more DO, less DON'T

I’ve got sad news. I’m giving up blogging.












Lame, I know :) I couldn’t think of anything better!

My kitchen feels complete. I am now the proud owner of 6 ramekins. Aren’t the cuuute? πŸ˜‰

Is there a kitchen gadget, utensil, or dish that you reeeally want?


I was trying to make Jess’s Pizza Pasta, but I ended up making something slightly different…

Prevention Pizza Pasta Bake

4 cups whole wheat pasta, cooked
2 cups low-sodium pasta sauce
2 tsp fresh or dried basil
2 tsp Italian seasoning
3 tsp minced garlic
2 ounces provolone, sliced into small, thin slices
34 slices turkey pepperoni, cut in half
1/2 cup 2% shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan


Preheat oven to 350ΒΊ F.

Cook pasta according to directions.

Combine pasta sauce, basil, Italian seasoning, and garlic. Stir in pasta and stir to coat. Stir in provolone, mozzarella, and turkey pepperoni. Place into a 9×9 baking dish or 2 quart casserole dish. Bake for 15 minutes or until heated through.

Remove dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Turn on broiler to 500ΒΊ F. Broil the pasta bake for 4 minutes or until the Parmesan cheese turns slightly brown. Serves 4.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 345 calories; 10.5 g. fat; 37.5 mg. cholesterol; 640 mg. sodium; 44.5 g. carbohydrate; 7.5 g. fiber; 21.8 g. protein

The pizza pasta bake was WONDERFUL! Thanks for the great idea, Jess! Mr. Prevention looooved this dish!

I served it with:

Steamed ARTICHOKE! Mmmmmm!!! Love’em! $1 at Whole Foods!!!

And we enjoyed dinner in the great outdoors…

Lily and I want to wish everyone good luck in the April “DO what you DON’T” Challenge!

“If you don’t want too many cute wrinkles like me, you should DO what you DON’T!” Love, Lily

Question #1: For those participating in the DO what you DON’T challenge this April, what do you anticipate being your biggest barrier in meeting your goal?

I think mine will be traveling a lot this month and not being on an entirely normal schedule. Yoga and strength training can be done anywhere, though…no excuses!!

Question #2: Have you ever had a steamed artichoke? What did you dip the leaves in (if anything)? Did you like it?


Almost Friday,


  1. says

    Haha you totally got me! I thought “oh no! why isn’t she blogging anymore?! what happened? ” I am such a sucker :)

    I haven’t had streamed artichoke in forever — it is so good! I don’t remember how it was served, I just remember it being yummy.

    PS hope your mom has a good bday!

  2. says

    I actually thought that was a good April Fool’s joke, particularly for the blogger community…I definitely believed you before I scrolled down, and I was like oh, no! I really enjoy a lot of your blog posts!

    I haven’t had an artichoke in so long. I could really go for one soon. I usually dip them in butter. Yum!

  3. says

    Had I not already been warned that it was April Fools Day, my heart would have skipped a beat and I would have been crushed when I read the intro to your post. SO glad it is not true :)

    I just posted in your challenge post and I am taking on the challenge. I think one of the hardest things for me will be making sure I get enough food in during the day so my body does not crave the binge at night. I also know my head plays tricks on me during the day so that in my mind I know I can eat more of my cereal and yogurt in the evenings when I finally get a chance to relax.

    I do not like artichokes, I have tried them many times so I have no ideas of what to dip them in.

    Happy Birthday to your Mom!!!

  4. Rebecca says

    LOL you actually fooled me!! :) I guess I do need that second cup of coffee after all…

    Am going to try the steamed artichoke this weekend- any suggestions for prep?? Have a fantastic weekend! Bisous.

  5. says

    Yay!! I blogged about my “Do What You Don’t” challenge just a few minutes ago!

    My biggest obstacle is going to be my own laziness :-)

  6. says

    I really really want a food processor! I can’t believe I don’t have one… :( So many things I would do with it!

    And I’ve never worked with artichokes other than frozen or canned- the fresh ones kind of freak me out- although I really want to learn!

  7. says

    The world would be a sad place if you ever gave up blogging!
    Steamed artichoke is sooooo good! I love dipping them in hummus or yogurt mixed with garlic and herbs.

  8. says

    I love artichoke and of course I love the standard butter or mayo, but light sour cream, hummus or homemade light ranch all taste good as well. As does the artichoke in all its natural yummyness (no added goo needed).

  9. says

    I am not as big a fan of artichokes as I wish I was!

    Love the idea for the pizza bake – I have a similar recipe that we call pizza casserole.

  10. says

    ahhh – you actually had me for a split second!!

    As crazy as it sounds, I’ve never had an artichoke. I know! I’d definitely try one, but our family doesn’t eat them for some reason? I need to be a big girl and learn how to make them!

    I’m excited for this challenge! I need something to help hold me accountable, especially for something like stretching because I tend to think it doesn’t matter. And when I do it, I FEEL so much better!

  11. says

    GGGGGAAAAAAAAHHH!! Nicole!! you scared the crap out of me! I thought it was for real! I was anxious not just because you’re an awesome blogger, but bc I thought something bad happened…thank god it’s just a joke! hahaha! I didn’t even realize it was April’s Fools Day today!

  12. says

    That pasta looks delish! I’m planning on having a big pasta dinner tomorrow night before my half marathon Saturday.

    I love artichokes also! I’ve been known to make a meal of artichokes by themselves… πŸ˜‰ Sometimes I mix up a little dipping sauce with greek yogurt, dill, lemon and diced capers. I also like Trader Joe’s Garlic Aioli Mustard (not high fat like a normal aioli).

  13. says

    Oh my gosh Nicole! I just made stemmed artichokes last night. I served them with jalapeno and arugula aioli. They were so tasty. I have only had whole artichokes twice and was surprised how easy they are to make! Will definitely be making this in future! So good!

  14. says

    I bet Jacob would really like that pizza pasta bake!

    I think motivating myself to take the time on Sundays when I might want to do something else wil be my biggest barrier. I’ll have to make sure to plan my meals so I know what to prep that day.

  15. says

    OK – first of all I LOVE that picture of Lily!!

    My do what you dont goal is to actually do yoga. My body needs it, and I just dont do it. I honestly think that my biggest challenge is going to be keeping up with the yoga once I can run again. Its only been a few days, but Im already feeling SO much better that I think another week and I’ll be good to go. Its going to be hard for me to do yoga when what I really want to do is run. But I know that in order to run, I need the yoga.

  16. says

    YUM, that is the perfect dinner!!! Artichokes are a favorite here. My little ones love them too. We do pasta bake all the time too. We have a variety of things we use to dip…my dad always used a mix of lemon juice and mayonnaise, I love Italian dressing and my boys love melted butter.

  17. says

    I love steamed artichoke!! I forget what I dipped it in before. It was a mix of two things, but I can’t think of it. Boo.

    And too funny on the April Fools. You were the first person to do a joke that I have come across today. :)

  18. says

    Nice one! My grandpa called my aunt and told her I ate a steak for breakfast becaus I couldn’t bare to be a vegetarin any more. Ryan loves artichockes, but we have never done one at home.

  19. says

    Ah, don’t make my heart skip a beat like that! Geez, Nicole!

    I love artichokes! Especially the middle part, after you take out the choke. We usually make a mayo-mustard sauce for dipping (heavy on the mustard for me πŸ˜‰ ).

    Happy birthday to your Mom!

  20. says

    OO girl, you scared me for a second! :-) Awhile ago I picked up some cute raemkins at a Saver’s(discount store) for 0.49 a pop–steaaal! Love the pizza pasta idea–pizza in a bowl sounds brilliant!


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