The Necessary Evil…

As I’ve been on this journey to health, I have learned that cooking is a necessity. But here’s the thing about me and cooking- I DON’T like it. I can cook, I just don’t enjoy it in the least. Luckily, I’ve found some great, healthy recipes courtesy of Pinterest and other blogs. I made one of these tonight, and it was a huge hit so I thought I’d share! Please note that I am not specifying regular vs. no/low-fat, so you have the option of using whichever you prefer. I have made it twice, once with ‘regular’ ingredients and once with healthier options, and it tasted fabulous both ways!

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

5 oz. Cream of Broccoli soup

5 oz. Cream of Mushroom soup (I use low sodium)

1/3 cup Mayonnaise

2 tbsp. Milk

1 1/4 cup Shredded Cheese (this is your choice, I prefer sharp cheddar)

1/2 tsp. Sugar

1/4 tsp. Black Pepper

a dash of Nutmeg

1-2 cups COOKED Broccoli (depends on your personal preferences)

1 1/2 cup COOKED Quinoa (3/4 cup uncooked)

1 1/2 cup Water

1/4 tsp. Salt

Fresh Parmesan (I prefer shredded)

**Baby Bella Mushrooms (recipe does not actually call for these- I usually add ~1/2+ cup of diced mushrooms, but I LOVE mushrooms!)**

To Cook Quinoa

1. Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear.

2. In a small saucepan, combing quinoa, water, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat.

3. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 18-20 minutes or until the quinoa is fluffy and the white ring/tail is visible.

4. Fluff with a fork.

While Quinoa is Cooking

5. Pre-heat oven to 350*.

6. Coat a shallow casserole dish (8×8) with cooking spray.

7. In a large bowl, combine soup, mayo, milk, shredded cheese, sugar, pepper, and nutmeg until well mixed.

Once Quinoa is Finished

8. Stir quinoa, broccoli, and mushrooms into mix.

9. Spoon mix into prepared casserole dish.

10. Sprinkle Parmesan on top of mix.

11. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the edges bubble and turn golden.

*Recipe makes 8 generous 1/2 cup servings.

The first time I made this, I also added shredded chicken to the mix. This time, we had chicken with the quinoa dish as a side, and it really makes no difference. I hope y’all enjoy this recipe- let me know if you try it, especially if you change anything for the better!

Hugs and Love,

A

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Quick Update

Just wanted to keep you updated/elaborate on something I mentioned in my last blog.

As some of y’all know from witnessing it, I’ve been having an increasing number of near blackout experiences lately. It happens probably 7 or 8 times a day. What is more alarming is that it has started happening when I workout as well, anywhere from 4-6 times in an hour. Now, it always involves some sort of position change from me- standing up or shifting from my back to my side/front- and I do have very low blood pressure, but about a month ago, my heart started randomly racing on top of this. I’m talking as high as 174 for 15 to 20 minutes- YIKES!

As crazy as it sounds, I was really hoping that the blood work my doctor ran last week would come back indicating something was off with my thyroid {there are a couple of other things that indicated it might be}. Everything seems good though, so the next step is for me to see a cardiologist. There are a few ❤ things that could be responsible for what's been going on, or they may not find anything at all and we'll be back at square one.

As of right now, I'm not panicking. But if you feel inclined, please pray that I continue to be calm about this. My roommate had a great point when she told me not to build a bridge before I know I need to cross it, and I'm trying to be very intentional about not doing just that {though my mind has kinda run off to the edges of a scary place a couple of times}! Instead, I am choosing to focus on the fact that IF there is something wrong, I am in SUCH a better place to deal with it 100+ lbs lighter than I was two short years ago!

I'll be sure to keep y'all posted, though it will be a couple of weeks before I know anything. Until then, love yourself and take care of your body- it's the only one you have, after all! 😀

Hugs and Love,

A