Monday, July 13, 2009

Day 313: Two New Recipes, More Saturday Pics and a General Day of Slack

Even Reuben was sacked out! This pretty much described our day!

So yeah... I was pretty much a waste of space. Grrrr – I hate not getting my full 8 hours! Here's more pics of what I was doing instead of sleeping!

Taking shots... guh

Celebrating with these lovlies! (Mary, Shana, Me & Mon)

All for this guys' big 'three o' - yes - he had a blast!!

So back to Sunday. Blah. My allergies/sinuses were also acting up. Lame. We got up at Andy/Mon’s, got ready and had a yummy slice of bread with butter before heading back home, eating a FiberOne bar and getting in bed – fabulous! I pretty much watched TV (Gilmore Girls, Weeds, Veronica Mars, etc.) and hung out with Austin and Reuben. I did make 2 new recipes… first up, lunch, Portobello Tetrazzini from Cooking Light (altered a bit for what I had on hand, for 2 servings, etc.):

8 oz. chicken

4 oz. uncooked spaghetti

Cooking spray

12 oz. sliced Portobello mushrooms, coarsely chopped

3/4 cup condensed reduced fat, reduced sodium cream of mushroom soup

½ cup fat-free milk

3 tbsp sherry

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

1 tbsp parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to season

1 tsp olive oil

Cook spaghetti according to package; drain and set aside. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over high heat. Add 1 tsp olive oil, then cook chicken seasoned with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, then add mushrooms and sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add soup and next 4 ingredients; reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes or until thickened. Add spaghetti, chicken and parmesan. Stir for 1-2 minutes then serve. Nutritional Information: 513 calories, 57 carbs, 9 fat grams and 45 protein grams. Talk about comfort food my friends – loved it. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon (i.e. I would never eat this if I thought for 2 seconds I had to go anywhere else that day!)

After more TV and a cat nap, I found myself hungry for a little sandwich. I went down to the kitchen and started messing around with what I had on hand and came up with what I call a Tomato and Mozzarella Press – here’s the recipe for one sandwich:

1 Arnold Sandwich Thin

½ tsp fat-free mayonnaise

1 tsp Trader Joe’s pesto

8 grams Fat-Free Feta Cheese

8 grams Fat-Free Mozzarella, shredded

4 grape tomatoes, diced

8 spinach leaves, halved

4 basil leaves, finely diced

Spread mayo and pesto on both sides, and top one side with cheeses, tomatoes, spinach and then basil. Put top on and drop it on the George Foreman for 3-4 minutes. Enjoy. Nutritional Information: 182 calories, 30 carbs, 4 fat grams and 12 protein grams. I was a huge fan of this little guy! Austin was jealous so about an hour later I went down and made 2 more (I had another half – Austin had the other one and a half!). He loved it too! They’re just simple, yummy and quick – I’ll def be making these again! Then the day just folded into snacks (strawberries; pretzels) and dinner (easy red curry + rice).

Around 8 I still wasn’t feeling better so I decided to take a rest day (i.e. vacation from work – I’d only taken 4.5 days this year – time to take one!). I ended the day at 1,764 calories, 257 carbs, 34 fat grams and 103 protein grams. Here’s what I ate.


devon said...

hold the phone. that food you came up with today looks FAB-O!!! yum!

glad you took a day for yourself-- you deserved it!

Mica said...

Aww, sleepy Reuben is so cute!

april said...

That salad looks awesome! Too bad I can't find sandwich thins around here :( I'm sure bread would work though am i right?? :)

Anonymous said...

I'm loving all of your posts lately! Reuben looks so sweet, CALM, and cuddly (emphasis on calm). Sorry your allergies are still bugging you! I used to suffer like crazy, but they are nearly as bad up here in the Rockies, thank goodness.

I will let you know as soon as I pick a new book. Just so you know, you are my inspiration to get out and WALK as much as I can. :) THANKS!!!

Kaneil, balanceisbest

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

The tomato & mozzarella press looks soooo good!

WholeBodyLove said...

I just started using my George Foreman Grill as a panini press. So, I can't wait to try your recipe!! It looks delish.

Em said...

Looks like you guys were having a blast!

I LOOVVVEEE the sandwich idea. It looks soo good, I am def. gonna try it...thanks for the recipe!

fittingbackin said...

Dev: Mom said she thought you'd like it! I made it for her but added Italian seasoned chicken!

Mica: Thanks!! I think so, too. :)

April: Thanks!! I definitely think regular bread would work - or even a pita or flatout wrap!

Balanceisbest: Thanks, girl!! haha he's definitely calm. He gets super excited when we get home but that's about it! He's a doll baby! They are - I must go to the Rockies! Yes, please do!! Awww thanks, girl - i'm loving the walking!! Got in 6 miles just yesterday!

Anrea: Thanks!! It was super yummy!

Wholebodylove: Daily Goods got me using it as a panini press - brilliant! I use it lots for wraps too, especially breakfast wraps! Yes, try it! I'm about to take my food down a notch to salads + sandwiches so I hope to make some new recipes that DON'T involve pasta!!

Em: Thanks - we def did! Thanks - super simple, quick and yummy! Hope you try it/like it! :)

Unknown said...

Those little sandwhiches look delicious! I will definitely be trying those soon!

Anonymous said...

that sandwich looks delicious! i love making things on my panini press!

Big Pissy said...

I can vouch for that sandwich: TASTY!!!!!

Love the pictures. :)

Anonymous said...

I heart Reuben forever. If you post more pics of him I will take down the black bars of the boys on the roof ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi, how tall are you? Those dresses are so much longer! LOL

fittingbackin said...

SLJ: Thanks!! You must!

Summer slim: me too!! (or George AKA panini press)

Pissy: yay! so glad you got to have one!! Thanks again for coming by!

Ohlivin: hehe me too!! hahaha Will do - black bars or not! :)

Anon: I'm about 5'2"/5'3" - so the dresses fit me normal! To me the models wear them like tunics! haha

Pam said...

The pasta and the sandwich look great! I am always looking for tasty food that isn't high in calories. What a cutie Reuben is.

fittingbackin said...

Thanks, Pam! They were both yummy! I'm slightly obsessed with finding recipes that are big on taste and seem like they'd be bad for you... but are prepared in a low-calorie way! Aw thanks - talk about obsessed - I love my little Reuben!