For dinner tonight, I knew I wanted to make baked pasta. It’s an easy, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants recipe that allows you to use up the veggies in your crisper that are going the way of the dodo. I also love this dish because it’s a combination of my favourite items: carbs and cheese.
I started with half a box of multigrain fusilli and boiled it in water for about 6 minutes.
In the meantime, I cut up a bunch of veg: mushrooms, zucchini, red pepper, and mixed it with some organic tomato sauce (purchased on sale for $4.50, much more expensive than my usual generic brand tomato sauce but I was feeling…saucy).
I mix the cut veggies, tomato sauce, and cooked pasta in a bowl…
And then pour it into a casserole dish, sprinkle with grated mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and various herbs (I used a basil mix), and pop it in a 350 F oven for 25 or so minutes.
Of course, 25 minutes is a long time to wait for dinner, at least for me. To tide myself over and to prevent overconsumption of the pasta and cheese, I concocted a green monster using:
- 1/2 banana
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- About 3/4 cup of frozen mango chunks
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup plain non-fat yogurt
- 1/2 cup 1% milk
Now that is a GREEN monster!
I drank this while watching Oprah (Sarah Ferguson was on talking about how she sold her soul to the devil, or some such) and then finally dinner was ready!
A sight for sore and very hungry eyes:
Traditionally, I grab a bowl of this dish, eat it, return to the kitchen to put my bowl in the sink, glance over at the still-remaining baked pasta, and take another bowl of it. This time, I had a plan! First, I had the green monster, which filled me up. Second, when dishing out my bowl of pasta, I put some in tupperware for tomorrow’s lunch and made a personal vow with myself to leave the rest for my husband’s dinner. Then I slowly walked out of the kitchen backward chanting to myself. Not really. I would have tripped over a cat!
Well, my PVR’d episode of Oprah is over (Sarah Ferguson would like her soul redeemed. I think Oprah has the power to do that for her) so now it’s time for kitty cuddles…
And library book reading. This one is EXCELLENT.
(While writing this post, I ate two blueberry brown sugar with flax cookies. Now I am drinking water. I may make some tea if I am feeling crazy. I feel weird telling the Internet exactly what I am eating, and yet I feel the need!).