Monthly Archives: November 2013

Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce

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Wow! It’s been a while… sorry about that. 😉 I’m back and ready to share a delicious recipe for homemade pasta sauce. I went down to Boston a few weeks ago to visit my friend Liz and she introduced me to this fabulous new way to make a quick sauce. It has since become a staple in this house and I can’t wait to share it with all of you! Enjoy!

Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce

You’ll need:

  • 1 pound of sausage. I use sweet italian chicken sausage.
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1/2-1 cup of white wine
  • spices (oregano, basil… whatever you like!)
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. First take the sausage out of the casing and cook it in a frying pan over medium- high heat. Once it’s done set it aside in a bowl.

2. Next saute your onion in a bit of olive oil. Once the onion is clear, add the garlic and continue to cook for a minute or so.

3. Turn down the heat to medium- low and add the can of tomato paste and stir it around so the onion and garlic are mixed in.

4. Add the wine and get excited because whatever you don’t use you can drink with dinner! I will add a little wine (1/2 cup) and if the sauce is still too think I keep adding more until I like what the sauce looks like.

5. Now you can add back the cooked sausage. Continue cooking the sauce for 3-4 minutes or so.

Yay! It’s done. So that’s the recipe for a basic meat sauce. I LOVE to add veggies as well and my favorite combo is to add roasted eggplant and either fresh diced tomatoes or roasted red peppers. I add the veggies last. Serve over wheat pasta or whatever you like best and enjoy!

Outdoor Workout

It may be getting cold outside but it has yet to stop me from exercising outdoors. Today I braved the cold fall temperatures and headed out to do this great workout. My friend Sarah is heading to basic training in a few months and was looking for a good workout (that includes push ups ;)) to get ready for training. I came up with this crossfit inspired workout and we’ve been doing it every week! Give it a try!  It’s a great challenge and it’s fun to try to beat your previous time. Before the workout make sure you do a proper warm up. I like to run a few miles and do some dynamic stretching. For a cool down I run the few miles back home.

The Workout:

20 Jump Squats

15 Push Ups

10 Sit Ups

400 meter Run

Do four rounds for time. What does this mean? See how fast you can do all four rounds. If you have to take breaks, that’s okay! Next time you do the workout try to take fewer breaks and watch your time drop. Have fun and get out there before everything is covered in snow! Enjoy 🙂

 

 

Fall Yard Work

 

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Is your yard covered in leaves like mine is right now? If you own a house you’re probably used to the annual fall clean up. Try looking at it differently this year and think twice before you reach for your wallet to pay the neighborhood kid to rake your leaves. Raking leaves and other yard work you might have to do this time of year can burn a significant amount of calories- giving you an excellent excuse to skip the gym for a day. So grab that rake, enjoy the crisp fall air, and try to have some fun!

Tips, Tricks, and Ideas!

  • When lifting heavy items remember to bend and lift from your knees and not from your hips. Your back will thank you!
  • Pick up the pace! Get your heart rate up and get that work done faster by picking up the pace.
  • Turn your work into a challenge. Grab a friend and set the timer. See who can rake and bag the most leaves in 30 minutes.
  • Listen to music! Bring an old radio outside or if you’re along use your ipod.

Have some fun and take some pictures! Last year I was on crutches when the time to rake leaves came around so I (sadly?) got to miss out on the work and just play. Happy fall! DSC_1875