I decided just because I am hosting BSI – chiles this week that it didn’t mean I couldn’t come up with a recipe!

First I want to thank everyone who emailed me or commented about Kalyn’s Kitchen for recipe inspiration – she has so many wonderful ideas!  My breakfast yesterday morning was inspired by one of her breakfast casseroles, except hers called for cottage cheese, and I didn’t have any, so I subbed in tofu – this was really good!

Tofu Green Chile Breakfast Casserole

Submitted by My Bizzy Kitchen (http://mybizzykitchen.com)

Makes 2 servings  (407 caloires, 27 fat, 14.3 carbs, 2.7 fiber and 29 protein)

Perfect for Phase I of the South Beach Diet


1 medium zucchini
5 ounces tofu
4 ounce green chile, diced
5 eggs
3 ounces American cheese, diced
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon tarragon
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of pepper


  1. Heat oil in pan and saute zucchini just for a few minutes, you still want it to be firm. Place on bottom of medium casserole dish.
  2. Mix tofu, green chiles, eggs, american cheese, salt and pepper together and pour over the top of zucchini. Sprinkle top with tarragon and paprika.
  3. Bake at 375 for 20 to 25 minutes, or until its set and browned on top.
I didn’t realize I bought whole ones, so I just diced them up – not spicy enough so I added Tabasco to my plate 😀

1 serving was a big portion: 407 calories, 27 fat, 14.3 carbs, 2.7 fiber and 29 protein

I have to tell you I was a bit hungry later in the morning.  I still had my 45 minute walk at lunch and when I talked to Tony and told him, he was like “eat something.”  But I didn’t bring anything else to eat other than what I brought for lunch and he said “eat some cottage cheese or walnuts.”

It was then I remembered.  Last week I accidentally stole someone’s cottage cheese out of the work fridge.  I hadn’t labeled my cottage cheese, the one I grabbed wasn’t labeled so I just assumed it was mine – however, mine was 1/2 full, and when I opened the one I brought to my desk it was brand new!

So I sent out an email – I replaced the cottage cheese the next day and put it back in the fridge with this note:

Well, it had been a week, no one had claimed it, it was still unopened. . . so I stole it again!  It did the trick – 1/2 cup was perfect.  Of course, the only way to eat it is with Tabasco!

I was actually quite excited that beans were not off limits.  One of Tony’s favorite soups is split pea with ham.  His Mom used to make it when he was younger.  While I didn’t have any ham hocks (Tony poo pooed the ham hock I had in the deep freeze that was two years old!) I used diced smoked ham.

I have to be honest, I never thought I liked split pea soup, but the real story is. . . I never tried it.  It always looks like baby puke to me!

Split Pea Soup with Ham

Makes 8 servings (316 calories, 7.4 fat, 37.2 carbs, 15.1 fiber and 25 protein)

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1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3/4 pound smoked ham, diced
2 ounces celery, 4 medium ribs
1 pound green split peas
8 cups chicken broth
1 fresh cracked pepper


  1. Heat oil in dutch oven. Add celery and garlic, cook for several minutes, making sure not to burn the garlic.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for up to 2 hours, until the beans are thoroughly cooked.
  3. I prefer to mash the peas with a fork for a slightly chunky soup.

Dried beans are so cheap – I got a 4 pound bag for $2.60 cents!

it still looks like baby puke – but its delicious!

I had a side salad on the side – all salad dressings are approved if they contain less than 3 grams of sugar per serving – turns out half my dressings don’t qualify – poppy seed and Thousand Island dressing having 5 and 6 grams!  I had this in my pantry – only 2 grams of sugar -and its delicious!

lunch comes in at 458 calories, 56 protein, 32 carbs, 13.3 fat and 24 fiber

Dinner was so quick to put together, I think we were eating dinner by 6:00!  Easy taco salad.  I browned up some ground sirloin, and then just added it to a mix of greens with avocado (allowed as a good fat), cucumbers and diced red peppers.  The jalapenos – too hot for me, so I picked them off.  I made a salad dressing of sour cream and Taco Bell sauce – this was delicious and filling!

I squeezed lime over my salad too – it really brightens it up and keeps the avocado from turning brown.

450 calories, 19.7 carbs, 31 protein, 29 fat and 8.6 fiber

After dinner since it was both Monday night football and the World Series, I did Jillian’s Quick Zone on Exercise TV – I had just walked my dog for 10 minutes, so I skipped the warm up – so I was done in 20 minutes! 😀

Stats for Monday

  • 1435 calories, 95 carbs, 107 protein, 74 fat and 35 fiber
  • 45% of calories from fat
  • 45 minute walk at lunch with 4 pound weights
  • 10 minute walk with dog
  • 20 minutes Jillian’s Quick Trouble Zones

So not bad for the first day on South Beach!  I did buy walnuts for my desk as a snack – I am actually one of the few people that likes walnuts plain!  Alright, gotta scoot to go vote.

Questions of the Day:

  • Do you vote?
  • Do you eat walnuts plain?
  • What is your worst office refrigerator story?