Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tonight's The Night!!

It's the Biggest Loser Finale tonight!!! Is anyone else as crazy-excited as I am? I'm even posting earlier than usual because I don't want to miss a minute of it! I can't wait to see everyone and how they look. I've got my tissues ready because I know I'll be blubbering through the whole thing! Okay, let's get this show on the road...

It was another glorious morning for a run, so I laced up and hit the pavement. I ran for 40 minutes at a pretty slow pace today; I felt weak for some reason, but I perservered! When I came in, I had an easy breakfast of Veggie Quiche Cups and a Weight Watchers Vanilla Yogurt for 3 POINTS...



Anyone remember those Veggie Quiche Cups from the South Beach Diet?? It's a great Weight Watchers-friendly recipe, too! You can click HERE for the recipe.

After breakfast, I tooled around in the kitchen. I came up with a new hummus recipe, Spinach Artichoke Hummus. It is really good! For this, you'll need...

  • 1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans(also known as chick peas), drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 c. artichoke hearts (canned in water)
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • few dashes of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Chill for 1 hour before serving.
  3. Makes 6 (1/4 c.) servings at 2 POINTS per serving.

I couldn't wait to eat this for lunch. I decided to make a sandwich using the Spinach Artichoke Hummus, 1 slice of Weight Watchers Pepperjack Cheese, a few baby spinach leaves and 2 slices of TJ's Organic Spelt Bread. Amazing! I had the usual side of carrots and soy crisps for a great 7 POINT lunch...

I ran some errands and came home to afternoon munchies! Argh! I started with a fine snack of a Cinnamon Raisin Gnu Bar which I was sure I wasn't going to like, but I loved it! I would definitely buy this 2 POINT bar again...

AND THEN...... I snacked on those stinkin chocolate covered almonds again. And some pretzels sticks. And a handful of chips. BOO! See? See how I sabotage myself when I am close to goal? It's ridiculous. Total mental patient behavior. I think it's because I am a runner now. Yep, that's it. Running makes you hungry, which in turn makes you eat lots of crap, which in turn keeps you from goal. Therefore, running = unattainable goal. Which is why you are running. To chase after goal. See how I got to that? No, I was not a pych major in college.
Sorry, I digress... Back to my healthy dinner! I made Mozzarella and Red Pepper Stuffed Turkey Burgers served on Arnold Sandwich Thins. Ellie Kreiger made these on the Food Network the other day and I thought they looked good! To go with them, I made a Barbecue Baked Bean Salad. I found the recipe HERE. It was a huge hit with the husband! The burgers, not so much. Only because they are "turkey" which to him means "healthy" which, in turn , means "sucky".
I cut up a juicy, sweet watermelon to round out this 8 POINT barbeque...


Don't these look good???

Since, I'm posting earlier than usual, I didn't have any dessert yet. I'm thinking I should forget about it altogether considering my afternoon mouth activity. I hope the Biggest Loser will motivate me and occupy me so that I don't sneak back to the kitchen...
Enjoy your night!

22 comments:

Madame said...

I've been anticipating ALL DAY the Biggest Loser finale ... Yaay!!! lol ...

MarshaMarsha said...

I'm crazy excited about the biggest loser finale too. I went to the gym early today so I can watch it. I'll have to try the Veggie Quiche, looks good! Have a good night.

Kyle and Darci said...

i'm so excited for the BL too!!

i am with you on the running topic...i usually eat more on run days too!! just try to fill it with more filling, healthy foods and you'll be fine!!

Wendy said...

i know what you mean about sabatoging yourself, i did that this week!

Reen said...

Marisa, I am losing track of the GREAT recipes I see on your blog! The spinach quiche cups look great, and the artichoke hummus sounds like just the thing for me. Love hummus and love, love, love artichokes! In fact, had a stuffed artichoke tonight for dinner.

And I AM a huge Biggest Loser fan. Can't miss it. I even tape American Idol so I don't miss BL.

Watching the finale now as I'm typing. GO JERRY!

Sunny said...

I want to try making the veggie quiche cups, I love quiche. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Graciela said...

We're DVRing Biggest Loser and watching American Idol. Then when AI is over, we'll start watching BL...and skip all the commercials. We'll end up finishing BL at the usual time, just won't have to put up with all the advertisements.

P.S. I hope Tara wins.

Shawnee said...

Those turkey burgers look fantastic. Too bad my hubby is picky. But I think I might give them a try.

Sarah said...

I forgot the BL!!! Oh gee!

Thank you for linking the recipe for the veggie quiches, I can't wait to try them. Also the BarBQ Beans look great and nice and simple (my kind of recipe).

Connie B said...

I just loved the finale! It was great, although I had my fingers crossed for Tara. Wow, the turkey burger looks great!

Terri said...

I can't wait to try the hummus!
What did you think of the BL?

Heather said...

#1 - the burgers look AWESOME. I will pretty much eat anything that's "stuffed" lmao

#2 - the hummus sounds super yum! I looooove hummus, and have decided it's pretty much a perfect food

#3 C-R-A-Z-Y about biggest loser. Got all of my household stuff done so I could do nothing but SIT come 8pm. lol

Weight Watchers Chic said...

I couldn't wait for BL. I was hoping Tara won, but she looked amazing.
And no more excuses from me- if Jerry can do what he did at his age-- anyone can!
Thanks for the veggie quiche recipe- can't wait to try it!!

Kathi said...

Marissa,

Thank you for sharing the hummus recipe I have everthing in the house to make that. I am going to make a batch today. Thank you so much for trying.
Not beating yourself for a small set back. The part to acknowledge as that you got right back on course. That is a winner to me!!

Kathi

Rose 'n' Coffee said...

Every American blogger I know is watching The biggest loser.

The veggie quiche cups look so good.

A Daunting Tale of Scale Warfare said...

OMG Those burgers look soo good! I'm going to have to add them to my recipes to try list! I'm a Food Network addict, love Elie Kreiger!

Biggest Loser is on my DVR and I will be checking it out as soon as I get home!

Kelly said...

Well, I'm reading this AFTER the finale and disappointed my girl Tara didn't win.

You cracked me up with running=unattainable goal. I've always been a believer that exercise is bad for you. LOL You're so close to goal! You and Darci both. You can do it. I'm proud of you. I love this quote: "Never give up what you want the most for what you want at the moment!"

You can do it!
Oh, your food looks uncommonly good today. Must have those veggie breakfast things and the turkey burger.

katecooks said...

TBL was so good! i didn't know it was going to be 3 hours tho, wow, they sure know how to stretch a sappy moment LOL. i'm kinda bummed by the winner but oh well, all 3 lost a ton of weight which totally is the biggest prize. i thought helen was almost TOO skinny tho!! i was also sort of saddened by that one kid who didnt really lose much weight at all. i think if i were going to be on national tv weighing myself, i would make damn sure i looked GOOD!!!!

hope you enjoyed it! i had my first gnu bar yesterday btw. they are good!!!

kristisummer said...

I missed it ugh. As usual your snacks and meals like amazing. Love rice cakes.

Danica's Daily said...

Great job at pushing through your run when you were not feeling it. LOVE the veggie cups and that turkey burger sounds awesome.

I can so relate to self sabotage. I did the same thing when I was 10 lbs away from goal. It's like I was afraid to acheive sucess or something. Just let it all go and chalk it up to a new day on track.

You can do it!

Gina said...

What a great recipe, veggie quiche cups, I think I would use real eggs and egg whites instead. Thanks!

Kathi said...

Marissa.

Since I am not doing weight watchers do you have any idea what the nutrtional info is on the hummus?

Thanks,

Kathi