Saturday, March 28, 2015

Rest in Peace Super Taz

We had to put our awesome kitty to sleep today.  Taz almost made it to 17 and fought diabetes, arthritis, and high blood pressure. What an amazing adventure for him.  He was dumped off at Louisa High School when he was only 6 weeks old, and was my snuggly boyfriend before a really good one came into my life.  You will always be my super cat!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Pineapple Chicken Salad

Serves 8
1/3 cup serving
Calories 226, Fat 5g, Sodium 192mg, Carbs 21g, Fiber 3g, Protein 23g
2 1/2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup light mayo
1/4 cup finely, chopped green onion (used sweet)
1/4 cup plain fat free yogurt (used vanilla)
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple (drained)

Combine first 11 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well.  Serve 1/3 cup with crackers or in a whole wheat wrap.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Hungry Girl Pizza Burgers

Serves 4
Per serving: 223 calories, 7g fat, 559 mg sodium, 9g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 5g sugar, 31g protein

2 sticks light string cheese (used Weight Watchers)
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 pound raw extra-lean ground beef (used Laura's)
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Dash of salt and pepper
1/2 cup pizza sauce
12 slice turkey pepperoni

Break each string cheese stick into thirds and place in a blender or food processor--blend at high speed until shredded (or pull into shreds and roughly chop).

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat.  Cook and stir vegetables until softened, about 5 minutes.

Transfer veggies to a large bowl.  Add beef, ketchup, and seasonings.  Thoroughly mix.  Evenly form into 4 patties.

Bring a grill pan (used gas grill) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat.  Cook patties for 4 to 8 minutes per side or until cooked to your preference.  Reduce heat to medium low.  Evenly top patties with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.  Cook until sauce is hot and cheese has melted, about 2 minutes.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bill Fitzgerald Visits Matejka's English

I was blessed to have Bill Fitzgerald from WTVR visit my English 8 classes at GMS.  He discussed journalism, non-fiction, and technology in the news field.  It was awesome and I want to thank him for taking the opportunity to talk to my students.  I hope this is an experience they will not forget!

That's me over in the background!