Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Recipe and Fitness Group Info

Since it's a busy holiday weekend, I won't keep you real long. I just wanted to share a recipe with you and also give you a quick update on the state of our Fitness Group Discussion Forum.

First, the recipe. Sarah and I made this together last night and it turned out really well.

TACO STUFFED PASTA SHELLS

16 jumbo dried pasta shells, prepared according to directions, rinsed and drained
1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 C water
1 16 oz. can refried beans
1 C shredded cheddar cheese (2% is fine)
1 16 oz jar salsa (mild, medium or hot, depending on your preference)
1/4 C sliced green onions (optional)
Sour cream (optional) (Lite is fine)

1. Cook beef in large skillet; drain. Add taco seasoning and water. Cook over low heat for five minutes until thickened.
2. Add beans and 3/4 C cheese; mix well
3. Spread 1/4 C salsa over each of the 8-inch square baking dishes
4. Fill shells with beef mixture; place half of shells in each baking dish, filled side up. Spoon remaining salsa over shells.
5. Cover baking dish with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until heated through.
6. Sprinkle with onions (if using) and remaining cheese; serve with sour cream.

The really great news? This can be made ahead! I LOVE make ahead food.
If freezing: Cover one or both baking dishes with plastic wrap, then over wrap with foil. Freeze for up to 2 months. To bake frozen shells: Place baking dish in fridge overnight. Remove plastic wrap; recover with foil. Repeat step 6.

Happy eating!

I guess this would be a great place to segue into a review of the conversation we've been having here over the past few days about food, weight gain, weight loss, fitness and Little Debbie Cakes.

We had talked about having a place to discuss those topics and that place is here! If you'll scroll down the right column and click on the "Visit My Community" button; you'll see that I've started a heading there called, "Food, Friends, and Fitness."

This is a place to come and hang out for those of us needing support, advice and encouragement in the area of fitness. If you have a healthy recipe to share, or if you've lost ten pounds and need someone to celebrate with, OR if you've gained ten pounds and are rather disconsolate--this is your spot!

Head on over and jump on in!

We've had some good discussion in other areas of the Community last week, too; it's been exciting to see more of your names, faces, questions and opinions pop up. Also, if you become a part of the Community, your blogs will show up in that area. Visit the Community for more info.

In other news, we'll be going on two overnight, out of town trips this week--one to Manteo and one to Florida. I'll have plenty of stories and pictures to share.

For today's travels, Steve is heading out the door to Duke to visit a neighbor of ours who just had a heart transplant.

Thanks for stopping by; enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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