Why hello, Friiiiiiday! So happy to see you!
Mr. Prevention and I lead fairly boring lives. With moving every 18 months or so these past few years, new friendships take time to build. So often, the weekends are just he, I, and the Lily Monster. Who, by the way, looked super cute in her Illini coat before our walk yesterday:
This weekend, however, I have lots to look forward to: lasik surgery consultation, a birthday party, date night at The Melting Pot, my hockey game, and online driving school. Not so much fun, that last one…but maybe since I say I’m going to do it…it will actually get accomplished. I’ve already graded my student’s first exams, and I’m not too pleased with the results. I don’t think they will be, either. I can’t help but wonder if a lot of them registered for the class thinking lectures on bananas and carrots couldn’t be too difficult, but alas, they are finding out that nutrition is very complex and science-based…not everyone’s cup of tea. But I digress…weekend, woo! So glad you’re nearly here!
I had a lovely day at work yesterday. I think I’m one of the few medical professionals that love drug reps (no offense, drug reps!). What’s not to love about being littered with free stuff, great food for lunch, and a decent lecture? I’m there! The drug reps renal RD’s see most often are those from Amgen who make Sensipar — a calcimemtic drug used to treat secondary hyperparathyroidism. And unless you’re a nerd like me, or work in dialysis, that is probably just gibberish! But, a fun day for me that ended at 3pm just a mile from home…that was the best part.
I walked Lily (as pictured above) in the winter BLIZZARD that is central Ohio right now. When we returned, I was happy to change into workout clothes and pound out a good sweat session. I ran a quick 2 miles and then let the elliptical kick my butt for 35 minutes. I helped break in my new kicks, that’s for sure! Got these babies in Chicago for $44! And they are D-width for my fat feet!
I quickly moved on to dinner because as I emerged from the basement, dripping with sweat, Mr. Prevention announced that he was hungry and asked, “When is dinner going to be ready?”. I tell you, this man doesn’t know how good he’s got it…
Speedy Chicken Potpie slightly adapted from Cooking Light
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
1 bay leaf
2 cups refrigerated diced potatoes with onion (such as Simply Potatoes)
2/3 cup frozen green peas and diced carrot blend
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp dried rubbed sage
1/4 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie crust dough (1/2 of 1 pie crust)
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Heat 6-8 cups of water in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add chicken and boil until cooked through. Remove from water and dice into 1/2-inch pieces.
While chicken cooks, bring 2 1/2 cups broth and bay leaf to a boil in a large saucepan. Add potatoes; cover and cook over medium-high heat 8 minutes. Stir in peas and carrots; cover and cook 2 minutes. Stir in chicken. Combine remaining 1/2 cup broth and flour; stir into potato mixture. Reduce heat to medium; cook 2 minutes or until bubbly and thick. Remove bay leaf. Stir in thyme, pepper, and sage.
While potato mixture cooks, cut pie crust dough crosswise into 12 strips. Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425 for 7-10 minutes or until browned and puffy. Top chicken mixture with pie crust strips. Yield: 4 servings (1 1/4 cups chicken mixture and 3 pie crust strips each).
Nutrition Information (per serving): 341 calories; 8.5 g. fat; 69 mg. cholesterol; 668 mg. sodium; 33.6 g. carbohydrate; 2.5 g. fiber; 30.4 g. protein
Question: What are you up to this weekend?