Keto adventures, Recipes

Meatballs with marinara sauce and ricotta cheese!

Tonight we had meatballs and marinara sauce topped with ricotta cheese. I know I’ll be eating carbs tomorrow for Sunday’s race so wanted to eat healthy today. Yum!! And so easy!! 1 lb of ground beef, 1 egg, 3-4 tsps of almond flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, red pepper flakes (seasons to taste, about a tsp each) and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Form the meatballs and sear on all sides. Top with marinara sauce and transfer into a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. For the last five minutes remove and top with ricotta cheese and return to the oven that’s been turned up to broil for five minutes. Voila!!

What’s your favorite weeknight meal? Do you have any races this weekend? Good luck if you do!!

Cheers!

Michelle

Recipes

Keto Meatballs

Tonight’s easy Keto meal. Meatballs with sautéed spinach. Meatballs: 1 lb of ground meat, 2 diced baby portobello mushrooms, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1 egg, salt and pepper to taste. Gently Work mixture together and form in to balls. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Top with a slice of fresh mozzarella and return to oven for a few minutes to melt. Sautéed spinach: slice three slices of bacon and cook until done. Drain the grease on a paper towel and wipe out (but don’t rinse!) the pan. Add one pat of unsalted butter, minced clove of garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan you cooked the bacon in. Place a heaping mound of spinach in the pan as it shrinks down. Add in your bacon and season with salt and pepper. Voila!! Cheers! We have bad storms here but I managed a 25 minute cardio workout while the meatballs were cooking! Gotta get it done while you can!

How was your day? Share your workout/dinner below!!!

Cheers!

Michelle

food

A little lost…

After having spent last weekend with my husband celebrating our ten year anniversary, I found myself quickly slapped in the face with the reality of work, life, etc. I don’t hide the fact that my job is just a job, and not a passion.  I don’t hide things very well.  And it all hit me like a ton of bricks this past week.

I didn’t want to run. Wait…I don’t want to run.  Major issue.  But I have literally NO motivation or desire.  Dropping temps with snow and ice have left my heart…well…cold.  My running shoes have sat dormant minus a couple dreadmill runs that were honestly terrible.

Last weekend I spent the weekend with my husband, cooking, drinking wine, and enjoying good food.  And I felt the pull…I want to be a Chef.  I love to create food. It’s my one GO TO place no matter the weather, time constraints, or stress.  I love…to cook. I may not be a Chef…but I have that desire.

So here’s a few pics of last week since I’ve been absent.

our first cooking class!
our first cooking class!
bacon wrapped dates
bacon wrapped dates
stuffed pork chops, YUM
stuffed pork chops, YUM
homemade meatballs with spaghetti
homemade meatballs with spaghetti
My happy place
My happy place

So with my November goals falling short, I will push forward with writing, cooking, and working out as often as possible.  Thank you all for your unending support.  May this winter funk end, soon!

Michelle

food, moving forward, running

Meatball and veggie soup recipe and running

I spent the weekend with my two daughters, embracing fun, shopping, errands, and even housecleaning (to include laundry, ACK). But even though the hubby had reserve duty, I am proud to say my girls were troopers and pitched in with helping around the house.
Both Saturday and Sunday were filled with errands and chores, but we managed to make it fun.
Today, I decided to make a simple soup for dinner, and I am so glad I did after running a very tough and frigid almost 4 miler. I set out today to go for 5 miles, as I did 4 for my longish run last weekend, but the bitter winds slapping me in the face caused me to cut it short….3.8 miles in 37:15. Not my best, but not my worst either.
During this run, I tried….tried so hard to lose myself in the run. But I just couldn’t settle in. I couldn’t lose myself in nature, or my music. So I trucked along, did a second loop in my neighborhood, and finished strong at an average 9:46 pace. I need to get my pace back to under 9:15 or so if I want to run a strong half marathon in May.
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For the soup-here is what you’ll need…First, preheat oven to 450, and get your crock pot out and ready.
Meatballs:
1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb lean pork sausage
2 eggs
1 handful of panko bread crumbs (can omit if preferred)
kosher salt and pepper to taste
pinch of parsley
pinch of cumin
pinch of cayenne pepper

Mix well, and form meatballs. Bake at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside to rest.

Soup:
1 box of sodium free vegetable stock
Additional 4-6 cups of water
1 medium red onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
4-6 ribs of celery, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
pinch of sage, thyme, cumin, and season with kosher salt and pepper to taste
4-6 splashes of hot sauce
2-3 splashes of liquid smoke

Combine all soup ingredients in your crock pot and cook on high for about 2.5-3 hours, allowing your veggies to still have some crunch. In the last 30 minutes before serving, add your meatballs, and let warm through.

Easy peasy and warms the soul! Enjoy!
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