Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Freezer Meals

It's always nice to have a long weekend, but they're always so busy so it doesn't really feel like it's very long. Friday I worked on VBS things with Mom. Saturday morning was spent pulling weeds and cleaning the bathroom. Then we went to my little brother's for his birthday and finally we went to mass for Lucas' Grandfather. Sunday was the calmest day. We went to church and then relaxed a little and I made a freezer meal plan. Monday I made all the freezer meals and then we went to the in-law's for supper.

For the freezer meals I used meals from 2 different blogs that I found via Pinterest:

The total grocery bill for all of this and my weekly lunches/fruit was $155.72. That's insane! I was able to make 11 freezer meals. We will be able to make 20 meals out of it. When choosing recipes I used the Weight Watchers recipe builder to figure out the points and wrote this information as well as cooking information on each package. 

Here's the specific recipes that I used from the blogs I listed above.

Spicy Taco Chicken - Makes 12 Tacos - 4 WW points per taco
   1 c. Salsa
   2 T. Taco sauce
   1 Packet taco seasoning
   1 c. reduced fat shredded cheese
   1 can pinto beans, ground smooth
   4 chicken breasts
  1 /2 c. sour cream
   Taco Shells

   Mix spices, cheese, salsa, taco sauce and beans in a bag. Add chicken. When ready to cook, cook in crock pot for 8 hours on low. Shred chicken. Serve in shells with sour cream.

Alfredo Chicken - Makes 4 Servings - 13 WW points per serving (includes pasta)
   1 jar reduced fat alfredo sauce
   1 T. garlic
   1 c. green beans
   1/2 onion, chopped
   4 chicken breasts
   Whole grain pasta

   Combine sauce, garlic, green beans and onion in bag. Add chicken. When ready to cook, cook in crock pot for 8 hours on low. Serve over one serving of pasta.

Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops - Makes 4 servings - 4 WW points per serving
   1 c. applesauce
   3 T. cinnamon
   4 pork chops

   Mix applesauce and cinnamon in bag. Add pork chops. When ready to cook, cook in crock pot for 8 hours on low.

Applesauce Barbecue Chicken - Makes 4 servings - 7 WW points per serving
   4 chicken breasts
   1/2 tsp. ground pepper
   2/3 c. chunky applesauce
   2/3 c. barbecue sauce
   2 T. brown sugar
   1 tsp. chili powder

   Combine all ingredients in bag. When ready to cook, cook in crock pot for 8 hours on low.

Ziti - 8 Servings (4 per pan) - 13 WW points per serving
   1 lb. whole grain ziti
   1 onion
   1 lb. lean ground beef
   2 jars reduced fat spaghetti sauce
   8 slices reduced fat provolone
   6 oz. reduced fat mozzarella shredded
   2 T. Parmesan
   1 1/2 c. sour cream

   Boil pasta, brown beef and onion. Add sauce to meat and simmer. Spray 2 8x8 pans with cooking spray. Layer in each pan: 1/4 ziti, 1/4 sauce, 4 slices cheese, 1/2 of sour cream, 1/4 ziti, 1/4 sauce and top with cheese. When ready to cook, thaw for 24 hours. Cook at 350 for 30 minutes.

Manicotti - Makes 8 servings (2 per pan - 4 pans) - 13 WW points per serving
   2 eggs lightly beaten
   3 c. shredded reduced fat mozzarella
   1 c. shredded reduced fat Parmesan
   1/2 tsp. salt
   1/2 tsp. pepper
   16 oz. manicotti shells, uncooked
   12 c. marinara

   Mix cheese, eggs, salt and pepper. Stuff shells with mixture. Spread 1/2 c. marinara in each 8x8 dish. Place 6-7 shells in each an cover with sauce. When ready to cook, bake at 350 for 60 minutes.

Post any links you have to other sites with freezer meals or any you've created on your own!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekend & Weight Watchers

Last weekend we took a little escape to Columbus to Rock on the Range. It was the first time we have been and we really enjoyed ourselves. We saw a lot of great bands and some really interesting people. Saturday night our car was towed. It was 11:00 on a Saturday night. We were 3 and a half hours away from home and didn't know what we were going to do. Fortunately after a little panicking we found out that they just towed it to another parking lot so after a little wondering around we located our car and were on our way back to the hotel. 

I've been watching some videos on the Humana Vitality site and something caught my eye. It said that with some Humana plans you may be eligible for 6 months of Weight Watchers for free. Free?!?! So I clicked the link and it turns out that I am eligible. I went on my lunch break today and weighed in so now I have a new official starting weight. 

It feels good to be starting with a clean slate. I need to get a handle on life again and push forward to make progress and have a healthier, happier life.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Little Motivation

Decided to redesign the blog this weekend. Hope you like the new look! This weekend was full of relaxation which I felt was desperately needed. It's so nice to not be taking classes right now. We went to a Derby party Saturday and then stayed to watch the big fight. It was nice to hang out and enjoy time with family. 

Sunday I had every intention of taking a nap in between church in the AM and church in the PM, but my body just would not cooperate. I ended up watching my latest addiction...

It has been my favorite show recently and lucky me, Hulu has lots of seasons to watch. 

Yesterday I finished Day 2 of Couch to 5k. It's mainly walking in the beginning. The first week is a 5 minute walking warm up, followed by alternating jogging for 1 minute and 1 1/2 minutes of walking until there's only 5 minutes left to cool down which is also a walk. The total workout is 30 minutes. I went almost 2 miles in the 30 minutes. 

As a little extra motivation I just signed up for the Fall Runathon. I ran it last fall and enjoyed the first two races, the last one was a challenge though! It is a 5K, 10K and a half marathon. It's not until September and October so I have plenty of time to train. I knew if I paid for it now I would have to run it which should motivate me to run consistently. I want to finish a half marathon and not feel like I'm about to die. Surely, I can accomplish that.