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Cheeseburger bombs — & Thanksgiving Dinner Prep

I tried a new recipe from the WW app last weekend: Cheeseburger Bombs.

Messy but delicious!

My verdict: They’re really tasty, but a pain in the butt to make.

The recipe calls for dividing a batch of 2-ingredient dough into six equal pieces … but that leaves very small pieces to stuff.

I think next time I’ll cut the dough into quarters but stuff with the same 2T cheese, 1 T cooked beef & 1 tsp each mustard and dill relish. That should give me more dough to work with, making it easier to make each “bomb.”

Anyway, last week was a good week on the scale — I managed to lose 2.2 pounds. Could the struggle bus be pulling away from the station without me?

I certainly hope so. IF I can keep it up, I might FINALLY get out of the 250s in the next few weeks.

That, of course, is a BIG if, because this is a holiday week—and a holiday that centers on food, no less.

Thanks to COVID risk, we aren’t going to Doug’s parents’ house (even though we live in basically the same town). Not only do we want to avoid putting his folks at risk, my work has asked that anyone who fails to follow CDC recommendations to not celebrate outside your home quarantine and work from home for 14 days after celebrating …

And I DO NOT want to work from home for two weeks after Thanksgiving dinner. Some people might think WFH is their jam, but I’ve discovered I’m TERRIBLE at it. I can’t focus and feel like I’m getting absolutely nothing accomplished.

No thank you. I’ll work from home if forced to, but I’m not going to do so voluntarily.

This means I’m in charge of our Thanksgiving dinner for two. We’re having roasted turkey breast, Stove Top, mashed potatoes, jarred gravy, green bean casserole and a lower-Point version of Peas and Crayons’ Speedy Stovetop Cranberry Sauce. (I use artificial sweetener instead of the large amount of honey her recipe calls for.)

Cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie cupcakes about to be chillin’ in the fridge for tomorrow.

Doug’s mom is dropping off some of their pumpkin pie and the traditional fruit cup today.

I also made a batch of Pound Dropper’s Crustless Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes. I’m about to enjoy one for an afternoon snack, because I got 18 of the suckers out of the recipe. I misread the directions & filled each muffin cup 1/3 full instead of filling each one with 1/3 cup of batter as instructed.

Oops. I’m sure it’ll still be delicious … and still only 1 WW Point per cupcake (all in the flour).

A foodie Friday five

The good news about my Thursday? Well, it went much better than Wednesday.

First of all, I managed a walk of 2-plus miles. It took me 38 minutes, but I was up early enough that the extra walking time didn’t put me too far behind. Plus, the extra distance meant that I ended the day with more than 6,600 steps on my pedometer. Beats the heck out of Wednesday’s 2,115.

My eats were a lot more satisfying, too. Amazing what happens when I add a few veggies to the mix, eh?

So this post qualifies for “Friday Five” status, let’s make a list:

Five delicious items that crossed my lips

Breakfast smoothie1. This smoothie. A variation on my Pineapple Upside Down Cake Smoothie, this one was made with 1 cup pineapple, 1 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, a handful of ice cubes and 1/2 teaspoon butter extract. No protein powder this time. I’m not sure, but I think I like it better without.

2. A Kashi dark chocolate coconut granola bar. It was my post-work snack — a healthier option than ice cream or frozen yogurt, right? I suppose homemade banana ice cream would be even better in the clean eats department.

3. Noodle-less spaghetti. I pulled my last container out of the freezer. As soon as I make sure my new freezer works, I’ll be making another batch.

4. A delicious Skinny Iced Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks.

5. A tasty veggie burger. Still mining my freezer, I pulled out one of Lindsay’s Asian Black Bean Burgers. But I knew I wanted some veggies with that burger … so I mixed 1 Tablespoon of Greek yogurt and 1 teaspoon of peanut butter to make a dressing for some broccoli slaw. It was an inspired idea. It might not look like much — and it was a little messy to eat, but  that didn’t keep it from being delicious.

Asian Black Bean Burger with special slaw

I’ll be trying that again, for sure. I bet it’d be just as good if I doubled the amount of dressing and broccoli slaw and crumbled the burger over the top — and then I could ditch the Sandwich Thin. Hmm …

Note the classy paper towel “plate.” My desk drawer stash of paper plates ran out, so I had to improvise. I’ll have to remember to pick up some more paper plates at the dollar store today.

The interesting thing about Thursday’s eats? When I left the house, I had 8 WW Points unaccounted for (same as Wednesday). Whereas on Wednesday, I used them ALL for a mocha cookie crumble Frappuccino, Thursday I got the macchiato and a bag of popcorn. Guess which was more satisfying?

Don’t get me wrong. The Frappuccino was delicious and I loved every sip, slurp and swallow (my Starbucks addiction is a sickness, I’m sure). But the macchiato and popcorn lasted longer. It tasted great, too.

Thursday’s meals as a whole were more satisfying. More fruits/veggies = a happier me.

Grrr. Why is it so easy to forget that fact?

P.S. Does anyone else think the new ability to search just your pins on Pinterest is the best idea ever? I was able to find my Asian Black Bean Burger pin in seconds! And it’ll take you right to Lindsay’s recipe.

 

Blame it on the freezer

Another day, another crisis.

New but not working ...
New but not working …

This time, the brand new chest freezer I just got from Best Buy last weekend decided it didn’t want to keep things frozen. I noticed a problem with some things in the top basket Tuesday morning, but cranked up the temperature to “max cold” and gave it the benefit of the doubt. But when things still weren’t frozen solid Wednesday morning, I had to figure out what to do.

Answer: Call Best Buy and arrange an exchange. But they again don’t have the item in stock, so they have to order it, and it won’t be here until Saturday. That’s not really working for me; I have food thawing here, now.

My first thought was to plug the old freezer back in in the garage … except it wasn’t there. I had no idea someone had already taken it off our hands.

Luckily, we’re a two refrigerator house. I stuffed my fridge’s freezer full and put the rest in my roommate’s freezer — after transferring her frozen food to her practically overflowing chest freezer in the garage. It’ll work until I get a replacement.

Fingers crossed that the new one actually works the way it’s supposed to. Who would have thought a brand new freezer wouldn’t do what it’s made to do?

The freezer crisis kept me from getting out for my mile-long walk Wednesday. By the time I straightened that out, it was time to leave for Starbucks. I’ll have to make up for it with an extra-long one this morning instead.

It also made for some pretty sketchy eating. I played the “eat as much frozen stuff as you can so the rest will fit in the freezer” game.

Pancakes & sausage with strawberry syrup
Pancakes & sausage with strawberry syrup

That meant breakfast was the Diet-To-Go pancake breakfast I’d been saving for a special occasion. (Apparently, that occasion was a broken-down freezer.) Dinner ended up being a Weight Watchers SmartOnes Ziti.

Other planned eats included a Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino (the real thing because I saved enough daily Points — 8 — for the splurge) and a Chobani Flip (blueberry power flavor).

But my plan went awry, leaving me HUNGRY after my Frappuccino lunch. (Yeah, I should have known better, especially since I’m supposed to be eating Clean and Lean.) So I picked up an order of Wendy’s chicken nuggets on the way in to work. I also nabbed two more Dove chocolates and a protein bar from my desk drawer. (Had I eaten the protein bar first, I might have avoided the Dove …)

More Blend swag ...
More Blend swag …

The protein bar came from my stash of Blend2013 swag: Detour Low-Sugar Neapolitan. I had high hopes for this one, really I did. Who wouldn’t? Look at that beauty!

I especially liked that it has just 3 Net Carbs — a fact I’d have been all over if I were still doing Atkins. It weighed in at 4 WW Points, which I don’t think is out of the question for a snack.

And I love Neapolitan ice cream.

Sadly, in the end, my dislike of many strawberry-flavored things won out. (I tend to be picky about strawberry flavors. I love real strawberries, and strawberry ice cream but avoid most strawberry-flavored yogurts — and just the scent of strawberry gum makes me gag. Ask the Boyfriend. If he pops a piece of strawberry-kiwi gum while I’m driving, I have to roll down the window and take great gulps of fresh air.)

No, the Neapolitan bar didn’t make me gag. But the flavor wasn’t my favorite, either. It was good — and it took the edge off my hunger and kept me from hitting the vending machine — but I wouldn’t call it great.

Then again, maybe I was just in a bad mood when I ate it. I just checked out the brand’s website and would love to try any of the other low-sugar flavors they sell: Caramel Peanut, Peanut Butter Cream and Chocolate Chip Caramel. The Caramel Peanut one looks like a Snickers, and I bet the PB Cream is to die for.

Looks like I can find Detour at Circle K, Maverik, GNC and Albertson’s. I’ll have to take a look the next time I find myself at any/all of those stores. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find a PB Cream bar.

All in all, Wednesday was a bumpy day. While everything on my “menu” tasted great, it wasn’t what I needed to feel full and satisfied Worse, I used 12 FlexPoints. That leaves me with just 25 for the rest of the week. (4 days, 25 extra Points? Grrrr.) Better step up my workouts so I can earn some Activity Points.

That extra-long walk is looking better and better, isn’t it? I just hope I don’t sleep through my alarm.