Posted in Fitness, Food, InBody230, Menu Planning, Self-Reflection, Strength Training, Warrior Dash

Wanna Be A Warrior

I have a lot to update on.  When last I wrote I was talking about not having a plan.  It has really hit me in the wallet and in the GI tract to not have a plan this week.  Even Rah-rah noticed it! Tonight on the way home, I asked what he wanted for dinner and he replied “I dunno… We really haven’t had any good food this week..” and he sounded so sad!  I guess that this means I need to keep up on that menu-making 😉 

After I post this entry, I’m going to make 2 more pages for my blog–a “new foods” page and a “Favorite Links” one.  I think it would be a good way to keep things in order and to share some resources with you.

Spaghetti Squash

Earlier this week, I was gifted with a Spaghetti Squash from one of my co-workers.  I had never tried it before so he brought me one from his very own garden.  His suggestion was to cut it in half (which I almost needed a hatchet to do…) and then microwave it.  Mrs. Roomie ended up doing the rest of the cooking after I cut it up because I simply had too much to do on my list.

She browned some lean ground beef and added a jar of Classico Tomato Basil sauce, then served the meat sauce over the stringed squash instead of over pasta.  The review that I received from Mr. and Mrs. Roomie and Rah-rah said that it was cold and kinda chewy.  When I re-heated it when I got home, I thought it was pretty tasty.  Maybe it just needed to cook longer?  Rah-rah rated it a 6 out of 10, so we’ll probably try it again.  Mr. Roomie said it was pretty tasty with just some olive oil and some garlic powder.  Who knows? The flavor is so mild that the possibilities are practically endless.

The rest of the nights, we pretty much had a gas-station diet–frozen pizza, sandwiches, etc.  It was really expensive and I’m going to have to be careful with my cash over the next week.  I’ve got my dry-erase markers ready, though! The menu shall be made!

Warrior Dash is a mud-crawlng | fire leaping | extreme run from hell | Are you a warrior?

Mr. Trainer has asked me to join the 2012 Warrior Dash

.  Now, on SparkPeople, I joined a great group of girls called the Weight Loss Warriors.  I haven’t been much of a warrior lately.  I have lost touch with a few of the girls and I have been avoiding spark like the plague for various reasons.  Be that as it may, however, the Weight Loss Warriors are some of the best, most supportive, consistent people that I have met.  Most of them have already met their weight loss goals, and if they haven’t, they’re still plugging away and making good choices.  I feel like doing the Warrior Dash will not only “make me a warrior” to them, but it will also provide some validation for myself.  If I can get through that race, hell, I can do anything.

Warrior Dash
Warrior Dash Participant (from Warrior Dash on Facebook)

Since it’s more of an obstacle course than a race, I’ve made a serious commitment to fitness.  On Monday I start Phase I with Mr. Trainer to begin preparations for the event.  It is about 9 months away and so every 4 weeks until July 2012, I have committed to meet with Mr. Trainer so that I can be ready.   Right now, I love sweets and carbs and cuddles–and I have been avoiding the gym.  With something like this on the horizon there will be no choice except to shape up.  It will be either get ready, or get hurt–one of the two.  I’m going to aim for the former, not the latter.

Posted in Food, Menu Planning, Recipe

How to Make Lasagna: Part 2

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1 – 24 oz Jar Classico Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce
1 – 24 oz Jar Classico Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce
1 – 24 oz Jar Classico Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onion Pasta Sauce
1 lb box Lasagna Noodles
3 lb Supreme Lean Ground Beef (97/3)
1/2 to 1 cup Parmesan Cheese*
1/2 to 1 cup Romano Cheese*
1/4 to 1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese*
Mozzarella Cheese

Brown the beef in a large skillet.  You may need to cook 1 lb at a time if you’re limited on space or burners.

Mix beef and all 3 sauces together and set aside.

While the beef is cooking, get the water boiling for the noodles.  I recommend putting a little oil in the water to prevent the noodles from sticking–especially if your pan isn’t large enough to let the noodles swim around on their own.  Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water–time to start the assembly party!

Start with a layer of meat sauce, then noodles, sprinkle ricotta, then parmesan, then romano (sparingly, each), then mozzarella (generously).  Layer noodles, sauce, cheeses until you’re almost to the top.

Cover with foil and bake for 1 hr at 350° F.

Remove from the oven and let sit for about 10 minutes–bake your garlic bread in the mean time.  When the bread is done, serve the lasagna and enjoy!**

*These cheeses have a very strong flavor profile and can easily be over-used.  Especially Ricotta.  If you’re leery of using Ricotta, it’s okay to sub cottage cheese for a milder flavor (but I don’t like it =P)

**This meal is quite dense in the way of carbs and fat.  I would recommend serving it as a SIDE DISH to a nice full house salad.  It freezes well and reheats even better so it’s fabulous to have left-overs.

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