Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bock, Bock

Hi everyone! Did you enjoy The Biggest Loser last night?? There sure are some interesting characters this season! I love the theme song to the show; it always makes me feel so inspired. Anyone know who sings it? Maybe I can get it on my Ipod to listen to when I begin to run outside :)

I thought I'd replay the non-breakfast breakfast today. I was in the mood for hummus (this is becoming a weird obsession), so I spread 2 tbsp. of it on a Weight Watchers Petite Bagel and topped it with baby spinach and sliced plum tomatoes (since I have a ton ). This was so good and filling. This 3 POINT meal took me all the way to lunch ...



My morning got a little off schedule, so I didn't get to workout until around 10 a.m. I went with the elliptical again for a nice 45 min. workout; I think I'll wait until the weekend to try the 5K Treadmill Run again:)

After a long shower, I was ready for lunch. I have so much lettuce that I opted for a Chicken BLT Salad again. I love this tasty 5 POINT salad; the bacon really makes it!

The need for something sweet surfaced, so I ate a handful of grapes...

The afternoon was busy, running the daughters to and fro, so I fixed some coffee for the car ride. I got home close to dinner-making time, but was starting to feel that gnawing feeling, so I had a snack to tie me over...

I had an interesting idea for dinner that I wanted to try out. Basically another variation of the buffalo chicken that everyone seems to like. This time, I thought I would try the addition of a breading and use chicken tenders instead of drumsticks. To make these Crispy Buffalo Chicken Tenders, I melted 2 tbsp. I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light Spread in a medium nonstick skillet. I added 1/4 c. Frank's Hot Sauce (enough heat for us - feel free to add more)to the skillet, then 1 c. Japanese Panko Crumbs. I stirred until the crumbs were well coated and kept them toasting in the skillet until the crumbs became dried again. Here's what they looked like...



I transferred the crumbs to a shallow dish to cool. Meanwhile, I lightly beat 2 egg whites in another shallow dish. I seasoned the chicken tenders with s & p, dipped them in the egg whites, then into the crumbs, pressing the crumbs into the chicken. I place the breaded chicken on a baking rack sprayed with cooking spray, then place the rack on a cookie sheet. This method lets the chicken get crispy on both sides. I cooked the chicken for about 20-25 min. at 350 degrees. They were perfectly crisp - YUM! Using one pound of chicken tenders, this recipe came to 4 POINTS per serving (which is about 3.5 oz). Of course, I served the traditional side of carrots/celery with Marie's Light Blue Cheese Dressing (1 POINT). I don't love celery, so I went with a side of broccoli instead...


Well, so far so good. This is day two of better breakfast = no super-snacky in the afternoon. Thrilling! I feel so much better, when I am not fighting with myself all day over whether or not I should eat something! It's exhaaaauuusting :0
I felt satisfied after dinner, but for some reason, it just doesn't feel like a good day without a little dessert! I had the POINTS left (why let them go to waste, sheesh!), so I had a Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Cookie (uh, guess these are salmonella-free cause I'm still here) with 1 tsp. Nutella (<3)...



Speaking of peanut butter, I am anxiously awaiting my shipment of PB2! I was panic-stricken at the thought that it may be one of the salmonella "don'ts", but thankfully, they put out a statement that it is A -OK! Wheeeew! Can't seem to eat my Vitatops without it, now!
Have a great night!

16 comments:

Sarah said...

Great eats!
I love that song as well, its called Proud by Heather Small (I believe)

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Sarah- Thanks! I'm going to see if I can find it on Itunes!

Sharon said...

Oh wow, tasty eats! And that baked chicken is superb! Totally kicks KFC out the door! Love it!

Tracy said...

That chicken looks yummy, I'm going to have to try it. And I believe I have all the ingredients here too. I am also waiting on my very first order of PB2. I accidentally ordered 8 jars of it instead of four. I really hope I like it! : )

Meg said...

That chicken looks yummy!

Melissa said...

Lots of delish looking food today!! I'm thinking throwing some bacon on my salad at lunch is sounding like a pretty good idea about now...

Juliet said...

I love the biggest loser too! I think the theme song is called "Proud" by heather small..

As for kamut... I know I've had it (I think in cereal) but I can't find it in my pantry.. I will try to figure it out and get back to ya

Angie said...

Mmmm.... hummus, panko, nutella, you ate several of my favorites today.

Angie All The Way said...

OMG You commented JUST in the nick of time! I was literally just about to pull a chocolate vitatop out of the office fridge when I saw your comment about topping it with PB2! OF COURSE, right!! OMG it was PHENOMENAL!! And just what I needed. I had cinnamon puffins this morning without a real sourse of protein and this morning snack did just the trick! I'm in love!

I hope you get your PB2 soon! Imagine my panic when I heard about PB scare right now and there I am with about 20 jars of the stuff sitting down in the storage room in my house! lol I took advantage of the xmas sale :-) Thank gawd it's not affected!

eatingbender said...

Oy vey! My comment didn't save the first time. I wrote a mini novel, too! Oh well, here we go again :o)

That breakfast looks tasty! I am on a hummus kick right now, too. It's the new PB - you know, because of the salmonella scare and all ;o)

I love the looks of those chicken tenders, too!

And #1 I am soooo glad your girls like Coffee Cocoa, #2 your comments on my blog were so sweet and completely brightened my morning and #3 to answer your question...

I've tried almost everything out there! I've gone the healthy, organic route, the fat-free route, the hot cocoa route, etc. What I've found is that hot cocoa (the kind that needs milk) doesn't dissolve well, so I moved on to hot chocolate (the kind that can just use water). The ultimate for me is Nestle Rich Chocolate or Milk Chocolate hot chocolate mix. You can buy a huge tub at the store and it will last for weeks or even months! It dissolves really well and has the best taste, less sugar than Swiss Miss, and a pretty okay ingredient list. It's the one with 80 calories per serving, if you're interested. Let me know if you try it!!

Melia said...

You are seriously making me crave hummus. Adding that to my grocery list now. Oh, I don't think I have commented on here before-- Hi!

Amy said...

Awesome eats. I want to try the chicken - where do you find Panko crumbs? By the way, where to you find the Vitatops too?

Bee said...

I am so going to have to try the Buffalo chicken. That looks delish!

Gina said...

Good looking chicken!

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Thanks, everyone for the song name!

Tracy, LOL! 8 jars! I think you'll love it - it's so good!

Juliet - thanks for getting back to me on that!

Angiealltheway - So glad you loved it!

eatingbender - Cool! I just bought that today!!

Melia - HI!! Thanks for "coming out"!

Amy - Panko crumbs are in the international foods aisle of the supermarket in the Chinese/Japanese food section. I think even Progresso makes one now, in the aisle with the bread crumbs, but I believe the calorie count may be more for that brand.
I get my Vitatops at Acme or Giant; they are frozen. Some stores keep them where the breakfast foods are , others have them in the natural foods section. They ROCK!

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