Happy Clover Day all!!! I was up bright and early this morning to get my workout in because I knew with tonight’s “Irish Festivities” I wouldn’t be working out. I did my 30 minute Couch to 5K then got to work “prepping” dinner.
I actually pondered making up my own Corned Beef, but, last year we LOVED the Trader Joe’s Pre-Marinated Corned Beef Brisket so much I figured why not have it again.
4 ounce = 4 points+ and like no effort to cook it!
All I had to do this morning was take it out of the package, cover with beef broth and cook on low in the crockpot all day long. EASY!
I was STARVING on my way into work and couldn’t “wait” to get there. I snacked on this banana.
Then, whipped up what I think was completely NOT Worth it to me oatmeal from Starbuck’s. I picked up this oatmeal yesterday when I couldn’t decide what sounded good for breakfast and never made it.
* 1 packet Quick Cooking Oats (3 points+)
* 1 dried fruit packet (3 points+)
* 1 mixed nut packet (3 points+)
* 1 Tbsp brown sugar (1 point+
I LOVE oatmeal, but, not instant since it NEVER sticks with me. I was starving again about 2 hours later.
I was actually happy to have leftovers today for lunch. 2 oz Trader Joe’s Pesto Genovese with 1 cup of pasta (7 points+)
Spicy Asian Slaw (1 point+)
Then, I did something I haven’t done in years. I honestly have no CLUE why, but, I learned my lesson. I usually NEVER buy girl scout cookies because I know I have NO WILL POWER when it comes to Samoas….I could eat the whole box and still want more.
For some reason, I thought I could buy these for The Husband and have none…….
I was curious what the new points+ were and was pleasantly surprised that they are 2 points+ each ~ deal!
This is the funny part ~ I thought I could have just one….then, I thought, ok, I will complete my serving with two…..then, I thought, why not two more *sigh*
Luckily my brain kicked in and stopped me at 8 points+
I was really bummed when I saw that Girl Scout Cookies have TRANSFATS AFTER I ate them! I know they are not exactly healthy, but, this was enough for me to say I will not buy them again. Anything that includes “Partially Hydrogenated Oils” = Transfats (even when they don’t list it on the nutrition facts).
Luckily, I knew my planned dinner was naturally low in points+ and it wasn’t worth throwing in the towel because I had a “cookie moment”.
I was actually pretty excited to get home and work on our Irish Celebration. Because I am a dork and because I am NOT Irish at all that I know of (am I mom? LOL), I wanted to have a little shindig (is there an Irish Term for party?).
I took the Corned Beef out of the crockpot, shredded it and put it in the oven to keep warm.
I drained the broth through a strainer, then, returned the broth to the crock pot and added the chopped cabbage to let it steam for about 20 minutes.
I was thinking ~ WOW, there were A LOT of cloves and A LOT of Bay leaves in the mix and I wish now I took a picture. I think I got the ONE pack that had an entire container of cloves and 10 bay leaves in it.
All you tasted on the corned beef was cloves ~ The Husband kept saying I feel like I am chewing spearmint gum LOL.
It’s too bad because I was so excited to make this again this year. I managed eating a small 1 oz serving before I couldn’t eat anymore (1 point+)
The part I was THE MOST EXCITED about sucked….cabbage+cloves = nastiness. I had to toss all of it
My fingerling potatoes were tasty even if I accidentally made them with “browned” butter.
My backup plan ~ Potato’s O’Brien (2 point+)
Looks good ~ tastes awful! Win some, lose some ~ today was just not my day to be Irish and to cook I guess….Thanks to The Husband and his mom for eating it all even though I thought we should just go out to eat instead
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Did you make anything IRISH or GREEN for St. Paddy’s Day?
I actually bought stuff to make a green monster smoothie and I totally forgot about it in my rush to get out the door. Other than that, my failed corn beef and cabbage.