Ditching the Drive-thru

Let’s face it, we are busy. Too busy. In turn, we get in this mind set that we are, in fact, so dang busy that we literally have time to do nothing but work and rest. Everything else will have to happen on the fly. We get into this routine of rising before the sun, going to work, busting our chops, and coming home, hardly running on fumes.

In the midst of such a routine, we forget to care for our health and our well-being. Too often it’s easier to grab a pizza on the way home or call in take-out. This is totally fine every once in a while, but you are feeding your habits of always being “too busy”, thus, these foods are not the most nutritious meals for you or your family. In fact, eating fast food on a regular basis can actually cause you to feel lethargic and add to your lack of

Don’t get me wrong, I love me some lo mien noodles and orange chicken, but why not make it at home? There is literally a recipe for everything your heart desires, and it can be so much more beneficial to make it yourself! This is my tip for ditching to drive-thru:

1.) On Sunday night, prepare a meal, double the recipe if you have to. This way, you will have plenty for lunch at work the next day and so will your family, if need be. If not, have it for dinner again the next night. Left overs are good for about 3-4 days max if properly stored.

2.) When you go to the grocery store, buy the things that you normally buy, but the healthier version. Wheat instead of white, ground turkey instead of beef, low sodium soups and broths, etc. I promise you, it all tastes the same. And if it doesn’t, well, you have a spice cabinet- spice it up!

3.) Portion your meals. I don’t mean count your green beans and weigh your noodles. I mean just know that you need less carbs than protein and lots of fiber.

Either way, ever since I have started cooking I have been so much happier and felt more energetic because I control what goes in the recipe. You can eat whatever you want- and it can be good for you! Your body will thank you for the pasta you ate, and you’ll get to feel satisfied and guilt-free after you scarf it down.

Obviously tacos are my kryptonite, but I love those carbs too. Lord knows I love the carbs. But there are some carbs that your body needs like wheat products. Try this recipe if you’re a pasta lover like me! It should make enough to feed about 6-8 people.

Baked Rigatoni

1 box of whole wheat rigatoni noodles

34oz low sodium pasta sauce

1 package of turkey Lil’ Smokies

3 large scoops of part skim ricotta cheese

1/2lb bag low-fat mozzarella cheese

salt & pepper to taste

-First, cook the noodles, drain and put them in a large bowl. While the noodles are cooking, take half of your Lil Smokies and cut them into thirds. In a glass dish, pour enough pasta sauce to completely cover the bottom.

-Back to the noodles. Throw your Lil Smokies and ricotta cheese into the bowl with the noodles and mix.

-Once mixture is even, scrape it into the glass dish and even it out.

-Pour the rest of the pasta sauce on top evenly and add the cheese.

-Cook in the over at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, or until cheese becomes lightly brown around the edges of the pan.

-Serve it up, hot, with your favorite veggies, a glass of wine and Bonappetit!

I will eventually share more of my recipes on here, this is just a great starter! If you not big on rigatoni, try regular spaghetti with whole grain noodles and ground turkey meat with low sodium pasta sauce. Enjoy, beautiful!







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