Sunday, August 11, 2013

Not your average spaghetti and meatballs.

Still so obsessed with zucchini noodles.

zucchini noodles

Friday night we made a “baked spaghetti and meatballs” dish with spiral-sliced zucchini, homemade tomato sauce, and meatballs made with a combination of ground turkey and some spicy Italian pork sausage.  First Jason combined the meats with a bunch of herbs and spices, then he formed the balls and browned them in a pan:

meatballs browning

Then he sautéed some onions, peppers, garlic, and mushrooms in a pan before adding canned diced and crushed tomatoes, some tomato paste, and tomato sauce.

onions, peppers, mushrooms  blurry chef

Jason is even cute when he’s blurry!  To put everything together, we laid the meatballs on top of the spiral-sliced zucchini and then covered the whole thing with the sauce.


meatballs on zucchini noodles pouring sauce on noodles pouring sauce on noodles

We baked it at about 350° for about 25 min total.  Next time, I might try to bake the zucchini a little to get some of the water out, because it kinda flooded the dish.  However, the whole thing ended up SO GOOD.  Especially with some grated Romano cheese on top.

turkey meatballs and zucchini spaghetti

I freaking love the spiral slicer.  Also, we indulged a bit; back when Lay’s brought out their “you pick the flavor” campaign, we only found the Sriracha flavor.  Well thank goodness they brought it back – we finally got to try the Chicken & Waffles and Cheesy Garlic Bread flavors:

Cheesy Garlic Bread and Chicken & Waffles Lay's Chips

Too bad the Chicken & Waffles didn’t win – it was totally my favorite.  I love salty/sweet combinations like that.  One of the best things I’ve ever put in my face is the chicken and waffles at Early Bird Diner in Charleston – I doubt I’ll ever try anything else there because they’re SO GOOD.

Also we sampled a couple of mini bottles from the bounty we picked up at the liquor store:

mini bottles

The best way to indulge without going too crazy!  The Van Gogh chocolate vodka was good, but the Dr. McGillicuddy’s Apple Pie Liqueur was definitely awesome – will probably buy that one again!

Did you have as wild and crazy a Friday as we did??

Monday, August 5, 2013

Anniversary Blog after Month 13

Still alive.  Still hangin’ in there.  Trying to get a better routine going to keep myself healthy but also mentally sharp.  I have a tendency to zone out in the evenings after work, but I’ve been toying with the idea of (maybe?) going back to school (or at least thinking about it) and realize I do much better when I have structure when working toward my goals, whether they be personal, physical, or professional.

So tonight instead of surfing on the iPad or futilely putting away clothes only to have them get strewn about the bedroom again, I’ll get a leg up on some structure by writing a quick recap on what’s been going on lately.

Last I checked in, we had just done the Color Me Rad event in Charleston.  I’ve run a little since then, but it’s been either ball-sweatingly hot and humid OR it’s been raining nonstop.  I shouldn’t blame the weather, but I am.  Meh.  We’ve had some cooler days in the past week, so I’ve taken Maddy to the park several times just for a brisk walk.  The loop we take is a little over 2 miles, and it usually takes us 40-45 minutes (depending on potty and sniff breaks). 

Maddy at the park

If you can’t tell from the picture, she’s totally freaking out.  I forgot how much I like going for little “hikes” in the woods, and now that we’ve started back doing it pretty regularly, I feel like I can keep the habit up a little easier, both for physical and psychological benefit. 

Jason and I celebrated our year anniversary at the end of June with a gourmet-y dinner at home, just the way we like it:

Jason cooking filet, scallops, brussels sprouts, broccoli champagne

Lately we’ve had some local food obsessions, like okra (favorite prep method: sauté with tomatoes and onions):

okra, tomatoes, onions

Fresh tomatoes, which I’ve never been a fan of until this year (now I eat at least one every day while they’re in season):

SC tomatoes

And zucchini “noodles,” made with our spiral veggie slicer thingy.

zucchini noodles

Hopefully we won’t get burned out on these any time soon…I could eat all 3 every day and be fine!

So part of my proposed Regimen to Betterment is getting to bed at a descent time (currently it’s 1am….strike against me there), taking my vitamins every night, doing some kind of physical activity every day – especially strength training (I had to go to physical therapy for awhile for some shoulder and SI joint issues, so I reeeeeally need to keep those in check with regular attention), reconciling budget/bank account every night (we’re trying to buy a house in the next year or two and are REALLY going to be pinching pennies for awhile to get there), and doing some kind of critical thinking, whether that’s reading a self-help book or some kind of social or political discourse online, my brain needs to work out more than it currently is.  So setting aside the time and attention to do this stuff is really the hardest part, when TV and Pinterest and Facebook and Candy Crush are so damned alluring.