Dinner

Cheesy Spinach Pasta

I grew up in a Yankees house. My dad and brother watched all of the games, and even had a friendly rivalry going with some of our Mets fan relatives. My sports relationship has always been kind of like my cooking relationship. If it’s on, I’ll watch – but I won’t participate.

Fast forward to 2021 and I’m a full fledged Phoenix Suns fan, enthusiastically watching every game and rooting for the players by name. Before you accuse me of jumping on the bandwagon of a winning team, let me give you some background. Steven Michael has always been a Suns fan. In fact, every single picture that I’ve ever seen of him as a teenager has him clad in one or more pieces of Suns clothing. So I guess I did jump on a bandwagon of sorts, but when I jumped on, they were losing – bad. As I’ve explained to Steven over the course of this year, clearly my tuning in changed the tides and I am the sole source of luck for the Phoenix Suns. You’re welcome.

Ellis has also caught the basketball bug. He’s taking lessons every weekend, and loves nothing more than going to the park to play S-H-O-T with Mom and Dad. Last weekend, we got a free broken hoop from a neighbor, and after we fixed it up he was finally able to play on it today! I see many hours of driveway hoops in our future.

It’s totally going in …

We have found ourselves in need of a quick meal a few times this summer. With work, our rehearsal/practice schedules and Ellis’ activities, there are times when we just need something fast and satisfying. This Cheesy Spinach Pasta is tasty AND fast. Winner!

What’s your team? Let us know in the comments below!

Dinner

Spinach Pesto with Cheese Tortellini

I don’t know about you, but I have been feeling really good lately. As I mentioned in the Fish Foil Packet post, when my hip surgeon originally told me that my running days were over, I felt like I had lost a piece of myself that I had worked incredibly hard to get in the first place. But, ordering that spin bike and starting virtual classes has changed everything for me!

When I was training for my half marathon, I was running three times a week, doing a YouTube arm video five times a week, and taking a runners cardio class once a week. All of that activity, along with family walks and hikes, made for a pretty active lifestyle. At the time, that was new for me, and I was so surprised at how good I felt. I had spent my entire life in a sedentary state, and I didn’t know what I was missing.

Today, I feel like I’m on my way back. With the Peloton app (this is not an ad, just my thoughts), I’ve been able to take a variety of classes to see what works for me in my new, post surgery body. I have really been enjoying pushing myself and seeing improvements each day. I finally have hope that I’ll be alright again!

Steven Michael is a long distance runner and runs most days of the week. Ellis has even caught the active bug and started his first running class last night! With all of this activity, we don’t always have time to cook an elaborate meal at the end of the day. This Spinach Pesto with Cheese Tortellini is the perfect solution. The whole thing takes 15 minutes to make, and it is incredibly delicious. It’s so easy that I could probably cook it without the help of my personal chef, Steven Michael. Though, let’s be honest, I’m not going to! 😂 Technically, this will give you four servings, but with all of the physical exertion and my lack of self control, we each ate two. Oops!

What kind of activities do you enjoy? What makes you feel good? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on our social media pages!