After a very long Monday, I did the only thing that is a sure fire way to melt away some of my stress.
I stirred something on the stovetop. Specifically, pasta sauce.
Cooking anything is typically therapeutic for me, but just stirring seems to be the most calming. Maybe because I don’t necessarily have to think about anything…I can just stand at the stove, in my jeans, tshirt, and bare feet, stirring my sauce and watching it bubble.
So that’s what I did.
I put some crushed tomatoes and some frozen cooked tomatoes from our garden last year in a pan with some garlic, salt, fresh parsley and basil, and a splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
With tomato season so close, I wanted something light and fresh on our pasta. I’m happy we already have some parsley and basil growing on the porch – they were the perfect addition to the sauce.
I had mine with some broccoli, and Nick had his with some meatballs I cooked for him.
After an easy dinner, I’m ready for a nice night of reading.
I got the books I ordered in the mail last week, and one of them is the next Coffeehouse Mystery in the series! I started it last night, and it’s as good as all the others. I’m ready to get in my pajamas and settle in with my book.
Sound like the perfect way to end a rainy Monday to me.
I tried a new bar today for my snack.
Kardea sent me some of their bars to sample, and I just got them over the weekend.
Kardea was founded by an avid cook and foodie, Rob Leighton, when he was diagnosed with high cholesterol in his late 40s. With a professional background in the food manufacturing business, he wanted to create healthy foods that were tasty and enjoyable to eat. His first products are gourmet wellness bars, which are unusually low calorie and more nutritious than most other energy or “nutrition” bars. Each bar contains 7 grams each of fiber and protein, and 1 gram of heart healthy plant sterols, in only 150 calories. They come in four flavors and have great texture, providing both chew and crunch.
I tried the Cranberry Almond flavor today.
Delicious! It chewy and crunchy, all in one bar. The base texture was a little sticky, but it had a great crunch throughout the bar from the almonds and oats.
I can’t wait to try the other flavors.
What do you do when you’re stressed?