Things here are on the rise…..my blood pressure, the number on the scale, and my pants size! Arghhhhh! You know what that means……visiting those two evil twins…….diet and exercise! I would much rather stay home with the more pleasant and comfortable ones…..cooking and eating!
Counting calories, sweating, and feeling hungry are not my favorite things. In fact, I’ve obviously tried to avoid them; that is, until now. Being a “MiMi’ has started me thinking. I want to be able to jump in the ocean, hike in the woods, and a million other things with my grandson. I want to see him graduate, even marry, and be around to cherish him for as long as I can. To do that, I have to be healthy!
Being healthy is a good thing, so why do I dread it so? I’m pretty sure it comes back to my age old problem of self. I want to be comfortable, satisfied, and in control. Those aren’t words I associate with losing weight and getting into shape.
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Whoa! I haven’t ever really thought about it in that way, have you? These words challenge me and to be honest, make me feel a little uncomfortable (just like the waist band on my jeans). I guess it’s time for an attitude adjustment; focusing less on the what (what I’m giving up, what I have to do) and more on Who.
Tomorrow I go and pick up my new increased dosage blood pressure medicine. I’ll also continue to clean and sort through my closet where I’ve found way too many clothes that no longer fit. Now that I think about it, a visit to diet and exercise may not be a bad idea after all; and maybe they shouldn’t just visit, they should move right in, so this ole temple will be around for a long time to come; keeping up with grandchildren and honoring the One who bought it with the highest price of all.
I know and you know that this won’t be easy, especially for a gal who loves to cook. Here’s where I’m going to challenge myself. In addition to losing weight and lowering my BP, I’m going to begin to search for recipes that still are easy and comforting, but healthy, too! No better time to start than now!
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 3 large or 4 smaller zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
- 1/2 -1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce (I used Prego Heartsmart)
- grated mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 9X13 pan with Pam.
- Combine turkey, onion, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a skillet, cook until turkey is browned.
- Layer zucchini in the bottom of the pan. Don't leave gaps.
- Spread ricotta on the zucchini, then 1/3 of the turkey, then 1/3 of the sauce. Start with zucchini again and continue the layers three times.
- Top with a light layer of mozzarella cheese.
- Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
- It will be juicy. You can attempt to pour some off but be careful. (I just left the juice)
I have to tell you, I was skeptical at first about this recipe but I LOVED it! If you have healthy recipes that you love, share them with me in the comments section.
P.S. I’ll keep you up to date on how the “evil twins” and I are getting along as we learn to live together!