[NOT A] CHEAT Skinny Ziti with Spinach

Every one who’s eaten italian with me knows one thing: I LOVE PASTA! Especially baked pasta. lasagna and baked ziti are my two favorite things in the world. (Del Posto’s 100 layer lasagna, any one?!) So with my new “lifestyle” (going to the gym 6 days a week, eating a pretty- lenient but still hard for me because I love dessert If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) diet– I really wanted to find a way to make a leaner baked ziti that wouldn’t feel like a cheat, but still have the cheesy goodness we all love so much- especially in below 0 weather that we get to enjoy here in Ithaca for months on end!

Here’s my easy recipe for 6, with the macros attached to it- & yes, it really is just 341 calories per serving!!!


Beef – Ground, 95% lean meat / 5% fat, ( 10 oz )
Wegman’s – Whole Wheat Pasta – Penne, 3 cup
Wegmans – Organic Baby Spinach — Triple Washed, 2 cups (85g)
Ricotta Cheese – Fat Free, 1 cup<
Wegmans – 2% Milk Mozzarella Cheese, 1 cup
Tuttorosso – New World Style Tomato Puree, 1 container (3 3/10 cups ea.)
Goya – Adobo (With Pepper), 1 tsp (1g)

To Make

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Brown meat in pan (do not add fat, the 5% fat is enough!) and boil pasta.
Add spinach to the meat, to wilt the spinach slightly
Stir all ingredients together (use only 1/2 cup mozarella!)
Put mixture in 9×9 square (or similar) oven pan
Top mixture with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella
Bake for 25 minutes, and allow to cool before cutting!

Live long.



Hurricane Sandy & Thanksgiving

I hope everyone is safe, dry, warm and in good spirits, especially after the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy. It is at times like these that I’ve found keeping a positive attitude, and taking it one day at a time, will make it easier and maybe a little less stressful to recover.

I and many friends and family have lost many of our homes, sentimental items, and more. It can be very scary, but again, I have faith that we will rebuild, and become stronger than before. In this time of every one’s need I hope that we can avoid being grumpy to others and have a sense of compassion.

Yesterday marked two years since my grandmother passed away. November 4th is always a somber day for me. Yesterday was particularly difficult with the stresses of school, as well as worrying out home. It was rainy and cold; just like it was on this particular day to years ago. It hasn’t gotten easier.


*** doughnate News ***

In efforts to assist with the revitalization of our towns, homes, and lives, doughnate’s annual fall fundraiser’s proceeds will be going to Hurricane Sandy Relief funds.

Pumpkin, Apple, Caramel Apple, and Pecan Pies will be sold for $30.00, freshly baked or frozen. Frozen Pies can also be shipped domestically for an extra shipping fee.
Other fall desserts are available upon request.

We are also in the midst of organizing a Thanksgiving Dinner with those who have lost their homes, and would otherwise not be having thanksgiving. Though we were hit hard, there is still a lot to be thankful for. Please let us know if you’d be interesting in assisting with this.

There’s always a rainbow after the rain.


Chopp’d – (our 100th post!)

The 100th post from TheCoutureCook will be short, but all because of a busy schedule, and plenty of great, and exciting new developments! Also, we are now an official LLC.

The Couture Cook, LLC

After catering two events (both were planned to have +/- 200 people, so it’s been madness!) I finally decided that I’d be expanding to catering events, though only one or two a year, for up to 150 people! As a gift for all of my hard work, my mother treated me to the most exciting present ever, a new Knives Set! I’m super excited to continue building and designing new exciting recipes… all with the ever so precise, quality new knives set. Right now, the bids are in for a classic 9-piece Shun set; check them out! I was really set on viking but after talking to a colleague I think I’m in love!

New happenings have not slowed down, though. If you haven’t already, check out my new site: http://www.thecouturecook.com it’s not completely dont; but we’ve put it up and it will include all thecouturecook & doughnate information!

+ exciting news! We’ve been featured over at Couch Sessions for our work with Sneakers 4 Success; check out the interview here: The COUTURE COOK x Sneakers 4 Success

Photos from the events are coming soon!



Finally! A second to breathe, and share!

It’s been the craziest couple weeks I’ve ever experienced, I’m basically working 7 days a week, at an internship in the city (with EFG PR) and at the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach. I love everything that I’m doing, but I’m sleep deprived and the days are so long! I’ve finally gotten the chance to update you all, though!

My life in photos, obviously