Sunday is the First Day of the Week

I admit I can be a bit of an organizational freak.  I like for things to be where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there. During the week, I don’t have time to waste putting meals together for lunch or packing snacks.  I need it to be done or I will end up stuffing junk in my lunch because that’s all I have time for.

Cue Sunday.

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I hate the mess, but the mess is why I won’t do any of this during the week.  After an hour or so in the kitchen processing, slicing, cutting, and bagging, I’m set for the week.


peanuts and chips

Peanut butter

Now, I have plenty of peanut butter for sandwiches and smoothies.  Carrots are sliced and ready for salads or snacking.  Peanuts are portioned out so I don’t eat the whole can at one time.  Veggie chips are bagged as the perfect side for a sandwich or salad.

But realistically, motivation to eat healthy foods all week comes easily on Sunday.  Am I going to eat this pretty all week?  Haha.


December Blogging…January Blah-ing

Healthy Lunch

During the month of December, I blogged my little yule-tide heart out.  Now that I’m back to work, I don’t have quite as much time to document yummy things and sweaty workouts.  That’s not to say it’s not happening.  It’s … Continue reading

M&M Chickpea Cookies

m&m cookies

I guess these chickpea cookies are like my signature dessert.  You can make them a hundred different ways.  These were inspired by the holiday clearance rack at Wal-Mart.  Who can turn down a 50% off bag of holiday baking M&M’s? … Continue reading

(Tasty) Turkey Burger and Sweet Potato Family Dinner

My grandfather told a story tonight.

First, you must know that he cleaned–I mean seriously cleaned–my car for me yesterday.  By the visor on the passenger side was a large, brownish reddish splotch.  It was pretty gross.  On the way to work one day, I attempted to chuck my apple core out the window.  I missed.  It hit the inside of my car.  Pretty much exploded.  Rough morning.

After cleaning the car, my grandfather asked me if it was “blood or ketchup.”  Laughing, I told him the tale of the rouge apple.  He told the tale of the rouge firecracker.  Long story short, the firecracker was like the apple.  The explosion occurred between the man and the seat.  Ouch.

We all have a great time when we sit to eat and tell stories.

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Spinach Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potatoes

Dinner was pretty easy, but I think everyone enjoyed it.  Here’s what I used:

  • 2 pounds of ground turkey
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 packet of zesty ranch
  • 1 red onion chopped finely
  • sliced reduced fat provolone cheese
  • whole wheat buns
  • Hamburger toppings (sliced onion, dijon mustard, light mayo, etc.)
  • 6 sweet potatoes (one for each person)

Cook the sweet potatoes at 425 degrees for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Click here for some helpful tips on cooking sweet potatoes.

Finely chop the onion.  I used my food processor and pushed pulse until it was the consistency I wanted.  Mix the chopped onion, the ranch packet, and the two cups of spinach into the ground turkey.  It is ok that the spinach leaves are big.  They will be smaller when you cook the turkey.

Use a 1/3 cup scoop to get just the right amount of meat for the burger.  Scoop it out of the bowl and onto a separate plate to prepare to cook.

turkey burger pattiesNow, there are two ways to cook these things.  If you have access to a grill, GRILL THEM.  It makes the burger leaner and won’t smoke up your house.  Tonight, it was cold outside, and my dad wasn’t here to do the whole gas grill thing.  I decided to cook these in a skillet on the stove top.  Not my best decision, but it worked.

Turn the heat to medium/high and cook the burgers on each side for about five minutes.  Make sure they are cooked throughout.  Before you take them off the skillet, melt a piece of reduced fat provolone cheese on top.

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They couldn’t even wait for me to take my picture before they started digging in!

Serve the sweet potatoes with whatever you like on top of a sweet potato.  I like salt and sour cream.  My brother ate greek yogurt on top of his, and my grandparents were happy with some butter.  Everyone got what they wanted.

turkey burgers and sweet potato

Finally, there was a little dessert, but that recipe will have to wait for tomorrow.  It’s been a busy day! UPDATE: See the recipe here!

holiday chickpea cookies