I was beginning to think it was just me yesterday, because my post wouldn’t publish, I had a hard time going on an WordPress blog, and when I tried to comment, it wouldn’t recognize my Open I.D.  Luckily Veronica e-mailed me and was having the same trouble – hopefully today will go a bit smoother!

Two pictures I wanted to post yesterday and couldn’t – my skinny pesto chicken meatball subs – this whole sammie was 10 points and so worth it – I hollowed out a 3 ounce whole wheat roll, so each half was only 1 ounce of bread.  Stuffed it with baby spinach – 5 meatballs between the two sandwiches, marinara sauce, then topped with 1/8 cup shaved Parmesan cheese and put it in my office toaster oven for about 10 minutes – I will definitely be making these again. šŸ˜€

Then Wednesday night, someone was home for dinner – Hannah!  She and I are like passing ships in the night – with me working during the day, her going to school, working and babysitting – she loves skinny burgers and my fries so that’s what we had!

I baked up refrigerator biscuits – 3 biscuits is 4 points, then portioned out 1 ounce of raw beef for each slider – I topped mine with 1 ounce of 50% reduced fat Cabot cheese and sauerkraut – this plate was 13 points.

So now we are all caught up – whew! šŸ˜€

Yesterday’s breakfast was egg tacos – 3 tortillas, 3/4 cup egg beaters split between the tortillas, sauteed red peppers, salsa and cheese – 9 points.

I carefully packed my gym bag, made sure I had everything and headed over there.  I normally would go between 11:30 and 12:00, but because of my work schedule, didn’t get there until 1:00.  When I walked in, the girl at the front desk looked at her watch and said “your late!”  and then she said “Hey, wait a second, where have you been?”  I don’t know anyone on a first name basis at this gym, so it was nice that she noticed I hadn’t been there in a while!

I ended up doing 40 minutes on the treadmill, and was actually able to run 25 minutes without stopping at 4.8 mph – which I didn’t think was too bad considering how long it had been since I ran.

For lunch I put together another what I call “pantry soup.”

Pumpkin Apple soup with Chipotle Pepper

  • Makes 4, two cup servings: 171 calories, 2.5 fat, 26 carbs, 5.1 fiber and 12 protein or 4 PointsPlus
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 48 ounce container of chicken broth
  • 1 can (2 cups) canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 chipotle pepper (either halve or seed this – its pretty spicy!)
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • garnish with Greek yogurt and pumpkins seeds

Put everything (except garnish) in a stock pot and simmer over medium heat for 30 – 40 minutes, until the apples are tender.  Using a stick blender puree until smooth.  Garnish with Greek yogurt and pumpkin seeds.

My lunch was 8 points which included a slice of my simple white bread with a schmear of butter.

the chipotle peppers give a nice spicy balance to the sweetness of the pumpkin and apples

Hannah went out for dinner with friends last night, and Tony didn’t have much of an appetite, so it was just me!  I love stir fry, so that’s what I did – zucchini, broccoli, red and orange peppers, carrots , 3 ounces of firm tofu and 3 ounces of shrimp.  For the shrimp and tofu, I tossed them in about a tablespoon of corn starch – it gives the outside a nice crunchy texture.  I cooked the tofu first, then set aside, then the shrimp, then set aside, then the veggies last with the wok lid on.

The last two minutes I toss everything together with 1/4 cup water and 2 tablespoons of House of Tsang Szechuan spicy stir fry sauce.

yep, all those veggies are just for me – and I ate it all šŸ˜€
yes, you may be jealous of our Le Creuset cast iron wok šŸ˜€

Here is how the shrimp look after being fried – so delicious!

My big dish – 10 points which includes the 3/4 cup of whole grain rice at the bottom and the oil I used to stir fry.  I love how you can see the steam in the bowl. šŸ˜€

Stats for Thursday:

  • 34 points, which included wine šŸ˜€
  • 40 minutes on treadmill
  • average blood sugar 109

Anybody have any big plans this weekend?   Hope you have a great one and I’ll see you on Monday – it’s Hannah’s 19th birthday on Monday! šŸ˜€