What's for Dinner?


What’s for Dinner? I‘ve heard it said that sculpted, sexy abs are made in the kitchen, and there's definitely some truth to that. Now we all have to live our real lives, and sometimes our choices wouldn’t look all that great on paper, or in a photo! For instance, because of my busy schedule that starts early in the morning I eat a lot of my morning meals in my car. Not ideal or particularly glamorous but I don't buy fast food ever. My typical breakfast is low-fat Fage yogurt (strawberry) and roasted, unsalted almonds. I don't drink coffee so a mint tea provides the warmth for this meal on a cold and early morning. Lunch is either a soup, sandwich, or dinner left-overs. Dinner is the one meal I predictably get to sit down, eat on a plate, and enjoy with my family. Now diet and exercise go hand in hand; so to help you get the results you want you’ve got to put energy, time and attention in to both. So instead of ordering in, my husband Sam and I try to choose healthy and delicious meals that are easy to prepare, while designed for grown ups and kids to enjoy. Below is a recipe for a quick, simple and healthy family dinner that serves 5 and will leave you leftovers for lunch. If you have something healthy, delicious and simple to prepare- share it here!

Cotrone’s Turkey Bolognese Sauce

You will need:

1 package ground turkey

2 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 bay leaves

1/2 onion chopped

Cup of chopped carrots

Cup of chopped zucchini

1/2 Cup of red bell pepper (yellow or orange ok)

Cup of sliced mushrooms

1 large Can of whole stewed tomatoes

Salt & pepper to taste

1. In a large saucepan sauté the garlic and onions till soft then add turkey.

Cook till brown.

2. Add mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, bell pepper, and sauté till soft. Add olive

oil to prevent sticking as needed.

3. Blend canned tomatoes in blender.

4. Pour blended tomatoes over the turkey and veggies. Add bay leaves and salt

and pepper to taste.

5. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Optional: You can sauté the veggies separately and then blend with tomatoes in case you have finicky eaters that will dissect every piece of their sauce. Yup, it happens.

To serve:

Pour over your favorite pasta with some grated Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on

top. Serve with a crisp green salad. Use a light balsamic dressing if desired,

or caesar.  Enjoy!

I think I'll make this tonight:)