[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!!!

Ingredients

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!
Enjoy!

Live long.

B

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Spring Break 2013

I finally had some time to relax! This week, I relaxed and got to try out a couple new things- from waffles trucks to setting the dining room table, and using my new knives. School keeps me super busy so it was nice to relax- here’s a quick photo journal of Spring Break 2013.

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I’m always excited to go home and see Sherlock! I miss him so much. He’s gotten so big!
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Waffles and Dinges is one of my latest dessert spot- theres a few trucks throughout the city
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The line for spekulous spread is huge!
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Amazing waffles- mine with Nutella, and their special- a gingerbread flavored sauce
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Seasons 52 Spring menu is out- I’m always excited for the new menu!
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Duo of Edamame and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
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My newest prized possessions! Wusthof knives. I can’t wait to get home to use them this summer!

and Finally, Happy Founder’s day to my fellow Sig Delts! 96 years never looked so good.

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Lastly, CHAG SAMEACH! I love Passover. Here are a couple of photos from our early Sedar!

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Sedar Plate and Dining Table
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Napkin Detail

Happy Holidays!

B