…because the Packers lost! What a game, though! I only watched the second half – which turned out to be the better half. What a crappy way to lose a game. Aaron Rodgers will never be able to get that out of his head, that’s for sure. Bummer! Now, if I don’t want the Vikings to win, I have to cheer for the Cowboys? Gross.
On the outside of the Packer craziness, life certainly hasn’t slowed down. I had my first full week as a new coach and it went well. A little shaky because I didn’t know anyone – but it got easier. I’m not quite sure where the time is going. I thought I had all of this time before I started student teaching, but I only have two weeks! Yikes. I had better get crackin’ on those lesson plans. 🙂
The diet has been going pretty well. I definitely didn’t get to the gym as much as I wanted to – but when I did go, it was intense. Kickboxing and spinning can certainly get you moving – and sweating! I think I found my Jillian – her name is Monica and she works at the club. She’s the kickboxing instructor and she knows how to kick my butt. I burned 600 calories in one hour! I love it. This week, I need to focus on getting to the gym a lot more. I’m starting tomorrow – with Monica. That will be a great start to the week!
Sticking to my calories has also been a little tough. I really, really hate measuring (Yes, I know. I have to do it!) and I just got a little lazy here and there. And, we went out to eat twice this week. I did stick to my calories on Friday because we went to Applebee’s and I tried another “Under 550 Calories” entree. I love it when restaurants do that. But, I’m not a huge fan of chains. And, it’s difficult for non-chains to do that. Oh well – I know there are healthy choices, I just have to find them. 🙂
Tonight, I made an Ina Garten inspired dish. Overall, it was pretty yummy. However, I need to follow it exactly next time. I normally follow a recipe perfectly the first time around, but I didn’t want to spend money on fresh shrimp when I had some frozen shrimp in the freezer. So, I had to improvise!
Here’s the recipe from the January/February 2010 issue of Food Network Magazine (pg. 95). This is how it is written. I added my notes at the bottom.
Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp (Ina Garten)
2 pounds (17-21 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined
Good Olive Oil
Kosher Salt & Pepper
1 pound angel hair pasta
4 T unsalted butter, melted
Zest and juice of 2 lemons
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place shrimp on a sheet pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Toss well, spread them in one layer and roast for 6 to 8 minutes, just until they’re pink and cooked through.
2. Meanwhile, drizzle some olive oil in a large pot of boiling salted water water (Note: I skipped the oil), add angel hair and cook until al dente, about 3 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Quickly toss the angel hair with the melted butter, 1/4 cup olive oil, the lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper and about 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking liquid. Add the shrimp and serve hot.
Notes: I used precooked frozen shrimp. I simply warmed them in a pan on the stove. I think the dish would have been better if I had roasted the shrimp. Oh well, next time. 🙂 I reduced the amount of butter to half. The husband did think it was too lemony. I didn’t mind it. (That might be the Greek in me!) You might want to taste as you go. We also added some asparagus and some asiago cheese.
I really enjoyed the dish. It was really quick to cook up – about 20 minutes. It was nice and light. The asparagus was a really nice addition. I would’ve needed a lot more if I didn’t add it. 🙂
For dessert, I made some buttermilk pound cake. I had to buy a larger container of buttermilk for a recipe and I wanted to find something to do with it. It was a success! Here is the link to the recipe. (I apologize for the lack of pictures!) I did make a small change – instead of lemon extract, I added almond. I prefer almond and I didn’t have lemon. I absolutely love pound cake – but I am limiting myself to one piece. And, I’m taking the second loaf to my mother.
Tomorrow, I get to pick up the new-used car. We decided on a Ford Focus – which I didn’t expect to do in a million years. But, it was a fantastic deal – almost too good to be true. It’s a little smaller than I wanted, but I can deal with it.
I hope your Monday is just as exciting! Jackson says “hello”! He’s still enjoying the snow. 🙂
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