I forgot to buy coffee the day before yesterday, but then remembered that my brother had given me pumpkin spice coffee – yum! Thanks for all my Christmas loot Charlie and Laura! 😀 (BTW, click on Charlie’s name – he’s leaving the blog world for a while 🙁 )
No matter what time of year it is, I almost always have an iced coffee when I blog in the morning using up the leftover coffee from the day before – its just as good as an iced coffee. 😀
Last year for Christmas my Aunt gave me a cookbook called Taste of Home Comfort Diet Food Cookbook. One of the reasons I like it is because its normal ingredients most of us already have on hand. I was flipping through it over the weekend and flagged a chicken breakfast sausage recipe – I tweaked it a bit to suit my taste, but it was inspired from that cookbook.
Chicken and Apple Breakfast Sausage
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 large apple, cored but leave the skin on
- 2 teaspoons Penzey’s Italian sausage seasoning (or any seasoning you like)
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (leave out if you don’t want the spice)
- splash of Tabasco
- salt and pepper
Throw everything in your food processor and mix well until combined. I wanted 8 sausage patties, so I measured the whole mixture and divided by 8 – each patty was 2.75 ounces before cooking – and the best part? ONLY TWO WW POINTS per patty – even 4 points for two!
These breakfast sausages were so good – slightly sweet from the apple, but a nice counter balance kick with the crushed red pepper. These are a keeper, and Helen, I think these would qualify as Paleo, no? And this breakfast was filling – I ate this at 11:00 and other than a slice of bread when I got home from the grocery store, didn’t eat anything until 7 when I made dinner!
Around 2 I went to the gym intending to get my last work out at the fancy gym and then cancel my membership and sign up at the cheaper gym. I got my workout in – 45 minutes on the treadmill doing hills and sprints – my last two minute sprint was 6.5 mph. 😀
But there was no way I could get into the office to quit because so many people were joining the gym. Our membership runs through January 13, so I asked the front desk and they said as long as I cancel by January 10 I won’t be charged anymore, so that’s the plan.
I only had a few things to pick up at the grocery store – I scored on the $1 rack with kiwi!
25 kiwi for $1 – I only had to throw two out because they were too ripe.
I separated them into two groups – ripe and REALLY ripe. The really ripe ones are in the bowl on the right.
The super ripe ones I cut into chunks then put them on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and froze them into kiwi cubes for Hannah’s smoothies – she loves kiwi. 😀
Tony still doesn’t have much of an appetite, so it was dinner for one for me. I defrosted some pork chops – one for dinner last night and I plan on making some pulled pork with the other two for lunches later this week. My dinner turned out so good!
- 3 ounce pork chop
- 1/2 fuji apple
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2 ounce pecans
- 3 ounces cooked potatoes, diced
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup white wine
I melted the butter in a non-stick skillet and added the apple, pecan and brown sugar. I sauteed for about 5 minutes, or just until the apples start to brown, then set them aside. I then added the diced potatoes and cooked them until they started to crisp up and brown, about 5 more minutes, then set them aside. I then cooked the pork chop that I seasoned with Greek seasoning and salt and pepper.
Once the pork chop was almost done, I added the potatoes and apple/pecan mixture back in, then added the wine and dijon mustard, put a lid on top and let it cook for 2 minutes.
This whole plate is 12 WW points and worth every single one!
Can I just say that I was bummed I had to set my alarm this morning to go to work?
I finished everything I wanted this weekend except I didn’t finish organizing my clothes/closet – I think every night this week I will spend about 15 minutes on it, it should be done by the weekend at that rate – no big.
Hope everyone had a great long weekend – come back tomorrow for blueberry waffles that come in at 7 WW points for two!
Make it a great day!