Archive for December 30th, 2008

It’s stormy but we have things to do.  Ted got a Blu-Ray DVD for Christmas so we want to get a DVD to test it out.  I lost my little “be clean with your dog” leash attachment this morning in the snow some where, so we need to get another baggy holder, along with more doggy food.   BUT… this is what we did for dinner…

See below with fire roasted salsa topping

See below with fire roasted salsa topping

Sausage-Cheese Patties   4 servings.* SEE NOTE BELOW.   Takes about 20 minutes to prepare. 30 or so to cook.

Approx. Nutrition: 328.5 cals. 17.7g total fat. 24.1 carb. 23.6g protein.

  • 3/4 cup Instant Oats
  • 1/3 cup Heart Smart Bisquick Mix (or use breadcrumbs)
  • 14 oz Gimme Lean Sausagegimmeleansausage1
  • 1/2 cup 50% less Fat Cabot Shredded Cheddar Cheese.
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 TBS soy milk
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary (dried) (1/2 TBS crushed fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp parsley (dried) (1/2 TBS chopped fresh)
  • 2 TBS salsa (or BQ sauce) * You may want extra for topping.

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with non stick.  Mix together all the ingredients (try to let sit for about 15 minutes so the oats and Bisquick can absorb some moisture) and shape into 8 patties.  Place on sheet. Bake about 30 minutes until brown. Serve immediately with extra dipping sauce.  *If you are a meat eater, you can use regular sausage and STILL not have to cook it before hand.  It will cook just fine in your oven.

I served the patties on top of smashed broccoli-cauliflower.  Steam 1/2 cup broccoli florets with 1/2 cup cauliflower florets until soft. Add paprika, salt, pepper and a little rosemary.  Puree until smooth. 

and…. a side of roasted fennel:  slice 1 fennel bulb into 4 slices. Put into a foil lined baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Add a little salt and pepper. Bake at 375 F for 45 minutes. Same some of the green ferns to garnish your plate.

Fennel Bulb

Fennel Bulb

NOTE: The order that I recommend you prepare this dinner is 1. Get your broc-cauli cooking. 2. Mix the sausage mixture then let it sit while you prepare the fennel and get that into the oven. * I cooked the fennel at 350 for 30 min. and it was still very firm so I upped the temp. above to375 and 45 min. 3. Form your patties and put in oven. 4. Puree your brocc-cauli mix.   By the way – I was home at about 4:35pm and all the above was cooking/baking/roasting by 5PM. Not bad!

topped with fire roasted salsa

topped with fire roasted salsa

Tomorrow is a full day off. To have some fun, I get to begin work on a carrot cake. That generally takes me a bit more time than regular cakes but fun.  You can check out the recipe on the side bar.

To all – have a great night!


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Disappointment last night, no football. Should’ve known since Sun. was the last of regular season. So I went to bed REAL early. But was able to meet Mr. Sandman almost immediately. There is a lullaby about Mr. Sandman my dad used to sing to me when going to sleep:   “Come little Jody, run up the stairs, put on your nighty, say your prayers. Ride with Mr. Sandman, til daylight comes again. See all the wonders of Wonderland, in Dream Mans dreams.”  Think I got it right.

It was windy, windy, windy this morning. Wasn’t looking forward to going out for a walk in that weather, but we did it and the early morning went something like this:

Pre workout JAY ROBB chocolate shake.

Aerobics: 40 minutes: 20 running. 10 rowing. 10 ET

Back and Tricep work out. 4 sets x 12 reps.

  • Lat pull down and one arm tricep extensions
  • Rear Delts (cables) and bent over tricep kick backs
  • Upright rows (cables) and dips
  • Seated rows and two arm tricep extensions
  • Crunches 4 x 12

Shane and I walked – didn’t really pay attention to distance or time today, but it was about 2 1/2 miles for 35 minutes, give or take.

I was ready for a nice hot breakfast and made thick, rough oats.  1/3 cup oats + 1 TBS no sugar added dried cranberries + 1/2 of 1/3 of a banana.

1 Scoop JAY ROBB chocolate protein with 1/4 cup FUZE and the other 1/2 of the 1/3 of a banana.

1 apple. That apple was a sorry little piece of fruit. I kept dipping it in my oatmeal (too lazy to get up and get a knife to chop it) to some how get the soft, tasteless thing down.


So onto another busy work day prior to year end.  Hope you have a great one and if you have all this wind as well, hold onto the trees!

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