I know that I shouldn't be happy to see that number, but it was much higher at the beginning of the week. I realized that I have spent most of this year in the 230s. Or I should say, most of last year, because I don't intend for that to be true throughout 2010.
It was a much better week. We tried three new recipes. One was a Weight Watcher recipe that I printed off in 2007 and had yet to try. It was baked ziti and it was just okay. I love spaghetti sauce, but any time I start from a can of tomatoes and season it myself, it's nowhere near as tasty as the kind that comes in a jar. Go figure. The second recipe was from the Campbell's weekly email. I don't exactly remember signing up for those, but I've been getting them for a few months now. I haven't seen many that I thought were worth trying, but I printed the one from a couple of weeks ago. It was a chicken and broccoli in rice dish. I thought it sounded easy, tasty and filling. It was easy, and it didn't taste bad, but it didn't necessarily taste good either. It was kind of bland. And when I ate the leftovers for lunch a couple of days later, it was REALLY bland. It also was NOT filling. I thought with the protein, carbs and broccoli AND another veggie on the side, we would be nice and full when we cleaned our plate. WRONG. We both finished eating and were looking around for more food to eat! It was an 8 point dish, and when I finished it, I had 6 points left for the day, so I couldn't go back for seconds, and frankly, I didn't want to go back for another half portion and then still be hungry! I ended up eating a pickle, a turkey dog sans bun, and a serving of baked lays. So basically two dinners. Thank goodness I had the points for it. I may hold onto the recipe in case I think of a way to jazz it up and something more filling to serve with it. But last night, we finally had a winner!
We have a cookbook that is all chicken based recipes. Last week, when we went to eat dinner at Melanie's, she made shish kabobs, oriental veggies and noodles, and it was all so good! So last weekend when I was flipping through the chicken cookbook for ideas, I saw the Oriental chicken and rice dish and just had to try it! It was filled with store bought helpers that most of the food bloggers that I read would cringe at. But for me, where I am right now, it was really great. I thawed some chicken and cut it into strips while I sauteed the rice from a box of chicken flavored Rice-a-Roni. When the rice was toasted, I added 2 cups of water, a half cup of teriyaki sauce, a half teaspoon of ground ginger and the chicken to the pot. I brought it up to a boil then covered it and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Then I added a 16 oz package of oriental style frozen vegetables to the pot and let it simmer covered for another 7 minutes. (Actually, it called for a 16 oz bag of veggies, but there weren't any 16 oz bags at the store... only 10 oz and 24 oz. So I bought a big bag and put as much as would fit in the pot.) DELISH!!! It made 4 servings that were 6.5 points each. Last night because I was starving (I didn't take enough food with me to work yesterday) and there were only 3 of us, I split it into 3 8 point servings. And then Brett didn't eat his (he is sick and wanted soup for his soar throat) so I am taking the leftovers to work today for lunch. Score!
I am always disappointed when we try several new recipes in a week and none of them are keepers. Not because I'm in a huge hurry to find new recipes, (it's not like we have a deadline... it's never too late to make good choices) but because I feel bad when I serve bad dinners. Brett is so understanding... he knows how important it is to me to find some healthy food choices for us, so he is almost always willing to try recipes that I think might be good. Of course, he occasionally exercises a veto, which he did with my salmon recipes last week. I have salmon on our meal calendar for next Monday, so finding a recipe to try is on my list of things to do this weekend! If I don't find anything that sounds like a winner I will just bake it with butter, salt and pepper.
Other things on my list to do this weekend:
- Attend my make-up (translate as: FINAL) Texas Teachers class tomorrow
- Do AT LEAST 3 online classes
- Make a schedule to finish my online classes in the next 10 days
- Grocery shop
- Logo for Jenina
We are going out to eat tonight. Maybe I will get some ideas from the Red Lobster menu. Ha!
Thank you, Lord, for guiding me through this week. Help me to not lose control this weekend... I want to serve you, not food. Holy Spirit, convict me when I am tempted to bow down to idols. Turn my heart to you, sweet Jesus.