Corkscrew Pasta with Shrimp, Spinach, Tomatoes and Peppers

Minus sauce and parm

Corkscrew Pasta with Shrimp, Spinach, Tomatoes and Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. corkscrew whole wheat pasta
  • 1/2 lb. baby shrimp, thawed
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 C. spinach
  • 1 C. cherry tomatoes
  • 1 C. bell pepper, chopped
  • parmesan cheese
  • pasta sauce

Directions:

Prepare the pasta according to package directions. In another pot, saute shrimp, spinach, tomatoes, bell pepper in olive oil for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Once finished, top pasta with mixture along with cheese and sauce to taste.

Southwestern Quinoa with Chicken and Feta

I didn’t think I’d actually enjoy cooking since moving in with Paul but I actually do! I haven’t taken photos of all of our meals, but over the next few days I’m going to share some that are easy and quick!

Southwestern Quinoa with Chicken and Feta

Ingredients:

  • 1 C. quinoa
  • 1 1/2 C. cold water
  • 1 bag Archer Farms Southwestern Vegetable Blend
  • 1/2 lb. chicken, grilled and chopped
  • 1/2 C. feta cheese, crumbled
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions:

Prepare the quinoa according to package directions i.e. add quinoa and water to a cooking pot. Bring to a boil, cover with tight fitting lid, and turn the heat down to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes.  Remove quinoa from heat and allow to sit five minutes with the lid on. Fluff quinoa gently with a fork. Cook vegetables according to package directions. Add to quinoa along with cut up chicken and feta. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve or refrigerate.

Condo Before & After

Thought I’d share some pictures with you (if anyone still reads this piece of junk!) of my new home – before and after style.

Our home

Moved In + Easy Chicken Caesar Salad

MIA doesn’t even begin to describe me right now. But after a little over a month, I can happily say that Paul and I have moved into our condo. I’m going to hopefully take some before and after pictures this weekend, but let me just say that having your own home is so much fun…and so much work.

Laundry, washing dishes and cleaning isn’t even the half of it. Paying the bills, cooking breakfast and lunch and dinner, and then just all the random things that happen day-to-day are exhausting.

But I’m fortunate that my boyfriend is very helpful. He doesn’t mind cleaning and he’s put together an insane amount of furniture. Damn you IKEA gods! Honestly, I wish I could be just a fraction of how handy he is. I almost got a blister when I tried to help.

So in short, that’s what my life has been for the past month. Moving in and getting settled. We still have lots more to do, but that’s the gist.

In terms of exercise, my mileage and work outs have definitely slipped since we started living here. I guess that’s to be expected. I get home a little later every day compared to before, and I have to cook dinner for two people. It makes me want to wake up earlier and work out, but eesh. That’s just so not appealing.

I’m starting to accept this though and I’m hoping that in a couple months I’ll be used to this new schedule and back to normal exercise wise. Baby steps!

Easy Chicken Caesar Salad

Before I go, I want to share an easy dinner recipe with you. Since I’m cooking almost every day now, I’m hoping it will mean more blog posts!

Caesar Salad

Easy Chicken Caesar Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 3 C. chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • 8 C. Romaine lettuce leaves, torn
  • 1/2 C. yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 C. croutons
  • 2 Tbs. parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbs. feta cheese
  • 1/2 C. light Caesar dressing

Directions

Toss lettuce with chicken, croutons and cheeses in large bowl. Add dressing just before serving; mix lightly.

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