Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Trivial Mind At Work: The 4-Way Stop - This is Not Rocket Science

So, I know it's been, well, a very long time since I have posted. As a small treat while you wait, please check out my dad's latest post!



I'll be the first to admit that those you don't know how to navigate a 4-way stop nearly send me into a rage. It's so simple and yet made so complex! Anyways enough of my rambling...please take and read and don't forget to leave a comment!



A Trivial Mind At Work: The 4-Way Stop - This is Not Rocket Science: How simple can this be? Two simple rules address 99.9% of all 4-way stop scenarios: (1) first one there gets to go firs...

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dinner, Mini-Marathons, and other musings

Now don't get too excited...this in not my coupon post! When I do post about how I grocery shop I want it to be thought out. To be honest couponing is not the complete answer to making sure your grocery shopping budget is under control. But like I said that is a post for later.

Anyways I had someone ask about the details of what I bought and what I made for dinner so I thought for anyone interested here you go! I meal plan two weeks in advance. It takes all of the stress out of making dinner. I always have what I need in my kitchen and it's prepped and ready to go.

Sometimes I find that I'm either uninspired or suffering from information overload, (Thank you pinterest!) so I usually assign certain foods to certain days. Monday we usually have Mexican food. Thursday we usually have something in the crock pot because my husband can put it in when he gets home from work.

Week of January 12

Sunday: Loaded Baked Potatoes

Monday: Beef Nachos

Tuesday: Turkey Meatballs, whole grain spaghetti, and a Caesar side salad

Wednesday: Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Thursday: Cereal (Nutritious I know.)

Friday: Out to eat: Red Robin!

Saturday: Home-made Supreme Pizza

Week of January 19

Sunday: Leftover Pizza and mac and cheese

Monday: Tacos with lots of veggie toppings

Tuesday: Turkey Meatball Subs

Wednesday: Chicken Stuffing Casserole

Thursday: Crock pot Beef Stroganoff over egg noodles, oven roasted carrots

Friday: Undetermined

Saturday: Out to eat!



Grocery List: January 12:



Case of water
2 gal milk
2 bags of corn chips
pretzels
5 lean cuisine meals
dozen eggs
loaf of bread
2 boxes of Kashi go lean crunch
4 cans Campbell's Chunky Soup
20 tubs of Yoplait Yogurt
4 tubs of Muller yogurt
1 package of chicken thighs
1 pound of ground turkey
2 packages Oscar Meyer lunch meat
1 green pepper
1 head of iceberg lettuce
1 bunch of celery
1 bunch of green onions
1 bunch of bananas
1 bag of frozen strawberries
1 package of shredded mozzarella cheese
2 packages of taco seasoning
1 package Dole pre-made Caesar Salad
3 packages of rice
3 packages of pasta
1 pack crunchy taco shells
3 boxes of Special K cereal

Total: $80.93

Just in case you were wondering we don't eat 5 boxes of cereal every week. That cereal will last us for about 6 weeks or so. I have been trying to plan healthier meals. Right now is the busy season for both my husbands and my job so I'm trying to avoid unnecessary weight gain while still keeping us fueled for the gym.

I usually go to the grocery store 3 times per month. 2 big grocery trips and then one in between if we run out of something or I need to replenish my fresh produce. For the most part I am very go with the flow when it comes to shopping.

On a different note as most of you know I am participating in the 500 Mini Marathon. Whoo hoo! I'm definitely excited and I have been trying to stay consistent at the gym. But as race day gets closer and closer my training needs to become more serious. I have a training schedule so again me having to worry about planning has been taken out of the equations and for that I'm glad! It's a mix of strength training, stretching, and of course walking/running. I'm very pleased with how it's set up.

I hope that quenched some curiosity! Until next time thanks for reading!

Cara

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lasagna Roll-ups


This recipe has been on my to do list since I was introduced to Pinterest about three years ago. I really love most Italian food and this recipe is so simple and easy to put together that it quickly caught my attention. One good thing about it, aside from being so tasty, is that you can make most of the dish way ahead of time or even freeze it. I made it immediately so as far as quality goes I can't give too much advice if you are going to freeze it.

I have found that there are a lot of variations on lasagna roll-ups out there. This one is a really, really simple and the ingredients are fairly cheap and easy to find. It came together in no time and only has to bake for about 30 minutes.


The ingredients. The pasta sauce is hiding up in the corner. You could add some ground beef or Italian sausage if you want. Or this could work for meatless Monday's if that's your thing too!


Cheese...Parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta. Just as a shoppers hint: you can get FRESH cheese from Aldi stores for very reasonable prices!


All rolled up! I have a silmat that I rolled my noodles out on. I also cooked about 12 just because I had a few fall apart.


This made for a wonderful dinner and an equally wonderful dinner the next day. I hope you all get a great chance to try this recipe out!

And just because you were wondering...no. That is NOT alcohol in the pictures. Carbonated grape juice, people.

 Ingredients

  • 8 lasagna noodles 
  • 15 oz. ricotta
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • Package of frozen spinach
  • 2 cups pasta sauce; any flavor
  • salt and pepper
  • Italian Seasoning

Directions:

Put two pots of water on the stove. One for lasagna noodles and the other to boil spinach. Cook lasagna noodles following the directions on the box. 

Once the frozen spinach has been cooked, combine the spinach in a bowl with the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, egg, freshly grated pepper, Italian Seasoning, and salt. Mix until well combined.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a glass casserole dish by spraying with non-stick spray.
On a clean surface, lay out a few noodles at a time. Place a few tablespoons of filling on each noodle and spread to cover from edge to edge.

Roll the noodles up and place in the prepared casserole dish.  Pour the pasta sauce over the rolled noodles making sure to cover all surfaces. The sauce will keep the noodles hydrated and soft while baking.

Cover the dish in foil and bake for 30-40 minutes.