Mother’s Day means that Mom gets the full word on the dinner of the night. The word said Shrimp Pasta so the word was delivered.
Shrimpies cooked in olive oil. Canned diced tomatoes simmered with olive oil, water and garlic, chopped plum tomatoes thrown in after simmering. Cooked shrimp and resulting sauce stirred into linguine & fettucine, seasoned with salt, pepper and a sprinkling of fresh basil.
Alongside one of the most homemade Greek salads ever to grace our plates, left unpictured as I was too busy enjoying it to remember its photo op.
My dinner was followed by an incredible blended sorbet of frozen strawberries, frozen mango, POM light tea, Stevia and vanilla extract. Wow. Why have I not made this before?! Probably because it was not a very easy blending task considering I didn’t want to put too much liquid in it. I wanted it THICK.
It was also followed by about a million finger dips in the peanut butter jar because that has suddenly become my recent trend? I think it was all sparked when I finally opened my tucked away and hidden jar of Mighty Maple which I bought months (and months and months) ago and resisted opening because I’ve just always had too many nut butter jars on the go. Well resist no more could I.
And the jar was opened. And the heavens were revealed.
This bowl happened only hours before the Mighty reveal thus the luscious topping was sadly not maple-infused, though it was still quite tasty in all of its plain and original peanut butter glory.
And speaking of food (wait, when am I not speaking of food?), you know where a great place to get some food resources is? The library. I was long long overdue for a visit and walking back in there was a rush. I seriously love the library! Never fail to walk out with a pile of books larger than my arms can carry. Yes I did drop a few. Whether or not I actually read them all (almost always the latter… my reading enthusiasm is greater than my actual reading speed and frequency), there’s just something so comforting about arriving home with a big pile of books to flip through.
No I’m not going vegan, but I kinda dig the library’s veggie cookbook selection.
I also dig veggies with feta.
And veggies with pasta. and hummus. and salsa.
And sometimes when I find veggies in powdered form hiding in small packages in my closet, I dig those too.
But only if they’re mixed into my smoothies with almond milk, frozen banana, cantaloupe and spinach. And just a touch of Stevia this time around since this was my first experience with the Amazing Grass and it was just a touch…grassy.
Smoothies are good at breakfast (like the one above) but best for a snack when it’s warm and sunny outside (like the one below).
They’re also really really good when they’re actually iced coffee smoothies with POM juice added.
Let’s see if I can even remotely remember what went into this bad boy:
Cooled coffee, splash of skim milk and almond milk, teeny scoop chocolate protein powder, packet of stevia, xanthan and guar, plenty of ice, and fruity POM juice. It worked, I swear.
Before I peace, I must tell you to do something good for your taste buds by making Janetha’s Garbanzo Bean Turkey Bake. I halved the recipe because my ground turkey stash was minimal (10 oz to be precise) but between my mom and I, this was dunzo in a day. Two thumbs up!
That about concludes it for now. Bare with me as I seem to have misplaced a bit of inspiration and thrill in my days of late and I really need to find some sort of zest for a pep me up. My zester is kind of dull but I’m working on it.