Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Chilly willy Wedsday

So it was chilly but we spent the morning at the park today. I planned to join a gym today, however I only have one local choice and when I called to get prices it is $50 a month! I don't know if that is reasonable, but for me it is not! This is a little gym and I can not see how it can possably be that expensive other than the fact they have no compition. So no gym joining for me :( Tonight was my last night of course two the the cake class I have been taking and my cake came out most excellent! I am loving these classes. Course 3 starts next Thurs, which will be tiered cakes and starting fondant I am soo excited to be getting into fondant. Other than that just the same ol' stuff.

Today's eats:
1.5 mint brownies

2 mini cinnamon rasin bagels w/ butter

Baked ziti w/ hot itilian sausage(whole wheat pasta and turkey sausage)
2 slice texas toast garlic bread

Quick Tuesday eats

So I really didn't do much today other than pack a few boxes and play with the kids. But here are todays eats:

Strawberry shortcake

7 m&ms
1 bowl chicken and gnocchi soup

1 serving homemade strawberry ice cream

Bertolli Chicken florentine
2 pieces garlic bread

2 mint brownies

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Chicken and Gnocchi soup

So, I have had this recipe for awhile and finally made it last night. It was very good! My husband said it was excellent and is definitely a do again recipe :) Of course I altered it a little because like usual I thought I had everything and didn't check until it was time to start cooking. I am posting the recipe as I got it and then at the bottom what I changed.

3-4 chicken breast cooked and diced
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups half and half
1 stalk of diced celery
1 garlic clove chopped
1/2 carrot shredded
1/2 onion diced
1 cup fresh spinach
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon thyme
salt and pepper
16 ounces of potato gnocchi

1. saute the onion, celery, carrot, garlic, in oil over med heat until onion is translucent
2. add chicken, chicken stock, half and half, salt and pepper, thyme. Heat to boiling, then add gnocchi Gently boil for 5 minutes, then turn down to a simmer for 10 minutes
3. Add spinach and cook for another 2 minutes until spinach is wilted

Towards the end, I did add just a few additional seasonings (randomly whatever was in my cabinet) and I also sprinkled a little Bisquick into the soup to thicken it up a little.

~I had skin on bone in chicken breast so they still had the tenders and rib meat, so after taking the meat off of 2 I had plenty of chicken. I think it I was using bl/sl chicken breast it would probably need 3-4.
~before cooking the chicken I diced it up and tossed it with a little bit of poultry seasoning
~Of course I did not have half and half so instead of using that and adding the bisquick I made a quick bechamel sauce w/ butter, flour, and whole milk to help the soup thicken and it was the perfect thickness for us.
~Instead of fresh spinach I used a whole box of frozen chopped spinach, which is way more than the recipe calls for but it really helps boost the fiber and iron content and probably made it a little more filling.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Getting back in the swing of things

So its Monday, the beginning of a new week so I am trying to get back to eating better and excersing more again. First step is to start actually blogging and making myself accountable again.
The whole thing that made me start the blog was the weight loss challange I was doing with some friends. That ended a few weeks ago, but they had the awards ceremony last Tues. I was the only one from my group to win a prize, which I feel kinda bad about but it was still great to win something. My prize was a $50 visa card :) They are also having another weigh out in Sept, so that should help keep me motivated to maintain adn hopefully lose more over the summer.
In other news, we found a house!! If everything goes according to plan we should close at the beginning of June. We are very excited!

Eats so far today:

strawberry shortcake :)
*I know this does not sound like a good diet breakfast, but it is actaully pretty low cal and took care of my sweet tooth for the morning. A serving of the little cakes is actually 2 (160 cal) but I only used one, strawberries can't be too high cal and it was light whipped cream(15 cal serving)

1 deviled egg
1/2 orange

tortilla pepperoni pizza

*Dinner is going to be chicken and nouche soup w/ fresh baked bread. This is a new recipe a friend gave me, that is supposed to be very close to what they serve at Olive Garden. I'll share tomorrow if we like it!