8/25/14

Grilled Tuna | Italian Pasta Salad | Grilled Zucchini

Dinner outside again tonight. I'm not great at grilling. My husband does a much better job grilling, but he had to work late so I was master of the grill tonight, the zucchini paid for it. It was a little overcooked but I still ate it.

Grilled Ahi Tuna
I buy the frozen Trader Joe's Marinated Ahi Tuna.
Grill it for 9 minutes.
**I have used the dressing below to marinate seafood just add some chopped herbs.

Italian Pasta Salad
6 oz. Whole Wheat Orzo, cooked al dente
3/4 cup chopped fresh mozzarella
1 can black olives, cut in half
1 tomato, chopped
Fresh Basil, chopped
Fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

Dressing
1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
juice of half a lemon
1 garlic clove minced
kosher salt & cracked pepper to taste

Take already cooked and cooled orzo pasta and place in a medium size bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl.

Make dressing. In a small bowl add lemon juice, garlic clove, salt and pepper and whisk. Next slowly drizzle the olive oil to emulsify the dressing.

Pour the dressing into the bowl with the pasta. Mix, taste, then salt and pepper if needed.

Grilled zucchini 
Nothing fancy here. Just slice the zucchini in half or quarters lengthwise. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Add to the grill, for 3-4 minutes.

After everything is on the plate I like to squeeze a lemon over all the food to brighten the flavors up a bit.   Great summer meal!

2/12/14

Zucchini "Spaghetti" Low Carb Pasta Substitute- Dinner


During my Whole Foods Market challenge I tried a few new recipes and one of them was Spaghetti Squash with Italian sausage  and it was delicious. Someone gave my husband a giant zucchini from their garden and I started thinking about the spaghetti squash and how yummy it was as a low carb and a nutrient dense substitute for pasta so I made Zucchini Spaghetti with meat sauce and it was really great! Another wonderful thing about using zucchini instead of spaghetti squash was that it is super quick to make and quick is always good.

The giant zucchini.

Quick work shredding in the food processor.

Zucchini "Spaghetti"
Recipe by: Simply Fit Mama
  • 1 giant zucchini or 3-4 regular size
  • 2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
Peel zucchini. Cut the zucchini in half and scoop the seeds out of each half. You should have little zucchini boats. Use your food processors shredding blade and shred away. If you don't have a food processor you can make zucchini ribbons with your vegetable peeler which will give you a wider "noodle". Or you can use a mandoline slicer with a julienne blade.

Heat your pan to medium-high heat (I used a medium cast iron skillet). Once your pan is heated add your oil and quickly add your shredded zucchini. Using tongs toss the zucchini a time or two then add the garlic, salt and pepper. I like this cooked al dente so don't walk away your zucchini "pasta" will be done in 3-5 minutes. If you leave it longer it will release water and get soft and a bit mushy. 


Now top with your favorite pasta sauce and enjoy!

1/31/14

Organizing my mind with help from the Power of Moms- Review and Giveaway


Support for Moms – Power of Moms

Feeling Overwhelmed? Think you have a focus problem? Missed appointments? 
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There have been times that I have considered myself to be a very organized person and I never understood how papers could be scattered and/or piled up or appointments could be missed but that is not the season I am in at this time. I'm not sure what changed but I do know it was a gradual shift, one moment I was in control and the next I was treading water trying to keep my head above it. The paper and information that comes into my house is mind numbing from the mailbox, emails, kids backpacks, etc. To be completely honest I was at a point where I felt like I couldn't breath. Even at bedtime my mind would be swimming with things that needed to get done or that I wanted to do and it would take a while to get my brain to shut off...wasting precious sleep and adding unneeded stress to my life. I have felt like I can't catch up with anything and felt very unfocused. Which has been very frustrating.

This is one of my main email inboxes before.

This is my after and has remained my after!
Years ago I read the David Allen's book Getting Things Done (GTD) and I loved it. I told my husband all about the book and what an amazing system it was. I spoke about it so much that my husband and I still joke about it many years later. If we get something done quickly and efficiently we always say "Man, you are a GTDer". But in reality when I read that book I felt overwhelmed with trying to implement David Allen's system it just seemed too complex for what I needed as a Homemaker. 

When I came across the Power of Moms website I felt like I had finally found what I needed and really what I had been looking for all of these years. It's the GTD system but better! It's the Mind Organization for Moms (M.O.M.) program, it's exactly for people like me, created by a mom that has been in my shoes.

I have been working through the M.O.M. program and I have absolutely loved it! I carved away a little bit of time here and there and now can say that I have a wonderful functioning system and it works! With each task that I completed in the M.O.M. program I felt a little weight lifting off my shoulders and more importantly out of my brain.

Below is a look into what my system looks like right now. My calendar and Immediate Next Actions are digital. I use my calendar on my computer it syncs to all our devices. I also use my reminders app as my Immediate Next Actions list because it's with me at all times and also syncs to all the devices. I may look into a more detailed app in the future but for now I'm sticking with simple.


I finally feel like I have a working system in place and now I can rest easy and know that things are taken care of.

I really have enjoyed getting my "stuff" organized. It was one of my New Years resolutions and if getting organized is one of your goals for the New Year I recommend going to the Power of Moms website and checking out all the wonderful resources they have available.

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*Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of Mind Organization for Moms but the views expressed are my honest thoughts and opinions of the program.

1/24/14

Easy Chicken Dumpling Soup



Easy Chicken Dumpling Soup
recipe by: Simply Fit Mama

  • 1 1/2- 2 cups leftover Chicken, shredded, cubed (however you like it)
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced - I use dorot frozen garlic
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can Trader Joe's buttermilk biscuits 
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp chicken bullion
  • Sea salt and cracked pepper, to taste
Heat large pot or dutch oven over medium- high heat. Add olive oil and onions, heat until softened not brown. This takes about 4-5 minutes. Add carrots, celery, garlic and chicken. Stir for another minute or two. Now add the broth, thyme, bay leaf, bullion then cover the pot and let simmer on low for  45 minutes to an hour or until the veggies are tender. 

Now comes the fun part. Pop open the can of biscuits and lay them out on a cutting board. Cut the circles in quarters and then roll each one in little balls (this is great to do with the kids, practice fractions and fine motor skills). Add all the little balls to the pot of soup cover and cook on low-medium (simmering not boiling) for 7-9 minutes.



12/2/13

Turkey Meatball Stroganoff


I have really been in the mood for some comfort food lately. This is a healthier version of a traditional stroganoff. I don't use the heavy cream, I feel like the sour cream is enough to make this dish nice and cream without the extra fat. I love using good egg noodles like pappardelle instead of the traditional egg noodle. You can make your own turkey meatballs or use pre-made if you are short on time, just check the ingredients list before buying. 

Turkey Meatballs
created by: Simply Fit Mama

1 egg
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced
1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
3 to 4 turns of fresh cracked pepper, or to taste
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 lb ground turkey breast

Preheat broiler. Spray sheet pan with cooking spray. 

Mix first five ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl. Once they are well combined add the ground turkey and bread crumbs. Lightly mix until combined, don't over mix. Next make meatballs into 2 inch balls.**If you give your hands a light coating of olive oil the meat won't stick to your hands** Place the meatballs on the sheet pan and into the oven for around 10 minutes, they should have a nice brown color to them.

Stroganoff Sauce 
created by: Simply Fit Mama

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 8 oz. package of mushrooms, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup white wine
2 tsp flour
1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 to 1 1/4 cup beef broth
1/2 cup light sour cream

Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Add olive oil. Add onion and let them sweat a little until translucent 5-10 minutes depending on how finely chopped the onion is. Next add the garlic and mushrooms. Go ahead and add the wine now and crank up the heat to a medium-high temperature. This will reduce the wine. After the wine has evaporated from the pan turn the heat back down to medium and let the mushrooms brown up a little. Once the mushrooms have a little color add the flour to the onions and mushroom and stir it up so that it's combined.

In a medium bowl whisk together the beef broth, Dijon mustard and sour cream. Add this mixture to the skillet. Let it come up to a low simmer, where there are little bubbles at the surface of the sauce. You do not want to boil this sauce. Next reduce the heat to low add the meatballs and keep warm until ready to serve. 

Egg Noodles

Boil according to directions. While you are making the sauce you want the water boiling and ready to add the noodles. Drain the noodles and serve warm with the Stroganoff sauce and turkey meatballs on top.

Fight over the leftovers!

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