These zucchini lasagna rollups are a great way to use up summer zucchini.
I’ve been making the excuse lately on the days I work the market, that because my job is a lot of manual labor (packing up coolers, packing up my car, unpacking at the market, repacking after the market, putting everything back when I get to the shop) that I just take it easy and do work on the computer and stuff like that. Yesterday I decided that was stupid. I got up at 7:00 and I didn’t have to leave the house until noon – plenty of time to get a workout in!
I then walked to a road not far from my house. I would walk one side, and then when it got to the turn around, I would run the other side, and I repeated that for about 30 minutes. It felt great! As I was walking though, I had an epiphany. I don’t even know what to call it – overeating/bingeing/emotional eating – whatever it is. It suddenly dawned on me that if a friend came over upset, sad or angry, I wouldn’t push a deep dish pizza and a pint of ice cream over to her and say “this will make everything better!” If I wouldn’t do that for a friend, why would I do it to myself? It was kind of an AHA moment!
Since it was a market day, I did my usual stagger of breakfast/lunch/dinner. I ate breakfast around 10:30 – egg white scramble with 3 ounces frozen hash browns, 1/2 ounce of Swiss cheese with chopped greens, uncured bacon and cherries. Breakfast came in at 9 smart points.
The weather forecast kept changing, and I thought that I might get home before the storms started. But around 6:00 p.m. the market manager blew her whistle and told everyone to pack up – there was a tornado warning in the area. I was able to break down my whole tent and station in just 15 minutes! I ended up eating half of my sandwich and veggie straws on the drive back to the shop. Since I only ate half of my sandwich, lunch came in at 7 points.
I lucked out and only had a drizzle of rain driving home – most of the storms went south and east of where I was. When I got back to the shop though, I saw a rainbow!
I think I mentioned it before, but on the nights that I work late, I’ve decided to ditch the carbs (and frozen pizza!). I planned ahead yesterday morning and make zucchini lasagna rollups so when I got home, I only had to pop them in the oven for 15 minutes.
- 1 medium zucchini, sliced thin
- 1/3 part skim ricotta cheese
- 2 tablespoons basil, divided
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup pasta sauce
- 1 ounce 50% reduced fat Cabot white cheddar cheese
In a skillet, heat your pan to medium heat and spray with Pam. Cook the sliced zucchini for about 2-3 minutes a side – just enough to make them pliable to stuff and roll. In a bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, 1 tablespoon of the basil, the almond milk, crushed red pepper and salt and pepper. Divide mixture between the zucchini slices. Roll up – it’s okay if some of the cheese oozes out. Place the pasta sauce on the bottom of a baking pan. When ready to cook, top with the Cabot cheese and bake at 350 for 15 minutes, and then a couple minutes under the broiler. This ended up being 8 smart points.
You can use any jarred sauce, but lately I've been using Rao's.
This was all sorts of deliciousness! And for the record, I used canned pasta sauce – I bought two cans for $1 at the Dollar General – and it’s only 2 points per 1/2 cup.
So I had a great day yesterday. I plan my meals, got my steps in (and then some – I think I had 12k) and didn’t eat any crap after dinner, even though I was still a bit hungry. Next time I think I’ll add some Italian sausage to the dish above for more protein, but still delicious. When Hannah came home from school last night it was already in the oven and she said “it smells like pizza!” She may or may not have been a bit disappointed that it was zucchini!
Another work day, but I have plenty of time to get my workout in. I have a jones for waffles so that may be on the breakfast menu today.
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Make it a great day!