Working Girl

Summer at House of Bedlam means camp for the kids and back to work for me, which also means less time in the kitchen. Since I’ve started working our cooking time has been interrupted in a huge way. Getting creative home-cooked meals on the table every night is just not happening. And my kids have eaten more hot dogs this summer than I want to admit. The irony is that I’m working at a fitness club! You’d think I’d be cooking even healthier but instead I’m thinking more about medicine balls than meatballs. I’ve had to come up with a few shortcuts and also make a few compromises along the way…

My boys aren’t thrilled that I’m working but they’re ecstatic about eating more “junky” food as they call it. So we compromise and sometimes its fruit with their hot dog instead of fries. They promised me they would try to eat some of the veggies and fruit I pack in their lunches. Some days they do, some days not. And on Fridays when the camp serves “junky” food they can eat whatever and however they want.

So what’s a girl to do? Just like I would suggest at the gym, if the program is not working, switch it up. If your schedule changes, figure out how to make it work. Get up earlier, stay up later, become more efficient with the time you have. Stick to the basics and don’t overthink it or try to do too much. And above all, whatever life is throwing your way at the moment, do the best you can with what you’ve got!

Leftover Sloppy Joes


I tsp olive oil

1 lb. ground turkey

1 cup leftover roasted vegetables, or thawed frozen vegetables

1 8oz can tomato sauce

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. ketchup

1 tsp dry mustard

Salt & Pepper

6-8 hamburger buns


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season the ground turkey with salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Cook turkey, breaking up, until no longer pink.


While turkey is browning, combine vegetables and tomato sauce in food processor until you have a chunky sauce. If you are using leftover vegetables that already have salt it is probably not necessary to season your sauce.


Add vegetable sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, and dry mustard to the cooked turkey. Simmer for about 15 minutes on low heat to allow sugars to caramelize.


Serve on hamburger buns along with leftover vegetables and lots of napkins!


And the VERDICT is:

Matthew (age 8): “Amazing”

Dylan (age 6): “This rocks!”

Liam (age 6): “Love it”

And sloppy it was!

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