Since T and I spent all day yesterday doing fun stuff, today was all business! (Still fun, though.)
First, I went grocery shopping, and to Petsmart.
Since I’m going to be traveling this week again for work (Chicago this time–home sweet home! Yay.), I decided to get in a workout today. (I don’t usually work out on weekends unless I’m running a race.) I kind of wanted to go for a run outside, but it’s been POURING rain all day. I’d go if it was sprinkling, but this was full out, chilly rain, and the roads were slippery and muddy. No thanks! Instead I spent 50 minutes with Jillian Michaels, doing her “No More Trouble Zones” DVD.
Tangent: I believe in lifting HEAVY weights and I do not believe in “toning” with light weights. HOWEVER, I will enthusiastically recommend any of Jillian’s DVDs that use tiny 5 pound-ish weights. Why? Well, they all involve awesome compound moves that are great for your body, like squats, combined with smaller isolation exercises, like a tricep kickback. The larger move, like the squat, will skyrocket your heart rate, with the added benefit of the smaller exercise making it a wee bit more challenging. I don’t consider these DVDs weightlifting–I consider them cardio exercise, and I view the light weights as just adding a little extra level of difficulty to the cardio. So, they’re kind of like cardio plus, I suppose? Nonetheless, I give every single DVD by Jillian Michaels 5 out of 5 stars, and I’m pretty sure I’ve done them all. They are challenging, require minimal equipment, and are effective. Most of her workouts can be broken into two shorter workouts as well, which I like.
Then, after lunch and a shower, I threw in a load of laundry and hit the kitchen. First project? Chicken Corn Chowder, which I first saw on Heather’s blog. I borrowed the recipe pretty much verbatim from her and Cooking Light, except I used garlic instead of green onion.
I made this last year and T wasn’t a fan, but I liked it. So, I made a batch to freeze, heat, and eat for easy lunches. I will honestly say that this soup is good, but not great, but I love soup and it is great and healthy for lunch paired with a nice salad. Mission accomplished!
Tomorrow at work is our official Thanksgiving Dinner. The university provides us with a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese and everyone else brings in sides, desserts, and drinks. I volunteered to bring a dessert, because I love nothing more than making baked goods…and then getting them out of my house.
Enter brownie balls, the cousin of the cake ball:
Directions: make brownie mix and bake. Crumble. Mix with frosting. Ball. Freeze. Dip in chocolate. NOM.
Then, I decided to roast another chicken with some veggies. I just love these–tomorrow’s dinner will be quesadillas with leftover chicken, Laughing cow cheese, and wraps, and T will take some for lunch. I am a big fan of meals that can stretch and stretch into several! This time I added not only potatoes and carrots, but sweet potatoes to the pan. I don’t think it could hold another veggie if I tried!
We are waiting for it to cook now with some Chateau Ste. Michelle cabernet sauvignon. T and I recently discovered our love of cabernet, and so we are going to try to work on our wine knowledge without becoming snobs about it. Next up is this bottle of Deep Purple red zinfandel! Any suggestions for us?
Needless to say, after all this cooking, I’m exhausted, but alas, I have piles of laundry to iron. Sigh.
What are your favorite recipes that can be re-invented throughout the week?