Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Yummy Spaghetti

Tonight I didn't feel like cooking. Nothing new really, some days I do some days I don't. So I turned to my go to dish for nights when I want something quick and easy...spaghetti.
So here we have the spaghetti with meat sauce I made, cheesy garlic bread and wilted lettuce. The garlic bread wasn't anything special. Just store bought french bread, sliced, sprinkled with garlic salt and Italian seasoning mix and a pinch of shredded cheese. The wilted lettuce was a experiment and a bit of a fail. With some tweaking it may work. I wilted it with a bit olive oil, some garlic salt and put it in the oven. It had a very strong lettuce flavor. The Hubby said it may be good with some vinegar sprinkled on it.

The family gave me mixed reviews on the spaghetti. I thought it was great, others thought it was okay, and a couple thought the flavor was a bit odd...but okay.

I made the noodles the usual way...boil in salty water. I browned the meat and while that was all going I made the tomato sauce.  Since I liked it I thought I would post the recipe here. Just a warning, I guessed on the seasoning amounts, so all seasoning amounts are pretty much to taste. Bad Jackie for not measuring.

Spaghetti Sauce with a twist
3 cans diced tomatoes (low sodium preferred)
1 can navy beans, rinsed and drained
1 small can tomato paste
1 lb lean ground chuck
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp Mrs dash
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground mustard
1/4 tsp turmeric

1. Brown meat in large skillet.
2. Puree two cans of tomatoes, the beans, and tomato paste together.
3. Add seasonings to tomato sauce.
4. After meat has browned, add tomato sauce and last can of tomatoes.
5. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Nutrient data for 8 servings (based on calculator on
Calories 192, Total Fat 4.2g, Cholesterol 51mg, Sodium 289mg, Total Carbohydrates 16.6g, Dietary Fiber 4.1g, Sugars 4.2g, Protein 22.4g, Vitamin A 16% • Vitamin C 19% Calcium 3% • Iron 73%

Friday, February 28, 2014

Easy Hummus

Part of my senior internship is requiring me to teach a nutrition education class to patients who are mostly low income and/or homeless. Or at the very least very insecure about home and food. 

They may be experiencing hardships in trying to find healthy food to eat. If they have food to eat, the cooking areas and utensils may be limited.

So my goal is showing them how they can fix yummy, healthy food when they have a super limited budget and may have very little experience or equipment when it comes to preparing food.

One of my favorite easy to prepare snacks is hummus. It only requires a few ingredients, of most you usually have in your home. No real prep work as you're just throwing a bunch of stuff together and mushing it together. The only problem is that most people usually make it with a blender, food processor, immersion blender or something similar. The people I will be talking with may not have access to these handy dandy items.

So I came up with an easy peasy hummus that requires nothing but your ingredients, a plastic zipper bag, and something to smash with (your hands, a rolling pin, can of veggies, etc...).

Easy Hummus

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cumin
1-2 teaspoons Salt Free Seasoning Blend
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 tablespoons water (more if needed)

  1. Open, drain and rinse one can of chickpeas. You can either leave the skins on or take them off for a smoother hummus.
    2. Put all the ingredients, except for water, into a plastic baggy.
     3. Smash. I used a rolling pin and palm of my hand for about 6 minutes to get it to look like this. If the hummus looks dry add water to the bag a couple tablespoons at a time. Smash until it looks like peanut butter.
     4. Either place in a fridge for later or put into a bowl with a side of veggies or pita chips and enjoy. Hummus is also great to use in place of mayo or miracle whip on sandwiches and wraps.
My hummus turned out a bit rustic looking due to leaving the skins and probably could of used a touch more water to make it creamier. However it looks, it tastes delicious and hits the spot for a snack or lunch.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 47 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 
Saturated Fat 
Total Carbohydrates 
Dietary Fiber 
Vitamin A 1%Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 4%Iron 13%
Nutrition Grade A

Nutrition data is based on 12, 2 tablespooon, servings. Such as if you were to use the hummus for dip with friends or sandwich spread.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I Am Here, I Am Here, I Am Here

Nevermind the poor Dr Suess reference in the title. Just a bit of silliness, though I do feel like a tiny Who once in a while.

Anyway, I am here. I've been busy with school stuff and learning lots. Well, applying lots and learning some. It's been an exciting semester so far. Right now I'm working on a general nutrition lesson plan and diabetic education plan. Also making diabetic friendly, low-sodium menu plans. One using a slow cooker and utilizing leftovers as a cost saving feature.

I'm no longer a Beachbody coach. While I think it's a great company, it just wasn't for me. I'm not much of a salesman (saleswoman?) I guess.  So now instead of bringing in any money I'm concentrating on not spending any more then absolutely necessary and cutting costs where I can.

Also, over at Mamavation they are doing a virtual 5K this coming weekend. I decided to sign up and kick off my running season. Last year I didn't do a single 5K, and barely ran at all. If you would like to check out and sign up for this free virtual 5k and mayhap win prizes just go over to Mamavation and check it out.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

To keep you on track..

If you made a goal/resolution to get into shape for 2014, I'm here to help. Today is the last day for free shipping on the P90X3 and Focus T25 challenge packs. After today the shipping and handling goes up to a discounted 2.00 and then will go up again after 1/31/2014. The challenge packs are on sale through January for only 180.00. With the challenge pack you receive the fitness program, one of five delicious Shakeology flavors, and a FREE 30-day trial membership to the Team Beachbody Club. Everything you need to be successful.

To order the P90X3 challenge pack go here:

And to order Focus T25 challenge pack go here:

First Challenge of 2014

It's been 2014 for a week now. Has anyone fell off their resolutions yet? Honestly, I'm barely keeping mine. Stress lately has been doing that to me. I need accountability (which, of course, is one reason for this page). I have fitness apps on my phone and kindle, but rarely use them. So I decided on my January challenge. This one will run through the end of February as well. 

For the next 7 weeks the challenge is log your health/fitness journey. You can choose your favorite way to do this. I'm going to be using a free printable from here (I'm using number 6). Starting this evening I will take a snapshot of my journal each day, whether I fill it out or not. I need to log the good as well as the bad. I will post the picture on here for accountability. 

If you would like to join along just like and comment  on my Facebook page and (if you can) share your log entry. You don't have to share any measurements if you don't want to. Just share that you followed along. Let's hold each other to our goals.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Shaking the Old Tin Cup

I really dislike doing this, because it seems like begging (maybe 'cause it is). However, I am trying to raise up money so that I can finish my last semester of college and complete my undergrad. So I am shaking the virtual tin cup in order to do so. I've got to raise at least 1700 dollars in the next two weeks so I can attend my final 3 classes this semester. I need 3624.00 to pay for the entire semester. Education is expensive but I know it's worth it.

I'm so close to finishing and excited about the future. However, I'm not sure what my future will hold if I cannot finish these final 9 credit hours. I've already pushed my graduation date back several times due to different reasons (finances was the reason a couple times) I'm not sure I'll be able to do so much more.

So if you're feeling generous please donate a bit on my GoFundMe page located HERE. If you're feeling generous but unable to help out please consider sharing my link on your twitter or facebook page so maybe it can  be reached by those who are able.

I thank you dear readers and I hope you had a great New Year.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year's Eve

I know everyone is getting ready to welcome 2014 in (or already have in some parts of the world). I hope everyone is doing it in a safe and fun way.

I've been enjoying the day with the kiddies as I await the Hubby's arrival home for work. Looking forward to a lazy New Year's day tomorrow chilling at home with my 5 favorite people. I've also made a final decision on what my 2014 resolution would be.

Will after much thought, I've decided on my New Year's Resolution for 2014. I'm keeping it simple and kind of vague, but it applies to nearly every aspect of my life.

For 2014 I resolve to simply Do More.

Just think about it, every goal I have just requires those two words. If I want to be healthier I need to DO MORE clean eating and exercise and DO MORE when it comes to consistency. If I want better grades I need to DO MORE studying. I want a cleaner more organized house, I just need to DO MORE. I want to save money, I need to DO MORE of what it takes. I want to finish projects...well, you get the hint.

I know to truly be successful I may need to be more specific. However I like the vagueness of this, it eases my mind and release potential guilt. So if I screw up and say don't work out 30  minutes everyday one week. However, maybe I did workout 3 times for at least 45 minutes and that's really probably 45 minutes longer than I did in a week on average in 2013. Well I'm still working my resolution. It's not a fail as long as I did more than before.

Well, I'm off to run to the store and get a few things for tonight. Be merry and safe dear readers.