Whew, my work project is finally over! It has been a long 4 days – I worked 14 hours over the weekend. No meal planning, no grocery shopping = not happy! And when that happens, the eating tends to lean towards fast food a bit too much! Hopefully I didn’t go too overboard!
So what happens is that I have to be creative with what I have on hand for meals. Saturday night, after finding out I had chicken breasts that needed to be used or frozen, I quickly decided on chicken tacos. I only had large burrito size flour tortillas (which Tony used) and I used the last three corn tortillas to make Pam fried tacos – only 1 tsp. of oil used! I think the wine was chardonnay that night! And while I love fresh jalapenos, I haven’t had pickled jalapenos in ages – its on the grocery list!
Each one of my tacos had an ounce of chicken, 1/2 ounce of cheese, then I loaded them with jalapenos, lettuce and taco sauce (and Tabasco!) at the table.
I went to work early Sunday and decided to get Panera’s “Power” Breakfast sandwich. I was completely underwhelmed. Whole grain bread, 1 egg, 1 small slice of ham and a small slice of cheese – for just under $4! Um, pretty sure my breakfast sammies are better if I do say so myself! 😀
On Sunday, after I dropped off a copy job at Staples, there is a Tropical Smoothie on the corner so I decided to hit that up for lunch. The sandwich I got was a hummus veggie sandwich on 9 – grain bread. Holy cow was this good! I couldn’t find the nutritional info online for this one, but it had a shmear of hummus on one side, a shmear of pesto on the other, field greens, banana peppers, cucumbers with a light balsamic dressing – totally need to recreate this one at home!
After coming home Sunday night, I quickly opened one of these – its the last one we had from the beginning of summer, but still oh so good!
Just pour it and watch the magic – the foam on top is the best!
I put Tony in charge of the meat and he picked up Cornish Hens! Tony had the best idea – to put sliced jalapenos under my skin! Brilliant! I put sliced lime in the bird, then put the jalapenos under the skin and topped it off with simple Taco seasoning – it was so good!
The lime helped steam the inside while it cooked and added a nice flavor. I just put Montreal seasoning on Tony’s. His and Hers Hens!
My sister is missing out – she can’t eat meat on the bones – are you like that? After about 45 minutes here’s how they look:
Don’t the jalapenos look amazing?!! Then after an hour and 15 minutes they were done.
I ended up squeezing the lime over my chicken – delicious! Thanks again for the idea Tony!
So to move on to my less than stellar eats. This morning:
This was pretty good! I added Tabasco of course, and since its cheaper to buy the meal (right!) I also had an un-photographed hash brown. 😀
Then before I knew it, it was 1:00 and I hadn’t eaten lunch, nor did I pack one! Quick email to the office and a Jimmy John’s delivery was placed. Quite possibly the best chips ever!
The above bags is TWO SERVINGS so I quickly took half out and put the other half away. I got the #5 Vito, no tomato or onions, but added banana peppers and sliced cucumbers. I planned only eating half of it, but later in the afternoon my blood sugar was dropping so I ended up eating the whole thing! 😀
I love how soft the bread is! Tony had marinated a flank steak, and by the time I got home from work it was dark! Grilling is tough enough, but add on top of that lack of light! So no pics of the grill – but it turned out really good! Perfect medium rare! Tony marinated it in dijon mustard, a little bit of olive oil and seasonings.
I had cheese ends to use up – I got a whole package of miscellaneous cheese ends at my grocery store – they sell them for $1.99 a pound. I bring them home and grind them up in my food processor for shredded cheese.
A few seconds later:
I decided to make twice baked potatoes on the side. I did the quick version, nuked the potatoes in the oven, then mixed the potatoes with skim milk, a splash of chicken broth, cracked pepper and salt. Then topped each half with an ounce of the cheese ends shredded cheese and smoked paprika.
A few minutes under the broiler:
Hannah was so happy! She was actually coming home right as I was pulling them out of the oven – these are one of her favorite side dishes and one she says “she’ll make when she has her own apartment!”
My plate was 1/2 potato, and 5 ounces of flank steak.
Do you see what’s missing in the above plate – VEGETABLES! I have the day off of work tomorrow, so in addition to getting my flu shot, tomorrow and I doing a menu plan and grocery shop – now that makes me happy! And I am planning on making a spicy Thai noodle soup 😀
So in these last four days I have barely counted a calorie or exercised so this weeks weigh in will be interesting! There is so much sodium in fast food, maybe I’ll just chug a lot of water before Wednesday’s weight in!
Alright, I have to catch up on my DVR while Tony watches Monday Night Football – still have to see last weeks episode of Glee! Looking forward to checking out your blogs too! 😀
And don’t forget – two more days to enter your cheese recipes for the $60 cheese basket from Cabot!