Archive | September, 2010

Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggie Pasta Recipe from Trader Joe’s

Posted on 12. Sep, 2010 in Food

Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggie Pasta

 FROM:  The Unofficial Guide to Trader Joe’s (click here to preview)

 •  3 chicken sausages (any flavor),   thinly sliced

 •  1 yellow onion, cut into wedges

 •  1 green bell pepper, chopped

 •  20 grape tomatoes

 •  10 button mushrooms,  stems removed

 •  3 tbsp olive oil, divided

 •  1/4 cup whole milk (Suggestion: Skim Milk or Almond Milk)

 •  12 oz pasta (bowtie, elbows etc) (RockItMom Suggestion: whole wheat pasta)

 •  1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella  cheese (RockIt Mom Suggestion: Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese)

 •  salt and pepper to taste & fresh basil for garnish

 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Arrange the onions, peppers and mushrooms on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and toss with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes.

 2. Turn baking sheet around and add tomatoes. Season with more salt and pepper and toss with the remaining olive oil. Bake another 15 minutes, until vegetables are caramelized.

 3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, add the sausage and saute until heated through. Turn up the heat and add the milk. Stir until thickened, about 5 minutes.

 4. Add the vegetables and any pan juices to the skillet. Toss in the cooked pasta and Mozzarella. Top with basil before serving. Serves 4.

Weekend Stuff for September 11&12, 2010

Posted on 11. Sep, 2010 in Uncategorized

If you have a dirtbike or motorcross enthusias in your house, this is THE WEEKEND for the Lucas Oil National Championshipat Pala Casino and Racetrack.  All the bigs will be there (Dungey, Villapoto, Barcia, Wilson, Canard, etc.)  The races start Sat, Sept. 11 at 8am. This is an amazing event, you won’t want to miss it!

Free Movie Night — San Marcos Civic Screen in LA Fitness Center.  On Friday it is an exotic amazingly imaginative “Spirited Away”.  Then Saturday, strap into our beds and soar into a crazy world of singing fish and sports loving safari animals in “Bedknobs & Broomsticks”. Movies @ 8.

Stress Busting Snacks

Posted on 06. Sep, 2010 in Food

7 Stress-Busting Snacks

Everyone has their own way of coping with stress. Sure, exercise, meditation, and spending time doing activities you love are great for combating stress — but more often than not, the only thing we want to do is eat. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, what you snack on can actually help curb your stress, control your mood, and make you feel better almost instantly! So we talked with Marilyn Tanner, RD, a Missouri-based spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, and asked her to recommend her favorite stress-busting snack ideas. (more…)

Weekly Tips for September 6, 2010

Posted on 06. Sep, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:


While on “summer break”, we all got a little lack in packaging our “beach food” and running the AC in the car on full power.  Since it is time to get everyone back into a routine, include yourself, your family, and your “green” self.   (more…)

Black Bean Soup to Lower Stress

Posted on 06. Sep, 2010 in Food

15- Minute Black Bean Soup


1/2 C chopped red onion

• 2 tsp olive oil

• 1 tsp minced garlic

• 3/4 tsp oregano

• 3/4 tsp cumin

• 15 oz black beans, rinsed and drained

• 2 C chicken broth

• 1 tbsp feta cheese


1. In a large saucepan, combine onion, oil, garlic, oregano, cumin, and salt to taste. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in beans and broth. Reduce heat to medium-low.

2. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Mash some beans against side of pan. Serve sprinkled with feta and cilantro (optional).

Weekend Fun for Sept. 4 & 5, 2010

Posted on 03. Sep, 2010 in Uncategorized

Inaugural Philip Rivers Celebrity 5K Walk & Run.  This is to benefit the Rivers Hope Foundation supporting foster care and adoptions. 

Get those feet ready for the Julian Grape Stomp, this Saturday, Sept. 4, 11am-7pm at Menghini Winery.

Oceanside Museum of Art is having a weekend of Native American art, WWII watercolors, and Underwater “Liquid”.

Check out the waves, DUDE!   THE ULTIMATE WAVE TAHITI at IMAX at Ruben H. Fleet.  Featuring nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater on September 4, 2010.

Get out and enjoy the morning on the Aqua Hedonia lagoon.  Carlsbad Stand Up Paddleboard Club at 9am on both days. 

Try a FREE week of Yoga classes at Haute Yoga in Solana Beach. Start this weekend with Hot or Slow Flow to get your weekend off to the right start.  Ohhhmmm….. 

Fry Creek Trail in Cleveland National Forest.  About a 2 mile loop that is easy for whole family.  Trail head is off Hwy. 76 at the top of Palomar. 

Head up to Orange County for the HUMAN GROSSOLOGY exhibit at Discovery Science Center, Saturday, Sep 4 10:00a to 5:00p.

Already looking to next weekend…..

16th Annual San Diego Beer Festival, Sept. 10, 2010 in downtown San Diego.  Over 6,000 beers from 75 different breweries to enjoy with live music.

Snacks to Keep You Going!

Posted on 02. Sep, 2010 in Food

While you are out driving those precious ones to school, soccer, dance, football, baseball, piano, violin, karate and underwater basketweaving, you need to keep yourself going.  Some of us leave in the morning to drop the kids off at school and don’t even make it back home until the kids are picked up and it is time for homework.   Here are some keep you going snacks so you don’t crash.

6 Smart On-the-Go Snacks (more…)