First, I wanted to update you on the Leftover Soup I mentioned earlier in the week. This was what it looked like at lunch time. Just looking at the picture days later makes me want to eat another bowl. Unfortunately, I will have to wait and see if the "leftover stars" ever line up again in such a way :) Actually, I am sure when I make the Salsa Verde Chicken Tostadas again I will "save" a little of the chicken for another soup. I, also, forgot to mention that when I was cooking the soup I put half of a frozen jalapeno in the pot. A few minutes later, I tasted the soup and the jalapeno was releasing all kinds of heat. I fished it out much sooner than I had planned. The soup ended up with a nice kick and made me think it would be the perfect "chicken soup" for whatever ails you.
prepped side by side with my turkey burgers one night. I pulled them out of the freezer in Tuesday morning. When I got home I just had to pop them in the oven and make the sides. Although, they are called "petite" meatloaves it felt like a generous serving. One adjustment I made was before serving I stuck them under the broiler for a few minutes to give a more appealing finish to the BBQ and bacon. Before broiling that they were a tad anemic looking and the bacon looked a little slimy - cooked but slimy.
I was a bit apprehensive about this meal because my husband has never been a meatloaf fan, until I made him a particular decadent recipe with bacon and a spicy glaze. This recipe mimicked that recipe, so I hoped he would like it. After eating, he looked back toward the kitchen and said "If there were a third one I would eat it." To which I replied "..and that is why I only made two." Portion control is tough and one of the easiest ways for us to achieve portion control is to only make enough for one portion each.
Lentil and Sausage Soup. I put a couple of one coup portions in the freezer at work. This week I decided I better eat them soon. When I got to work I moved a cup from the freezer to the fridge with the sandwich I brought to go with it. I didn't have to move it to the freezer in the morning, however, I was a bit concerned that come lunch time I would see the leftover pizza that was also in the freezer and be tempted to eat that instead. Lentil soup may be good, but I would be hard pressed to choose it over pizza on any given day.
I am always attracted to orange. I actually liked this painting. I am not sure how it would fit into my overall decor, but it does evoke happiness. (I just realized I didn't save the photo I took with the artist's name - I will look it up and edit post later).
Mary for bringing this meal to our attention from her Cooking Light Magazine.
Next up I got the beans working. I supposed I could have just used a can of refried beans, but I did enjoy the little extra these beans had with the paprika. The recipe called for reduced fat cheese, but I decided on the regular far cheese and used a little less. Sometimes, I prefer a little less of the "real" thing. The bold flavor of sharp cheddar lets you get away with using a little less too.
Finally, it was tostada time. Saute an onion, add the spices and then brown the ground beef. Once browned add a little broth and cook for a few minutes.
One of my weigh-in day struggles, as I have mentioned before, is too much splurging right after weigh-in. I plan to eat the leftover pizza for lunch today, so I made sure I kept my breakfast on point. It might be an odd breakfast but I enjoyed it. Turkey avocado sandwich with an orange. Incidentally, this orange is the one that donated its peel to my orange extract experiment.
I am ending this post on a sad note. Yesterday in all the hustle and bustle of the day I found myself dealing with an unexpected grief. I am not normally one to mourn celebrities. Sure, I might get caught up in the "on my, I can't believe he/she is gone" momentum. Not knowing them personally has insulated me from true grief. However, the loss of Alan Rickman has genuinely hurt my heart. I wish I could eloquently describe how his acting presence made me feel. Of course, he is well know for playing "bad guys", but I fell under his spell watching him perfectly portray Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility. It is my all time favorite movie. It is the movie my husband knows to park me in front of after a particularly bad day, knowing it will make me feel better. He has now watched it so many times with me that we regularly quote from it.
One of my favorite quotes is quite simple "No doubt...no doubt....Mrs. Jennings has informed you of circumstances in my past...." The line itself stands out to me for the unintended humor of the ultimate gentleman calling out a busy body with an air of resignation. However, it is the actual tone and inflection of that incredible voice delivering that second "no doubt" that has imprinted on me. I never miss an opportunity to work my impression of him saying that phrase into any remotely appropriate conversation. In turn that makes my husband do his impression. It always makes me smile.
Over Christmas, I watched two of his movies that I feel are somewhat controversially labeled Christmas movies - Die Hard and Love Actually. Controversy aside, he plays completely different characters perfectly. I, also, recently caught part of Galaxy Quest - another completely different character perfectly played. In coming months, I think I am going to rewatch the Harry Potter series and find some of his movies I have yet to see (apparently there are quite a few).