I was disappointed that Costco didn’t have their 6-count boxes of Kirkland egg white cartons when I was there Saturday. Instead they had 4-count boxes of Egg Beaters. I think the others were a better value. Costco also wouldn’t accept my $2 off Truvia manufacturer’s coupon. Be careful, Costco: you’re losing points with me.
I made a new recipe last night and share it in the THM Beginners group. A question was raised about the low-carb coating on the Dreamfield pasta and whether cooking it on the stove and then cooking it more in the oven would destroy the coating. My suggestion would be to cook it less time on the stove to allow for the oven time.
Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake (S)
One box Dreamfields penne pasta
1 or 2 packages (9 oz.) fresh spinach leaves
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp. basil leaves
1 jar (sugar-free) spaghetti sauce (I use the Best Choice tomato basil)
1 can (14.5) diced tomatoes, drained
4 oz. Neufchatel cheese (1/3 less fat cream cheese), cubed
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
4 Tbl. grated parmesan cheese
Heat oven to 375 F. Cook pasta as directed on package, adding spinach to the boiling water for the last minute.
Cook and stir chicken and basil in large non-stick skillet on medium high heat three minutes. Add spaghetti sauce and tomatoes; bring to a boil; simmer until chicken is done. Stir in Neufchatel cheese
Drain pasta mixture and stir the pasta and one cup of the mozzarella cheese into chicken mixture.
Spoon into a 9 X 13 inch baking dish.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese and bake another five or six minutes.
I walked to Wal-Mart yesterday afternoon with my daughter and her coworker. It was pretty warm and humid, and we hadn’t even gotten to the end of our street before I was already rethinking my decision to go.
Thankfully it was overcast on the way there and wasn’t as hot as it was on the way home when the sun was out full-force.
When I got home I couldn’t cool off fast enough. I had rivulets of sweat running down my face: that last hill had been a killer! I was happy I had gone, though: I need every bit of exercise I can get!
I was just disappointed that I had forgotten to take my hand weights with me! I bought them on Saturday night when Chelsea and I went to Super Center in Richmond. I only got the pound weights (one for each hand) and thought maybe after a while I could work myself up to two pounds per hand.
You know Robert Irvine, the muscular guy on Restaurant Impossible? One of the trivia questions that they have on the show revealed that he got his muscles by lots of reps with smaller weights. Interesting!
There is a section in The Sugar Solution that deals with exercise and resistance training, complete with pictures. One thing I’ve learned from the book is that I’m supposed to make slow, deliberate movements when working with weights because that is more beneficial than letting the momentum of fast movements move the weights for me.
Just like anything else, I’m going to have to make myself do these weights. Just a couple of reps of lifting my arms above my head and straight out to my sides a day is bound to make adifference. And then I can build on that. It’s not fun, but it’s also not impossible. Maybe that will help me get rid of some of the hanging skin on my upper arms.
It’s supposed to be hot all week, in the nineties, and I’m thanking the good Lord for the air conditioning on my bus. He is so good to me. I’m also thanking Him that I weigh a lot less this year than last year at this time, and that will help me, too, in feeling less miserable on these hot days!
Chelsea had a catheter crisis on Saturday night and wasn’t able to get through to the Visiting Nurse Association until 11:00 or 11:30 on Sunday morning. We were even watching You Tube videos on the off-chance that I may be able to get a new Foley going myself, but neither Chelsea nor I were comfortable with that idea! I’m glad Chelsea wasn’t–because I would have felt guilty if I had been the only one who didn’t want me to do it! I mean, I used to catheterize her when she was a baby and small child, but intermittent cathing is a lot less involved than the insertion of the Foley catheter as shown on the video.
When the nurse (and a job-shadowing male nurse) got here, Chelsea found out that she is the weekend nurse all the time, so she got her number so she could call her directly if we have any other weekend emergencies.
Oh, I almost forgot! My Piggly Wiggly has Best Choice green beans on sale this week for forty-nine cents a can. I need to buy as many cans as possible before the sale ends on Wednesday. A lot of times I’ll open a can of green beans for Chuck to have with dinner because he doesn’t care for broccoli. Anytime I can stock up on half-price veggies I will do it! You can’t have too many in your pantry!
Stats for 8/31/15
Exercise: 1.103 miles on the treadmill, 144 calories burned
Pre-breakfast snack (5:30) FP: mocha cheesecake FSF
Breakfast (8:45) E: Blueberry Yogurt Baked Oatmeal
Lunch (12:15) E: turkey sandwich on Ezekiel with lettuce, tomato, onion, one wedge of Happy Farms cheese and mustard
Afternoon snack (4:00) E: Fuji apple and Triple Zero Greek yogurt
Dinner (7:45) S: Sirloin burger with sauteed onion and mushrooms on a bed of lettuce and tomatoes with either mayo or mustard and ketchup, with a side of steamed broccoli. Chuck and Chelsea will have leftover Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta.