Biscuit Sausage Pie(s)

25 05 2009

I saw Rachel Ray do a recipe for Biscuit Sausage Pie with that Pillsbury refridgerated dough and then just browned sausage with some veggies, cheese and eggs. I thought it was a great idea for this golf outing since Jeff and I were in charge of two days of breakfast.

I thought making individual pies would be even better than whole pies also. Jeff had said most of the time the guys just grab a muffin or bagel etc. so it would be nice and quick to grab and eat!

So instead of making them while here ( because we weren’t sure of golf times and cook ware etc. in the house we were renting) I wanted to make them ahead so they would be ready to go!

Ingredients ( feeds 8-12 +)
1 roll sausage ( I used reduced fat Gualtney pork)
1 bag of Whole Wheat Pizza dough, stretched and cut into 24 sections
6 eggs
1/2 cup milk (1%)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup bell pepper mix ( I thawed frozen and squeezed out water)

Directions:
Grease or spray muffin tin. Brown sausage in skillet, allow to cool sufficiently. While browning, roll, slice, and stretch out pizza dough. Lay sections of dough into each muffin cup. Sprinkle with cheese (optional). Spoon in sausage, I used two spoonfulls per cup. Fill each muffin cup with 1/4 cup of egg batter and sprinkle of peppers.

Chef Photos and Notes:
I bought Trader Joes whole wheat pizza dough because I figured it would be healthier than the pillsbury, feed more with it, and I like the taste of it so darn much!

I had to be resourceful with this because I tried rolling out the pizza dough really thin and cutting circles to fit inside the muffin cup. Unfortunately, that didn’t work because pizza dough stretches and just resorts back to a little ball essentially.
So instead of making dough “cups” ( to fill entire tin, see bottom far left vs. bottom far right) I decided to try out layiing small sections at the bottom of each muffin cup, then laying another small section around it.

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It took awhile, but once I got the hang of it, it was much easier the second muffin sheet!

While I was fooling around with this dough, I was also letting a roll of reduced fat sausage brown in the skillet. 1 BLOG 005 1 BLOG 007

In to the oven…

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Out of the oven…

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EVERYONE LOVED THEM!

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Hey yall I’m going golfin!

21 05 2009

So we are about to head out and I am now aware that there is no internet in the house we are staying in. It is this really old re-furbished home in a state park so I doubt I will be able to post ( However, I am bringing my lappertop anywho to study for my Microbio test so there may be a coffee shop etc. to check in at)

Body:
Mostly rest but I was on my feet all day it seemed! I was cleaning my car, cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, ironing, packing my clothes, putting away all the other clothes, cooking biscuit sausage pies, cleaning up after the total mess I made, packing up all our snacks, putting golf clubs into the car, putting in my luggage, etc. And then…. I took Jack for a short 1 mile run and did some yoga to relax from all the chaos!

Mind:
I studied shortly for the exam ( will be studying more in the car) and I managed to get everything I need packed, cooked and ready to go!

Soul:
Going golfing for the whole weekend!! We play friday, saturday, sunday and we will get to see my sister on the way home monday ( hopefully!)

I am also looking forward to visiting with Jeff’s aunt and uncle as well! Shenanigans will be occuring!

Breakfast:
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Smoothie ( mango, banana, cherry, chocolate pure protein) on top of some more fruit ( pineapple, peaches and blueberries) and Kashi Go Lean Cereal

It was fabulous!

Lunch:

Was quick during cooking and packing! Leftover Pasta Carbonara from last night with extra fat free feta
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A bowl of steamed veggies
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Oikos Greek
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Not sure where or what we will have for dinner but it will be on the road. I brought great snacks to hold us through but I always get caught up on meals during road trips!

Have a fantastic weekend yall!





Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes

21 05 2009

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3 egg whites
1 large banana, mashed
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

In the words of Marisa
” Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat egg whites, banana and sugar. Add milk, vanilla and oil and beat for 2 minutes on low speed. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients until fully combine d. The batter will be very thin.

Using a 1/8 cup measuring cup, scoop batter and pour into mini muffin cups/tin- line either with cooking spray. (paper lining cups or tin)

Bake cupcakes for 12 minutes. Do not overbake! Let cool on wire rack.

After cupcakes are completely cool, prepare frosting!
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Easy Fudgey Peanut Butter Frosting:

Ingredients

2 TB White Chocolate Wonder Peanut Butter
1 Tb Cocoa Powder
1 Tb Butter ( I only had Smart Balance)
1/3 cup sugar

In a skillet on med. heat, melt all ingredients together whisking well. Add spoonfulls on top of each muffin. Cool in the fridge to set frosting.

 

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Hump Day

21 05 2009

Body:

Run! I was intending to do 4 miles but I ended up going to 7 because I will be golfing this weekend and just might be too tired for a good run- wanted to take advantage while I could ya know!?

Stats:
Max HR: 184
Min HR: 160
Distance: 7.08 miles
Time: 58 minutes 32 sec
Kcal: 698

Mind:
Oh goodness, Again!
The professor is allowing me to take the exam on Tuesday instead of TOMORROW! Thank goodness because I am STILL not registered for the course, despite having gone through the registration process three times for it. I finally went in and just made the lady register me right there. I went over to the accounting office, and apparently they do not have anything indicating I took out that loan that was dealt with on monday.
ay yae yae.

Aside from that, I managed another long lecture and studying for my exam.

I also got through my to do lists of shopping, prepping for this weekend, emails etc.

Soul:
Shawn Johnson won DWTS! Good for her.

I now have all the ingredients for my cooking tomorrow and this weekend! I will be making “French Toast Casserole” and “Biscuit Sausage Pie” for two breakfasts. Today,  I made my own version of Mini Chocolate Banana Cupcakes to take this weekend! I used the recent BSI Winner recipe but used my own chocolate fudgy sauce on top.

Last Night Snack:
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Breakfast:

Okay, I know this looks gross but I didn’t intend it to look a certain way! I have to get up earlier than ever for this class so I had to get these oats ready last night!
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I added:
1/4 cup of Steel Cut Oats  (TJ Quick Cook)
1/2 cup bluberries
2/3 cup Soy Milk
1/4 cup water
Cinnamon
1/4 cup organic raisins

I let that sit in the fridge overnight and mixed in a 3/4 scoop of protein after heating this morning. So this was all just a little bit more or extra than yesterday’s bowl, and it held me over a little better! It was great running fuel and tasted AMAZING despite the “Count Chocula” look

Refreshing Lunch:

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Scrambled Egg Whites, A Navel Orange, and a salad of organic baby greens, organic locally grown sprouts, zuchinni circles, and brie.

I was still hungry right after finishing so I had a handful of these new things I picked up at Trader Joes:
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Snapea Crisps
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I actually had 1 entire serving at least because they were so darn delicious! They are light and puffy like popcorn but they are salty and have a little chew to them ( no harsh kernel parts). Super cool snack but unfortunately, I doubt they count towards a veggie serving! They taste more fried than baked seriously, a little “potato chip greasey”, but not in an awful way. I really enjoyed them and I am going to snag some more for this weekend! Ingredients: Snap Peas, Corn Oil, Rice, Salt, and I believe Vitamin C as an anti-oxidizer. Corn Oil actually has a decent breakdown of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats- so not too shabby.

Dinner:

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Ingredients for Sauce:
 

  • 1 Tb flour ( I used whole wheat)
  • 1 TB butter ( I used Smart Balance)
  • 1/3 cup reserved HOT pasta water
  • 1/2  cup  egg substitute
  • 2/3 cup 1% milk
  • 2  teaspoons  olive oil
  • 1/2  cup  grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 oz  brie or cheddar whatever you like 
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 4  bacon slices, cooked and chopped
  • Directions

    1. Combine egg substitute and milk with whisk. Whisk in slowly HOT pasta water.

    2.  In a medium heat skillet, whisk in flour and butter to form a roux.

    3. Whisk in liquid mixture from step 1 slowly so that it incorporates the roux from step 2.

    4. Continue whisking for approx. 3 minutes until it thickens. Whisk in Olive Oil

    5. Add remainder of ingredients, stirring frequently

    I add my drained Whole Wheat Penne to the sauce, added sliced Baby Roma Tomatoes and Fat Free Feta
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    What is your favorite Wednesday night show?

    I haven’t found one yet that I really like- but mostly because I never really watch!





    Back to School.. Back to School…

    20 05 2009

    Body:
    Cross Training : 45 min Elliptical, 1 mile walk to stretch out my muscles for a run tomorrow!

    Mind:

    Oh goodness yall. So I went to class and was overwhelmed with how much I need to catch up of course, but I know it is possible. I also found out that the Prof will not allow me to take the lab portion this summer because I’ve missed too much and there is “no time or materials left” for me to start bacteria cultures. So… I will have to take the lab portion (1 credit) next spring. Not too bad- I will get the really tough part out of the way so that is good.

    I had to call my  mom and ask her to write down my “to do” list because I feel so scatter brained lately and keep forgetting things like toliet paper. I also didn’t really forget my prescriptions, I went to get them filled and my doctor hasn’t called them back yet AND the other one they filled they didn’t have enough pills! So they “owe me” 5 more… what a pain in the arse! I went back yet again and good thing, I got a 3 month supply thanks to the doctor telling them to fill it as written! They would never let me get just 1 month so this is good news!

    Soul:

    Who do you think will win Dancing With The Stars????
    I kind of hope that Melissa does, only because Shawn has already won an olympic gold medal for her athletic talent, and Gille kinda irks me but he has such great acting “suave” type personality that it would be easy for him to get that dancing attitude. Melissa had such unfortunate happenings that it would be nice to see her win!

    Breakfast:
    Chocolate Protein Oats
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    I had let the following sit overnight:
    1/2 cup non-quick oats
    1/2 cup Soy Light Silk Plain Milk
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 scoop Pure Protein Chocolate
    Cinnamon
    Pinch of Lite Salt
    On top: Wild Organic Blueberries and All Natural Peanut Butter

    I heated up the soaked oats super quickly before class this morning. It was fast and easy and held me until about 11. That means I will need more fuel to keep me going until lunch time! Nice Try though.

    Provides Approx.
    340 kcal
    17 g Protein
    1 serving of Fruit, 1 serving of Whole Grains

    Lunch:

    Salad with NOO Balsamic and Olive Oil
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    A  Turkey Sandwich

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    Pineapple and some banana slices, 
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    Approx.
    1 serving of fruit, 2 servings whole grain, 3 servings of Veggies
    330 kcal
    19 g protein  ( The turkey meat was lean Dean & Watson brand, which is higher in protein than other lunch meats and better in taste I feel. I never get it because .. 1. Lunch meat usually has too much sodium and mostly…  2. Its a super expensive source of lean protein! It was on sale this week for BOGO Free)

    Snack:
    An oikos plain. ( they were on sale 10/$10 !!!! I snagged as many as they had!)
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    80 kcal and 15 g protein
    1 serving of lowfat Dairy

    Dinner:
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    Mushroom Blue Cheese “Burger”…
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    I had a Boca Original Vegan Burger with zuchinni shreds, mushrooms, Organic Ketchup and a little full fat blue cheese dressing. The good stuff goes a long way! This was seriously DELICIOUS! I had a salad of organic baby greens, zuchinni, locally grown sprouts, mushrooms and some frozen veggies steamed up ( broc., asparagus, peppers, onions, Brussel sprouts). I actually wanted another burger after I was done it was so delicious.
    Instead I had more salad and split that Organic Fuji &$ PB with Jeff
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    Provides Approx.
    5 servings of Veggies, 1 serving of fruit, 1 serving of Whole Grains
    320-380 kcal ( I estimated the dressing amount, pb, etc.)
    22 g protein

    I will probably have some sort of snack or dessert as well in a few hours!

    Hope everyone has a wonderful day!





    Monday!

    19 05 2009

    Body:

    I had my first official Golf Lesson!
    Jeff got me 3 golf lessons with a PGA Pro as a present quite a bit ago, but I had been running, or rehabing my knee , working, in classes, etc.  So I finally got to attend my first lesson and man, are my arms and back tired! I started playing for real with Jeff the first year, shortly after we met. It turns out, I am pretty good but not consistent nor have I played the game enough to really understand why!

    Today I learned some great tips and things to work on at home but overall the Pro was impressed with the power and speed of my swing and that I had such good form right away. I am so pumped up for going golfing this friday, saturday and sunday with Jeff’s Aunt and Uncle !!  I have my second lesson this thursday and am saving a lesson for the future!

    Yoga: I also did a lovely 30 minute yoga session with my DVD and some moves from the Detox Flow on yogadownloads.com.  Stretching was exactly what my muscles needed!
     
    Mind:
    Fixed my situation for summer class! I met with the financial aid people and got the $$ package set for taking Microbiology this summer for the first six week session! I missed classes so I will have to work my butt off to catch up but it will be better now than while doing my thesis!

    I emailed the professor about catching up but he hasn’t yet got back to me.

    I also emailed a classmate about any work her boss-lady Dietician may have or know of. Keep your fingers crossed!

    I have been slowly catching up with commenting and all the blogs I love to read- so thanks for keepin up with me! I really wanted to say Thank You to my new friend Sarah and Moran of The Running Addict, Lara of Thinspired, and Erica of Itzy’s Kitchen–  You have all been incredibly helpful to me and I can’t thank you enough for being such wonderful people!

    Soul:
    I am so happy about the summer class and getting financial aid for it! Phew!  Big weight off my chest there!

    I finally got to take golf lessons I had been meaning to and I am proud of myself for staying positive with this whole job thing.

    Oh and its the finale of Dancing with The Stars AND The series premier of The Bachelorette. I am addicted to nonsense TV shows but I think after all the studying and all the exercise I do, it helps me zone out which I need sometimes!!!

    Eats:

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    Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal
    I made it with ground flax, steel cut quick oats, water, organic raisins and a little protein powder for staying power. Also of course, a Tb of peanut butter. PB is just such a delicious contrast to the oats. 
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    Pineapple on the side- did you know that it is supposed to help with joints? I have been trying to eat more of it lately for that purpose ( and its easy because its delicious!).

    Lunch:

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    Chobani Strawberry, Half a banana with pb, the last of my ricotta mixed with grape jelly.

    Snack
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    Orange and a mini turkey sandwich on whole wheat.

    Dinner:
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    Jeff grilled steaks that were on special this week at Harris Teeter. I baked two locally grown sweet potatoes and threw together a quick white sauce with a little horseradish, melted brie, and baby bella mushrooms for on top of the steak. We threw together salads of organic baby greens, shreds of zuchinni, locally grown sprouts, and some more shrooms.





    Sunday

    18 05 2009

    Body:

    REST! My hip flexor issue is still a little sore but overall, my body handled the 12 miles fantastically! ( I don’t think that is a word but I liked it). My legs do feel tired enough in a “i could use some rest” sort of way but no soreness or aches!

    Mind:
    Job applications
    Corporate Sponsor finding for volunteering
    Recipe finding for the upcoming trip to PA for the Golf Outing!
    Directions, planning with my sister to potentially come back to visit with us for a bit.

    Soul:
    Oh it was a rainy, tired, recover from the party fun kinda day. Jeff and I had a lovely time just getting some random things done and laying on the couch together for some good movies.

    Eats:

    Lots of Cereal!

    Bowl #1
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    Chocolate Frosted Mini Wheats with Skim Milk

    Bowl #2 with coffee
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    Basic 4 with skim

    “Clean” Lunch #1
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    It’s funny because even if I have just one day without several servings of veggies, I notice and “crave” more clean foods and smaller meals the next day! I knew exactly what I wanted: Steamed veggies (broccoli, artichokes, pepper, onion, carrots, snow peas) , Warmed fruit ( blueberries, mango, pineapple), Egg whites

    Snack
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    Apple

    Dinner:
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    I made a pizza! Trader Joes Whole Wheat Dough with some leftover pasta sauce, ricotta cheese (fat free) and lowfat mozzarella. It tasted like a lasagna pizza, from the ricotta especially!