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A Quick Macaroni Dinner

After I ran out the door to a few meetings for the afternoon and then started on a few errands. The pups were in need of some food, so Brent and I stopped by our local pet store to grab a bag. Whenever I go to the pet store, I usually walk out with some unnecessary toy, treat or dress up thing. I love using the dogs for my own amusement…it’s terrible but its fun…for me. 🙂

Today, I picked up some treats. Bones to be exact.

 

 

Bacon always gets spoiled with the bigger and the baddest. How crazy is that thing?!

After the pet store, we headed back and I whipped us up some dinner. It was REALLY quick because that’s about all I had in mind. When I get hungry, I get cranky. I will whip my head around because you asked me what time it was. Seriously. You don’t want to get in between my food and me when this girl is hungry.

So I made some macaroni with a ragu alfredo sauce, salmon and a whole bunch of broccoli. From the look that I got from Brent, you would have thought that I had made something from the heavens. But it took me no time at all to throw together.

 

It did turn out well. I topped it off with some grated parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Great move I think.

For the rest of the night, I’m just sipping on some tea and catching up on a little reading. I have an early morning tomorrow and will most likely be to bed early!

 

How do you spoil your pets?? Fun treats?? Dress them up?? Take them to parks??

I spoil the dogs like crazy. But I have to say dressing them up and just playing around with them is my favorite. The happier they are, the more fun I’m having. Well…besides when I put eyebrows on Bacon…that was definitely for my own enjoyment!

 

Paleo Oatmeal and an Interval Workout

This morning I woke up and ran off to the gym to do my 3 mile run as scheduled. Upon walking through the kitchen, I noticed my bananas had literally peeled themselves. Bananas for breakfast it is!

Haha! How funny is that?! I laughed out loud when I saw that. Before I gave into my bananas, I went off to the gym.

Per the usual, I hate running on treadmills for a long period of time, I came up with another interval workout. This time, with distance and speed as opposed to a timed workout. So here’s what happened this morning:

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t jump off a time or two towards the end for a real quick breather. This run really had me going, and I am still recovering from it.

And then, we were back to the self peeling bananas. I was trying to come up with a unique way to cook up these bananas, because clearly, these were not normal bananas. I found a recipe on several blogs for Paleo Oatmeal, which is really an oatmeal without the oats! Say what? I ended up choosing this recipe from OnaPinkTypewriter.com. The recipe was changed up just a bit from what she originally did, but follows the same guidelines.

Looks just like real oatmeal doesn’t it?!

Ingredients:

2 Eggs 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
2 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseeds 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Banana, mashed 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:

1. Whisk together the eggs, and almond milk in a small bowl. Then stir in the banana, flaxseed, vanilla and cinnamon. Make sure the banana is smooth in the mixture.

2. In a small saucepan, heat up the mixture for about five minutes until you get the texture that you prefer. Just make sure you don’t leave it too liquid because there are eggs in there!

And Finito! Just put it into a bowl and top it off with anything that you like. I added more banana, because I had two self peeling bananas! and some more cinnamon. I could definitely see sliced almonds working well in this as well.

The texture is a bit different than anything else. It’s very fluffy. Add some granola or anything else crunchy if the texture gets to you a bit.

For lunch, I made some pasta because I was again, starving! SImple, Easy, Delicious.

Ingredients:

1 Serving Whole Wheat Penne 1/4 Cup Tomato
3 Chopped Basil Leaves 1/4 Cup Red Pepper
Tablespoon Fresh Paremsan Cheese 2 Tablespoon Catalina Dressing
2 Tablespoon Fresh Chives

No directions needed, just cook up the pasta and throw the rest on top! So easy! It was really light and filling at the same time. Just to give you an idea of HOW MANY VEGGIES I PUT IN THIS THING…

OH yea, I went nuts.

Brent had asked me to bring him by some lunch as well. But he didn’t want any of this “healthy” stuff. He wanted something SPICY! So I made him a quick, spicy pasta.

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Garlic and Onion Ragu 2 Tablespoon Hot Sauce
1/4 Cup Jalapenos 1/4 Cup Fontina Cheese

Really, nothing crazy at all, but much healthier than the Mac N Cheese covered in hot sauce that he wanted! Just adding the hot sauce to something that was already fully flavored and could handle a little spice made this pasta just that much better. Don’t be afraid to take those pre-made pasta sauces and turn them into something unique. Think of them as a starting point instead of the main attraction.

What are some other ways that you can dress up pasta quickly and easily?

Chicken, Spinach and Mushroom Ragu Lunch

I just popped home quick to let the pups out and to grab a quick lunch. With not too much time, leftovers it was. I just heated up a pot of water, threw in some whole grain penne and topped it off with left over Ragu.

 

Yumoooo. This filled me up in a hurry.

 

 

Now obviously, the majority of people don’t have the luxury of swinging home quick for lunch. So another way that you could swing this, is just to take a portion of the sauce with you to work. Prefreeze it in individual portions so all you have to do is grab the bag of Ragu and you are on your way and cook some pasta up in the AM to bring along.

 

Or, something you may not have thought of before….RAMON NOODLES. Yes, those crappy little, should never eat packages of noodles.

 

The reason that you shouldn’t eat those noodles is because of the high sodium dressing that come along with them. Minus the dressing they are simply noodles. Grab those packages for 39 cents at you supermarket and heat up those noodles in your microwave at work. Top it off with your Ragu and you’ve got a lunch to be jealous of.

 

The best choice however, would be the whole grain pastas. The reason, besides the fact that it is healthier for you than normal white pasta, is that it will fill you up faster. You will need to eat less of it to feel full. So when you are choosing pasta, steer yourself towards the healthier and more satisfying whole grain pasta.

Happy Eating!