Thursday, May 14, 2009

Day 254: Two Product Reviews, Another New Recipe (I’m on a roll!!), a Better Pupper and Lakebound!

Yesterday was a great day! I got to sleep in until 7:30 then I got to work! I had EVERY intention of working out… but didn’t. I took a late lunch and got to cooking for this weekend – we’re going to the lake! I was told it would be “a very unhealthy weekend with lots of pork… you might want to bring your own food.” I opted for option B and spent the hour cooking breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and weighing snacks, etc. After lunch I wrapped up my work, got a shower, and hung out with Austin & Reuben! I also made a new recipe with another Trader Joe’s product: Cheese Tortellini! The recipe was adapted from For the Love of Cooking – we call it Cheese Tortellini in a Lemon butter Sauce.



Marinade:
8 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
1 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 clove of garlic, minced
3-4 leaves of basil, chopped
Zest of one lemon, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients:
1/2 cup mushrooms, diced
2 servings artichoke hearts
10 grape tomatoes, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tsp Reduced Fat Parmesan cheese
2 servings Trader Joe’s Cheese tortellini, prepared per instructions
Juice of 1-2 lemons (to taste)
salt and pepper to taste

Place chicken into a large zip lock bag and add 2 tsp olive oil, minced garlic, chopped basil, lemon zest, sea salt and pepper. Mix so the chicken is evenly coated with marinade. Let it marinate for at least 1 hour. After an hour, heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add chicken and cook for 6-7 minutes or until juices run clear. Remove from heat. Cook tortellini per instructions. While pasta cooks, add mushrooms to the hot skillet you cooked chicken in. Sauté for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Add artichoke hearts, tomatoes and minced garlic to the pan then stir frequently for 60 seconds. Add tortellini, chicken, lemon juice, spray butter, Parmesan, basil salt and pepper to taste.



It was really good! Not my absolute favorite, I felt like it was missing something but I can’t put my finger on it. Austin really liked it though! Knowing me it was probably just more salt! Nutritional info came in at 505 calories, 48 carbs, 18 fat grams and 38 protein grams. So pretty high – but not bad because I had a very light lunch and was HUNGRY! After dinner we had another new product: Chocolate VitaMuffins!! LOVED THEM. Even more than the brownies – so moist, chocolatey and flavorful. I will definitely be eating these for desserts from here on out – GREAT! Now I just need to find vita tops – haven’t seen them yet!

Great News!! Reuben is 100% again!

He popped up this morning bright-eyed and bushy-tailed with his normal high energy level! He ate up breakfast, took well to his morning medicine, and was a good pup all day. He even got excited when he saw rabbits in our backyard (I swear – there are always at least 2-3 rabbits out there!) Thanks for sending good thoughts his way – he looks great and I’m so happy to report this news!! He even napped like regular – not all passed out! After dinner and dessert the three of us just packed up the car and passed out! I ended up at 1,536 calories 1,536 calories, 188 carbs and 44 fat grams. Here’s what I ate.
So.... what the heck happened on Grey's???? I'm confused....

6 comments:

Mica said...

Aww, I'm glad Reuben is back to normal!

That's exciting you're going on a fun weekend trip. Take lots of pictures, please!

balanceisbest said...

Yay! I'm so glad Rubes is feeling better! I've been reading, but haven't had time to comment. That new recipe looks great. I love tortellini!

Have a great weekend!

Kaneil, balanceisbest

Fitnessista said...

um grey's was CRAZY! i was crying so hard at the end!!!!! i have no idea what happened
have a great weekend!

fittingbackin said...

Mica: Me too!! Thanks, girl! I shall!

Balanceisbest: THanks, girl! I hear you on that. :) It's so yummmmm! You too - "see you" Sunday!

Fitnessista: Um TOTALLY! Me too, semi-histerically. I'm like WHAT HAPPENED? And Austins like I don't think they want you to know until next season. Now go to sleep. ARGGGH!!! You too, sweetie!

eurydice said...

you are really on the ball with new recipes. i never try anything new but really should! i love chocolate vitatops. i have only tried the muffins in cran bran. they were ok but kind of dry.

fittingbackin said...

Mica: Me too!! Thanks, girl! I shall!

Balanceisbest: THanks, girl! I hear you on that. :) It's so yummmmm! You too - "see you" Sunday!

Fitnessista: Um TOTALLY! Me too, semi-histerically. I'm like WHAT HAPPENED? And Austins like I don't think they want you to know until next season. Now go to sleep. ARGGGH!!! You too, sweetie!