Tuesday, February 08, 2011
I don't usually blog more than once a day, but I don't want to forget this Swedish Meatball recipe so I'm typing it out while it's still fresh in my head.
16 oz. egg noodles, cooked
2 (16 oz) bags Aldi Fit & Active Frozen Turkey Meatballs
2 Tbs. canola oil
1/2 c. flour
2 c. beef broth
12 oz. evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Preheat oven to 375F. Lay meatballs in a 9X13 baking pan in a single layer. Set aside.
Combine oil, beef broth, and evaporated milk in a large saucepan. Add flour, dill weed, and pepper, whisking together over med-high heat until mixture is bubbly. Pour mixture over meatballs, cover and bake at 375F or until heated through.
Cook noodles according to package directions while meatballs are in the oven.
Serve meatballs over noodles. Steamed carrots and a tossed garden salad are great sides. :)
8 servings: 456 calories
10 servings: 436 calories
12 servings: 354 calories
I broke the servings down this way so you can decide how much of this recipe you actually want to put on your plate. ;) I've been pretty good on calories today, so I'm thinking about going the 8-serving route.
Also...you can probably switch to fat-free evaporated milk to reduce the fat, and reduce the broth to cut the sodium, but I was just playing around in the kitchen and I'll probably try that another time.
I normally make this much food every time I cook because I have so many kids and a large husband to feed, but you can either cut this recipe in half, or store/freeze half of what you make when it's done. I hope you enjoy. Spark On. :)
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
This morning I lifted again, and I'm really proud that I've been sticking with my ST schedule for the past 5 weeks! :)
There are a few grunting men in the gym, but I don't let them intimidate me. I'm there to work hard and do my thing and everyone leaves me alone, so I'm happy.
The weather is cold, cold, COLD. It's gonna be like this all week! :( I just want winter to be over. Last night I told Dan that I want to move someplace warm when we retire, because the winters are just too hard with my depression. But we'll have to wait and see where our kids end up; I don't want to be a grandmother who never sees my grandkids.
Yesterday I did a great job staying in my calories. It was very hard! I hadn't realized how off track I'd gotten. But I did really great yesterday, and I want to build on that for today. Probably the hardest part is not snacking every hour or so in the afternoons, or having the right kind of snack. I'll keep working on that for today.
Well I have to get my kids out the door for school, and then I have 2 papers to write for school, but wanted to say it's a better week in spite of the weather and I'm doing pretty good. Spark On. :)
Monday, February 07, 2011
This morning I stayed on the dreadmill until I got 4 miles in. And I was on there 62 minutes. Not bad. :)
I also lost a pound since last week, although I think I should've done better.
I'm going to try harder to log my food, but not sure how it will go with f/t classes. :(
I don't have much else to say, so I guess I'll go make some lunch. Spark On! :)
Sunday, February 06, 2011
This morning when I checked the radar, I noticed that it was 29F outside. It is the warmest temp I've seen in IL in months! And since it's the weekend and my gym doesn't open early enough for me, I took to the streets and walked 3.5 miles in the snow. It wasn't bad out there, until I started heading back and then I wished I had a scarf on! But still I enjoyed every minute out there.
I'm also proud to say that I've logged my food today and I'm having a pretty good day so far. 4 fruit/vegetable servings so far today, and 2 more on tap for dinnertime tonight so I'm in good shape today.
Someone at church this morning told me I looked really good, but honestly it's been a hard winter and my depression has been hard to shake. That, and keeping the weight off until I can get outside and really love my workouts again. I wore my "fat jeans" to church today, because I hate that all my other pants feel so tight on me. I've been working hard though, so hopefully it won't be too much longer and I'll be wearing them again.
Yesterday I did my taxes. I'm very excited because I found I got a huge tax break for going back to school! Having 5 kids helps too, LOL. But when I finished and sent them in, Dan looked at all the finished paperwork and told me that we each deserve some money...so when our income tax refund shows up, I'll have some money to sign up for a few things I've been wanting to do this year. There are 2 century rides I want to do, plus a sprint triathlon and a half marathon. The half marathon is coming pretty soon and I'm afraid I won't be ready, so I might do a summer half with a friend of mine from AZ. I can't think of a better way to spend my windfall, and I'm very excited to finally be going forward with planning out my goals. Spark On. :)
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Yesterday at the gym, my friend Daisy got on a bike near me and said "Yesterday I stayed on the elliptical for a whole hour! I saw you doing it all the time and it inspired me to stay on it and do a whole hour!" And we joked about how badly we always want to get off these machines, and how much better it will be when we can exercise outside again!
I can't believe I could inspire anyone to do anything, because some days it's all I can do to drag myself out of bed to go work out. But she sure made me smile. :)
I'm back to not logging food very much, but I'm not eating a ton of junk either. I've been keeping it inside my head and just mentally monitoring myself, and that seems to be going okay. I weigh in on Monday, so I guess I'll know more then if I can still lose weight without logging my food!
School is going pretty well. I have A's going so far in both my online classes, and on Monday I will get my first tests back in my on-campus classes. School was closed for 3 days last week so I feel really behind! But I'm not. It's a little strange.
This morning I made b-fast for Dan, which means eggs & bacon for him. I tried low-sodium bacon from Aldi, and it was good! I've never seen it there and it was the same price, so I gave it a try. Even Dan enjoyed it, and I liked that not only was there less salt, but it was much leaner than most bacon I've gotten. So I even treated myself and let myself have a couple slices of bacon today. Usually for b-fast I will still have my usual, but we were up early together and the kids were still asleep, so it was like a date to eat alone with him. :)
I'm thinking about going skating this afternoon, or else going to a free basketball game at the university. I can't decide! We just paid all the bills so I will feel guilty if I go skating. I might have to wait for next payday. I hate being broke all the time. I need to get a job! One more year, and I'll have all my kids in school all day, and I'll be able to start looking for work. I love being at home with my kids, but I really miss having money. :(
Okay, time to decide. Basketball game. Can't wait. I think a walk is in order until then though. Have a great weekend, and Spark On. :)
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