Slack… and Roasted Eggplant Lentil Salad

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Summer is all about easy living. Well outside working hours, I suppose. During the winter and spring, my kitchen was prep central every Sunday. However, as it grows warmer, my will to spend an entire Sunday prepping lessens. Also, let’s be real, I tend to prep “cold weather” foods- lasagna rolls, casseroles, hearty soups and stews, etc. During the summer, hand me a salad and some grilled meat/fish. A cold drink doesn’t hurt either. Preferably a dry red or something with a twist of lime.

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Like Chickens…and Slow Carb Butternut Squash Taco Casserole

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Well Folks, what can I say. I’ve been a neglectful blogger of late. Last week was my birthday- does that cut me some slack? In reality, things have been very busy in the SSR household- busy at work, busy with family, busy, busy.

There hasn’t been a whole lot of actual running (of course therein lies the irony of naming my blog SeeStephRun) due to a nagging knee pain. But I suppose running to and from work, running around with errands, and running just to keep up with life sort of counts too- we’ve been running around like chickens with our heads cut off! On the actual foot-to-the-pavement front, I am having my leg looked at this week and will hopefully have some answers soon. I am completely sick of my 2 milers!

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What’s Inside: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Baby Spinach and Mushroom


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Since it still feels like winter, I am still craving winter comfort. I’ve said it before on this blog, I love me some Italian deliciousness (maybe that’s why I married an Italian guy?!!?). Garlic bread, delicious gnocchi, ravioli, and of course, lasagna. The problem with lasagna though, is that it’s a heavy, carb loaded meal! At least it was, until I discovered the amazing deliciousness that is spaghetti squash.

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Barre Challenge Weigh-in and Slow Carb Kidney Bean Salad

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I know I’ve been neglecting my poor blog the last few days- so soon into it’s short life too! I promise I have a few new recipes on the way! I’ve had a whirlwind few days with a trip to New Hampshire to visit my parents (complete with a nice long walk around a snowy blueberry field), followed by a few very busy days at work.

One big thing this week was the 30 day check in for my second Barre N9ne fitness challenge. I’ve said it before, you can honestly make a huge change in a short period of time with a a lot of commitment and support. Since I started my first 60 day challenge on December 1, I am officially down 11 pounds and get this- 14 inches. To me, this is proof positive that the program works- THANK YOU BARRE N9NE!!!

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Change YOU Believe in and Slow Carb, Slow Cooked Moroccan Chicken Stuffed Portobello

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When I began my barre journey last fall, my husband was not ready to join me on the path to health yet. That is an important thing to realize- until you are ready, until you want to make a change for yourself, not someone else, you will not make that change. Change has to come from within, for yourself and your own health. Anything less than that just won’t stick- or at least it never has for me.

As I did a few months before, my husband had to make the decision to get fit on his own and did so around the start of the New Year. For him, his guide to health came in the form of a book- The Four Hour Body. Now, I know slow carb is not for me. Personally, I don’t want to limit anything- I want my sweets, my dairy, my carbs. I just eat them in moderation. For my husband, this diet really clicked with him, much like barre and simple healthy eating has for me. He felt more energy very quickly and within a couple of months, he had dropped over 20 pounds. Go him!

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What’s Inside: Slow Carb Taco Stuffed Red Peppers

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There are a lot of variations of stuffed peppers out there, but since the husband has been doing the slow carb diet for the last month or so, I’ve been experimenting with recipes that work with his new dietary constraints while still satisfying me- who refuses to cut out anything. 🙂 This week, we were both craving tacos, but since he cannot have tortillas, we stuffed everything in a pepper. Easy, definitely freezer friendly, and healthy….

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