Happy Tuesday all! I don’t really know what to call today since Biggest Loser is on break…any ideas? Happy it’s not Monday?! Happy Hump Day Eve? Happy Monday +1?! LOL. Hmmm, I never really gave it all that much thought til now.
Monday ~ I did spin class and today was an unwanted rest day because….
I somehow managed to get a HUGE muscle knot under my shoulder blade and attempted to rub it out with my foam roller last night. I do NOT recommend this at all ~ OMG ~ it was awful. I couldn’t move my neck or back all night. So, I busted out my Tiger Balm patches and took some Motrin ~ My shoulder is still really sore today, but, I hope it gets better soon ~ I have some GYM dollar days to earn 😀
Since I have A LOT to catch up on, I am going to do my best to stick to pictures & not too many words. Think I can do it???? Probably not, but, here it goes 🙂
ADDICTED ~ TJ’s Whole Wheat Sour Dough + Laughing Cow+ POM Jam (3.5 pts).
Plus deliciously sweet watermelon & cantaloupe. 1 1/3 cups for 1 point
MMMMM….repeat # 5 million and it never gets old.
My FAVORITE NEW Trail Mix at Trader Joe’s ~ Nutty American Trek Mix.
Only 3 points a serving ~ weigh it, don’t measure it, you get more!
I LOVE EVERY ingredient and wouldn’t change a thing.
But, really it was the HUGE CHOCOLATE CHUNKS that sold me on it.
1 delicious 3 point serving ~ that’s a lot, huh?!
Another lunch repeat ~ I heart Amu Lu’s Chicken Burgers + Spicy Black Bean, Chipotle Harissa Hummus & Chile Lime Corn Tortillas (4.5 pts)
Crunchy Spicy Peanut Salad (Mixed Greens + TJ’s Spicy Peanut Dressing + Sesame Cajun Sticks) (2 pts)
My co-worker offered up some Meyer Lemon Crisp Cookies she bought at Trader Joe’s. I should’ve NEVER looked at the nutritionals because you get NINE for 3 pts (150 cal). No worries, I went back for my other 5 after I ate these 🙂
The cookies did NOTHING for my hunger so I had my planned snack of Cabot plus Olive Oil/Rosemary Triscuits (3 pts)
Dinner last night was AWESOME, but, I need to tweek a few things with the recipe. There was a lot more moisture than I thought there should be, but, I am sure it had to do with the fresh mozzarella having water in it that is release when it cooks. Maybe that’s why you only see patches of fresh mozzarella cheese on a pizza in restaurants 🙂
* I’d slice my fresh mozzarella thinner and use less
* I’d use LESS fresh tomatoes
* I am not sure if I’d add as much or exclude the fresh pizza sauce…maybe the tomatoes should be the sauce?
I started off using Trader Joe’s Garlic & Herb Pizza Dough. Make sure you poke holes all over the crust to keep it from bubbling up.
I LOVE Fresh Mozzarella, but, I’ve only had it raw, never cooked.
The stats are impressive ~ I figured Whole Milk meant more calories/fat/points, but, it’s just the same if not better than regular Mozzarella 😀
While I precooked the pizza at 450 for 8 minutes, I sautéed the sausage and sliced the tomatoes, cheese and basil.
I broke out my FANCY TJ’s homemade Pizza Sauce 😀 Told you I was feeling lazy!
Then, I layered it up!
Final toppers ~ freshly shaved parmesan & crushed red pepper flakes.
MMMMM, I think I may have drooled at this point and it wasn’t even cooked.
Baked at 450 for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted & the crust is browned.
I had 2 slices (10 pts)
With a side salad with balsamic (0 pts)
FAST FORWARD TO TODAY!!! My eats were not as exciting, but, still pretty tasty!
Berries (1 pt)
Plus TJ’s Seeded Sour Dough with Pomegranate Blueberry Jam & ICBINB spray (because I forgot my laughing cow :() (3 pts)
Another fun new Trader Joe’s product was involved in my mid morning snackage ~ REDUCED GUILT PITA CHIPS!
ONLY 2 points (vs 3) per serving – LOVE it!
They look just like Stacey’s!
3 point snack (cheese & chips) 😉
Since I wasn’t able to work out, I decided I NEEDED to go to to the Napa Farmer’s Market and say HI to my FAVORITE PEOPLE!
First up ~ The Hummus Guy was back ~ More Spicy Black Bean, Chipotle Hummus with Harissa. This is honestly the BEST hummus I’ve ever had.
Then, I stopped to visit the Bolani Boys! I think I could have lunch there with just the samples ~ they let you try anything/everything. OH and well, I pretty much buy everything too 😀
PUMPKIN & SPINACH BOLANI BREAD ~ 1 point a SERVING! 😀 😀 😀
Oil-less Cilantro & Sun Dried Tomato Pesto!
My FAVORITE SAUCE EVER!!!! This is like the sweet chili sauce you get with Thai or Chinese food but BETTER ~ not too sweet and super H-O-T!
Even though I carry my re-usable bags to the Farmer’s Market, I HAD to get one of their bags….have you all ever seen these Bio-Bags?? How cool ~ I think ALL grocery stores should carry them!
Same lunch as yesterday, KICKED up with some Sweet Jalapeno!
The LAST PERSON I visited is MY FAVORITE PERSON at the market ~ ANNIE THE BAKER! Umm, I pretty much planned my ENTIRE week around getting this beautiful RAINBOW sprinkle cookie 😀 (3 pt estimate).
FUN FACT ~ she says that she uses 1/2 the butter and 1/3 less sugar than most recipes 😀
I have a serious Farmer’s Market addiction….but I think you all already sorta knew that too 😉
When I got home I had a FUN package waiting for me.
But, I actually WON! How good do these ORGANIC Jams sound ~ Strawberry Basil & Blueberry Merlot….I have a feeling they are both getting opened tomorrow 😀
Since The Husband had lunch at dinner time, I decided to have a little Bolani Bread and Spread Party. I had an entire 1/2 (ONLY 2 SERVINGS = 3 pts) of a PUMPKIN BOLANI BREAD! I definitely topped it with more Sweet Jalapeno Sauce!
It’s sweet, spicy and a little salty….imagine reheating it to be crispy again!
PHEW!!!! Just know you are a super amazing, dedicated blog reader if you are STILL reading at this point :D Thanks for that!!!
Stay tuned tomorrow for another Wordless Wednesday Picture and possibly a GIVEAWAY if I can find some time to type it up!