I hope that everyone had an great weekend. We spent the weekend with some wonderful friends. My husband’s college roommate and his wife was in town. We hadn’t seen them in over 3 years, so it was great to spend 2 full days with them. We ate way too much food, but it was worth it. Today they leave, and another friend shows up for a visit. It is a jam packed week! This afternoon we also get to go meet the teacher day at school. I can’t believe I am going to have a 4th grader tomorrow. Time is just going by way too fast!
I think that once summer comes, even the most meat eating man out there, is ok with a salad every once in awhile. Especially if it means they get to fire up the grill to cook the meat for the salad. For my husband, the only reason he will eat a salad is because of the dressing. If it were socially acceptable, he would probably just drink the salad dressing, or maybe he would use a spoon :) But seeing as how that is frowned upon, he will suffer through some lettuce in order to get the dressing. His favorite dressing ever…..Caesar. Followed closely by Thousand Island.
I hope that everyone had a great Easter yesterday. We had a good time with family, hunting for eggs, and enjoying some great food. We went to our neighborhood egg hunt, and my 8 year old had lots of fun. He got to hang out with a couple of his friends, and score more candy. I tried to avoid putting tons of candy in his Easter basket this year, so he made up for it at the Easter egg hunt. Now to get my butt in gear with birthday planning, because my 8 year old turns 9 on Friday.
I managed to catch my son’s cold. Usually I am the one in the family who can fight off a cold, or get a mild version of it. Not this time! My 8 year old was sick for a day and a half. I am on day 3, and still lacking energy. Thankfully my husband has helped out with dinner the last couple nights, so I could just relax. I am ready to start feeling better and have more energy though, because I have some baking and dinner ideas I want to try!
Happy New Year! It is 2012 and I am another year older. I was very happy that the 1st fell on a Sunday this year. Usually my birthday is spent with the guys in my life glued to the TV watching college bowl game, after college bowl game. Instead, this year we got to go up into the mountains and enjoy a nice hike. It was a beautiful day up there!
After more than a week of eating cookies, and candy, and way too much food I am ready to cut back! I am looking forward to healthy meals and vegetables. This chili is a perfect low calorie dinner. It is hearty, and comforting, but still light and delicious. I found a version of this years ago in a Betty Crocker flier, but have adapted it to make it healthier. It comes together in minutes, which means you can have chili on Wednesday!
The movers finally delivered our stuff!! I spent the ENTIRE day unpacking, and it really doesn’t look like I did very much. We did manage to clear out the garage so we can park both cars in there, that is huge! My Kitchen Aid is unpacked and all set up :) Everything else is still a complete mess. I think it will take at least a week to get everything set up.
Since I have yet to cook much in the last week, today I bring you Kelly from Eat Yourself Skinny. Kelly has a great site offering tasty healthy recipes. Plus gorgeous pictures! Make sure you go visit her and tell her I said Hi!
I think I found a new favorite pasta recipe! I saw this mentioned somewhere, and was intrigued. I had to think about it for awhile though, I was a little nervous. I mean, I LOVE avocado’s, but the idea of that as my pasta sauce made me a little nervous. What would it taste like? Would I like it? Would my husband actually eat it? Well, it was amazing, and I can’t wait to make it again! It was so easy too! You have to boil noodles, but aside from that, no cooking required! And to top it off, it is healthy!!! Use a fortified pasta, and you have protein, fiber, and everything all in one tasty meal!
Creamy Avocado Pasta
Adapted from Oh She Glows
1 large Avocado, pitted
1 lime, juiced + zest to garnish
2 cloves, minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup Fresh Basil
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 servings/6 oz of your choice of pasta
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Cook your pasta according to the package directions.
To make the sauce place the garlic cloves, lime juice, and olive oil into a food processor. Process until smooth. Add in the avocado, basil, and salt. Process until smooth and creamy.
Pour sauce over pasta and toss until fully combined. Garnish with lime zest and black pepper. Enjoy!
Note: Because of the avocado this does not reheat well.