Fun with Zucchinis and Bananas

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sorry for the perv title. I was trying to think of a way to say it without sounding weird. "New Things to Try with Your Zucchinis and Bananas" didn't quite work either. Soooo.....let's just move on.

I love pasta. Love.love.love.love it. But carbs and calories make pasta a tough one for me to have. :(

But while looking for something in the kitchen, I stumbled upon a gadget that I forgot I had called a spiral slicer.

It makes noodles! How cool?! You can use all kinds of veggies but I chose zucchini.

For dinner I made Cheesy Crockpot Chicken then served it over my sauteed zucchini noodles. OK, I admit that it doesn't look very appetizing but it's really, really good. Promise. And the zucchini noodles are only 58 calories for 2 cups! Come on.....that's awesome!

Cheesy Crockpot Chicken

2 pounds chicken breasts
2 cans 98% fat free cream of celery (or could use cream of chicken)
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 tsp garlic powder

Put all in crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours. Shred chicken and serve over rice, noodles, etc. Just the cheesy chicken is included in the nutritional info.
Calories:266; Fat 6; carbs 14.7; fiber 1.3, protein 36.6
6 servings

The zucchini adds no flavor at all. I'm going to try it with spaghetti next.

For dessert: banana ice cream with a little chocolate sauce.

I froze some bananas then ran one through my juicer with the blank plate on. So totally yum. Really. Low calorie, sugar free, raw, natural ice cream. Or ice banana, really, since there is no cream involved. It's also very rich. One banana does the trick. And I'm pretty sure running this in the food processor will yield similar results.
Rachel has always been my little artist. From the time she was little bitty she would draw all day long. In art class this week she drew a self portrait and I am so proud of my little girl...who really isn't so little any more.

Exercise: yesterday I said I was going to walk a 5K but I didn't. I actually took a needed rest day.

Today was week 1, day 2 of half marathon training. I did my walk/run ratios and then it was time for some cadence-type drills. I felt so weird doing those in front of people. LOL I wonder if I looked as dorky as I felt.

After the cool down I decided to keep walking because I felt so good. Ended up with 4.3 miles. Love to burn up those calories. :)

The scale still sucks. I am pretty sure it is broke and incapable of going any lower. Stupid scale. I have confidence that the scale will catch up with my effort eventually.
Thanks for stopping by to read my little blog. I'm doing this for me and to keep me accountable but it's always nice to have folks stop by and comment. I feel like I get to have a mini conversation with you. :)
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    I think you are doing awesome sticking to the plan and making it happen. That stupid old scale will work soon enough.
    3573 days ago
    you know, it's funny because as i was looking through blog titles, i saw this and though "wow, that sounds hilarious."

    by the way, you're wrong about how the zucchini noodles with the shredded chicken looks, it looks amazing and i'll definitely be trying this out with my awful cooking skills!

    3573 days ago
    well it looks good to me, cept not the ice cream but then i dont eat ice cream to often..lol, i do like to see new gadgets, gotta find me one of those little do daddies.
    3574 days ago
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