Zoodles with Tomato Cream Sauce

Zoodles with Tomato Cream Sauce

Zoodles with Tomato Cream Sauce My Pretty Brown Fit

I know you are wondering, “What is a zoodle?” Zoodles are a fun way to say spiralized zucchini noodles! They look identical to traditional pasta noodles that you would find in the grocery store or at your favorite Italian Bistro. If you have been following my Artstagram then you know that I have fallen in love with my Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer (or Spiralizer). It is amazing! The spiral slicer has dual stainless-steel cutting blades and I can choose between thin or thick spiralized pasta zoodles.

I love that Zoodles are completely healthy and not packed with carbs like traditional noodles. They are also a great way to get your recommended servings of veggies in. So far I have only used my Veggetti for carrots and zucchini, but you can also spiralize squash, cucumbers, and potatoes. You can purchase the Veggetti here (affiliate link). It’s inexpensive and does the job!


Zoodles with Tomato Cream Sauce I craved spaghetti for weeks so I decided to go to my local Aldi and pick up a few zucchini. I bought enough to meal prep so I pre-spiralized them and had them ready to cook. I decided to enjoy my zoodles with a delicious Tomato Cream Sauce!


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Tomato Cream Sauce


1 pound of lean ground beef or turkey
1 jar, Classico Creamy Tomato & Roasted Garlic
1, 6 oz tomato paste (optional)
2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsps Italian seasoning
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp of white pepper (or black)
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Parsley for garnish


Combine ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large sauce pan (or pot *see note). Continue to cook until meat is brown and vegetables are tender. Drain.

Stir diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and tomato sauce into the pan. Season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

*Note: I use 2 jars of Classico tomato sauce and 1-1.25 lbs of ground beef or turkey. When I use 2 jars, it’s best to use a large pot when preparing sauce.



Instructions (save this step for last)

(Per serving) Spiralize 1 medium or large zucchini. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in pan. Add spiralized zucchini noodles to pan. Lightly sauté over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes or until you get your desired texture. Be careful with sautéing too long because you don’t want to overcook. Also, zucchini releases water so you don’t want your zoodles to be too watery. If they are, just drain.

Serve zoodles with a serving of tomato cream sauce and sprinkle with 1 tbsp of Parmesan cheese and parsley for garnish!


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Pumpkin Spice + Everything Nice!

wpid-pumpkin-spice-everything.jpgHAPPY FIRST DAY OF FALL!!!

Not sure if you can tell it or not, but I am SO EXCITED! I absolutely could not wait for fall to get here! I love this time of year for so many reasons. This is the opportunity to set new goals and prepare to crush them. I also love fall weather, watching the leaves change, cooler running temps, and pumpkin spice everything! If you really love pumpkin spice like I do then you have to say…”pumpkin spice everythang”! *sips coffee*

I also could not wait to bring out my boots! I bought my first pair of for real cowboy boots one year ago when the HB and I went to Nashville to run our first Women’s Running Series Half Marathon – Nashville! It was so much fun and you can read my recap here. If you have never been to Nashville…this is a great time of year to go!



Seasonal Yummies!

I will be trying out some new recipes for fall and I can’t wait!  Also, if you love baked goods, check out my Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe here. They are amazing! I told you it’s all about pumpkin spice everythang!

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Another favorite is my Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup! It’s super healthy and I know you will enjoy it. You can find the recipe here!

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Fall Races and Training

If you are training or preparing for a fall race, make sure you check out Jeff Galloway’s newest installment of Training and Motivation Tips on The Training Plan here! If you need more running/training tips, you can always look under the “Fitness & Running” section under the “Jeff Galloway” tab–OR get Galloway Tips now! http://www.myprettybrownfit.com/category/jeff-galloway/


Before I go…

With every new season comes change. You may have noticed a slight change here. My blog (name) has officially transitioned to My Pretty Brown Fit! The slight rebranding (name change) just felt right. It was time. The content will stay the same, but if you are new to my blog, you can read more about us here. I hope you will enjoy your stay! And make sure you subscribe to stay up-to-date with my latest posts on fitness, food, running, new recipes…and more! I’m really excited about my growth and the journey ahead.

I am looking forward to a great season and I hope you are, too!


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Jeff Galloway Training & Motivation Tips: The Training Plan

It’s a new installment of Jeff Galloway Training & Motivation Tips! Woo-hoo! Fall is here which means it’s training season. I absolutely LOVE this time of year for so many reasons and running in cooler temps and fun races are a few of them. If you have followed me then you know that I follow a training plan. I think it’s imperative that everyone follows a plan from 5K and beyond. Jeff Galloway will be sharing tips that new and seasoned runners will benefit from when having a training plan. Check out these tips and why you may want to consider incorporating a plan into your training.

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WHY SHOULD I HAVE A TRAINING PLAN?  When using a proven strategy, a runner gains control over fatigue while improving motivation.  Those who follow the right training plan, for the individual,  tend to improve more, with less injury risk.
WOULD BEGINNERS BENEFIT MORE FROM A PLAN?  Unfortunately, most beginners “run as they feel” or follow conflicting advice.  This leads to confusion and more aches and pains.   The right schedule will systematically increase the type of running needed for a goal, with strategic rest for rebuilding.


1) A longer run builds endurance, 2) a hilly run builds strength, 3) Scenic or social runs insert fun and keep you coming back for more.
WHAT IS ADDED TO A PLAN IF THE GOAL IS TO RUN FASTER?  The right training plan will gradually increase the speed repetitions needed for the individual goal.  Easier days and rest days must be inserted before and after speed workouts.  To avoid injury, the pace and the increase must be realistic for the individual.   
EVERY OTHER DAY!  Most runners—especially beginners—run best when they run every other day.  This allows for the “weak links” to heal.  The very slow long run is usually on the weekend, when there is more time available.  Hills and fun days can be run on the short runs during the week (for example, Tuesday and Thursday)
SHOULD I EXERCISE ON NON-RUNNING DAYS? While you don’t have to exert yourself on non running days to improve your running, exercise will energize your mind, and improve your attitude and vitality—while burning some fat.  So I recommend any exercise that does not fatigue the calf muscle, such as recreational walking. 
DOES VARIETY HELP?  Changing things a bit can improve motivation.   You don’t have to change the “mission” on specific days, but alternating some of the courses or running with different groups can make each day more interesting.
WHAT ARE VARIOUS MISSIONS, FOR VARIOUS DAYS? Each type of run bestows a different benefit.  Hill runs build strength.  Drills that work on cadence, gentle acceleration and gliding will improve your running form.  Long runs produce stamina and endurance. 
WHAT SHOULD I DO THE DAY BEFORE AND THE DAY AFTER LONG OR FASTER RUNS?  Take it easy on these days.  Do little or no exercise, don’t over-eat, drink 8 glasses of water/sports drinks, and focus on how you will enjoy the next run.
SHOULD I SKIP THE REST DAYS—TO IMPROVE MORE QUICKLY.  Not Recommended!  It is during the days off from running that the running body rebuilds and improves.  While some runners can get away with running short and slow runs on rest days for a while, these “junk miles” can compromise recovery and lead to injuries. 

IF I DON’T LIKE A WORKOUT CAN I SUBSTITUTE? Following a consistent plan is more likely to lead to success and improve motivation.  Those who pick various elements from different schedules experience  more burnout and injury. 


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The Happiest Place Magical Medals, Training Tips, & Tweets!

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The Disneyland Half Marathon 10th Anniversary Weekend is less than three weeks away! I cannot wait to see all of my runDisney friends and earn my Coast to Coast Race Challenge bling! I will be running the Disneyland 10K and the Disneyland Half Marathon all part of the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge. Plus, it’s Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary! This will be my third Run Disney race and first Run Disney challenge–and just in case you haven’t seen the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge medals…here they are!

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Summer Running Tips from Jeff Galloway

Hi friends!

I just received NEW Galloway Blogger summer running tips from Jeff Galloway to share with you all! It has been so hot here in the South. *soul cry* I was so excited to get past winter that I forgot how hot summer can get. Let me just be honest, fall is the only season that does not come to me with baggage. We just belong together! We’re like Mike and Ike (yes, they are back together)…Bey and Jay-Z…Bebops/freeze cups and summertime. Back to this heat. This summer has come with a few challenges, including  having no other option but to use the treadmill (dreadmill). Well, I’m excited to share these summer running tips with you!

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Dealing With the Heat: Jeff Galloway tips

Training through the summer can not only be grueling, but down right dangerous.  Here are some tips to train safely and as comfortable as possible in the hot summer months.

  • Slow down by 30 sec/mile (20 sec/km) for every 5F temperature increase above 55-60F ( every 2.5C above 14C).
  • When the temperature is over 70F (21C) you may take a 5 minute “cold shower break” every 25-30 minutes to keep cool.
  • Try to complete your run before the sun rises above the horizon.
  • More frequent walk breaks during hot weather can lower body temperature increase.  If you used to run 3 minutes between walk breaks, run only 90 seconds (walk 30 seconds) at 70F (21C) and at 80F (26C) drop to 60 sec run/30 sec walk or 30/30.
  • When you start to heat up more than normal, take a longer walk in a mall or indoor AC building.
  • Pick shady courses on hot days.
  • Don’t wear a hat!  Pour water over your head.
  • Have an indoor alternative—treadmill, etc.
  • Run in the deep end of the pool, using a flotation belt.



jeffgallowaysummerrunning 1ANOTHER AMAZING LAKE TAHOE RETREAT!

We stay at the beautiful and comfortable Squaw Valley Lodge. Lodge amenities include indoor and outdoor hot tubs, swimming, tennis, sauna and fitness room. Week camp began Thursday, July 23th.  Weekend camp began Friday, July 24th at 5PM. Both camps began with an easy run to get acquainted.  The morning breakfasts were followed by clinics by Jeff and his guests. Seminar topics include Running Injury Free, Nutrition, Speed work, Goal setting, Shoe selection, Pool running, and Running form / analysis.

After lunch, our guests shopped, went sightseeing, sunned by the pool, or joined the group for a scenic hike, T-shirt swap, bike ride, river raft ride, etc. The group gathered again in the evenings for dinner onsite or at one of the nearby restaurants and after-dinner relaxing.

You can learn more about the various Jeff Galloway Retreats at http://www.jeffgalloway.com/retreats/.




Make your nomination today!

In conjunction with the Road Race Management Race Directors’ Meeting, Road Race Management and MarathonFoto will again honor an individual who has made a major difference in the sport with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is for contributions to the sport of long distance running over the course of a lifetime. Nominees, who may be either living or deceased, should have made major contributions to the sport in more than one area, for example as an administrator, elite athlete, promoter of the sport, or innovator as an event director or vendor.

“We are seeking to honor a ‘sport changer’…a person who really made a difference,” says Phil Stewart, RRM editor and publisher.

Nominations from the public are being solicited and will close on August 31, 2015.

A ten-person committee will choose the winner to be announced November 6 at the Race Race Management Race Directors’ Keynote dinner in Hollywood, FL.

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You can read the previous installments of my Jeff Galloway Blogger Tips here. For more great tips from Jeff Galloway, you can find him on Facebook and Twitter!

Happy running and stay hydrated!

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30 Things I Love Right Now

Last week, See Jane Write founder Javacia gave us a blogging/writing prompt to get our creative juices flowing. I enjoyed reading her 30 things that she loves (right now), so I said…I can do this! Confession: I’m really digging the writing prompt idea. Well…here goes it!

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1) My Gizeh Birkenstock sandals. | (2) Wearing a t-shirt with a cardigan. | (3) Curvy girls who run. | (4) The Hoka Clifton. | (5) My rowing machine. | (6) Run Disney. | (7) Dreaming Big. | (8) Smoked salmon cream cheese from Einstein Bros. Bagels. | (9) Lecrae. | (10) When pineapples and flamingos are printed together (stationary, shirts, pants, etc.) | (11) My Tribe. | (12) Fried chicken. | (13) Grinding my own coffee beans. | (14) Silvertron’s Fried Cheese. (15) Being a marathoner. | (16) “Good For You” by Selena Gomez. | (17) Chocolate girls who feel confident wearing red lipstick and ROCK it! (18) Alex and Ani bangles. | (19) Being unashamed. | (20) That everyone calls me “Artie Cakes”. (21) Downton Abbey (Ready for season 6, not ready for it to be the final season). | (22) Oreo Thins. My love for these tasty treats is real y’all! | (23) Grilled corn. | (24) HB. | (25) Authentic people. | (26) New journals. | (27) Singing, dancing, and feeling FREE when Hillsong’s “This Is Living (Now)” comes on. | (28) Love. | (29) Running for charity. | (30) Being inspired.

 Your turn!


2015 Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon Recap!

 Run the Bluegrass was truly an EXPERIENCE! It was held March 28, 2015 in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky. My HB signed us both up for this race–more so of a surprise to me. I’ll admit…I smiled when I received the confirmation in my inbox. The HB is a “Bling Chaser” (i.e., he runs for the shine, not the time–yes, that’s his mantra). When he saw the finishers’ medal then found out that Run the Bluegrass was part of the Kentucky Half Classic (Challenge), he was all in! Finishers of both Run the Bluegrass and the Kentucky Derby miniMarathon would receive the challenge medal. Recap coming soon. I was still somewhat on my hiatus after the Walt Disney World Marathon, but I decided to go for it. Little did I know, I was in for a BIG surprise. 

The Expo!

I always look forward to the Expo to purchase items I really don’t need. Our first stop was the Woodford Reserve Bourbon vendor. While he checked out the cool drinking glasses and such…I went to look for the hoodies they had at the expo from their online store. But guess what? SOLD OUT! I was happy to find out we were getting hoodies as part of our race  packet (swag).

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Someone is uber excited!

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