Today was such a Monday to start…I hit snooze 4 times and missed my AM workout 🙁 I blame the rainy weather because it makes you wanna stay in bed 🙂 My day definitely improved when I got home with some garden surprises and a little bit of PHO goodness.
Nothing sounded good for breakfast so I went with my usual stand by of what sounds good when nothing sounds good 🙂
2 slices Trader Joe’s Fat Free Multi-Grain Bread topped with 1 heaping Tablespoon of Nut Barn Almond Butter (4 pts). I LOVE how the hot toast melts the almond butter.
Plus some “banana chips” for dessert (1 pt).
I decided to break out a new flavor of the Alouette Spreadable Cheeses today. This is part of the 3-pack I bought at Sam’s Club awhile back. I LOVE this cheese because it’s like having flavored Laughing Cow & it has the same stats (2 Tbsp = 2 pts, 1 Tbsp = 1 pt)
I topped 6 Olive Oil & Rosemary Triscuits with 2 Tbsp’s (4 pts)….Crunchy, salty, creamy & just plain delicious!
I liked the Spinach Artichoke Flavor, but, I still think Garden Vegetable is my favorite to date.
I LOVE Triscuits because they keep me full for hours. 4 hours later I had lunch.
I started off with 5 Homemade Chicken Pot stickers (Recipe coming tomorrow).
Mixed Greens & Broccoli Slaw topped with 1 1/2 Tbsp’s Trader Joe’s Low-Fat Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette (the BEST dressing ever!)
Super fast, super good, super cheap in points ~ 4 pts!
I also had a 1 point Cabot Cheese square because I wanted to make sure I saved room for my afternoon snack.
My Co-Work made Smitten Kitchen’s Dark Chocolate Dark with Gingersnap Crust ~ doesn’t it look beautiful?!
I quickly calculated the stats and determined I could have a small sliver (1/20th) of the tart for 5 points. Yup ~ completely worth EVERY BITE ~ totally rich and decadent. I LOVED the combination of butter plus ginger snaps in the crust!
When I got home, I check on our garden to see how it weathered the storm we have had the past two days. I had the COOLEST surprise when I walked out. We already have baby tomatoes!!!!
My basil is growing like crazy.
But, I don’t think the burpless cucumbers are going to make it 🙁 One out of all of them not making it so far, isn’t bad, right?
Our dinner plans changed last minute when The Husband and I decided to get PHO from The Noodle House! I should say, he decided to go with me…I LOVE PHO and totally crave it! It’s healthy, spicy and LOADED with fun flavors.
We started off with some Fresh Spring Rolls dipped in gobs of crunchy peanut sauce (the best part!) Each roll is only TWO points when you get them steamed versus fried.
PHO is a gigantic bowl of steaming hot broth that cooks your food as they add it….They add rice noodles, onions, cilantro, green onions and your meat of choice ~ I picked chicken and shrimp. Everything is steamed in the broth as it cooks which makes it relatively healthy if you pick lean cuts of meat or Tofu.
You get a side plate of crunch and spice ~ Jalepeno’s, sprouts, cilantro and a lemon or lime.
I dump everything in except the lemon.
Topped with Sriracha Hot Sauce & Hoisin/Plum Sauce (sweet/spicy/salty)! I make up a side plate of sauces that I dip things in as I eat it. It’s not graceful, but, it’s delicious and perfect for a cold, rainy day like today. I managed to eat about 1/2 my bowl (all the meat, veggies and 1/2 the noodles) for 6 points.
If you’ve never had PHO, I highly recommend you try it ~ you might be surprised by how much you like it. Some places make it better than others, but, the cooking philosophy is still the same. It’s lean, healthy, a little high in sodium (Asian food always is), but, absolutely tasty!
Be on the lookout tomorrow for my Healthy Homemade Chicken Pot Sticker Recipe ~ you get 8 of them for FOUR points (242 calories!).
Q: Have you ever tried PHO or made your own? How do you like yours?
I usually order it out, but, I did attempt to make a PHO type soup a little while back with pot stickers 😀
Off to actually pay attention to the movie The Husband picked out 😀