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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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me mom and chase

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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).

pasta and peas

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

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 :).

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Roasted Cabbage

8 Feb

This post is completely dedicated to Sarah..3 recipes for cabbage!

If it weren’t for her, I would have never tried cabbage, loved it, and now eat it in the copious amounts that she does! The way she introduced me to the leafy green, cruciferous veggie is:

  • sauteing it in a little extra virgin olive oil, dried onions, salt and pepper-delicious and simple!

Here are 2 other recipes I’ve experimented with that have all tasted differently:

  • saute in oil and 1 tablespoon of butter with minced, fresh red onions, salt and pepper.
  • roast cabbage in a 425degree oven with olive oil, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes for some heat*

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Capsaicin is a thermogenic agent, which means it increases metabolic activity. This, in turn, helps to burn calories and fat. Sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes, tabasco sauce, or cayenne pepper on scrambled eggs, in pasta, or sautéed veggies! (source)

 

Roasted Acorn Squash

15 Sep

Have I mentioned I LOVE FALL? If I haven’t..I LOVE FALL! The crisp weather, UGG boots and colorful scarves, hockey and football games, pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, sitting by a fire place, fall foods..I could go on for hours.. :).

I bought my first of many squashes of the season and it was delicious! I’ve never made acorn squash like this before and it will definitely be a staple in my fall recipe file.

Ingredients:

  • acorn squash-halved and seeds removed
  • thinly sliced white onion
  • 1T. butter
  • 1/2t. cumin
  • 1/4t. cinnamon
  • 1/4t. salt

Preparation

  • preheat oven to 425degrees. place squash-skin side down-on a baking sheet (with sides)-drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper-fill baking sheet with water (about halfway up the squash). bake ~55 minutes.
  • melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. add onions and saute ~10 minutes. add cumin, cinnamon, and salt-stir.
  • when squash is roasted, using a fork, scrape the flesh out and add it to the onion mixture.
  • stir to combine and serve the mixture in the squash skin for a pretty presentation! (sorry no pictures)

I LOVE FALL 😛