A Day in the Life…Part Due

Has anyone else noticed that buds are beginning to appear on the trees?! And that ants and spiders are starting to call our living room walls home again? I think it’s spring!

Today’s Breakfast

I quickly grabbed a fig shmeared in peanut butter before the gym this morning to keep my energy up during my treadmill speed workout. Breakfast is always the first thing on my mind when I wake up so heading out the door without even a tiny nibble is impossible. After my workout, I went next door to the coffee shop and whipped out the cereal bowl I prepared last night: Nature’s Path Heritage Heirloom 100% multigrain cereal, chia seeds, sliced banana, sliced strawberries, and a handful of walnuts. Added some skim milk this morning! Shh, don’t tell….I played it off like I just enjoy really light coffee…

Second Breakfast

This wasn’t much of a second breakfast, just a handful of roasted almonds to carry me through until lunch!

Lunch

Lunch was easy peasy to throw together last night – leftover channa masala, Trader Joe’s “pocket full of fiber”, a mixed green salad with yellow bell pepper, carrots, tomatoes, and cucs, and the last of the pineapple!

I’ll be frank…channa masala is a risky lunch to have at work and is exactly why I keep a toothbrush in my desk. Garrrllliccc city. And it left me with this raging jones for chocolate! Luckily my coworker had placed a box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts within reach. One of those babies finally cut that garlic edge.

Even though this lunch was initially really filling (fruit tends to trick my belly into thinking it’s full), I was hungry only 2 hours later. I packed small handful of Nature’s Path Hemp Plus granola and a few Wheat Bran cereal squares but completely forgot to snap their photo! They didn’t really do much for my hunger in the long run, though, so I made an emergency trip to Whofie after work so that I could put together this dream date on a plate…

Dins

Fresh whole wheat papardelle with chicken andouille sausage, freshly grated pecorino romano, and peas!

Oh, yes. Soft, chewy whole grain noodles with spicey bits of sausage, salty touches of pecorino cheese, and a fresh snap from the peas. It was everything I could do not to eat the entire pot (uh, yeah, of course I made a double serving to get in on the fun again later in the week). That plate up there is a dessert plate so despite how it looks, I did not quite eat my body weight in pasta.

Dried pasta doesn’t stand a chance next to the fresh variety. Dried is the weeny younger cousin, always running after the big kids but never fast enough or strong enough to keep up. Yeah, it’ll work in a pinch (and, truthfully, is what I use most often) but if you want pasta, go for the fresh. It is the pillow of the food world =) (No, that title does not belong to mashed potatoes in my universe.)

I don’t usually add salt to my pasta water but fresh pasta really needs the help – just a sprinkle will really bring out the flavor.

After adding the salt and a teaspoon of Garlic Gold Olive Oil (to prevent sticking annndd because it’s delicious), I boiled the water and added the pasta.

While the water boiled, I sauteed the sausage (antiobiotic-free, minimally processed precooked andouille flavored chicken variety) in a bit of olive oil. When the pasta started cooking (fresh pasta is fast, only a few minutes), I added a cup of frozen peas to the sausage; the heat from the pan and later the heat from the pasta was enough to thaw them and cook them through.

After draining the pasta, I grated pecorino romano cheese on top and mixed it all together with the sausage and peas. Supper time! This is absolutely the best pasta dish I have ever made (thanks mostly to great ingredients) and will absolutely be made again.

I also ate a small bowl of green beans but, quite honestly, they were outshone by the pasta and not really worth remembering!

Dessert

A small glass of Lactaid and a vegan double chocolate cookie. I made these a while back and froze most of the batch (individually wrapped in foil…wasteful and a constant source of amusement for my roommates). As soon as they disappear I will share the recipe! Promise! I don’t think I could go a day without some form of cookie in my freezer…

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4 Responses to “A Day in the Life…Part Due”

  1. Looks great! I really like the cookie.

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