Butternut Squash Lasagna & Sports Nutrition

When Shane took a look at this week’s meal plan over the weekend, he asked if I had plans of turning him into a vegetarian.



(excuse my chicken scratch – this is the Cliff Notes version of how I meal plan 😉 )

So I may have gotten carried away while looking through the vegetarian filter on Food and Wine. Is that so wrong? 🙂

He didn’t seem to think it was after last night’s dinner.




Before I went in to work to watch the gym (and read The Girl who Played with Fire) for the day, I prepared Giada’s Butternut Squash Lasagna.


All I had to do when I got home was stick it in the oven! And when you don’t get home until 7:30, that’s a good thing 😉

As I was preparing this lasagna, I wasn’t sure what to think. It was sweet, but savory. And the ingredients, prompting me to use whole milk and butter, were very indulgent.


But, it was love at first bite!


I was running low on mozzarella, so “my side” of the pan was made with mostly goat cheese – and it was amazing!IMG_9433

I used no boil lasagna noodles for the very first time with this recipe, and I gotta say, I’m very impressed! I wish they were whole wheat, but I’m sure it was a nice change for the husband eating pasta made from white flour.



However, next time I would add spinach and some ricotta cheese to down play the sweetness so much.

With a side of some tibouli:



Not done yet…


These chocolate chip cookies from Trader Joe’s rock my world dessert!

And for the record, I’m not forcing my husband to be a vegetarian as evidenced by the pepperoni on the other night’s homemade pizza 😉




A few weeks ago, I received some very, very exciting news in the mail.

I didn’t talk about it on the blog but over the summer, I was studying to become a sports nutritionist. About a month ago, I took the exam and found out I passed! I’m so excited that I can add Certified Sports Nutritionist to my credentials! 🙂

Since weight loss is a major goal of about 80% of my clients, and diet is a major component of that goal, I figured it would be beneficial to be able to advise on both fitness and nutrition.

A lot of you know that I train both in a gym and at my clients’ home. Since I’m technically self-employed, there’s a lot that goes in to “owning my own business.” I haven’t really shared much about my personal training business on the blog, because that’s not what I choose to focus the content, and I probably won’t mention it much again after this post. However, back when I formed an LLC for my business, I had to choose a business name.

That’s when Fitconomy was born (stimulate your fitness!)

Although it’s definitely still a work in progress, I’ve started another blog/website for Fitconomy – Fitconomy.com. While it serves as a means of resources for current and potential clients, I’ll also still be posting daily or near daily blog posts which will focus solely on fitness and health. So if you feel like learning a little about workouts, health trends, nutrition, and fitness, check it out! Also…if you know of any good blog design peeps, feel free to name drop them to me! I’m in the market!


Well I’m out! Have a terrific Tuesday, friends! 😀


21 Responses

  1. Congrats on Fitconomy and becoming a Certified Sports Nutritionist! How exciting! I love that you have experience with MS. I have a very close friend with MS and will have her check out your site.

  2. Congrats on the new cert! Your business sounds great…and I love that it’s all yours. I’m sure owning a business is incredibly difficult, but it’s great to turn your passion into a career. I am excited to check out the site.

  3. Congrats girl!! Welcome to the sports nutrition club 😉 I love your business name & slogan!!

  4. Congrats on passing your exam! Goodluck with it all- you really seem to know your stuff, so I’m not worried! 🙂

  5. That’s so exciting – congrats!!!

  6. Congrats on your certification! That’s so exciting! I can’t wait to check out your other site.

    My husband jokes all the time that I’ve turned him into a vegetarian because I don’t buy meat anymore. I always tell him that I would rather not buy or cook meat, but that if he really feels strongly about having it that I will. So far no complaints! As long as I make veggie meals that he likes, he’s fine with it. Yay! I hate dealing with raw (or cooked for that matter:) meat.

  7. That lasagna looks so good! I’ve never made a lasagns, but really want to try my hand at it.

  8. 1. Congrats on passing the exam!!
    2. LOVE the new site!! I’m so proud/happy of how your business has grown 🙂

  9. What a great credential to add!! And the new site is a great idea. I actually have toyed with the idea of getting certified and having a site online related to fitness and personal training in the future. One of the many, many things I cuold see myself doing.

  10. My boyfriend swears I’m trying to turn him into a vegetarian too 😀 Most of our meals are meatless, but he doesn’t complain. He can have meat anytime he wants! Love the Fitconomy idea! Your job sounds a lot like what I am going to be doing too!

  11. AWESOME ladyy! Congrats on passing your exam 🙂 I wish you lotsa luck and good vibes with Fitconomy!!

  12. Becoming a sports nutritionist is exactly what I want to do! Did you go through the process of being a registered dietitian before becoming a sports nutritionist?

  13. omg stupid me – CONGRATS of course!!!

  14. wow you are amazing!!! congrats on everything! very VERY proud of you 🙂

    and giada’s butternut squash lasagna is genius! i just bought a bnut squash the other day yippeeeee

  15. Congratulations on the certification, lady! That’s just fantastic news!

    For what it’s worth, I have to swear up and down to Marcus every week that I’m not turning into a vegetarian. I like eating meat, there’s just SO many good non-meat options for dinner (a la squash lasagna?!).

  16. Congrats , congrats. I have been searching for a Sports Nutrition course to take, do you mind saying which one you decided on? So many to choose from.

  17. […] Posted on September 22, 2010 by runningaroundnormal Hey friends! Thanks for all the congrats from yesterday’s post! Your encouragement means the […]

  18. Congrats! That is awesome!

  19. […] sometimes pretend like my husband is a vegetarian, too, and show it by feeding him meat-free meals the entire […]

  20. […] eaten on the run last night – I reached into the depths of the fridge, and forgot all about the butternut squash lasagna that I’d made a couple months […]

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