Skinny Crock Pot Zucchini/Squash Ziti

Since I had such a great response to the Skinny Crock Pot recipe for Healthy Chicken and Dumplings yesterday, I opted to embark on another crock pot recipe from their site again today. If you haven’t yet checked out the Skinny Crock Pot website – you MUST! Great recipes and swift responses to any posts.

Admittedly, my daughter, Meg, made this dish earlier this week…I can’t get it off my mind! I’m already looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow…so…I hope it doesn’t get all eaten tonight!! (I’ll be serving leftover Chicken & Dumpling’s to prevent that from happening..haha!)

Here’s the recipe…

I made the following modifications:

*organic ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese

*whole wheat penne pasta

*one zucchini, one yellow squash

It’s in the crock pot now…I’ll update this post with a review and let you know what we think!!

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Family LOVED the ziti recipe!! I can’t wait to have some as leftovers for lunch tomorrow…I bet it’s even better than tonight! Cooking notes: at the end of 2 hours cooking on low, I stirred the crock pot and found some of the ziti partially cooked. Since we were planning on eating soon, I turned the pot up to high for 30 minutes. Ziti cooked perfectly. It was a wonderful dish!

Let me know if you try the recipe and how it turns out!




Day 1 P90X, October 25th, 2010

(originally posted on 10/25/2010 on site. I’m moving all posts to this blog and will simply blog here. The Spirit of YOLO is an appropriate place to record my health improvement journey which will translate to improving my ability to be an influencer in this world. I choose to live with the Spirit of YOLO and that requires me being at my best!)

Day 1…of the first day of the rest of my life!

I was a good girl and gathered all of the necessary tools to make sure I had a successful P90X workout session with minimal distractions.

  • computer to “push play”
  • clipboard with workout sheets to record my successes
  • resistance band and door – “thingamajiggy”
  • small towel to deal with all the sweat I’d be producing
  • large glass of water for breaks
  • wearing comfortable workout clothes
  • chair

Then it was time to “push play”! And so I did!

Even though this was the first time I’d actually done the program at MY “full out” ability – I still had to stop, pause and rewind a few times to make sure I had the form of my body correct. Hard to do without a full length mirror – might have to invest in one…

I was a gymnast, cheerleader and ran track in high school…that, however was many, many, MANY moons ago! The problem is – my mind BELIEVES I can do certain things that my body simply screams back a loud NO – WE NO LONGER MOVE THAT WAY!

So…I did what I could…pushed myself to do just one or two more reps…and confirmed that I am so, so weak!! I’m determined to stick with this program, avoiding injury, so I’m trying to be good at pacing myself and still pushing myself go that little extra.

Bottom line – I accomplished every set EXCEPT the second set of the diamond push ups. I took a solid break on that one. I didn’t do even close to the # of reps that Tony et al do on the DVD – that’s ok with me…I’ll be looking for steady improvement of my abilities.

Now the ab ripper is another story – I “attempted” every exercise and found myself laughing at/with myself at my total lack of ability. I clearly no longer even have what you would call abs…I’ve got oatmeal. A big pile of lumpy oatmeal! When I couldn’t do the exercise they were doing – I substituted with crunches that I could do. Again…the plan is that I’ll see improvement in weeks to come.

My workout began at 10am this morning. It’s now nearly 8pm. I’m beginning to get a little sore and am stiff when getting up from sitting AND I think I’ll sleep well tonight!

I’m also following the nutrition plan. I spent a great deal of mental energy on preparing foods and making sure to actually eat throughout the day. It’s definitely easy for me to skip meals. I’ve gotta break that habit!

I’m in a bit of a quandry about how many calories should be my max per day. I’ve read anywhere from 1300 – 1500. I’ll definitely try to stay in that range. So far I’ve taken in 1179 calories today..guess I should find a decent snack before bed.