Just Another Manic Monday!

Happy March 1st everyone! Today has started out pretty fabulous for me already! Love my Mondays! I did manage a 15 miler this morning and now I am ready to refuel and get back into the swing of things. But first I have to share some awesome recipes with you guys. I woke up on Sunday morning ready to bake and cook. And bake and cook I did!! First, I made Keith  gluten-free brownies from his favorite mix, Namaste. I make a few substitutions. Instead of adding 3/4 cup oil I always use either unsweetened applesauce or apple butter. They are still fabulous and you won’t miss anything but the extra fat grams….promise! 🙂

A few weeks ago the movie, Waitress was on TV (love that movie BTW) and ever since then I have been wanting to make a pie. So for dinner I tried my hand at chicken pot pie! It as so good. Keith loved it and declared it worthy of cookbook number 2 (to be released sometime this coming year!)

CHICKEN POT PIE

  • 2 pounds chicken, cooked and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 (10.75 oz) 98% fat-free cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 cups milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 2 ready to bake pie crusts (I used the low-fat Pillsbury Pet-Ritz Pie Crusts)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and pour into pie shell. Cover with second pie shell and seal the edges closed. Cut slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Bake 30-45 minutes until golden brown.

Serves: 6

Per Serving: 399.7 Calories; 12.7g Fat (4.5g saturated fat); 78.5mg Cholesterol; 1295.5mg Sodium; 32.8g Carbohydrates; 3.1g Sugar; 35.4g Protein

** T0 make this even more low-fat don’t use the bottom crust. Simple fill a pie plate with mixture and the put a crust over the top of the pie plate. Cut slits to allow the steam to escape and follow directions above. This will change the nutrition facts to (per serving): 293.7 Calories; 7.4g Fat (2.5g saturated fat); 78.5mg Cholesterol; 1199.2mg Sodium; 20.8g Carbohydrates; 1.8g Sugar; 34.1g Protein

You guys know that I love fun random trivia facts. So to help brighten your Monday, I will leave you with some more useless information a la Kelly:

  • Diet Coke was only invented in 1982
  • A skunk’s smell can be detected by a human a mile away
  • When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food
  • American car horns beep in the tone of F
  • Flying from London to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can arrive 2 hours before you leave
  • Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors
  • You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV
  • The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache

Do you have a random piece of useless information to share?

SMILE…IT’S MONDAY!:)

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Sure, I’ll Take A Friday!

Holy cow…can you believe it is already Friday? I am shocked at how fast this week sped by! Goodness! This week was crazy (weather-wise) for me too. It started on Monday in the 70’s, by Wednesday it was snowing, and today we are back in the upper 60’s. Good lord…anyone want to move to Austin?! haha! 

Workout was awesome this morning. I am definitely sore from Body Pump (I apparently have  shoulder muscles!!) and from my 14 mile run from yesterday. So today was definitely a day for a lighter load. That lighter load was a 7 mile run followed by 25 minutes on the stairmaster. Side note: I ADORE the stairmaster! Anything that works my booty is a machine I heart! 

So dinner last night…TACOS! I simply put a package of frozen, boneless skinless chicken thighs in the crockpot with a jar of salsa (mango black bean salsa) and let it go on low all day long! The chicken literally shreds and makes the perfect filling for some taco goodness. Add some black beans…and you are good to go!! 

Who Doesn't Love Tacos??

So movie update! After some helpful comments from you guys yesterday and some MAJOR convincing the hubs has agreed to forgo Avatar on Saturday afternoon and instead has agreed to seeing The Blindside! I am SO excited about this selection and (um) grateful to not have to sit through a 3 hour movie! Because really that sounds AWFUL for a mover and shaker like myself! haha! 

I will be back this afternoon with my ASK ME! post…lots of great questions this week. You will really like it! Promise! 

Do you have any fun Friday night plans?  

Not us. We are typically not Friday night “go-outers” so we will be home watching the Olympics…hockey!! Woot Woot!