Written by Jessica on Thursday, October 21, 2010
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I've found a recipe that's too good not to share!  It came from Skinny Gina and I made it with adaptions that of course added lots of fat to a skinny recipe!  

Low Fat Baked Ziti with Spinach
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes 
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1/8th Points: 6 pts
Calories: 331.9 Fat: 7.1 g Protein: 17.5 g Carb: 54.7 g Fiber: 7.8 g 
  • 1 lb high fiber ziti such as Ronzoni Smart Taste
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic,minced
  • 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 8 oz fat-free ricotta (I used cottage cheese)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • 2 cups (8 oz) part skim mozzarella
  • I added 1.5 lbs of hamburger meat browned and drained cooked with diced onions and bell peppers.
Preheat oven to 375°.Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with oil spray.

In a large pot of salted water, cook pasta according to instructions until al dente. Drain and return to pot.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, add olive oil and sauté garlic. Add chopped spinach, salt pepper and chopped tomatoes. Season with basil, oregano, salt and pepper.

Add sauce to the pasta and combine the ziti. Add half of the mozzarella, Parmesan cheese and ricotta. Mix well then transfer to the baking pan.

Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Top with the remaining mozzarella.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until mozzarella is melted and the edges are lightly browned.

This can be made up to a day in advance and stored, tightly covered, in the refrigerator. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.

And VOILA!  Here's mine:

And this time of year... my favorite dessert:

Written by Jessica on Monday, October 11, 2010

Aunt Barbara - I hope you haven't given up on us!

ok - so when I lived within 30 minutes from a lot of my family I posted blog updates all the time - now that we're half a day away, I never post!  SORRY!

I still don't have a long post about life in SC in me right now - but I will post some links to some pictures I've posted on fb for my non-facebooking family and friends!

Our trip to the pumpkin patch - It was a small country farm in Martin SC - but the boys had fun!

or - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=71770&id=1577670409&l=cf574a3b18

We're headed to the Columbia, SC Zoo* next weekend to help the boys get into character* and then to Kackleberry Farms in Louisville, Ga the weekend after that then the next weekend is our great escape from the ZOO! 

*hint hint!

I don't think I ever posted Taylor's b/d pictures and our trip back home on here yet... So here they are:

or - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=68674&id=1577670409&l=3337822221