Today’s lunch rocked.
Baked pasta for one? Sign me up.
I love when meals turn out even better than you imagined.
I had about 1 cup of the pesto + kale pasta in the fridge and knew I needed to eat it today. I also knew that 1 little cup of pasta wasn’t going to fill me up, so I bulked it up with some broccoli + butternut squash.
While the oven heated up (to 400), I quickly steamed about a cup of broccoli and 1/2 cup of butternut in the microwave.
Then I just mixed the veggies with the leftover pasta, topped it with a little bit of parmesan, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper and sprayed it with a little olive oil from my Misto.
Baked it at 400 for about 10 minutes, or until the pasta was heated through and the cheese melted.
Why can’t every lunch be this good?
And for a sweet ending, I’m digging into a little yogurt with jam + almonds.
I’m about to take this sad face for a walk – it’s actually pretty right now! Blue skies and the sun is shining, but considering the snow storm that’s supposed to hit tomorrow, we better take advantage while we can.
On the topic of leftovers…
I got a question today asking about eating the same stuff for a whole week or multiple meals.
We (obviously) eat a lot of leftovers. It’s only 2 of us in the house, and I don’t always want (or have time) to cook a new meal every night. Most leftovers are GREAT, and some often get better the day after you make them (think pastas, soups, stews, chili, etc).
I don’t mind having “the same lunch” for a few days if it means I’m not wasting food. And, if that happens, I try to make sure I’m not having the same breakfast AND dinner, just so I can get some variation and different nutrients!
We don’t mind having a meal more than once, although I’m more likely to take leftovers for lunches than Nick.
I used to make something on the weekends (a soup or grain salad) JUST to have for easy lunches during the week! I love having things in the fridge that are easy to grab for lunches or quick dinners, but I know some people just can’t take eating the same thing for more than 1-2 meals a week.
What do you think of leftovers?
Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Wish you had them more?
Do you make certain things JUST so you can HAVE leftovers? (I’ve done that before) :)