Cauliflower Linguine with Italian sausage

Finding healthier versions for family meals is a daily challenge for me.  I’ve done a lot of experimenting in the kitchen during Stay-at-home orders.  Comfort food has been the first request from my quarantine crew!

This healthier version of pasta and Italian sausage was a hit!  Not to mention, I was able to sneak in some colorful veggies with no complaints.

I used Honeysuckle White Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage. I prefer links rather than ground turkey. You can substitute your favorite Italian sausage.

I used Veggiecraft Farms Cauliflower Pasta.

Cauliflower linguine with Italian sausage

Turkey Italian sausage, 1.5 lb.

Cauliflower linguine, 8 oz package.  I used about 6 ounces for this recipe.

1 cup Cherry tomatoes, halved 

3-4 cups raw spinach 

3 Sweet peppers, chopped

1 clove crushed garlic 

1/2 cup Olive oil 

2 tbsp. Basil 

Pink salt

Cracked black pepper


Remove sausage from casing and divide into small chucks.  

Cook pasta according to package instructions.

While pasta is cooking, brown sausage in cast iron skillet without breaking the chunks apart. When sausage is cooked evenly throughout, transfer sausage to a plate.

Using medium heat, add about 2 tbsp olive oil to skillet.  Sauté crushed garlic, sweet peppers and tomato. After these veggies start to soften, add spinach, basil and cook for approximately two minutes.  

Reduce heat. Add sausage chunks, cooked pasta and remaining olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine all ingredients. 



Aging Younger While Pursuing Fitness Goals

I recently celebrated another birthday! As I reflect on memories, accomplishments and future goals, the concept of “aging” has been on my mind.  What does “act your age” even mean? There are days when I wake up and think, “I’m getting older and aches and pains are part of that.” Or, one I heard about seven years ago right before my 40th birthday, “you’re getting older, you should really start slowing down.”  What! Wait…. Screeching nails on the chalkboard!   This is where the story changes….

What if growing older is really in our minds?

One of my favorite quotes is by George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” EXACTLY!  This is the mindset shift that I live by.  Thanks Mr. Shaw! So how do we stay in the game?

Set new goals.

Some of my most exciting goals have been set and accomplished in my forties! International travel, earning my IFBB Pro Card, competing at the Olympia and truly understanding the direction and focus of my fitness business are just a few.  Had I settled for “slowing down”,  I wouldn’t have taken action on any of my most meaningful personal and business goals.  I think the keyword is ACTION.  Is it risky? Sure it is!  But, standing still and hesitating to take the leap can leave us with a lifetime of unresolved “what-if’s”.

Be kind to your body.

The reality of our physical bodies aging is inevitable.  We’ve begun wearing the “tread on our tires” so to speak, so we must reconsider how we treat our bodies in pursuit of our goals.  Recovery, sleep, and healthy eating have become more of a necessity than a luxury for me.  I want to train my body at a high level for many years to come.  I enjoy it and it’s an important part of my life.  To improve longevity, I use a variety of training techniques and nutrition strategies to maximize my time in the gym without wrecking my health and joints.  Find new ways to challenge your body and keep it interesting!

Renew your mind.

Feeding my mind with positive messages, time in prayer, and surrounding myself with positive people has helped me have more enthusiasm for life and the optimism in setting new goals.  I can honestly say my mind and my thoughts are more youthful than they were ten years ago.  Recently, travel has become a new passion of mine that has taught me the importance of unplugging to recharge. Life certainly hasn’t spared me from curveballs and stressors, but keeping my focus and actions in the direction of things I enjoy most, create excitement in new adventures in the future!

Here’s to many more years of playing and growing younger!

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