It’s so freezing indoors and out here, so it was nice to have a big bowl of warmth for dinner 🙂 Tonight we made Alton Brown’s tomato sauce and served it over spaghetti squash – my favorite! I am SO. FULL. right now of squash and tea that I don’t think there’s any room for the dessert I had planned.
The husband was supposed to roast the squash this afternoon so we would just have to re-heat it, but when we got ready for dinner I asked him “Where’s the squash?” OOPS! He is SO forgetful that I just can’t believe it sometimes. But luckily I wasn’t too hungry, so we just decided to roast it then. After cutting it open, we microwaved on high for 5 minutes to help it along and then put it in the oven for 30. No big deal after all.
Here’s a link to Alton’s recipe that we modeled ours after.
And here’s what we used:
- 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes
- 2 medium carrots
- 2 medium celery stalks
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 oz dry sherry (1/2 in liquid and 1/2 to de-glaze)
- 2 tsp Splenda
- Oregano and rosemary to taste
- 2 tbsp capers
We pretty much followed his method – reserving and reducing the tomato liquid, broiling the solids, etc.
Topped with 10 grams freshly grated parmesan cheese!
This was about 10 oz of squash for about 75 calories. Now I love whole wheat pasta for certain dishes, but just compare the same volume of pasta here – it would probably be nearing 350 calories for the same amount! In my opinion pasta is suited for delicate gourmet toppings and spaghetti sauce just needs a BIG pile of something to deliver its goodness.
All mixed up:
With hot tea:
Total dinner calories: ~325. (I ate another 1.5 oz of squash when I was scrapping the other half for leftovers! I LOVE squash!!!!!!!!!!)
Speaking of leftover squash, I really want to take this for lunch tomorrow, but I’m having the rest of the butternut squash for lunch!! Not sure when we’ll finish this guy up because I have a few meals out this week. Perhaps Friday dinner?
Around 3:30 I had a huge pear and a little tea cookie, followed by some graham sticks because I wanted to keep munching!
It’s strange how I’m so hungry around 4:00 everyday I’m at work but when I get home for dinner I’m rarely hungry. I always want to keep eating when I finish my afternoon snack but never have trouble at other meals. I’ve noticed that hunger comes in waves like that too. Or maybe it just takes a while for the snack to reach my bloodstream.
Total Wednesday (I just wrote Monday because it feels like one with the first day of work!) calories: 1651.
-566 thru AM workout and long lunch walk
= net of 1084.
I might have a chocolate, but honestly my stomach doesn’t need anything else tonight! We’ll see. I think I’d rather just brush my teeth and get in bed. Tomorrow’s planned meals are a little heavier, so I might just “save” these calories for then – a little less one day, a little more the next. All about balance, right!?