[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

Istanbul

I had the opportunity to go visit a friend in Istanbul, Turkey last month- an ate my way through the city [within days]

Being Israeli, a lot of the food in Turkey is similar- though there are so many amazing, unique dishes and flavor profiles that don’t come close to anything I’ve seen before. It was very interesting to experience them, and try so much in such a short time.

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Risotto Milanese
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Lentil Soup post-night club at 4 in the morning
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laduree Sarıyer istanbul
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oreos?
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Nusr-Et Steakhouse
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dessert at Midpoint
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Love the oven/cooking thing!
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Traditional Turkish Coffee
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Poms in Sultanahmet
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Pomegranates in the evenings
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Cut the pomegranates up all by myself! =] added some salt and ate them all
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water is EXCLUSIVE in Ist.
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post-trip turkish tea in my new cups !
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Bodrum Manti Cafe
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Ali Muhiddin Hacı Bekir
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Taksim Square
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AMAZING breakfast at Lokma Cafe in AnadoluhisarıIMG_9773 IMG_9780 IMG_9788 IMG_9802 IMG_9803 IMG_9853 IMG_9854 IMG_9818 IMG_9837 IMG_9872

I’ve been trying my luck with Simit since I’ve left- but no luck thus far! Lokma cafe was definitely my favorite- probably because I loved breakfast more than anything else. Kaymak is a clotted-cream and honey mixture that is eaten during that time, usually with a bread such as Simit. For me, it is the perfect start to a day!

Happy Travels!

B

Bacon Creamed Spinach

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Nothing goes better with a good juicy porterhouse than creamed spinach. Sick of the typical spinach and cream- I made a bacon’d out spinach [this bath eventually had chopped clams thrown in and then re-added into the shell and baked for a end-of-july baked ‘stuffy’

Easy Bacon Creamed Spinach
  • thick cut bacon, minced, sautéed
  • spinach, either frozen & strained, or fresh sautéed down
  • butter
  • minced onion
  • minced garlic
  • heavy cream
  • 1 cup flour
  • salt, pepper
  • pernod [optional]

To make:

in a saucepan, melt down and slightly brown a stick butter, adding about half a cup of onion and garlic, cooking until fragrant

add flour, stirring regularly, allow to cook briefly, then whisk in the heavy cream [i usually add a dash of nutmeg here]

cook and stir over low/med heat until thickened

in the bacon fat, sauté spinach down, and then add to the cream mixture stirring in pernod if desired

add salt & pepper to the taste

Cheers!

B

Juniors [famous] Cheesecake in Brooklyn, NY

It’s been a long, busy summer, but I’m leaving to Cornell on Friday! This is so exciting for me– a new chapter! With that, I promise to post at least a LITTLE something every Sunday from here forward; I know I’ve been a tad neglectful. Here’s a bonus post on the world famous Junior’s Cheesecake in Brooklyn- which I’m fortunate enough to live near!

Ironically, I didn’t eat cheesecake AT ALL until my 20th birthday. We got the chocolate Mousse & Red Velvet Cheesecake for three of us on National Cheese Cake day… and although I love red velvet, I was rooting for the chocolate mousse to be the tastiest but I didn’t love the tart cheese cake with it, though the mousse was DELISH! The Red velvet cheese cake was amazing because the tartness from the cheesecake frosting and buttermilk in the cocoa was already there, so I enjoyed that immensely. I also ate some of their brisket sandwich which was incredible, arguably some of the best brisket I’ve ever had… seriously!

How’s every one’s summer? has anyone visited somewhere exciting? enjoyed delicious dessert somewhere?

 

xx

-B

Big Daddy’s Diner

While walking around the upper east side, we found Big Daddy’s Diner, which was so much more than we had expected! From gigantic milks shakes to tater tots, my french dip was delicious. My reccomendation: get the key-lime pie shake!

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To enjoy some of the witty-worded menu, check out the Big Daddy’s diner website here: http://www.bigdaddysnyc.com/

-B