Happy Monday all! I am SO EXCITED that the sun is finally out and shining all week long. I think Spring has finally sprung and today’s 70 degree weather proved it
I started my day off with a Brown Sugar Banana Nut Muffin (5 points+)
Plus banana and strawberry “chips” ~ it’s what I think as I eat them
Mid morning my stomach let me know I NEEDED protein so I had a hard boiled egg and a nectarine (2 points).
I had actually planned on making TJ’s Chinese Fake Out for lunch but The Husband called and asked me to meet him for lunch.
You know, he totally had to twist my arm to go to Monsoon Burger! I ventured out today and tried something new.
California Chicken Burger
* Whole Wheat Bun – dry (4 points+)
* 6 ounce Grilled Chicken Breast (6 points+)
* 1 slice melted pepperjack cheese (3 points+)
* 1/2 an AVOCADO!!! (5 points+)
* 2 slices crispy, curly bacon ~ the REAL DEAL! (2 points+)
* All the fixin’s: ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickled onions & jalapenos
I didn’t even come close to eating half LOL….but, it was sure tasty and I am super proud I didn’t order the fries (you can’t eat what you don’t order!!). I got potato salad that I gave to The Husband (easy to resist because I am not a fan of it ) (10 points+ for my half)
My “burger” kept me full all afternoon, but, I started to get a little hungry before I hopped on the treadmill for a 30 minute C25K session.
Pre-workout snack ~ 2 Low-Fat Banana Bread Cookies (4 points+)
After working out, I did a little bit of prep for the week. I am really trying to focus on getting in more protein especially at the start of my day since I get up so early now.
I saw this recipe in last month’s Clean Eating Magazine for making Homemade Ginger, Pear & Turkey Sausage Patties and knew I had to try it. I’ve only made Sun Dried Tomato Basil Turkey Sausage Before and I LOVED that.
This is one of the easiest recipes to whip up especially because I used my food processor to chop it all.
Chop or dice ~ 1 mini pear, 4 green onions and 1/4 cup cilantro
Finely mince 1 seeded jalapeno.
Then, finely chop 1 Tbsp ginger.
Combine with 1 lb lean turkey breast, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, pinch of crushed red pepper flakes and 1 1/2 tsp canola oil (or Pure Maple Syrup if you want sweetness)
Make into 8 patties and “fry” in 1 1/2 tsp canola oil over medium heat until browned on each side and cooked through, about 4-5 minutes per side.
Makes 8 “burger sized” patties, 2 points+ each (don’t mind the missing one, that would be The Husband trying them out – lol).
The Husband made us some “mean” salads for dinner similar to the Bacon, Feta and Walnut Salad I made awhile back.
* Organic Mixed Greens
* Organic Cherry tomatoes, English Cucumber, Mini Peppers, shredded carrots
* 2 Tbsp LF – Mozzarella, 1 points+
* 1 slice Trader Joe’s Peppered Turkey Bacon, 0 points+
* 1 Tbsp dried cranberries, 1 points+
* 1 tsp sliced almonds, 0 Points+
* 2 Tbsp Wishbone Super Fruit Dressing, 2 points+
One huge @$$ delicious 4 points+ salad
I ALWAYS feel like salads need more ~ like bread or protein. So, I took the BEST of BOTH worlds and toasted up a 1/2 of a Lentil Bolani Bread (3 points+ for half, 7 Points+ for a whole!)
I took TJ’s advice and toasted it in the toaster oven and topped it with Sweet Jalapeno Sauce. OMG ~ it was AMAZING! Crispy with hints of lentil, cilantro and spice ~ sort of like a bean burrito. It might actually be my new all time fav Bolani Bread.
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Do you eat your salads as a meal or do you add bread, soup, sandwiches or other sides?
I only eat my salad alone if it is topped with protein (chicken, beans or something similar) and it’s BIG. Otherwise, I treat my salads as a side dish.