Post-Thanksgiving Weekend Eats

On Saturday I made what my mom calls “hot ham rolls” but I didn’t use her recipe.  I used one I had found on Pinterest.

Hot Hawaiian Ham Roll Sammies (original blog post from pinterest here).

Ingredients:

This one was pretty easy.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Cut the ham rolls in half lengthwise and set aside.  Chop up the onion and simmer in a stick of butter for a few minutes.

Add the Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce (not pictured) and poppy seeds (pictured without poppy seeds and Worcestershire).

Place your rolls on some foil in a 9×13 dish, then top with the onion mixture (save a little to top the rolls with).  Top the mixture with about a 1/2 lb. of sliced/shaved ham, then 8 slices of Swiss cheese.

Then add the top half of the rolls and slather on the rest of the onion mixture.  Ours was greasy/oily looking by this point, so I didn’t put very  much on top.

Then cover with foil (and refrigerate if baking later) and bake for 20 minutes.  Cut and enjoy!

These kept me full for most of the day, probably because I ate 3 (or was it 4?) of them.  Delish!

On Sunday, we enjoyed some football and grilled sausages with a side of pierogies.  That’s a lot of sausage!  But they were buy one get one free.  Regular ole kielbasa, cheddar & jalapeno, pecan smoked andouille, and pecan smoked something else that I can’t remember at the moment.  I do love pierogies!  These were potato and cheddar, which is our normal go-to.

Oh, and that would be a Sam Adams Boston Lager in the background. Mmm!

I shall return with some delicious hearty minestrone we made on Monday night and my workout update!

Thanksgiving

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  Rest, rest and more rest!  Oh, and eating…lots of eating.

On Thanksgiving day, I put the turkey in early to bake for a couple of hours.  I won’t pretend like I stuffed a raw turkey and baked it forever.  I bought a pre-cooked smoked turkey from HEB because they have some delicious turkeys.  Check this beauty out!

Around 11:30 our guests arrived – Jon and Astrid – from Norway.  Yes, they journeyed all the way here, just for my delicious Thanksgiving fare.  Okay, not really.  Jon is traveling around the U.S. for something like 3 months (lucky!) and Astrid is with him on part of the journey.  I will point you to his blog post (Ghost of Goldwater) for pictures and a recap because he summed it up nicely.  I did steal one of his photos of the Thanksgiving spread.

We had a ton of fun and before we knew it something like 11 hours had passed.  Time for bed!  I went to bed stuffed and happy except for the massive headache I had. Luckily it was gone the next morning.

Our Thanksgiving spread consisted of smoked turkey, Loaded Mashed Potatoes (from Taste of Home), my grandmother’s dressing and gravy (I really need to type this up), the good ole standard green bean casserole, cranberry sauce (from the can without chunks because that’s how I roll), rolls, pumpkin pie and pecan pie.  I’ve made so many pumpkin pies this year, and more are to come.  I use condensed milk instead of evaporated milk and oh is it ever so creamy! Recipe here.  A vendor at work gave me the pecan pie from a pie place here in Houston.  It was pretty yum, but the pumpkin pie definitely trumped it.  Let me tell you those loaded mashed potatoes were something else.  We all loved them. I would love to make these again, but I will need guests because I’m afraid Brett and I would finish the whole thing ourselves.  They are THAT good.

More food pictures . . .

Jon was kind enough to bring us some chocolates from Norway.  Brett has polished off lots of it already.

Friday we did absolutely nothing but watch movies all day because we had a free preview weekend with ATT U-Verse.  I didn’t even get out of my pajamas.  It was awesome.  I will do another post to update on the rest of the weekend’s eats.

As for workout updates, I did Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred on Monday, and then had every intention of running on the treadmill Tuesday night, but I received some wonderful news (that I will reveal later) and a celebration was in order, so Brett and I went to Star Pizza instead – our usual celebratory spot.  And, I didn’t work out again until Saturday when I did Level 3 of the 30 Day Shred and I thought it was worse than Level 2.  I really like Level 2.  Level 3 kicked my  butt and I am still sore today (Monday), so I should probably do it more often than the other 2 levels.

Crockpot Orange Chicken and other weekend glutton

Friday, we ventured out to get the Thanksgiving feast groceries.  Afterward, I made a recipe from Pinterest.

Crockpot Orange Chicken (click for original blog post with recipe)

After putting away all of those groceries, I was burning up . . . and over it (and all things in general), so there are no pictures of the ingredients and prep, just a shot of the orange chicken, served over some delicious jasmine rice.

Yep, on a paper plate! We never have paper plates in the house, but figured for the holidays, leftover eating, etc… needed. This chicken was really good.  I wouldn’t make it often, but it was an interesting Saturday meal, and something different.  While the chicken was cooking, I did Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred and rocked it.

Sunday, we didn’t have to go for our normal grocery run, so we slept in a bit, then went to redeem our Voice Daily Deal at one of our fave places, Natachee’s Supper ‘n Punch.  $12 for $24 worth of food.  Yum!  We first each ordered a Bloody Mary (they are only $2 on Sundays – score!).  The coupon doesn’t go toward alcoholic beverages, so we still had to order $24 worth of food. No prob!  We started with queso & salsa with chips.

I got the same thing I did last time – I just love the breakfast sandwich! Mmm, guacamole.

Here’s a pic of the delicious bloody ketchup Mary.

I also got a side of fries.  I didn’t take a picture of it, so I wouldn’t look like such a glutton, but here I am documenting it.  Actually, I ate one-half of my sandwich and a bite or 2 of the other half, and maybe 3 fries.  I really filled up on the Bloody Marys chips.

Brett got the chicken fried chicken with mashed potatoes and mac & cheese. OH MY!

Then, we went home and cleaned the house for a couple of hours – like REALLY cleaned.  Brett did an amazing job on the stovetop and the wall by the sink – why does cheese always get stuck there?  We rewarded ourselves with a Saint Arnold Sailing Santa beer and it didn’t disappoint!

We may or may not have ordered Chinese food later on in the day.  Like the title says – glutton!! It’s the holidays, y’all! No? YES!

Tonight I hope to do the 30 Day Shred and eat some canned soup.  Yes, tonight and tomorrow night we are both eating canned soup because Wednesday evening I will be cooking up a storm…and eating tamales – the Texan Thanksgiving way.  I’m hoping that the strap I bought to stabilize my IT band comes in tomorrow, so I can test it out on the treadmill after work.  We shall see (if it actually comes in…and if it does, if I actually go test it out after work – I’m serious about it being the holidays and not wanting to do anything, but eat).

Tater Tot Casserole

Yesterday we had our pot luck Thanksgiving lunch at work.  I ate a tiny bit of everything, but it filled up my entire plate.  Delicious turkey and ham, mac ‘n cheese, spinach fudge (no chocolate, was sort of like a quiche and it was GOOD), dressing, green bean casserole, broccoli/cheese/rice casserole and potatoes (which I didn’t eat because the person who cooked it announced he had cut the end of his finger off while cutting the potatoes – NO THANKS!).  I also had a pecan pie bar (mmm) and a slice of pumpkin pie.  Needless to say, I told my boss he could find me under my desk sleeping if he needed me.   Bring on Thanksgiving!

Now, I obviously didn’t really think through this week’s supper menu because I had Tater Tot Casserole scheduled for last night.  And, I had the meat in the fridge for a few days and didn’t want to freeze it, so I went ahead and made it for supper even after the mega-lunch feast.

Tater Tot Casserole (from Pinterest – click to see original blogger’s recipe)

Ingredients:

This was too easy.  Brown the meat, pour off any fat, add salt & pepper, then add chopped onion and cook until onion is softened.  Then pour into 2 quart casserole and mix in cream of celery soup, and top with tater tots.

Bake at 375F for 35 minutes, then top with shredded cheddar (however much you prefer) and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes.

This was really good, but I had eaten so much lunch, I didn’t consume a whole lot of it.  I also don’t know that I would repeat it because it’s just not a meal I would crave often. I do love some tots, though!  Brett said he liked it, but he didn’t eat his normal hefty amount, so I don’t know if he was just being nice.  I always tell him I didn’t invent the recipe, so it won’t hurt my feelings if he doesn’t like it.  He also had eaten some leftovers that I had brought home – ham and turkey – so he could have been a little full from that. Hmm…

Before I put the casserole in the oven, I did Level 2 of 3o Day Shred.  I didn’t feel like it, but I had the time and I knew I needed to burn off at least a little bit of lunch, so I went for it.  Man, it hurt.  I had to modify some things because my left leg was hurting, but all in all, I did it to work my upper body and to get some cardio.  It was awesome as usual. I felt really worked afterward, but today I’m not sore, and I like a little soreness, so I know I’ve burned.

I was going to walk or jog a little on the treadmill today, but my left leg needs some more rest.  I also have to make another pumpkin pie tonight for Brett’s pot luck tomorrow and I may make some trash (aka nuts & bolts aka Chex party mix aka (insert whatever you may call it), and I have to cook supper, so I’ll be busy!

Running pains

My left leg has been killing me since my run Monday.  Guess I can’t run over 2 1/2 miles.  I envy others who can run and run and run…even just 4 or 5 miles.  I have really good shoes, so I don’t know what’s up.  I googled and read a lot about my symptoms and I think it is my IT band that’s bothering me.  I have very high arches and I notice when I stand I always stand awkwardly leaning on my left leg, so I think maybe I run favoring my left leg if that means anything.  So, since I pushed it on Monday, I decided to rest yesterday (Tuesday) and will hopefully be able to do Level 2 of 30 Day Shred again today.  I wanted to work out everyday – run, Shred, run, Shred, then Friday off, but nooooooo.  I am taking Ibuprofen and icing my leg.  I may buy one of those bands you wear about your knee when you run to help the IT band.  I’ve seen people wear those and I think they are just masking the pain and not building up a problem area, but now I get it.  If it helps me run just 2 miles, then that’s better than none.

Tuesday night we ate another repeat – Zucchini and Fennel Chicken Pasta (click to see past post).  But this time I put a lot less mozzarella cheese and didn’t add the parmesan cheese before baking.  We just added whatever amount of parmesan we wanted after the food was on our plates.  Oh, and while the sauce was simmering, I added some red pepper flakes to add a little heat.  Much better this time around!

I could have cleaned the plate around the pasta to make it prettier, but with such low quality, why? 😛

Today we are having our Thanksgiving pot luck lunch at work.  I made pumpkin pie.  And, I can already taste that broccoli/cheese/rice casserole. Mmm!

 

Lundi, lundi

Whew! Monday is over.  No special food reports for the weekend.  Brett and I stuffed our faces with Chinese food Saturday.  We hadn’t had Chinese in sooo long, and I had to talk Brett into it (wasn’t THAT hard).  And, Sunday we grilled yummy hamburgers.  Oh, I did make Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip as an appetizer.  Psst! I used canned chicken. Football Sundays = grillin’ and chillin’.

Tonight we had a repeat meal – Whole Wheat Chili Macaroni (click for past post).  I just realized that this recipe was part of a recap post, meaning I just posted the final picture instead of all the pictures.  Hmmm…maybe I’ll update that next time we have it.  Because we will have it again…deeelish!

Saturday I also did the 30 Day Shred, only this time I upped it to Level 2.  Wow!  I’ve read other blogs where they were cursing her because the moves were crazy . . . I agree in a way, but to me the moves were crazy in a good way.  It felt really good.  After holding plank position for so many different exercises, I have to admit I thought my shoulders would explode.  I did yell a few choice words on the last exercise, but it was all good.  No pain, no gain!  And there was definitely pain yesterday.

Today after work I went downstairs and ran on the treadmill. I set it to 5K and at about 2.3 miles I wondered if I should have just set it to manual because my left calf was killing me.  I finished though.  Had to walk a few times throughout the run and finished the 3.1 miles in 40:39.  Blah.  I need to warm-up a little before starting the program, so I can start running as soon as the program starts instead of walking part of the first mile.  I think I’ll continue to treadmill it and take a picture of my stats, like this:

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Bring on Tuesday!

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Back-to-back updates!

Last night we had Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta, another from Pinterest.  It’s probably safe to say lots of my future recipes will also be from Pinterest.

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta (click for recipe).

This looked delicious but I figured it would be mega-creamy, and it was.

Ingredients:

I wanted EASY, so I didn’t use raw chicken, I used cooked chicken in a can.  Sometimes you just gotta.  I used a little of the Cajun seasoning pictured, then remembered I had Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning and added that.  I just eyeballed it and then I tasted the chicken mixture – woowee it was salty.  Since I didn’t have to saute the chicken, I threw it in the skillet and just knocked the coldness off for a minute, then added the cream, tomatoes, and spices.  The recipe says she used half milk/half cream – that may have been better so it wasn’t so heavily creamy – but my milk was starting to smell, soooo all cream it was.  I used 1 1/2 cup.

Then I warmed it while I waited for the pasta to finish.  This was all done in maybe 15 minutes, if that.  QUICK!  I only ate about half of what’s on this plate.

It was really good, but you can only eat so much cream in one sitting.  Am I right?

Before supper, I stopped off at my work building’s gym and ran on the treadmill.  Felt awesome to do a little running.  First I did this . . .

Then I felt so awesome that I decided to do 15 minutes more, but only ended up doing 5. Ha! I was tired.  Once I begin cooling down, hard to start back up.

So all in all, 2.77 miles and burned 297 calories (if those things are accurate).  Not bad!

Enjoy your weekend!

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