I hit the ground running at work yesterday it was so busy. But I was lucky enough that my train actually got into the station a bit early so I had time to eat my breakfast before the craziness ensued.
Another 6 smart point breakfast – 5 for the quiche, and 1 for the salad. I decided to dice my apples up and put it on top of the salad, and used 1 teaspoon of light Italian dressing on it (1) and sprinkled with a bit of salt and pepper. I actually loved the salt, pepper and dressing on the apples. It most likely will be tomorrows breakfast again too.
I ended up working through lunch yesterday, so I ate my lunch at my desk. I think I talked about meal prepping chicken for stir fry on Monday. I just sauteed the chicken in 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of Thai chili paste, then added the Frank’s ginger stir fry sauce to my veggies of zucchini and red pepper. Even though I had five ounces of chicken, this whole plate was only 6 smart points – by 2 in the afternoon I’d only had 12 smart points and quite a bit of food.
One of the gifts the kadults got me for Christmas was this giant microwave bowl, that has a really tight fitting lid and a steam spout so no splashes in the microwave. I’ll get a lot of use out of this, and it’s nice to carry back to my desk without fear of spilling soup on the floor.
But around 4:15 I got really hungry. Like I hadn’t eaten much at all, so I was happy that I brought a Premier Protein shake to stick in my desk the other day. I mixed that with some iced coffee from work and this kept me full until dinner times with the 30 grams of protein. Another gift from the kadults – a really nice travel coffee mug. My coffee stays hot until the last sip, and it kept my iced coffee shake really cold.
Hannah texted me if I had any thoughts for dinner. Since her dinner wasn’t ready until nearly 10:00 p.m. the night before last, I told her to just go ahead and I’d make something for myself. She had plans on making smoked sausage with onions and cabbage – which actually smelled really good – but there were huge chunks of onions and because she chopped up the cabbage, I couldn’t tell what was onion or not. I asked if she minded if I used up some of the crockpot beef and she didn’t mind. Hannah and Jacob “talk” about eating leftovers, but that rarely happens.
So as I was on the train ride home, I thought in my head that I had everything to make a chili with the leftover beef. Only one tiny problem, I had no tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes or anything like that. But guess what I did have?
For some reason I have a fear out of running out of Bush’s beans – I believe as I type this I have probably half a dozen more cans in the pantry. I picked up this Tapatio picante sauce on a whim because 1. I love Tapatio, and 2. the whole jar was only $1.78 at Wal-mart. I thought I could use that to make the base of my chili. Um, best decision evah! It’s spicy, but flavorful spicy. I did end up adding an extra 1 cup of chicken broth to thin it out just a bit with all the beans, but holy balls this was delicious. And 1.25 cups is 6 smart points.
This was delicious for a meal that literally took no time to put together at all. Note to self though: stock up on canned tomatoes! But in a pinch, find this Tapatio picante sauce.
Since I had 18 points going into dinner and my dinner was only 6, I used 12 tortilla chips (4 smart points) to dip into my bowl of chili – basically here is the perfect bite.
Huge shout out to my Aunt Martha for some more Christmas loot. The amazing Whitley nuts that she and her partner sell – um, maple bacon peanuts – yes please! And this spicy hot sauce that is made by friends of theirs – I already popped it open and it’s delicious – almost too spicy, but I can handle it. Some jalapeno pepper and two pairs of the softest socks rounded out the package. Thank you Martha and Will!
I did end up having 4 points of nuts last night before I went to bed, but ended up with 28/30 for the day. Two days in a row of tracking and not going over my points! I have WW today – I didn’t track at all over the long weekend, so I’ll be happy with a small gain and just move on. Oh, and please don’t ask me where I got my countertops from (ha!) I think they are from 1972?! One day I’d like one part of my kitchen to be made out of butcher block – we have those at The Chopping Block and while it requires some routine maintenance, I love them.
Here’s to one day closer to the weekend – make it a great day!