I feel I should explain some back story on the recipe of the day. This is a prime example of how I’m more productive when I’m lazy. I come home from a grueling day at the office, and I’ really hungry for something carbo-liscious. I thought I had a box of penne in my pantry, but it turns out to be elbow macaroni, which does not have the right texture and nuttiness for tomato-based pasta. Instead, I find a box of tri-color rotini that I decide will have to do.
As I’m cooking the pasta, I begin hunting for a jar of pasta sauce. I had completely forgotten that I had used up the last of it in the chili a few weeks back. Now, I have approximately ten minutes to make a pasta sauce of whatever I have. I grab a can of tomatoes and mushrooms. As I’m sauteing the mushroom (because I’m also out of onion), I have a fit of brilliance. I grab a few cloves of garlic and peppers, and toss those in the pan. The I realized I hadn’t consumed enough protein today, so I tossed in a can of chickpeas. I’m just randomly grabbing cans and cutting up veggies, until I suddenly have this mound of sauteed veggies that I accidentally dumped almost a half a cup of italian seasoning in.
It was delicious!
There were explosions of flavors fighting between sweet and savory, thick and smooth, and herby yet savory. I basically made a mound of cooked vegetables over a savory pasta noodle, but it has to be one of the best meals I’ve made on this diet.
- Tri-color pasta noodles
- 1 can diced tomatoes (salt-free)
- 1 portabello mushroom cap
- 1 can diced tomatoes and chiles
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 small pepper
- 1 tbsp garlic
- 3 tbsp italian seasonings
- a handful of torn chives
- Cook the pasta until desired tenderness
- Saute in this order:
- both cans of tomatoes
- Add seasonings and herbs on top
- Simmer about five minutes until it thickens slightly. As it cools, it will become more sauce-like.
- If you don’t like chunks of veggies, puree in a blender until smooth
- Serve over pasta noodles
Weight: 212.0 lb (-1.4 change)
Fasting Blood Glucose Level: 102
Blood Pressure: 112/70
Resting Heart Rate: 94
Total Calorie Intake: 1411 189/55/51*
*”Total Calories per Day” “Carbs/Fat/Protein” The ultimate goal is 1800 calories per day with a macronutrient split of 225/60/90.