more DO, less DON'T

I’ve got sad news. I’m giving up blogging.

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APRIL FOOLS!

Lame, I know :) I couldn’t think of anything better!

My kitchen feels complete. I am now the proud owner of 6 ramekins. Aren’t the cuuute? ;)

Is there a kitchen gadget, utensil, or dish that you reeeally want?

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I was trying to make Jess’s Pizza Pasta, but I ended up making something slightly different…

Prevention Pizza Pasta Bake

4 cups whole wheat pasta, cooked
2 cups low-sodium pasta sauce
2 tsp fresh or dried basil
2 tsp Italian seasoning
3 tsp minced garlic
2 ounces provolone, sliced into small, thin slices
34 slices turkey pepperoni, cut in half
1/2 cup 2% shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º F.

Cook pasta according to directions.

Combine pasta sauce, basil, Italian seasoning, and garlic. Stir in pasta and stir to coat. Stir in provolone, mozzarella, and turkey pepperoni. Place into a 9×9 baking dish or 2 quart casserole dish. Bake for 15 minutes or until heated through.

Remove dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Turn on broiler to 500º F. Broil the pasta bake for 4 minutes or until the Parmesan cheese turns slightly brown. Serves 4.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 345 calories; 10.5 g. fat; 37.5 mg. cholesterol; 640 mg. sodium; 44.5 g. carbohydrate; 7.5 g. fiber; 21.8 g. protein

The pizza pasta bake was WONDERFUL! Thanks for the great idea, Jess! Mr. Prevention looooved this dish!

I served it with:

Steamed ARTICHOKE! Mmmmmm!!! Love’em! $1 at Whole Foods!!!

And we enjoyed dinner in the great outdoors…

Lily and I want to wish everyone good luck in the April “DO what you DON’T” Challenge!

“If you don’t want too many cute wrinkles like me, you should DO what you DON’T!” Love, Lily

Question #1: For those participating in the DO what you DON’T challenge this April, what do you anticipate being your biggest barrier in meeting your goal?

I think mine will be traveling a lot this month and not being on an entirely normal schedule. Yoga and strength training can be done anywhere, though…no excuses!!

Question #2: Have you ever had a steamed artichoke? What did you dip the leaves in (if anything)? Did you like it?

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MOMMY!!!!!! XOXO!!!

Almost Friday,

Comments

  1. Glad the pizza pasta gave you some inspiration!! :)

  2. I love artichoke with anything. I really need to purchase a set of ramekins.

  3. It might have been a lame joke, but it’s early so I totally bought it.
    I love artichoke all its own

  4. Pizza & pasta! Excellent hybrid dish :).

  5. Glad you’re not really giving up blogging. Whew. I think my biggest challenge, as always, is being busy. When things get crazy, convenience seems like a fair trade-off.

  6. I’ve never had steamed artichokes, but they sound yummy!

  7. Haha you totally got me! I thought “oh no! why isn’t she blogging anymore?! what happened? ” I am such a sucker :)

    I haven’t had streamed artichoke in forever — it is so good! I don’t remember how it was served, I just remember it being yummy.

    PS hope your mom has a good bday!

  8. I actually thought that was a good April Fool’s joke, particularly for the blogger community…I definitely believed you before I scrolled down, and I was like oh, no! I really enjoy a lot of your blog posts!

    I haven’t had an artichoke in so long. I could really go for one soon. I usually dip them in butter. Yum!

  9. Had I not already been warned that it was April Fools Day, my heart would have skipped a beat and I would have been crushed when I read the intro to your post. SO glad it is not true :)

    I just posted in your challenge post and I am taking on the challenge. I think one of the hardest things for me will be making sure I get enough food in during the day so my body does not crave the binge at night. I also know my head plays tricks on me during the day so that in my mind I know I can eat more of my cereal and yogurt in the evenings when I finally get a chance to relax.

    I do not like artichokes, I have tried them many times so I have no ideas of what to dip them in.

    Happy Birthday to your Mom!!!

  10. I just had an artichoke this week with white bean puree:

    http://gamereviewwiki.com/bikinibirthday/2010/03/29/day-62-2/

  11. Rebecca says:

    LOL you actually fooled me!! :) I guess I do need that second cup of coffee after all…

    Am going to try the steamed artichoke this weekend- any suggestions for prep?? Have a fantastic weekend! Bisous.

  12. I usually bake artichokes, and I like the leaves plain!

  13. Yay!! I blogged about my “Do What You Don’t” challenge just a few minutes ago!

    My biggest obstacle is going to be my own laziness :-)

  14. The steamed artichoke looks great! I must try that. Oh, and you really fooled me too! I was sad until I scrolled down :)

  15. I’m trying to increase my water intake, and I think my biggest barrier will be the fact that I’m just not in the habit of doing it yet!

  16. I really really want a food processor! I can’t believe I don’t have one… :( So many things I would do with it!

    And I’ve never worked with artichokes other than frozen or canned- the fresh ones kind of freak me out- although I really want to learn!

  17. Glad you aren’t leaving us!! ;)

    As for kitchen gadgets…waffle maker..want one so badly! :) haha!

  18. I would love to cook an artichoke the correct way!!! I’m horrible it it!

  19. So glad you’re not stopping! My biggest challenge is that I never stick to anything longer than a week or two.

  20. Cute dog!

  21. The world would be a sad place if you ever gave up blogging!
    Steamed artichoke is sooooo good! I love dipping them in hummus or yogurt mixed with garlic and herbs.

  22. I love artichoke and of course I love the standard butter or mayo, but light sour cream, hummus or homemade light ranch all taste good as well. As does the artichoke in all its natural yummyness (no added goo needed).

  23. I am not as big a fan of artichokes as I wish I was!

    Love the idea for the pizza bake – I have a similar recipe that we call pizza casserole.

  24. Happy easter nicole….and pizza paste bake looks awesome in those cute ramekins..

  25. Hehe, you didn’t get me!! I’m on high alert for April Fool’s Day jokes, haha! ;)

    I recently saw this HG recipe for steamed artichokes, looks great!! :)

    http://www.hungry-girl.com/chew/chewdetails.php?isid=2012

  26. i knew you were joking ;)
    i wish i had some ramekins-i need to get some!
    have a great day!

  27. ahhh – you actually had me for a split second!!

    As crazy as it sounds, I’ve never had an artichoke. I know! I’d definitely try one, but our family doesn’t eat them for some reason? I need to be a big girl and learn how to make them!

    I’m excited for this challenge! I need something to help hold me accountable, especially for something like stretching because I tend to think it doesn’t matter. And when I do it, I FEEL so much better!

  28. GASP I love that picture of Lily! she is so freaking cute!!!!! The pizza pasta dish looks amazing!

  29. My mom used to make steamed artichokes for us all the time! we dipped the leaves in lemon and butter. not the healthiest but oh so good!

  30. GGGGGAAAAAAAAHHH!! Nicole!! you scared the crap out of me! I thought it was for real! I was anxious not just because you’re an awesome blogger, but bc I thought something bad happened…thank god it’s just a joke! hahaha! I didn’t even realize it was April’s Fools Day today!

  31. That looks so yummy! I need a food processor badly.

  32. That pasta looks delish! I’m planning on having a big pasta dinner tomorrow night before my half marathon Saturday.

    I love artichokes also! I’ve been known to make a meal of artichokes by themselves… ;-) Sometimes I mix up a little dipping sauce with greek yogurt, dill, lemon and diced capers. I also like Trader Joe’s Garlic Aioli Mustard (not high fat like a normal aioli).

  33. Never tried making my own artichokes. It’s on the to-do list.
    The pizza pasta bake looks great.

  34. Oh my gosh Nicole! I just made stemmed artichokes last night. I served them with jalapeno and arugula aioli. They were so tasty. I have only had whole artichokes twice and was surprised how easy they are to make! Will definitely be making this in future! So good!

  35. I bet Jacob would really like that pizza pasta bake!

    I think motivating myself to take the time on Sundays when I might want to do something else wil be my biggest barrier. I’ll have to make sure to plan my meals so I know what to prep that day.

  36. I really want a magic bullet blender!!
    The pasta bake looks yummy! I LOVE artichokes!

  37. oooooh that recipe is now bookmarked. i think that my husband would LOVE it!! i will have to make it soon…….. thanks!

  38. OK – first of all I LOVE that picture of Lily!!

    My do what you dont goal is to actually do yoga. My body needs it, and I just dont do it. I honestly think that my biggest challenge is going to be keeping up with the yoga once I can run again. Its only been a few days, but Im already feeling SO much better that I think another week and I’ll be good to go. Its going to be hard for me to do yoga when what I really want to do is run. But I know that in order to run, I need the yoga.

  39. Yum to pizza pasta bake! I love anything that has pizza in the title! I have only had artichokes occasionally – I probably need to eat them more often.

  40. YUM, that is the perfect dinner!!! Artichokes are a favorite here. My little ones love them too. We do pasta bake all the time too. We have a variety of things we use to dip…my dad always used a mix of lemon juice and mayonnaise, I love Italian dressing and my boys love melted butter.

  41. I loooove steamed artichokes. I like them plain or with lemon.

    I’m dying for a Le Creuset Cast Iron Amazingness!!

  42. I love steamed artichoke!! I forget what I dipped it in before. It was a mix of two things, but I can’t think of it. Boo.

    And too funny on the April Fools. You were the first person to do a joke that I have come across today. :)

  43. oh you nearly had me !!!! great eats have a lovely Easter

  44. Nice one! My grandpa called my aunt and told her I ate a steak for breakfast becaus I couldn’t bare to be a vegetarin any more. Ryan loves artichockes, but we have never done one at home.

  45. I really really want to try a steamed artichoke baked by myself sometime very soon. It is just so pretty!

  46. Ah, don’t make my heart skip a beat like that! Geez, Nicole!

    I love artichokes! Especially the middle part, after you take out the choke. We usually make a mayo-mustard sauce for dipping (heavy on the mustard for me ;) ).

    Happy birthday to your Mom!

  47. OO girl, you scared me for a second! :-) Awhile ago I picked up some cute raemkins at a Saver’s(discount store) for 0.49 a pop–steaaal! Love the pizza pasta idea–pizza in a bowl sounds brilliant!

  48. I’ve been dying for a crock pot, my kitchen needs one! :)

  49. I totally forgot what a whole artichoke looked like, YUM! Ramekins make the perfect size bowls for dessert!!

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