Monday, March 6, 2017

March Goals

I hit my January goals.  I never got around to posting my February goals and well let's just not talk about that as I didn't hit them.  February got busy with the last of the preparations for ZTA day and putting the house on the market.  And the worst was getting a nasty sinus infection that lingered around.  

March Goals 

**  Four workouts a week.

** One strength workout a week.

** One ab work out a week.

** Try one new recipe.

I hope I can hit these goals.  Now that they are written down it seems like a lot.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Supreme Pizza Pasta Casserole

I hit my goals for January and bought the Skinny Mom cookbook.  I made my second recipe out of it tonight.  It turned out great.  So far any recipe I have tried from either the blog or the cookbook have been great. 

Supreme Pizza Pasta Casserole

8 ounces whole wheat rotini pasta 
1/2 pound ground beef
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 small onion, diced
2 green bell peppers, diced
1 (8 oz) container baby bella (cremini) mushrooms, sliced
1 (23.25 oz) jar Prego Light Smart Traditional Pasta Sauce
1 tsp. Italian seasoning 
1 c. shredded deducted fat mozzarella cheese 
17 slices turkey pepperoni

Bring a large pot of slated water to boil over high heat.  Cook the past to al dente according to the package directions.  Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook the ground beef until no longer pink, 7 to 8 minutes.  Use a wooden spoon to break the beef up as it cooks.  Transfer the beef to a place and drain any excess fat from the skillet.  
Add the olive oil to the skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the garlic, onion, bell peppers, and mushrooms and cook until the vegetables are softened, 4 to 6 minutes. 
Preheat the oven to 350ยบ.  Coat a 13x9 inch baking dish or a 14 inch round baking dish with cooking spray. 
Return the cooked ground beef to the skillet and mix with the vegetables.  Reduce the heat to low.  our the pasta sauce into the skillet,  Add the Italian seasoning and mix well.  Stir the cooked pasta into the skillet, making sure to evenly coast the pasta.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish.  Top with the mozzarella and pepperoni.  Bake uncovered until he cheese is melted, 20 to 25 minutes.

Since I am allergic to mushrooms I left those out.  And as I don't care for turkey I used regular pepperoni.  This dish turned out great.  I hope it is as good warmed up the rest of the week.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

It seemed like 2016 took forever.  Last year was not a good year.  One of the blessing I count is only being out of work for two weeks.  The first job might not have been a good situation and thankfully I landed at a good company and a job I am really enjoying in August.  I let taking care of me fall by the wayside during the first job because it was bringing me down so much.  I became a bump on a log when I got home from work and might get in one workout a week.  Not having to drive by the gym on the way home didn't give me much motivation to go even when the bag was in the Jeep.  I am still working to get out of that funk.  I have gotten better with workouts and even considering maybe quitting the gym this year to do workouts at home.
The thing I am proudest of doing in 2016 is walking the St. Jude 5k last month.  I might not have hit my fundraising goal (came up short $45).  Since I graduated college I have donated money each year to St. Jude no matter how little I could come up with.  Having my college roomie's son go through treatment there in the last year inspired me to do the walk.  It took me 55 minutes to do it.  And the pictures I got emailed from the race after wards I looked so bad it has inspired me to kick my butt back in gear.  Will I walk it again I don't know.  It is inspiring to see the number of people out there and the kids but that wake up call at 4:15 was hard along with the cold.
I entered a Skinny Mom contest.  I entered it because I wanted to win one of the cookbooks.  Instead  I won a huge box full of items.  My favorite item is the water bottle diffuser.  I also won a nutribullet. So any smoothie recipes to share that do not include bananas.  There were some healthy snacks in the box which I will take to the office.  Really nice pair of running capris in a size I will probably never see again.  I got a 4 pack of Tracy Anderson DVDs.  Who has tried her workouts?  Are they hard?

January Goals

**  Three workouts a week.

**  One strength workout a week.

**  Work on organizing my home office.

**  Drink 8 glasses of water a day.

My reward for hitting my goals is the Skinny Mom Cookbook.