Pepperoni Ziti Casserole (courtesy of Taste of Home)
-1 package (1 pound) uncooked whole wheat pasta
-1/2 pound lean ground turkey
-1 29-ounce can of tomato sauce
-1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce
-1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
-5 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
-1/2 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
-4 teaspoons Italian seasoning
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
-1/4 teaspoon pepper
-1/2 cup water
-1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
-1 1/2 ounces sliced turkey pepperoni
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook turkey over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the 29-oz. can tomato sauce, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, spinach, ricotta cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic, garlic powder, pepper flakes and pepper. Drain pasta; fold into turkey mixture. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine the water and remaining tomato sauce; pour over pasta mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella cheese. Top with pepperoni. Cover and bake at 350° for 24-30 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
This casserole was delicious! I had a small bowl of it last night in addition to the small bowl today for lunch. Casey's eaten half of it already between dinner last night and his lunch today. It's good stuff, I'm telling you!
Before heading out to the barn, I grabbed an apple and a stick of light mozzarella cheese as an afternoon snack. I was feeling a bit fatigued from two show jumping lessons this week plus all of the new strength training routine I've incorporated into my workout regime, but I decided to ride anyway.
Everything was going smoothly until Ginny spooked at the rain falling on the arena roof. She leapt forward a few strides, unseating me a little, then gave a little buck and away I went! I managed to grab ahold of her head, but my legs continued to do a 360 cartwheel to the ground. Luckily, I landed on my feet. I'm pretty sure that "fall" got a standing ovation from the other riders in the arena (and viewing lounge)!
And the moral of the story? LISTEN to your body! If it's telling you it's tired or fatigued, give it a rest! I've been go-go-go all week with riding more often than usual and incorporating a new strength training schedule into my fitness routine. I should have read the signs and did groundwork with Ginny instead. I can almost guarantee I would have been able to sit through the spook on any other day; however, my legs were too tired to hold on properly and my seat was weak. Hence, a cartwheel fall!
FYI - I didn't hurt myself during the fall. My arms are a little scratched up and my back could use a rest, but no real injuries thank goodness!
I've made the executive decision to skip today's workout entirely and focus on letting my body (and poor back) recover. We have a big day of hiking tomorrow, so I need to rest up.
Instead of heading to the gym, Casey and I made a movie night out of tonight! We picked up our favourite chips and cut up a big bowl of watermelon.
I ate half of the bowl of watermelon and about a third of the bag of salt & vinegar chips. I guess dinner was officially replaced by watermelon and chips for the evening!
I know today hasn't been close to healthy; however, sometimes you just need a night like this to give you a little pick-me-up!
What do you do on nights like these?
What cheers you up after a bad day?
Have you ever had a fall or accident that ended up looking hilarious?