Baby S2 Update – Week 36 & Nesting

This is it…the final countdown…4 weeks to go for me and go time for my sister!
We both feel great and are getting anxious to meet the little ones squirming around inside us.

39 weeks & 35 weeks

And with the countdown….let the nesting begin!  On Sunday Kelli and I prepared 9 separate meals.  5 crockpot and 4 pans.  All will be frozen, so while we are busy with babies we have healthy and convenient meals.  The total cost comes to about $2.25 per serving and took 3.5 hours to prepare (not counting grocery shopping time).  Trust me….all is worth it! 

Start with cutting and prepping all veggies and set aside. Then move on to meat so there is no cross contamination. 

we’re done and dinner is ready for days to come!
Recipes for all the meals:
Meal 1-5
Frozen Crock Pot Meals – we made three of these recipes and combined into 5 meals
Meal 6
Turkey Lasagna
Meal 7
Chicken Enchiladas
Meal 8
Chicken Pot Pie
Meal 9
Veggie Mac & Cheese

week 25

week 30 & 34

Other Baby S2 blog posts:
Week 21, Hawaii
Week 30, Shower, Puerto Rico

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Nesting – Casserole Mania

Nesting, pleaseeee…who said I was nesting!?

ok…judging by the stack of casseroles now in my freezer, I would say I had a little “food nesting” the other weekend.
I just decided it would be nice to designate a few hours one Sunday to preparing 4 wholesome, healthy casseroles that would be easy for J and I to bake up after the baby arrives (any day now).
After preparing them, I thought to myself…why not do this more often (Super Sized Sundays as I like to call them)…make your master list, head to store, cook up a storm, make one giant mess, package up, clean up, freeze, and viola….you have great meals for the month to come! This is great for those that have on the go schedules.
Grass Fed Beef Lasagna (click for recipe)

Chicken Enchiladas packed with veggies
(click for recipe)

BBQ Chicken Casserole – recipe to come

Chicken & Biscuit Pot Pie – recipe below

recipe from Ellie Krieger (dietitian) on Food Network
watch a video of the chicken pot pie preparation here
For the filling:
Cooking spray
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups lowfat milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup peas, thawed if frozen
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
For the biscuit crust:
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
To make the filling: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a large shallow casserole dish, or 6 individual casserole dishes with cooking spray.
Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over a medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the chicken with its juices to a bowl. .
Add 2 more teaspoons of oil to the same pan and heat it over a medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots and celery and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the green beans, garlic and remaining salt and pepper and cook for 2 minute more. Add the milk. Stir the flour into the broth until it is completely dissolved and add to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 2 minutes more. Return the chicken with its juices back to the pan. Add the peas and thyme and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spoon the mixture into the baking dish or individual dishes.
To make the crust: Put the whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter and pulse about 12 times, or until pebble sized pieces are formed.
Add the buttermilk then oil to the food processor and pulse until just moistened. Do not over mix. Drop the batter in 6 mounds on top of the chicken mixture (1 mound on each individual dish, if using) spreading the batter out slightly. Bake until filling is bubbling and the biscuit topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Nutritional analysis per serving
Calories 400
Total Fat 17 g
(Sat Fat 5.7 g, Mono Fat 7.7 g, Poly Fat 2.7 g)
Protein 31 g
Carb 31 g
Fiber 5 g
Cholesterol 82 mg
Sodium 600 mg

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good

New Year’s Resolutions and Super Easy Turkey Lasagna

I’ll be honest…I’ve never really made NY’s resolutions, but for some reasons this year I have a whole laundry list of them 😉 Now, I am being practical and have chosen a few to focus on in 2010 and will share these with you. I am hoping this will hold me more accountable!

Take up yoga! After suffering an injury last year that kept me from running in the Boston Marathon and could have probably been prevented with proper stretching…I thought this would be a wise idea. I am again scheduled to run Boston this April and am determined to make it to the start…and finish lines 🙂
so somewhere in my marathon, triathlon, and crossfit workouts…I am now doing yoga…phew!

last night was hot house yoga….notice the TWO water bottles

Cleaner cooking and eating. It’s funny because I teach people this in Sara B Consulting but feel I have gotten away from it slightly…finding myself using Splenda brown sugar more often, indulging in diet sodas, and over consuming cereal. Now, I am probably clean with 70% of my diet and would like to get back to 80-90%. I am equipped with my Clean Eating Mag, Tosca Reno’s Clean Eating cookbooks, and my garden come spring.
What is clean eating you ask? In a nutshell: 6 small meals per day, exercise daily 5x week, avoid all processed foods, choose unrefined foods whenever possible, and watch out for fat, sodium, calories, and sugar. The part I am working on is the eating less processed and more real foods…closer to nature I say. For example, get back to using honey and agave nectar instead of Splenda brown sugar to sweeten things, sticking to 1 bowl of cereal instead of two (this is super hard for me), and enjoying more single ingredient foods.
oh and trying new clean practises….I bought a nut milk sack the other day aka I am making my own almond milk…stay tuned 😉
keep in mind when you are training for an athletic endeavor you will have gu’s, gels, bars that just don’t fit into clean eating but are needed for energy during workouts….so be it.

People always ask about “fake” sugars….am I for or against. Every individuals diet is different and I have to see where and how it is consumed before making any judgements. Personally, if I am to use one in cooking/flavoring I opt for Stevia (if brown sugar is not called for)I feel this may be the lesser of evils as it is “natural.” Is Splenda harmful….that’s still up for debate. Nothing as been proven as far as I know….but I do know this…it gives me some serious GI distress with large consumption.
Because with training and the fact that I do not sweeten too many things, I decided I do not need to worry about the few extra calories from honey or agave nectar to sweeten my sweet potatoes or steel cut oats. Drizzle away!

One-Year devotional study of women in scripture “Women of the Bible” by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda

awwww….I feel better already!

Super Easy Turkey Lasagna

1 lb ground turkey BREAST
3 C (1 jar) spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 c water
1 container cottage cheese, 1% or fat free
1 c 2% shredded mozzarella
1/2 c grated Parmesan
2 eggs
any veggies (I used spinach and red peppers)
1/4 c chopped parsley
sea salt
black pepper
any other Italian seasoning you desire
whole wheat lasagna noodle (I sued Rozoni Healthy Harvest)
Heat oven to 350F. In 3 qt saucepan over medium-high heat brown turkey. Add spaghetti sauce and water; simmer about 10 minutes. Meanwhile in medium bowl, stir together cottage cheese, half mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, eggs, spices.
Pour 1 c meat sauce on bottom of 9×13 pan. Arrange uncooked noodles over sauce; cover noodles with sauce. Add half cheese mixture over sauce. Place chopped veggies on top of cheese layer. (of course I added veggies!)

Repeat with noodles, sauce, cheese. Top with layer of noodles and any leftover mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 45minutes. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes. Let set for 10 minutes when done. Enjoy!

more veggies…side of spinach salad

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good