Hi friends! Hope you’re all having a great day so far. Before I get into today’s post I want to share a quick recipe with you all. If you’re thinking “Shayla, you cooked?!” Well I don’t blame you, but yes, I finally cooked! 😉
Sunday afternoon I stopped by parents house to grab my camera that I had left there and I had remembered I wanted my mom to give me some of her fabulous casserole recipes since I’ve been getting the itch to cook warm and comforting foods now that fall and winter is here. And if any of you live with a man, you know far too well what garbage disposals they are and that leftovers, and food in general, are the key to a man’s heart 😉
My husband works hard physically everyday as an Electrician so it’s important for him to keep fueled daily with a good mix of carbs, protein, and fats…he’s also training for the Men’s Health Urbanathlon so he especially needs calorie dense meals to keep him going throughout the day. So if you’re looking to please your S.O. or fuel your own energy levels, try this recipe. I’m sure many people have variations of this kind of dish, but this is my mom’s version and I absolutely love it…it’s delicious, super easy to make, and healthy to boot! Thanks Mom! 🙂
Taco Rotelle/Rotini Casserole
1 lb. ground beef (I used 93/7)
1 packet Taco Seasoning (I used Reduced Sodium)
1 28oz. can diced tomatoes
3 cups Rotelle or Rotini pasta
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used Sharp cheddar)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Chop the onion and salt the beef and place both in the pan on medium to high heat. Cook until meat is browned and onion is cooked through. Add taco seasoning packet and canned diced tomatoes (if it’s a little dry add about 1/3 cup water). Simmer (uncovered) for 20 minutes.
While meat mixture is simmering, start your water for the pasta and boil according to package directions – mine took 7 minutes. Once pasta is done cooking and meat mixture has been simmering for 20 minutes, mix everything together and this is what it will look like…
To give it more of a taco flair, you could add taco shell pieces into the mixture to give it some crunch factor. And if you want even more cheesy-ness to the dish, you can add a cup more cheese to the meat mixture during the simmering process. Again, super easy and delicious and Todd was mmm mmm’ing the whole time…that definitely means it’s a winner 😉
I’m sure many of you have heard yesterday that Giuliana Rancic revealed to the public that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer…
My thoughts and prayers are with her right now…thankfully they found it soon in the early stages and she will have surgery to have it removed and will then undergo six weeks of radiation. And if you follow her reality show or celebrity news, you may know that she’s had many rounds of fertility treatments in order to get pregnant, and now with her diagnosis of breast cancer, my heart aches for her as she’s been through quite the roller coaster of stress and emotions.
Hearing the news of this and in watching her emotional interview, got me thinking about how aware we need to be of our health, and to act on that awareness. The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it reminds me that no matter how healthy I try to be through my diet and exercise, that we are not immune to this disease and any one of us are at risk for it. In one other interview, Giuliana mentioned how great we all have brought awareness to this disease, but it’s that next step we all need to take in taking that awareness and putting it into action. Act on the awareness of breast cancer by making that mammogram appointment with your doctor and doing routine self breast exams.
It’s important we continue to be proactive, aware, and act on our health…here are steps us women can take to reduce our chances of breast cancer: (source)
1. Maintain a healthy body weight (BMI less than 25) throughout your life
2. Minimize or avoid alcohol
This being #2 scares me (a lot) since I do like my champagne and wine…so I am happy that I’ve drastically reduced my consumption of this since trying for a baby. I am now definitely going to make this a lifelong decision of consuming less to zero alcohol even after I have a baby.
3. Consume as many fruits and veggies as possible
4. Exercise regularly the rest of your life
5. Do your fats right (maximize omega-3’s, minimize omega-6’s)
Sunflower oil was listed as one of the fats to minimize, does this include the Trader Joe’s Sunflower Butter I eat? Please fill me in ladies!
6. Do your carbs right (maximize whole grains, minimize white starches)
7. Consume organic, non-GMO, whole food soy products regularly (tofu, tempeh, edamame, roasted soy nuts, miso, soy milk)
8. Minimize exposure to pharmacologic estrogens and xeno-estrogens
9. Take you supplements daily
10. Maintain a positive mental outlook
What steps do you take to act on your awareness of breast cancer?
Have you (personally or a loved one) been affected by breast cancer?
Do you like casseroles? If so, what’s your favorite recipe?