February 1st – Another Fresh Start!
I love new beginnings. January 2013 is now behind us. The goal planning should be complete and our fresh starts well under way, but since we are human we are probably struggling in some areas. Most recently my struggle has been with food. Thankfully, it’s a new month, a new beginning.
Our family began eating healthier several years ago when we decided to start eliminating processed foods from our diet as much as possible. We’ve done great at the grocery store, but still fail when it comes to grabbing a quick lunch at the fast food window on those crazy busy days.
Thankfully, today we are all at home and I was able to cook up a hot lunch with some healthy fresh foods. We’ve been eating lots of salads this week and with the snow outside, it was 9 degrees this morning, I was craving something nice and warm. This veggie pasta was quick and yummy. I just grabbed what was in the frig and let the creativity begin.
I used to buy those packaged pasta and rice mixes, but I’ve learned to shop for produce within the budget and I’ve discovered some great seasonings from fresh to dried. I love Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute and use it almost daily.
While your pasta is cooking, heat 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil in a skillet and saute all the veggies except the tomatoes. I used green pepper, green onion, carrots and mushrooms. Just use what you’ve got on hand. Most veggies are good raw or cooked.
I added my favorite seasoning, a little garlic and a touch of salt. Turn heat to low as soon as the veggies are tender.
Add some grape tomatoes cut in halves and 1 cup of chicken bouillon to the sauteed veggies and let it simmer uncovered on low. As soon as the pasta is al dente, drain and toss with the veggies. Served garnished with a little feta cheese and some pepper to suit your taste.
This lunch took me less than 30 minutes to prepare; about the same amount of time you would have to cook one of those processed packets and the flavor was oh so yummy! Much healthier than the drive through window and a fresh start to a fresh month.