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Batch Cooking and Healthy Parmesan Patties

How’s it going this Monday? I can’t complain over here!!

Today starts Spring Break for my kids but we are using today as a “relax” day. Today is the only chilly day out of the entire week so it worked out perfectly for staying home. The rest of the week will be in the 70’s and 80’s so I plan to spend many hours outdoors. I just LOVE Spring!! Now that we have “Sprung forward”, it really feels like Spring time. I couldn’t help but smile when I looked at the clock at 7:00pm last night and the sun was still shining bright.

Now, I just have to hope that the weather is mild this season and does not bring any dreaded tornadoes to our area!!

Weekend Fun

My weekend fun consisted of batch cooking up a large amount of food for Lance and I to have for breakfast and lunch this week.

  • Quinoa
  • Ground Turkey
  • Mixed veggies
  • Egg Muffin Cups
  • Oatmeal Muffin Cups
  • Brownie Protein Bars


All of that prepping and cooking took a good 2.5 hours but it will make the rest of the week a breeze, at least I hope so!! However, next week I think I will be a bit smarter and just make double or triple of what we have for dinner next Sunday night. Doh!! Why didn’t I think of that sooner. 😉

Last night’s dinner was phenomenal and I have to give all credit to Courtney at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life because it was her recipe, with a few very minor changes.

Healthy Parmesan Burgers(or patties in my case)


Last weekend we happened to be at a new to us store and they had ground chicken breast for a great price. I am always leery of anything ground, unless it is beef or turkey. However, I remembered seeing this recipe on Courtney’s blog at an earlier time and thought this would be the perfect time to make it.

I did make a few substitutions because there were some items I was missing in my cupboard but it was no big deal and worked out perfectly. I didn’t have buns on hand but that was no biggie. I just whipped up a side of Roasted Ranch Red Potatoes as our carb.  Also, I didn’t have any marinara sauce in my cabinets but I did have an awesome supply of canned tomato products from Red Gold. Last month they sent me some of their products to try out and boy are they good!!


Mission Accomplished, Red Gold!!!

Last night, I used a can of Red Gold diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano seasoning as my marinara sauce.


I just emptied the can into my Ninja, pulsed for a few seconds and had a delicious sauce. It was so fresh tasting and I actually liked it even more than traditional spaghetti sauce!!

My family gobbled up this dinner and my husband requested that it be put into regular rotation. No problem, honey!! I got you covered on that one 🙂



  • Today’s workout consisted of a nice upper body workout(chest and triceps done circuit style) that left my arms nice and wobbly. It isn’t a plan I can share because I got the workout from a program that was actually purchased. It is part of a 6 week at home workout guide. It is going to be perfect for me because the workouts are broken up into 5 days of training per week. 3 workouts are weight based and the other 2 workouts are HIIT based. The best part: each routine can be done in 20-30 minutes. Of course, that means you really have to push and give it your all to see results but I am cool with that!!
  • 2 miles on the gym treadmill. I was able to get my kids to the gym(and to behave while I was there) for a quick 20 minute cardio workout. Cardio is not my fave but it is essential right now because I am pretty serious about getting 5-10 pounds off my frame. Once I reach my goal, I will cut back on the cardio and just do the 2 days in the 6 week workout plan.

I have mentioned my friend before because I truly believe in the workouts/cookbooks/e-books that she offers. Anyhoo, if you are stuck in a rut or just want to change up your workouts and start seeing results(at home OR the gym) you should visit Kyra at The Get In Shape Girl!!


What do you think of the time change? Like or dislike?

I will gladly lose one hour of sleep for months of additional sunlight!!!

Do you batch cook your meals for the week or do you eat whatever you can find?

What do you think about ground meat? Do you prefer turkey, beef or chicken?






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Sloppy, Sloppy Joes

Gooood Morning!!!

How is everyone finding themselves on this Monday morning? If you were having too much fun this weekend to hop on the internet (and my blog) you can check out what I had to say yesterday if ya feel like it. If not, that is A-OK, too!! 🙂

I was able to get some meal planning done this weekend which is always nice!! I have been so much better about it than I used to but some weeks I could certainly do better. I am pretty much excited for my menu this week as I think I have some yummy dinners in my future!!

We are going to start with last nights dinner because it was downright tasty!!!

Turkey Sloppy Joes Baby!!!

This recipe is one that I have made several times and it continues to be a hit. It is super delicious and comes together in about 30 minutes. The original recipe actually calls for it to go in the slow cooker but let me tell you, it works just as well on the stove top!! I don’t know what it is but something about this messy meal just makes me happy. I think because it takes me back to childhood. I mean, who didn’t like sloppy joe night as a kiddo?!


To complete the meal, I roasted up some ranch red potatoes!! Mmmmmm, mmmmm good!!


Meal Plan: Week of February 25th

I may change some of the days around based on what I am in the mood for but you get the basic idea!!!


I am still debating about whether I am ready to return to it today or not. I am cautiously optimistic that I am starting to feel better but I don’t want to overdue it and set myself back. I still have quite a bit of congestion and my ear is still stopped up but my chest doesn’t feel nearly as tight. I am thinking I will play it by ear(no pun intended!!) as see how I feel this afternoon. If my energy is up, I will pop in a Jillian Michael’s or Brooke Burke video and if not, I will just sit on my couch and be lazy.

Except not really, because I have a house to clean. That is exercise in itself!!


Do you like sloppy joes? How about as a child?

What is one food that takes you back to your childhood?

What is in your menu this week?



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