I did make my Best Buffalo Chicken Chili to have later in the week for lunches and to freeze some. I now have a printer friendly version here! My store had boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.49 a pound – their ground chicken was $2.99 a pound, so I just ground up the chicken breasts. I like doing that anyway, because my store doesn’t sell ground chicken breast, just “ground chicken” so I am not exactly sure what’s in it!
The only thing I changed in this recipe was used orange peppers (since Tony bought them from the $1 rack, instead of red pepper).
Around 8:30 last night I did get hungry, so I had 1.5 cups of chili, 1 oz. 75% reduced fat Cabot cheese and 1 oz. of tortilla chips.
Stats for Saturday:
- 40 minute walk/jog on treadmill
- 1721 calories, 170 carbs, 122 protein, 62 fat and 19.3 fiber
I had a great grocery shop – and actually think I might do it on Saturday’s from now on – it’s kind of nice to have it out of the way today! I spent $111.00, but had $10 in coupons for a total of $101.00.
On the menu (breakfast/lunch = just me!)
- zucchini omelet with diced potato hash
- breakfast pizza
- cheese and bacon oats with hot sauce
- apple cinnamon pancakes (from freezer)
- crustless broccoli quiche
- chili baked potato
- grilled chicken salad with spicy peanut dressing
- creamy orange pepper soup with spinach and carrot salad
- chile rellenos (not fried!)
- chicken tikka masala
- baby back ribs with boston baked beans and potato salad
- grilled steak sandwiches with asian slaw and oven fries
- pork chops with Parmesan sauce with cauliflower gratin
- Herb & Balsamic steak kabobs with herbed rice and asparagus
- Italian burgers with balsamic green beans
- shrimp tacos, refried pinto beans and Mexican rice
On tap for today – hopefully a trip to Whole Foods! I still have my gift card from my parents in law! And I have to clean around the desk I am sitting at right now. Currently there are 4 cookbooks, 5 magazines, and about 60 sheets of printed out recipes – I think I need an intervention! In the kitchen: making the orange pepper soup and trying to make rye bread for the first time.
Hope you enjoy your Sunday!