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Fake-sagna

Did you know it’s Apple Week?? I celebrated with a pink lady today.

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I bought pink ladies for the first time last week (may or may not have been influenced by the cute sticker). They’re pretty good! Lovely, crunchy texture. A bit of a bite though, and a touch dry. Nothing will ever live up to my sweet and crisp (and aptly named) honeycrisps.

I tried to make a dent in my behemoth market zucchini by making fake-sagna tonight. I barely made a dent, but it was at least a tasty dent!

 

Veggie Fake-sagna

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  • half of an elephant-sized zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 package Yves Italian ground round
  • 1/4 spanish onion, chopped
  • 1/4 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can Hunt’s no-salt added tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese (I used the Mediterranean flavoured kind)
  • fresh spinach
  • button mushrooms
  • fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan

Sautee the soy “beef” crumbles, onion, green pepper and garlic until lightly cooked. Stir in the tomato sauce with chili powder and oregano. While that simmers, put a thin layer of the tomato sauce on the bottom of a square baking dish (I don’t know the dimensions, half the size of the big rectangular ones :P ). Thinly slice the zucchini, and make your first layer covering the bottom of the dish with some slices. Spread half the cottage cheese, spinach, sliced mushrooms and half soy mixture. Then repeat the layers. I put the basil under the top layer of zucchini slices, then topped it with the mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake at 425 F for about 25 minutes.

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It was quite juicy, probably because I was lazy and didn’t cook the zucchini first. I’d also cut back on the tomato sauce (or use tomato paste). I just dumped the whole can in because I didn’t want leftovers. Otherwise it was deeeeelish!!! Seriously, who needs noodles?

I calculated the nutritionals on my portion (one-third, I was hangry) and it came up to about only 300 calories and a whopping 34g of protein and 8g of fibre!

Now I don’t feel so bad about eating about a dozen mini plums and 1/3 of a watermelon today ;)

 

You know what else I did today? I went for a bike ride!! It turned into a gorgeous evening, 25 C and sunny. So after dinner digested, I geared up and dragged by unmotivated ass down the stairs. My legs were screaming at first, but I eventually zoned out at pedalled for 24 km. It took me about an hour which is kinda slow. It’s okay though because I climbed the monster hill! I wasn’t planning on it, but when I got to the turn leading up the hill, I just buckled down and went for it! It was awful as always, but I didn’t let out any grunts this time which in my books is progress!! :D

 

I also want to send out a big thanks for all your positive comments on my new “gettin’ real” page. It only solidified that putting my story out there is the right thing to do. I don’t know why I was so nervous about it. Everything I’ve gone through has made me the person I am today. Without some of my previous bad decisions, I would not have gained the insight to know how to make great ones today.

On that note, I’m off to bed. Night night!!

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