This post kind of goes over Thursday and Friday, as I clearly didn't post for those days. First of all, Thursday was a bit hectic as I did a good long work out then immediately got into the kitchen AND paid a social call. The gym was pretty decent, I did a good 6 miles and I felt pretty motivated when I came home, so I did finally make those cheesy jalapeno corn muffins I had been talking about forever!

Sarah Lee Corn Bread/Muffin Mix (makes 6 muffins, 110cals total)
1 egg (80 cal)
1/3 cup Almond Breeze Milk (regular milk would have been better, but I didn't have any on hand) (15 cal)
1/2 cup cheese (1/4 Part Skim Mexican Mix 1/4 fat free cheddar) (125 cal)
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (maybe a little less) 0% (60 cal)
6 rings of super-spicy jarred jalapenos
1/2 cup whole kernel canned corn (100 cal)
1/2 tsp baking powder

Baked at 400 (!!? says so on the box) for about 20 minutes.
150 cal/muffin

Verdict: a tad dry, but I'm not sure why. Maybe the cheese just wasn't worth putting in. The bacon corn muffins were a bit better but the bacon was a little mild. Perhaps a combination of two? Jalapeno/bacon muffins? Nix the cheese?

Sadly, there's no great picture of the interior of a muffin because though I wanted to take one today, they were all gone by the time I got home this morning. The roundup? In two days, I had 2, my friend had 1, BF had 4. New batch to come.

This post is going to be picture light. Just wanted to quickly go over some highlights.

Yesterday we made plans to go to an Argentinian place for dinner with another couple. Because the celebratory Steak Night is looming ahead, Boyfriend actually decided he'd prefer to save his coronaries for Del Frisco's (hurrah, I am winning the battle!) and so we went to an Argentinian place (Libertador) and ordered seafood and poultry. It was good, but that's not the point of this little tale. The point is that for the first time in a long time in NYC I really felt like I got gouged when the bill came. Huge 1/2 chicken with delicious fries: $15, 2 delicious baked empanadas: $6, an amazing shrimp salad with veg and fruit and 4 medium sized shrimp: $20. Whaaaaaaaaatttt??? Did we really just pay more for a SMALL appetizer than we did for a HUGE main course? Almost as much as some of the steaks on the menu?!? Yes. Why? It was a "special" on the menu that day. It was announced as an appetizer special and the appetizers ranged from $8-$12 so we figured it couldn't be that bad. Of course, "specials" prices are never stated, but this was completely uncalled for. I suppose we learned our lesson that night. Always ask for prices on specials and NEVER assume that they'll be in any way reasonable. That shrimp salad left a bad taste in our mouths and we allowed ourselves to be coerced into going to the Little Brown Bakery where we "shared" a very fluffy, moist AND warm chocolate chip cookie ("shared"= 1/4 or less for me, rest for Boyfriend). I also purchased a 92 calorie dark chocolate/puff cereal bar, not sure how well that's going to go over.

This dinner cost me a bit of a weight setback, but totally worth it ($20 shrimp appetizer aside). So, Libertador: boooo thumbs down, you are greedy. Little Brown Bakery: Yummmm but not something I'll be doing regularly. Though I did see a Chipotle Hot Chocolate on their menu and chocolate with cayenne or chipotle is one of my fave things!

Saturday I am looking forward to an engagement party of two good friends, whose wedding invitation picture is actually one I took of them! Yay!

A quick teaser about tomorrow's post (which will recount today) is one word: Borscht.

<3 Jules


06/26/2011 22:59

sorry about the surprise on the shrimp salad. here in PR, they are amazingly pricey and small. more than what i'd expect to pay for a whole lobster. i don't know why the think adulterated seafood warrants such a price.
if you're using, the pre-shredded cheese, it has flour-like additives on it to keep it from clumpng. i ruined a recipe using that. could account for dryness or the fat free won't give up moist fat, so you may have to add a little more moisture. they couldn't have been too bad though!

06/30/2011 13:02

Your blog is really nice (I'm gonna try to make the Jalapeno-cheesy corn muffins now, haha)! And maintenance is sort of a pain...but I've been eating alot healthier and that helps, haha. Good luck with your maintenance too! Btw, you look great! C:


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