Running a half marathon is an incredible feat for most people. I ran my first half marathon after coming back from a European vacation where I indulged on buttery croissants, gelato and lots of rest-stop snacks. Not only did I feel incredibly out of shape after 3 weeks with no rigorous activity, I was nervous to run 13.1 miles. Although my calves felt like they were ripping by the end of the race, I finished in 2:13. I was pretty proud of myself.
One morning over the summer, I decided to sign up for a marathon. I figured "why not?" I accomplished a half marathon, so perfectionist-over-achiever-me decided on a whim at 7 AM one morning to go big. It wasn't until I started to lack serious running motivation that I completely questioned my decision. I quickly realized how ambitious and hard on myself I truly was. I tried to run through the soreness in my knees and hips and felt tight for days after a longer run, no matter how much I stretched. I remember how great it felt to write out my running goals per week, but the moment I went for a 12 mile run and could only physically run 6 miles, I felt like a complete failure. I nearly gnawed my nails off because I was stressing myself out with the thought of that failure. When I look back, I attempted that 12 mile run after a full shift at work (I generally walk 7-8 miles during my shifts) and it was hot AF outside. I tend to push myself to the brink of my abilities and get extremely discouraged when I can't accomplish everything.
After much deliberation, I switched races to the half marathon. I felt like an immense weight was lifted off my shoulders. I was disappointed at myself until I realized that I can't accomplish everything! Who knew that it would take this kind of event for me to realize that? Despite all of my negative thoughts, I was excited for the race. I had a goal to complete the half in 2:10, but I literally just wanted to beat my time from the last half. Again, it was another cool and rainy race. If you're anything like me, this is the ideal temperature for running. It was cool enough to wear a t-shirt and leggings, no baggy clothes and layers for this girl. The course for the Maine Half Marathon was quite pleasant. It ran through Portland into Falmouth along the coastline so we could peak at the views of the waterfront. I think that I was staring at the people in front of me the entire time to avoid stepping on people's feet. The middle of the course was rolling, but the worst part was the last mile on the back cove. Ugh. I was actually getting bored. The best moment of the race (obviously) was crossing the finish line with my mom and my grandparents cheering me on. There was also no better feeling than blowing my last race's time out of the water. I was ecstatic to finish the half in 1:57. I'd say that a sub 2 hour half is pretty impressive (at least in my book).
I think there comes a time when you have to realize that you can't accomplish everything. But, you bet that the things you can accomplish will be done with the most effort and drive.
I've been using Origins skincare products since high school and I've never cared to try any other brand. Origins products are naturally derived, light, and not harsh on your skin. I'm fortunate to have normal skin, but sometimes it gets quite dry in the winter around my nose and upper lip. I take my skincare routine pretty seriously. I wash my face diligently, I tone my face 2 times a day, and I am very liberal with my lotions. I also make sure that I exfoliate once a or twice week to ensure that my skin is refreshed and brightened.
Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash: $22
You may be thinking to yourself "What kind of nutcase spends over $20 on face wash!?" This product certainly lasts a llllooooonnnnggg time, months and months to be exact. You only need a pea-sized amount because it suds up and washes everything away, including makeup. Checks and balances also has a luxurious minty scent which makes you feel like your pores are getting a deep cleanse.
Origins Modern Friction Nature's Gentle Dermabrasion: $39
This. Is. Worth. Every. Penny. I use this scrub year round, but especially in the winter when my face is drier than usual. Instead of plastic balls or those mystery beads that you find in other scrubs, Modern Friction uses rice. This scrub is powerful, yet gentle and doesn't make my skin red and irritated after I've used it. The best part, it leaves my skin feeling flawless and smooth.
Origins United State Balancing Tonic: $19
United State is my go-to product after I've taken a shower or washed my face. Even though Origins washes and cleansers do an amazing job washing off my makeup, United State blasts away at anything left on my skin deep in my pores. I put it on a cotton ball and swirl around my face, making sure that I get spots like my nose, forehead, hairline, and around my jawline and ears. This wipes away any imperfections and leaves my skin feeling tingly and refreshed!
Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer: $27.50
This lotion is the lightest, most effective moisturizer I've ever used. For years, I bounced around on drug-store lotions. Many left my face feeling tight, or too oily. This moisturizer glides onto my skin and smells amazing and citrus-y. The best part about this lotion is that I use it year round. In the summer I dab on spots that are prone to dryness- my forehead after a day in the sun. In the winter is use more on areas of dryness, like my nose and upper lip. It doesn't make my skin feel greasy, or shiny.
I understand that a lot of college students are on budgets, but I cannot picture myself buying cheap skincare products. There are much more expensive products on the market and Origins is sold at places like Sephora and also online at their website (they're always having online sales and you get free mini test products with your purchases). I also hyperlinked each product in the pictures above. I highly suggest looking into Origins cosmetics, because their products are the shit. There are also so many other products of theirs that I use..check them out below.
A few weeks ago, I watched the documentary Fed Up. Not only was it incredibly interesting to see the effects of marketing on people, but it made me realize that I'm also a victim of the sugar industry. I have a major sweet tooth and I'll admit it. I can pound down half pints of Ben and Jerry's and still crave more chocolate. Since I'm training for a marathon, I decided to take a big step and own up to my sugar addiction.
It's been almost 2 weeks and I've limited the amount of sugar that I'm eating everyday. I decided to eat natural sugars only. These natural sugars are derived from fruits, or other sources, like honey, agave, maple syrup and coconut sugar. This is all I've eaten over the past couple of weeks and I've felt a HUGE difference in how I'm feeling. The most riveting part of it all: I literally do not crave sweets anymore. I started to read labels to see if there is any sugar or artificial sweeteners laced into delicious treats. I feel proud of myself to put these products down and look for something with more nutritional value. I stopped buying the chocolate chips, the ice cream, and the beef jerky with 10 GRAMS OF SUGAR per serving. I simply cannot believe that there is sugar in literally....almost...everything..on...shelves. It pisses me off to be honest. Food blogger Juli Bauer from PaleOMG calls out people who are addicted to sugar on her snapchat and now I feel for her. Although some days I am having a major chocolate craving, I bought super super dark chocolate (Lindt 90%) and one square satisfies my cravings.
DISCLAIMER: I'm not cutting sugar to lose weight, I'm just doing it to become more conscious about what I'm consuming.
For example, I tried to find "No sugar added" ice cream because I'm a freak, and I was slightly grossed out to find that all of these "no sugar added" ice creams had artificial sweeteners (which, according to multiple sources, can lead to weight gain...there are really no benefits to consuming artificial sweeteners.. take a look at this article).
For now, I'll stick to moderation.
As you all know, I currently live in Portland, Maine. I live about 1/4 of a mile from the Back Cove, close to Hannaford, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's and a short drive uphill to the Old Port, which is the restaurant hub of the city. Portland is charming, located on the shores of Casco Bay and is filled with nautical undertones of decor and seafood everywhere you look. In short, I absolutely love this quaint city. Even though I love it here, I find myself going to the same restaurants quite frequently. Today, I'm going to stray from my usual recipes and give you a foodie's tour of some of my favorite places to eat in Portland.
Bayside American Cafe
One tip I have for Bayside is to get there by 8 AM. Yes, wake up early or else you will be waiting for 30,45, or even 60 minutes. I've spent a fair amount of time waiting, but it is always..always..always worth it. The corned beef hash is heavenly, and even better with sriracha. The eggs florentine benedict is also amazing. It's a poached egg on top of an english muffin with sauteed spinach and tomatoes with a red onion gravy. Need I say more?
Caiola's has been my favorite for brunch and dinner for almost 2 years now. It's a small restaurant with a front dining room, back dining room and outdoor patio seating. I've been here a lot...I mean a lot. I've tried nearly every delicious thing on their menu- from polenta fries, goat cheese risotto on top of a roasted red pepper bed, the homemade burger, cannelloni, eggplant parmesan, chicken marsala, you name it. Their desserts are out of this world. They get a 10/10 on creativity. I chose Caiola's for a brunch option because it's reasonably priced, quiet and the servers are amazing. Their benedict is scrumptious with a delicious hunk of ham to buffer the egg and english muffin.
Blake Orchard Juicery
Blake's Orchard is a juicery and smoothie bowl store. It's definitely a good fit for Portland. Who doesn't love a delicious smoothie bowl? I got a green smoothie; the base was light, but the toppings make this smoothie bowl crave worthy and satisfying. It's a perfect mid morning snack. The granola on top of these bowls are amazing with dehydrated strawberries, sweet, nutty clusters, and chewy blueberries. You can tell that the woman who runs this place has an appreciation for the art of smoothie making. Their instagram is a must follow! Even though this place might be considered 'pricey' for some people, I would much rather pay for fresh, quality ingredients and to support a local business. So much yum!
Get the truffle ketchup. I repeat, GET THE TRUFFLE KETCHUP. Not only does it sound fancy, it's absolutely amazing. Duckfat is the perfect lunch spot. The interior is super cool and casual. You will also most likely become friends and/or talk to the people sitting next to you due to the communal type of seating. If you're anti-social, good luck with this place. They also have a cool magnetic board with a bunch of letters to make your own sentences while waiting for your food. The panini sandwiches are yummy combinations of meats, cheeses and veggies and the french fries are crispy and salty, down to the last crunchy remains at the bottom of the cup. The milkshakes are also a must. They're decadent and creamy and make you feel like you are going to gain 5 pounds. It's worth it though.
It would probably be insane for me to say that I like Flatbread's pizza over every single pizza that I ate in Italy. There's something about the sauce, the flat chewy, but crunchy crust and salty cheese that keeps me coming back. I've probably devoured enough small Flatbread's pizzas to feed a small village. Not only is their pizza delicious, inexpensive, and quick..their drinks are amazing. The lemonade and blueberry lemonade (alcoholic) is so sweet and satisfying. The blueberry lemonade was lemonade, blueberry puree, vodka, maple syrup and a maple sugar rim. Flatbread's is a good year round choice and nothing beats their outdoor seating with a front row view of the ferries leaving and returning to Casco Bay.
I might be slightly obsessed with Taco Escobarr. The soft, puffy and crunchy tacos are all muy muy muy bien. The burrito bowl is jammed packed with fresh meat, and toppings. This place is totally vibey and good for late night eating and cravings as you sit under the hundreds of mini chili pepper string lights on the ceilings and stare at the strange skeletons on the wall. Chips and salsa are a must- the salsa is fresh, sweet and spicy. The margaritas are yummy, with fresh squeezed fruits and infusions and agave.
Thai food scared me before I ate at Boda. It's a complete experience for your tastebuds. The quail eggs are a perfect appetizer- mini cook-at-your-table pans filled with eggs, soy sauce and scallions. The pad thai is excellent and super filling. The veggies are still crunchy and there's always a balance with the heat in each dish. Boda is definitely a great place for a date due to it's ambiance, but always expect a bit of a wait on Friday's or Saturday's!
It feels great to be motivated and eat right, but doesn't it make you feel terrible once you get off track? One thing I realized is that it's ok. You don't have to be hard on yourself for eating tacos at 11 PM with your boyfriend after you ate really well all day. It's ok to have gelato and a whole small flatbread pizza after kayaking for 3 hours. This is practically the story of my life, but regardless of what food cravings come my way this week, I meal prepped a sh*& ton of food. Seriously, I haven't made a dent in any of it either. This random assortment of goodness I came up with is called the Chicken Sausage Skillet. This dish truly screams "FALL" "AUTUMN" all over it, but let's keep in the summer mindset for another couple of months. This will be a dish I will make frequently in the fall.
Now, I don't have a cast iron skillet, so I had to get my pan real hot for this searing action. I'm jealous of those with cast iron pans.
Chicken Sausage Skilet
1 package of chicken sausages (I used Trader Joe's Italian Chicken Sausages)
1 pound frozen brussel sprouts, defrosted, or fresh
4 small sweet potatoes
1/2 cup chicken stock or vegetable stock
3 cloves garlic
3 slices uncooked bacon
Making a list because I'm too lazy to type sentences. Sorry.
-Cook off chicken sausages in hot pan, get them crispy. Most are already pre-cooked so you're just warming them through for 5-7 minutes
-Cut bacon in slices, cook crispy, turn off heat
-Remove bacon from pan, set aside on paper towels to drain
-Leave 2 tbsp of bacon fat in pan, turn heat back on medium high heat
-Add garlic, sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts, salt and pepper to taste. Stir occasionally. Let cook for 10-15 minutes.
-Add chicken stock to degrease the pan, let boil and then simmer for 10 minutes, continue stirring occasionally
-Add chicken sausage back into pan to warm through
-Serve with the crispy baconnnnnnnn
I'm predicting that this will make 4 servings for the week, probably 5 to stretch :) Enjoy!
It feels amazing to be back at my apartment for consecutive weeks. I'm finally back in the rhythm of eating cleaner and cooking more! Yay for summer. My work schedule isn't too demanding either, so I've been having lots of time to meal prep and relax, isn't that what summer is all about? Summertime also has me craving shrimp. I bought a bag of about 100 small sized frozen shrimp at Trader Joe's a couple of weeks ago. It was great because the bag had about 4 large servings of shrimp, so I was able to stretch my dollar a little more. I made shrimp scampi last week, and this past week I marinated the rest of the shrimp in a delicious, random concoction.
Orange Sesame Shrimp
3 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 1/2 oranges
2 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp ground ginger
*Marinate shrimp overnight, cook in a hot pan to heat through-mine were already pre-cooked so I didnt want to overcook them, just warm them up. You could also grill or bake these in foil packets as well.
I served my shrimp with a quick and easy slaw.
-Big handful of shredded cabbage
-1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
-1 tsp sesame oil
-squeeze of fresh orange juice
-sprinkle of ground ginger
-sesame seeds for garnish
Yes, that's all I put in my 'slaw'. Pretty boring, but I consider this simple and delicious.
Throughout the whole week, I was trying to stick with whole foods and minimally processed foods because it would make me feel better before running my half marathon. I meal prepped turkey burgers, seasoned with one package of Trader Joe's onion dip mix, and seared the burgers on a grill pan. Next, I also prepped brown rice with black beans, red onion and lime for a bit of a kick. Lastly, I prepped some lettuce to wrap up my turkey burgers. It's so important to stay focused and motivated during the week for optimal performance.
Needless to say, I completed my first half marathon- The Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon! I'm pretty sore today, but yesterday I felt pretty hyped while I was running and somehow hit runners high at mile 9. I truly felt like I was running on air and my breathing was smooth and controlled. I felt relaxed and pushed through the last 4 miles with ease. I was so proud of myself! Now, I start marathon training! The most miles I've ever ran before the half was 8, back in late April. Before I left for Europe, I ran 5 miles. Since coming back, I did a couple 3.5 mile runs and some shorter ones. I was incredibly nervous before the race because I had no idea how my body would feel. I ate a breakfast of a large serving of watermelon, a banana, and a packet of Justin's vanilla almond butter. I drank about 3-4 bottles of water before the race as well- starting immediately when I woke up. I wasn't too uncomfortable during the race (I ate 4 cherry honey stingers after the halfway point in order to carb/sugar up), but after stopping, the soles of my feet were aching, and so were my knees and hips.
After I ran, this is how I replenished..
LOTS of water...
1 Vega vanilla protein shake, 1/2 almond milk 1/2 water mix
2 slices of ezekiel toast, topped with avocado
1/2 mango, lots of grapes
Napped for 2 1/2 hours...
Turkey burger in a lettuce wrap, pasta/coleslaw, more watermelon, 1 orange, green tea latte with soymilk
Popcorn as an evening snack
I had so much water in my system that I literally didn't feel like eating, but I knew that I had to eat in order to keep energized.
Running the half marathon was one of the most physically challenging experiences that I've endured in my life! It was surreal to finish in 2:13 as well! Thanks to my friends and family for the endless support and shoutout to my roommate Makenzie for being a great motivator before and during the race!
Shrimp scampi is a truly underrated dish. It's salty, buttery and garlicky..what more could you ask for? Whether you like pasta or not, shrimp scampi can be subbed with zucchini noodles. As if this dish couldn't get any better. I spent a couple of years working at an Italian restaurant, savoring over the fragrant scampi dish, but this dish uses much less oil and uses chicken stock and butter to create a tastier broth.
1/2 cup defrosted frozen shrimp (I used Trader Joe's)
3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup chicken stock, or vegetable stock
salt, pepper, crushed red pepper to taste
1 zucchini, spiralized into zoodles
Heat butter in a pan over medium heat, add garlic. Cook garlic for a few minutes and add the shrimp and seasoning. If the shrimp are already cooked, they only need a few minutes over the heat. Next, add the chicken stock and an extra tbsp of butter (or two). Simmer and turn the heat down. Add zucchini noodles, cook for 2 minutes. You don't want the zoodles to get soggy. Serve with a drizzle of fresh olive oil and lemon juice.
Hello all! It feels like it has been ages since my last post. You may be wondering why? First off, I was in Florida for a week. I came back for 10 days, then I embarked on the most amazing vacation of my life. My brother and I, along with 38 others from our group, traveled across Europe: 9 countries in 21 days. Holy crap. I can't even begin to explain how AMAZING this vacation was. I literally saw anything and everything. Starting off with historical stuff, I walked by the Anne Frank Haus in Amsterdam, visited Dachau in Germany, and saw actual bullet holes sprayed on buildings in Berlin from the 1940s. My inner history nerd was satisfied beyond measures. Everything was tangible and immersive. I was touching history. But, enough about History, let's talk about food. Surprisingly, I didn't gain any weight or get kidnapped (yes, this is what people predicted). I probably lost all of my muscle mass from eating carbs 3 times a day and gelato (sometimes twice a day), but it's vacation. Isn't the motto to come back poor and fat? I could go on and on and on and on.....literally....about my travels, but I will narrow it down. Plus, there's too much to talk about anyways! Enjoy.
I know that many of you have misconceptions about group tours, but I would 10/10 recommend Contiki. Our group consisted of brothers and sisters, boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives and people who simply wanted to travel alone. Each and every single individual on this tour was pleasant, friendly and adventurous. To top it off, people were from all over the world, Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Slovakia and Great Britain. How amazing! We spent hours on the bus at times, but we also spent hours walking around cities, immersing ourselves in the cultures and food, exploring museums, factories- from cheese, clogs, beer and chocolate. We also spent nights eating fabulous meals and experiencing the nightlife. All together, we got the full experience of being in a country/city in just 2 days.
Highlights from Berlin
One of the most memorable moments in Berlin was eating this crispy piece of pork schnitzel. I wish I was kidding. We spent the entire day doing 2 walking tours, seeing countless sights, like the Brandenburg Gate, monuments, bullet sprayed buildings, Nazi architecture and museums. By the end of the day, I was so famished. The night walking tour ended at a hole-in-the-wall place called Scheers Schnitzel. I was hesitant, but starving. About 15 minutes after our massive group arrived, we were told that the food was almost done cooking. When I went inside to grab a plate, I noticed that there were only a couple of women doing all of the cooking. They were also frying up each individual piece of pork in individual frying pans. There were a variety of garlicky sauces, ketchup, mayo and tartar sauce to smear all over the schnitzel. It was accompanied by homemade potato salad and coleslaw. I'll never forget that crispy piece of meat.
If I were to make an assumption here, I would assume that Munich is as German as German gets. First thing's first: Lederhosen and lots of it. If I ever move to Germany, I am without a doubt going to buy girl lederhosen. People literally wear lederhosen to beer halls, out shopping and strolling the streets. It's a thing. The Haufbräuhaus was authentic and rowdy. This giant beer hall had delicious half chickens and tasty beer, from the Radlers to the wheat beer. It is also necessary to drink steins of beer in Munich. Let's talk about how I ate 3 half chickens in about 36 hours. The best part about Munich was watching the Euro cup game at a beer garden. Germany was playing and it was a once in a lifetime experience to be cheering alongside Germans!
Highlights from Venice
On our way to Venice, we stopped for white water rafting in Austria. How COOL. It was probably one of my favorite experiences from the trip, not many people can say that they went white water rafting in Austria, can they?
Unfortunately, our morning in Venice was quite soggy. I was drenched head to toe on the gondola ride! Regardless of the weather, Venice was very pretty. My favorite part of Venice was our night in Burano. We sailed to a small island about 45 minutes away from venice and had an incredible seafood feast. We started with seafood risotto, then seafood lasagna, baked white fish, fried shrimp, calamari and then dessert. To top off the excellent dinner, the scenery on the island was picturesque.
If I could go back to Florence, I would in a heart beat. We stopped at Chianti in Tuscany and sampled wine, cheese and red pepper jellies. After, we headed into Florence and went out to dinner and had a delicious dinner at a local restaurant before going out to karaoke at the Red Garter. Yes, I sang "Don't Stop Believing". It was the highlight of my trip. Plus, the drinks were delicious at this place, and particularly strong. The next day, we had a walking tour of the city and roamed around. We sat on a rooftop overlooking the entire city and drank lattes. I felt pretty cultured at that point, and extremely lucky to be sitting on that rooftop cafe. Dinner in Florence was the best meal of the entire trip. A 5 course meal in the hills of Florence starting with bruschetta, pasta and then steak. My mouth is watering as I think about this meal. We literally could not stuff anymore food into our mouths. We ended our escapade in Florence by heading to Space, a popular night club in Florence. It was a great ending to an amazing night.
I was sad to leave Italy, but excited to take in the serenity of Switzerland. Lucerne was all about appeal, from the shopping to the views. We took a tram to the top of Mount Rigi to breathe in the views and later in the evening we sailed around Lake Lucerne to feel like ants among the mountains. Lucerne was relaxing, beautiful and serene. My favorite part about Lucerne was the fondue lunch and show. We were lucky enough to experience a traditional swiss show with hornblowers, dancers, yodelers and a cow...yes, a cow. All while eating fondue. It was a blast and a true cultural experience.
France was pleasantly surprising. I had my misconceptions about Paris, dirty, pick pocketers, etc, but it was gorgeous. All of the buildings were neutral, pinky beige. The views from the arc de triomphe were incredible. The macarons are Laduree were pricey, but worth every euro. The shopping in Paris was extravagant an expensive. Lastly, the Moulin Rouge show was a must see! The food was excellent and the show was spectacular. You need to go to the Moulin Rouge when you go to Paris. Versailles was also unique and lavish. Pretty much a house goal.
Ahh, so here's to the memories, the people, and the places I will never forget. I think it is so difficult to put this whole experience into words. Never mind difficult, it's impossible. If you truly want to know what it's like to travel to these places, google images won't tell you, other people's stories won't tell you and neither will travel agents. In order to truly get this experience, you have to travel yourself. This certainly won't be my last time heading back to Europe. Till next time.
Hello all! My life has turned into a rollercoaster ride. Even though I just came back from Disney, I feel like life has also been pretty similar- a ride with lots of ups and downs. I needed to take some time to focus on my internship and schoolwork. I had HUGE assignments due for my internship, some of which are still in the process, and my Spanish classes were also quite rigorous this semester. Through all of the tears, sweat and stress... I GRADUATED! I can't believe it. I remember my first days at USM and being scared and joyful. At that time, I was planning on graduating a semester early. At the beginning of my sophomore year. an opportunity fell into my lap. Although this meant taking 18 credits a semester and doubling up on ridiculous classes (for example, 3 history classes including my senior seminar), I did it. I still managed to keep a frequent gym schedule, attend weekly sorority events and meetings and work on weekends/weekdays. Not going to lie, I was pretty miserable this semester. Mostly because I wanted everything to be over, but I was also trying to figure my life out. I know I made the right choice by staying in Maine.
Anyways, FOOD. What the hell have I been eating this past month and a half. Well, I've been meal prepping, getting too much sushi at Whole Foods, and trying out some new restaurants in Portland and the surrounding area. Since I made too many things, most of which are on my Instagram (@the_hungrycollegegirl) you can just look at these pictures. I hope you don't forget, I'm going to Europe next Friday. I can't wait to share what I'm eating over there! Stay tuned!
Ravioli ravioli give me the formuoli. If you don't get that spongebob memo then go away. Just kidding, you'll probably want to stick around for this recipe :)
Growing up in an Italian family certainly had it's perks and by perks I mean pasta and bread. Homemade gravy, gnocchi, ravioli, spaghetti, stuffed shells, lasagna, you name it. My mom has mastered the delicious ricotta filling in her lasagna and stuffed shells. The smell of melted cheese reminds me of Christmas and practically every other holiday, all of which were filled with delicious entrees. And the bread. The homemade bread from local bakeries with the crusty crust and soft middles. Don't get me wrong, I love carbs. Unfortunately, carbs also love my butt and stomach. So lately, I've been cutting out all the bad carbs. I love having an occasional bowl of pasta or homemade pizza. This half marathon, 5K and 10K aren't going to run themselvses...ha ha ha.....
As a sub for pasta, I am constantly buying zucchini and making zoodles. Not going to lie, I love zoodles. Tonight, I decided to be creative! Yes, I said creative. I am constantly thinking that I'm lacking creativity lately, I feel bad for my students. Sorry guys, I'm not the most creative student teacher out there. Anyways, I saw a couple of pinterest posts about 'Zucchini Ravioli'. I thought I'd give it a shot and there were no ragrets.
1 large zucchini, peeled thin with a potato peeler
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp ricotta cheese (I used whole milk)
1 clove garlic chopped fine
1 tbsp olive oil
handful of mozzarella cheese
**Preheat oven to 375. Lay out sliced zucchini, place 3-4 slices horizontally and 3-4 slices vertically on top. Place dollop of ricotta filling in the middle and fold zucchini over. Repeat. One large zucchini made 3 ravioli for me! Spread an even layer of olive oil and tomato sauce on the bottom of a nonstick baking pan. Place ravioli on top and coat in sauce. Add mozzerella cheese and any other seasonings! Bake for 25 minutes and let cool before serving.