Good evening! I hope everyone had a great day! My day was ok…not awesome but good enough
This morning’s workout was a little tough. Fabio, Jack, and I went for our normal one-mile jog but it rainy and cold out so we were pretty sluggish getting started. Those few nice days really spoiled us! I can’t wait until summer when everyday is warm and sunny. Darn you April showers. Once we got up and got going though, the jog was great! We saw some bunnies and birds, and as usual Jack did everything he could do to catch them. It never ceases to entertain me when he jumps on a tree and looks up longingly. Next time I’ll try to snap a picture of it!
This afternoon’s workout seemed like it was going to be awesome. It was rainy again so Jack and I went on another quick one-mile jog and then I popped in an Insanity DVD. Because we have been running to the dog park so much lately I haven’t been doing the entire Insanity workouts for a while. I was really starting to miss my favorite circuits and was ready to jump right into this workout. My body, it seems, had other plans. On the third round of the warm-up I was doing some power squats and I felt my back cave in in a weird way. I immediately hobbled to the couch and stretched my back for a few minutes. I had some trouble standing up and spent the next half hour simply stretching my back out to try to fix the problem. It was clear that the rest of my workout was not happening So frustrating!
Now, this is really interesting to me. I have never had any back problems. Ever! However, I will say that my mind was not completely focused on my workout (I was excited to cook dinner and work on the blog!) so when I was speeding up the moves for the last round of the warm-up, I wasn’t focusing on my form. What do I always hear the Insanity trainer, Sean T, saying? “Form over speed!!” He means make sure you do the move correctly and don’t rush through it. Well, obviously today I didn’t do a good job of that. Now I know to really take him seriously and pay attention to my form. Because I wasn’t careful, my workout was cut short and now I’m in pain! Ow!
Oh well, lesson learned.
Tonight’s turkey sausage bowl dinner was delicious! It was super easy and tasty and I will definitely make it again soon! I also already had most of the ingredients on-hand so it didn’t take a whole lot of planning. That’s a win-win in my book!
First I defrosted some lean, Italian turkey sausages we had in the freezer.
I’ve used turkey sausages like these in the past and always really enjoy them! They have tons of flavor with a lot less fat than regular sausages.
Next I salted a pot of water and brought it to a boil. Once the water was boiling I added in some pasta (I used regular angel hair but if we had some whole grain pasta I would have used that). I let the pasta cook for a few minutes while I got everything else ready.
While the pasta was cooking, I heated a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. While it was heating, Fabio chopped up some broccoli and onions.
One of Jack’s favorite treats is broccoli so he may have eaten a few of the stalks
By this time the pan was hot so I went ahead and put the defrosted turkey sausages in the pan. I cooked them until they started to brown and firmed up, flipping them a few times to cook each side.
Once they were mostly cooked I removed them from the pan and Fabio sliced them into smaller pieces. Meanwhile, I cooked some onions and bell peppers until they softened up. Then I added the sliced sausages back into the pan.
When I buy bell peppers I usually buy a bunch at a time and cut them all up as soon as I get home. Then I put all the bell peppers that I don’t need right away into a zip-top bag in the freezer. That way whenever I need peppers I just pull out a few pre-sliced peppers from the freezer. It’s so easy! You must try this!
Anyway, I let the sausage, peppers, and onions hang out for a bit and turned my attention back to the pasta. At this point it only needed a few more minutes, so I went ahead and dumped the broccoli in with the pasta. This way I could cook them both in one pot! Less dishes to wash at the end of dinner is always a plus for me.
When the pasta and broccoli were done I drained them and added them to the yummy sausage, peppers, and onions mixture.
I seasoned the mix with some salt, pepper, and olive oil and then stirred everything up. Fabio begged for some parmesan cheese on top so we added some of that too. Then he wanted to add some tomatoes and though we were already serving up our dishes, I let him throw some in. I couldn’t turn down an extra veggie (although isn’t a tomato technically a fruit?). Both the cheese and tomatoes added just a little bit more comfort to this bowl of yumminess. De-lish.
Turkey Sausage Bowl
(serves 2-3, we had one medium-sized bowl for me and one LARGE bowl for Fabio)
- Whole wheat pasta
- 1 bunch broccoli florets (we used about 2 cups)
- 3 lean Italian turkey sausages
- 1 cup red, yellow, and/or orange bell peppers
- Half a medium onion, chopped
- Olive oil, salt, and pepper for seasoning
- 3 small cut tomatoes (optional)
- Sprinkle of parmesan cheese (optional)
- Bring a salted pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. When pasta is almost complete, add broccoli florets and let it cook with the pasta for 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
- Meanwhile, brown the turkey sausage over medium-high heat until almost cooked through (sausages should be firm). Remove from pan and slice. Set aside.
- In the same pan, cook onion and bell peppers for 2-3 minutes or until they become soft.
- Reintroduce sliced sausage into pan.
- When pasta is cooked, drain pasta and broccoli and add to sausage and onion mixture.
- Toss the mixture well to incorporate. Season with a small bit of salt, pepper, and olive oil. Add tomatoes and parmesan cheese if desired.
- Eat, slurp, and enjoy!