Monday, January 10, 2011

Jumping on the Bandwagon...

...well, I've joined all the New Year's fun with the whole weight loss thing. Last week, I did pretty well on my diet with my big splurge being a Starbucks hot chocolate and I did *decent* on my exercise. I exercised all the days I was supposed to, just didn't put in all the miles I should have. But hey, I figure after 3 months off, I don't mind taking some time to get back into the swing of things. To be honest though, I'm trying not to weigh myself. I jumped on the scale the first day just to see where I was, I don't even know an exact number, just an, "Hmm...about this." Hopefully I'll be able to see the scale go down and be able to keep it off!

Anyways, so what's my game plan? Well, nothing really in particular, just trying to cut back on sweets and eat lots of fruits and veggies. Amazing how 10 baby carrots will fill you up but sigh, they just aren't the same as a candy bar-nor as many calories!!! I'm just taking things one week at a time and last week, I didn't have any good dinner-mainly just giant salads. So this week, I did some research and found some recipes on Kraft in their healthy section.

Saturday, Matt had to work all day and we missed the last of the Christmas get-togethers. I must say, I was a little upset but really glad I wouldn't be tempted by all the food. I took Shadow to the park he was working at and did some walking. I also brought him lunch, a salad with a can of tuna to mix in-he was less than happy about this lunch, sorry pretty-just trying to make you healthy too (and get rid of the salad before it goes bad!). I decided I would try out one of the recipes I'd found. Here it is:

Sicilian Sausage & Peppers Rigatoni

What You Need
1 lb. turkey Italian sausage links, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 large green peppers, cut into strips
3 cups rigatoni, uncooked
1 jar (24 oz.) chunky spaghetti sauce
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Italian* Mozzarella-Parmesan Cheese Blend

Make It
HEAT oven to 375°F.

PLACE sausage and peppers in 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

BAKE 15 to 20 min. or until sausage is done. Meanwhile, cook pasta as directed on package.

DRAIN pasta. Add to baking dish with spaghetti sauce; stir. Bake 15 to 20 min. or until heated through. Top with cheese; bake 2 to 3 min. or until melted.
Final product!

Okay, so now for my changes.
1. Matt ate all the sausage in the freezer without telling me so I changed that to deer steak.
2. I only used one pepper. We're not huge pepper people plus I made this in a smaller dish since it was only for the two of us.
3. I had half a jar of Ragu left so I just used that. It wasn't chunky sauce and it coated everything just enough so there wasn't a ton of sauce left over.

According to the Kraft website, this is just 390 calories per serving. One thing I hate about their website is that they never say how big a serving is.

The verdict:
Matt thought it was good, too many peppers and as always, he added lots of ranch! In my opinion, I thought it was a little bland, maybe because it was supposed to be sausage? Either way, for only 390 calories it was pretty tasty and definitely feeling.

Be prepared for more posts like this and feel free to share any of your favorite healthy, low-cal dinners!


Jennelle said...

I'm on the bandwagon, too, but more so with exercise. :) My goal is to run the St. Patty's 5 mile, the Go! Marathon Relay, and then the Rock 'n Roll Half. We'll see how it goes... :)

Check out for healthy recipes. Her soups and crock pot dishes are delish!

Mrs. Dirnberger said...

I wish I was on the bandwagon..but I can't find a ticket>??
My problem is my energy level, its soooo low! BUT if I ate better and exercised I am sure it would jump some!

Adie said...

I am on the bandwagon. I had a great weekend food wise, just no workouts. I think I have seen that recipe. I bet sweet italian chicken sausage would be good in it. Good luck!

Meredith said...

Good for you!

I love candy too, and have a hard time saying no!

Julie said...

I just may have to try that recipe. I love when others post recipes, it gives me new ideas.