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Grateful for the support!

First off, I just want to say thank you to everyone yesterday for their encouraging words of support! You all really helped to snap me out of my bad mood, and realize that yes this sucks, but I won’t be injured forever.  I’m going to be looking in to a few suggestions I got, taking up swimming, compression bands, etc and evaluate my options.  So thanks again!

Ok, because my leg hates me, I decided to plop my butt on the couch last night and not move until it was time to get in bed.  It was a great call, I curled up on the couch with Lauren Conrad‘s latest book  Sweet Little Lies.  Yes, I read the first one, and I will probably read the next one.  They are addicting and I am not embarrassed to admit that at all.  Ok, well maybe just a little.

Dinner last night was one of my favorites from when I was little.  Chicken and broccoli casserole with a side of brown rice.

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, boiled
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 1/2 packages frozen broccoli florets
  • cheddar cheese
  • breadcrumbs
  • mayonnaise
  • lemon juice

After defrosting the broccoli, and cutting up the chicken place both in a casserole dish.  Combine the soups, mayonnaise, and lemon juice to form the sauce and spread evenly over the chicken and broccoli.  Sprinkle a layer of breadcrumbs on the top, and then add the cheddar cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.

It is so good on a cold and rainy night like last night.  This also makes a giant batch, so it is good for if you are having a lot of people over for dinner, or just one really hungry guy.  We made some all natural brown rice to serve on the side.  My mom and I try to make this recipe as healthy as possible, we use the Campbell’s 98% fat-free soups, light mayonnaise, fat-free cheddar cheese, and go light on the bread crumbs.  I personally can’t tell the difference.

After dinner I remembered I had a lot of tofu left that I needed to use, so I started Googling some recipes.  I found a Tofu Lo Mein recipe that I luckily had all of the ingredients for already in my house.

  • Chicken Broth
  • Red Pepper flakes
  • Sesame Oil
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • Apple Cidar Vinegar (www.foodsubs.com told me this could be a substitute for Rice Wine Vinegar, which I did not have)
  • Onion
  • Broccoli
  • Red and Orange Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Package of extra firm tofu
  • Whole wheat linguine

Here is the link for the actual recipe, if anyone wants to try and make this themselves.  After draining, and drying to tofu, it sits in a nice little marinade of sesame oil and soy sauce while you chop up the veggies.  Once the veggies are chopped, add the chicken broth and soy sauce to a large pan, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer, add the veggies and apple cidar vinegar.

Let that simmer together, covered for about 5 minutes, and then add the noodles.

Depending on what kind of noodles you use, you may have to let this cook longer than the 6 minutes the recipe says.  Since I was using regular linguine, I would say mine cooked together for about 10 minutes, until the pasta had absorbed most of the liquid.  After that has all cooked together, stir in the tofu and red pepper flakes.

I have to say, this tofu experiment was a much bigger success than my pizza disaster.  I tried it as soon as it was done, and was very happy.  Some of this is my lunch today, the other half pound of food is in my fridge at home.  Anyone want to come over for dinner?  Haha, I now have enough leftovers to feed an army.  Or the bf when he gets here this weekend.

In other news, look what else is in my near future;

Seriously?  What did the Mid-Atlantic Region do to piss off Mother Nature so bad this year.  Just when we thought that the past few days rain would wash away the 6 foot snow drifts, we are going to get hit with another snow storm.  Stupid.  I have made about $1 in the month of February because of holidays I don’t get paid for, snow closures, delays, blah!  I need a full paycheck or I might cry.  Well, at least it is Wednesday (hump day!) hooray!  I would talk about LOST some, but I really have no coherent thoughts so it would pretty much just look like this:

Sooo, LOST?  Um…….. WHAT?  I’m confused, damn you Jack!  Claire, you need a hairbrush.  Yup, that’s about it.  Have a great day everyone!