Sunday, September 14, 2014

Vegetarian and gluten free lasagna

Yesterday, I had time and a spaghetti squash, so I decided to make a batch of spaghetti squash lasagna. There is no pasta in this ( no gluten) but there is cheese and and egg (which keeps it from being vegan).

My recipe makes an 8x8 baking dish. Make sure that you bake it with a pan underneath in case you have drips!


1/2 of a cooked and shredded spaghetti squash (approx 2 C. with excess water squeezed out)
2/3 C. low fat or fat free ricotta cheese
2/3 C. low fat cottage cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/8 C. grated Italian cheese
1tsp garlic powder
Chopped Vegetables ( your choice but about 2 C. total)
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
Olive oil
Nonstick spray
1/3 C. Shredded mozzarella

Saute your veggies in olive oil with a dash of salt and pepper until tender (I used baby bella mushrooms, red&yellow bell peppers, carrots, onion, and kale). Stir in spaghetti sauce and put on low simmer (my fave is Francesca Rinaldi tomato and basil)

In separate bowl, beat the egg then add ricotta/cottage/ Italian cheeses (not mozzarella) and garlic powder and stir until well blended.

Spray bottom and sides of baking dish with cooking spray. Layer in the following order:
Sauce- about 1/3 to 1/2 of total
Spaghetti squash (all)
Cheese mixture (all)
Sauce (until well covered. There may be extra.)

Bake at 350 for about 70 minutes. About 25 minutes before done, remove and add mozzarella to top and finish baking. When done, remove and allow to set up for about 30 minutes before eating.

Yes, this makes about 9 servings...but its yummy...and it freezes well if you cool completely and portion into individual servings. Plus, it will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days--leftovers!!!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday indulgence

The ELB is off at the MD football game, so I'm home alone fir most of today. In between laundry, I mixed up a quick no bake lemon cheesecake.

1package of neufatchel (fat free cream cheese)
1.5 cups plain Greek yogurt
1/2 of a small container of cool whip (sugar free or lite--your choice)
Lemon extract (to taste)
Vanilla extract (to taste)
1/2 cup sugar
Graham cracker crust (optional)

Allow cream cheese to come to room temperature. In mixing bowl combine cream cheese, Greek yogurt, extracts, and sugar. Use electric mixer to beat until well blended. Taste and adjust flavors as needed.

Fold in half of the cool whip, then put in dessert cups, pie crust, or whatever container you want. Refrigerate until set.

This is my moms no bake cheese cake with the healthier substitutions. Quick and easy.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


There is a staff meeting at work today. This means Panera breakfast.
Of course, Donny is tight because of stress and the weather.

Since none know about Donny, I have to maintain appearances.

One is the breakfast I took for show. The other is the breakfast I actually had.

Do you know which is which?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

It's a matter of taste

I'm about 1.5 years into my LapBand journey.

Lately, I've noticed that some things that I used to eat a lot and that I loved... No longer taste good.

1. Smart Balance--i have used smart balance for eating and cooking instead of butter for about 10 years, when my parents stated using it. I don't buy anything else... But now it tastes weird. Now I can detect a chemical undertone in every bite.

2. Turkey burger-- I've been on the turkey instead of beef burger train since college... So almost 20 years. Now, whenever I cook with it, it just tastes... Different. I've started using other things like ground chicken or ground pork instead.

3. Tapioca pudding--this has always been a favorite, but I picked up some of the pudding cups the other day, and again.. It just tasted off. Not bad, but not as good as I thought it would.

4. Coffee--I'm a late to life coffee drinker, and ive been good with it... Then one day, I woke up and just didn't want it any more.

These aren't all the things that taste off, or different, or weird.. But just ones that I've noticed lately.

Have any of you had this phenomenon? I'm wondering if it's just part of the LapBand experience.

I did it...

Despite all of the obstacles to the contrary on Friday... A splitting migraine, a period from hell (with nonstop cramps and 6lbs of bloating), and just general tiredness from a long (even though it was short) week in which the Very Last Thing I wanted to do on a Friday night was go to the gym.... I went to the gym.

The gym owner had been planning to try out a throwback floor/step class, so me and 4 of the girls that I take zumba with were asked to participate. I knew that if I backed out that it would look like I wasn't interested... So I made myself go.

And I'm so glad I did! For the time the class went on, I was able to forget about my cramps, my headache faded into the background, and I think I sweated out 3 lbs of bloat.

All in all a success. Even more so if the owner decided to offer this class on Friday nights on the future. It's a change and it was fun and I plan to go if they offer it again.

Today I'm miserable again. Aunt flow is kicking my ass. It was so bad that I actually went back to bed this morning for an hour and prayed for the pain to stop.

It didn't stop but at least I'm able to function.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The week that... Wasn't?

Last week, my ADD (spastic high-strung boss) started preparing to go to a work conference in Texas. All week, she worked on to-do lists for everyone to work on this week while she would be gone.

I came in this morning, expecting a huge stuffed full of tasks bin. The bin was empty. With dread, I opened my door, expecting a stack of color coded folders... And nothing. Finally, I logged into my email anticipating... Something.... Anything.

And nothing except for one email.

One email that was actually a request to send an email to someone else for a task for them to complete.

Today was hell. I was so flipping bored. And next week, when my boss gets back... It's going to be CRAZY. Sigh.

That's the way the cookie crumbles... Straight into my mouth because even with this LapBand I'm still a boredom snack attempter.

Oh and my toe still hurts.  And I'm hormonal and bitchy and tired. And yesterday it was so hot! And I'm just being a big baby.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Late nights and spastic bosses

I finished my second night of the home buying class I'm taking. I learned so much and I'm excited to start researching things like brokers and agents and mortgages.

And my boss is a spazz. Luckily, she's going out of town to a conference next week so I get a little bit of a break. I like my boss... But I swear she has ADHD and she can be exhausting. It will be nice to have a quiet week at work.

I'm going to stop getting on the scale every week. Instead I'm only going to weigh the week of my period, since that is the only week I seem to have a loss. The other three weeks I fluctuate with the same 4lbs then I lose. So no weighing until next week.

So anyways, happy holiday weekend! Whatever you get up to, be safe!