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What’s Jennifer Eating Tuesday 2/16

Posted Feb 17 2010 9:50am

“Don’t be fooled by the calendar, there are only as many days in the year as you make use of.” Charles Richards

Another Tuesday has already come and gone, and the quote above certainly depicts the truth. It doesn’t seem that it has been a week ago that I posted what I ate on Tuesday. Now, here I am again posting yesterday’s eats. The quickness of it all makes me believe that I get caught up living for what will happen in the days to come, rather than living in the moment. With that said, let’s bring on the food!

I love Cheerios. As a kid, there was nothing better than eating a bowl of cheerios for breakfast or grabbing a dry handful to eat as I walked out the door. Original Cheerios are great because, even though they are plain, there is nothing lacking. If you want more flavor, add fruit, and you’re set. When Honey Nut Cheerios were introduced to me, I became hooked. The extra added sweetness was the perfect touch. A little over a year ago, when Multi-Grain Cheerios came out, I was in love. The combination of original flavor with multi-grain was nothing I had ever tasted! I often found myself getting cup fulls of it dry just to eat while sitting around the house. Well ladies, Cheerios has done it again. As if you haven’t already known, may I formally introduce you to Chocolate Cheerios. Ah, my Cheerio life is now complete. Is there anything better than chocolate cereal? Sure there is Special K Chocolate Delight, Chocolate Pebbles, Reeses Puffs, and much more, but most of those are higher calorie and absolutely loaded with sugar. Chocolate Cheerios my friend, are just 100 calories per cup. I enjoyed my first bowl of these cheerios for Tuesday’s breakfast with an added kick of sliced bananas.

In last Tuesday’s post, I mentioned how I have not been the most healthy eater. One problem is that I am just so picky. Growing up, I never wanted vegetables or fruit, and practically wanted to live off of mashed potatoes and cereal. But since then I must say that my taste has developed more. It still needs a lot of work, but I surprise myself every so often by liking a certain type of healthy food that 5 years ago I would have gagged at. As you’ll see from more of my Tuesday eats, I don’t always eat the most innovative health food. In fact, I’m trying to expand my knowledge of healthy recipes so I don’t feel like I’m repeating myself. One thing that makes eating healthy hard work is that it can be expensive! Fresh foods only last so long before you have to buy more, and organic brands can be costly at times. So I’m learning to find a balance and make smart decisions when I go grocery shopping.

Today’s lunch was no wow factor, but it’s always nice to rely on good old Subway for a wholesome sandwich. I had turkey on wheat bread. Notice that my sandwich looks miserably thin. I’m not a fan of all the extra stuff you can put on it. (See I told you I was picky) I paired the sub with some Pepperidge Farm’s Pretzel Thins. You must try these, they are so light and crispy!

After that I went for a 3 mile run, I decided to try out Yoplait’s new frozen sm0othie mix. I picked up two of these packages at the store and I am so glad I did. Inside the package was frozen strawberries, bananas, and cubes of plain yogurt. All you have to do is add milk and it makes two 8 ounce smoothies. It was so creamy! It tasted like it came from a restaurant. You must give this a try!

For dinner, Cori and I had 7 people over from our church. We meet one Tuesday night out of every month to have dinner and to pick some of our sick and homebound people to visit. So tonight, because we hosted the dinner, we were to provide the meat and drinks, and everyone else was to bring a side dish or dessert. For meat, I made my mozzarella chicken recipe. This recipe was one of the first meals I ever cooked on my own some years back. It has always been a crowd pleaser. Here is the recipe below so you can give it a try!

Mozzarella Chicken

*4 Chicken Breasts

*1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

*1 can cream of chicken soup

*1 box chicken flavored stuffing

*2 tablespoon butter

*1/4 cup water

First take chicken breasts and cut them into halves. Line them in the bottom of a pan. Make sure you use either tin foil or cooking spray because they like to stick to the bottom.

Next sprinkle 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Okay, okay you caught me. My cup of cheese was more like 2 1/2! But on a normal basis I lighten the load. I guess this time I wanted to make it extra cheesy for my guests. :)

Next empty the can of cream of chicken soup into a mixing bowl and add 1/4 cup water. Stir until smooth. Then pour evenly over chicken. My cream of chicken was 98% fat free.

Next empty box of chicken stuffing into a mixing bowl. Put 2 tablespoons of butter on top and place in the microwave for 30 seconds. When done, stir butter into stuffing. Normally this recipe calls for 1/2 a stick of butter, but I think that’s too much butter, therefore I only add 2 tablespoons, then I run a little bit of water over the stuffing the dampen it. When the stuffing is moist (not soggy) pour it evenly over the chicken. (I forgot to take a picture before I put it in the oven.) Put in the chicken in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Yea I cooked 2 of these babies.

After 45 minutes, the chicken should be white and bubbly. It will smell amazing when you take it out!

This recipe is always a hit because the taste of the cheese, chicken and stuffing is the perfect mix. One thing that I like about the recipe is that it can be tweaked many different ways. You can add any kind of cheese on top that you like such as Colby cheese, cheddar, or Monterey jack.  Next time I make this I am going to come up with a healthier alternative, such as less cheese, half a box of stuffing, and half a can of cream of chicken soup. If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!

Sadly, I didn’t get a picture of my dinner plate for the night. I got too caught up in talking and then realized halfway through that I forgot to get a shot of it. But I’ll name off what I ate: 1 piece of mozzarella chicken, 1 serving of cream corn, squash casserole, fresh peas, and 1 crescent roll. Banana pudding was brought for dessert, so I had to get some. Since bananas are almost the only type of fruit I’ll eat, I can never pass up banana pudding!

Thinking back to earlier about living for the days to come, I remember the hymn we sing in church from time to time. “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” I found the verse that the hymn comes from. It’s awesome to see the inspiration behind the songs we sing in church.

Psalms 118:24 says: This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

May we all take a moment each day and truly rejoice that God has blessed us with another day of life.

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