Happy New Year, everybody!! Hope y’all had a fabulous holiday season. I know I sure did, despite my blog going down (again). It’s time to talk new year’s resolutions. Do you have any? What are they? I actually have a few, but most of them correlate with one another.
This resolution is on everybody’s list – to lose weight and live a healthier life. I crave to be comfortable in my own body. This is something that I’ve never been able to do. Sure, some days are better than others, but most of the time – I hate my reflection in the mirror. Instead of moaning and whining about it (like I usually do), I’m going to put my mind to the test and actually DO something about it. This means eating clean, working out regularly, and taking time for me.
Another one of my resolutions is to quit drinking Coca-Cola once and for all. It’s not going to be an easy task, but I must do it if I want my kidneys to function later in life. After I gave birth to my daughter back in April of 2010, I had to have a catheter performed because I couldn’t “go” on my own (sorry TMI). The nurse revealed to me that I was on the brink of kidney failure. Yet, I continue to drink these wretched sodas. Forget marijuana…THIS should be illegal.
I also want to limit my white bread intake. Bread is my biggest weakness when it comes to food. Once I take my first bite, I have to finish the entire loaf/bag. It’s horrible. My hips and thighs are proof.
My next new year’s resolution is to repeat this! I messed up my first year of college, and I’m determined to raise my GPA to where it’ll not only be acceptable to be admitted into nursing school, but blow them away. Before last semester, my GPA was a pitiful 1.75. I managed to make straight A’s and skyrocket it up to a 2.93. SOO close to a 3.0! When I viewed my grades, I seriously danced circles around the inside of my house and called my closest family members. It took many hours of studying and sleepless nights (eh, I’m a mother – that would have happened regardless :P), but I did it. And, I’m going to do it again this semester coming up in less than two weeks!
If When I make straight A’s, my GPA will rise to a pretty respectable 3.5!
However, one of my more challenging resolutions is to try out a new recipe at least once a week. I want to expand my taste buds. Being an extremely picky eater isn’t fun, and that is my MAIN goal this year. One of the meals that I made a few days ago was Hungarian Goulash. Oh em gee! Not only is this HEART HEALTHY, but it is scrumptious! Everyone in my household was in line for a bowl. The aroma was so enticing. I kept going in for samples while it was still cooking in my crock pot! Y’all seriously need to try this!
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 3 TBSP olive oil
- 2 red bell peppers, chopped
- 1 1/2lbs mushrooms, sliced (optional)
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 can of tomato paste
- 1 container of low-sodium (preferably organic) beef broth
- 3 TBSP all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sweet Hungarian paprika (regular paprika will suffice)
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill or parsley flakes
- 2lbs lean beef chuck (cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces)
- 1/2lb red potatoes (optional)
1. Pour the olive oil into the crock pot (or another large pot would do) and heat over warm/medium. Add onions, red bell peppers, garlic and salt. Cook and stir occasionally for approximately 15 minutes or until soft.
2. Brown beef in a pan. Add to pot.
3. Add paprika and flour. Cook and stir for 1 minute.
4. Whisk contents together while gradually pouring in the broth. Then pour in the tomato paste.
5. Cook for approximately 2 1/2-3 hours on high. (If you’re cooking on warm/medium, cook for 5-6 hours)
6. Most importantly – enjoy!!
Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 2-3 hours
Makes: 10-12 servings
I LOVE to serve this with egg noodles. While it does drive up the calories and carbs a bit, it is delicious!