Recipe and a new gadget!

Hi Friends! Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to as great a start as mine is!

Yesterday I started to get hungry mid-afternoon so I had a bowl of cereal to tide me over until I made dinner for mike. It did the trick!

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I think I was mindlessly eating because I was bored. I kept walking to the fridge looking for something. Turns out I just really needed something to keep me busy. So… this guy and I took a nice walk!

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“My pack has given me a special mission! Name that movie!

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“Come on Jackie hurry up!”

After our walk I came in and started to prepare dinner! Chicken Parmesan:

I combined marinara sauce and a can of chunk tomatoes in garlic and olive oil and let them cook on low in the crock pot for a few hours. This saved space on the stove for me to do the other cooking later.

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Next, I set up my crust station for the chicken:

  • ·        Flour with salt and pepper
  • ·        Egg dip (1 egg +1 egg white)
  • ·        Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

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Then, I tenderized my chicken by wrapping 2 breasts in plastic wrap and hammering them with a crab mallet… I was trying to be resourceful!

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Once they are at the desired thickness… begin to bread…

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Dip in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs.

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Place into preheated skillet with olive oil and pam. Allow crust to develop and flip. I then baked the chicken breasts to heat them through.

While cooking the chicken, simply prepare pasta (whole grain) according to the package instructions.

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When the chicken is done, cover with mozzarella cheese and broil until melted.

When it is melted, place on a bed of pasta and cover with marinara mixture! Enjoy!

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I served a salad with dinner and some fresh Italian bread (From the store!).

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After cleaning up dinner, off to the couch to prepare for the premier of the Walking Dead…

I don’t think Spark was nearly as excited as Mike and I were!

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Breakfast this morning was my usual oats and peanut butter! Deeeelisshhhh! I love getting back to my healthy habits on Monday mornings!

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I did my stationary bike for a bit at lunch before completing this leg workout:

1.      Single leg balance on forefoot 15 seconds on each foot. Repeat 3 rounds

2.      Heel drop on a step 10 reps on each foot for 3 rounds

3.      Single leg balance and squat 10 reps on each leg for 3 rounds

4.      Traditional squats with 25lb weight 10 reps for 3 rounds

5.      Plié squats with 25lb weight 10 reps for 3 rounds

6.      Leg Extensions on machine 10 reps for 3 rounds

**I got the first 3 exercises from this month’s issue of Runner’s world which is all about injury prevention. Definitely check it out. This issue had a ton of great advice!

I came back from the gym and had some lunch. I had a lot of sauce left over so I topped some carba nada pasta with it and enjoyed a simple salad on the side.

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Tonight I am going to buy a food scale! I am thinking it will really help me see proper portions of things! Plus it is on sale at Target and who doesn’t need another trip there!

Have a merry Monday everyone! I hope you have the best day!

Question of the day: Do you use a food scale?

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