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WIAW: The Next Step + Meat Sauce Recipe.


Good morning!

Once again, you guys showed such thoughtfulness for the random posts I come up with here. Thanks for your support and your comments yesterday!

Although, there’s one comment I feel I have to draw attention to:


So there you have it: clothing sizes really are absolutely meaningless, and women aren’t even supposed to be able to fit into a zero. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention Shira, I know I’ll be keeping this in mind next time I go shopping.

Let’s move onto to the WIAW part of this post, shall we?

Thanks for hosting, Jenn! (and CONGRATS on baby pea!)


The way I start my day:


Still going with the ACV. I ran out of apple juice a little while ago, so I decided to try the lemon juice method I’ve seen floating around – 2 tablespoons each of ACV and lemon juice, water to fill the glass, and a few drops of stevia. I’ve been sticking with it since; it’s pretty good.


Sadness because I’m out, but happiness because it was delicious.


This may go down as my favourite peanut butter…and that’s saying something. Seriously good stuff. And makes for fabulous banana OIAJ:



Midmorning, I made a run out to the mall for a new ink cartridge for the printer. And came back with two bags full of stuff. Oops.


I realized that I was almost out of baby carrots, so I grabbed a bag of those (go 3 days without? Can’t do it). I’m running low on BCAA’s and my multivitamins, so I picked those up as well. I’ve never tried Revolution Nutrition products before, but we’ll see how I like it. It’s watermelon flavoured – can’t go wrong with that.

And then I went to Nutrition House.


I swear, I am a marketer’s dream. I went in for probiotics and ACV, and got sucked in by their “buy 3, get 1 free!” sale. So I came out with herbal tea and xanthan gum as well. I’ve been curious to try xanthan gum – I know you can use it in smoothies, but what else do you use it for?


Yup…probiotics. While my stomach/digestion issues have improved, they’re still giving me problems. So, I figured I’d give probiotics a shot. Has anyone found them particularly helpful?


I didn’t have eggs for breakfast so…clearly, I had them for lunch.


Garden vegetable cream cheese, ham slices, and eggs on rice cakes with steamed broccoli on the side. I know rice cakes get a rap as a ‘diet food’ but I adore them. That texture!


Palate cleanser. Love these!


I tried to be super creative with my snack yesterday.


Doctored up popcorn. I popped a mini bag of popcorn, then added about half a scoop of protein powder, almonds, and chocolate chips.


Good idea in theory, but didn’t translate well – most of the powder settled on the bottom, and the popcorn was still hot when the chocolate went in so it turned pretty messy. Still tasted good though.


Usually, my definition of a homemade tomato sauce is: buying a jar of tomato sauce, than adding a bunch of veggies to it and calling it mine. But once in a while, I can actually make tomato sauce from scratch. I got this recipe from my Aunt Julie, but with a few of my own variations.

Julie’s Meat Sauce


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 – 1 1/4 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 lb chopped prosciutto or ham (if you have it, I didn’t have any on hand)
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • a few handfuls spinach



1. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add chopped onion, mushrooms, green pepper,garlic and seasonings. Sauté about 5 minutes.

-Side note-

When chopping onions, make sure that your finger doesn’t get in between the knife and the onion.


So that sucked.


2. Add ground turkey and prosciutto (if using). Cook until turkey is browned.

3. Add balsamic, tomato paste, and canned tomatoes.


4. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add spinach, and cook for 5 minutes on low.


5. Add Parmesan, and cook until melted. Serve over pasta or spaghetti squash.


And of course, you must add extra Parmesan on top.



Dinner was followed by an unpictured peppermint – I love my palate cleansers. A little while later, I was complaining that my finger hurt, so this was the boyfriend’s solution:


Don’t need to tell me twice. Smile with tongue out

Bedtime snack:


Vanilla Greek yogurt and almond butter. Should keep me going until breakfast.

Have a good one!

<— Anyone else get sucked in by deals? Marketers.dream. They get me every time.

<— Anyone try probiotics to deal with digestive issues? Any luck?

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62 thoughts on “WIAW: The Next Step + Meat Sauce Recipe.

  1. Aw no sorry to hear about your finger, Sam…nothing like an adult beverage to numb the pain ;)! That bit about rice cakes made me laugh! I feel like so ridiculous when I try to convince others how much I enjoy them but it really is a texture thing…even better when yolk is involved ;)! And succumbing to bargains is a trait I undoubtedly inherited from my mom- nothing gets her more excited than a BOGOF (“Buy One Get One Free) ;)!

  2. Yum yum yum on the dinner front Sam, that looks incredible. I am sorry to hear about your finger though :(. Thanks for posting that comment, it is SO good to know the difference in sizing is not just in my head!

  3. Julie’s pasta sauce looks really good! I often but a jar and add things and call it my own. oops. Sorry about your finger! I bought xanthan gum for the first time this weekend and loved how it changed the texture of my smoothie! I’ll have to find some other uses for it as well.

  4. Boo to your finger!! I’m so sorry 😐
    And um, that popcorn trick is such a good idea? I’m going to copy you shamelessly ^~

  5. You can use it to thicken sauces though you don’t need much and it you can use it for gluten free baking!

  6. That was a really great comment about the sizing!! She said it absolutely perfectly. I hate when I cut my finger preparing food. Oh wait, I never prepare food 😉 I’m digging your bedtime snack!

  7. That’s a great comment about the sizing. Sometimes I get so sad thinking how I cannot fit into my “size 0” clothes anymore… but then again, it is not worth it! I’m pretty sure I didn’t look attractive at all in baggy size 0s anyway.

    Also that pasta sauce!!! I need to make that when I go to Australia next week and I can get my hands on ground turkey! Already looking forward to it!

  8. Oh yeah I’m totally the same way! Buy 2-3, get one free? Sign me up! I love how everyone has been trying out homemade tomato sauces…another bandwagon I have to jump on 😉 And THANK YOU for sharing that comment from Shira. Makes me feel a lot better and makes things a lot clearer as far as the fashion industry goes!

  9. Yumm, everything looks really good, especially the dinner!! And I love that comment about sizes, so important to keep in mind!
    I am sucked big time in deals. Especially when I go to a beauty store. I swear I don’t want to, but I always go home with about 7 different body lotions.

  10. That is so true and she made a valid point. As someone who never has never had an eating disorder, there is still a pressure media puts on for thinness. Your eats always look good-I would say add those sprinkles to the Greek yogurt LOL 😉

  11. I couldn’t help but laugh at the rice cake comment. I love them too (and Corn Thins!!), but I never want to admit it because of the negative stigma attached to them. Honestly, though? I just love the taste of any kind of puffed grains… especially when you can doctor them up with some serious toppings.

    As for probiotics, I do try to take them regularly and noticed that they definitely help a bit. Hope your stomach woes get better soon!

    • Exactly! I feel like every time I mention that I eat them, I have to add some sort of disclosure saying that it has nothing to do with the calorie count. The puffy texture just happens to be fantastic.

      And thank you for letting me know! Here’s hoping it works for me too.

  12. Oucchhh! Poor finger – its normally tomatoes that get me; slipping and sliding everywhere ahha!
    Hope your stomach feels a bit better soon – that greek yoghurt with almond butter looks delicious though!

  13. That meat sauce looks absolutely delic! I love the addition of all the veggies too – one pot dinner! I haven’t tried xanthan gum myself but hear it works wonders in smoothies, makes them more like ice cream? If so, that sounds tasty!

    P.S. I love rice cakes, no shame. They’re a great base for tons of toppings!

  14. great comment, thanks for sharing that! I am a popcorn girl at heart so you got me there

  15. Cinnamon Raisin PB&Co is one of my favorites too…it’s SO good and I love the texture too from the raisins. That meat sauce looks so good! And eek for cutting yourself, I’ve been there it definitely hurts!

  16. If your stomach has been giving you problems be careful with the xantham gum (and guar gum). It’s fibrous and can upset your digestion. I, um, know from…experience.

  17. Aw, I am so glad that the info I shared has helped you and maybe others to feel better about are very welcome! I just love shopping and fashion too much to let anyone miss out and be deterred by numbers on tags 😉 Because seriously, it’s supposed to be FUN, not stressful!
    The images and pressure that come out of this industry are scary, so I think it’s important for more people to know the truth behind the ‘gloss’. I love things like those Dove ads from a while back showing un-airbrushed models vs. the final product. Eye openers! There should be more of this in the media.
    Also I am a marketers dream in terms of packaging.. anything pretty, shiny, sparkly ends up in my basket at Sephora! Ah well.. I’ve never regretted it 🙂

    • Seriously, I know it’ll change my mindset so much the next time I go shopping – and it’ll help a lot of my readers too. So thank you again for sharing!

      And I avoid Sephora for that very reason :-p Hole in my wallet magically appears when I go in there!

  18. The meat sauce looks fab! I have not put balsamic in mine before & am going to need to try soon! I’ve been on & off a few different probiotics, I think it’s important to find one that works for your system. Good luck!

  19. In the past, I always had weird stomach issues. So I’ve tried chewable probiotics in the past for 6 months. I never really noticed a difference from them so I stopped using them after that.

  20. I concur with the sizes thing so always a good reminder. Hm, as for probiotics, I just tend to stick with kefir yogurt and kombucha!

  21. NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM. I want to come to you your house. I’m a sucker for marketing too. I always come out with random crap. Happy Wednesday!

  22. I find probiotic foods and supplements to be very effective. I don’t have any major digestive issues, but they definitely help to, err, regulate things 😉 My favourite things ever were my chocolate probiotics, but since I ran out I’ve been taking a regular supplement as well as eating things like greek yogurt and tempeh.

  23. You can use xanthan gum in baking too! It’s really helpful for gluten-free baking because it helps bind and thicken the ingredients. We use it a lot at the bakery!

    And your dinner looks fabulous! Homemade pasta sauce is seriously the greatest.

  24. I can totally relate to that bandaid picture 🙂 So many burns and scrapes in the name of good food. Haha.

  25. Oh sad about the finger!! I hate that–esp because I don’t love being in the kitchen anyways. HAH!

  26. I’m always sad when I finish a PB jar 😦

  27. I had oats in a jar too! But mine was a tahini jar. 🙂 I counting down the days until I get my NuttZo jar cleaned out for oats. 🙂

    Hope that wine helped your finger. 😉

  28. Ooh yum you have me counting down the days until I have an empty nut butter jar for OIAJ! I do the same thing with my popcorn except with cinnamon, but I may just have to give the protein powder a try.

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