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!!!

Mini Meatloaf

Last night was the first kinda cold night for us here in Colorado and we were craving some comfort food…and meatloaf sounded good.  I can’t tell you if I’ve ever craved meatloaf.  But after last night’s dinner…it might be a regular thing!

Mini Meatloaf


  • 1 lb ground buffalo (but you could use ground beef or ground turkey)
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 little can of mild green chiles
  • 1/4 cup eggbeaters (but you could use real eggs or egg whites)
  • low sugar ketchup – although in the future I might kick it up a notch with some sriacha or cholula 🙂
  1. mix the meat, onion, green chiles, and eggbeaters in a bowl.  Really get in there with your hands to mix it all up.
  2. make little meatballs and put in a greased cupcake pan.
  3. drizzle a little ketchup on top of each mini meatloaf.
  4. bake at 350* for 40 min.
  5. this made 8 mini meatloaves…two servings of 4 meatloaves.
Sauteed Turnips – fyi, I had never tried turnips before and although they look like french fries (and I soooooo wanted them to taste like french fries)…they tasted like turnips.  But hey, if turnips are your thing, you just might like this little side dish.
  • 2 peeled turnips cut in length-wise chunks.   I say “peeled” because I did not know that turnips required peeling.  I’m new.
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • butter or margarine or pam
  • salt, pepper, paprika to taste
  1. put all of the ingredients in a pan and sautee on medium/medium-low for as long as possible.  🙂
I served this with a salad and our comfort meal was complete!

Take Shape For Life

I teased about a new program several weeks ago and then never wrote about it.  I’ve been a little nervous about writing about it because I wanted to make sure my results were solid and I wanted to make sure I represented this company ethically and in accordance with their policies.  I’ve had a few comments asking for more info so here it is!

In July, my boyfriend had an appointment with his doctor and she recommended a program called Take Shape For Life.  TSFL is a comprehensive program that gives you the tools to lose weight safely and quickly and keep it off for good.  My bf has been so supportive of my dalliances with 4HB and Paleo/Primal, I wanted to support him and join him on this program.  Heck, I was still trying to lose weight and those other programs just weren’t giving me the results I wanted.

TSFL does.  It utilizes the Medifast brand of pre-packaged food to help you lose weight.  It’s low calorie, low fat, low carb.  We eat 5 of Medifast meals/day – which include things like bars, shakes, puddings, soups, brownies, etc.  There are actually over 70 different kinds of foods to choose from.  And once/day we eat what they call a Lean & Green – essentially a paleo/primal meal – of lean protein and non-starchy veggies.  I eat every 2-3 hours and that helps level my blood sugar so I never feel hungry.  Really.  It’s so easy to do, even with the hectic schedules that we all have nowadays.  And the Medifast meals actually taste good too!  Really!

That’s the food – here are our results: I have lost 20 lbs. My boyfriend, who has been on/off the program has lost a solid 35 lbs.  And we’re still going!  *Results will vary.  Typical results on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan is 2-5 lbs/week and up to 20 lbs in the first month.*  Those are some pretty sweet “typical results” if you ask me.  One of the best byproducts of my weightloss is that my blood pressure has improved!  That is HUGE for me.

What I find even more important than the food is the coaching and community – I check in with my health coach once/week.  This helps me stay accountable and get direct feedback.  TSFL recommends a book called Habits of Health by Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen and an accompanying workbook that I’ve been reading and working on that has really helped reshape my viewpoints on food and nutrition in general and given me a strategy to transition off the Medifast foods when I’m ready and keep the weight off.  In addition to the coaching is an online community that is so valuable – they have answered all sorts of questions for me and reading through their blogs and discussion boards has been extremely inspirational.  There are also conference calls several times a week.  There are just so many ways to stay connected.  You can participate as little or as much as you’d like.

So I bet you are wondering – How Much?  There are no sign up fees or hidden costs.  You only pay for the Medifast meals.  An average month is approximately $300.  (The coaching is free.)  I don’t know what your monthly food budget is, but I spend at least that (usually more) on just groceries, not counting eating out or wine.  So for me, eating this way is actually saving me money.

Alright – let’s conclude this infomercial.  These are my own words, my experience.  If I met you on the street, I probably would’ve had the same conversation as what I wrote here.  I’m just that excited about what it’s done for me!  I am so enthusiastic about this program that I’ve become a health coach myself.  If you are interested in the program or just want more information, feel free to email me at  Or check out  I can help you save 5%-10% on the Medifast products, get free shipping, 2 free weeks of food, and I will be your free health coach!

This blog was originally intended as a way for me to keep accountable with my weight-loss goals for 2011.  I’ll keep updating here and include some Lean & Green recipes every now and then.  It’s my personal plan to revert back to a more paleo/primal diet once I’ve reached my weight-loss goals.  I don’t know about you, but all that bacon was not helping me lose weight.  TSFL has.

You Know What’s Better Than a Gap Size 6?

So back in April I wrote a post called Gap Size 6!!!  I was so excited to get into that number.  And then I strayed…strayed from eating paleo…strayed from eating well in general…and I strayed from my beloved size 6’s.

It’s been several months since then and in the last 6 weeks I’ve been doing a new program.  I’ve lost more in a month of this new program than I did in 4 or 5 months of eating 4 Hour Body/Paleo/Primal altogether.

And you know what’s better than a Gap Size 6??  An INC Size 4!!  That’s right ladies and gentlemen, I comfortably fit into the Macy’s brand INC size 4 jeans.

You know what’s better than an INC Size 4?? Paying $14 for said Size 4 jeans.  You read that right – FOURTEEN DOLLARS.

I have been wearing some pretty baggy jeans in the last few weeks and mozied through Macy’s just to look.  I saw some jeans that were on sale from $80 down to $35.  I thought…well it won’t hurt to try them on.  I tried on a pair of 8’s and a pair of 6’s.  The 6’s were good, but I know I’m losing weight consistently so I thought to myself, why bother right now.  Yeah, it’s a great deal.  But maybe in a couple weeks the 6’s won’t fit anymore.  I told my boyfriend this when I got home and he was like – of course it’s worth $35 for you to have clothes that fit!  Go back there and get them!  Gotta love my boyfriend.  😉

So back to Macy’s I went a few days later.  And what do I see??  Those same jeans are now $20!!  Well.  I grabbed several pair, long, cropped, light wash, dark wash…just to try on.  I pulled on the first pair and they were a little snug, but I thought they fit pretty well.  Not bad for a 6!  Took them off…they were a size 4!!!  Holy guacamole.  So I snatched up a pair of less snug 6’s, and a couple pairs of 4’s.  Took them up to the register and paid with my Macy’s card and one of those 20% coupons they always have and all 3 of those originally $80 jeans rang up at $14 EACH!!!!!!!!!  Gotta love Macy’s.

This all happened about 2 weeks ago.  The 6’s are now baggy and the 4’s fit perfectly.  🙂

Cauliflower Pizza

So yesterday I made shrimp fried “rice”.  In the process of making the “rice” – I didn’t know how much cauliflower would be needed to make a sufficient amount.  So I bought 2 heads and starting grating on my little cheese grater.  Didn’t work.  Then I got out a potato ricer (yeah, I have a potato ricer…bought just for this occasion).  Still didn’t work.  So I threw it in my good ol’ trusty vitamix and SUCCESS!  It was a messy success, but a success nonetheless.

So in case you were wondering, 2 heads of cauliflower all vitamixed up makes about 8 one cup servings of shredded cauliflower.  That’s a lot of cauliflower.  I froze most of it but reserved one cup to make today’s dish PIZZA!

Whoops!  I ate most of it before I took the picture.  This is just one slice out of 4.  It was about the size of a personal-size frozen pizza.


  • 1 cup shredded cauliflower (raw)
  • 1/4 cup eggbeaters (I’m sure you could substitute and use eggs, but I had eggbeaters)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese  – divided into two 1/2 cups
  • 1/4 cup marinara
  • any pizza toppings you like – today I tried turkey pepperoni
  • a dash of italian seasoning
  1. preheat oven to 425*
  2. mix the shredded cauliflower, eggbeaters, and 1/2 cup shredded cheese in a bowl until combined thoroughly.
  3. put mixture on a pan with parchment paper that has been sprayed lightly with pam.
  4. spread out mixture with spoon to be the size of a mini/personal-size pizza
  5. cook for 30 min.
  6. take out and *carefully* flip over with large spatula…you don’t want it to break.
  7. cook for another 10 min.
  8. take out and put the marinara, remaining cheese, a dash of italian seasoning, and any toppings you want.
  9. cook for another 5 min.
  10. Enjoy!  It is very crust-like without any of the carbs!

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