Zucchinis are good for something, after all

Zucchinis are good for something, after all. And so is Pinterest. I never expected to actually go back and use one of the recipes I had pinned a hundred years ago but I did. And a zucchini recipe at that.

I should tell you right up top that you only need this if you are a crazy person like me who tries to cut as many calories and as much carbs from her diet as possible. If you are a normal person who can eat pasta without feeling like a failure, just proceed with your happy existence and don’t even bother. Except this did in fact turn out to be delicious!

Zucchini Pasta + Oven Roasted Tomatoes for 2
2 zucchinis
3 carrots
15 mini tomatoes or 6 regular ones
3 small onions
1 clove of garlic
salt and pepper
extra virgin olive oil

1. Slice up the carrots, halve or quarter the tomatoes, dice the onions, mince the garlic, and throw it all into a big casserole dish. Add seasoning and a generous amount of olive oil (everything should be well coated).

2. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C (400 F) for around 60 minutes. Keep checking in, and stir the mixture around a bit if necessary.

3. Cut the zucchinis in thin strips. Or julienne, as the pros say. (Or use a mandoline, if you’re even more of a pro.) Cook the strips in lightly salted water for about 5 minutes.

4. Then just act as if you had just cooked yourself spaghetti and a regular old pasta sauce, and enjoy!


Closer to a healthy weight. Closer to a fitter body. Closer to happy.

Slow-roasted tomatoes
with garlic, onions, olive oil, salt & pepper, and herbes de Provence

I roast them for up to 2 hours, until almost all the juices are gone. The taste and smell of these are amazing. You can add pasta or rice or chicken on the side but I usually eat them plain. You can also throw them in a food processor and make a proper sauce.

I’ve noticed a worsening pain in my shins after (and then during) running. Google diagnoses me with shin splints; an inflammation of the muscles or even of the tissue surrounding the bones. And as usual when I consult Google, I’m suddenly convinced that this is exactly what I have and that painful death is imminent.

Photo taken during my 60-minute run today which was really more of a long walk because of the stupid humidity and it being so early in the day. For some reason, I run better with an 8-hour work day behind me and a growling stomach.

Running for beginners

Caught the exact 75 minutes of sunlight we had today. Went power walking and running. I’m doing the Couch to 5k podcasts (as recommended by Viv) and adding extra bits of fast paced walking before and after. There’s a gorgeous, gigantic recreation area just a 10-minute walk from my house. There’s runners, walkers, football players, dogs – and it’s a big open space, so you can always see others but you never feel crowded!

I’ve been talking to my room mate about running regularly, and our plan is to go at least every two days. It’s not so much about the running itself (every day would be too much for a beginner like myself, anyway) but the act of leaving the house and being on the move for an hour; running or not. I had to motivate myself every day when I lost 26 kilos in 2010/2011, and I just can’t anymore. So having someone else there who will push me to be active regularly is a blessing.