Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sausage and Kale with Butternut Sauce and Spaghetti Squash

Mom came over for dinner earlier this week and I made a variation of this pasta dish from A Skinny Taste, but I also added some cannellini beans – it was to die for!  I had some butternut squash sauce left over, so I used it for a pasta-free version tonight.  I started by browning some sausage and adding onions, sage, and mushrooms in a big sauté pan we got as a wedding shower gift!

sausage, kale, baby bella mushrooms

Once the onions and mushrooms had cooked down a bit, I added some chopped kale and let it cook down.  Then I added the remainder of my butternut squash sauce (I wish I had written down everything I put in – it was a butternut squash I cooked in boiling water, plus about 3-4 oz cream cheese, maybe a splash of chicken stock, salt, and pepper).

adding butternut squash sauce

I added some fresh nutmeg with my Microplane – also a wedding present (we got so many wonderful gadgets!)

nutmeg all ingredients ready for spaghetti squash

Meanwhile I had roasted some spaghetti squash in the oven and sprinkled it with salt, pepper, and ground sage, so I scraped out the squash fibers once it was done…

spaghetti squash

We could’ve served the sausage/butternut mixture on top of individual portions of the squash, but we elected to just mix it all together in the pan before portioning out and topping with parmesan cheese.


It was perfect – a little spicy, a little sweet, and chock-full of veggies!  We’ll definitely do this again over the fall and winter months.

Crock Pot BBQ and Back to Normalcy Post-Wedding

We got a new crockpot as a wedding gift and are having fun with it!  One of our favorite things to do is pulled pork.  Friday night, Jason put together a friggin’ awesome rub comprised of ground coffee, some chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, coriander, cayenne, thyme, minced onions, and probably a couple other things I’m forgetting.

Pork shoulder rub

We put the rub on Friday night after we got home from a family dinner and let it sit in the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap.  The next morning we put it in the crock with a little bourbon to cook on low for about 8 hours while we did stuff during the day.

Pork in crock pot

At that point, it was ready to shred and enjoy!

Shredding pork Shredding pork  

We had some friends over to watch football Saturday night and had pulled pork, my lightened-up coleslaw, baked beans, and a few other little nibbles. 

Since I’ve been wedding planning for the last 10 months or so, it’s nice to try to get back to a routine and some sense of normalcy.  I might write a blog post about wedding stuff once we get photos back from the photographers, but I’d like to try to focus on blogging about food and recipes with even a shred of consistency!  Jason and I are ready to get back to healthier eating after our honeymoon, so hopefully this will help us!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wedding home stretch!

Time to panic!
In less than 3 months, I'll be walking down the aisle toward the love of my life....and I still have a ways to go with my weight loss!  I've been stuck in a rut for awhile now - eating 100% on-plan most of the time but then going waaaaay off-course just enough to make everything break even.
According to the scales at work (I keep track both at home and work - the scales are about 5lbs different from each other), I've hovered around 185 for over a year, and that's only about 5lbs less than my average for the year before.  In the grand scheme of things it's great that I'm able to maintain, but when I'd still consider myself "trying" to lose weight, I'm frustrated with myself for holding so steady.
We've been going to the gym about 3-4 days a week doing about 20 minutes of cardio and then strength training either on upper or lower body on alternate days - I can tell a little bit of difference in definition and I've been able to increase my resistance a bit, but of course it's nothing huge.
So here I am at my wit's end, desperate for something to kick myself into high-gear.  I'm terrible with tracking - I wear my fitbit diligently but forget to log my food.  I've started paper logs, spreadsheet logs, journals....I never remember to stop and track.  I wear my heart rate monitor at the gym but don't go back to sync it and actually take heed of the numbers.
Blogging my progress and struggles has helped in the past, but even that falls prey to my "forgettiness" - I'll blog a triumphant return only to disappear again for months at a time.
This has to be my last straw!!
I'm committing myself to logging my foods on Lose It.
I'll still do my 3-4 days per week at the gym, paying close attention to increasing weight resistance.
I'd like to blog a few times a week - even if it's something quick from my phone.  I can't expect myself to jump in and write elaborate posts with recipes and pictures all the time.
I'd like to do yoga a few times a week, but it's difficult to get into a routine myself.  There's a studio nearby that seems very financially reasonable - maybe I can coerce the Mister into checking it out with me.  I've had a lot of anxiety lately - probably mostly due to wedding stress and lack of weight loss progress - and instead of turning to medication I really want to get back into yoga for a more natural stress release.
I think that's a pretty good start...

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