Friday, January 08, 2010

Fitness Update

Ok, you know how they say that if you get into a routine you'll actually want to work out? Well, apparently after working out for six days in a row, I have achieved this for myself, because when I did not go to the gym yesterday, I found myself antsy, annoyed, bored, and like I really wanted to go to the gym. This is not to say that I "enjoy" working out. But apparently, something has clicked where I no longer despise doing it. I think that this is positive.

In other news, I've been eating very well, and I'm excited to keep myself on track with the eating because it turns out when you plan your menu for the week and you really are thoughtful about including delicious things on it, you make really delicious food and you don't feel deprived whatsoever. For example, yesterday I made the following YUMMY vegetarian dish, modified from a recipe I'd tried before.

Eggplant and Squash Gratin with spinach.


  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 small yellow squash
  • 2 large tomatoes*
  • 1 medium eggplant (though on the small side of medium)
  • approx 3 servings of spinach (around half of the big bag of spinach from the store)
  • Grated parmesan cheese (I didn't measure, but I'd estimate around 1/4-1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup Shredded mozzerella cheese
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp of dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray 3 quart casserole with cooking spray.
  3. Thinly slice the eggplant in rounds, and lay the slices flat and salt to take out the bitterness/liquid (takes about 20-30 mins). Rinse and pat dry.
  4. Thinly slice the tomatoes and allow to sit on paper towels or a regular kitchen towel to drain excess liquid.
  5. Dice the onion, and saute until limp and brown (about 20 minutes) in some of the olive oil. (While this is going on, you'll also want to thinly slice the squash on the bias.)
  6. Mince the garlic, and at the very end of cooking the onions, throw it in with them for 1-2 minutes, being sure not to let it burn.
  7. Spread the onion and garlic in an even layer in the bottom of a casserole dish.
  8. Spread a layer of spinach on top of the onion and garlic.
  9. Toss the eggplant and squash in remaining olive oil and thyme (also salt/pepper to taste, though you won't need much salt as the eggplant was salted).
  10. Layer the veggies in rows, gratin-style, on top of spinach. When finished with that, sprinkle some grated parmesan on top.
  11. Spread remaining spinach on top of that layer.
  12. Repeat step 10, using up remaining sliced veggies.
  13. Top with mozzarella.
  14. Bake for 60-75 minutes (If the cheese seems like it's getting too brown on top, cover with foil)
  15. Let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
It's kind of a pain to make, but it's really good for you, gives you the sensation of eating something really fattening like lasagna, and also totally delicious.

*This is a great way to use tomatoes in winter that aren't terribly flavorful.


Roxie Smith Lindemann said...

Sounds yummy, especially if you, like, triple the amounts of cheese, which is what would happen in our kitchen. ;-)

Dr. Crazy said...

This is sacrilege, but I'm not sure how good it would be with more cheese. I know, you're thinking, "Are you crazy? EVERYTHING is better with more cheese!" but I actually think that it would overpower the flavor of the veggies, which is quite delicate after baking....

(Of course, this may be the fitness resolution talking. It could be the case that I've become a stupid fitness pod person who is lying to herself.)

Maude Lebowski said...

Yay for you!! and Yum!!

Bardiac said...

Personally, I've been shocked to realize that I get antsy now without exercise. People told me it was so for them, but when it happened to me, I was still caught by surprise.

Good for you on all counts!

Musey_Me said...

Yay for wanting to go to the gym!

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