Now that this year’s Healthy Living Summit has already sold out, I figured it was about time to use up the last of the contents of my swag bag from last year.
One of the items in the bag was a mini box of vegetable pasta shells.
The little box said that it contained two servings.
Um, yeah, maybe if you’re a 60 pound 7 year old.
Not for me. I think the reason that I hadn’t used this pasta prior to tonight is that the box is roughly the size of my palm. And honestly, when I eat pasta, I EAT pasta. And the fact that they were trying to tell me that I needed to split the box into two whole servings sort of turned me off.
But tonight, I finally got over myself and cooked it.
I wanted something simple and healthy to go with the pasta, so I whipped up a little easy peanut sauce and veggies.
The peanut sauce is my usual combination of a tablespoon or so of peanut butter, a teaspoon or so of garlic chili paste (I like some serious kick), a few splashes of soy sauce, and a few splashes of water.
My measurements are super technical- don’t screw it up.
Once the sauce is mixed, I heat it in the microwave to help it come together.
As for the veggies, all I did was defrost some frozen corn, sweet peas and bell pepper strips in a microwave safe bowl. I sprinkled some onion powder, garlic salt and crushed red pepper (again with the heat, I know!) right onto the veggies and stirred it all together.
Once the pasta was done cooking I tossed it with the seasoned vegetables and peanut sauce.
Total time to make this dish?
Well, once I had the water boiling and dropped the pasta in, nuked the veggies and mixed the sauce I’d say I was in for about 10 minutes.
Not bad for a Tuesday night.
And I even had time to do some laundry.
Good thing I finally got over myself and used that pasta, huh?