Thursday, May 14, 2015

Favorite recipe

Today was Joey's first day at doggy daycare. I signed him up for a half day (four hours), because I figured that would be plenty of time for him to play and wear him out; but that didn't leave me with enough time to go back home while he was there. The daycare is a good 45 minutes away, so if I were to go home, it would add up to three hours of driving time (there and back twice) before lunch today! 

I sent Jessica a text this morning to ask if she may want to go for a walk at a park that's about 15 minutes away from Joey's daycare, and she said she'd meet me there at 10:30. So, I got the kids off to school, and immediately had to leave to take Joey to daycare. I dropped him off at 8:30, and then drove back toward the park where I was going to meet Jessica. There is a library nearby, and I'd never been to that library branch before, so I decided to go there until I had to meet Jess.

It was really nice inside, and a lot bigger than I'd thought. I walked around for a couple of minutes to check it out, and was really curious when I saw these things:


I have no idea what they are! My only guess is that they are some sort of chair that you lean into? I was dying to go over and try it, but I really had no clue what it was, and didn't want to risk the embarrassment ;)

I found a comfy spot to sit for a while, and played a game on my phone to kill time. Eventually, I headed to the park to meet up with Jessica. When she got there, we walked on a dirt path that goes around the perimeter of the park, which I know (from running it) to be a little less than two miles. It ended up being 1.74, so we looped it twice, and then added a little extra to make four miles total. 

My feet were actually starting to feel blistered by the time we were done! All this time I haven't been running, I've been losing my calluses, apparently. I was wearing cotton socks today, though, and I never wear cotton socks to run; so hopefully that's why I got blisters. I was glad to have gotten in a long walk, though! Having bronchitis zapped my energy all week, so I wasn't getting much activity in at all. After my walk, I had 12,000 steps on my Fitbit, which is more than I've had in a few weeks!

Today's Weight Watchers Photo A Day challenge is "My favorite recipe". This one is tough, because I have so many favorites, depending on what I'm in the mood for! I ultimately chose Moroccan Meatballs over Orzo, because it's one of my favorite dinners and it's very easy to make. I got this recipe from a book called "Cheap. Fast. Good!" several years ago, and I love it. I almost didn't even try it at first because it calls for cinnamon, which I thought was odd--but the cinnamon + jalapeƱo is what makes it so good!

I didn't have orzo in the pantry today, so I used acini de pepe instead
Here is the recipe:

Moroccan Meatballs over Orzo

4 servings turkey meatballs (I buy frozen ones, but you could use homemade if you want)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced (if you don't use the seeds or ribs, this is a very mild dish that even my kids enjoy--but I like the spiciness of the seeds when the kids won't be eating it)
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 can crushed tomatoes
4 servings cooked orzo pasta

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until onion is soft. Meanwhile, put the meatballs in the microwave to thaw (about 3-4 minutes on high).  To the skillet, add the meatballs, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, tomatoes, and jalapeno. Bring to a boil, then cover and cook over low heat about 10 minutes.  Serve over orzo (or quinoa, rice, barely, or whatever other grain you'd like).

I had this for dinner tonight, and it was 10 PointsPlus--not bad at all! 

8 comments:

  1. Katie,

    I know exactly what library you were at and those are indeed chairs! I was too nervous to try it out, but my nephews love those chairs.

    I'm glad you're feeling better!

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  2. I think they're just chairs that you sit in not lean against. Can someone confirm? I'm curious, too!

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  3. Those chairs are boggling my mind!!

    I'm so glad you got some exercise is...I know how it feels to go without when you're used to it. It sucks. :p Hope you continue to recover!

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  4. I had to do some looking, those chairs caught my attention! They're called Fit Chairs - here's a PDF on them, pretty cool idea. I bet they help build core strength https://www.kimballoffice.com/cms/documents/1308/EBRFIT_ver14.pdf

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    1. Thank you for figuring that out!! I did several Google searches, but I had no idea what to even search. I'm going to give them a try the next time I go to the library!

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  5. I want one of those chairs, lol, wonder where one can buy them?
    Great recipe, never had ground turkey, dont like turkey at all,
    but I love chicken, so maybe I will try that huggs have a great holiday weekend!!

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