Friday, October 23, 2009
So today I decided to get the veggies I didn't have last night. Actually, the decision was to have pasta even though we don't have any spaghetti sauce.
So, there were two cans of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato sauce, all with herbs. OK, but not enough.
Hmm. So there were collard greens sitting there, and apples, and garlic, all from the CSA (a farm near us that we 'subscribe' to). And then there were bell peppers and yellow banana peppers from our garden. And a sack of onions and a carrot from the grocery. Starting to sound like pasta sauce.. What, you doubt me on the apples? Pshaw, I say. :)
So the carrot, peppers, and onions go in first with a little olive oil and cook until they brown some. A touch of salt to help draw the water out. Then the apples and diced tomatoes (with juice), followed by collard greens chopped into 1" pieces. That cooks for a while with the lid on to get the carrots and greens to tenderize a bit. After a while it starts going a little dry, so in goes the tomato sauce, a small can (meatloaf size if you know what I mean). Put the pasta in to cook, the whole wheat kind, of course. I had two half-boxes of different kinds, which naturally took differing amounts of time to cook(!). The meatballs were frozen pre-made, I just put a bag of those in the microwave to thaw, then tossed them into the 'sauce' to finish heating.
I use 'sauce' in quotes because despite tossing that can of sauce in there, it really wasn't saucy. It was more like a bunch of vegetables in a pan with a little bit of tomato juice at the bottom. :) But it was good on pasta. I stuffed myself silly on veggies--much better than last night's beans and chip bonanza.
DH liked it, he said it was good including greens in the mix as a change-up. We had never done greens of any stripe before subscribing to the CSA--but having received greens in the box, we tried to figure out a way to eat them. And these were good, collards don't seem to have a whole lot of their own personality. The swiss chard was a much harder sell with it's dirt-like aroma.
The mix would have been just as good with some beans instead of the meatballs. I just had meatballs and was serving over pasta. It could just as easily have gone over rice. And tomorrow, I think the leftovers will have soaked up all their juice and we might end up with a sandwich filling instead of a pasta topper.
Anyway, it was a good dinner.
And this morning I came in 2nd on my Biggest Loser challenge, and my weigh-in was successful too. Add that to a pretty successful workday and it was good all around, I'd say. Just wish there was more contiguous sleep. :/ Maybe tomorrow.