Hey everyone! So glad it’s Friday! With the exception of working tomorrow during the day, I plan on having a nice and relaxing weekend! Hopefully all of you Mommy’s out there will have a great Mother’s Day!
For today’s Fitness Friday I thought I would share one tip with you that a reader actually shared with me (thanks, Jess!! Check out her blog Jeans and a Teacup while you’re at it!). I had shared in an earlier post how I don’t like to drink a lot of water, and how sometimes it’s a struggle for me to get all of my water in for the day. Jess said she likes to set a timer throughout the day. When it goes off she chugs a bottle of water! I liked the idea of that, because it kind of “gets it over with” and allows me to sip throughout the rest of the day! I have been doing it for about a week now, and have been getting all of my water in! I set it for 12:15 and 3:15. 12:15 is usually when I start to get super hungry, so that helps me not overeat at lunch. 3:15 is usually when my afternoon slump/urge to eat sets in. Give it a try (and thank Jess!)
I also wanted to share with you a really great recipe. If you are anything like me, you love pasta and would eat it all day every day if you could. One of the many reasons I love Weight Watchers is that I can still eat pasta-just in moderation. Weight Watchers has a ton of recipes to choose from which I love, and they are delicious. You can of course modify them if need be, which I tend to do sometimes!
I make this Beef Baked Ziti quite a bit, and I usually end up with leftovers for a few days! It is delicious, and only 7 points per serving! (and bear with me- I have never posted a food recipe before so this is all new to me!)
12 oz uncooked ziti (I used penne because that’s what I had)
2 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic (or if you are like me…a lot more!)
1/3 lb uncooked lean ground beef (I used lean ground turkey instead)
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 cup skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute 2 minutes.
Add beef and cook until browned (about 3-5 minutes). Drain fat and set pan back over medium heat.
Add oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper; stir to coat beef. cook until herbs become fragrant, about 2 mins.
Add tomatoes and bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes
Spoon a small amount of beef-tomato mixture into bottom of 4 qt casserole dish.
Cover with half of cooked pasta.
Layer with more of the tomato-beef mixture and half of mozzarella cheese.
Layer with remaining pasta then top with remaining tomato-beef mixture.
Top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Bake until cheese is golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
Slice into 8 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.
A few things- you can totally switch out spices- add what you want, add more, add less, whatever works for you. I never add as much oregano as the recipe calls for because I personally feel like a little bit goes a long way. I also may have added a little bit more cheese than the recipe called for, but not a ton!
Hope you enjoy it! Have a great weekend!