Friday, March 26, 2010

Welcome to the Jungle (AKA Gym)

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese
Martha Stewart


1 small butternut squash (about 1 pound), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
1 cup homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock, skimmed of fat
1 1/2 cups nonfat milk
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of cayenne pepper
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound elbow macaroni
4 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated (about 1 cup)
4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, finely grated (1 ounce)
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons fine breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon olive oil
Olive-oil cooking spray or butter, to grease baking pan

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine squash, stock, and milk in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until squash is tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Mash contents of saucepan; stir in nutmeg, cayenne, and salt, and season with black pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles; cook until al dente according to package instructions, about 8 minutes. Drain, and transfer to a large bowl; stir in squash mixture, cheddar, ricotta, and 2 tablespoons Parmesan.
  4. Lightly coat a 9-inch square baking dish (4 inches deep) with cooking spray or coat with butter. Transfer noodle mixture to dish.
  5. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan, and oil; sprinkle evenly over noodle mixture.
  6. Cover with foil, and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil, and continue baking until lightly browned and crisp on top, 20 to 40 minutes more. Serve immediately.
Serves 6 (200 Calories per serving) Found this recipe on

Alexis Notes: I used my whole wheat pasta (no one still can tell the difference), We didn't have ricotta so I used mom trick of using cottage cheese blended (poor mans ricotta). I also didn't have sharp so it was medium cheese. ENJOY, get this Cole ate THREE helpings, he had two helpings and then bed time came back out and wanted more. This boy barely eats and he had 3 helpings of a healthy mac and cheese!


  1. Yummy Yummy ~ The Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese sounds deelish!!! Happy Friday to all!

  2. uuuggghh!

    skid marks.. come on now!!!

    that recipe looks rocking by the way.. i love some squash!

    have a wonderful wkend!

  3. It takes allot of strength to get yourself to the gym on your own and then you have to face all that crap. I think I would have stopped by now ~ YOU GO GIRL!

  4. Work. Urrrrg. All too much work. Gym = work. Cooking = work.
    Running away = sounds like a plan.

  5. omg, I laughed the whole time I read that, you are too funny, My son isn't wearing his undies the whole time, so my husband swears we have skid marks on the leather couch. Good thing I don't sit on it, lol!

  6. Oh yes, and do you have a yummy dip for veggies? Veggies and dip is my thing for Easter dinner this year

  7. You need to turn your gym outings into a reality TV show.

  8. hahaha fabulous... enjoyed the recipe as well xx

  9. I love reading about your Gym experiences. Makes my conscience hurt a little less for skipping mine (just kidding)!

  10. That's why I've never joined a gym!!! I just can't do it!

    That recipe looks yum!!!

  11. It's not the pounds it's the inches and you are doing wonders for your heart.

  12. If they'd just fart in time with the loud music maybe it wouldn't be so bad.

  13. I so adore your post it notes about your gym. I'm glad you ticked of the iPod chick with the audio book... Whoopie!!
    Disgusting about the skid marks and the smell! P.U.
    Think I'll pass on this recipe, sorry, I really CAN taste the difference in the whole wheat pasta I have to stick to the regular semolina. We have cut back on our portions and what we put on top of it, plus we really don't like squash.
    Thanks for the great laughs.
    Stop by my blog when you have a minute, I've given you a virtual Easter Basket:

  14. I love that you're continuing to go to the gym, but oh the people you have there. I'm really glad I'm not at the same gym as you. Too many weird people. And people disturbing the peace. :)

  15. LOVE your post its and the recipe looks amazing!

  16. Your gym visits give me a laugh everytime. :)

    I am playing along this week for the first time.

  17. You are a brave woman! The gym scares and irritates me. So not a people person, lol

  18. Crocs and socks? Ummm at the gym ... please clarify- or better yet, can you get a picture ??

  19. Hey, people wear socks and bad can crocks and sandles look... LOL. Fashion dont to be sure.

  20. I don't know how you can even stand to stay motivated to go there...LOL. Me thinketh that I'd have a hard time keeping my mouth shut! :)


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