Monday, January 14, 2008

Can't Sleep -- Might as well blog about it

I have always had a hard time sleeping on Sunday nights. It's currently almost 4:30 in the morning, and I'm still up. Yes, my alarm is going off in less than an hour and a half. Sucks.

I had the second installment of Sunday night dinner tonight. I made a weight watchers recipe called Italian Sausage and Peppers. I lowered the points value in the WW cookbook from 10 to 4 per serving by changing the pork sausage out for turkey and the regular pasta to whole wheat. It was really yummy and had Max telling me I could become a professional chef! I also used fennel for the first time. It was easy to prep once I found a how-to site online with pictures showing how to cut it. I didn't use the tops/fronds/leafy stuff, but I saved it. Any idea what I'm supposed to do with it now?

I am cooking more now than I ever have, and most of the time, I love it! I cook dinner for us probably 4 nights a week and nice breakfasts on the weekends. This morning, I took 'used' rotisserie chicken from dinner earlier in the week, put it with some egg whites and pasta sauce, sprinkled in a little low fat mozarella and put a couple of jalapenos in, and wow! It was really yummy!

I'm starting now with just doing the main entree from scratch. I hope a few months from now I'm at the point where I'm cooking the whole meal from scratch. For now, it's store-bought appetizers and desserts and easy vegetable sides that I can stick in the microwave (like tonight's steamed broccoli).

I'm enjoying myself, and that was one of the main goals here. I'd like to have a night set into my schedule for us to have friends over for dinner from time to time. I'm trying to establish Sunday as a low-key time at home. Next week, I think I'm going to make a WW stromboli recipe I found.

Then, Max heads home, and I have a hard time sleeping. It's a nice little pattern.

I haven't been great on exercise this week. I had a baby shower to attend on Thursday after work and missed my workout. Also, Max and I have both been fighting a little bit of a stomach bug, so today, I just didn't feel like doing anything physical. He came home feeling crappy on Friday, and I just felt yucky today. Yesterday, I swam laps for an hour, so I'm glad I got that in.

How's everything going in your world?

P.S. I'm catching up on reading your blogs, but I haven't quite gotten around to responding to everyone yet. I'm working on it!


Fatinah said...

sounds like you're doing a great job with the cooking - sure makes it easier to stay on program! One thing I found interesting is that you serve appies - is that at every meal? I never think of doing that. I'm curious to know what you serve....lucky man - mine just gets dinner slapped in front of him!

Kate said...

Good Job on cooking, as Fatinah said, it makes it so much easier to stay on program that way!

Jeni said...

That is great you are cooking so much. I'm curious - do you have a favorite place to find recipes?

VegasGirl said...

yuck! Hope you eventually made it to sleep. I never want to go to bed on sunday nights because I know that means Monday will come, and with it, more school, projects due, etc.

Your food sounds yummy! I'm curious too, where do you find recipes? I'd love to get some new ideas. I'm getting tired of my un-adventurous ways.

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

You're on such a good track with cooking. Easing yourself in is very wise. It's much more enjoyable than trying to tackle the whole meal head-on.

I love fennel. Love it love it love it. And I don't even like licorice.