How's everybody doing out there? It is GORGEOUS here in the City of Angels - clear, cool, autumnal - puts me in my happy place. I'm all upbeat and bursting with energy. Of course, it could be the three cups of coffee I've consumed. Or perhaps it's...
...ENDORPHINS. That's right, 3 miles, baby. My exercising is coming along well. Very soon I will be able to fit into my skinny jeans (which used to be my fat jeans, before I outgrew even them). Assuming, of course, that I don't get derailed by Thanksgiving. And Christmas. Which, of course, I will. Sigh...
Last week, I took Jude on his first "seeing a band in a club" experience. Which sounds much more radical than it was. Remember his cooler, older friend, Lucas? The one we took to the Paul McCartney concert? Well, Lucas is in a band. A real band. Or at least as real a band as a group of 14-year olds can form. They're totally old school rock and roll - lots of Zeppelin and blues rock. They played a real club, in a fairly iffy LA neighborhood, but the crowd was all kids. Very fun. I kept having flashbacks to my youth, except everybody at the club was drinking bottled water and nobody was smoking! These kids really blew us away - little rock stars!
Here we are. You can see us if you squint...
You know that you have moved on to a new stage of your life when Buck a Box on Barilla is the most exciting thing that happens to you all week...
I stocked up. Which inspired me to come up with the following recipe...
I have been fairly obsessed with kale lately. Yeah, I know. Anyway, I've also been trying to minimize our meat eating, so have been coming up with lots of vegetarian meals. I threw this together last night, and damn if it wasn't excellent. The proportions are rough, as I just kind of tossed things together...
Pasta with Butternut Squash, Kale and Walnuts
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. butter
2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed into 1/2 inch dice (I bought a bag of pre-peeled because I'm lazy)
4 cups kale, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 cup walnuts (halves and pieces)
3/4 lb. pasta (I used Cellentani, which is like Fusilli but more interesting)
Parmesan cheese - tons
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Get the water boiling. When it's ready, add the pasta and cook according to the box.
In the meantime, add olive oil and butter to large, heavy saucepan. Heat over low heat. Add squash and saute until softened. Add garlic for about 30 seconds, stirring. Add kale and stir well. Saute until softened. Add walnuts and heat through. Stir a lot.
When the pasta is cooked, drain well and add to the pot of squash/kale/walnuts. Toss well. Salt and pepper to taste. Toss with TONS of Parmesan.
I have no idea what the nutritional content on this recipe is, but I'm thinking it's HIGH in nutrition.
Hey, can y'all do me a favor? My Subaru commercial ran for a while, but now it's just on "Hold". Can you let me know if you see it? And tell me what channel you're watching and what time of day? It would be much appreciated. I'm the mom who wishes she had girls...
Alrighty. Happy Tuesday. Go visit Stacy and the others!