Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Dance

Sorry for not posting the Wednesday Wine yesterday as promised.  It was a bit chaotic here with a few of Ava’s first bumps and bruises, as well as spilling bubble liquid in her eye.  Everything was harmless over all, but a little traumatic for both of us.  Let’s skip right on to some happy thoughts – it’s Friday!  Do you have big plans for the weekend?  We don’t, which I’m kind of excited about.  I like having a weekend that is left up to spontaneity –we’ll see what happens. 

Today was a rest day for me, since Boot Camp was extra tough yesterday.  Our instructor/personal trainer, is in a figure competition this weekend, so since she wanted a bad a$$ workout, we all got dragged along.  Kidding, I strangely like getting my butt handed to me on a platter.  I do plan to stretch or do some yoga later, since I never got to that the other day. 

Today I have a pasta meal for you that we made the other night.  It is very kid friendly as well, seeing that Ava downed 2 platefuls in about 5 minutes.  I think she was carbo loading for her day of terror yesterday.


Ava’s portion x 2


My portion x 2:


I really wasn’t expecting a lot from this, but it was deliciously satisfying.  I’m convinced that the grated parmesan-pecorino cheese in and atop of the dish was the good to great factor

15 Minute Penne and Veggies:

  • 1/2 bag of whole wheat penne pasta  (3 servings)
  • 3 Laughing Cow cheese wedges
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup cooked butternut squash, diced
  • 2 big handfuls fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup plain, lowfat (not fat free) yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese, + more for sprinkling on top

Cook the pasta for approximately 10- 12 minutes, or until done to your taste, drain, and put in large bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir thoroughly until Laughing Cow Cheese melts and mixes.  (I microwaved a few more minutes to get it to melt.)  Serve warm.  Add herbs, seasonings, cheese to your taste. 

We had a glass of this Italian red that went quite well with the meal.  Sorry for the blur, that may or may not have been, what it looked like to me after drinking some. 


What dinners have you thrown together with contents of your pantry or refrigerator that came out surprisingly amazing? 


  1. Poor little Ava! Glad she's ok though!
    That pasta looks amazing:)
    I am thinking I could even do that with my Mung Bean Fettuchini noodles!!! Yum!!!!!!!

  2. Oh I forgot to mention....I love the new look of your blog!!
    So professional:)
    Did you do it yourself!?!?!

  3. haha, thats what I did with my pad thai last night. It was all just in the pantry, thank goodness! I love Nero's! I need to go get me bottle. YUMMY red!

  4. Love the new blog look! The last meal I threw together with ingredients on hand was a pasta dish as well.

  5. Love the look of the new blog! I need to update mine for sure! Did you do it yourself?

  6. For those of you that asked, my husband helped me with the blog makeover. (I'm not as technical.) I showed him a few wordpress ones that I liked, and he updated it without the hassle of having to switch. If you want more details, let me know, and I can email you specifics. :-)

  7. So glad everyone is ok!!
    That pasta looks amazing. I agree, a little cheese on top always helps! :)