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Meatless Monday

Today’s Meatless Monday is courtesy of my friend Sara at The Baby P Journey and the original recipe is found here. I cannot wait to try this tonight! I will be using frozen corn (because it’s what I have) and will probably add cumin to the recipe (because I love it). My plan is to make this tonight and then use the filling to serve over rice and in tacos later in the week 🙂

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
Ingredients

2 teaspoons olive oil
3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup salsa
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons butter, divided
8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided

Directions:

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion, and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in beans and corn, then add sugar, salsa, and pepper flakes; mix well. Cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.
Melt 2 teaspoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place a tortilla in the skillet, sprinkle evenly with cheese, then top with some of the bean mixture. Place another tortilla on top, cook until golden, then flip and cook on the other side. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.

ETA-The verdict, this is delicious but I suck at making quesadillas look pretty when I do them on a stove top 😀 I added an extra 1/4 cup of salsa and cumin to taste. I served it topped with more salsa (love that stuff) and sour cream. AWESOME.

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Scattered thoughts

Time is going too fast. We are having fun but it’s just too fast. Our weekends are filled with eating out, shopping, drinking and hanging out. I’m cherishing every single freaking second, just wish it would slow down.

This weekend is a long one and we have lots of fun stuff planned 🙂 Tonight we had dinner out and then went to see the Prince of Persia. It was a GREAT movie! I got teary eyed during the previews because most of them were for movies coming out after P leaves. Nonetheless, it was a great night. Now we’re relaxing at home and I’m enjoying a glass of wine. Tomorrow I go to Zumba (seriously, my new favorite exercise) and then we are going to Territory Days in Old Colorado City. I seriously LOVE that part of town and would love to live there one day. It’s where I take Zumba and it reminds me a lot of Savannah and the Highland area in Birmingham. I feel at home in the Springs but I really feel at home in that area-hippies, local artists, dancers, hip earthy parents all seem to frequent that area. I am taking my good camera out there tomorrow and hope to get some great pictures. Either Sunday or Monday we hope to take the dogs outdoors some where for some walking and I plan to take some pictures then, too. I really need to get back to serious picture taking-at one time it was so therapeutic for me.

I’ve been doing great with eating and exercising this week 🙂 I made 3 Cheese Baked Ziti on Monday and literally ate it all week. I never got tired of it-P did but he just ate sandwiches instead. No way was I cooking every night with it being so hot and this house not having A/C. I’ve run once and been to Zumba twice this week. I planned to run today but when I left work at noon (took half a day off) I crashed for a 4 hour nap. I am really not sure why I was so exhausted but I listen to my body so I took the day off from exercising. The weight loss is going slowly but it’s going. I lost 6 lbs, gained 3 back and have lost 2 of those so I guess I’ve lost 4 lbs so far 🙂 I think that the key for me is staying away from unhealthy snacks and eating out during the week. Last week I did not do well at all with the eating-ate out and snacked A LOT. Must not do that on a regular basis. Also, been doing well with eating vegetarian for the vast majority of my meals. My goal is 1, max 2, non-vegetarian meals per week and so far I’ve been sticking with it. I am proud of me 🙂

In less than a week I turn 34 and in just over 2 weeks we have our IVF consultation. I am ridiculously calm about all of that at the moment. My next therapy appointment is on my birthday and P has agreed to go with me at the request of my therapist-LOVE MY HUSBAND. He is so not a therapy person but he didn’t hesitate when agreeing to go with me. I love that he sees how important this is to me. I love that I married him. I hate infertility but I love that he’s the one going through this with me. He is amazing.

I feel guilty about not blogging as much, seriously I do. I promise that I will blog A LOT when he’s gone. So much that you’ll probably get sick of me :-p There is so much that I think of blogging about during the week, then I get home after running or going to Zumba and all I want to do is snuggle on the couch with P and watch iCarly (yeah, I love iCarly-so what?!) I need to just write like 5-7 blogs over the weekends and then post them throughout the week.

To all who read my blog, thank you-for real ❤ I promise to catch up on blog reading, too. I am ridiculously behind but I truly promise to read all of them on my Reader.

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Meatless Monday and a Lesson

First of all, here’s a lesson that I learned the hard way dear readers-don’t eat a big juicy beef burger if you haven’t eat red meat in months. I gave up ground beef many months ago and switched to ground turkey. Then, of course, a few weeks ago I decided to become a part time vegetarian. Well, after Zumba on Saturday I was CRAVING a big juicy burger. Rather than smartly looking for a turkey option, I opted for the full beef burger with cheese and yummy cooked onions. Let’s just say that I’m paying for it. So readers, if you have given up beef or meat, don’t go all out if you’re craving it-baby steps, people, baby steps. My husband also kindly shared his germs with me and I am now fighting off a cold AGAIN. Yeah a cold and stomach issues are not a favorable combination.

If I brave eating real food tonight, I’ll be eating an Amy’s frozen organic cheese pizza. I felt guilty eating prepared foods for some of my meatless dinners, but then I realized it might actually help by showing that eating vegetarian meals does not mean that you have to actually cook every single night. If you are looking into dipping your toes into vegetarianism, look at soups and your frozen food section. I love Morningstar “chicken” and everything I’ve ever tried from Amy’s Organic line has been delicious. With soups, add your own stuff in there to make it more yours. Get on allrecipes.com and look around at some the vegetarian recipes-there are easy and yummy ones out there, I promise.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go drink my Sprite and eat some crackers. Hopefully I’ll be enjoying pizza later.

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Maybe I won’t have to quit….

I have made friends with 2 of the ladies at work and I love them 🙂 They are sarcastic and funny and they let me in on “the elephant in the room”, which is a toxic co-worker. I thought it was just me that she didn’t like but it’s everyone. I feel much better now; not that everyone has to like me but I seriously felt like she hated me, and just me. Any of my old Polk coworkers reading this, she’s like the one that left right after I started there 😉

I also taught my first class today and apparently I rocked it. Another coworker (not the two ladies, an older SWEET AS PIE lady) complimented on it, my boss complimented me on it AND so did some of the individuals in the class. Public speaking/teaching is not my favorite thing in the world but I’ll do it when I have to, and I’ll be doing it on a regular basis here. Giving quick 10 minute briefs are nothing but teaching a class of 30 how to resume intimidated me at first. I feel much better after getting this first one out of the way.

I am enjoying meeting my clients here at this military post. Today I spent 30 minutes talking to a soldier who used to be in “the unit that doesn’t exist” and it was so interesting. No, he didn’t tell me any military secrets or clssified information but he did tell me how he was on Lost when he was stationed in Hawaii and how is an amateur stand-up comic. Seriously, I cannot imagine what his stand up routine must be like. I am hoping to see him perfrom during an open mic night. Today I scheduled 3 one on one counseling sessions for this week and Monday. I LOVE that part of my job and getting back to that part. As long as I focus on that and helping the soldiers in general, I think I’ll be fine.

Oh and I’m off on Friday 🙂 We have this work week flexibility thing so as long as I work a total of 80 hours during the pay period, I can take off a Friday a month. Making up 8 hours over 9 days is easy for me so I am loving it! Friday I’ll be taking Ranger and Bear to the vet-Ranger needs shots and we now think Bear has an ear infection, not ear mites. (I feel like a bad Mommy.) I’m also thinking of getting a haircut and going shoe shopping. Hmmmm, maybe I’ll call that Aveda salon by BWW for an appointment, then I can shoot over to DSW before I take the dogs to the vet. Yep, that sounds like a good plan 🙂

On a completely unrelated note, we paid off 2 credit cards today (only 4 to go), I’m running again today after taking 3 days off (stupid injury) and I’m making “Black Bean Lasagna” for dinner tonight (it’s in last week’s Meatless Monday). It sounds delish and other than the black olives, which I will omit, there is nothing in it that I don’t like. I feel confident that it will be a hit.

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Meatless Monday

Well, tonight’s was not my favorite meal. I tried The Pioneer Woman’s recipe that I posted last week and let’s just say that it wasn’t a hit. I should’ve known better-I don’t like spinach unless it’s in a smoothie or a salad. I think that I have figured out that P and I are pasta purists. No more fancy sauces for us.

I think that others would definitely love this dish. If you like cooked spinach and blue cheese, definitely give this one a shot. If you are a pasta purist like I am, skip it and move on to one of her other delicious recipes 🙂

On a side note, I’m calling my therapist tomorrow to set up my first appointment. I am way too anxious and moody right now. I figured out that part of my heart racing/anxiety last night (which caused me to get next to no sleep) was due to dehydration. I have mild mitral valve prolapse and dehydration can aggravate the symptoms. I have been drinking water (and 32 ounces of my green smoothie) all day which seems to have given me some relief. I know that the MVP isn’t all of it, so I am considering getting sleeping pills to take on an as needed basis. Something mild, not like the ProSom that I used to take. Last night was especially bad because not only could I not fall asleep, once I finally did I couldn’t stay asleep. Brother deployed, husband about to deploy, new job, new city, trying to start IVF…..yeah, no wonder I have issues sleeping.

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Meatless Monday (or Wednesday, whatever)

I neglected to write a Meatless Monday post this week. It’s not that I didn’t go meatless-in fact the only day I’ve eaten meat was Saturday, more on that later-but it’s that I don’t really consider macaroni and cheese from a box to be a recipe :-p So I thought I’d talk about we ate the past couple of nights and share a couple af recipes that I want to try in the next week.

Tuesday night we ate a frozen pizza from Kashi. I was not impressed and will stick to eating Amy’s Organic frozen pizzas. I didn’t like the texture of the Kashi crust and I couldn’t seem to get it crispy.

Last night we ate Amy’s Organic black bean soup and I added a few things to it. I added a can of black beans (rinsed and drained) and then topped off each serving with organic sour cream, cheese, salsa and a few Mission tortilla chips. I know that I should probably make my own soups but buying them and then adding a few ingredients to them is so convenient for me. Plus I really love everything that I’ve ever tasted from Amy’s Organic 🙂

Tonight I plan to make shrimp and a frozen side from Alexia-it’s potatoes and some other veggies with seasonings. I might even add in some corn on the cob because I know that P likes that wih seafood.

Last night I was excited to find 2 delicious looking vegetarian recipes when I wasn’t even looking for them. The first one is a lasagna recipe from All Recipes:

Black Bean Lasagna
9 lasagna noodles
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (16 ounce) can refried black beans
2 3/4 cups canned tomato sauce
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/4 cup sliced ripe olives (I hate olives so I will probably omit these)
8 sprigs fresh cilantro
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

Coat a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray, and place over medium heat. Saute onion, red bell pepper, corn and garlic until tender. Stir in black beans, refried beans, tomato sauce, salsa and 1/4 cup cilantro. Cook until heated through and slightly thickened; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine cottage cheese, ricotta, sour cream, shredded Monterey Jack cheese and remaining 1/4 cup chopped cilantro; set aside.

Coat a 9×13 inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange 3 of the cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of the dish, cutting to fit if necessary. Spread with 1/3 of the bean mixture, then 1/3 of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice more.

Cover, and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Garnish with sliced black olives and sprigs of cilantro.

The second one is a pasts recipe from The Pioneer Woman. LOVE her recipes and her website.

Pasta with Tomato-Bleu Cheese Sauce
1-½ pound Pasta (angel Hair Or Thin Spaghetti)
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3 cloves Garlic, Minced
1 whole 28-ounce Can Diced Tomatoes, Drained
Dash Of Sugar
Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, To Taste
¾ cups Crumbled Blue Cheese
¾ cups Heavy Cream
4 cups Baby Spinach
Half And Half, For Thinning
Extra Blue Cheese Crumbles, For Garnish

Cook pasta according to package instructions.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. When hot, add minced garlic and cook for a minute. Pour in drained tomatoes. Add sugar, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat to low. Stir in crumbled blue cheese. Add cream and stir, then a little splash of half-and-half if sauce is too thick. Cook for a minute or two, tasting and adding more seasonings as needed.
At the very, very, very last minute. toss in spinach. Immediately toss in the cooked and drained pasta. Serve immediately!

Definitely check out TPW’s Cooking site-here’s the link for the pasta recipe. You can see the amazing pictures of the process and the finished product.

Since I’ve been eating vegetarian the majority of the past couple of weeks, I’ve found that I want meat less and less. This past weekend we went to Buffalo Wild Wings, one of our fave places, and I couldn’t finish my wings. The whole eating off a bone thing almost made me sick. It’s weird because I have never felt that way and have been eating wings for many years. I LOVE the taste of buffalo sauce so I might try the boneless next time. I can’t imagine giving it up completely.

I definitely like eating less meat and it seems to be helping in the weight loss department as well. Now excuse while I peruse the internet for more yummy vegetarian meals.

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Goals, goals, goals

Mentally I am back in a good place. I have found a workout that is perfect for getting me acclimated to running again and I enjoy it. The eating less meat and more fruits, veggies and non-meat protein is easier than I thought and P is on board with it 🙂 We’ve eaten vegetarian for 4 days now and enjoyed it. Hopefully this new eating and increasing my exercise are the keys to getting me back to the size I was when P met me…really my goal is to look like Jennifer Garner in Alias but I’ll settle for the old me.

In the TTC realm, we are going to proceed with IVF as soon as possible because *drumroll please* my work insurance will cover it!!!! Yep, we get $15k in medical expenses related to infertility AND $15k in prescription coverage for infertility treatment 🙂 🙂 🙂 My coverage begins May 1st so I will be calling an RE that day to set up an appointment as soon as possible. I am not naive enough to believe 100% that it will work the first time, but if it doesn’t we will hopefully have a few embryos left to do FET. We are quite excited and relieved about this and it has totally changed my apprehension about IVF. One of my main concerns was paying so much money out of pocket, it would have seriously hurt us financially to do that. Now we will at least be able to do one with the insurance….never even thought that would be a possibility.

We are now in the pre-deployment stage. No, I won’t give any more of a timeline than that due to OPSEC. If you don’t know about OPSEC, please refer to the new page that I’ve added to my blog. Back to the subject of goals, I am already making goals for myself while P is deployed. I am thinking of 90 days goals-small enough blocks of time for me to tackle but big enough that they will chip away the time in bigger pieces. My first goal (if I’m not pregnant) is to complete P90X, kind of. I will do the weight workouts but will substitute running for the cardio workouts. Oddly, running hurts my knees less than the Plyo workout from P90X. My next goal (again, if I’m not pregnant), will be to complete the Insanity workout. Yeah, that’s only a 60 day workout but it would be a big accomplishment. Those 2 goals alone would almost get me through half the deployment 🙂 Other goals include paying off credit cards, a loan and start an IRA and possibly getting Ranger certified as a therapy dog. I also have some house goals in mind as far as decorating but I’ll have to work out those details after seeing what we can do before he leaves.

The day that he told me for sure what unit he was going to and that he was definitely deploying, I cried. Since then I’ve been more determined to just make our time together fun. Should we really be spending $80 a weekend on dinner and drinks at restaurants? Probably not but we are. We are also going to movies, going to parks and exploring our new city. What we’re not doing-worrying about unpacking boxes of things that we don’t regularly use, stressing about money (we’ve already done the math-deployment pay will help a lot financially) and fighting over stupid things. This will be our first long deployment. His last deployment was short, only a few months. In a weird way, I am ready for this. I almost think that it’s a rite of passage for me as an Army wife.

So, for the next year+ my life will be a series of goals. Goals that I will actively work towards achieving and that I will keep track of here. I expect you, my lovely readers, will keep my accountable in this 🙂

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