My no-spend week was pretty successful last week. I managed to go 6 days without spending almost anything! (minus the dog food) On Saturday I did my meal planning for the next week because I decided to really shoot for the stars and not eat out for lunch the ENTIRE month! Lets see how it goes! So far 2 weeks in and I’m doing swell!
As I’ve said before I’m not a good meal planner. It’s hard to plan for one person. You end up eating the same thing for a week or if you’re extra ambitious an entire month. Which gets boring and repetitive. If I were to have a family, or even if it were for me and my boyfriend, it would be much easier to really take on meal planning. You don’t eat the same thing over and over again for weeks on end when there’s two or more of you (especially when one of those people are a rather large male human), you can change it up quite more frequently.
But as of now, this meal planning is going pretty well. This week I decided to switch it up a tad and make a few different things for a little variety. What is really great about planning your meals ahead and making them all at home is that you can really control what goes in your food and how healthy it is! It also makes it easy to track in My Fitness Pal as well. Because I can just upload the recipes I make it exactly what is in them and it automatically generates calories and nutritional info. I slacked way off on my goals to dropping a few pounds over the holidays so now its back on the wagon. I’m wearing my FitBit and tracking my meals again, so one step closer! If only I could get my yoga game on….maybe one of these days!
So this week one of the dishes I whipped up was a zesty, veggie packed pasta filled with peppers, asparagus and beef sausage! I’m not usually a sausage fan, but if I can mix them up with veggies and a little bit of oil and parmesan cheese I’ll dig right in!
Sausage and Peppers Pasta
Ingredients, Makes approximately 4 servings.
Half a Red Pepper, Julienne
Half an Orange Pepper, Julienne
Half a Yellow Pepper, Julienne
1/4 of an Onion (red or White, I selected red) sliced thin
1 cup asparagus (optional)
Package of Sausage, I used Beef Sausage but you could opt for chicken or other alternatives. Sliced into smaller pieces.
1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
Dash of thyme
Dash of oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 box of Pasta of your choice, I used Bowtie
In a large pot, boil seasoned water and cook your pasta. Set aside when completed.
In a large saute pan, lightly saute your sausage, peppers, asparagus, onions and garlic. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to sauté. When your sausage is cooked, add your pasta and remaining olive oil, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper as well as parmesan cheese. Mix well and serve warm, top with Parmesan cheese.