Monday, April 2, 2012

Gym Motivation and Healthy Bow Tie Fiesta

I know I promised to have pictures of the moves from last week's high intensity training interval workout, but I never really got to do it this weekend. The plan was to repeat the workout last night, but I forgot it was Wrestlemania, which meant there were 7 guys at my house all day long hanging out with Taylor. But don't fret, dear friends, it is still coming!

Let me also say that last Friday I had plans to go to the gym after work. Of course by the time 5:30 p.m. on Friday actually arrived, I was exhausted and wanted nothing more than to go home and take a nap. But did I? NO! It was a close call, but with a little push from mommy dearest, I kept my commitment and drove my tired little (well...big) butt over to the gym. I guess everyone else was having problems motivating themselves on a Friday as well because I was one of two people working out. Now, it wasn't the best, most intense workout of all time, but I went and kept myself in the routine! 

That is the most important part because if you talk yourself out of going once, you'll end up talking yourself out of going multiple times in a week and before you know it, BAM, you're not working out at all and instead you are sitting on the couch watching reruns of How I Met Your Mother with a Reese's cup in one hand and a slice of leftover meat lover's pizza in the other.

Last night as the gaggle of men who had invaded my home were alternating between games of corn hole and rounds of Wii Tiger Woods Golf, I took to the kitchen to tackle a recipe I found from Blue Eyed Bride. Although her recipe looked absolutely fantastic as is, I wanted to make a few modifications to make it more fit for my new healthy eating habits. I took some pictures, but just with my iPhone since my nice DSLR is on the fritz.

8 ounces bow tie pasta (Our tiny grocery store didn't have whole grain, so I had to use white pasta, but opt for whole grain if available to you)
1 pound 99% fat free ground turkey
½ onion, chopped
½ green bell pepper, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
Salt to taste
1 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt
1 cup salsa
1 cup reduced fat shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook the pasta using package directions; drain. Brown the turkey in a skillet. Add the onion and green pepper and mix well.
Cook until the onion is tender, stirring constantly. Stir in the tomato sauce, chili powder, and salt. 

Combine the pasta, ground turkey mixture, and greek yogurt in a bowl (or your skillet, like I did, to avoid cleaning extra dishes) and mix well. Spoon into a 9×11-inch or 9×9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the cheese. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until brown and bubbly. Yield: 8 servings (Feel free to jazz it up even more by adding black olives, jalapenos, etc...) 
Calories: 341 per serving

It was such a huge hit with the man of the house that he went back for seconds. I plan on having leftover for lunch today! Yum!
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1 comment:

  1. Just doing my part to help!! Looks really good.