Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Day 294: 6.5 miles + New Recipe + 2 New Products + New Dessert

Sigh. Another pretty blah day. I swear today felt like Monday… again. I got lots of work done though, and was able to get in 3.5 miles during lunch and another 3 after work – woo! I had lots of yummy food too: egg/sausage/cheese muffin + yogurt for dessert, red curry + 2 Hershey Bliss chocolates for lunch, yummy snacks including a banana, a light babybel and a no-pudge brownie (even BETTER the next day)– great day. When I got home me and Austin whipped up a new recipe inspired by For the Love of Cooking. We call it Pesto Pasta with Chicken & Mushrooms – here’s the recipe for two!



8 oz. chicken
5.5 oz mushrooms, chopped
2 tsp olive oil
4 oz. barilla spaghetti
1/4 cup of Trader Joe’s Pesto Sauce
1 tsp reduced fat parmesan cheese
2 basil leaves, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Set a pot of water to boil and set two pans over medium heat. For the smaller pan, spray with fat-free olive oil cooking spray and add chicken to pan. Sprinkle salt on chicken and cook until brown. For the larger pan, spray with cooking spray and add olive oil. Once hot, add mushrooms and saute for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. Add salt and pepper to taste. While mushrooms are cooking, cook noodles per instructions (9 minutes for spaghetti). Once noodles are cooked, drain and add to larger pan. Add pesto, mushrooms, and chicken to larger pan then mix thoroughly. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Top with Parmesan cheese and basil. Serve hot. Nutritional Information: 529 calories, 42 carbs, 22 fat grams and 41 protein grams.



So yes – it’s one of my highest calorie meals and DEFINITELY the highest fat meal, but I’d never had pesto and have been noticing how low my fat is so I was like you know, let’s give it a whirl. And I’m glad I did – YUM, YUM! Where has pesto been all my life? Fab – can’t wait to make more recipes with it. Speaking of pesto – that was my new product: Trader Joe’s pesto sauce! Austin, who has had lots of pestos said it was good! (that's awesome in guy speak, right?)
My new dessert is brought to you by my friend Monica! I noticed her making it the other night and couldn’t stop thinking about it – so I bought these things and whipped it up!





I got a small bowl and put the pudding in, then I added 5 grams of Reddi-whip on top and 7 grams of Trader Joe’s milk chocolate morsels – YUM! I’d heard there’s where the best and wow – good stuff. And by the way – 7 grams goes FAR with that chocolate, probably like 15. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to eat it as I was SO full and I’d already hit my limits, but Austin tells me it’s fabulous – I’ll be trying one tomorrow night no matter what!!

After dinner (and Austin’s dessert!) we watched Law & Orders, I read more of my book (loving it!) and we cooked some more breakfasts and lunches for the week. I ended up at 1,792 calories, 233 carbs, 46 fat grams and 108 protein grams. Here’s what I ate.

11 comments:

ajangel25 said...

Great dessert! Anything with chocolate tops my list!

Mica said...

That dessert looks great! So easy, but so delicious!

Big Pissy said...

That dessert looks like something Dev would enjoy. :)

fittingbackin said...

ajangel25: haha I know, right??! That was the kicker for me!

Mica: def!! I'm all for trying to find easy, fun desserts now that my sweet tooth is in full swing!

Pissy: SO funny - I totally thought of her!

Monica said...

So glad you just tried Pesto! I love it...and don't worry about the high fat. In pesto, it comes from Olive Oil and pine nuts, which are all considered "good" fats being they are mostly monounsaturated. And anyways, like you said, you are always low in fat, so enjoy the pesto!

You HAVE to have the pudding desert tonight. It is so good! Another thing to try (if you want more fruit servings) is to cut up strawberries/raspberries/banana, etc and put it in there with the chocolate chips. It's pretty close to heaven :)

dailygoods said...

im in love with anythign with pesto!! yum that looks amazing! and i LOVE no pudge brownies in your other post. they're the best! i always make single serving ones and theyre SO good with a little pb on top :) i have so much to catch up onnnnn <3

dev said...

wow. ALL of that food looks/sounds yummy! I can't wait to get back in the kitchen!

fittingbackin said...

Mon: Yay! That's fabulous news - thanks! And yes- it was one of the first days my fat was right - crazy! oooh I bought some strawberries today - i'm def going to try it ASAP!! (and add strawberries, too!)

DG: I'm on board now too! It really was yum!! I think i was the last one to know about these brownies - general consensus seems to be very positive though!

Dev: You MUST!! I can't wait for you to get back in, too - now that you have your TV it will be perfection!! haha

dailygoods said...

im in love with anythign with pesto!! yum that looks amazing! and i LOVE no pudge brownies in your other post. they're the best! i always make single serving ones and theyre SO good with a little pb on top :) i have so much to catch up onnnnn <3

dev said...

wow. ALL of that food looks/sounds yummy! I can't wait to get back in the kitchen!

ajangel25 said...

Great dessert! Anything with chocolate tops my list!