Thursday, May 9, 2013

Recipe: Zucchini Boats

I made "zucchini boats" (sort-of a low carb substitute for baked stuffed pasta) for dinner and they were fabulous!!! I saw recipes for how to do this and here is my version... I didn't really measure.

Zucchini Boats

3 medium zucchini
1 tub part skim ricotta cheese
1 egg
3 cloves garlic, grated
Olive oil
Salt, pepper, Italian seasoning
Marinara sauce
Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400. Cut each zucchini in half. Use a spoon to scoop out the zucchini "guts" and form a boat. (Most recipes say to reserve the middles and use them to re-stuff the zucchini but I didn't and I threw the guts away. Yes, it's wasteful but I don't like zucchini seeds. I do the same thing with cucumbers. Ick.) Drizzle zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in oven for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix together the ricotta, egg, garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning. Remove zucchini from oven and turn heat down to 325. Stuff zucchini with ricotta mixture and spoon marinara sauce over each piece. Place in oven and bake for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella and broil until bubbly.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Dietbet Results

Last month I joined a Dietbet  in which I needed to lose 4% of my body weight (8.4 pounds) in 4 weeks and the final weigh in was today.

Before (210 pounds):

After (197.5 pounds):

I win! I lost 12.5 pounds in 4 weeks, thanks to lots of Kangoo, Tabata, and sticking to 1200 calories on non-workout days. So I get the $50 back that I bet, plus I get to split the pot with all of the other winners. I'm psyched! I will definitely join another Dietbet and am even considering starting my own.