Later that night I was back in Old Town for the SoCal Hoedown. A group of WLS tweeters and facebookers got together for dinner, dancing and mechanical bull madness. I did it! I rode the bull! Have to share this... when I walked up to the booth to pay for my ride I saw the sign in big bold print: Weight Limit: 235 pounds No Exceptions! and below it a weight scale. I remember how weight limits held me back from having experiences like this with friends in the past. A flash of the bumper boat incident came to mind. No more. I paid my $5 and grabbed the bull by the horns so to speak. Fun night. We're going to do it again in January so if you are in the Southern California area I hope you can join us. I'll announce it in the What's Eggciting tab for sure.
Breakfast: I had to work in the early AM yesterday so before I headed out the door I whipped up this yummy protein shake.
Shelly's Apple Pie Protein Shake
8 oz. Soy Milk (or 4 oz milk/4 oz. water)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon No Sugar Added Apple Butter
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (SF Caramel, SF Brown Sugar Cinnamon, or SF Vanilla would all work)
dash Apple Pie Spice
2-3 Ice Cubes
Blend in blender. Place liquids in blender first. Optional: Top with a squirt of SF Land o Lakes Whipped Cream, a drizzle of Sugar Free Caramel Topping, and a dash of apple pie spice.
It's soooo good. Apple Pie. Totally.
Lunch: I was wiped when I got home. The work wasn't terribly difficult, prepped a bunch of food for a party but I think the fun from the night before was catching up. Luckily I had some leftovers in the fridge that made for a easy and yummy lunch. I had made a variation of my Asian Lettuce Cup filling but added some zucchini and just ate it as is in a bowl. Nom.
Shelly's Asian Lettuce Cup Filling (variation)
3/4 lb. Ground Turkey or Chicken (about 1/2 a package)
1 Yellow Onion, diced
4 Green Onions, diced
1 small Zucchini, diced
6 White Mushrooms, chopped
1 can (4 oz.) Shiitake Mushrooms, drained
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon Ginger, grated
1 Tablespoon Sherry
Saute all ingredients together. Use a wooden spoon to break up meat. Cook meat till no pink is seen. Eat as is in a bowl or divide mixture among lettuce leaves. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Fold and eat taco style.
Dinner: I got a second wind. Steamed the kitchen floors, did laundry and roasted those peppers and onions from the Farmer's Market. It made a nice sized bowl that I will keep in the fridge and have on hand to add to recipes throughout the week. I took a few scoops of roasted veggies, some sausage patties, scrambled eggs and salsa and we had breakfast for dinner. Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite things to do. I rarely have a lot of time in the morning, I need quick & easy most AM's. I can spend a little more time at dinner.
Snack: Oodles of coffee and during Amazing Race I had this too die for pudding.
Shelly's Almond Joy Pudding
1/2 cup prepared Chocolate Pudding (make it with slightly less milk then called for)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Coconut Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Coconut
squirt of Land o Lakes Sugar Free Whipped Cream
1 Tablespoon Toasted Almonds
Mix syrup and coconut into pudding. Top with whipped cream and toasted almonds.
Hope everyone had a GREAT weekend.