I have not forgotten about the challenge that I made for myself, but I have to admit, my lunches have been more boring this week. However, none of them have consisted of turkey sandwiches. Always a good thing.
This week I needed to be a bit resourceful. I always buy vegetables and end up throwing half of them away because they go bad before I eat them. This week, however, I am happy to report that I have not had to throw one vegetable away. It also helps that I am trying to get more vegetables in to my diet.
Anyway, Sunday night around 10 I realized I had to make something, anything, for lunch to avoid packing a sandwich. God forbid, right? ;) I sauteed the remainder of the mushrooms and broccoli I had in the fridge in olive oil.
At this point I would add my pictures. Sadly, my highly un-tech-savvy self cannot figure out how to get them from my iPhone to my blog. Seems like it would be easy enough, but for some reason I can't figure out how to save them to my computer from my email. Nor do I really have the patience right now.
I tossed my sauteed veggies with penne, more olive oil, sea salt, fresh cracked rainbow peppercorns, and one clove of minced garlic; however, next time I would add another clove of garlic for more taste. I topped the pasta with shredded parmesan and heated it the next day for lunch.
The results? I really liked it. It was a bit bland - next time I would use more salt, pepper, and garlic - but I will say that despite a small lack of flavor, the pasta was highly satisfying. Great way to use up extra veggies before they go to waste, too.
Right now I am sipping my favorite red wine, in my adorable new apron, listening to Nat King Cole on Pandora radio. What a relaxing night! I am not wearing my new apron solely for kicks, though. I baked PW's mocha brownies - yum - and am now about to move on to my first attempt at pizza dough from scratch. Wish me luck, and stay tuned for a great post this weekend!
Enjoy the rest of your week.