Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New Recipe, 4 Miles, Fun on the Farm!

Hi, Friends!! Thank you for your thoughts and best wishes on this month's goals! I responded to each of you in the comments section of the last post. Thanks so much for your support. I know I say that a lot but I mean it - you make it easier to stay on track! Speaking of, let me back up to Easter!!

I don't really have any pics, but me and Austin did go down to Macon and have "fun on the farm" with his entire family! His Aunt/Uncle have so much land, 3 houses, and lots of toys (i.e. 4-wheelers, tractors with like stadium style seating - crazy; badminton, horseshoes, etc.).

Here's a couple of shots from Austin's cousin Katie from FB!
Isn't that crazy? Loved all of the motorized toys!!

We had a great time, and so did Reuben running around with his cousin Cinnamon! I'll have to get some pics from Michelle (Austin's mom!). As far as eats, I had a Jimmy Dean d-light on the way down and a popcorn snack, then I ate a lot out there (turkey, mac & cheese, hashbrown casserole, rolls, etc.). I was kinda "bad" but I never ate again so it's all good, right? haha We got home late at night and I just worked, got my stuff ready for the next day and called it a night. Ended up at 1,838 calories, 239 carbs, 67 fat grams and 73 protein grams - here's what I ate.

Monday I was all ready to hit the workout but MAN my allergies were a wreck from the previous days' pollen. I got some work done and reluctantly went down for 4 miles (sans Stacy - she was out!). After work I headed home and made THREE new recipes - so exciting! We had one for dinner - here it is!!

Adapted from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures - a new blog I found and L. O. V. E.
Skillet Bow Tie Lasagna
4 servings

1 pound 96/4 ground beef
½ cup diced onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1-1/2 cups water
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 tbsp dried parsley
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
8 oz. uncooked farfalle pasta
3/4 cup (180 grams) fat-free ricotta cheese
4 tbsp reduced fat parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add tomatoes, water, tomato sauce, parsley, oregano and salt; mix well. Stir in pasta; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring once. (if it gets too dry add a little more water). Combine cheeses; drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto pasta mixture. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Nutritional Information: 463 calories, 60 carbs, 7 fat grams and 39 protein grams.

Before the last 5 minutes!

One serving!

Review: We loved it! I think Austin may have even liked it more than me - the ricotta/parmesan mix was pretty fabulous! The original recipe called for cottage cheese and tomato paste instead of ricotta cheese and tomato sauce, I also used RF and FF ingredients - I really can't tell a difference in this! The recipe was super filling and I think it's going to reheat well!

After dinner we just cleaned up, got ready for work and called it a night - pretty good Monday! I ended up at 1,838 calories, 67 fat grams, 73 protein grams and 239 carbs. Here's what I ate.

Is pollen killing any of you??!! I hope not! It's driving me up a wall!

Any horseshoe players out there? I'm not very good! Austin is pretty awesome!


homecookedem said...

The farm sounds like so much fun!! My grandparents used to live on a farm that had lots of "toys" like that. There was even a miniature train that had it's own track that ran over the entire property - so cool!

Your pasta looks really good!! That cheese on top is making my mouth water!! It's always a success when the husband enjoys the meal more than the cook does!!

Usually the pollen bothers me, but for some reason I've gotten lucky this year *knock on wood* not sure why.

Kacy said...

Oh my gosh, that pasta looks so good. I love the delicious pockets of ricotta.

Ashley C. said...

Hi! This is my first time leaving a comment, but I've read for a long time. I love your blog! I live in Alabama and went to Auburn, too!

I love playing horseshoes! I'm not very good, but I'm slowly getting better. I love summer because I can always count on going to the river and playing! It's so fun!

War Eagle!

Anonymous said...

Yum! The cheese on that pasta dish looks fab!

I am definitely starting to feel the pollen and it's terrible! I feel like my head is disconnected from my brain!

laura dishes said...

Looks like it was a fun, relaxing day on the farm! It's nice to get away sometimes. :)

I have the worst allergies... I look at the green coating on my car and understand why they're so bad!

Melissa said...

Fab looking pasta! My husband would love that. That's crazy about all those motorized toys!

Anonymous said...

The pollen is bothering me but not horribly yet. Whenever hickory trees start giving off pollen is when it really gets to me. (A doctor once told me that.)

Gabriela said...

Sounds so fun!! I don't have any allergies, but I've heard people swear by taking a teaspoon or two of SEASONAL, LOCAL honey daily. It contains the current allergens and acts as a vaccine for them. Cool, right?

Hope you have a great day!!

Anne Marie said...

I love bow tie pasta. It's so awesome!

Samma said...

Hubs is so good at horseshoes! All my guy friends went through a stage where they played constantly at this hole in the wall bar. Then, they all built pits so they could practice and win the bar's weekly tournament.

On the other hand, I put people in mortal danger if they are near me throwing something that heavy.

You are so impressive putting in 4 miles when you don't feel good!

Therese said...

That fat free ricotta makes your dish look soooo indulgent. Love ricotta!

Staci Dombroski said...

The recipe looks amazing!! The pollen is killing me over here!!

Sunny said...

the pictures from the farm looks so much fun!! i've been having terrible allergies too lately.
ok, your bowtie pasta dish sounds like a must try! yum!!

Anonymous said...

im gonna knock on wood right now, but my allergies have been ok so far. eek! Easter looks fun on the farm. Love relaxed days like that.

haute.teapot said...

Haha, YES the pollen is killing me! Also, I don't know how to play horseshoes. Boo.

And your pasta looks ridiculously amazing!! So glad you had a fun Easter!

Fashion Meets Food said...

wow that looks absolutely divine!!!


Melissa said...

Fab looking pasta! My husband would love that. That's crazy about all those motorized toys!