Today we celebrate two very different holidays!
IT’S NATIONAL FIG NEWTON DAY AND INTERNATIONAL HOT AND SPICY FOOD DAY!
First up, Fig Newtons. They’re tasty. Named after Newton, Massachusetts, as opposed to Sir Isaac. You’d kind of imagine a corporate giant like Nabisco making a PR gesture with one of their less popular items – so much less popular that they’ve dropped “Fig” from the name – just so they can justify putting these out on shelves. In my (SP) classroom, I doubt you’d get 20% of the students to recognize what a Fig Newton is. Sad days we live in.
One thing to note is that the regular Newtons vs the reduced-fat Newtons are the same in WW points. So we went for the real thing. Currently, they are now all bagged up in small servings to have at a later time if we should so choose.
But that isn’t what today is REALLY about. To me, at least. Today is a day not recognized by the folks at the National Day Calendar (who knows why not, since they do include other international days) but is one that I could not pass up as I looked through the days of the year. Spicy food is amazing. It’s my lifeblood. Make something spicy with a hell of a lot of garlic, and you have found your way into my heart.
Today we made what we call our Banyan Beef Stir-Fry. It’s loosely based on the Banyan sauce you can get at the Bengal BBQ in Disneyland. We’ve tried many recipes of people who claim to know the actual secrets, but they’ve all been wrong. Nothing compares to a jalapeno-cheese pretzel dipped in that spicy sauce.
So here is our stir-fry, complete with recipe! First up is the sauce, which is the most crucial part.
What’s amazing about all of this is how low in points the whole thing is, despite the 1/4 cup of oil and 1 cup of soy sauce used in making it. When you think about it, though, several pounds of veggies with a couple pounds of lean beef should make for a healthy meal. You could have 5 cups of this for the same value as a 1/2 cup serving of Beijing Beef at Panda Express. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: When you make food at home, for some reason, it’s healthier. The equivalent dish when you eat out is going to be at least twice the calories.
Anywho, today was weigh in day!
WEIGH IN DAY RESULTS!
SP: -3.4 pounds, total lost: 87.4
AK: +1.0 pounds, total lost: 26.2
For SP, this has been a really good week. I’ve been able to keep to my plans of what I’m going to have and, even with some dining out adventures, I managed to make some good choices. AK wasn’t too bummed about the gain, and knows exactly what she needs to kick ass for next week.
Tomorrow is Hot Buttered Rum Day! Here’s hoping it goes over better than Hot Toddy Day…