This Is Why I Love Pinterest

So I just learned an important lesson!  Don’t simultaneously update your WordPress page on your laptop and  on your iPad. Why?  Grrr!!!  I finished my original post on my laptop.  Then I went to my iPad to upload pictures because my laptop is acting weird and shuts down when I load images on safari.  Anyway, the saved version on my iPad WAS NOT complete— I saved the wrong version and now I have to start over.  Grrr!!  Not Happy!

Okay– now I’m trying to move my emotions from disgusted and annoyed to excitement about dinner again. Br….eeeee..aaaaathhhh….

I was excited because I found another nutritious and tasty recipe on Pinterest.  The past few months I have pinned a few delicious and interesting recipes on my “healthy eating” board.  Who needs cookbooks anymore when you can use your cell phone to find recipes right in the store aisle, buy the ingredients, take them home, and whip together a healthy meal.

Thanks to The Pioneer Woman on Pinterest, tonight I stuffed my face with Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Kale!  Why didn’t someone tell me about spaghetti squash?  I feel like I’ve been missing out in life.  Geez!  The dish was da bomb! Like I was sucking the juice from the kale from the bottom of the bowl.  B’Dazzle came down stairs, spotted me and asked, “Is it good?”  I felt kinda silly doing exactly what I tell him not to do– put the bowl to the mouth and soup the remains out.  Haa!  Haa!!  Oh well, mom has her weak moments too.

I ate my spaghetti squash with boneless skinless chicken breast.  Tomorrow when I eat the leftovers, I’m going to toss in some steamed jumbo spicy shrimp.  The texture of the spaghetti squash is like thin spaghetti.  The flavor is mild so you can have fun with the dish and add all kinds of flavorful food items.  Mmm…

Six months from now, I will be confidently  strutting across a stage in a blinged out two-piece, displaying my months of hard work and sacrifice.  Meanwhile, I am trying to keep my meals interesting.   Or course I had to check out the nutritional facts. Wikipedia reports the following:

  • The spaghetti squash is an oblong seed-bearing variety of winter squash. The fruit can range either from ivory to yellow or orange in color. The orange varieties have a higher carotene content. Its center contains many large seeds.
  • Nutrition Facts
    Spaghetti squashSpaghetti squash

    Amount Per 100 grams1 cup, cubes (101 g)1 cup, cubes (101 g)

    Calories 31
  • % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 0.6 g 0%
    Saturated fat 0.1 g 0%
    Polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g
    Monounsaturated fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
    Sodium 17 mg 0%
    Potassium 109 mg 3%
    Total Carbohydrate 7 g 2%
    Dietary fiber 1.5 g 6%
    Sugar 2.8 g
    Protein 0.6 g 1%
    Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 3%
    Calcium 2% Iron 1%
    Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%
    Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 3%
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

     

    If you’re looking to add a new dish to your meal cycle, give this a try; you cannot go wrong with this. I enjoyed it and would like to know what you think about it.

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This just came out of the oven. I pulled it from the skin with a fork as per the recipe instructions.

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The Body Is Your Temple

The body

At 7:30 Sunday morning, I was in the kitchen cooking.  I would have rather stayed in bed, but sleeping late wasn’t an option.

Another busy week for this working mom and wife includes, CrossFit, a day or two of jogging, football, work, tutoring for my son, blogging, laundry and a few other chores mean I have no other choice but to carefully plan for each week.     All of the food pictured here I cooked Sunday between 7:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.

When I finally sat down, I was exhausted, but relieved that the food was cooked and I wouldn’t have to turn the over, stove, or grill on for at least five days.  Heeeeey!!   Now I can focus on getting to CrossFit, the gym, and my running.  LOL!

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Two beautiful bunches of broccoli Rabe.  They are so good sauteed in olive oil with fresh garlic, and crushed red peppers.

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Mushrooms, sweet onions, jalapeno peppers, red, yellow, and orange sweet peppers. They are very good served over brown rice or Quinoa.

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Fluffy brown rice that I cooked in the rice cooker. If you eat a lot of rice, a rice cooker is worth the money , as well as a time saver.

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Boneless skinless chicken breast is much leaner that chicken thighs, breast, or drumsticks.

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Boiling my eggs in advance makes it easier to pack two-three for lunch. I usually eat only the egg white, sprinkled with egg whites. They are a great source of protein.

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Baked mac and cheese for the family, This two-pound pan will test my will power this week. I cooked it because it is one of my family’s favorite dishes.

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I tossed four pounds of kale in a pot with sweet onions, crushed red peppers, freshly ground black pepper and a little lawry’s all season salt… I can’t get enough of it.

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I found a super easy recipe for zucchini cakes on Pinterest. If you’re interested in the recipe, you can find me as “Lexa” and the recipe is posted on my board. It’s easy, quick, and healthy.

ADDITIONAL READING

Nutrition Facts, Calories in food

Power Foods:  Broccoli Rabe

The Nutritional Value of Mushrooms


In The Mood to Cook….

Today is Saturday and my day off.  Rarely do I cook on Saturdays, but for some reason this afternoon, I felt like putting my apron on and stepping into the kitchen.  What’s taken ahold of me?  Oh my!  I have no idea!

I did my standard grocery shopping, with only one new item on the list.  Before the groceries were put away, I already started prepping one dish.  I ended up  cooking a hodge-podge of whatever came to mind.  Maybe I cooked because of the extra day off and I don’t want to cook on Sunday and Monday too.  I can’t say for sure, all I know is that my family was thrilled that both ovens were working on a Saturday and they were not ordering from a take out menu. Here is what I cooked…

Ha! Ha!  This doesn't apply to me today.

Ha! Ha! This doesn’t apply to me today.

I can't get enough of the green and leafy!  Kale in one  pot and Broccolini in the other.

I can’t get enough of the green and leafy! Kale in one pot and Broccolini in the other.

Cabbage!  Green and purple!

Cabbage! Green and purple!

Bourbon seasoned boneless chicken breast

Bourbon seasoned boneless chicken breast

Pre-cooked carrots, potatoes, and chicken sausage

Pre-cooked carrots, potatoes, and chicken sausage

Hot and fresh out of the oven!  Smells good!

Hot and fresh out of the oven! Smells good!

$1.09 for fresh pizza dough at Shoprite.

$1.09 for fresh pizza dough at Shoprite.

I love my son's facial expression as he watches his dad prep the dough.  Too cute!

I love my son’s facial expression as he watches his dad prep the dough. Too cute!

Tailor is so happy to get his hands on the dough!

Tailor is so happy to get his hands on the dough!

...and now for some mozzarella cheese...

…and now for some mozzarella cheese…

Me spreading the sauce.

Me spreading the sauce.

All ready for the oven.

All ready for the oven.

After 20 minutes in the oven, this pizza was delicious!!

After 20 minutes in the oven, this pizza was delicious!!

Chocolate chip cookies!

Chocolate chip cookies!

Have a fabulous weekend!