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January 26, 2015

It's time for Lasagna with Red Gold Tomatoes #Giveaway - Ends 2-2

If you are a pasta loving family like ours you'll love this post. I know I was super excited when my box arrived with all the goodies you see above. I was running through my head exactly which lasagna recipe I wanted to try first. We love pasta, it's "what's for dinner" at least a few times a week in some format. Sometimes it's a side dish, and sometimes it's the main course. Either way we go through a lot of pasta, and a lot of add-ins like Red Gold tomatoes and ground beef. Thankfully my kit came with both so all I had had to pick up was some cheeses!

Below you can find a simple lasagna recipe any pasta lover will enjoy.

Skinny Lasagna 
½   cup water
1 (28 ounce) can or 2 (15 ounce) cans  Red Gold® Crushed Tomatoes 
2 (14.5 ounce) cans Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes with BasilGarlic & Oregano
Ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Round, or ground turkey, cooked and drained
1 (16 ounce) box traditional whole wheat lasagna noodles, uncooked
1 (15 ounce) carton low fat cottage cheese
2 cups shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
½ cup grated low sodium Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350o F. In large mixing bowl combine water, tomatoes, black pepper, Italian seasoning and ground round, stir to combine ingredients in the sauce.
Cover the bottom of a 9x13x2 inch baking pan with 1½ cups of sauce mixture.  Arrange 1/3 of noodles on top of sauce, slightly overlapped.  Top with ½ of cottage cheese, ½ of mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of sauce.  Repeat layers and top with last 1/3 of noodles and the remaining sauce.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. 
Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 to 1½ hours; until noodles are cooked. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.  Makes 12 Servings

Enter the Red Gold Contest Here:
Red Gold is giving away Gourmet Lasagna Party Kits valued at $325 and custom aprons twice a week through Feb 3rd. Just go to to enter.

Win it:  One lucky reader will win a Red Gold Tomatoes Prize Pack (like mine). This giveaway will end February 3rd at 12:00 AM EST. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If no response, a new winner will be chosen. Open to residents of the US.

Entry Method:  Please use Rafflecopter form to enter.

My Nutrisystem Journey: 2 Weeks down! #NSNation #ad

I'm happy to say I just finished my second week of my Nutrisystem journey. This week I had frozen meals as part of my meal choices as well as adding in PowerFuels, a SmartCarb, and dessert. Plus I could still have unlimited non-starchy vegetables. I have to admit I really liked week two better than the Fast 5+ week. I didn't ever feel hungry or unsatisfied at any point through out the day. With the added snacks I felt like I was full all day long and had plenty to keep me going. However, after this past week I was feeling a little bit discouraged before reading the results of some of my fellow #NSNation bloggers. But thanks to hearing I'm not the only one that's had struggles, and not the only one that didn't lose a ton the second week I feel better. I'll elaborate a little more so it all makes sense. My week started out good, but then I ended up doing a lot more running around then I planned the rest of the week. I was away from home a lot doing errands and running to doctor appointments (which meant it was harder to stay on a schedule, and eat right). I got in my Nutrisystem breakfast as usual each morning, but I didn't always get my morning PowerFuel (I'll explain those in just a bit as promised). And I didn't always able to get in the four servings of vegetables each day as I had the previous week. Some of that was due to running around a lot, and some was due to me not planning the day out in a way I had them worked into my meals. Having the snacks I didn't seem to go to vegetables as often as "fillers" between meals.

Sometimes being on the go makes it hard to get the "fuel" our bodies need and deserve. One way you can help avoid the temptation to eat junk foods, or foods that aren't as good for your body is to prepare things ahead you can grab on the way out the door. I've tried to do this with various raw vegetables. I cut them up and keep them handy in the refrigerator for easy grab and go access. One day I was headed out the door and knew I wouldn't make it back in time for lunch so I grabbed a bowl of cauliflower and one of my Nutrisystem lunch bars on the way out. I was able to snack on the cauliflower while I was driving and avoid the temptation of going through a drive-thru for something to eat. It kept me full until it was time for my lunch, and I was home before it was time for my afternoon PowerFuel and SmartCarb snack.

Now to fill you in on those PowerFuels and SmartCarbs. PowerFuels are the healthiest proteins that contain essential amino acids and healthy fats. They are the ones that take your body a long time to digest so they help you feel satisfied. These are things like: cheese, fish, eggs, milk, peanut butter, and yogurt. Now do you see why I had trouble getting those in while on the road? Kind of hard to eat those on the run without a little prep ahead. I did pick up some string cheese so if the timing is right I can grab one of those on the way out the door. The other extra I had previously mentioned is a SmartCarb. SmartCarbs are ones that measure low on the glycemic index which means they don't cause your blood sugar to spike and crash (which makes you crave more carbs). These are packed with vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients your body does need. And they provide you with the fiber you need to keep you feeling full and provide the energy your body needs. SmartCarbs are things like breads, grains, pastas, and fruits. One way you can get them both in at the same time is to make an egg sandwich on an English muffin, or an over light egg with toast. I did this a few times last week for my afternoon snack and it carried me from lunch to dinner perfectly.

End of Week 1 Stats:
Weight: 181 lbs (down 1 lb)
Chest: 40.5"
Waist: 35.5"
Hips: 44"
Thighs: 23"
Arms: 12"

I'm only down one pound this week, but I can understand that with all of the goings on last week. I did start exercising, but not as much as I want to. Most of my exercise was from walking and not anything that was more effort than usual. I did get on the exercise bike a few times, but my goal this week is to get on it at least twice a day. I am hoping with the added exercise and getting back on track with my schedule of eating this week will prove to be a better week all the way around! Overall I am happy with my progress and hearing my husband say he has noticed the difference has been a big motivator. Looking forward to another week of losing, and feeling better as each day passes!

My favorites & least favorites this past week:
                        Favorite                                                         Least Favorite
Breakfast: Turkey/Ham/Cheese Omelet                  Double Chocolate Chip Muffin
Lunch:      Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla                Double Chocolate Caramel bar
Dinner:     Sweet & Sour Chicken                      I enjoyed all of my dinners this past week.

Want to know more? You can learn more about Nutrisystem here.

I'm being provided the Nutrisystem program in exchange for participating in their blogger program. However, all thoughts and opinions stated along the way are my own. #NSNation #ad

FLASH #Giveaway: 12 volt Portable Air Pump #VMKINNOVATIONS - Ends 1-27

Does your family like to camp? Or maybe you use rafts on the water? Either way you'll love this 12 volt portable air pump. It's super easy to use, and it's completely compact and portable. All of the attachments can be attached right to the pump, and the cord is kept inside the side compartment. Making it easy to take along anywhere and taking up little space while doing so. Now days all vehicles are equipped with a 12 volt outlet making this perfect for stowing away in your trunk too.

Enter to win this awesome portable air pump. It's sure to come in handy as camping season begins here in a few months! I know that's what we are looking forward to with ours!

Buy it:

Win it:  One lucky reader will win a 12 volt Portable Air Pump. This giveaway will end January 28th at 12:00 AM EST.  Open to residents of the US.

Entry Method:  Please use Rafflecopter form to enter.