I’ve become an avid tennis player in the last year. Some would even say I’m a bit obsessed. Most of those people don’t play sports and haven’t gotten the opportunity to be part of a team and all of the fun that goes along with it. I currently play on two teams and play recreationaly with bunch of lovely ladies that I now call friends.
Tennis is very social. And where there is social, there is food! The home team is responsible for providing a meal and drinks following the game. While this can sometimes be difficult especially during the week, it is a great opportunity to try out new casseroles and other crowd pleasers. Being the “Fit-chick,” I always like to try to make something as healthy as it is yummy. I prepared this casserole at my last home match and I actually got an e-mail from a lady on the other team requesting that I post it. Thanks for the reminder Alyssa!
Those who know me, know I have two great loves, fitness and cooking. I’d spend my days working out and cooking if I could. I love cooking for my family, but I also love cooking for friends. I think there is no better way to say I love you then with a warm meal made with love. My mother in law lives alone and eats out way more often then I think she should. Therefore, whenever I have a chance I like to cook her up a good meal that will last throughout the week. It makes me feel good to know that she is eating healthful for the week. And the best part, she loves my cooking so she’s always excited to get a home cooked meal from me.
Knowing that my husband was going over to her house to take down her Christmas lights, I got up early to make her a nice ham and bean soup with Banana Bread on the side. I had a ham hock in my freezer from Christmas and always make banana bread when my bananas go bad. I don’t believe in wasting anything! So today I’m spreading the love and health at the same time because we all know someone that could use a hot meal made with love!
With an Italian husband, we eat a lot of “Italian inspired food.” However, as a FitChick, I stay clear of the pasta so I can stay free of unwanted calories. I love any and all chicken dishes because they are cheap, high in nutrients and family friendly. This recipe is a family favorite due to it’s easy preparation, “One Pot Wonder” power and awesome leftovers. I of course serve it with pasta because my hubby and kids can handle the pasta.