Old Chicago – 142 Calorie Pizza!

OK to be fair it’s 142 calories per PIECE (that’s an entire quarter!) of this pizza.  At Old Chicago I ordered the individual size thin crust cheese pizza – minus sauce and plus tomatoes and basil.  It was quiet possibly the best bang-for-your-buck pizza ever!  I stuck the iPhone in the picture for size comparison.  I ate half of the pizza for 284 calories and saved the other half for later.  I’m not even sure their website is being honest about the calories….

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Bow Tie Pasta Salad

1/2 C bow tie pasta – cooked, rinsed, cooled
1 1/2 C lettuce
1/2 of a large tomato
1/2 of a cucumber
1/3 C scallions
2T parmasean cheese

SO FILLING!  I might have a new favorite… and the best part?  160 total calories!  I didn’t use any dressing because the juices from the cucumber and tomato coated the pasta well.

Scrambled Egg Whites

This morning for breakfast:  Scrambled egg whites with celery and sweet yellow grape tomatoes.  Orange watermelon and a quarter of a grapefruit on the side.  163 total calories!

Recipe Attempt: Baked Chicken & Veggie Packets

Yet another gem from the Weight Watchers Power Foods Cook Book (P. 108).  This isn’t the actual title of the recipe… I don’t have the cook book with me right now so I will update it when I get home.

Being a clueless cook I am absolutely terrified of cooking chicken.  In fact, a couple weeks ago I tried a panko crusted chicken recipe in the frying pan and it ended in an absolute disaster.  So when I looked over this recipe I was a little bit intimidated but it sounded delicious and I was anxious to try a new technique – baking in foil packets.

I altered the recipe a little bit by using tomatoes, green peppers, and onions instead of tomatoes and zucchini.  I placed one chicken breast in each of the packets and divided the veggies evenly between the 4 of them.  I was a little concerned letting them bake for 35 minutes and not being able to look at them until they were done and the packet was opened.  The result:

This was as amazing in my mouth as it is in the picture.  Even the fiance loved it!

This dish also made great leftovers for work the next day.  Next time I think I will even make a few extras just to bring to work.  I was pretty impressed with this simple dish.  It made me feel like a good cook (for a day).

Quinoa Mac N’ Cheese + Zucchini, Turkey, Quinoa Loaf

I have been really meaning to incorporate quinoa into dishes.  It’s very easy to use, it has a great flavor and an interesting texture.  Plus it’s a whole grain and a WW Power Food.  So, to me this was a no brainer.  This past week quinoa was the star ingredient in 2 dinners.

Quonia Mac N Cheese

This recipe for Quinoa Mac N’ Cheese came from monicanelsonfitness.com.  It was very quick and easy to prepare.  I altered it a little bit and used half low fat mozzarella cheese and half sharp cheddar cheese.  I also topped it with a mixture of 1 part panko crumbs and 1 part low fat mozzarella.  It looked just like the picture after it was plated:

I served it with pineapple and watermelon just because that’s what we had on hand.  It was delicious… it tasted like an omelet crossed with mac N cheese with quinoa in the mix.  I served it as a main dish but it would have been great as a side with a slab of meat (maybe a pork chop) or with crumbled turkey breast, chicken breast, or lean ground beef mixed in.   If I make this again I will try to bulk it up with even more veggies.

Now, on to the next…

Turkey, Zucchini, and Quinoa Meatloaves

This gem came from the Weight Watchers Points Plus Power Foods Cookbook (p.138).  I’m not going to copy the recipe onto the blog but it’s a basic meatloaf made with lean ground turkey breast, shredded zucchini, and cooked quinoa.  I shaped them into 8 mini-loaves and… they came out AMAZING!

I served them with roasted cauliflower and a spinach salad.  They made awesome leftovers for work lunch and I cannot wait to make them again!

Pinsipration: Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies

This is actually one of the very first items I ever pinned on Pinterest.  Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies!  The recipe is from divine-baking.com and I followed it exactly as it was written with a few exceptions:  I didn’t have any corn starch on hand so I doubled the amount and used regular flour instead.  I also didn’t have a regular baking sheet (due to cookie baking gone horribly wrong the day before) so I used a pizza sheet.  The result:

Divine, heavenly, chocolatey, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth little pieces of heaven!  I only made half a batch for experimental reasons and it turned out great.  They were even better and just as soft and moist the next day.   I will be making these again (and again and again)!

Pork for Supper!

Last night for supper:

Grilled pork, pasta with a low fat cream sauce, roasted cauliflower with olive oil, and fresh kiwi.

This meal was so filling and done without the pasta would have been a SFT meal!  I tried the Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan recipe from WW.com and it turned out great.  I modified it a little by leaving out the Parmesan (to save on points) and adding in a little bit of garlic powder.  I need to remind myself how good it feels to make a home cooked meal and try a new recipe every once in a while!

January 2012 Summary

  • January Starting Weight 164.6
  • January Ending Weight 160.2
  • Weight Loss in January -4.4
  • Total loss on WW -28.8
  • Gym Visits in January 23
  • APs Earned in January 135
  • Miles Ran in January 72.85
  • Milestones Reached 25#, 16 Meetings, 15%

Geocache #1 & #2 – Forest Lake, MN

I discovered something awesome on Sunday – Geocaching.  I vaugley knew about it but my friend, Kayti, took us on a great adventure!

This was the first cache (Kavanaugh Green) found by myself, my cousin and my friend – my very first geocaching experience!

Then we found another one (Kulenkamp Memorial Park) on the opposite side of the same park way back in the woods.

We took a sweet blue low rider and left a purple umbrella.  I got tons of cacoburrs and thorn pricks along the way – notice my arm.

Weigh In 01.30.12

  • Last weeks WI 161.6
  • Today’s WI 160.2 (-1.2)
  • Total Loss 28.6 Pounds

My 15% milestone/goal has been hit!  Indulged more than I should have over the weekend but it seems that my running is really paying off.  Not to mention I haven’t been eating my weekly points so I was probably ok to go a little crazy over the weekend.

So close to 30 pounds, I can feel it!

Blood Orange

I find it so easy to eat fruit and veggies at work!  Blood Oranges are in season right now… and they are amazing!  Don’t they make a pretty picture?  Definitely going to be picking more up after the gym today.

Weigh In 01.23.12

  • Last weeks WI 161.2
  • Today’s WI 161.6 (+.4)
  • Total Loss 27.4 Pounds

I’m not going to invest too much time and/or energy into being upset over this .4 pound gain.  First of all my last weigh in was somewhat unofficial since I didn’t do it at my usual meeting place, and it was on a completely different scale.  Yes, either way I look at it, it was a gain.  But I am going to look at it as loosing .8 pounds in the last two weeks.

I didn’t get to do any days of simply filling last week.  This week I am going to make it to at least 2.  I also need to get in way more Power Foods and GHG.

I earned 34 activity points and ran 14.62 miles.  Not as good as last week but still very proud of myself.  Was unable to make it to the gym today due to WW meeting and our board meeting at work, but tomorrow is a new day!  Running really does work and I need to remind myself of that.

Pinspiration: Plastic Bag “Dispenser”

I found this idea for a plastic bag dispenser on Pinterest – it originally came from tatertotsandjello.com.   On Tater Tots and Jello they take it two steps farther and put the bag roll into a wipe dispenser and decorate the packaging with fun, colorful fabric.

For what I wanted to use this idea for, I decided I didn’t need the fancy packaging.  My idea is to make a few rolls and drop them in each of the small waste baskets I have in the bathroom and upstairs.  They’ll hide under the waste basket liner that is currently in use.  Then, when I take out the trash, I’ll have my roll handy!

So I ended up turning this:

into this:

in a matter of 5 minutes!  For project instructions click here.

Not the fanciest Pinterest project, but definitely quick, handy, and practical!

Happy Anniversary!

Yep this is what I stuffed my face with last night.  I’m not even a steak person but this place has the best to-die-for steak!  Marky took me to George’s in New Ulm last night and I think it’s my new favorite place to eat.

4 years ago on January 18th I met my Marky at the “get to know the wedding party” party, and at the time I knew I was in it for the long run!   In 8 months we will be saying “I do” and I couldn’t be any happier.