BSI–Pasta Recap and Winner!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this weeks BSI – Pasta!  And double thanks to Veronica and her sister for donating the homemade soap as the prize this week.

In no particular order:

Errign made Ricotta Gnocchi:

errign ricotta gnocci

Suzie made Tortellini & Polish Sausage Soup:


Andrea made Pasta with Spicy Italian Sausage:


Lisa made Pasta Veggie Salad:


Brianne made Baked Spaghetti Squash with a spicy sausage tomato cream sauce:

spaghetti squash

Renee made Laughing Cow Mac N Cheese:  (for some reason I couldn’t copy and paste your photo from your blog Renee!)


Sara made Meyer Lemon Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Almonds and Goat Cheese:

meyer lemon pasta

Kristina made Salty Sweet Pasta Salad:

DatePasta - not donna kristina

Joy made Kugel – I have never heard of this before!

kugel - joy

Jacky made Sweet Scallion Shrimp:

sweet scallion shrimp - jacky

Jennifer made Tortellini Soup:

jenn - tortellini soup

Veronica made Spicy Asian Noodles with Chicken:


And the winner is . . .BRIANNE with her spaghetti squash dish!  I know it’s not technically pasta, but to people who have gluten allergies, it certainly falls into that category.  Send me your mailing address to mybizzykitchen@gmail.com.  Thanks again Veronica for donating the prize!

This week’s BSI – FLOUR!

Holy cow have I got the easiest bread recipe for you to try.  Seriously, this one is no fail.  It does take a bit of planning because you have to let the dough rise overnight, but this one is a keeper.

One problem – I can’t remember whose blog I got this from, but I do remember they got it from a New York Times newspaper article.  I was a bit suspect at the only 1/4 teaspoon of yeast, but there was no need to worry.

Super Simple Crusty Bread

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of yeast
  • 1 5/8 cups water

Mix the flour, salt and yeast together.  Pour in water and stir until combined.  Don’t worry it will be sticky.  Put a piece of plastic wrap on bowl and let it sit overnight on your counter.

The next morning my dough looked like this:

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Then I put it on my counter and added about 1/2 a cup of flour just so it had some stability.  I’ve never had dough be so “runny” before!

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I do know the recipe said that after you shape the dough, let it rise another two hours.  I really didn’t see the point.  I heated my oven to 450 and put my dutch oven in the oven at the same time.  So by the time my oven got to temperature (about 20 minutes) I transferred my dough on the foil (I was out of parchment paper, but the foil worked fine) directly to the hot dutch oven.  30 minutes with the top on, then 15-20 minutes with the top off.

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I was a bit nervous because the dough was so flat, but I was rewarded with this goodness:

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Look at all the nooks and crannies!  Must have been the slow rise?

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This one is definitely a keeper!

So how did Day 1 of my Operation Bad-Ass go?

Breakfast was eaten at almost 11:30!  I was busy making soup and breakfast casseroles, I ended up eating an apple and a banana before breakfast of leftover steak, and egg beaters spinach and cheese omelet and a slice of that delicious bread.

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In the early afternoon Billy Blanks gave me a run for my money – 45 minutes of strength training with the weighted stretch ball – I can definitely feel my back muscles this morning!  (and thanks again to Helen for sending me these DVDs!)

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Then after cooking and doing some more chores, I went on a 45 minute walk.  When I got back my blood sugar was 70.  It was around 4:00 and I didn’t want to spoil my appetite, so I had a small snack plate of 1 ounce of cheese, 1 serving of generic wheat thins and some sliced cucumber.

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I ended up making this beef stew recipe for dinner.  Totally planned on adding peas to the pot at the end but completely forgot about it.  And while I don’t like mushrooms, I pureed the mushrooms so you just get a hint of flavor of them.  Pure comfort in a bowl!

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I ended up having:

  • 1,446 calories
  • 48 grams of fat
  • 175 carbs (I went about 50 over my goal)
  • 18 fiber
  • 81 protein
  • 30% of calories from fat
  • NO WINE 😀


  • 45 minute Billy Blanks strength training
  • 45 minute walk

Thanks for all your awesome comments to my post yesterday – I have the best cheerleaders! Open-mouthed smileThumbs up

I am off to do 30 Day Shred.  I can’t wait for breakfast though – I made a version of Helen’s Paleo Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole.  Um, I may have added chopped jalapenos to mine!

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Make it a great day!

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  • Errign
    April 2, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Good first day of your challenge!

  • debbidoesdinner
    April 2, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Even before I saw the winner I knew I’d be making that spaghetti squash casserole! It looks great!

    Glad you found some new muscles!

    I’m checking out that sweet potato casserole too! It looks great!

    • biz319
      April 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      I should have sent you the link when I first saw it Debbi, since you love sweet potatoes so much! 😀

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      October 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm

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      October 25, 2013 at 3:48 am

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  • Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips
    April 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I am so excited! Thank you so much for picking me as the winner! I actually think it has been the most popular recipe on my blog so far! Can’t wait to check out some of the other entries.

  • Erica
    April 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    OK- that breakfast casserole? GAH! Looks so good. I love BSI because it gives me the best dinner ideas. I’m all about that gnocchi. I made a similar spaghetti squash dish recently. It will be in my SRC post on Monday!

  • Joy
    April 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Great job yesterday – keep it up!!!
    I’m excited about this weeks ingredient seeing as I make bread like other people light candles! I love the scent and have a bread machine so I make bread AT LEAST once a week and I just send it to work with Jim (I actually don’t like bread)

    • biz319
      April 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      You are too funny Joy – you like to bake bread but not eat it?!

      • Joy
        April 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

        I do – its a smell thing… It started when my mom was on hospice the hospital smell was so sad to come home to so I’d bake bread in the bread machine

  • Sam
    April 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Good job on day 1!
    That sounds like a bread that I can definitely make. I’m going to see what it can be made with this week 🙂

  • Helen
    April 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    That breakfast casserole may end up being my most popular recipe yet! Hope you like it as much as we do.

    I love homemade bread. In fact I love working with dough like that. I’ll have to give this one a try now that I have my fancy Dutch Oven that I got for Christmas.

    • biz319
      April 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Yes Helen – it was a winning dish! I brought a piece for my co-worker who is doing Cross-Fit and Paleo. She said “This is ah-ma-zing! “

      • Alexander
        January 5, 2013 at 2:28 am

        I find that there’s a fine line between mushy and pecfert like I don’t really care for bread pudding but I love Thanksgiving stuffing. You’re right, it’s a texture thing. This looks like it falls into the right texture group.

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    April 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    That’s one of my favorite breads!! I have a pot that I use JUST for bread 🙂
    You free next week for a sushi date?

    • biz319
      April 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Absolutely! I’ll send you an email – so glad you are finally feeling better!

  • erintakescontrol
    April 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    That spaghetti squash casserole sure does look like a winner! I can’t wait to try this breakfast casserole, too!

    Keep kickin’ ass, Biz!

    • sildenafil
      October 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Holy shiznit, this is so cool thank you.

  • Suzie
    April 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Congrats on day one! The bread looks very good. Also, congrats to Brianne 🙂

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    April 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Laughing cow mac and cheese? OH MY WORD AMAZING!

  • sara
    April 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Great BSI round up!

    Your new plan sounds awesome – sounds like you got some great exercise in, and that beef stew sounds fantastic. I am also a mushroom-hater, so I’ll have to try your puree trick next time I see a recipe that looks tasty but has chunks of mushrooms in it (I don’t mind the flavor, just the texture of big pieces). A great solution!

    • biz319
      April 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Yep, I’ve even used it in the base of pasta sauce too for a meaty taste – if I didn’t know I put the mushrooms in there, I would never even know!

  • sara
    April 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Also, here’s my BSI: Flour entry! http://cupcakemuffin.blogspot.com/2012/04/whole-wheat-muffins-with-figs.html

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  • JR
    April 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    The holes in your bread come from the high hydration level. Wet dough makes lots of holes. The overnight rise contributes to the flavor. Do you have Peter Reinharts book, The bread bakers apprentice? If not, I reccomend. Lots of information about baking and the science behind it. Plus, he has the most amazing bagel recipe. It has an overnight rise. I make a half recipe and I make the bagels much smaller. The dough is so stiff that I actually blew out my kitchen aid from making full recipes.

    • biz319
      April 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Nope – I’ll have to see if my library has that book. It was just such a sticky dough I thought for sure it wouldn’t work out – glad I was proved wrong. 😀

  • mjjacobsen
    April 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Good first challenge day! Amazing bread, I made English muffin bread yesterday, so easy! The breakfast casserole looks great, what a way to start your day!
    Have a great week! 🙂

  • Veronica
    April 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I knew when I saw the spaghetti squash that it would win! I think I’m learning your tastes. 🙂 Plus, it sounds DELISH! I will get the prize mailed off to Brianne tomorrow.

    Good job on your first day of OBA! Your bread looks so good! And Billy Blanks is the devil–he’s just sooo mean to me! hahaha–I know you must have got a good workout with him.

    • biz319
      April 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Yep, he spanked my ass!

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  • Aimee
    April 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I love pasta! Gorgeous looking recipes. Unfortunately my behind just grew two sizes by simply looking at the photos. So unfair.

    My sister and I used to have a Billy Blanks Tae Bo video. It kicked out butts.

    Great first day Biz!!

  • Roz@weightingfor50
    April 2, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    So many great recipes to try!!!! And such amazing looking bread. OOOH…I bet your home smelled amazing when it was baking! (not to say it doesn’t smell amazing at other times!! 🙂 )
    Yay on your first badass day Vat!!! You so have this. Have a great week.

  • Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips
    April 2, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks everyone!

    In honor of Easter, here are some sugar cookies with a twist for BSI – Flour:


  • Rhonda
    April 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Good job on day one! That casserole looks ridiculously good, I might have to try it next week for dinner.

  • Jen@FoodFamilyFitness
    April 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Great first day of operation bad ass!!
    I actually made it to the gym this morning and if all goes as planned, I’ll be doing Jillian Michael’s 6 week 6 pack DVD tonight.

    • biz319
      April 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Go Jen!! Great job! 😀

  • Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds
    April 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Awesome first day of badassdom, Biz! No wine? Who are you??? 😉

  • Amanda
    April 3, 2012 at 1:01 am

    That bread and the stew look so good, I wish I had those waiting at home for dinner tonight! And yes, I must try that bread recipe – I love that you just leave it out overnight.

    Billy Blanks is a classic – no matter my fitness level at the time, he never ceases to make me sweat up a storm and have sore muscles the next day!

  • Nicole, RD
    April 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

    90 minutes of exercise?! Woooo! That’s amazing, Biz! *I* think your totals for the day look perfect…but you know my take on carbs 😉 The BSI round-up makes me hungry for pasta at 7:18am, that’s for sure!!!

  • Veronica
    April 4, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Here’s my BSI entry: http://veronicascornucopia.com/2011/09/23/chicken-noodles/

    • Rebecca
      August 30, 2013 at 5:58 am

      Christmas is getting nreaer and nreaer, while people are busy preparing gifts for this big day, or some might have already had everything ready, I am still confused with what kind of gift I am going to buy. But there is one thing can be sure, small accessories like iPhone case, coin purse and classic bags like Celine Luggage Tote and Trapeze Bag should be considered on gift list. People like sending small yet practical gifts like the above small accessories that I mentioned. When preparing for Christmas gift, we should take practicality and actual value of the gift into consideration. So today I am writing to share these little items with you in order to give some advices to the people who haven’t had any idea yet.

  • Jane
    April 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I made the bread using your recipe and mine did not turn out. :/ I think mine needed that second two hour rise. It had a nice crust, but the bread was too dense with a slight gooey element (no nooks and crannies-bummer). I am new to making homemade bread and you make it look so easy. I will have to try again. Thanks for the recipes.

  • Joy
    April 7, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I made microwave sugar free mug cakes this week (try them I’m told they’re great)