A New Season

Yes, I’ve been away from the blog world.

Yes, I’ve been busy & survived a week straight of exams.

Yes, I’ve been enjoying college life & friends.

I tweeted about blogging earlier this morning, so of course when you tweet something, it means it is true.

Truth be told, I really do miss blogging and taking pictures, because photography is a love of mine. Not to mention, I should probably get some use out of my Nikon, but that is a whole other story. Anyways, things have really quieted down in terms of school so I though I would write. Since my last post, some things have changed, both good and bad:

  • Still marathon training :D
  • Managed to get two very minor injuries that really tested me. First it was a bruised tendon in my ankle and now its a very, very mild case of IT Band in my upper thigh. I’m not going to lie and say its been easy. Mentally, its been rough. Two back to back injuries makes you feel like your body hates you and is breaking down. To not be able to run the way I like to/want to got me down a couple times. Mostly because I love the wind in my face while running around campus. I like waking up to the sun rising, birds chirping and the bus drivers waving to me. It is just what I’ve known for the past 2 1/2 years here at Tech. Regardless, things are finally turning around and getting better thanks to two amazing doctors.
    • Lessons learned: ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS wear proper running shoes. Never go with a new brand or size when you know what works. Also, it helps when the soles aren’t run down.
      Cross Training might be the bane of my existence, but the week I took off from running to focus on studies actually benefited my runs and ensured my IT Band didn’t flare up. Listen to your body.
  • Coffee Creamer has changed my life in the best way possible. Don’t get me wrong, I still love it black, but halfway through my cup I LOVE adding some. In case you were wondering, Coffee Mate’s Pecan Praline is epic. Baily’s Cheesecake Creamer isn’t half bad either.
  • I changed my minor to Food Science and Technology after realizing I have a passion for working for a food company post undergrad. Couldn’t be happier.
  • FALL WEATHER IS HERE !!! Pumpkin Spice Bagels? Heck yes!

Naturally, I have a fall inspired recipe for ya’ll!

Creamy Parmesan Chicken Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ingredients:

  • 1 small acorn squash
  • 1 Garlic Chicken Sausage (I love Alfresco)
  • 1/4 cup Classico Creamy Spinach & Parmesan Sauce
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms
  • Kale
  • Heaping amounts of Garlic Powder & Basil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Slice squash in half and take out the seeds
  3. Place  on baking sheet that is sprayed with cooking spray and bake for 40 minutes
  4. While the squash is baking, sautee the chicken sausage, cabbage, kale and mushroom together. Season generously.
  5. Take squash out of the oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Combine the chicken sausage and vegetables with the tomato sauce
  7. Divide into two portions to fill both squashes
  8. Enjoy!

Lean Cuisine – Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli

I like to run. Scratch that – I live to run. Alas, the only way to keep myself fueled through numerous miles is via carbs. I have experimented with my diet and found that carbs and fat fuel me best. Thus, now that I am home from college it is much easier for me to get more carbs into my diet without portion overload. One of my favorite forms is pasta (I am half Italian – both my mother and grandmother lived in Italy). However, I will preface this by saying I am extremely picky when it comes to pasta. Rarely do I order pasta dishes when ordering out because nothing compares to mamma’s homemade sauce and the perfection of her pasta. I was a little skeptical when buying this meal but it sounded waaaay too good to resist.

I guess  Lean Cuisine added a new culinary line – sounds a little like Healthy Choice, but you gotta keep up with the competition. Not going to lie – the promise of mushroom filled ravioli with ricotta cheese is what drew me in. Ricotta just has that melt in your mouth taste. I’ll preface this by saying I didn’t use the microwave – I had the pleasure of baking the meal in the oven. Even after the ravioli is done cooking – it looks very promising! I mean look at how huge those raviolis are. Granted there are only five, but I can’t complain. There was an abundance of spinach and red peppers. The orange peppers were few and far between. My one gripe with this meal (and all waistline friendly meals for that matter) is that the sauce is always super thin. This applies the the masala sauce too. No worries, like a good nutrition student I added a boatload of broccoli.

Et voila! Lunch is served.

Taste: Nothing short of fantastic! I was actually amazed by how much flavor this meal provided. Not only was the pasta al dente, but the sauce was very flavorful! Restaurant quality for sure. The spinach was tender and the red peppers were not soggy in the least. The flavors blended together perfectly. I was pleasantly surprised that inside the ravioli were whole mushrooms which only made me adore this meal even more. As for the ricotta cheese? Yeah – it was good.

4.5 Coffee Beans –> not a fan of a lot of sauce

Nutrition & Ingredients found here.