Wednesday…Why Do I HATE Thee?!

Hey guys…it is Wednesday! I don’t know why I hate Wednesdays so much but it is like as soon as I open my eyes I am hit with this annoying…”UGH It’s Wednesday” feeling! What is wrong with me?? How can I be so chipper on Mondays and then be such a Wednesday hater?! Any suggestions to convert me to a Wednesday lover would be GREATLY appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

So even though it is Wednesday I did manage one awesome workout. Guys I am not going to lie…that workout yesterday kicked my butt! I was hurting like no other today. So as a recovery I did a chill 10 miles at 8:35 pace. I needed a slower long run to work out the lactic acid build up. Whenever you are REALLY sore the best thing you can do is MOVE…and move I did. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dinner last night was a new creation that I did based upon several recipes I have seen for pizza casseroles.ย My protein craving hubbyย was craving some “man food” and so this definitely fit the bill. Plus I love casseroles because you can assemble them advance and then just pop them in the oven when you are ready to cook. Since Tuesdays tend to be busy for me, that is exactly what I did. I put this together in the morning and then it was easy to just pop in the oven that night! (Jessica…I feel like this recipe would do you proud! haha)


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (8oz) package of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 (4oz) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 (15oz) jar pizza sauce
  • 5 oz. turkey pepperoni slices, cut in half
  • 3-4 oz. low-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups cooked pasta (I used gluten-free macaroni noodles)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.

Brown beef, onion, garlic over medium high heat. Drain off excess grease. Add mushrooms, olives, pepperoni and pizza sauce. Cook until heated through. Mix in pasta.

Pour into a baking dish sprayed lightly with nonstick spray. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serves: 6

357 Calories; 13.3g Fat (4.3g saturated fat); 72.9mg Cholesterol; 658mg Sodium; 29.4g Carbohydrates; 6.0g Fiber; 0.2g Sugar; 27.8g Protein


What “Man Meals” do you make?


52 Responses

  1. That pizza casserole looks like something my husband would do backflips over. I must make this manly meal soon!

  2. Wednesdays are when the food ads come out and then Criminal Minds is on. It’s actually possibly my favorite day of the week… XP

    That casserole looks so filling haha. I don’t think I make man meals. It might not have helped that my dad hasn’t lived with anyone but a woman and two girls for a couple decades. He occasionally makes friends with a steak and cooks it on the grill, and that’s his man meal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. That casserole looks fantastic, but like something I’d go crazy over rather than my husband! He’s currently demanding boeuf bourguignon. Heaven help me!

    I can’t stand Tuesdays, so I feel you pain. Maybe make Wednesday as special breakfast or workout day? Sneak something in on Wednesdays that you REALLY love and can look forward to!

  4. For my husband, a man meal is a cheesedog and fries, so I’m trying to wean him off of man meals and get him on something a bit healthier!

  5. That is definitely a man meal, nice job!

  6. Now THIS is my type of meal!! Is this in your cookbook though – I don’t remember seeing it…if I did, I would have been all over it…will be doing it ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Oh my gosh…that looks amazing!!!

    Hey Kelly– Ryan’s aunt is coming to visit us this weekend, and she eats a gluten-free diet. I was going to buy a few gluten-free baking mixes, and I remember you saying that you have a favorite (I think it was for brownies?)…mind sharing?!

    Hope your “ugh” Wednesday is more like a Monday!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. My husband would LOVE this casserole!! I must make this for him soon!

  9. Isn’t it funny how moving is typically what’s best when you’re feeling it after a hard workout?! I made my version of a “man meal” last night. Lentil loaf, smashed cauliflower, citrus kale & apples. “meat” and “potatoes” LOL

  10. I like a good burger from time to time, eveen though it doesn’t love me back!

  11. mmmmmm pizza pasta sounds amazing! it’s good that yesterday’s workout was hard…just means you’re growing!

    • Thanks! I remember telling myself yesterday during the workout that it wasn’t supposed to be easy and if it was easy everyone would do it!!! That definitely got me through! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Probably pasta with meatballs ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m with you on Wednesday, where is Friday??

  13. This looks awesome! I am a huge fan of healthy casseroles because 1) they usually contain cheese and I love cheese and two they are so easy to make! I am saving this one.

  14. Some people do “cookie Fridays” and I do “Tuesday Fundays” (usually)… you need something for the horrid hump day… I’m just not coming up with anything because you always have kick ass workouts and food! lol.

  15. My go-to meal when I don’t feel like cooking is similar to a man meal, or an east coast dinner I suppose you could call it too. Meat’n’ potatoes. Mmmm some tasty.

    We had pork chops, baked potatoes (in the microwave lol) and broccoli! Chows down on ‘er I does!

  16. What a great casserole Kelly. I love how it is so healthy and it can still be considered “man food”. My boy would definitely love some of that, maybe I will surprise him and make it ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am not a fan of the days that don’t begin with S’s!! I try to look at wednesdays as one day closer to the S’s!!

  17. That looks delicious, this meal is right up my alley. Yeah, I like man meals. Although I get tired of steak hoagies and hamburgers my Husband asks for all the time.

  18. The pasta bake is a favorite here too! My men LOVE it! So easy and definitely manly!

  19. My ultimate “man meal” is a burger and garlic fries ๐Ÿ™‚ Has to happen at least once a week!

  20. I feel like that on Wednesdays sometimes too. It’s the middle of the week type thing. I love blogs because I get to read and discover creative recipes like this one. I would NEVER have thought to do something like this. Great idea!

  21. Our biggest “man meal” round these parts is homemade mac and cheese!

  22. Ahhh, best part of my mid-morning is reading your late afternoon updates from yesterday and then the morning post while eating my snack. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Todd doesn’t like really heavy food…or cheese…his favorite ‘man meal’ is a med-rare steak topped with balasmic glazed red onions, a side of mashed canellini beans and a salad. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Pizza casserol… I like that idea

  24. I’m making the shephards pie I have done before tonight for dinner (and your orange chicken tomorrow ;)). But anyways…the meat + potatoes is definitely a man dish for tonight. The hubs is excited after I made him eat lentil soup last night. LOL

    And I agree. Moving is the best way to help that soreness.

  25. Pizza casserole!! Thats the best idea ever!

    I dont cook for my boyfriend, so I dont really make any man meals. The best he’s EVER gonna get out of me is chicken.

  26. I am not a man meal eater but my husband sometimes eats sausages with potatos and we call that man meal ๐Ÿ™‚

    To you to like Wednesdays…We have a thing called Happy Wednesday. Since it’s the middle of week and we feel we need some cheering up, we have a little nicer dinner with vine and talk about something else than every day life. Sometimes it can be even a dinner out. This has helped us to like Wednesdays more ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Ohhh pizza casserole!! Yes please!

  28. I don’t mind Wednesday too much. Have you tried planning something fun to do every Wednesday so you look forward to it instead of hating it?

  29. I heart your food porn! YUMMM. Sounds pretty simple to make, too.

    I’m kind of happy that you hate Wednesdays, actually. Your early-week pep was starting to make me think you weren’t human! I don’t mind Wednesdays because it’s closer to Thursday and by the time Thursday rolls around, it might as well be the weekend! My brain shuts off by then ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. My mom used to make pizza casseroles all the time. They were my favorite!

  31. Wed is SUCH a tease! So close but still…so far! :/
    But if you can get through Monday with a smile on your face, surely you can handle Wed!
    O.M.G Pizza casserole looks AWESOME!

  32. Oh. My. Goodness! Thats a mean man meal if I’ve ever seen one! It looks so good!

    I am starting to dislike Wednesdays the same way I dislike sundays!

  33. you won the thriv shirt! I just need me to email your name, address, and what size you want (xs-xl). ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Maybe you could add something that you like to Wednesdays, kinda like how another blogger made Sundays movie night.

  35. Another Kelly Recipe I’ll be making! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Last night I ate pasta and meatballs…pretty manly!

    – Beth @

  37. Your pizza casserole sounds great! Yes, definitely a man meal, ha ha but at least it wasn’t too heavy on the calories!

  38. another kelly recipe that will be going in the must make folder—you are on a roll!

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  40. So funny that you love Mondays and hate Wednesdays!

    Jason would love this. I probably should make more man meals.

  41. Love the recipe, Kelly!!!

    Thanks for the tip yesterday on the last week before a race…I’ve been struggling a bit this week with knowing exactly what to do about nutrition/exercise. I did 4 miles today and it felt a little difficult and I’m not sure why! I just want Sunday to be here already haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. i am all about the hump day! knowing that noon on Wednesday means it is a downhill slide to the weekend, give me so much energy!

  43. How could one hate Wednesdays?? It means the end is near, I love em ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m a dork and what excites me about Wednesday is that all the supermarket sales come out and I can see whats on sale for the next wk and that makes me happy. I never proclaimed to be cool!

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