Today was such a “Monday” until I headed out for my AWESOME lunchtime run. First, I realized that my fancy new DROID phone could take 3 things and make them in 1. Normally when I run, I have my phone (safety), Garmin (distance/speed) and MP3 player (MP3=better than an IOPD b/c it gets radio too!) Check this out ~ My phone does ALL THREE! It has Slacker or Pandora Radio or you can load your music to shuffle and I have a FREE Cardio Trainer ap that does EXACTLY what my Garmin does, but, more. As your music is playing, it chimes in, tells you your pace, how far you have gone and your time. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Oh and since I was “carrying” less I am sure I ran faster too 😉
It was soooo freakin’ cold and windy outside that I honestly felt like I was jogging in place (yes, I sound like my parents having to walk to school barefoot, backwards and in the snow) LOL. But, I persevered through it all and slammed out 3.35 miles – woohoo! It was the perfect break in my day.
My eats were pretty tasty too, but, fast since I was on a deadline. I was craving comfort like dessert this morning when I woke up for breakfast so it’s EXACTLY what I made.
BLUEBERRY COBBLER OATS
1/2 c Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
1 c water
1 Tbsp ground Flax Seed
BIG dashes of freshly ground cinnamon
1 c blueberries
All cooked in the Microwave for 2 minutes, then, topped with 1 Tbsp of sugar and whipped butter.
I let the brown sugar and butter melt together so it tasted like creamy, rich, sweet cobbler with plump blueberries in every bite. a FANTASTIC 6 point bowl of oatmeal if I do say so myself. 🙂
Mid morning I was sorta hungry, sorta not. I thought of passing on my snack but then thought I would be STARVING if I waited to eat until after my run since that would be a 6 hour break in eats. So, I snacked on a little fruity trail mix for 3 pts.
After my run, I had a choice of leftover soup or this Trader Joe’s Spicy Kung Pao Chicken.
The spicy chicken won….great ingredients and stats (8 pts).
I topped this with Sriracha sauce after for extra spice and I warmed right up after my run 🙂
After I finished my project, I realized I had not had any dairy today. I grabbed a 1 point Sargento Low-Fat Colby Cheese square. I always keep these on hand for snacks and sandwiches – LOVE them!
I have been excited all day for the dinner I had planned. I watched Penne for Pennies being made yesterday on The Food Network and knew I HAD to make it. I LOVE the latest Food Network Star ~ she is super cute and her food always looks AMAZING. You can get the recipe HERE and I provided my steps below.
Preheat you oven to 400-425 degrees and quickly “wedge” up your veggies. I went with what I had on hand.
Drizzle with ~ 2 Tbsp Olive oil, Sea Salt and Black Pepper. Then, pop them in the oven to roast.
While your veggies roast, season up your cherry tomatoes with sea salt, pepper and a little olive oil. Flip your veggies above half way through and add tomatoes.
While the veggies are roasting, cook your penne (according to the box) and brown your sausage. I used Trader Joe’s Chicken Apple Sausage ~ YUM!
Once your sausage has been
burned browned, deglaze your pan with a little white wine.
Be sure to scrape up all those browned bits as they hold all the flavor.
Roughly chop your roasted veggies and add them to your sausage mix.
Add your cooked pasta plus
a little reserved pasta water.
Tadah! So fast, easy and colorful. Mine definitely made more than 4 servings more like 6-8 servings.
I ALWAYS use my FAVORITE Weight Watcher scoopers when serving up dishes. They are pre-measured in 1/4 c, 1/2 c and 1 cup. LOVE it!
Of course, I STUFFED as much as I can in that cup.
I serve it up on a salad plate to make it look like ALOT more. It really works great for my brain to think I am getting plenty.
I topped mine with a little freshly shaved parmesan cheese (all for 7 points!)
I wanted to use the AVOCADOS that The Husband’s mom gave us. One of her co-workers grows them. They have such great color ~ brighter, greener, creamier and almost nutty – AMAZING how HOME GROWN AVOCADOS just do not compare.
While everything cooked, I prepared some simple salads to go along with our Penne for Pennies.
Dinner was completely light and satisfying. Now, if I only room (and of course someone to make it for me) to eat her fantastic looking Cranberry Orange Parfaits.
I LOVE The Food Network ~ I honestly think it’s the one TV station I can watch ALL day the way The Husband can watch sports all day. Hmmm, maybe cooking IS a sport –whatcha think? 😀 LOL
The other COOL realization I had ~ MY BIRTHDAY IS ONE WEEK FROM TODAY ~ Yahoo!!! Yes, I am old, but, I STILL get excited for it 😀
Off to watch The “scandalous” Bachelor! The Husband is intrigued too 😀 I wonder if I can get him hooked too 😉 Can’t wait….