Rather than head to a near by fast food chain for the ever so popular Egg McMuffin I decided to make my own Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel for breakfast. I cooked one scrambled egg and fried two slices of turkey bacon. After toasting my Thomas bagel thin I spread a Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese triangle on the bagel. I then topped it with the egg and two pieces of bacon. On side I enjoyed an iced green tea with a shot of milk and stevia.
After enjoying breakfast, I attempted to get some exercise by way of cutting the grass in the backyard.
Due to the torrential downpours the past few days, the grass was too wet and continuously killed my lawn mower after every loop around the yard. So I decided to wait a while and let the grass dry a bit.
Exercise attempt # 2 took place at the gym. When I got there I found my mom working out. She mentioned that she was going to the mall; I eagerly told her that I wanted to join her so I could spend my birthday money of course. Nevertheless, I was able to get in thirty minutes of cardio on the True Strider Elliptical, but not as much as I intended.
For lunch I took advantage of my free birthday coupon from Tuesday and got a Fruit Fusion Smoothie. It contained peach, pineapple, mango, strawberry, milk powder, and protein powder. No picture was necessary as it looked like a normal pink smoothie and was cold and refreshing on this very hot summer day.
Next stop, Mom and I went to the mall. She was looking for some shirts and I for some work pants. I think I spent more time watching the MTV Celebrity Dancers than actually shopping. Mom was in a store right near the performances, so I told her I was going to see what the loud music was all about. Come to find out it was the Season 5 winners of America’s Best Dance Crew, the Poreotics.
I didn’t know who they were for a while into their performance and then noticed a sign stating who they were. I am fascinated with anything live–singing, acting, dancing, performing. I think it has to do with the fact that I wish I had some special talent and would love to perform, but I don’t think I would be brave enough to get in front of that many people if in fact it ever came down to that. And I don’t really have any exciting talents. 😦 When I was a child, though, friends and family would make me sing for them because they said I had such a beautiful voice. I’m not quite sure what happened to it because now my sister only laughs when I try to sing a tune.
The mall turned out to be a success with a purchase of 6 pairs of pants and a Cafe Au Lait to go from the best coffee shop in New Orleans, Cafe’ Du Monde! You must have fried beignets (hot, fried dough slightly crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside covered in powdered sugar so when you bite and breathe through your nose the powdered sugar gets all over you–so fun) from there if you ever get to New Orleans. The original Cafe’ Du Monde is in downtown New Orleans near Jackson Square and the flea market. I didn’t get any beignets today, but the coffee was satisfying as usual.
After the mall, I made a final attempt to cut the grass for a couple of reasons. One, it was high and needed to be cut. Two, it is supposed to rain all week, AGAIN. Three, it was more exercise for today. Attempt # 3 was a success. Now my smaller dog will actually go to the potty in the back yard. Oh, and my husband did offer to cut the grass, but I told him I could handle it, so he repainted the garage floor while I finished the grass.
Finally on to dinner. The hubby has a garden in the back and when I got home I found some great looking eggplant and one yellow bell pepper on the counter. Accordingly, I fixed an Italian Eggplant Penne Casserole.
Italian Eggplant Penne Casserole
1 lb. whole wheat penne pasta, cooked accordingly
1 jar tomato basil sauce
1/2 c grated parmesan cheese + some for topping
1 oz. feta cheese (use more if desired, I was using up what I had left)
1/2 c italian style bread crumbs
1 tbsp. canola oil
2 chinese eggplant or 1 american eggplant chopped (chinese from our garden)
1 small bell pepper diced (yellow from the garden)
1 c onion diced
1 tbsp. garlic minced
Dried oregano, dried basil, salt and pepper to taste
Directions:Preheat oven to 350*. Spray large casserole dish with non stick cooking spray. In mixing bowl, combine onion, garlic, bell pepper, eggplant, breadcrumbs, cheeses, egg, oil, and seasonings. Mix well. In casserole dish, ladle about 4 tbsp. in the bottom of dish. Next, add half of cooked pasta; then half of eggplant mixture. Spread half of remaining tomato sauce over past and eggplant. Repeat with the rest of the past, eggplant mixture, and sauce. Sprinkle the top of sauce with parmesan cheese. Bake covered for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional ten minutes.
Serves 8. About 365 calories per serving.
I was a bit heavy handed with the pepper, so it was a bit too spicy. But overall it was tasty.
Finally a few bites of this for dessert.
I purchased this at Whole Foods last week. Someone told my mom about it and I’ve been wanting to try it. The ENTIRE pint is 128 calories. That is less calories than 1/2 cup of regular chocolate ice cream. A 1/2 cup serving of the stuff is only 32 calories. So eat a 1/2 cup or eat the whole darn thing. I probably had about half of a cup, but just ate it right out of the pint. It can’t do too much damage and it tastes great.
Question of the day: If you could have one talent that you don’t already possess, what would it be?
I would want to be able to dance.