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Pasta and Peas Please!

30 Dec

Happy holidays!

I came home the morning of Christmas Eve and stayed until the 27; I was fortunate enough to get both Christmas Eve AND the day after Christmas off of work! More time home is always better than one night :).

We had family over on Xmas Eve..

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Lots of food, drinks, and good times it was! I don’t have a large family so it’s manageable to get everyone in one place. We had ham, potatoes, roasted carrots, rolls, and salad for dinner. A cheesecake platter and Bartram House Bakery carrot cake was for dessert! Seriously. If you live near one, I highly recommend trying this cake! It’s TO DIE.

Christmas day was spent at my Aunt Christy’s house; we go over there every year for lunch. It was so nice to be able to come home for the holidays!

I spent a majority of my time being extremely domesticated; ran errands, did laundry, cooked, and painted my nails (that counts). We always have so much ham afterwards, and rather than ham sandwiches for days, my mom likes to incorporate it into Pasta and Peas! This is one of those recipes that doesn’t follow a “recipe”..it’s more like a little bit of this and some of that.

Pasta and Peas:

  • chop 1/2 of a large, white onion
  • ~2-3 cups of chopped ham
  • 1 bag of frozen peas
  • 2 large jars of marinara sauce
  • ~1/2c. whipping cream
  • 2(16 ou.) boxes of pasta, cooked
  1. add a little EVOO to a high pan, cook onions until they’re translucent (~5 minutes).
  2. add chopped ham, cook through (~2-3 minutes).
  3. add peas and marinara sauce.
  4. salt and pepper to taste.
  5. combine cooked pasta and ham mixture.
  6. pour into a sprayed, large baking dish.
  7. sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
  8. bake at 350degrees for ~25-30 minutes (to heat through).

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This is a comfort dish X 10! So nice to eat it surrounded by family :).

Day 41

18 Jul

What a day!

But first, a recap of last night:

  • ran Lake Johnson 2 times! It ended up being about 7 miles (give or take) and boy was it brutal; I felt like a wool clothe was covering my mouth and nose the entire time.
  • picked up a package from Kathie who so thoughtfully left it as a “going away” present. A mug , card, and a picture of us!
  • sat in complete silence and ate dinner. I guess that’s what happens when you shut your cable and internet off before you move out! Good thing I have Hulu+ on my phone and a good book to read. If a neighb is reading this, would you be so kind to take the password off your wifi 🙂

Now to Tuesday..

This morning started bright and early; a morning run around the lake. It can’t get better than seeing the sunrise while doing an activity you love :), it sets the tone for my ENTIRE day! The only not-so-good part of the morning was putting off breakfast until I got to my internship; one of the coordinators took me to breakfast on campus which was very delicious and sweet of her! I forgot how good omelets are when someone else makes them; an egg-white omelet with veggies, turkey sausageeege (Scott Disick-style), and feta cheese with a side of fresh fruit!

I’ve been spending the last week sorting through CD’s and organizing them by BPM and, of course, I had to do it wrong, so I spent a majority of this morning reorganizing them.

I taught a Step demo to the employees as another final hoo-rah! It was a short 20-minute, 3-combo routine that I wanted to perform to see if I’ve improved since Step I.T. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve become one with the Step ;).

Lunch was something other than a sandwich! I’ve been on a huge salad kick lately because I’m trying to clean-out my refrigerator before the big move up North!

In the mix:

  • spinach
  • cannellini beans
  • cucumbers
  • tomatoes
  • red onion
  • cherries! I LOVE fruit in salads! A lot of people don’t and I’m not too certain why?
  • mozzarella cheese
  • balsamic vinegar
  • wheat thins. These were last-minute; after the step demo, I realized I didn’t have a whole grain so I through those into the mix.

I have the neatest salad container ever; it’s an ordinary oval bowl but the lid holds a fork AND a little cup for dressing! It fits about 2 tablespoons, which is the serving side for most dressings.

The rest of the afternoon will be spent resting up around the office before I teach Body Sculpt & Balance tonight at 5:30pm!

Raw, Toasted Almonds

10 Mar

I hope your weekend starts off on a relaxing yet healthy note!

First off- GO PACK! NC State beat Virginia yesterday 67-64! They’ll be playing UNC today at 1pm- show your support for the Wolfpack!!

Today (Wednesday) started out with a spur-of-the-moment run around North Park. When I’m home, exercising is at the end of my to-do list. I don’t know what it is but I’d rather spend time with my family than carve out an hour to myself. Instead of pushing myself to workout when I know I won’t put 100% into it, I listen to my body and go with the flow. The flow this morning was urging me to go! The high in Pittsburgh today is going to be mid-60’s; perfect weather for a run and to see the unveiling of the Mario Lemieux Statue!

If I was going to run, I wanted to complete it earlier rather than later so it wasn’t on my mind; my dad and I have plans to bar hop this afternoon! He’s on vacation and I’m on Spring Break so it’s only fitting we both live it up!

Breakfast was a hearty bowl of overnight oats made with Trader Joe’s honey Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup of Old Fashioned oats and raw, toasted almond slivers. Have you ever had these from Trader Joe’s? They pack so much flavor! When I first saw the word “raw” on the label, I was skeptical that these almonds would be on the bland side and I’d have to toast them in the oven. Wrong. They are pre-toasted with no seasoning so the almond flavor really bursts. Fantastic for oats, salad, or mixed into yogurt!

Last night after my mother came home from work, she wanted a quick circuit to complete before dinner. Because she’s family, I didn’t charge her but she’s lucky! My mother did the following workout for 30 minutes; 45 seconds each exercise, 3-4X through.
1. Side squats w/ tubing
2. Push-ups w/ rows
3. Reverse lunges and biceps curls
4. Glute bridges and triceps skullcrushers.
5. Planks

You- Katie..there’s no shoulder work?
Me- Ahh, yes. Long story short and in lamens terms; my mom has no cartilage between her vertebrae. In fact, she has no balance mechanisms throughout her spine, neck, or head. There have been times when we would be yoga-ing and she completely fell over. Funny but very serious! My mother has been to every doctor in Pittsburgh and no one seems to have a cure for this. Prior to, her exercise regime was similar to mine; we’d do DVDs together (weights and cardio), walk, practice yoga and Pilates; now, she’s limited with weights workout (nothing overhead, lateral, or bent over arm movements), no high impact plyometric exercises, and anything that will cause her to strain her neck is out of the question. She enjoys swimming because it’s low impact enough that she doesn’t feel like a semi hit her the next morning yet it increases her heart and provides toning benefits. Yoga and Pilates are comfortable for her too, she just has to watch her alignment and ease into the postures.
Like everyone, my mother has good days and not-so-good days but there’s never a day that goes by where she’s sedentary because of her minor-limitations. My role model.

Have a great Saturday! I’ll be writing up another Ripped review in case you needed a new DVD to add to your collection :).

Things to stumble upon:

Angelled Eggs

26 Nov

Have I mentioned my loathing for any food and/or condiment that’s white and creamy? I don’t know what it is but it really makes me nauseous and I can’t bare to even look at it, let alone eat it! But some recipes that are made with these foul ingredients look tasty, so I try and come up with another way to enjoy them with everyone else.

Instead of devilled eggs (commonly) made with the yolk, mayo, Dijon mustard and tabasco sauce, my family likes are eggs the “angelled” way! (I’m bummed because I thought I was sooo creative with the recipe name..come to find I’m not the creator 😦 )

Evans/Heron Family Angelled Eggs

Ingredients:

  • hard-boiled eggs (bring a large pot of water to a boil. add eggs and turn off the water. let them sit for 10 minutes)
  • hummus (we use Trader Joe’s white bean hummus-slightly garlicky, creamy and herby!)
  • teeny-tiny diced celery pieces
  • paprika

Prep:

  • cut the eggs in half, remove the yolk (you can keep the yolks for another recipe or toss them)
  • mix the hummus and celery
  • scoop a heaping spoonful of the hummus mixture into each egg half
  • sprinkle generously with paprika

 This recipe is a staple at my family get-together’s and I hope you try it too!

Pumpkin Oatmeal

2 Nov

The definition of fall is in this bowl of comfortableness! This oatmeal recipe is nothing out-of-the-ordinary, but it’s just too scrumptious to keep to myself :).

Usually I prefer my oatmeal made with milk, but this is my only exception; water seems to contribute to the oatmeal’s gooey consistency and texture.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • sweetener (optional)
  • banana (frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon (or more) pumpkin butter (Trader Joe’s)
  • sprinkles of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or all!
Prep:
  1. combine oats and water in a bowl. nuke for ~3 minutes.
  2. add pumpkin, yogurt, and a little more water (I like my oatmeal very voluminousness). nuke ~2-3 minutes.
  3. skip the added water if you’re normal add a little more water, sweetener, and frozen banana. nuke ~2-3 minutes.
  4. finally, dollop with pumpkin butter and sprinkle the spices of your choice!
Comfortableness in a bowl 😀

Muffin Cups for Portion Control

12 Oct

Ever have one of those “aha!” moments while rummaging through your cabinets?? I’m always on the lookout for ways to help with portion control and while I was on the hunt for a snack the other day, I came across those rubbery muffin/cupcake liners. Hmmm..

A cheap and effective way to portion out snacks with materials you have hopefullyalready? Muffin/cupcake liners! Yes, these liners  can come in handy both for baking and portion control. Each liner is about a half-cup portion; perfect for nuts, fruits, or pretzels!

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Do some rummaging through your cabinets (not just kitchen ones! it’s amazing what you find elsewhere..) and see what you can find to help you better portion out foods. Get creative and use your imagination!

Sun-dried Tomato & Feta Stuffed Chicken

21 Aug

Flavorful sun-dried tomatoes combined with tangy feta cheese, basil, and Italian seasoning make this stuffed chicken dish delectable!

This recipe makes 4 servings, but if you’re like me, I only cook for 1 so I prepare the chicken breasts and freeze them for another time. I do this with a lot of recipes; it’s a great tip when you’re cooking for 1 and doesn’t force you to eat the same thing for days!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2c. sun-dried tomatoes*(*bring water to a boil-add tomatoes-turn off heat, cover for 5 mins-drain)
  • 1/2c. feta cheese (I like sun-dried tomato and basil flavored)
  • 2t. chopped basil (fresh or dry)
  • 1t. Italian seasoning
  • 1t. minced garlic
  • black pepper
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • salt
  • 2T. butter
  • 1/4c. chicken broth
Prep:
  • combine tomatoes, feta, basil, seasoning, and garlic in a bowl.
  • make a horizontal split in chicken breasts (be careful not to slice all the way through!).
  • stuff ~1/4c. of mixture into each chicken breast-sprinkle with salt.
  • take 4 sheets of aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. place 1 stuffed breast on each piece, lay 1/2t. butter on top, and drizzle with chicken broth.
  • fold ends of foil tightly and place in the oven at 425degrees for 20 minutes.
Easy to prepare (and clean-up), flavorful, and healthy! I served this with a side of Trader Joe’s 5-grain medley and roasted asparagus.DeLiSh :-}