Baked Eggs with Spinach & Tomatoes

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This is another quick and easy recipe that can be cooked ahead of time and then grabbed later for an easy breakfast or lunch.

Ingredients

4 eggs

1/2 cup half & half

8 oz frozen spinach

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1/2 cup monterey jack cheese

1/3 cup sliced cherry tomatoes

1/2 tablespoon butter

Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°

In large bowl whisk the eggs, half and half, salt and pepper

Cook spinach according to package directions and drain

Put the spinach back into the pan and add the garlic, butter, salt and pepper and cook together for a few mintues

Add the spinach mixture, tomatoes and cheese to the bowl of eggs and mix

Pour into a round pan and cook for 25 minutes or until set

Cut into 6 portions

Enjoy!

This is 136 calories, 3 g carbs, 11 g fat, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein per serving.

Frugal Fun in San Diego – Riding the Train

This weekend’s fun (and cheap) activity was riding the train in Poway! The Poway-Midland Railroad is an awesome place to take your little train enthusiasts! The train runs on the weekends and depending on what weekend you go you can catch a ride on a steam locomotive, speeder, trolley or cable car. Prices for adults vary between $1.50 to $2.50 depending on which train is running and kids are $0.50.

Today the cable car was running so two rides around the track for the three of us was just $3.00 (my one year old rode for free)! Unfortunately for anyone riding close to us, Buddy did not like it and cried for a lot of the journey. Next time we will need to bring my husband along for toddler wrangling (I’m sensing a pattern here) and Miss E and I can hop on board for a trip around the park!

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Recipe – Keto Ground Beef & Spinach Bake

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For me, the downfall of any eating plan is lack of preparation. I wake up between 4:30 and 5:00 in the morning on weekdays and have to be out of the house before 6:00. And I am not a morning person. At all. So having my lunch already prepared is a must. Otherwise I’ll have to eat out for lunch and it may, or may not, be keto. So that means that I have to meal prep. What works best for me is to prep my lunches for the week on Sunday.

This recipe has been one of my favorites lately. It bakes in a 9×13 baking dish which easily divides into 6 servings. I like it with a dollop of sour cream, hot sauce and a couple slices of avocado.

Ingredients

1 lb 85/15 ground beef

8 oz frozen spinach

8 oz cream cheese

1 can diced green chilies

1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese

1 1/2 tsp taco seasoning mix

1/4 cup diced cherry tomatoes

1 tsp minced garlic

Sour cream for topping

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°

Thaw and drain spinach and add to mixing bowl

Cook ground beef and garlic until browned

Add taco seasoning

Add beef mixture to spinach in mixing bowl

Add drained chilies, tomatoes, cream cheese, monetery jack cheese

Mix well

Transfer to 9×13 baking dish

Bake 35-45 minutes

Enjoy!

This is 349 calories, 5 g carbs, 26 g fat, 1 g fiber, 20 g protein per serving (this does not factor in the sour cream, avocado or hot sauce).

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Frugal Fun In San Diego – Duck Pond

I like to think of myself as thrifty although some people – my husband – call me cheap. Whatever you want to call it I love finding inexpensive, but FUN, things for my kids to do. This morning we went on one such adventure – feeding ducks!

In Scripps Ranch is the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library. Next to the library is a large pond that is home to some ducks. And in the used bookstore inside the library for a mere $0.25 you can buy a bag of duck food! One bag for each kid means a great time for less than a dollar!

This was the first time that we have been here and it was awesome. There was a group of about six ducks eagerly awaiting their food and they put on quite a swimming display whenever the food hit the water. The local birds even got in on the action since Miss E was standing pretty far from shore and, more often than not, the food landed on the ground.

At one point Buddy reached into the little bag and I thought he was going to toss the food but nope! Into his mouth it went! Luckily he decided pretty quickly that he did not want it so I didn’t have to pry it from his mouth.

All in all the kids had a great time and we will definitely be back! Although next time I think we will take daddy with us to help with the toddler wrangling!

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And Away We Go!

I am so excited to be starting this new adventure!

My youngest child turned one this past January and of course I spent time thinking about the whirlwind that had been his first year. I also started thinking about the future and what I wanted for myself and my family.

I was feeling and looking very tired (as a coworker of mine would always point out) and wanted to change that. I started by looking at what I was eating. I spent a month trying to eat “clean” and dropped a few pounds. Then I stumbled across something called Keto, or a ketogenic diet. I have been doing Keto (mostly) since February of this year and am down, as of this morning, 28.4 lbs!

I’m feeling great about the weight loss but I am far from done! In May Disneyland held their annual Tinkerbell Half Marathon and I have set a goal for myself of running in it next year. I am not a runner and never have been but the thought of becoming one is so exciting! For my body and mind to be strong enough to carry me those 13.1 miles is awesome to think about. But I have a lot of work to do to get there!

I have started running three times a week using an app on my phone. It is great for beginners and doesn’t expect that I can run for 30 minutes straight so uses intervals of running and walking. And 30 minutes to myself (not driving in the car) three days a week is a giant BONUS!

I am really looking forward to this journey and having you along for the ride!