Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Polenta Casserole and The Shred

Guess who came in the mail on Saturday!

I have been dying to try this since I've read a LOT of great things about this workout. I normally don't like workout DVD's (Billy Blanks, anyone?) but I do think Jillian is just the drill sergeant I need to get my a*& out of bed and try this one. So on Sunday (usually a strength training day for me) I gave this a whirl.

A great workout in 20 minutes? I'm sold. I must say, though (and I hope this doesn't come off as cocky) that it wasn't quite as hard as I thought. I've heard the Level 2 is MUCH harder, but I'm waiting until I have ze Level 1 fully mastered before I attempt that one. Has anyone else tried this workout? What do you think?

I also tried POLENTA for the first time. I must admit, I was a lil' scurrrred. I found this recipe for Italian Summer Squash Polenta Bake and thought it sounded yummy - veggies and cheese? Um, yes please. I made this for my parents and my dad was a little scared, too.
Dad: "So....what are you making us for dinner?"
Me: "Um....a casserole....with polenta (tries to say quietly)."
Dad: "HUH?!!"
First the polenta.....
Add some pretty! I'm such a sucker for colors. What am I....five?

All baked and ready to go! Sorry for the yellowish pic - it was super sunny that day.

This was very good...I definitely would make it again. It felt good to eat so many veggies, and honestly the polenta wasn't all that scary. I love all things corn so I'm sold. I can't wait to experiment with it again!

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lesley said...

I'm glad to be a part of your polenta experience because I've never had it before myself and have been wanting to try it. (I agree, I love things to be colorful! : )

sweetandfit said...

yay for getting the shred in the mail! I have been dying to try it too! I am also kinda scared to try polenta... but now you have given me one more reason to go ahead and try it! did u say you were from the northern VA area?

Missy said...

Thanks for the shout out! I am on Day 5 of the Shred! I also was expecting level 1 to be a little harder but I am quite sure level 2 and 3 will kill me!!

Erica said...

Glad you love the video! I have read lots of great things about it too (based on others reactions I would have assumed it was super duper hard too!) Great healthier casserole- looks yummy! Have a good night girl

healthy ashley said...

That workout kicks my butt! AND I am so sore afterward! (Try Level 2!)

livinghealthyintherealworld said...

One day I will try polenta! Love the 30 day shred, its a great dvd for a quick workout.

- Sagan

carla said...

oooh the polenta looks great.

I havent purchased it in eons and when I DID? it sat in my fridge.
not sure why....

Holly said...

Lesley - I would definitely recommend it! I'm anxious to play around with it and see what else I can make.

Sweetandfit - Let me know if you try it and what you think! Actually, I live in good ole' Indiana. Sometimes I wish VA, though! :-)

Miz Fit - if I had a nickel everytime I had a *great idea* to try something new and it just sat in my fridge....

HangryPants said...

The polenta looks awesome.

I have the shred and it's pretty good! It made me sore at first, but I am beyond neglectful in the strength department.