I am glad you all enjoyed the stray kitty post yesterday. If any of you end up with kitties, don’t blame me!!
Wednesday is usually Bagel Day, right? Not today. Got up and it was snowing steadily and the roads were sloppy.
So, we decided to stay home. I made up some pumpkin oat bran.
Then worked for a while before going out and shoveling. It was actually supposed to taper off in the late morning, but pretty much snowed all day. Way to go Weather Channel!
I had a small snack after shoveling of half a protein bar.
Anyway, today was official weigh-in day. Marylou showed me some love and I was down today! Finally. First scale movement of the year. I didn’t change anything except for 1 thing. You know I have been trying to wrack my brain about how to find some way to stand while doing transcription. I have tried sitting on a balance ball, which didn’t seem to make much difference as I braced myself to be absolutely still. (I have to be still to do all the typing). I tried standing, but it is too hard to work the foot pedal for my audio while standing. It also made me stand tilted and bothered my hips and back. Well, I figured if I can’t do something *while* I am working, I can do it when I am not working. I am standing in the evening while watching TV or playing my Playstation games or even Kindle reading instead of sitting on the couch. I have been getting an hour to an hour and a half of standing in each day this week and maybe that little bit made the difference. D’uh! Such a simple solution and I just needed to approach it a different way.
Lunch today was some greek yogurt with apple cranberry topping – plus about a tablespoon of granola. It kind of looks like dessert, doesn’t it?
Packed full of protein, though!
I also tried out my new mug I got for Christmas. My in-laws gave this to me and it is so cute – and perfect for a latte.
It’s an owl, if you can’t tell. It’s so cute!
We made another crock pot meal for dinner. I did this at Christmas and it was so good we made it again. Crockpot Ziti! If you have a 4 quart or smaller crockpot, use this amount. If you have a larger crock pot – double the ingredients or it won’t cook right.
- 8 ounces of ground turkey
- One 25 ounce jar of pasta sauce of choice
- 7.5 ounces of part-skim ricotta cheese
- 2 ounces of part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 8 ounces of uncooked ziti (we used whole grain)
- 1 ounce of shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (for topping).
In a sauce pan, brown the turkey until it is no longer pink. Add the whole jar of pasta sauce to this and remove from heat.
In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta, parmesan and the 2 ounces of mozzarella cheese.
Spray the liner of your slow cooker with cooking spray. Add a few spoonfuls of sauce to the bottom of the pot. Add half of the pasta on top of that, spread evenly. Next take half of the cheese mixture and drop it by spoonfuls on top of the pasta. Spread it a little bit if you can. Then add about half of the sauce on top of this. Top that sauce with the rest of the pasta, then the rest of the cheese mixture (trying to spread it). Top with all of the remaining sauce. Make sure no pasta is sticking up or it won’t cook. Then turn the crock pot to low and cook for 3.5 to 4 hours. If you double the batch, it will need 4 to 4.5 hours. Check the pasta for doneness and it is done and you aren’t ready to eat, turn the cooker to warm so you don’t burn the pasta. When ready to serve, sprinkle the last ounce of mozzarella on top and let it melt for about 5 minutes.
I still cannot believe that dry pasta will cook this way! It is sooooo good, too. This makes 4 very large servings of approximately 475 calories. I don’t want to give a concrete calorie count on this because it will depend a lot on the type of sauce you use. Ours had 70 calories per serving (the jar has 6 servings). Plus the pasta can vary a bit as well. I need to try this with a gluten free pasta and see how it comes out. It’s very filling, too.