Friday, October 15, 2010

Bottomless Pit, New Recipe, 5.5 Miles

Thanks you guys!! I'm so excited - can't believe i'm going to see them TONIGHT! I think they're beautiful girls, too! :) And they're all so sweet - I'm definitely the meanest out of the bunch. eek! So yesterday was weird. I woke up still feeling funky. I've been weird all week - sore throat, etc. But yesterday I was achey too. And TOM arrived. And it was just a rough day. I worked all day, during lunch I cooked a bit, and then worked more. And I was STARVING all day - ate so much but nothing was enough. Hate those I'm-a-bottomless-pit days. Finally around 6:30 I was like "I'm going to the gym; at least there I won't eat." Did I want to go to the gym? No. But I was so over feeling hungry when I knew I wasn't that I had to get out of the house! I read Karin Slaughter's Fractured while walking 5.5 miles (alternated incline between 4 and 0).

Felt SO much better afterwards. I got home around 8, watched a couple of Boardwalk Empires with Austin while packing and called it a night! I do have a new recipe to share though!

Chicken & Tortellini Soup
Adapted from Betty Crocker from my friend Monica
Makes 6 Servings

1 tbsp Olive oil
¼ cup onion, diced
2 cups chicken broth
¾ cup water
½ tbsp Italian seasoning
12 oz. chicken, diced
2 10-oz. boxes of of Green Giant Broccoli & Zesty Cheese Sauce
1 12-oz. pack Trader Joe’s cheese-filled tortellini
½ cup tomato, diced
12 tsp parmesan cheese

Cook tortellini al dente per package instructions. Heat oil in pan and add onion and chicken. Stir frequently until chicken is cooked. Add salt if desired. While chicken cooks, cook broccoli in microwave per instructions. When chicken is cooked, shred with two forks, then add in broth, seasoning, water and cooked tortellini. Heat until boiling, then turn down to medium and add broccoli. Stir together for 3-4 minutes over low heat. Stir in tomato. Cook for one minute. Remove from heat and divide into 6 servings. Top each serving with 2 tsp cheese.

Nutritional Information: 394 calories, 44 carbs, 12 fat grams and 25 protein grams.

Review: So we loved. However, the recipe above was not the way we cooked it - it's how I'll cook it next time. For instance, it had it more 'all cooking together' but I worried the broccoli was getting overcooked while the tortellini wasn't getting cooked enough. I also added more chicken, and a bit more broth and added water - want it to be a bit more "soupy" and less "pasta-y." So again, we loved it as it was, but I hope the modifications will make it even better next time. Thanks, Mon, for the recipe!!

Q: Do you ever have those days when no amount of food fills you up? I mean you guys, I had the tortellini soup, a sausage/egg/cheese croissant, red curry chicken with rice, a raspberry bluecheese/cranberry salad, frosted flakes/milk, 2 cups popcorn, iced oatmeal cookies AND a dove chocolate. Wowza. True story.

Q: Do you skip runs when you feel sick? I've felt run down and sickly this week so I haven't run. At all. I'm worried i'm going to pay for this decision next week when I (hopefully) start back!

K- off to catch up on blogs! And I'll have my laptop this weekend - the bride has built in "down time" (love her!) so I hope to blog/work out/etc. this weekend!

11 comments:

danielledrn said...

I am always a bottomless pit the day after drinking. Which is terrible considering the night before I’ve usually had 100 beers. Bring on the calories! Ha! :)

Erica said...

Hope you're feeling much much better for the big weekend ahead. I definitely have bottomless pit days- usually after big running days. I do try to keep myself occupied so I don't just eat and eat :) I will workout if I just feel stuffed up, but if my stomach is bothering me- forget it!

Tyler said...

I hate feeling like a bottomless pit! I've had like a bottomless pit 3 months. Maybe it's just stress and nerves.

I hope your weekend is FABULOUS!

OOOH I have heard that Boardwalk Empire is awesome!

Jenny said...

I hate 'bottomless pit' days, but usually only have them when it's a slow day at work or I'm not feeling well or tired.

It depends on how bad I'm feeling, but if I feel like I'm on the verge of a cold, I usually try to take it easy or do something light like walking to save my body's energy for fighting off colds.

Hope you feel better and have a fabulous weekend at the wedding!

Fashion Meets Food said...

wow I love this recipe! I definitely need to give this a try! Thanks so much for sharing it. I have been working towards you and preparing food and freezing it. However its not going so well.

xo

Kacy said...

I have those days all.the.time. Sometimes I love them because I love to eat, but others they drive me nuts!

I hope you feel better girly! Have an amazing weekend!

lee said...

I have those days too. Going to the gym is a good idea.

Jane said...

sore throat is not a lot of fun its just uncomfortable and difficult to swallow.

usually, i would take the Nim Jiom Cough Syrup (www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm ) which has a thick consistency formulation. it coats the throat and includes herbs that are particularly good for that application.

i hope it works on you as well.

soistart said...

How do you stay focused working from home? Any tips on how to stay productive?

soistart said...

How do you stay focused working from home? Any tips on how to stay productive?

Jane said...

sore throat is not a lot of fun its just uncomfortable and difficult to swallow.

usually, i would take the Nim Jiom Cough Syrup (www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm ) which has a thick consistency formulation. it coats the throat and includes herbs that are particularly good for that application.

i hope it works on you as well.