Beef Shoulder with Peppers over Spaghetti Squash

Isn’t it crazy that we’re almost through February already?! Spring is just around the corner and I could not be more excited. I feel thatlast year I couldn’t really enjoy the warm weather because Henry was so young, but this year…it’s a totally different ball game! I see playgrounds and pools and long walks in my future and I am ecstatic about that!

Speaking of long walks…check out this little man walking solo!

Usually I have to make sure the walker doesn’t get too far ahead of him but not anymore! We spent a good chunk of time this morning doing laps back and forth across the room. I’m about to set him loose in the nearest Senior Living Community. Watch out senior citizens! My kid has a walker and he knows how to use it! (totally kidding)

Challengers – we are in the Max phase! Woohoo! I hope you all had a successful first 10 days. (Please feel free to brag about your progress in the comments below!) I personally lost 4.5 lbs and 5.5 overall inches which I was really happy about! In just the first 10 days, I reached my “goal weight” so I plan to ease into more of a maintenance diet for this max phase. Plus I’m also concerned with keeping my milk supply up for the little man, so calorie restriction isn’t in my favor at this point. Nor is it good for that notorious appetite that comes with breastfeeding!

Slow Cooked Beef Shoulder with Peppers over Spaghetti Squash

Dinner tonight was an easy one! Earlier today, I placed a beef shoulder roast I got on Manager’s Special at Kroger into our slow cooker on Low for 8 hours. With ~2 hours left, I added ~1 cup of pepper slices (red, yellow, and orange – I’m not a fan of green). Once Ryan got home, I prepared a couple sweet potatoes. Now, I’m lazy so I do it the microwave way: pierce potatoes several times, wrap in a paper towel, and heat on high for ~8-10 minutes (depending on size) until soft. Once done, wrap each potato in tin foil and let sit for a few minutes. (This step isn’t necessary; however, I feel like it really does make a difference. It continues to “cook” them a bit more.) While potatoes were sitting, I warmed some leftover spaghetti squash to include with the roast. We had some grapes and strawberries on hand, so I added a few to each plate and voila!



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