The new job


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Well, I’m officially back to being a working Mom.  The new job is really great.  I’m working with an amazing group of people and I already look forward to seeing them the next day… so that is a good start!  I am enjoying it, but it is also an adjustment.  My husband has been picking my son up from daycare at the end of the day, as I bob and weave through traffic in order to get home.  I’m still trying to find “the” way to get home.  The commute can be anywhere from about 37 minutes, to 1 hour and 15 minutes like today… all to go about 14 miles.  Gotto love Chicagoland.  I do miss my son.  He is adjusting well, however, and he is moving to the preschool room at daycare!

I would like to announce that I have made dinner both nights when I got home!  I planned out meals for Monday through Wednesday that were healthy, quick, and easy, (I have pre-arranged days off this week for our anniversary), and have stuck to them.  I also joined the at-work Weight Watchers group so I will be now going to meetings instead of just doing it online.  I even joined the gym at work so that I can squeeze a workout in at lunch.

Last night I made a favorite chicken dish from Weight Watchers.  I also through in some McCann’s roasted potatoes (frozen) to go along with it.  It was about 5 minutes of prep, and 40 minutes of unattended cooking time.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

courtesy of WeightWatchers.com
serves 4
points: 7 per serving

4 spray(s) cooking spray, or enough to coat chicken
1 pound(s) uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, four 4-oz pieces
3 oz Boar’s Head Smoked Ham, or other brand, four 3/4 oz slices
3 oz low-fat Swiss cheese, four 3/4-oz slices
1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup(s) honey mustard
1/2 cup(s) seasoned bread crumbs, Italian-style

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.

Place chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound to 1/4-inch thickness; remove plastic wrap. Arrange 1 slice of ham and 1 slice of cheese on each chicken breast.

Starting from shorter end of chicken, roll up breast into a tight pinwheel. Tuck in ends. Secure with toothpicks.

Place flour, honey mustard and bread crumbs in 3 separate shallow bowls. Add chicken to flour; turn to coat. Transfer chicken to honey mustard; turn to coat. Place chicken in bread crumbs; turn to coat.

Transfer chicken to prepared baking sheet and coat with cooking spray. Bake until chicken is golden brown and cooked through, about 40 minutes. Remove toothpicks and serve.

~M

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  1. Sue Says:

    Margo….glad to see that you are enjoying your job! It has to be good to have time with adults also! Congratulations!

  2. Grateful Twin Mom Says:

    Congratulations on the new job. I love how inspired you are to cook even with the long commute. I, like you, plan meals too. It makes all the difference. Good luck!

  3. Barb Draeger Says:

    Glad to hear it’s going well, Margo! It must be quite an adjustment though after working at home for the past few years or so.

    The chicken sounds delicious.

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