Things We Love

Veggie Spaghetti

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 in Dinner, Featured, Meat, Pasta, Things We Love, Veggies

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAI seriously love pasta, so when I saw these veggie “noodles” as a replacement for my beloved pasta I didn’t give them much thought.  In fact, I tried to ignore them in hopes they would stop popping up on my Pinterest or Facebook as a healthy alternative.  I finally gave in and searched the utensil that could make these veggie excuse for a noodle. . . I was surprised to find it for under $15 and free 2 day shipping with amazon prime. I also saw it online at Target and Walmart, both for around $15.  I tried it out for the first time tonight expecting to be disappointed.  In fact I had regular pasta cooked and was ready to dump my plate and go make myself some regular spaghetti. But guess what?  I ended up eating the whole plate of veggie noodles!  They were very tasty and satisfying and I felt full (but not stuffed) after eating.  I would definitely recommend giving these a try.  I made a simple marinara with ground turkey and topped it off with parmesan cheese.  I used 1 carrot and 2 zucchinis for myself and had some leftover.

Veggie Spaghetti

(serves about 6)

4+ zucchinis and 4+ carrots (or you can use just one or the other)

1 pound of ground turkey (or beef or you don’t have to use any meat!)

1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce (I use the large green/red can from Trader Joes)

seasonings such as salt, pepper, basil, garlic salt, etc.

fresh parmesan for the top

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Brown your ground turkey in a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Once browned add your marinara sauce and seasonings.

Use the Veggetti to make your veggie noodles.  Heat 1 (or more depending on many “noodles” you have) tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet.  Cook your veggie noodles over medium heat 4-6 minutes until tender.  I put a little salt and pepper on mine but with the sauce and cheese it really didn’t need it!

Top your noodles with the prepared marinara sauce and parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately!

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Spaghetti Squash

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 in Dinner, Featured, Fitness, Things We Love, Veggies

Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to pasta if you’re trying to limit your carb intake. A cup of spaghetti squash only comes in around 40 calories and 10 carbs which sounds pretty good compared to around 200 calories and over 30 carbs that comes with a cup of pasta. Spaghetti squash makes a yummy and filling meal when topped with ground beef or chicken and tomato sauce.
Here’s how I prepare my spaghetti squash:
1. Cut the squash in half long ways
2. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and drizzle with olive oil
3. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning or salt and pepper
4. Cook at 375 for 40 minutes (varies depending on size)
5. Use a fork to scrape squash out and top with canned tomatoes or low sugar tomato sauce and lean ground beef
Spaghetti squash is also good topped with spicy turkey sausage to give it more flavor. I was skeptical the first time I tried spaghetti squash, but now I work it into my mealplan every few weeks. Do you have a favorite spaghetti squash recipe? Share it below! :-)

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A Girl’s Best Friend…

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in Featured, Fitness, Things We Love

Let’s talk about one of my favorite subjects….shoes!!! :-) no, not strappy heels or cute boots. Workout shoes! It’s very important to replace your running or cross training sneakers every few months, especially if you run or walk for a majority of your daily exercise.
Since I do kickboxing 5-6 days a week and run a few times a week, I usually buy new shoes every 3 months, if not more often. Most of my friends would tell you I shop for shoes more like every other month, but what do they know?!
Many of you may already know, an uncomfortable or unsupportive pair of shoes can ruin your workout and leave you aching all day. Take care of yourself by investing in quality shoes that provide the support you need.
Here are my new shoes! They’re Asics Gel-Kinsei 4 Running Shoes and they’re awesome! I love the cushy gel soles, and of course it doesn’t hurt that they’re cute….
So if you’re still lacing up your dusty old sneakers, head out this weekend and do some shopping! :-)

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Sawdust and Diamonds Jewelry

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 in Featured, Things We Love

Looking for some unique hand-made jewelry??  Check out the Sawdust and Diamonds Facebook page!  Some of her pieces include: birds nest necklaces, pea pod necklaces, unique pendants, dictionary pendants, and many more unique and fun pieces.  Like her page on Facebook and find a one of a kind piece that suits your style!

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Tek Gear Workout Capris

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 in Things We Love

I probably have 30 different pairs of workout pants…mostly black yoga pants that all look pretty much the same. More recently I’ve started buying Tek Gear pants because I wanted something a little more comfortable for my kickboxing workouts. I like the yoga pants the best because they’re fitted enough that they don’t move around during my workout and the material is also very slimming. I hate tight thin pants that show every bulge and ride up during my workout…it makes me so angry when uncomfortable clothes ruin my workout! My Tek Gear pants are the most comfortable pants I have and they stay put during my hour cardio kickboxing class. Now that’s impressive! They also have lots of cute colors and styles. I love buying cute workout clothes…it makes me feel cute even when I’m dripping with sweat and my hair is going in every direction. And hey, who wouldn’t love fitted pants that are slimming AND don’t creep up while you’re running at the gym with 12 people behind you?! I know I do!


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