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Tonight’s dinner was one of my favorites.  The only thing that would have made it better was if I made the spaghetti myself.  That’s always fun and definitely delicious.

Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Broccoli, Spinach, & Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Broccoli, Spinach, & Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce topped with parm. cheese

My Favorite Tomato Sauce

1 big can of Whole Peeled San Marzano Tomatoes

1 small can of Tomato Paste

water

Salt & Pepper

Garlic

Dried Basil & Parsley

Fresh Basil

Olive Oil

Saute a small amount of olive oil and garlic over medium heat in a big pot.  Be careful not to burn the garlic!!  After the garlic has had a chance to saute, add the can of Whole Peeled San Marzano Tomatoes and break the tomatoes up with your hands or a wooden spoon.  I like to leave some of the tomatoes chunky, but that’s just my preference.  After the tomatoes are mostly broken up, add the can of Tomato Paste, half of a big can of water,  dried basil, dried parsley, salt, pepper and fresh basil.  Use your judgement with the amounts that you put in.  I like to rip some of the fresh basil up and toss it in & I also throw some whole leaves of basil in the pot.  Bring up to a boil and then let simmer for as long as you can!

There you have it.  My favorite tomato sauce ever.

Turkey meatballs are also delicious.  I actually can’t remember the last time I had a regular beef meatball.  I tend to make either chicken or turkey meatballs.  They are much healthier for you and I think that they taste better too.  Lots of people fry their meatballs, but this version is baked…making them even healthier for you.

Turkey Meatballs

1 package of ground turkey breast (it is important that you buy ground turkey BREAST, this is all white meat.  They also sell ground turkey, which is a mix of dark and white meat)

salt & pepper

dried basil & parsley

1 egg or 1 egg white

1-2 small handfuls breadcrumbs (I use Whole Grain Bread Crumbs)

1-2 small handfuls Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese

few cloves of minced garlic

milk

Place the ground turkey in a big bowl.  Add the egg, breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, pepper, garlic, dried basil & parsley.  Mix together with your hands.  Add a little bit of milk.  Be sure not to overmix the turkey mixture!  If the mixture is too wet, add more breadcrumbs…if it is too dry, add more milk.  Form into balls.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with PAM.  Drizzle a little olive oil over meatballs.  Bake for about 20 minutes, turning the meatballs over about 1/2 way through cooking.  Enjoy!

Dinner was also served with an amazing loaf of bread that I picked up from Whole Foods today, Organic Multiseed Batard.  Next time you’re at Whole Foods, look for it and pick it up!  So amazing.

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The ingredients list: water, organic wheat flour, organic whole wheat flour, organic rye flour, organic sunflower seeds, organic sesame seeds, organic rolled oats, organic pumpkin seeds, organic flax seed, sea salt, yeast, organic dough conditioner (organic wheat flour, enzymes, ascorbic acid)

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Stay tuned later in the week for some more good recipes that I have planned!

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Well, it has been quite a fun weekend.  I haven’t been able to update because my boyfriend, Todd, came up from Philly for the weekend!  I haven’t updated since Friday morning, so I will do a quick recap.

Friday night, my mom, sister, and I went 0ut to dinner on the Ocean City boardwalk to one of our favorites…Bashful Banana.  I ordered the Chicken Cacciatore wrap.  It came with a slice of watermelon & honeydew & a strawberry.  I also ordered steamed broccoli on the side.

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Delicious.  That is one of my favorite wraps to order there.  Later that night, we rode our bikes to get ice cream.  I ordered a “collider” (equivalent of a Dairy Queen Blizzard) with Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, & Bananas.  I did not take a picture…but I’m sure you can imagine how awesome this was.  It was quite big and when I finished off mine, my sister and I split the remainder of my mom’s since she couldn’t finish about half of hers.  So good though!

Saturday morning, I set out on my first long run for Marathon Training.  This run was 8 miles & it has been quite some time since I have ran 8 miles.  I really enjoyed this run.  I ran a 7:43/mile pace.  I was sort of disappointed by my splits, because at this point last summer I was significantly faster.  I’m not really sure what to contribute that to, but I’m trying to continue to think positive because I know that I should be happy that I’m pretty easily able to complete an 8 mile run at a pace that I still consider to be good!  Really, it’s all about enjoyment…there’s no other reason I’m out there running!  🙂

One of my snacks on Saturday was a smoothie….

DSCN1197Very refreshing.  I blended together a frozen banana, flax seed, frozen strawberries, frozen mango, skim milk, & unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  I’m pretty sure that’s all that went into this yummy drink!

As I said earlier, Todd came down for the weekend.  Unfortunately I could not get off of work on Saturday, but it turned out to be okay because Todd just came outside and rode around on his bike with me while I wrote a couple of tickets…haha.  Then I just spent some time at home & watched T.V. and ate lunch with him.  So it turned out pretty good!

For lunch, we heated up some of the leftover Veggie Chili that I made a couple of nights ago.

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Of course I whipped up some Guacamole to top the chili with…and to eat with tortilla chips…

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I am seriously obsessed with Guacamole lately.  It is so flavorful & tasty!  Todd loved the chili so I’m sure I’ll be making that again sometime soon for him.

Saturday night, we went out to a restaurant that neither of us had ever been to, Sage.  It’s a small BYOB in the next town over.  It turned out to be excellent and I loved my meal.  I already can’t wait to go back.  Before dinner we stopped to pick up a bottle of wine.  I’m a big fan of red wine & I love Syrah.  So we bought a $17 bottle of Ravenswood Syrah.  It was very good and I would definitely buy it again.  I may or may not have drank too much wine at dinner!

They served two different types of bread that we snacked on throughout dinner…one was a white bread and the other was a type of wheat…both very good.  We started off with Eggplant Gallo with ricotta, romano, mozzarella, sauteed mushrooms, & marsala sauce.  I really did not know what to expect with this…but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Sorry about the quality of the picture…it was difficult to get a good picture.  This was very good & I would definitely order this again.  The marsala gave the dish a unique sweet taste.  Thinking about this now makes me want it again!  Now our starter was great…but my entree was SUPERB!

DSCN1205Check that out.  Homemade Whole-Wheat Linguine with garlic, tomatoes, fresh basil, and jumbo lump crab meat.  This was…INCREDIBLE.  Look at those huge chunky tomatoes in there.  The basil gave the pasta such a fresh taste.  The garlic was sliced so I enjoyed nice big slices of garlic.  So much flavor going on in here…so awesome.  I basically licked that plate clean.  The pasta was so fresh…the restaurant actually has a market next door where they sell their homemade pastas…I need to start buying them more.  I asked for whole wheat pasta…but I’m not positive that I got it…who knows..maybe I did!

Overall, an awesome dining experience!  After dinner, we went over to the casino and played a little Blackjack.  We only stayed for a little bit and were smart and walked away while we were winning.  I only won a little bit…about $40…Todd won more…about $150.  So I would say that we made out pretty well!  After gambling for a little, we walked through all of the shops and I got myself a little bulk candy!  We had a really good night!

I was lucky enough to have off of work on Sunday, so I could spend the whole day with Todd.  We woke up pretty early and went on a nice bike ride to the end of Ocean City…I would say it is probably about 24 miles.  After our ride, we went out to breakfast at our favorite breakfast spot, Hannah G’s.  I got a huge bowl of oats topped with fruit & then had a big fruit bowl on the side.  Todd ordered french toast topped with fruit.  Everything was delish!

It was a beautiful day out so we spent the day at the beach.  The ocean was so warm so I went in for a little swim!

Last night, Todd, both of my sisters, my sister’s friend, Jason, and I made dinner.  We made a spinach salad with strawberries, candied walnuts, feta cheese all tossed in EVOO/Balsamic Vinegar/S &P.

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That is definitely one of my favorite salads.  We also had baked sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, & grilled BBQ Chicken.

DSCN1207A piece of BBQ chicken is missing from this picture because it was in the process of being taken off of the grill!  haha.  I guess I was a little impatient.  I ended up having another sweet potato since Todd didn’t want his.  Everything was really good.

Later that night, we met my parents for dessert where they got dinner.  It was good to see my Dad since I have not really spent time with him in a week or so.  Christina and I split a delicious fruit plate and a plate of biscotti.  I also had a cup of green tea.  It was a great dessert & not too heavy! Delicious.

Well it has been quite a fun-filled weekend with lots of good eats.  Now it’s back to work.  This morning I made a bowl of oats.  Unfortunately my fruit bowl is very sad right now and needs to be replenished!

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This bowl had oats, raisins, 1/2 banana (last one in the house so Christina and I split it), cinnamon, honey, flax, skim milk, a few sliced strawberries).

Today is a scheduled rest day for marathon training.  I need it to catch up on sleep!  My calves have been extraordinary sore lately, too.  I work until 4 today and then I think I am going to yoga at 5:30.  After yoga, I’ll have something for dinner & then go food shopping to stock up on some necessities like FRUIT!

Sorry for the LONG update!!! 🙂

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