new things big & small.

by Janetha on December 7, 2010

in meals

top o the tuesday evening to you, friends.

i wasn’t going to blog tonight because i was too busy staring at my christmas tree. i just said to marshall: “i love that tree. i could just stare at it all night. stare, stare, stare.”

and i could.

but instead, i will ramble a little and then go back to staring.

sorry for that useless information as an intro. i don’t know where thoughts come from, they just appear. name that movie.

LOVED hearing the healthy habits you all keep! oh man, we are quite the healthy bunch! from your comments, i decided i need to try to get more sleep, eat more veggies and stretch more often. thanks for chiming in about your own habits—it definitely motivated me to adopt those habits myself!

i have been quite the shopaholic lately. most of my purchases have been christmas decorations or christmas gifts, but i have purchased a few things for my kitchen & entry way. some big, some small, all fun & new!

starting with this guy: a boingie!


okay, apparently the technical term for this is “vertical whisk”~ but to me (and all my family members) this is called a boingie. and i didn’t even know they still made them! i saw this at the store and made an audible squeal, not even kidding. there is just something fantastic about this kitchen gadget. it is way better than your regular old balloon whisk.


way better.

next up: vanilla bean paste.


if you know anything at all about me, you know my favorite ingredient ever is vanilla bean. i. love. it.


look at those SPECKS! heavenly.


i haven’t used it yet, but i can’t wait to. oh, by the way, i found it at ross—of all places!

next up: crate + barrel bookcase


you may recall awhile back when i ordered this online. finally, nearly a month later, it arrived! and my handy husband assembled it. what a guy.


can’t wait to fill the shelves with cook books and knick knacks!

and last, but definitely not least: a gas range!


i have been wanting one of these babies my whole life! well, okay, not my whole life.. but for at least since i was a teenager and started cooking a lot. my mom has a gas range and i prefer cooking over a flame rather than on an electric burner.


and the really unique thing is it has five burners.. the one in the middle is a simmer burner. i had never even heard of that before.


quite possibly the best part? double oven.


yes, you are all welcome to come to my house for thanksgiving next year. we will have plenty of oven space.


i decided that the first meal made on my new range had to utilize both the stove and the oven components. i pondered for a bit before deciding to make a healthier, more veggie-filled version of something my girlfriends and i used to make~ which we fondly referred to as “bomb sh*t”—because it had no name, it just tasted amazing.



  • 1 lb lean ground beef/chicken/turkey (can omit if vegetarian)
  • 1 jar of your favorite marinara (my favorite is from trader joe’s, which i don’t have in utah, so i settled on classico)
  • 1 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 8 oz uncooked whole grain shell pasta
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • 3 oz shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 3 oz shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 TB mrs dash tomato basil garlic seasoning
  • salt & pepper


heat a bit of olive oil over medium-high heat. add your garlic and diced red onion.


let the onions cook down a bit while you dice your peppers. christmas colors!


add the peppers to the pan and let the veggies cook down until they soften quite a bit. next, add your meat (if you are using any).


while the meat cooks, admire your cute christmas dish towels. go on, take a photo.


once the meat is cooked through, you will want to add your mushrooms.


if you are like me and have a mushroom-hating husband who you love so much, you will put everything in a bowl and cook the mushrooms separately. true love.


once the mushrooms are cooked through, set them aside. put the meat mixture back into the pan and add your marinara sauce and greek yogurt. mix well.


oh yeah, you should have been boiling water and cooking your noodles all the while. they should be done by now. add them to the sauce!


mix well and then add almost all of the cheese—set some aside for sprinkling on top.


stir to combine and then pour into a 13 x 9 baking dish. this was where i poured half into the dish, added mushrooms to the remaining mixture and then added that to the dish. then i sprinkled it all with cheese.. marshall’s non-mushroom side a tad cheesier than mine.


bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes.. whatever floats your boat, because everything is already warm—this just finalizes the casserole.

ta da!


i used my upper oven to broil marshall some garlic bread. yes, i had to utilize every aspect possible.


and yes, he ate 4 pieces of garlic bread.

i also made a green salad and some steamed asparagus for side dishes.


happy little trees.


salad #6 of 20 for my 20 salads in december challenge!


love this dressing that i snagged from trader joe’s while on vacation.


the star of the show:


this dish was just as delicious as i remember! and i loved the addition of more veggies. we used to make it with sour cream but i used greek yogurt instead—works every time. here are the nutrition stats on the recipe if you use 95% lean ground beef (based on 8 big servings)~


note: the ratios are a bit off of body for life standards (40/40/20) but it is still acceptable (for me)—however, this would be lower in fat had i used ground turkey, but marshall wanted ground beef, who am i to ruin his dinner dreams?

WELL.. that’s that! time for bed. i took a break from typing this and took the pups on a walk with marshall. it is 35 degrees outside, so now i am freezing my face off. and my calves, because i am still wearing my capri workout pants from the gym. time to get under some covers and call it a night.

in other news, i probably won’t be blogging breakfast, lunch and snacks much this week. work is really ridiculous right now and i just don’t have time for photoshoots. sad, but true. hope you can handle not seeing my protein oats every day. yes, the sarcasm is thick here, folks. this busy-ness has also spilled over into my after-work hours which means i haven’t read blogs in a long while. miss you all, but i will be back to reading when life is less crazy.


1. what recent purchase—big or small—are you excited about? i want to hear it all. from a pack of gum to a new car.

xo. janetha g.

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Pure2raw twins December 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

I will admit I am sooo jealous of your gas stove! I have always wanted one too.

Love the specks real vanilla beans provide : )


Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather December 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

A gas range, wicked! That 5th burner is unique.

Recentl I got a spiralizer and make one of the tastiest meals of potato pasta using it.

Your din looks fab! I love how you used all parts of your new range :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 8, 2010 at 11:42 am

congrats on the gas range!! that is a HUGE awesome purchase…nice!

and the vanilla bean paste, per my comment yesterday, very glad this awesome product got it’s own little honorable mention in this post :)

The towels, the boingie whisk, the casserole…good stuff girl! now get thee to iherb and shop some more. Lol.

cbrady3 December 8, 2010 at 11:49 am

haha love the name of your recipe.

My exciting purchase…TJ’s Peanut Flour!!

Freckled Foodie December 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm

i definitely want a gas stove when it’s my turn to pick one out someday.

that vanilla bean paste looks AWESOME! your ross has a food section!? lol.

natalie (the sweets life) December 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm

so jealous of your double oven!! I want one!!

My new purchase I’m excited about are a bunch of cute Christmas decorations! Like you, I just want to sit in my house and admire.

chandra December 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I can’t wait to try making this!!

I’m super excited for my new running shoes that I bought Monday!! I haven’t bought new shoes in almost a year. oops. I’m (im)patiently waiting for the UPS man to delivery them today. :)

melissadishes December 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Dish looks fab! I love some beef every once in a while :-)

I am really looking forward to a new dishwasher. Mine works, but not well. I’m tired of half clean, wet dishes. The State of Texas has a new rebate program starting after Christmas, so I am eagerly awaiting that!!!

Katie December 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Yay for your new stove!! I’m so excited for you! When we were buying our house (a few years ago) – a gas range was on the TOP of my must-have list. I can’t imagine life without it, now.

I bought a cute little Christmas tree ornament the other day that says “Baby Cakes” on it and has a baby coming out of a cake. (Sounds kind of inappropriate – like a stripper – but I swear it’s so cute!) – and I bought a new scarf that I am in love with.

Teri [a foodie stays fit] December 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I audibly gasped at your double oven. hahahahahaaaa! So jealous!

Lindsay December 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I have been purchasing gifts for family members, but my recent purchase for me was clothing for a holiday trip I am taking in two weeks. I cannot wait to wear the new clothes!! :)

Christina December 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm

This is totally random but I am so happy with my purchase of a new ceramic mixing bowl!! All my bowls were metal and there are certain things that I make that are a bit easier mixing in a bowl that has weight to hold itself down haha!

Em December 8, 2010 at 5:44 pm

empire records! someone must’ve already said that, right?

gas is definitely best. love my gas range.

um, I’ve downloaded some good music lately? daft punk, cee-lo, girl talk… oh, and I’ve been buying lots of oranges lately. they are so damned good right now! a revelation, really.

hayleycepeda December 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I am loving the gas burner stove – I never realized how much COOLER they are than electric until my parents switched over. and a double oven to boot? Lucky lady. :) I think Randy likes your new bookshelf, too.

That recipe really is the shnizz…ever since I got pregnant I’ve become more of a carnivore so I’m all about the ground beef. It looks so creamy, too! You come up with the best recipes!


BroccoliHut December 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Love your festive dish towels! I just put mine out yesterday:)
Isn’t that raspberry vinaigrette tasty? It’s so good on a salad with greens, berries, and a creamy soft cheese.

Jessye December 8, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I made this recipe for dinner and it was delicious!! Hubs and three year old son both ate seconds. Will definitely make again! I subbed ground venison for beef because we use it for everything and it is so lean! Thanks for the recipe!!

Healthy Coconut December 8, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I love your double oven and stove top Janetha. Looking at it reminded me of the Electrolux kitchen at the Foodbuzz event…awww, I hope to have a kitchen like yours someday. We are working on renovating it.

Which marinara are you referring to from Trader Joe’s? Just the plain one?

janetha @ meals & moves December 8, 2010 at 8:19 pm

The mushroom one!

Erica D December 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Just went Christmas shopping with my Mom at the Under Armour and Nike Outlets: I am so glad that Christmas is not far away, because she bought me SO MUCH! Including my first pair of Nike Shox, which are purple, supportive, and all-together badass. There was an Adidas outlet too, but I decided to cut myself off at that point. We may be back…

That bookshelf is so gorgeous! I’m such a sucker for dark wood.
(TWSS? Oh dear. I’m horrible.)

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) December 8, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I seriously cannot wait until we can buy our own house. It will be so fantastic.

Bombshit? I LOVE IT!

I recently bought a Le Creuset grill pan in Cassis (purple!!!!) and I am in love. I stared at it for a really long time. It has a lifetime guarantee. AMAZING.

We also bought tickets to see Jimmy Eat World on Friday. LOVE THEM!

MelissaNibbles December 9, 2010 at 3:32 am

I love that stove. So fancy! I recently purchased the new Arcade Fire album. ROCK!!

Steph December 9, 2010 at 9:02 am

Love the book case – Good Luck with work stuff (know how that goes)

elise December 9, 2010 at 9:47 pm

im crashing your casa for the tree and the stove. ive only ever had a gas stove, but now we have an electric one. its not too bad actually but i do miss the ability to turn off the stove and leave the pot in place without it continuously cooking. kyle STILL doesnt get it. sigh. such a boy.

enjoyingthechaos December 10, 2010 at 7:52 am

I made this for dinner last yummy!! I have never subbed yogurt for sour cream before and I am so glad I have been introduced. My husband looked at me like I was crazy for not using sour cream…but he ate half of the pan! lol…thanks for the bomb sh*t!!

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) December 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Love Randy’s cameo. And yes you have a sh!tload of cute christmass stuff!

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) December 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm

PS I think you explained my ‘issue’ with my stove- I always just thought it was crappy, but I guess it’s a simmer burner. I need to stop screaming at it to boil the dang liquid already.

Julia December 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Congrats on the new stove and the bookcase! I love new fun things!
My fave recent purchase – definitely the Canon Rebel! But our new hiking GPS is a close tie.

LG January 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Made this tonight for dinner. It’s TERRIFIC. Thank you!!!

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