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Pasta Pesto Primavera – with chicken. Or not.

I’ve been so busy teaching and with hockey games, I haven’t been very social these past few months. So now that hockey season is over for my team (boo, but also kinda glad because…) I have so much more free time! Last weekend I ran the Pat Tillman Memorial Run (more about that later), hit up a burger and beer tasting at the ball park, stayed for the baseball game, and then hit up a pool side yoga class on Sunday morning, ended up staying and hanging with some friends (old and new) and enjoying a few mimosas. I was so chilled out.

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Bacon Bacon Bacon and Beer Beer Beer Risotto

Besides carbohydrates, bacon is one of my favorite foods. Especially to cook with. One of the things I appreciate most about the smokey slab of pork is that you don’t need a lot of it to make a flavor impact on any dish! A little bacon makes everything better. Add some beer and you’ve got a dish made for loving! This risotto is great as a meal onto it’s own with a little garden salad, or makes a perfect side to grilled chicken, or a juicy, tender filet….
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Ravioli with Asparagus & Walnuts in a Lemon Butter Glaze

So, it’s really been awhile since I have posted. Our lives have been going through some fairly big changes, and I’m teaching more classes, and even some other formats. I also really wanted to work on formatting my site to be prettier, more professional looking. I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but soon, hopefully!

I made this little dish after I taught my Monday yin yoga class; its one of those recipes that comes together pretty quickly, is vegetarian (depending on the ravioli you choose) and is absolutely delicious! Continue reading Ravioli with Asparagus & Walnuts in a Lemon Butter Glaze

Veggie, Sausage and Pasta Bake

We’re coming into fall finally!! For us in Arizona, that means temperatures are finally under 100, and we’re able to take our workouts outside without fear of spontaneously combusting! I feel like fall and winter are busy times for most families: school is back in the routine, football and hockey are in season, the holidays are right around the corner… This recipe can be prepped through to step 4 and then saved to be finished at a later time. I’ve even prepared them in individual ramekins, instead of a large casserole, and froze them for a work lunch. I usually pair it with a caesar salad. Traditional caesar dressing contains anchovies and eggs and lotsa sodium and cholesterol and fat and calories, but this vinaigrette leaves all that stuff out. I’m sharing that today as well.

6 ounces any pasta shape
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lb chicken or turkey Italian sausage (bulkimg_0062
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium carrots, shredded
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 medium onion, diced
3 cups kale, chopped
8 ounces mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 & prepare pot for pasta
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, add oil, sauté garlic and onion until onion begins to soften, add sausage, breaking it up as it browns. Add shredded carrots and diced tomatoes. Remove from heat.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta per package directions. When pasta is cooked, drain and add to vegetables and sausage in skillet. Add chopped kale and toss to combine.
  4. In a greased casserole dish, put about half the pasta mixture, add a 4 ounces of mozzarella, then layer the remaining pasta and top with rest of cheese.
  5. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.

Makes 4,
2 cup servings

Cal 277 Fat 5.4g (1.6g saturated) Protein 20g
Fiber 7g * cholesterol 54mg * sugar 5g * sodium 272mg * carbohydrates 36g

Caesar Vinaigrette


2 T white vinegar
1 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 T Dijon mustard
1 T balsamic vinegar
2 t sugar
1 t lemon zest
1/4 t each: dried oregano, dried thyme and dried basil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 t salt
1/4 t fresh ground pepper
1/3 c olive oil
1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients and whisk until combined.

Makes 1 cup.

Per tablespoon: Calories 49  Fat 4.8g (4 g unsaturated)   Carbohydrate 1g   Protein .5g  Sugar .7g   Fiber 0g  Sodium 80mg  Cholesterol 1mg