We brought in the New Year last night at my sister's and had a sleepover. I came home with leftover lovely baked ham. We didn't get home til 2 ish. Then DH and I went for an hour long walk. It was coolish so when I got back I went and relaxed in the big swirl tub in our condo! Ummmmm ... uh and that was with a flavoured vodka and tonic .... but not much vodka. Honest!
So I hauled my butt outa the tub and put on my pj's. 5:45 and time for dinner. DH sitting on the computer doing whatever he does on there for hours at a time. Ok I got pasta, I got ham and I got green, red and yellow peppers; I got onions and garlic; I got parmaggiano reggiano - even though spelled incorrectly is very good stuff!! I got two kinds of lettuce and tomatoes, onions and cucumber! I got evoo, red wine vinegar, garlic, s&p ... you get the picture. Ahhhh, plus DH mentioned on the walk he would like to apply his own salad dressing as I always overdress!! There is a cure for this but I bit my tongue!!! So I made it on the side!!
Preparing a dinner from scratch can sometimes be a drag. Especially after comiing out of an hour long soak in an epsom salts and retreat bath salts soak.
Luckily lettuce was already washed so cut up cukes, tomatoes and added precut onions (Thanks to DH who likes them on his sandwiches). Threw a dressing together: evoo, red wine vinegar, garlic, from a precut jar (hallelujah), s&p, threw in some capers for the heck of it, gave it a stir and set aside.
Threw the water on the heat for the pasta. Put the saute pan on low heat, added some evoo and butter (not liberally). Added prejarred garlic. Chopped the peppers and onion, ; brought the pan up to heat and threw in the veggies and gently sauteed. Once softened added another small pat of butter (mea culpa - it is really called for) and another dash of oo.
Then I thought, what the hell and opened an expensive bottle of wine we had brought from home. This was given us by a very special friend for our Anniversary or something the previous year and I was saving it for a special event. He had admonished me last time I talked to him to not put it off too long. I took his advice, after all, first day of a New Year, what could be more special? Plus we have today and sometimes I think we just need to celebrate today!!
Back to Pasta primavera! DH sauntered in and I got him cooking da pasta. Threw in the instant blend flower and milk (yes, on top of the veggies) and proceeded with the sauce. Grabbed the Parmagianno reggiano (again pls ignore the spelling) and grated a quarter cup or so directly into 'da pasta' . Ummm, ummmm good!! Drained da pasta and added to sauce.
In the end we had a lovely dinner. DH applied his own salad dressing - no comment!! I checked online after and was horrified to see that a normal pasta primavera was 640 calories per serving. GASP! However I noticed the recipe called for mucho heavy cream and 1 1/2 cups of parmagiano!!!! I figure we can divide by at least 3 and possibly 4 as I used 2% milk and much less of the shredded parmesano. We did not have any bread with dinner. I had a glass and a half of the notable nota bene.
All in all, I feel quite "justified" in recording in my tracker 350 calories for the pasta and the sauce. Plus another 50 or so for the OO in the salad dressing. Ok the gingerbread cookie I felt compelled to have adds some more calories but I did walk for an hour today and hey, we are celebrating the start of a brand new year.
Let's live, love, and laugh for today and make the most of a brand New Year. May 2013 bring peace and joy to all!!