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Meatless Monday Recipe

So, I have not written in a while – been super busy with baby, husband, and life – all the things everyone has. I am sure you have your own super busy list. One of my goals for 2014 is to get my blog back in action and so it can be something I can share and be proud of!  I am currently working with a consulting firm to get the look and feel I want and I hope to unveil something beautifully fun very soon!

Lightning Date Night

Lightning Date Night


Baby Connor

I recently started meal planning and it is really helping us to stay on track, spend less, try new recipes and definitely eat better. Plus, it helps us avoid the “What’s for dinner tonight?” debate.   I have only been doing it for one week and it’s been good so far. It takes some time to plan each recipe and time to make sure you have (or buy) the needed ingredients, but I think it’s worth it.

Meal Planning

This week’s menu:

Monday – (Meatless) Skinny Cheese and Veggie Baked Penne with salad

Tuesday – Chicken with Red Wine Sauce and Baked Sweet Potato

Wednesday – Salmon for Rob and Veggie Sushi for Me

Thursday – Orange Roasted Chicken, Broccoli with salad

Friday – Saturday – Sunday – unplanned since we are not sure about weekend plans just yet!

Sorry about the poor picture quality this go around. I was too lazy to dig out the Nikon. LOL!

Skinny Cheese and Veggie Baked Penne



  • ½ box of Ronzoni 150 Calories Penne (Tastes the same! Yes, I will take 25% fewer calories please.)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 small bell pepper (any color), chopped (1/2 cup) (I use frozen when I am in a hurry!)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or Tastefully Simple Garlic, Garlic
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • ½ can whole black olives, drained
  • 1 jar (14 to 15 oz) tomato pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup Reduced or Fat Free Ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup shredded Reduced Fat Italian cheese blend or mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)



  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Spray glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta.
  2. Heat large skillet with cooking spray and cook onion, bell pepper and garlic 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the zucchini quarters; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in olives and the pasta sauce. Heat until bubbly.
  4. In a separate bowl mix ricotta cheese, egg, Parmesan cheese (optional) and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese.
  5. Place penne in baking dish. Pour half of sauce mixture over and then dollop ricotta mixture around the dish. Layer again with penne, sauce, cheese – reserving about a cup of sauce mixture to spread over the top. Sprinkle remainder of cheese on top. This is skinny so it won’t be drenched in cheese like Nona’s lasagna. J
  6. Cover well with foil and bake 30 – 35 minutes. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted. I also broil on high for 5 minutes to crisp it up but that is up to you.
  7. Enjoy!


    What is your favorite meatless dish??



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Blogger Ornament Swap

So about a month ago I mentioned that I signed up for a blogger ornament swap – Candidly Clyde’s Ornament Swap to be exact.  Each person was paired up with another blogger or reader to exchange ornaments.  You were supposed to read their blog and/or social media and pick an ornament you thought would be representative of them.   I love ornaments and I am so glad I signed up because I got to make a new friend in Ashlie over at A Classy Occasion.  She runs a very fancy blog that discusses everything from wedding details to fashion to everyday life and she has fabulous taste!  My kind of girl for sure.  I ended up getting her a glittery, black chandelier with clear stones hanging from it.  I thought represented her blog so well and so much better than one I would be able to make.  You can see a picture of the ornament and read about her swap experience here.

Ashlie made my ornament and it is perfect because it is the first “branded item” from Fitkist!  I absolutely love it.

See the journey of opening the box below.


Brown Paper Packages Are The Best!


The Suspense!


 Sweet no?

The picture I took does it no justice because the glue was not set yet.  But, it is full of a pound of glitter and it sports the Fitkist logo – Lips and all!!


  • Have you ever participated in an ornament swap?  What’d you get?

Bonus Recipe Time!

Well, I have been on a Meatless Monday kick and strapped for time too.  The holidays from October to December are stressful and time-consuming.  Yeesh!   Rob and I are trying to do better about less fried foods and less red meat.  More for health reasons than for weight loss.  Well, when you are looking for a meatless dish that is super easy and super fast try this one.  It really is delicious and the only real effort is opening the can and stirring!

Can Opener Veggie Chili

Quick Can Opener Veggie Chili Recipe

(Sorry I don’t have any fancy widgets for you to print it from – save paper and Pin it then read it from your phone – that’s what I do!)

1 can of Kidney Beans, 15.5 oz

1 can of Pinto Beans, 15.5 oz

1 can of Southwestern Style Corn, 11 oz

1 can of Rotel Original, 10 oz

1 can of Tomato Sauce, 15 oz

1 packet of chili seasoning (hot, med, or mild – you choose!)  I likey spicy!

Open cans then drain beans and corn well.   Pour Tomato Sauce and Rotel in large pot on medium heat.  Stir in Chili Seasoning Packet until well combined.   Add remaining ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated through and its bubbly and delicious.

Then go to town adding, cheese, sour cream, chives etc.  I served ours over whole grain pasta shells.  It was warm and filling and best of all easy!  Of course, please add different beans or more corn but this way came out pretty awesome.  These steamy pictures are a chili love affair.  Hungry??

Whole Grain Pasta

Serving of Whole Grain Pasta


Chili Sans Cheese


Cheestastic! (and Meatless!)


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