Yesterday’s breakfast was so simple and good – it baked in the oven while I was getting ready for work.

In the bottom of a 4 inch ramekin, I layered one ounce of cut deli ham, one cup of baby spinach, 1/2 cup of egg whites and then put a slice of pepper jack cheese on top.  I baked it at 350 for 20 minutes until the cheese was nice and melted and the eggs were set. Updated:  This is 5 PointsPlus Weight Watcher Points – nice! šŸ˜€

I just put this in a ziploc bag after it cooled a bit and then reheated it when I got to work.  On the side was 2 ounces of the best bread ever with 1 tsp. no sugar added peanut butter and a sliced honeycrisp on the side.  Breakfast comes in at 459 calories.

While it was cold yesterday, the sun was shining and my friend was able to walk with me.  But by the time we got outside, it had turned overcast – not sure what the wind chill was but the high was only 32 degrees – but we walked for 50 minutes outside! I don’t know what it is, but after being outside at lunch I just have a way more productive afternoon! šŸ˜€

I haven’t had my stir fry in a while so I had 1 package of yaki soba noodles (only 150 calories for a 5.5 ounce package!), 4 ounce bean sprouts, 2 ounce red pepper, 4 ounce broccoli, 2 ounce carrots and 3 ounces of shrimp.  My sauce is House of Tsang Sczechwan (sp?) – so spicy and only 25 calories a tablespoon – and 2 tablespoons is usually enough.

this whole plate is only 419 calories!
I cook the veggies first, then add the shrimp the last few minutes – so tender and not overcooked!

My snack for the day – this package of almonds.  I’ve read that eating almonds every day can lower cholesterol.  While this package is 250 calories, I split it up between a morning and afternoon snack, so 125 calories a snack.  Best part? CVS had these packages on sale for .25 each!!  I snagged the last that they had, about 12 bags.

I got a steal on sirloin steak at the store – it was on sale for $1.99 a pound!  This giant steak only cost $5.25!  And goes better with steak than shrimp?!   I love shrimp scampi – who doesn’t, but Barefoot Contessa’s recipe calls for 12 tablespoons of butter!

All I did was melt 1 tablespoon of butter with garlic and added lemon zest and a bit of lemon juice.  I grilled the shrimp the last few minutes the steak was cooking then tossed the shrimp in the butter mixture, so you have the flavor of butter but not all the calories – so I ended up with 1/2 tablespoon of butter poured over my 4 ounce steak and 3 ounces of shrimp.

While I would prefer grilling outside (hopefully by the end of the month!) the next best thing is a cast iron grill pan.  Only problem is that it really smokes up the house – that’s okay – you know Biz is cooking when you can’t see the living room or the smoke detector goes off! šŸ˜€

I think Dave will approve of my grill marks!   He’s a blogger friend who moved to the Virgin Islands so I am a tad bit jealous he escaped all the snow!

I made salads on the side.  Are you surprised not to see a potato in some shape?!  No starch last night!  Besides Annie’s Goddess Dressing, this is my second favorite salad dressing:

3 cups chopped spinach, 1 chopped carrot and 4 ounces chopped English cucumber

I wrapped up the steak for 5 minutes before cutting – this was so tender and juicy!!  Simple salt and pepper – that’s all a good steak needs in my opinion.  I had a 4 ounce serving, Tony maybe had about 5 ounces and I still have about 6 ounces for leftovers!

nice and medium rare!
these shrimp were so good! Dinner was 435 calories

Hannah doesn’t like steak.  She asked what I had for lunch and when I showed her the picture of stirfry, she decided to make one for herself!  Can I just tell you what a proud Momma I am when I watch her chopping up veggies in the kitchen – I think I have prepared her cooking real food and not boxed mac n cheese!

Hannah’s finished product!

When we were at the table, I asked her how it was and she kind of shrugged her shoulders and said “it’s okay.”  I asked “what’s wrong with it?” to which she replied “you didn’t make it!”  I guess Mom’s love was the missing ingredient šŸ˜€

Sorry for the delay in BSI but I cannot blame last weeks host.  She went to the Food & Wine South Beach Food & Wine Festival over the weekend!  She got to not only have unlimited food and drink, but got to rub shoulders with Food Network stars – how cool is that?!

So the next BSI Ingredient is going to be a challenge for me – and I may have to refer to my MIL who loves these:  brussel sprouts! Bonnie, if you read this I need one of your favorite brussel sprout recipes – and I promise to give it a try.  I’ve only had one brussel sprout in my life, so maybe it’s time to give them another try!

Sophia of Burp & Slurp is our hostess for this short BSI week – you have until Sunday night to submit a recipe to her.

I am also participating in “If you Bite It, you Write It” on Helen’s blog.  I do pretty well, except for the occasional hand in the peanut jar, so I will promise to write everything down!

Alright I am off to make my breakfast pizza for breakfast and finish putting together Pioneer Woman’s Best Lasagna Ever for dinner.  It should be fairly quick, I cooked the noodles last night while I was making dinner, now its a quick assemble and then just pop it in the oven when I get home.

Stats for Tuesday: 50 minute walk in sub-freezing weather (just trying to make it harder than it really was!)

Happy Hump Day!  See you tomorrow!