Pesto Pazta

Who says you can’t enjoy pesto without a big ol plate of pasta??  I know I didn’t think it was possible.  But last night I made homemade pesto in my vitamix and put it on thinly sliced noodle-like zucchini.  Check it out!

Pesto Pazta (get it?  with a Z for zucchini!)


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 peeled medium garlic cloves
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 or 2 zucchinis julienned long ways to make noodle-like strips
  • shrimp or whatever kind of protein you like with your pesto pazta!
Directions (this is from my vitamix cookbook, if you don’t have a vitamix – get one!  I love ours!  But I think any kind of food processor would work as well):
  1. Place olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic cloves, basil leaves and pine nuts in the vitamix – IN THAT ORDER.
  2. Secure lid and select variable 1, quickly increasing to variable 7 – in other words, mix it up real good.
  3. Blend for 1 minute using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.  And there’s your pesto.
  4. On to the pazta – I used olive oil cooking spray in a medium-sized pan on medium heat.  Cook up your zucchini until it’s a little translucent.  I found that 1 zucchini = approx 1 cup, which was 1 serving
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of pesto to the pan and mix it all up.
  6. Add your pre-cooked protein and season with salt & pepper, and sprinkle with pinenuts & parmesan as you see fit.
1 tablespoon of this pesto is 86 calories and was plenty for my plate.  If you are using regular pasta, this entire recipe yields enough sauce to coat 1 pound of pasta.  But if you don’t want to use the whole recipe, never fear – pesto freezes!  One of the best ideas I’ve seen for freezing it is to scoop it into an ice cube tray and you have ready-made servings of pesto!  Having only used 1 tablespoon so far, I have plenty of pesto for future recipes!  Yum!

How Much Sugar is in 20 oz of Coke?

17 teaspoons!!!

And that’s what it looks like.  That is a dish with 17 teaspoons of sugar and a 20 oz bottle of coke poured into 2 glasses.  If you have one coke per day for a week, that’s 119 teaspoons of sugar.  That’s 2 1/2 cups of sugar per week.  Something to think about…


Week 17 of TSFL – Transitioning

Well folks, it is officially week 17 of my Take Shape For Life adventure and I’ve hit my goal. Yay me!!! Today is Day 1 of Transition – Double Yay me!!!

I feel like it took me forever to get here.  And my goal changed several times especially in the last month.  Originally I wanted to be 130 lbs…sounded like a nice round number.  One I haven’t seen since high school probably.  As I approached 140 I realized – dang, this is getting pretty skinny!  So I adjusted my goal to 136 – that would be a total 30 lb weight loss.  Another nice round number.  I am currently 138 and a size 4 jeans (size 4?!?!).  My health coach told me that I might lose a couple more pounds in transition and that now would probably be a good time to start.  So here I am.  To be honest, I don’t care if I lose any more weight.  I think 138 – 140 is a great weight for me.  I haven’t weighed this little since college…maybe even earlier than that?  I finally match the weight on my drivers license (wow I really stretched the truth on that one for quite a few years….er….my entire adult life).  And hey, I’m a freakin size 4!  What more could I want?
My official total losses are:
weight – 28 lbs
inches – 32.25″
I look good, I feel good, and dammit, I’m eating some sweet potatoes tonight!!  Whoo hoo!!!