Sunday, February 24, 2013

And we're off to start another week - fueled by spaghetti and meatballs!

 Happy Sunday everyone.

I sort of can't believe that it's been a week since I last posted. I am not joking when I say - 'this week FLEW by!'. It seems like it should be still last Tuesday or Wednesday. I guess that must be the sign of a good week. It was a good week for me. A really good week. I stayed on track with things that I wanted to stay on track with - I exercised everyday - I ate well - I just simply enjoyed the week. Actually - there was one day that I was a bit grumpy - not really sure why - I think maybe just feeling a little tired - but I smacked that in the butt quickly.

So, last week I talked about planning my meals for the week. I was a little hesitant because I was worried that if I missed one meal that it would throw everything off. Well - it worked really well. I changed things up a bit - but it all worked out really well. I am going to try it again this week. I am hoping that this plan was what helped me on the scale today. 6 pounds! I sort of wanted to write '6 POUNDS BITCHES!!!' - but then I remembered that, that is not ladylike.

Here was my plan from last week and I added my success or changes:

Sunday - spaghetti squash and turkey meatballs - just like spaghetti and meatballs - Check - recipe posted below
Monday - lunch - leftover cauliflower salad and Cabbage Roll Soup - Check (click on dish for recipe)
Tuesday - lunch - salad with chicken and for dinner leftover Cabbage Roll Soup - Check (well sort of - I ended up having 2 hard-boiled eggs with a half an avocado and a piece of squirrley bread)
Wednesday - lunch - same as the day before and for dinner - slow cooker chicken with probably some sort of salad - (Check but instead of salad we had mashed sweet potato - probably 1 cup each)
Thursday - lunch - you guessed it - same as the day before - and for dinner - chicken salad with guacamole, and salsa (Lunch yes - dinner no. We had scrambled eggs with a ton of vegetables)
Friday - lunch... and for dinner after a run - scrambled eggs with a ton of vegetables almost like a frittata - Change of plans - for lunch I made a quinoa salad - and for dinner we had a small steak with a stirfry of broccoli, zucchini and mushrooms.
Saturday - free for all - Salmon tacos - recipe to follow shortly


All in all I think that it was pretty successful. I had enough food for the week - I brought salads for two co-workers - and switching it up was totally fine. 

This week - is much the same. I have cooked my chicken, made my post of soup, and am just simmering sauce on the stove. I love having salads everyday for lunch - and find that making them up the night before - when I have all the ingredients ready - makes things so much easier. 

Here is the plan for this week:

Sunday - spaghetti squash and turkey meatballs - just like spaghetti and meatballs - DEJA VU
Monday - lunch/dinner - Green salad with chicken and Cabbage Roll Soup
Tuesday - 
lunch/dinner - Green salad with chicken and leftover Cabbage Roll Soup
Wednesday - lunch/dinner - same as the day before and for dinner - Pork tenderloin (in the slow cooker) with stirfry vegetables
Thursday - lunch/dinner - you guessed it - same as the day before - I am going out for dinner with work - but I already know that I am going to have the Cobb's salad
Friday - 
lunch/dinner - I may have cottage cheese with salsa and celery... and after a run - same as last Friday - Tbone steaks (already bought) and a stirfry
Saturday - free for all


Now - let's talk about this spaghetti and meatballs! 

I love pasta - and I LOVE meatballs. I have cooked spaghetti squash lots before - but always do it the same way - cook it - then saute it in some garlic, olive oil, green onion and freshly chopped tomatoes and top with some parmesan cheese. 

And I have made meatballs a ton before. I am a sucker for ground turkey - so using it for meatballs is my fave.

Oddly enough - both of these are not on my blog :( 

Two weeks ago - a friend at the gym said that she was making Spaghetti and Meatballs for the new episode of the Walking Dead - well the thought of it made my stomach growl in delight - so I knew that I would have to make it too.

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Spaghetti Squash and Meatball

Meatballs

1 pound of ground turkey (or whatever ground meat you like to use)
1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup of skim milk
1 egg
1 tsp - chili pepper flakes
1 tbsp - italian seasoning 
1 garlic clove - grated

Pre- heat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and gently spray it with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, add in the panko bread crumbs, milk, egg, garlic and spices. Mix it all together. Add in the ground turkey. Get in with your hands and combine it all. When it's all combined - start rolling the balls. You should have enough for 24 meatballs.

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes - and then turn them over - and bake for another 15 minutes.


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Remove - and let them rest while your preparing the squash.

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For the squash - slice the squash in half and remove the seeds. Place cut size down on a baking sheet - and bake for 35-40 minutes at 375. 

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Then using a fork, scoop out the squash - and it will come out looking just like spaghetti. Sort of like magic. I used two small squashes - and it makes about 6-8 cups of squash. A lot!

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For the sauce - if you have time to make spaghetti sauce - then you are my hero. If not - then try and find a healthy alternative - Healthy Choice - has low sodium, no fat and low calories. I like to sautee mushrooms, peppers, spinach and celery before adding the sauce. I let it simmer for a couple of minutes and then add in the meatballs and a bit of fresh basil.

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Then just like pasta - add your spaghetti squash and top the sauce and meatballs and some freshly grated parmesan cheese. 

To die for!

The good thing about this - is if you are with people that aren't adventurous and don't want to try the squash - you can cook them up some pasta - and use the same sauce.

Alrighty - I have got to get ready to sit on my Royal Canadian for an episode of the Walking Dead - followed by unloading the dishwasher (why is this my least favourite thing to do???) and an episode of The Amazing Race. 

Loves.

Enjoy!

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