Pasta Not Salad

18 Jan

Tonight for dinner I whipped up a batch of pasta.  We planned on having Asian Salad for dinner, but both the Husband and I were starving and wanted something a little more hearty. 

This pasta is pretty much the same as all my pastas.  I like to make the sauce my own by adding in vegetables and other fun spices!

Here is what I did:

While the pasta was boiling, I looked through the fridge for all the vegetables I thought would be good in the garlicky pasta sauce.  I washed and chopped 1/2 red onion, 1/2 white onion, 2 cups baby bella mushrooms.  I also pulled out the spinach, because what would pasta be without gobs of spinach?  Once the first three vegetables were in the pan sautéing, I added about 6 tbsp of minced garlic.  Luckily I don’t train any clients tomorrow!  : )  Next, I sliced some chicken that was left over from last night’s salad and added that to the pan.  Once the chicken was heated and the vegetables were soft, I added about 10 cups of spinach.  It took a few minutes to get melted down, and once it did, I added to pasta sauce.  Once the sauce was heated, and the noodles cooked and drained, dinner was served.  I seriously love how simple and easy this meal is.  Plus we have leftovers for dinner tomorrow or Thursday and that makes my life easier!

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Lots and lots of garlic!

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Onions and mushrooms have been shown to decrease cellulite.  Eat up!

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I also added about 6 tbsp of crushed red peppers to raise our metabolisms and give the pasta some heat!

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Parmesan for onto of the pasta!

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Needless to say, I’m stuffed and can hardly move!  Can’t wait to use this as fuel in my AM workout tomorrow!  : )

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Fun Fact:  Eating heated up pasta sauce decreases your risk of skin cancer!  Even more reason to satisfy your craving with a big plate of pasta!

The rest of my night will be spent snuggling Quincy and watching last night’s episode of Jersey Shore!  Yes, I actually love that show! 

Question:  Any Snooki fans out there?

 

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4 Responses to “Pasta Not Salad”

  1. Nora @ Healthy Honey, Hungry Hubby January 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    YESSSSS, Snooki fan right here! I love Jersey Shore, and Snooki is my fave. This season is already looking like it’s going to be full of awesomeness. 🙂

  2. Shanna, like Banana January 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    Haha..that’s what I’m going to be doing in a couple of hours…with some vino 😉

  3. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) January 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    I’m a snooki fan ha. Last nights episode was hilarious. i haven’t laughed at hard in so long.

    That pasta looks so hearty and delicious. It look like it would fuel me for anything.

  4. movesnmunchies January 19, 2011 at 12:58 am #

    LOVE JERSEY SHORE!!!! im watching the episode RIGHT NOW ahaha

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