Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Day 140: Book Review, New Recipe & Lost Anticipation

I did pretty much as planned last night after posting! Read blogs, read some more of A Body to Die For and passed out! Today was quite a whirlwind – back-to-back meetings, last minute to-dos, deadlines, too-long phone calls about non-time-sensitive things, etc. I felt like I was just spinning my wheels all day and, while I know I got a lot done, I feel like I could have done more. Boo. At least I’m working at home tomorrow so I’ll have fewer distractions – yessss. Oh, lest me forget, yesterday I ended up at 1,505 calories, 184 carbs, 31 fat grams and 98 protein grams – not a bad day at all – especially when you factor in the cardio! Here’s what I ate.

Today was a good day in that I walked 3.5 miles at lunch & 2 miles after work, and did legs! Not bad at all. Also, I wore long johns under my slacks/dress shirt so I stayed toasty as opposed to uncomfortably cold (nicest I could describe the most recent temps in my office). And Austin got a call – a guy is driving from Columbus to see the car tomorrow night. He seemed serious so that’s good news. And I finished Danielle Steel’s Second Chance. It was by far the quickest listen – wow – I just flew through it. While some parts were unbelievable it was a great story about loving someone but letting life get in the way and the importance of making your own choices instead of letting others make them for you. Also – compromise – when to give and when you’ve given too much. It told a great story, and had a great and not overly happy ending. I enjoyed it and would recommend it! Lastly, we tried a new recipe: Pita Pizzas. I must admit – I combined a couple of recipes to make this one so bear with me (one from Hungry Girl and one from Spark People)! This serves 2:

3 small Trader Joe’s Wheat pitas (100 calories each)
¼ cup chopped green bell peppers
¼ cup chopped onions
½ cup chopped mushrooms
1 package of boca soy crumbles
9 Hormel Turkey pepperonis
.75 tsp of Olive Oil
3 tsp of red pepper flakes
12 tbsp Muir Glen Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
80 grams of Kroger Fat-Free grated mozzarella cheese
3 tbsp President Fat Free Crumbled Feta - California Tomato & Basil

Set the oven to broil, and lay out the three pitas on a pan. Smear ¼ tsp of olive oil on each pita. Smear 4 tbsp of tomato sauce on each pita, and sprinkle 1 tsp of red pepper flakes on each pita. Set aside. In a pan sprayed with nonstick spray, cook peppers and onions over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, stir, and cook for one more minute. Then add frozen soy crumbles, and continue stirring and cooking until crumbles are thawed and heated (about 1-2 more minutes). Remove from heat, divide into three servings and spoon onto sauce-covered pitas. For each pita, sprinkle 25 grams of cheese, 1 tbsp of feta and 3 pepperoni slices on top. Put in oven to broil for about 5 minutes, or until cheese melts. Remove from oven, cut one in half and each serving has 1.5 pita pizzas!

I really liked them! Austin not so much – too many green peppers for him. Oops! Next time: I’ll use less boca soy crumbles (it was a lot!), more pepperonis (5 per pita) and maybe more sauce (the sauce part was my favorite; 1 tbsp more). I may also broil for 7 minutes, instead of 5, so the pita is a bit more crispy. I was just SO SCARED to burn it! Note: I made the onion, bell pepper, mushroom, boca mixture ahead of time, so I just microwaved it for 30 seconds tonight then added it on. As far as nutrition, it came out to 358 calories, 52 carbs, 6 fat grams and 32 protein grams – not bad!

K – off to watch Lost with Austin, and probably read more of my book!! “Talk” to you tomorrow!! Happy Hump Day!


Kelly Olexa said...

Girl I SO LOVE your blog!! I find new recipes here and ideas every time!! You rock.
;-) Keep it up!!

Thinspired said...

Your pita pizzas look good. I've been wanting to make some because I like that it's perfectly sized. I never knew if I was support to open the pita or not! But this has answered my question ;)
Thanks for getting back to me on the food journal. I've tried both the Daily Plate and Fit Day but I don't like the formatting so I'll try Spark People and see how that goes!

Sarah W. said...

yay another fan of Lost! yum to the pita pizzas!

prettyface said...

I think I;m gonna have to try the Pizza Pita's, but I'm sad there's no Trader Joe's around these parts! LOL :)

Crabby McSlacker said...

Those pizzas look awesome! Thanks for the recipe and the notes for what you'd do differently next time. And hope Lost was fun!

fittingbackin said...

Kelly: Thanks so much! I'm so glad. :) I'll try to!

Thinspired: I do too! I was worried that the 'pita' crust would be blah -but it was good! I think that little bit of olive oil helped. Oh of course! I hope it works for you. It's a favorite of mine!

Sarah: Oh TOTAL! I'm going to post my thoughts on it tonight. In the meantime, WOW.

Prettyface: Oh I hear you! These were about 6" and had 100 calories - I hope there's something comparable near you. :)

Crabby: Thanks! Of course - I hope it helps! Oh it was... I'm obsessed with that show!

Big Pissy said...

OMG! LOST was SO good! Love that show!

You know there's no Trader Joe's here in Hell.

Boo! :(

Sar said...

Yum, definitely going to try out your pita-pizza recipe this weekend! I AM ALWAYS COLD AT MY OFFICE. I routinely wear tights under pants to prevent myself from shivering through the day. As always love the blog - went on a posting sebatacle, but rest assured I've been checking in!

fittingbackin said...

It WAS! Oh I know it. :( I'll dryfreeze stuff for you and prettyface!!

Sar: YAY! You'll have to let me know what you think! haha I hear you! What is up with that? Do they not get the weather channel? Argh. So glad - and super glad you're back from sebatacle! hehe

Crabby McSlacker said...

Those pizzas look awesome! Thanks for the recipe and the notes for what you'd do differently next time. And hope Lost was fun!