I am happy to say that for a second week in a row, I’ve been able to use my pantry/fridge/freezer to meal plan – whoop! I spent just over $10 in groceries this week – and that was mainly fruits and veggies. I found not one but TWO bags of pizza dough (I put one in the cheese drawer, which is why Hannah told me I didn’t know it was there – in case you were wondering, the pizza dough belongs in the “leftover” basket). 😀 #loveher
Hannah has been dreaming about dim sum for a while now – but there are no restaurants around us that have it. The downside of living in the sticks. But as I was looking at recipes online, I thought, “could my skinny pizza dough work?!”
I forgot, add $2.60 to my weekly bill, because I picked up two pork chops on my way home from work to make this dish – they didn’t have ground pork, so I thought I’d just grind my own – it worked great! I discovered this when I made my buffalo chicken chili (haven’t made it yet this year!). I was always leery about buying ground chicken in the store, so now I just grind my own.
I just threw the filling into my food processor and pulse until combined.
Here are the ingredients – below is a printable recipe. 😀
I used 1/2 ounce of dough per dim sum. Then added about a teaspoon of the filling and pinched together. The pork is raw, but don’t worry – it will cook when you steam them.
Only one tiny problem – I don’t have a steamer – no problem!! I added about 2 inches of water to a stock pot, put a couple balls of foil in there too – I wasn’t sure if my plate would fall, so that was kind of a safety net. The dinner plate fit on the lip, but there was still room for the steam to get through. I read online that you could use lettuce leaves in a steamer basket so that they don’t stick, so I used romaine lettuce for mine.
Ready to steam! I steamed them for 10 minutes. They really puffed up! I then did a quick pan fry with 1/2 teaspoon of grape seed oil to give them a bit of texture on the bottom.
So good! Light, fluffy, spicy because of the sambal oleek. Best part was that 5 dim sum came in at only 4 smart points. I seriously am thinking of all the things now I can use with the skinny pizza dough – the possibilities are endless!
Since I worked at Apple Fest at The Chopping Block on Saturday, I met my friend Jen at the 7:00 a.m. meeting – she was so happy I suggested going to the early meeting! #not – but she went, and then went to the gym after – I missed our going to the Meat Bin, but she saved 85% – so proud of her!
I lost another 1.1 – I was shocked because I normally have no loss after a big one like the week before.
You’ll remember that I counted both calories and points last week. Friday’s calories were low because when our office got shut down early, I didn’t have lunch – only an apple. I was -25 for the week. And you can tell I ate some great food! I just didn’t eat like an asshole on the weekends – that’s always been my downfall – do great Monday through Friday and then after weigh in on Saturday think “I can eat anything – I’ve got all week to work it off!” That my friends, is the hamster wheel, and you will never see any significant results until you get off that wheel. I also had a glass of wine on Friday night, and guess what? It was just eh. So I may continue dry October – unless we go somewhere and they have a good Octoberfest beer on tap – then I might have a beer!
- Saturday – 1268 calories = 32 points
- Sunday – 1543 calories = 33 points
- Monday – 1328 calories = 33 points
- Tuesday – 1310 = 28 points
- Wednesday – 1552 calories = 29 points
- Thursday – 1259 = 38 points
- Friday – 1078 calories = 28 points
The weather was kind of crappy on Saturday for the fest. My back was hurting a bit so I left at 1:30. We sold a lot of pie!!
The Apple Fest also has a dog costume contest, and I had to take a picture of this Boston – whose name is Bella, and quite the Diva. She was dressed as a wolf in sheeps clothing. So cute!
My roommates were out running errands on Saturday night, so I texted them and told them I was going to the movies. Hannah replied “by yourself?!” Um, yes! I wanted to see A Star is Born – the movie was a bit slow in parts, but I still loved it and the soundtrack was amazeballs – I love Lady Gaga’s voice and well, Bradley Cooper is just eye candy 😀
Yesterday I was Bizzy in my Kitchen – perfect day for it – it was cloudy and rained on and off all day. These are apple ring pancakes – three pancakes were 2 points and scream fall. I’ll be posting the recipe later this week.
Another skinny pizza dough recipe! I legit nearly made a full metal jacket apple cream cheese coffee cake – with TWO sticks of butter no less! But I quickly snapped myself out of it, and made this 10 point mini apple cheesecake coffee cake – delicious for a healthy alternative.
Hannah and I love Halloween. Sadly, we don’t get any trick or treaters, but we love seeing all the Halloween stuff. If I did get trick or treaters, I totally would have bought this mask!
Guys – there are only 84 days left of the year – crazy!! Make every day count. Don’t eat like an asshole.
Happy Monday my friends – make it a great day!