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I Walked a Mile! (And Made Manicotti)

I had the best workout ever today. I walked a WHOLE mile. My treadmill was starting to really question our relationship, but with one 17 minute walk I have proved that yes, we are truly meant to be.

Since the marathon (that would be almost 3 weeks ago) I haven't been able to run OR walk due to peroneal tendonitis in my right foot/ankle. Woe is me. Anyway, I have been feeling good for a couple of days so I tested it out and there was no pain. I'm crossing my fingers that tomorrow it's still ok....

Along with the walk I did a 12 mile easy cycle, 20 minutes of yoga and 20 minutes of abs/upper body. Most of that exercise was because it's good for you and blah, blah, blah - but also because this whole HBBC thing is making me competitive. I want more points! To make sure I got in my veggies today, I had this:



That dip in the middle is truly amazing. Just take plain Greek yogurt and mix in a tablespoon of parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and parsley. Tasty, high protein and easy! I don't know what it is, but I MUST place dried cranberries/raisins on my PB and celery. I just never outgrew ants on a log. 

While the dip was a success, dinner...not so much. I followed the exact recipe on the back of the manicotti box for a meat stuffed pasta. It was fine, just nothing special. I plan on playing around with the recipe to find something tastier to stuff it with. 

Stuffed Shells

Pre-oven, covered in cheese and sauce


Are you a fan of raw veggies? Any favorite dips?
I don't eat raw veggies often, actually - at least not like this as a snack. But I do love PB and celery. So tasty! I don't like many dips aside from hummus, so I'm happy to have created one I really like. 

Have you ever had manicotti/stuffed shells? What tastes best inside?
I am thinking something with ricotta cheese maybe? Have to hunt around for some recipes....

Comments

  1. oh my yum, i need to make that dip, asap. I eat raw carrots in my lunch every single day...and always dip them in my greek yogurt, so this is just adding a little extra :) I love manicotti and stuffed shells. I'm partial to spinach mixed ricotta. Yummm

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  2. Ugh I'm sorry that you are injured! I have also had peroneal tendonitis since my first half marathon, about a month ago. I have run a little bit since then but it is taking a little while to go away.

    My husband and I always make stuffed shells! We use ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese, eggs, parsley, etc. I'm sure you could add meat if you wanted, we never have since I only eat chicken and turkey.

    Good luck!

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  3. Going to try that dip and make myself eat some veggies! Thanks

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  4. never put parm cz in my greek yogurt, but i'm going to give it a try now...sounds delish. scary thing is parm cz is my favorite food and i'll put it on anything.

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  5. YAY A MILE! A mile today, another marathon tomorrow baby! That dip sounds rocking... thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  6. The first year Amanda did HBBC, Brent and I both participated. I was recovering from a torn IT band and unable to run, but I spent hours and hours on the bike trying to win. Silly competitive spirit :)

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  7. I have always been shy of using yogurt as a savory item...Im so tempted!

    Hope things keep moving in the right direction.

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  8. Glad you are feeling better! My tendonitis is finally acting like it's clearing up. I have a 5k Saturday, so we will see!

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  9. ants on a log! love them. tried to get Lj to TRY them.... no go. :( glad you're feeling better!

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  10. Yay for getting back out there, I know a mile doesn't seem like a lot but it's HUGE. If you can't do one mile, you can't do 20...because then it'd be 19. Think about it...

    I got out there today too after an injury.

    Make me some pasta, please? I pay well. thanks!

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  11. That dip looks really good. I'm excited to try it. I love how easy it is and that I always have those ingredients on hand. I don't eat raw veggies often, but I think I would more if I had something yummy and healthy to dip them in.

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  12. I love ants on a log! I make them for snacks a lot actually. Basically the only way I'll eat celery.

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  13. I LOVE stuffed shells. Ricotta is the way to go. Oh man, it's 10pm and you have me craving pasta. Ridic.

    Nice job on your walk. I hope you're better soon, I'd be miserable!

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  14. I have been dealing with shin splints, and it's NOT from doing anything badass like a marathon. It makes me feel better that I'm not the only one walking these days. With that being said, please don't think I am happy you can't run. I am just feeling some solidarity.

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  15. YAY! on the walk! so exciting. I am actually doing a spinach manicotti for Christmas Dinner. My husband requested a full italian menu. Should be fun!

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  16. I just make a mixture of cottage cheese, little ricotta, parm, garlic salt and mushrooms or spinach (or neither). It always turns out so yummy. Then top it with marinara sauce and more sprinkled cheese. I haven't made this for awhile...probably shouldn't if I want the scale to be kind to me this week. :) Hope your foot continues to do better. Jess

    runningtobeskinny.com

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  17. seriously if I could sit down at anyone's table in the blog world it would be yours and Anna's :) I want those shells! and those ants on a log :P lol

    GREAT job /w the walk! I'll have to find it on dailymile and shoot you some motivation! ;)

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  18. The dip sounds really good! I think I've had manicotti once maybe.

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  19. Yum, stuffed shells...love it with spicy sausage and lots of mozzarella cheese.

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  20. YAY!! hey, one mile is a mile in the right direction! glad ur tready knows u aren't cheating on him. ;)

    yumm on that foodage, i love really every veggie and could eat them straight up baby!

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  21. Another yummy greek yogurt mix in is those ranch seasoning packets. I get the fat free kind and put a few shakes in, great high protein dip or spread!

    And congrats on the mile. Hopefully your legs get back to normal soon!

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  22. I don't eat much cheese anymore but I used to make a mean manicotti - stuff the shells with a combination of ricotta, frozen spinach, garlic and parm....yum.
    and get the no boil noodles..way easier.

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  23. Red bell peppers are a great veggie to eat raw!! They're slightly sweet so sometimes I don't dip them in anything, but they're also amazing with hummus.

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  24. You just blew my mind with that dip. I never signed up for the challenge...haha I'm so lazy, it looked like too much work to keep track of! Hope the foot continues to improve!

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  25. I don't eat veggies raw too often either. I love hummus and sometimes some ranch type dips, but don't eat those often either.
    Manicotti is so good! I use a mixture of ricotta, a little parm, and a little mozzarella. To that I add pepper, garlic, basil, oregano, and parsley. Sometimes I'll add spinach too. Just depends on how I'm feeling. :)

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  26. So glad you got back on your feet for a mile!!! That dip sounds really good…I can't wait to try it! I'm not a big raw food person, but I like some veggies - like carrots, cucumbers, and celery with PB :)

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  27. I actually really LOVE raw veggies. And, I'm a BIG fan of ANTS ON A LOG :)

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  28. I love ants on a log!!! It never gets old! I actually prefer raw veggies over cooked ones and make my own dips all the time! I use greek yogurt as the base too! I love manicotti...my mom makes them but she does them the fatty way - ricotta cheese and spinach with a really thick garlicy delicious alfredo sauce! Good thing she only makes them once or twice a year!

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  29. Loved your guest post over at Amanda's!

    I am also sorry to say I missed your marathon...on my birthday! Congrats.

    Stuffed shells are to die for. But I usually do a lasanga...that weighs a ton and does not have an eye to health. Unless it's the health of my taste buds! It's one of a few dishes that I still do the "old family" way with no subs to reduce the calories. I find that having those special dishes that we always talk about the "link" to our past while making and eating is a nice way to feel that we are not giving up anything. But I am a raw veggie eater...sorry no good dips to share.

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  30. OMGosh! I forgot to say WOOOHOOO about your mile. So, WOOOOHOOOO!

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  31. Oooh a whole mile. Watch out Daily Mile, she's going to be topping the leaderboard again. :)

    When I make stuffed shells, I mix ricotta with a couple eggs, shredded mozzerella and spices and it usually comes out pretty well. If I'm feeling fancy, I add in sausage.

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  32. I LOVE doing greek yogurt as a dip. I currently have some in my refrigerator right now-- I made a seven layer greek dip with it.

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  33. i love broccoli and cauliflower dipped in hummus. I'll usually microwave them for like 30 seconds to soften them up, but it makes a great snack!

    I'm so excited for you that you're pain free!! hope you foot still feels good today!

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  34. mmm, I must steer clear of manicotti..I love it and I'll eat too much of it!

    I make ants on a log(your celery snack) all of the time for my hubby, boys and I...we love it with dried cranberries too!!!

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  35. Too bad it didn't turn out good, it made me want to make pasta for dinner!

    I love raw veggies! Give me most of them and a bit of ranch dip...yum!

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  36. I'm feeling you on the tendonitis. Ouch! I love a similar dip, but add it in a little bit of dried dill. Yum!

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  37. I make stuffed shells with ground turkey, ricotta, and frozen spinach. Pretty stinkin' good.

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  38. yeahhhh! i was so pumped to hear about your mile! hope you were feeling just as good today.

    i eat CRAISINS on EVERYTHING. omg. they are so addicting!

    i am loving that dip idea...going to have to give it a try at some point :)

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  39. I just made stuffed shells and it was so easy! I think next time I will add more ricatta cheese because there didn't seem to be enough! I also love eating raw veggies and dip! Hate to say it but I love the store bought ranch dip! SO good!

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  40. I love manicotti and it's so easy to make!
    Sorry you still can't run...hopefully soon :)

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  41. Glad you are able to walk!

    I like to mash white kidney beans and mix them with lots of garlic and a bit of yogurt and salt. You could also add a dahs of cumin if you like it... makes a 'faux' hummus. Yummo!

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  42. I totally still eat ants on a log...best. snack. ever.

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  43. Along with celery and peanut butter I'm obsessed with celery, cream cheese and olives! Chop up green olives, mix in cream cheese and stuff the celery with a little paprika on top. It's amazing

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