Gorgonzola Chicken Alfredo Over Spaghetti Squash

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Gorgonzola Chicken Alfredo Over Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

1 small to medium spaghetti squash

1.5-2 lbs. chicken breast tenders

1 egg, beaten + tbsp. water

2 c Italian flavored panko bread crumbs

1 tbsp. canola oil

1 tbsp. flour

1 c skim milk

1/2 c gorgonzola cheese

1/4 tsp. salt (plus more to taste)

black pepper (to taste)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400*. Score squash with a knife in random spots all over squash.  Put whole squash on baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray.  Bake in preheated oven 50 minutes to an hour.

2. Meanwhile, season chicken with salt and pepper to taste.  Dip each tender into egg/water mixture.  Coat tender in panko crumbs.  Place tenders on a broiler pan sprayed with non-stick spray.  Lightly spray the top of the tenders with cooking spray.  Bake in oven 20-25 minutes or until an internal temperature of 165* is reached.

3.  While squash and tenders bake, mix oil and flour in a saucepan over medium-low heat.  Add milk stirring constantly.  Allow mixture to thicken to desired consistency.  Add gorgonzola cheese, 1/4 tsp. of salt, and pepper to taste.  Heat through.  (Add more milk if sauce gets too thick and reheat if necessary.)

4. Once squash is cooked, cut in half vertically.  Use a tablespoon to scoop out the seeded pulp in the center and discard.  Use a fork to scrape the tender flesh of the squash, which should resemble spaghetti.

5. To plate, add one cup of squash to plate.  Top with two tenders and two tablespoons of the gorgonzola alfredo sauce.  Enjoy!

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As for today’s eating:

I began with cereal with only a small splash of milk because I needed to get to the grocery and didn’t realize Chris drank until after pouring the cereal and slicing the overly-ripe banana.DSC01117 Lunch was a ham and muenster wrap with mustard, few spinach leaves that weren’t wilted, and pickles.  I enjoyed a sliced apple on the side.DSC01125

Snacking included this bar Mom brought back from Trader Joe’s Chicago location along with lots of other goodies.DSC01126

Tonight’s dinner included a fast and messy roast beef po’boy on french bread with reduced fat swiss, lowfat mayo and lettuce and tomato.  I had tutoring after work and needed to grocery shop, so Chris suggested this quick dinner.  I was so hungry I failed to snap a picture.

I have been craving cupcakes for several weeks now due to that darn show “Cupcake Wars.”  I made an attempt to bake some tonight, which do look pretty with the ganache like icing, but did not taste so pretty.  I managed to eat the tops of two (the icing was excellent), but most of the spongy cake stuck to the paper. 

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Actually underneath the icing lies deflated cupcakes; when I took them out of the oven they began to shrink.  I am not quite sure what happened, but obviously there will be no recipe sharing.  I shall try again some day.

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Little Miss Muffet Sat on Her Tuffet

Eating Her Curds…

Bean Curds That Is.

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Okay, okay, when my husband read the menu to Little Chinese Kitchen over the phone as I was sitting in 5:00 traffic trying to get home this evening, I honestly had no clue what I was ordering when I said I would take the Vegetable Bean Curd Soup.  So once I got home with our take-out, I popped open my quart of soup expecting to find some sort of bean soup and to my surprise there were no beans per se, but I found vegetables and tofu floating about the brothy liquid.  I proceeded to google bean curd on my iphone to ensure I had the right soup and found that bean curds are nothing more than tofu—curds separated and pressed from the whey in soy milk.  Subsequently, I realized I had in fact eaten bean curds before just never knowing it by any other name.  I ate half of the quart and plan on having the rest for lunch tomorrow.

Additionally, I wanted moo shu chicken, but when I picked up the food the lady said moo shu pork was ordered, not chicken.  Chris said he ordered the chicken, but the woman sounded busy while ordering so maybe she misunderstood.  Luckily, it was mainly stir fried cabbage with small amounts of pork.  I topped two of the thin pancake sheets with the stir fry mixture and a drizzle of hoisin sauce.

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Wrapped up like a burrito.

I have way too much moo shu pork leftover; hopefully Chris will eat it later in the week.

As for breakfast, I have yet to get a new jar of peanut butter, so have been using almond butter (which is about gone also) and Peanut Butter & Company Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter. 

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Really, this Dark Chocolate PB is not my favorite and I could do without, but it served the purpose topped with half a plum and cinnamon.  The other half of the plum was consumed on the spot.

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Lunch was thoroughly enjoyable today.  I ate a turkey wrap with reduced fat vegetable cream cheese and sliced celery pieces.  On the side, I enjoyed my fave Fage Greek Yogurt with Honey.

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Let’s see, I also snacked on a Trader Joe’s Nutty Chocolate Granola Bar after school and just finished up a mug of hot chocolate.  I shared my snack bars at the meeting I hosted after school today and they were a hit.  The Kind Bar seemed to be the one everyone preferred.

bars Until next time, good night!

Smothered Potatoes and Sausage

Last night I wanted to cook something that did not take hours to cook, but was a home-cooked meal that would satisfy both me and my husband.  I remembered a coworker a few years back explaining what she was eating for lunch one day—leftover smothered potatoes.  The smothering technique involves cooking potatoes, meat, vegetables such as cabbage (smothered cabbage with pickled meat is an old favorite that Mom has cooked since I was a child) on low heat in a little bit of liquid in a covered saucepan.  Combining the smothered potatoes with the sweet Italian chicken sausage I purchased on Sunday made for a fulfilling, tasty meal.  I had a simple lettuce and tomato salad on the side topped with Newman’s Light Honey Mustard Dressing.

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Smothered Potatoes and Sausage

Ingredients:

1-2 tbsp. olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 tbsp. garlic

1.5 lbs. fingerling potatoes, chopped in 1” cubes

1 lb. sausage of choice, sliced (I used sweet Italian chicken)

1/4 + 1/2 c. of water

Salt and white pepper to taste

Tony Chacherie’s Creole Seasoning

1/2 c. green onions, chopped

Directions:

1.) Heat oil in large saucepan.  Add onions and cook on medium low about ten minutes until tender.

2.) Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds to 1 minute. 

3.) Next add sausage and 1/4 c. water.  Cook until browned.

4.) Add potatoes and 1/2 c. water.  Season with salt, pepper, and creole seasoning and stir.

5.) Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 30 to 40 minutes until potatoes are soft and almost creamy. 

6.) Stir in green onions, heat about 5 minutes more, and serve.

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Today’s Breakfast

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Kashi Heart to Heart, Kashi Vanilla Island Shredded Wheat, Flaxseed, Blueberries, and 1 c. lowfat milk + Chai Tea

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Lunch: Turkey, Reduced Fat Swiss, Spring Mix, Honey Mustard + McIntosh Apple + Cherry Tomatoes

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I ate an apple pie Larabar before tutoring to tide me over til I got home.  That did not do the trick because I came home and snacked on pumpernickel pretzel sticks with greek olive hummus.  Then I decided to take it easy and watched “The Town” (since Chris and I started it last night but did not finish because I fell asleep), which was recommended during lunchtime talk yesterday.  I totally enjoyed the romantic action packed movie.

As for my stress free evening, I continued in that route by heating up a Kashi Roasted Vegetable Pizza.  Another simple salad was eaten alongside my pizza slices.

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I think I need some hot chocolate to finish off the stress free night.

Winning Cherry Bells

I am not actually speaking of food when I say Cherry Bells.  But I did find a Cherry Bell Recipe you might find enjoyable.  I am referring to these kinds of Cherry Bells.

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Yesterday evening, after a long day including a great workout with Mom and  a winning Saint’s game (Who Dat!!) Mom and I decided to go to a fair being held at my local elementary school.  Each October, they hold the annual Cochon de Lait (translated as pig in milk or suckling pig) where on Saturday Night they have a real pig roast and dinners are sold the following day.  The main purpose of the fair is as a fundraiser for the parochial (private Catholic) school.  They sell all kinds of fair foods, have game booths, and rides.  Additionally, a band plays each night for adult entertainment, though the kids enjoy it also. 

Mom and I started with some grub.  I ordered some jambalaya, seafood pasta and Mom got the pork po’boy. 

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I enjoyed the pasta more, but did not finish it all.  The jambalaya was a bit salty, but I ate all of the rice and left some of the meat including whole pieces of bacon and sausage.  I have never had bacon in jambalaya before; and it was not a welcomed addition in my opinion plus it was undercooked.  If I  am going to eat bacon it at least needs to be crispy.  I also prefer more of a Creole, red jambalaya opposed to a Cajun, brown jambalaya which they served.  After finishing our dinner, we found a spot near the stage to listen and dance to the local band called the Topcats.

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They put on quite the entertaining show playing songs from the 80s like Bon Jovi’s “Shot Through the Heart” and music from the 21st century including Lil Jon’s “Get Low.” 

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After listening to the band for a while, we headed over to the Cherry Bells Booth.  I put up $2 and Mom $5 for seven tickets.  We won $8 dollars from the seven cherry bells so we traded them in.  We then won $10 from the eight.  And then Mom split the ten cards evenly.  On my third card, I think I’ve never screamed and been more excited/shocked in my life.  I hit the big one.  FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS!

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So I was led to a secret back room in the school rectory (church office) and given my money.  We headed back to the band for a little while longer before heading home.

Seriously, I have been on a lucky streak.  I also one $25 yesterday from the Saint’s pool I am on with my coworkers.  That was my fourth time winning the pool and out of 100 squares, you would think I wouldn’t be so lucky. 

As for today, I started with peanut butter and plum on a whole wheat English muffin sprinkled with cinnamon.

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Plus a side of Mango Black Tea.

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Lunch included a turkey wrap with baby spinach and smoked creole mustard.

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With a Yoplait Strawberry Greek Yogurt and a Banana.  I prefer Fage or Chobani over this greek yogurt.  It was more like regular yogurt with the pink and strawberry pieces distributed throughout.

After work I had a babybel cheese round on my way to the gym.

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Before starting my cardio, I grabbed a Tropical Sunrise Smoothie at the Cafe.  It was made with Orange Juice, Pineapple, milk powder, and protein powder.  It was cold and refreshing.

My cardio included thirty minutes on the elliptical, 20 minutes on the bike, and ten minutes of stretching and abs floor work.

Finally arriving home, I heated up some braised cabbage from the freezer and  cooked some brown rice. 

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Braised Cabbage + Pickle Meat—it looks quite mushy, but it was very tasty.

I added corn from the fridge to my bowl of rice and cabbage.  I left all but one small piece of pickle meat for the Hub.

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I also ate some leftover rotisserie chicken on the side.

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Most of this went to the dogs.  I ate my fair share as I was picking the bones waiting for the rice and cabbage to be ready.  I ate one wing and about half of a breast plus a few bites of dark meat.

I’m off to enjoy a few mini peanut butter cup chocolates Mom got me from Trader Joe’s in her first round of goodies from Chicago.

Question of the Night:  Have you had any good luck lately?  How so?

My Lucky Day

Before I explain why I am feeling lucky today, let me begin by sharing my meals for the day.  I was in the mood for some cold cereal and milk, but when I got to the kitchen I remembered we were all out of milk.  Instead I decided on 1/3 cup of greek yogurt with a pumpkin chocolate chip muffin with a spoonful of canned pumpkin and a spoonful of this decadent macadamia nut honey (I purchased at Marshall’s the other day) mixed into the yogurt.

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I wasn’t sure about this breakfast as far as satisfying me, but the flavors were delicious and it was filling.

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Chai + Yogurt Bowl

Lunch looked a lot like lasts night’s dinner.  A “taco” salad made with spring mix, cucumber, grape tomatoes, a reduced fat colby jack cheese stick, a 1/2 cup of reduced sodium pinto beans with salsa and light sour cream for dressing—two tablespoons of each.

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Beans for Protein, Not So Much Flavor

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On side I had 8 pumpernickel pretzel sticks with a spoon of white chocolate wonderful peanut butter for dipping.  This was a fun snack to eat; it reminded me of those individually wrapped processed cheese and cracker sticks that I always loved as a kid.  

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See the resemblance.

                                 

These things were one of my favorite snacks when I was younger and I made Mom buy me some every time I saw them hanging in the baskets near the refrigerated dairy aisles.

After work I had a Kashi Bar to tide me over through exercising.

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I feel like I have been slacking on cardio, so I dedicated today to cardio and stretching with some abdominal floor work.  My cardio session included 20 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the bike, and ten minutes walking on the treadmill.  I feel good!

I had good intentions on cooking tonight, but stopping at the grocery for some staples after my workout led me to purchasing a rotisserie chicken for dinner instead.

When I got home after 7:00 I was feeling quite hungry so I immediately ate some pita chips (about ten) with salsa that was purchased to put atop a chicken wrap/taco.

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I steamed some corn and then got to work on my taco.

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While assembling this I picked the chicken from one leg and ate it on the spot.  I added half a breast to my low carb. whole wheat tortilla wrap.  I added about a 1/3 cup of corn, a tablespoon of freshly grated mild cheddar, two tablespoons of the salsa verde, iceberg lettuce, and a tablespoon of plain greek yogurt.  I am feeling pretty full, but may have a snack before the night ends.

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Side note: I often do have a snack after dinner, but it may not make it to the blog if I’ve already posted and shut down the computer.

Now as for my lucky day, first I get to work to find out I won the football pool from yesterday’s Saint’s game.  This is my third win this season, but I still need to win one more time to profit off of how much I actually paid for my 5 squares on the pool.

My other news involves a phone call from a Registered Dietician from the LSU Agricultural Center.  She was given my name from the chef who is conducting nutrition classes with our students and wanted to invite me to serve on the Food and Nutrition Education Advisory Committee.  The meeting is on Wednesday morning so I should have more information to share then.  The meeting just so happens to be at the gym where I work out, so I seeked out the conference meeting room before my workout this evening.  All I was told is she is trying to gain some insight with providing Food and Nutrition Education to teens in Jefferson Parish High Schools.  I happily accepted and will soon find out what all the advisory board entails.

Question of the Night:  What was your favorite childhood snack?

Busy Baker & Beurre Noisette

Tomorrow the faculty and staff at my school is hosting a bake sale to raise money for our positive behavior store where our students can earn money and buy gizmos and gadgets of their choice.

I saw this cookie recipe on Julie’s blog at PBFingers; she found it on Jenna’s blog at Eat Live Run.  I am not one to bake, but when I heard that the chocolate chip cookies included browned butter, also known in French as “beurre noisette” (literally translated as butter hazelnut or “hazelnut butter” in English), I knew this was something I must try.  So in preparation for my school’s bake sale fundraiser, I thought I’d give it a go.  I only made one batch, so there aren’t that many to go round.

The first time I had beurre noisette it was in a more savory black drum with sweet potatoes that had been sauteed in beurre noisette at a local New Orleans restaurant called Grand Isle Restaurant.  The butter is heated in a saute pan until the milk solids separate from the fat, then sinking to the bottom and becoming a toasty, brown, hazelnut color.  It gives off the most amazing smell and nutty or caramel-like taste.This was one of the most amazing meals I have ever eaten.  Yet it was quite simple and reasonably priced.  An A+ in my book!  My hub and I have tried to recreate the dish, but we can never get it quite right.

Back to the chocolate chip cookies.  The butter is browned prior to adding sugar and the flour giving the cookies that same amazing flavor I remember.  View Jenna’s blog above for the specific recipe.  In addition to the cookies, I fixed up a batch of rice crispy treats with a sprinkling of chocolate chips.  I figured that would be a hit among the students.

Goodies for Bake Sale Fundraiser

For a recap of my eats today, take a look at the pictures below.  (Lol, that sounds like directions on a test or something.  Sorry, you are not my students!) I also had a banana which went unpictured prior to baking.  And of course I tried one of the cookies plus some chocolate chips!

Tea + Yogurt Bowl

Nectarine, Oats, Dark Chocolate Dream Peanut Butter, Cinnamon, Cottage Cheese, Plain Yogurt

Wrap + Carrots + Honey Greek Yogurt

Deli Chicken, Laughing Cow Light Swiss, Romaine, Tomatoes

Meatless Taco Salad

Black Beans for Protein