Monthly Archives: August 2016

Tomato and Corn Casserole

We are part of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and in turn we receive a share every week of fruits, vegetables and greens in season. Summer is our favorite time to take part in this because of all the products we receive. I love finding new recipes to incorporated items that I don’t typically buy at the store. This was the first week for corn on the cob and I was SO happy. If we don’t plan on eating it within the first day or two, I shuck the corn and cut the kernels off the cob and put them in the freezer to use in dishes throughout the rest of the season!

DSC_0056Tomato and Corn Casserole
Prep – 10 minutes / Cook – 30 minutes

Ingredients:
6-8 Tomatoes / sliced
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups Corn Kernels
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 Breadcrumbs
1 1/2 – 2 cups Swiss Cheese / grated (or similar cheese)
Salt + Pepper (optional)

DSC_0061**Spray a baking dish with oil and arrange half of the tomatoes in a single layer / spread half of the mayo on the tomatoes / layer half of the corn, breadcrumbs, parmesan and swiss on top of tomatoes / repeat layering process, starting with tomatoes and ending with swiss cheese / bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until cheese is slightly browned and bubbly / let sit for 5 minutes to allow juices to absorb

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Stuffed Cabbage

DSC_0032When I think of cabbage, I think of two things: cole slaw and stuffed cabbage. Stuffed cabbage is so incredibly easy to make, it’s good and good for you and you can make it up as you go. I have made these tons of times and never the same way twice. I love meals that don’t have to be so precise. If you have carrots and onions on hand, use them…if you have rice and tomatoes, go for it! Keep it fresh!

Ingredients:
cabbage can be cooked in an oven or crockpot
10-12 large cabbage leaves
1/2 onion, sliced
1 cup rice, cooked
1 egg
1lb ground beef (I used meatloaf mix – pork, turkey or chicken will work great too)
15oz can tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
1/3 can tomato paste
2T white vinegar
1T sugar
salt, pepper, basil, parsley, celery salt

DSC_0030 DSC_0029**Bring large pot of water to a boil and blanch cabbage leaves (a couple at a time) for 3-4 minutes // remove and let dry // heat onions (garlic, carrots, etc), add tomato paste and stir for 5 minutes // add tomato sauce, vinegar, sugar and spices and let simmer about 20-30 minutes // add rice, egg, 1/2 cup tomato sauce and spices to meat, mix and set aside until sauce is done // when cabbage is cool enough to handle, gently slice the bottom portion of the stem off of the leaf as it can be tough // place a palm size amount of meat in the middle of the cabbage leaf (depending how large your leaves are) and roll gently // spread bottom of the pan or crockpot with sauce and arrange stuffed cabbage along the bottom // top with remaining sauce // cook at 350 covered for 30 minutes or in a crockpot on low for 6-8 hours.

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Workout Playlist

I have skipped a gym workout completely when realizing I forgot my headphones because really, the music you listen to is more than half the battle of getting in a good workout (see my workout must haves). When I’m not listening to Pandora (Ja Rule or 2000s Pop Radio) I have my Workout Playlist waiting in the wings.

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  1. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
  2. Mine – Taylor Swift
  3. Country Grammar – Nelly
  4. Hot in Herre – Nelly
  5. Ride Wit Me – Nelly
  6. Dilemma – Nelly
  7. E.T. – Katy Perry
  8. Hot N Cold – Katy Perry
  9. Peaches & Cream – Vertical Horizon
  10. Talking Body – Tove Lo
  11. Addicted – Saving Abel
  12. Hit ’em Up Style – Blu Cantrell
  13. Smack That – Akon
  14. Between Me and You – Ja Rule

I plug my earbuds in, put my phone into my fitness belt and I’m in the zone for the next 45 minutes!

weights

Fitness Belt

and I’m nonstop for the next 45 minutes.