This is a Two-fer.

Stress Less. I need to get back on some sort of sleep pattern.

So this is more like a three-fer, but for the sake of list-making, we’re going to call it a two-fer.  Blogging people, my boyfriend has lost 26 pounds.   In my opinion, he wasn’t really overweight before, but he’s been working hard at the gym, doing those awful (AWFUL) Insanity tapes at home and eating really healthy.  The boy gave up fast food.  I’m not sure how that’s possible when McDonald’s has the best hash browns and Taco Bell’s Cheesy Gordita Crunch is back, but he did it.  And when he’s forced to eat fast food, he gets like a yogurt parfait or a child’s fruit cup.  It’s almost disgusting, it’s so healthy.  In turn, as the girlfriend of a now six-pack owning man, I felt like I had to step up my game.  You know all that better each other mumbo-jumbo.  I tried Insanity and still do it with him on weekends, but I can’t fully extend my legs for days afterwards and I now know how I will walk when I’m 90.  Instead of listening to my calves whimper, I’ve been going to the gym for an hour every morning with my dear friend, Elizabeth (who’s a pusher) at the hollow crack of dawn and I’ve been doing my best to eat healthy.

Now, if you have a father like mine who stocks dove bars in the house and claims, “I’m old, I can eat whatever I want,” then you know what it’s like to try to eat healthy.  Thankfully, I moved out a year ago and I stock my own fridge and only have to experience Dove Bar goodness every other weekend.  The rest is up to me.

@ We Heart It Tumblr.

I’m a busy gal with a laundry list of things I have to do, including a literal laundry list of when you wash whites and when you wash colors and when you iron, and eating healthy can be really difficult when you have all of an hour between work and bed.  It’s definitely not easy to pack a lunch everyday and plan your meals.  I have to dedicate time to it every Sunday if I want to actually achieve a healthy and positive body.  Obviously, who else would get up when they still have to leave their porch light on because they return from the gym in darkness.  No one, those people are stupid silly.

WOO! Haha.

Then there’s that 2013 Year of Self-Promises when I promised myself I would eat more vegetables, which doesn’t include watching the show Veggie Tales with my nephew or buying a large fry at McDonald’s for the monopoly stickers.

Why do we have the phrase “kill two birds with one stone,” can’t we just kill snakes or something? Large Rodents.  Mosquitos in a mass vaccine.  Either way, that’s what I’m doing.

Today, I went grocery shopping like a heathen when all the good people were at Church.  Walmart is DEAD EMPTY on Sunday mornings.  Ask anyone, oh wait, they won’t be there.  It’s the best time to grocery shop because you can mosey, cross things off your list, stare at a chunk of rhubarb for twenty minutes without another cart trying to scrape by in the dangerous aisle traffic.  No one is reaching around you for a larger head of lettuce than you have in your hand.  No children are ripping open candy bars while their mother talks on the phone.  None of that.  Those people are either sleeping-in or sitting through Sunday school.   Let me remind some of you that sneered when I mentioned that I shop at Walmart, that they 1. Have the best produce around (it may be blood produce though which worries me) and 2. I live in a small town that is currently 90% cotton field, 6 % human and 4% dirt, Walmart is the best option.

I grocery list by what I’m eating that week.  It took me a LONG TIME to get this way.  I just want to come home and cook what I’m craving.  However, nutrition wise this is awful for your body.  I’m always ALWAYS craving mexican cheese dip.  My friends don’t even ask what I want for dinner when we go out because they know mexican is ALWAYS an option.  This is like that question, if you’re ever stuck on a deserted island…I would take El Dorado cheese dip.  I don’t even need chips, I would just use my fingers.  Tubs of it please.  When you cook what you have planned, you know for a fact that you will be eating healthy and that you’re probably already prepared.

Grocery List:

I'm not fun, I don't color code or anything.

I’m not fun, I don’t color code or anything.  An egg salad sandwich isn’t really healthy, I just love them…LOVE. them.

One thing I like to do is cut up all my vegetables on Sunday and put them in little plastic containers.  This is the fast food of vegetable eating.  I just grab what I need, throw it in what I’m cooking or preparing, and then go.

I thought since I wanted to share more about teaching this year on my blog, I would start with how I keep myself awake and happy, with food.  I’m going to post just a tad about easy dishes I make that can last me a few days for lunch with sides.  Since I wanted a lunch that I could eat on Tuesday and Thursday this week, I thought I would make the healthiest pasta salad that I could.  I love pasta and my go-to pasta dish is my grandmother’s mac & cheese which has thankfully been passed down to my hips, ass, and thighs.  It is SO bad for you, but SO good for you.  Instead of having that three nights a week like I used to last year, I try to find healthy ways to cook pasta so that the pasta craving goes away.  Without further adieu, easiest pasta salad ever.

You will need:

  • olive oil (2/3s cup)
  • Italian dressing (1/3 cup)
  • dried Basil (or fresh basil.  They sell little plants at Walmart for $2.28). (1/2 tablespoon)
  • dried oregano (1/2 tablespoon)
  • dried rosemary (1/2 tablespoon)
  • salt & pepper (teaspoon each)
  • olives (10-20 olives sliced)
  • zucchini (6 circle slices chopped up)
  • baby carrots (10 chopped up)
  • green pepper (6 stick slices chopped up)
  • Cherry tomatoes (I put 10 in cut in half, but if you love tomatoes, go wild)
  • feta cheese (You don’t have to have this, but I’m a cheese head).
  • wheat spiral pasta (I don’t know all the pasta names by heart.  Wheat just goes a long way against white pasta, but that’s your choice as well).
Pasta Salad (No Feta because I add that when I eat it).

Pasta Salad (No Feta because I add that when I eat it).

The best part about this one is that you can put any vegetables that you like.  If you like bagged cheddar cheese, go for it.  If you like blue cheese and not feta, throw it in.  If you are allergic to dairy, don’t have any cheese. You can even add chicken, but as a sometimesitarian, I hardly ever cook meat.  You probably won’t see meat in any of my dishes unless my boyfriend cooked it up on Sunday and I’m adding it on Monday and Tuesday.  On Friday night, that boyfriend of mine bought all iron rich foods to cook me dinner because my body is apparently really unhappy with my iron levels.  He’s a keeper. If you can find one that at least tries to cook, keep them.  That’s my dating advice for the week.

Other changes you can make: if you have want to give your coworkers the stink eye without actually using an eye, put a ton of onion.  I’m just newly obsessed with zucchini, I like it in everything so I put it in everything.  I DO NOT like tomatoes, at all.  I’m letting cherry tomatoes in because they’re so good for you, they’re the most adorable vegetables to hold, and they add delicious flavors.  My mom will be shocked that I even have tomatoes in my house, but I’m trying to branch out here.

(When I’m cooking I like to listen to this song.  Thanks, Mom).

Here’s the easy part: boil the pasta for how long it says on the box and then drain it.  Add all the veggies and the feta.  I try to make the veggies as small as I can so they’re bite size and you can get a lot of flavors in one bite, but if you want whole carrots, throw those suckers in.  Plus, I love the color of everything when you’re done.  It’s such a bright summer lunch option.

Mix all your spices with the olive oil and italian dressing.  You’re going to have to mix hard folks, if this was a brownie batter contest, you would have to win.  Italian dressing and olive oil do not like one another and it tastes weird if they’re all separated.  As soon as you have some sort of consistent blend, take a spoon and pour spoonfuls onto your warm pasta salad.  Then, just mix everything together in a large bowl, cover the bowl and let it chill for at least two hours.  YUM.

Hope this wasn’t too far from my normal bookish blogging.   I’ll share more meals if this goes over well, if it doesn’t then I’ll remind myself this isn’t a foodie blog and move the heck on.

14 thoughts on “This is a Two-fer.

    • Cassie says:

      Haha! Thanks, dear. I cut some bangs onto my head too and I think they help my face a little. :) he’s definitely inspiring and makes me want to take care of myself better.

  1. di @ life of di. says:

    1) I really like this post – it is definitely a change of pace but I thought it was fun getting to know you better!

    2) Wow! Congrats to your boyfriend. That is a huge accomplishment :) I haven’t tried the Insanity videos but I have them (borrowed from a friend) and I wanted to try them. I’m just afraid because my house was built in 1913 and I’m not sure if all the movement would bring down the foundation ;)

    3) Yumm-o pasta salad. I’ll have to try it!

    4) I LOVE that song by the Shirelles! Truthfully, any song from that time period is masterful ;)

    • Cassie says:

      Yay! You’re the comment I look for on Newsday Tuesday to know it’s a good one.

      Good luck with the Insanity tapes. They are so hard, but he swears by them. And every time I do them I can definitely feel it so I would say they’re worth it for sure. You’ll be lean and mean in no time.

      Let me know if you try the pasta salad. I want to know how it goes over.

  2. Brianna Soloski says:

    I’m moving out in a few months and more than anything, I’m so excited to cook for myself and finally put my cookbook collection to some solid use instead of just having them look pretty on the shelf. Cooking for one is hard, but I’m good with leftovers. I also come from a family of really picky eaters (like, no veggies ever in life kind of picky) so I’m excited to eat all the foods I love.

  3. Elisa says:

    wow do I have suggestions and ideas JUST for you!!
    I am wondering how sensitive you might be, and thinking that perhaps I ought to smile and to nod at your idea of healthy salad, involving pasta.
    You are very funny though! Made me snort and giggle.

    One of the fastest ways to lose 20ish pounds in a year is to NEVER eat mcdonalds, wendy’s, burger king…again. The next is to NEVER eat anything with high fructose corn syrup OR fake sweeteners. One can do close to nothing else and do this. Hint, most breads come with it. Our local store brand makes two loaves that do NOT contain it. Though, now I can’t have gluten or wheat. I gained a wheat allergy when I had to pull gluten for the tummy doctor.

    A really nice dressing topper for greens and for pasta is 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil and generous splashes of rice vinegar. Normally I don’t even need that much oil. I just carefully dribble not quite a drizzle of the olive oil and then splash the rice vinegar, add some pepper and garlic, et voila! There is one to use ginger that is good too. Makes one think of Amish dressing.

    There is a yummy, affordable one done with minced broccoli, cauliflower, spinach chiffonade, teeny tiny minced red pepper, rinsed and drained chick peas and the tiny oil and rice vinegar or white wine vinegar mixture. It’s crunchy and bumpy and chock full of protein in a teeny bright interesting portion.

    Let me know if I should provide more, or shut up and provide the small carton of mocha java (but yet organic) ice cream instead.

    • Cassie says:

      Haha! Girl, you can’t take away my pasta. I may not be Italian, but I need those curly boiled things in my diet. This is about as healthy as I get with pasta without coating it in packages (literally) of cheese. That broccoli one sounds good! I went through a good six months of far too much hummus intake and I mean intake, every flavor, all the time and so now chick peas just make me want to throw something. Everything else sounds delicious though. Just you wait for Black bean wrap day. Woo woo! What other ideas do you have? I like stuff that lasts three days and I can throw in a lunch container. Give me options, lady!!!!


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