Finally, an American Idol contestant to watch!  They saved the best for last when Michael sang “This Woman’s Work.”  I know that song from one of my favorite movies – She’s Having a Baby with Kevin Bacon.  My favorite scene is when they rush Kevin’s wife to surgery, the nurse comes and gets him and says nothing.  He thinks they have lost the baby.  He walks into where is wife is recovering and she holds out her hand.  He grabs it, he starts to cry, and she says “I didn’t want anyone else to tell you.  Babe, it’s a Boy!”  Okay, so maybe I’ve seen the movie once or twice! 😀

But seriously, best performance of the year so far.  So my picks are Michael for the men, and Siobhan for the women  – let’s hope next week more people step up to the plate!

I had kind of a different breakfast yesterday – I bought frozen waffles!  I know “Biz bought processed food?”  but they were Van’s brand – 97% fat free whole grain – two were 140 calories and 5 grams of fiber.  I toasted those up, and then put an ounce of ham on each, sliced apple and an ounce of swiss cheese between the two.  I just love the sweet/savory combo!  Breakfast: 383 calories, 42 carbs, 25 protein, 11.1 fat and 6.5 fiber.

Has anyone made my Cincinnati Chili yet?  It is so simple and good!

Cincinnati Chili  adapted courtesy of CooksCountry!

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cidar vinegar (love this!)
  • 1 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1.5 pounds 85% lean ground beef
  1. Heat heavy pot over medium-high heat.  Add garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, oregano, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper and allspice and cook until fragrant – about a minute.  Stir in chicken broth, tomato sauce, vinegar and sugar.
  2. Add beef and stir to break it up.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until until chili is deep brown and slightly thickened, about 20 minutes.  Season with salt if necessary.  Keep refrigerated for three days or frozen for up to 2 months).

Tony loves it because there are no beans!  But for my lunch, I added 1/2 cup black beans, 3 ounces of diced cooked potato and cilantro and topped it off with 75% reduced fat Cabot cheddar cheese.  Lunch: 453 calories, 43 carbs, 40 protein, 12 fat and 7.3 fiber.

I know I should eat unsalted nuts, but I love salted, roasted almonds!  I had .75 ounce as an afternoon snack:  81 calories, 3 carbs, 3 protein, 6.9 fat and 1.7 fiber.

I have a big picture window behind my desk and as I was filing I could see blue skies and the sun shining.  I could not wait to get home and sit outside with Tony!  As soon as I pulled in, our dog came running to me – Tony was enjoying a cigar on our side deck.  It was 60 degrees when I left my office!

I decided to grill pork chops with a blue cheese sauce with grilled broccoli and leftover mashed potatoes from our scallops saltimbocca.

The pictures I took of the grill were too dark – cannot wait for daylight savings this weekend!

I love grilled broccoli – such a smokey flavor!

My plate:  564 calories, 39 carbs, 43 protein, 27 fat, 7.6 fiber.

Stats for Wednesday:  Level 3 Jillian’s 30 day shred, 20 minute run on treadmill, 5 minute cool down.  1480 calories, 127 carbs, 111 protein, 57 fat and 23 fiber.

Okay, last night I tried to make a Mexican Posole soup and it sucked ass.  Does anyone have a posole recipe for me?

Just about to put another breakfast pizza in the oven – this one is going to have Canadian bacon! 😀

Have a great day!