Posted by: jessiejumps | January 28, 2013

Spaghetti Squash Bake

I love spaghetti (or pasta of any sort, really) but I can eat a ton of it, feel full for 5 minutes, then be ready for more. Plus, I’m trying to follow a diet that is a little more rich in vegetables than it is in pasta (and bread, and potato chips, crackers, cookies; basically all my weaknesses that I overindulge in).

Enter spaghetti squash.

This fabulous little squash is delicious baked then topped with some olive oil, salt, and pepper but I wanted something a little more satisfying, so I got a little adventurous (read: had veggies that needed to be used and really really wanted an entire box of pasta). By far, one of my favorite meals & I’ve creatively titled it “Spaghetti Squash Bake” (see I warned you I wasn’t ‘clever’):

What you need:

  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 lb of ground meat (I’ve used turkey, beef, or bison and they’re all fantastic)
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (get the good kind with no added sugar – I like Rao’s)
  • 3-4 Zucchini – diced or cut into matchsticks
  • 1 carton mushrooms – diced
  • 1 onion – diced
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning

What you do:

  1. Cut squash in half and put flesh side down on a cookie sheet then bake in the oven at 350 for about 35-40 minutes or until tender
  2. While that is baking, saute the onion and mushrooms in a little olive oil, then add your ground meat and brown it. (I cook it about 75% in the pan and let the oven do the rest of the work)
  3. When your squash is done, fork it out into a big bowl add your meat/onion/mushroom mixture, zucchini, marinara, and spices and stir, stir, stir.
  4. Put all that meaty, vegetably goodness into an oven safe pan and put it in the oven at 350 for 15-20 minutes (or until your meat is cooked completely and the marinara is heated)
  5. Take it out of the oven and marvel at your impeccable culinary skills

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How to enjoy:

  • all by itself
  • over mashed cauliflower
  • warmed up on a plate with an egg on top like this:

180Now that is one fine lookin’ egg!

This really is a versatile recipe. You could swap out the vegetables, cook without meat, add mozzarella and/or parmesan cheese…  Plus, you can’t really screw it up – at least I haven’t (yet) and if anyone can screw up a recipe, it would be this girl!

Enjoy!

Posted by: jessiejumps | January 26, 2013

Tri Something New…

I’ve said before I need to hold myself accountable and write some goals down.  What better place to do it than on the internet for all the world to see?! Right?

Well, here it goes…

1) This year, I WILL break 2 hours for a half marathon.  Phew!  That actually felt really empowering to write!  “I WILL”, not “I’ll try” or “maybe if I get lucky and the running gods are on my side”…  Nope. Dammit – I WILL break the 2 hour mark or die trying… (ok, so that last part is a bit of an exaggeration but I would be really really sad if it didn’t happen this year).  My current PR is 2:09 so I just have to get off my lazy a.. put in the work and I will do it!

2) I am also determined to compete in and complete my first ever triathlon.  And to motivate myself (and because I’m a cheap ass thrifty and don’t like spending money on things I don’t use) I just bought my fancy new tri suit from this fantastic website. LOVE LOVE LOVE the color although I’m not sure how forgiving it’ll be :\

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I seriously love this site.  I just bought a new 2XU tri suit for $75!!  They have such good prices – and it’s not just tri gear… it’s running, watches, cycling, clothes, boots, shoes, the list goes on and on.  Anywho, I’m signed up for a swim class next weekend, and the triathlon is in March – it’s indoor and incredibly relaxed (from what I hear) so it’ll be a good event to get my feet wet. haha – pun totally intended. I crack myself up…

Currently those are my two fitness goals.  There’s more floating around in my head, but they aren’t ready for the world to see yet…

What are your goals for 2013?  What do you do to stay on track and accomplish them?

Posted by: jessiejumps | January 20, 2013

Paleo Beef Stew

OMG! A paleo beef stew recipe?!?  How creative!   No one has ever posted about that before…

So, on occasion, I get incredibly tired of cooking… it’s not the cooking part so much, it’s the cleaning. oh, and the grocery shopping. oh, and, the waiting for my food to be done.  When that happens I pull out my trusty slow cooker and throw some sort of concoction in there – this time it was little morsels of beefy deliciousness.

What I threw in (in this order):

  • 1 white onion – cut into slices
  • 1 jeweled yam (or you could use a sweet potato)
  • 3/4 of a carton of sliced mushrooms (I could’ve put them all in, but I ate 1/4 of the carton while I was slicing onions… i couldn’t help it!)
  • 1 or 2 green peppers sliced up
  • 1 Anaheim pepper (also sliced)
  • minced garlic (1-2 heads)
  • 2 lbs organic beef stew meat (I first sprinkled it with salt & pepper, then sauteed it in some olive oil, then dumped the meat and juice from the pan into the slow cooker)
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 1/2 quart of organic low-sodium chicken broth (I would’ve used beef if I had any)
  • drizzle of balsamic vinegar (for a little zing)
  • spices to taste (I put salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and italian seasoning)

Cook on low all day.

Enjoy your delicious creation and super easy clean up (I used one of those crockpot bags so I just had to throw out the bag and rinse out the slow cooker – could it get any easier?!?!).  It really is  a meal in itself, but I was really freakin’ hungry and paired it with some cauliflower puree from a recipe I found over at Urban Amazon (seriously click that link – the recipe is super easy and so so good).

For dessert, I had these chocolate chocolate chip cookies from PaleoFeet.  These were one of the most delicious paleo friendly desserts I have ever had the pleasure of eating.

Enjoy!

 

 

Posted by: jessiejumps | January 20, 2013

Jumping off

Hello blog world!!

Welcome to my first ever official blog post… I’m so nervous I don’t know where to begin! ha! just kidding – about the nervous part anyway.  But, I really am not sure where to begin.  When I first started thinking “Oh man, I should totally have a blog” I did what any normal, potential blogger with internet access would do – I googled.  What did I find, you ask?  Too much! Far too much.  What are some things the google world said:

  • – Write about only one topic (or a related series of topics) – so, what if I say my blog is about paleo or running or working out or food and I end up talking about my cats or school or work or life in general! Ahhhhh
  • – Think of a catchy, memorable name – really? have you met me?  I’m not good at ‘catchy’ or ‘memorable’ or ‘clever’
  • – Don’t make your blog all about you – hmmm ok? what else am I supposed to write about, if not the one thing I know about?

So, I thought and thought and mulled over what topic I wanted, what cool name could I use to convey this unknown topic, and how to write about me, but not all me…

Guess what that led to? … NOTHING!  I got nowhere but still wanted to get my thoughts out of my head.  So, here I am starting a blog – not sure what path it will take or if I’ll talk about me too much or if my blog name is memorable enough, but it’s here and it’s mine.

I’ll definitely be talking about FOOD (one of my favorite things!) and working out (in my top 5 favorite things!) and goals (because I need to hold myself accountable) and whatever else crosses my mind when I happen to be sitting in front of a computer.

P.S. – That DailyMile widget thingy on the left is supposed to be showing my most recent run but apparently just wants to display a link to my profile…  If you have any idea how to fix that or helpful hints for new bloggers, help a girl out and let me know!

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