Saturday, November 24, 2012

Turkey Meatloaf

Finally! I can do it! Reading the instructions helps a ton. Meatloaf is always hard. And it's especially hard to make Turkey Meatloaf taste good. But seriously, this meatloaf is great. I'm going to make it again this week or next.

Here's the deal - Ground Turkey is best found at Sam's Club in a 2-40 ounce pack by Jennie-O. Good stuff, great package. I use it for meatballs and chili.

2 Tbsp Butter
Small White Onion, Diced
3 Garlic Cloves or 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
20 ounces ground turkey
Packet Italian Seasoning Dressing (Dry Salad Dressing Mix)
8-ounces tomato sauce
1 egg
1 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt & Pepper

Preheat Oven to 350.
Melt butter in sauce pan, saute diced onion & garlic until onion is clear. Remove from heat & let cool
In large bowl mix together the ground turkey, Italian Seasoning, egg, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt & paper. Mix in bread crumbs & onion/garlic mixture.
Divide into 4 small loaves ~ 13 ounces each.
Bake on parchment paper lined cookie sheet for 50 minutes.

Note: You can make one large loaf, but the 4 smaller loaves will cook equally and more thoroughly then one large loaf.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Insanity - Week 1 (and Germs!)

WOWSER!! It's been an interesting couple of week of work outs. We started with the Insanity Fit Test on Monday and worked out Tuesday and Thursday. We missed Wednesday's workout because of our last Financial Peace University class. Dave Ramsey has made such a difference in our married life! Entry on that later.... We also missed Friday due to laziness and Saturday due to sickness. I'm not happy with that, but am trying my hardest to make the best of it.

We hope to do Cardio Recovery today. But it's a slim to no chance that'll happen. I totally blame Jason. He works outside our super duper clean home. He brought home germs (and he had this cough thing first.) It's like I live in a bubble now. Honestly he probably got it from voting. I would guess that is the most likely place to catch and spread germs. I didn't see any GermX. That would have been a good idea. I wonder how much that would cost? I can't find an actual number of polling places in the United States. It says it's hard to know for sure. And I've thought about how many cities, how many polling places per large city.. and ugh. Math. Math is hard when you're sick. So next election, I'm going to donate to the city money and/or hand sanitizer so at least MY community is covered.

I have gone through the P90X, TurboFire, and Insanity nutrition guides. My eating is back on track, or about 90% back on track. Meal planning is more thoughtful. I made a Spaghetti Squash Casserole this past week... it's ok. Full of veggies and fiber. Hopefully I'll get the recipe posted the next few days. I have the Crock Pot Sante Fe Chicken for tonight, and hope to make some Turkey Meatloafs this week. I also found that prepping breakfast was a good thing and easy. So I plan to bake Mini-Quiches tomorrow.

It is time for a nap.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Breakfast Quinoa

Who knew you could eat quinoa for breakfast? This BeachBody recipe (modified) is really great! Healthy and low calorie and low fat. 

1/2 cup milk. Can substitute almond, soy, or rice milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup organic quinoa, rinsed
3/4 cups fresh berries
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp honey

Serving Size: Makes 3 Servings
1. Combine milk, water, cinnamon, and (rinsed) quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat.

2. Reduce heat to medium low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat; let stand covered 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla.
3. Put 1/4 cup berries in 3 serving dishes. Place 1/3 of quinoa over berries. 
4. Drizzle preferred sweetener over each serving.

It actually was really good. I keep forgetting to rinse my quinoa when I cook it. I wrote on the front of the box with a Sharpe "RINSE" to remind me the next time. The texture is different, but it does remind me of eating oatmeal for breakfast. 

I used Trader Joe's Organic Quinoa (cost effective if you're shopping around) and have frozen blueberries. I heated my first dish 30-seconds to defrost the blueberries. 

The next morning I heated the dish a 90 seconds to heat it up. Tasted just like the day before. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Comfort Food - Chicken & Rice

One of my mom's favorite dishes when I was growing up was a very simple Baked Chicken & Rice casserole. It's really easy. Anyone can make this. Even my friends who can't cook!


1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 can Cream of Whatever Soup (I prefer mushroom)
2 Cups of rice
Parmesan Cheese (about 1/4 cup)
4 chicken breasts, split open & pounded slightly thin
Salt & Pepper

In a large bowl or measuring glass, mix together the Milk, Water, Soup, and Rice.

Pour the mixture into a 9x13 glass casserole dish. Make sure you spray the dish with non-stick spray or else the rice will stick. Even then, the rice will stick. Be prepared, the rice will stick.

Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top of the soupy mixture. (You can omit this or substitute another grated cheese and/or bread crumbs.)

Layer the chicken breasts on top of the mixture. They might sink into the soupy mixture - that's ok, it gives it more flavor!

Sprinkle with Salt & Pepper, and other spices if you choose. I like adding a little garlic and oregano.
Bake at 350-degrees F for 40 minutes. Check the chicken... it should be done.. if you flattened the breasts. Otherwise keep cooking. Or throw the chicken in the microwave.

Best served with steamed broccoli.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Insanity Fit Test

I don't expect to blog everyday about Insanity. But today was Day 1 - the Fit Test.
It's only 30 minutes and wow was my heart pounding when I got done! I also felt way out of shape!

Switch Kicks - 25
Power Jacks - 23
Power Knees - 55
Power Jumps - 18
Globe Jumps - 4
Suicide Jumps (Burpies) - 8
Push-Up Jacks - 13
Low Plank Oblique - 35

If you want to read a description of these hellicious exercises, you can do so at this guy's blog. Which is appropriate titled Lying on the Bathroom Floor: My First Encounter with Beachbody's Insanity.

So I did my fit test. And I almost threw up. Twice. Ok. 3 times, I headed off to PT with Dave. I didn't think I had enough pain tonight.

I might wind up doing Insanity in the morning so I can do it on an empty stomach. Otherwise I'll have to make sure my afternoon snacks is nothing heavy or gross like Hot Cocoa. (It seemed like a good idea at the time.)

Tuesday is Day 2 - Plyometrics Cardio Circuit (42 Minutes). Tomorrow is also food co-op. I'll be picking up our order of fruits and veggies. This will help a lot with eating better.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

 Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken from SkinnyTaste
Servings: 8 servings Calories: 190 • Fat: 1.5 g • Fiber: 5.6 g • Carbs: 23.1 g • Protein: 21 g

24 oz (1 1/2) lbs chicken breast, diced
14.4 oz can diced tomatoes (recommend fire roasted, not drained)
4-oz can diced mild green chilies, drained 
15 oz can black beans, rinsed & drained
8 oz can corn, rinsed & drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
14.4 oz can fat free chicken broth
3 scallions, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1tsp salt
Or other spices to taste
Combine chicken broth, beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in your crock pot. Lay chicken on top and season with salt & pepper. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving,  adjust salt and seasoning.

Serve with rice, and/or in a tortilla with sour cream, guacamole, cheese. Think "Chipolte Burrito Bowl" Nutrional info above stolen from SkinnyTaste and doesn't incude the extras. The crock pot conconoction tastes great by itself.

The rice above was a recipe from skinny taste, but I added too much cilantro. Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice