Monday, July 27, 2009

Day 326: New ‘Hot Pocket’ Recipe, New Lemon Chicken & Cilantro Rice Recipes, 4 miles with HRM, Austin’s back!

Today I got up at 8 a.m. ready to go! I did junk around the house all day, had another herbed greek chicken salad, then made a new recipe last night from Our Best BitesHomemade Hot Pockets!! I’m so glad I found the site – I’m going to make lots of their recipes. Here’s the recipe for this one (tweaked for us):

8 oz. Trader Joe’s plain pizza dough; divided into 2 servings

4 oz. Oscar Meyer deli selects ham; divided into 4 servings

½ cup Kroger fat-free cheddar cheese, grated; divided into 4 15-gram servings

½ tsp olive oil; divided into 4 servings

Flour to sprinkle on pan.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Divide dough into two 4-ounce piles. Roll into two small rectangles on a cookie sheet sprinkled with flour. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut each rectangle in half making 4 smaller rectangles. Leaving a margin on both sides, add ham and cheese. Fold the left side over the middle, and then the right side over that. Starting at the bottom, tightly roll the filled dough stretching it gently to make a tight seal. Repeat with the other 3. Bake for 10 minutes, then smear 1/8 tsp of olive oil on the top of each pocket, then cook for another 5 minutes. (Go HERE to see step-by-step rolling directions in photos). Nutritional Information: 371 calories, 53 carbs, 6 fat grams and 23 protein grams. If you're curious, here's what they look like on the outside - yes, I definitely need to work on rolling them better!

They were SO yummy – loved, loved them! Very doughy and fabulous! I will definitely be making these again – no doubt. She said they’re good to freeze and heat up in the microwave too – nice! Also – her pictures have her making them with her children – cute! After lunch and more sitting around, I sucked it up and headed to the gym for a I went to the gym for a 1-hour walk – here’s how it worked wearing my HRM for the first time whilst working out!!

Mile 1: 4 mph; incline 3 – 76 calories
Mile 2: 4 mph; incline 2 – 77 calories (153 total)
Mile 3: 4 mph; incline 1 – 70 calories (223 total)
Mile 4: 4 mph; incline 0 – 65 calories (288 total)

Just for fun, here's what the treadmill said I burned... CRAZY, right?! 300 calories more than I did - those things are SO off!

After treadmill me and Austin literally pulled into the house at the same time - he's back from Nashville - woo!! I heated up some of the new hot pockets for him (he loved 'em!) then I made myself a bowl of strawberries and we settled in for some West Wing!! Later I perused some cooking blogs and found one called Closet Cooking– lots of great recipes! I made one for dinner – Lemon Chicken! Here’s the recipe adapted for us and for two servings!

1.5 tsp bottled lemon juice
1 tablespoon chicken broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tsp light brown sugar
1 tsp honey
½ tsp sriracha chili sauce
8 oz. chicken (cut into bite sized pieces)
½ teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon ginger (minced)
½ clove garlic (minced)
2 green onions (chopped)
1 handful cilantro (chopped)
½ tablespoon sesame seeds (toasted)

Mix the first six ingredients in a bowl. Place the chicken into mixture and marinate for 10 minutes. Heat the oil in a pan. Add ginger and garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute. Add the chicken reserving the marinade (use a slotted spoon). Saute chicken until cooked, about 3-5 minutes. Add the reserved marinade and simmer until the sauce has reduced and thickened, about 7-10 minutes. Add the green onion and cilantro, stir for 1 minute and remove from heat.>Serve on rice, and top with sesame seeds. I served it over Aggie's Kitchen Cilantro Rice a recipe of hers I’ve been wanting to make! Recipe below makes 4 servings, so I saved 2 servings for our lunch tomorrow. :)

1 cup Basmati rice, uncooked
2 cups cold water
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp olive oil
large handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
2-3 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Combine rice and water in a large microwavable covered dish. Add a small drizzle of olive oil and garlic to rice. Place in microwave and cook for 18 minutes. Do not take off lid during cooking process. Once it is cooked, fluff rice with a fork and taste for doneness. (If at this time it's not cooked well enough - it should be - just add a small amount of water and cook for a few more minutes) Toss in chopped cilantro, green onions, salt and pepper. Stir. Nutritional Information: 359 calories, 6 fat grams, 44 carbs and 30 protein grams.

Some of the products I used! Rice from Kroger, Sesame oil from Kroger and minced ginger from Whole Foods

The chicken in its marinade

SUCH a delicious meal! Very light but super flavorful. Next time I may make more chicken, or serve it with a soup or something (just to get the calories up closer to 400 or 450). After dinner we just hung out and got stuff ready for tomorrow. I’m SO GLAD Austin’s back but SO SAD that tomorrow is Monday!! I ended the day at 1,739 calories, 241 carbs, 38 fat grams and 109 protein grams. Here’s what I ate. I hope you all had wonderful weekends!!!


Fitnessista said...

i totally have to make that chicken for the pilot- he would love it
thanks for posting the recipes!
enjoy your day!

SLJ said...

I'm so glad you love your heart rate monitor... and I have the same exact one!! I will also be making that hot pocket recipe of yours, as long as you keep em coming I will be cooking!

Anonymous said...

so glad you're loving your HRM :) and all yoru food looks AWESOME! the lemon chicken?? AMAZING GIRL

Mica said...

Hot pockets, yum!!!

Paula said...

Just caught up on some posts and wanted to let you know that I also heart that Drop Dead Diva show so far! I didn't see last night's episode but I can't wait to watch it on DVR later!

Also, you are such an inspiration - keep up the great work!!!

Liz @ in the skinny said...

The hot pocket recipe sounds like a great recipe for my husband's lunches. I'm sure he's tired of the same old boring ham sandwich everyday and this will mix it up. Thanks for the idea!

Anonymous said...

I love a ham and cheese anything so that hot pocket looks AMAZING. You TOTALLY read my mind about how you're gonna make the summer veggie pasta. When I was posting it, I thought to myself "FOR SURE fittingbackin is gonna make this" ;)
Great minds. . . .

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I love the hot pocket recipe, and the lemon chicken recipe and the cilantro rice recipe! :) I just love, love, love cilantro. It adds such a nice freshness to food!

Have a great week!

Thinspired said...

Damnit!! Seriously?! I had no idea treadmills were that inaccurate. I guess I have to invest in an HRM :( All this time I thought they were pretty accurate. Did you input your weight into the treadmill? I do that and the gym people said it was pretty good. Crumbs.

Anonymous said...

I love my HRM! One week I burned over 10,000 cals in exercise just to see if what it would look like LOL!

Erica said...

Ah- the lemon chicken sounds great!! This is def a recipe Josh would like. Glad you're enjoying the HRM- amazing how far off the machines can be on calorie burn!

april said...

I'm obsessed with my heart rate monitor! It gives you so much motivation.

Thanks for posting that recipe! My sister used to love hot pockets and now she's on a health kick so I should make those for her!

Pam said...

The hot pocket is a great idea. The lemon chicken and cilantro rice looks fantastic.

She-Fit said...

WOW... that's interesting that the machines are so off on their calories. I always wondered about that!
All your food looks great!

fittingbackin said...

Fitnessista: Def! Austin liked it a lot!

SLJ: I'm loving it! Definitely - my plan is to keep on cooking - as much as possible and as many new recipes as I can!

DG: I DO! Thanks so much - I loved that recipe!

Mica: Total!

Paula: I LOVE IT! I watched it again tonight, it's adorable! Aw - thanks so much!!

Liz: Definitely - they heated up great and would be perfect for lunch! You could even make a bunch of different ones at the beginning of the week (stuff some with pepperoni/mozzarella/etc.!)

Ohlivin: They were fab! Oh you know it - i've already converted it for 2 servings and plan to get zucchini tomorrow!

Andrea: Yay! So glad you think so - OMG - cilantro rocks my world!! It's SO fresh like you said. You too!

Thinspired: I put my stuff in and that's what I got. :( Boo! I'd been averaging through spark people - who knows though. I just couldn't BELIEVE it said that!! Eeek!

Redhead75: haha Love it!!

Erica: Yay! Glad you think so. Oh I know, right? Upsetting!!

April: It does! YOu're like WOO already burned 150 - let's go for 200... and so on and so on! Aw - awesome - hope your sister likes them!

Pam: I thought it was so smart of her! I think they're going to be a regular around here. :)

She-fit: I know, right? Just crazy! I had to take a pic!! Oh thanks - it was fab - i'm loving cooking!

Anonymous said...

Silly question: I realize you have a pic of it on this post. But, I am new to running and looking at different HRM's. What is the model that you are using?

kelly drawdy said...

Hey! I know that this is a bit late but I was going to comment on the body fat %. 16 is really low. Pretty much the only people who make it that low (females) are professional athletes who train A LOT! And actually being that low is not great for women because you could become amenorrheic. Just an FYI.
I also was wondering how he did the measurements?
I just got back from week at the beach and I need to get back to eating better (but beach food and fruity drinks are too hard to resist!) Miss you! Kelly

Aggie said...

Hi there! So happy you tried the looks awesome with that chicken, which I now have to try!! I answered your peanut butter question on the Chinese Chicken Salad post...
here it is again...

I'm not really familiar with that peanut butter, is the texture and flavor similar to regular peanut butter? I used natural peanut butter so it probably wasn't as sweet as regular PB but I liked it that way. If you like how it tastes then it should probably be good! Let me know if you try it!

Christina said...

wowww i can't wait to make this :)

Christina said...

wowww i can't wait to make this :)

april said...

I'm obsessed with my heart rate monitor! It gives you so much motivation.

Thanks for posting that recipe! My sister used to love hot pockets and now she's on a health kick so I should make those for her!