Monday, April 30, 2012

What's for dinner? Skinny Chicken Parmesan and veggie pasta salad

I have to start this post by saying this is by far my favorite meal I have cooked. It was so delicious, and B and my sister loved it. I also have to say that I hate hated cooking. We are working on keeping a budget, and the only way to control our going out budget, was for me to start cooking. B is an excellent cook, but gets home later than me, and I would have to wait for him to start making dinner. So, it made more sense for me to start cooking. I'm so glad I did! Tonight's recipe comes from She is really great at using fresh and healthy ingredients on all her recipes. I also made a veggie pasta salad. I got the recipe idead from lunch yesterday (Mia Bella). Rotini pasta, garlic, olive oil, bell peppers, tomatoes and parmesan cheese. And I also tried stuffed mushrooms (with leftover bread crumbs and parmesan cheese) and baked them for a few minutes.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Fertility News

We have prayed about it and have decided to go ahead with the Clomid this cycle. My surgery in March went very well. He removed a large fibroid, as big as my uterus! and mild endo. We tried for 1 month and I'm now taking 100 mg of Clomid. My AMH (blood levels are thought to reflect the size of the remaining egg supply - or "ovarian reserve". From Wikipedia) is at 0.86 which is the low range, especially since I'm in my early 30s. The normal range is 1.0 So, my RE (reproductive endocrinologist) wants to give me stronger eggs since I do ovulate on my own. I will have a very monitored cycle, and really debated if we wanted to go ahead and do this. I did not want the stress that infertilty brings and now with all these tests, it really makes it feel real. We trust God is guiding us in this direction and feel peace this is His plan for us. We do not know if this will work for us, but we are choosing to trust by faith and not by sight. 100 mg is a lot to start off with, and I'm hoping the side effects are minimal. The main ones are headaches and hot flashes. It seems that I get hot enought with this Houston heat! My mid cycle scan to see how many follicles my body will make will be May 7th. Looking forward to getting good news!
Love, Katherine

What for dinner: Steak and potato salad

Tonight, B made us a great bbq meal. He grilled steak, chicken and veggies(bell peppers and onions) on the grill. He also made a great potato salad.
Ingredients for the potato salad: 4-5 small potatoes
mayonaise (light or olive oil)
salt and pepper
Boil the potatoes, and eggs. When boiled, cool off, then cut in small pieces. Add mayo and mustard then salt and pepper.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What's for dinner? Turkey meatloaf

This is my first time ever to make meatloaf. It was so easy. The hardest part is waiting. Has to bake for an hour. It was really good and even our 3 year old ate it! I will defintely be adding this to the meal plan for later on.
I got the recipe from skinny taste. Here is the link. I love her healthy and for the most part simple recipes.
The only ingredients:
1.3 lb of ground turkey
1 c of seasoned crumbs
1 egg
1/2 ketchup
1/2 of small onion
I added bell peppers and more seasonings.

I added some mashed potatoes and of course some salad on the side.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What's for breakfast? Oatmeal muffins

I got this recipe from on pinterest. These muffins are great! I added fresh strawberries to most of them, and did a few with chocolate chip (for Jayden) and others with raisins. I am freezing the rest and will eat them throughout the week.

Monday, April 23, 2012

What's for dinner? Enchiladas and guacamole

We are starting to meal plan for many reasons: keeps us on budget, easier to plan, no last minute ordering piza or eating out. This is the first week for us to try this, and I'm planning breakfast as well as dinner. B usually takes left overs and I will either pack a wrap from home or eat a work lunch.
Tonight's dinner was using Lawry's Enchilada Sauce and the recipe is from them as well.
3 cups water
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste. (I used sauce since that is all we had)
1 lb ground turkey. (We always use Jennie-O extra lean ground turkey)
2 cups (2%) shredded cheddar cheese
8 corn tortillas
1 package of Spices and Seasonings (Lawry's Enchilada Sauce)
Bring spices and seasonings, water, tomato paste to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring, 10 mins. Brown ground turkey. Stir in 1 cup of cheese. In 13x9 baking dish, pour 1 cup of sauce. Dip tortillas in remaining sauce, then evenly top with meat mixture. Roll up, then place seam side down in baking dish. Evenly top with remaining sauce. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes.
Benito's (Almost) Famous Guacamole
2 avocados
jalapeno (fresh)
cilantro (fresh)
Mix in food processor and salt to taste.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Colorado Trip

We went to Colorado during Easter weekend. We have great friends (and Jayden's Godfather)that live there and they were so gracious to welcome us into their home. We did so much! We were in Denver, Longmont, Colorado Springs, Winter Park, and so many small towns in the area. We had a great time and the weather was great. There was definetely less snow that usual this time. We stil made it on the bunny slopes for a few hours.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Jayden is playing soccer

Jayden is playing soccer at the YMCA. B is his coach. He is doing really well at practice. He loves kicking the ball with his team mates and scoring. He does not like to play during the game though. I think it will take him some time to get used to it, especially since daddy is the coach and does not get his full attention. He loves his new friends and enjoys the time he gets to spend with them too!

Here are a few pictures.