Tuesday, December 02, 2008
... on track, but getting there.
I had a TON of grocery shopping to do this morning -- it wasn't actually all that bad, but a couple stores to go to and we needed food BADLY. Without this trip we would have had... well. Pasta. Um... rice... other grains (quinoa, etc)... frozen corn and peas.... yeah. That's roughly it. Peanut butter! But nothing to put it on. Soymilk! But I don't just DRINK soymilk either... hahah. Oh -- we had oatmeal. That's true. But yeah -- things were getting dire.
Now I have FRUIT and VEGGIES and CHICKEN and other lunch stuffs, so I'm in business. :)
I made this delicious recipe last night -- from (you guessed it) The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger. :) Jambalaya with Shrimp and Ham. My first ever Jambalaya and it was SO GOOD and SO EASY. :D I highly recommend it!!! I only had to chop up one onion, one red pepper, one green pepper... everything else was a piece of cake. Cook those in 1tbsp Olive Oil with some GARLIC! When getting soft, add some canned diced tomatoes(14.5oz no salt added), chicken broth(2.5 cups), tomato paste(1 tbsp), seasonings(1tsp paprika, .5 tsp thyme and oregano, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 bay leaf) and 6oz cubed "smoked" ham (Not sure if mine was smoked, I just bought some ham cubes and went for it)... then add rice and simmer for like 20 minutes. Then you stir in the shrimp (1lb raw deveined and shelled) and cook for like 5 minutes until the shrimp is cooked through. It's thick and delicious and each serving is like 2 slightly heaped cups for 440 calories. :D ROCK ON!
That's what I get to look forward to for lunch! MMM!
I also bought a lot of ingredients today for a cookie baking marathon party I'll be rocking this Friday. I wanted to do it, and we're having it at a friend's house and helping her decorate for Christmas for the first time. :D So I'm pretty psyched. I'll be mixing up batches of dough on Thursday night, so most of it will be ready to simply be made cute and baked, or baked and made cute... And then there are some other recipes (at least one) that I want to mix at the time. The best part is that another friend is having a Christmas party the next day, so the vast majority of the cookies will be actually going to that purpose.
I was planning on not taking ANY home, but I just found out that I'm supposed to bring cookies to my concert which is on Sunday, so I will set some aside for that as well.
:) I'm excited. :)
But all this shopping left me without my usual workout time, so I'm going to have to get on the workout train tomorrow. Feeling a little nuts about it because that is 3 days off in a row, which is longer than I almost EVER go, but I know I'll get back on it.