Monday, September 13, 2010

Lesson Learned

Yesterday I geared up for a normal 8-4 shift in the ED.  The morning started out with me deciding to get a coffee from Dunkin' Donuts.  Since it was around 6:45 when I left, I wasn't very hungry.  As I pulled up to the drive-thru, I saw they had a veggie egg white sandwich which sounded good.  For being a "fast food" sandwich, it was pretty tasty.  I also had a new to me Chobani flavor, raspberry!  So good.  I am always impressed by Chobani yogurt flavors, except for strawberry banana....too artificial tasting.
  The title of this post is Lesson Learned for a reason.  We were so busy tonight that I didn't have the time to stop for lunch, so I had my old standby of a blueberry Clif bar.  The bar held me over enough, but I didn't imagine how long it would be until I had dinner that night.  I ended up staying 3 hours over my shift because we were swamped and I needed to admit a few of my patients to the hospital.

  Dinner was delicious and worth waiting for.  I bought ingredients at the store the other day that I imagine would be perfect for my pasta vision.  I was reading on the Fitnessista's blog about how to make jarred pasta sauce taste homemade.  She recommended sauteeing up some onions and garlic with a splash of vinegar, and then adding your sauce.  I basically followed her instructions.
1.  Sautee a tablespoon of olive oil with garlic, a whole white onion, and mushrooms.
2.  Add soy "meat" crumbles.
3.  After veggies are softened, add your jar of pasta sauce of choice.  I used Trader Joe's arrabiatta sauce, a nice spicy red sauce. 
4.  Add seasonings of your choice.  I chose dried basil, thyme, and oregano since I didn't have anything fresh.
5.  Add your al dente pasta of choice to the sauce mixture.
6.  Enjoy!
This doesn't look beautiful on camera, but it sure did taste beautiful.
I served my pasta over a bed of arugula.  Sounds strange, but it's a great little combination.  The pepperiness of the arugula works nicely with the warm, fragrant pasta.  Nice combination of textures and flavors.

  This last picture is a pic of the place I went running the other day.  Totally beautiful and serene.  Hopefully, I'll run there today too.
Breakfast today was oatmeal with brown sugar, chocolate chips, and almond butter.  I had a side of strawberries and apple slices.


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