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Farmer’s Market Pasta

I’m kind of excited to share this recipe with you because it says “home” to me. This meal is definitely a family staple, created and perfected over time by my mom and served on summer Sunday nights after our Saturday reapings at the Farmer’s Market.

In fact, smelling this cook made me a little homesick!

It pairs yummy indulgence with fresh, whole ingredients, which is pretty awesome. It’s also really simple but full of flavor, so… that’s good.

You can change up the vegetables based on what you find at the Farmer’s Market (or the supermarket, if you must), but I feel I must insist that you keep the carrots, sweet onion, and corn. They add a really hearty, flavorful aspect to the dish that makes it what it is.

This is everything you need to make this dish, as I made it (in multiple quantities — remember, I was making this for a party):

It’s the kind of recipe that makes pasta “worth it” to me, which is something I don’t often feel. Pasta always seems like too many calories for not enough nutritional value to me. This recipe, however, makes me change my tune. The fact that it’s chock full of vegetables certainly doesn’t hurt matters.

In case you didn’t notice from the ingredients picture above, when I made this the other day, I made four pounds of pasta. It was a lot. Turns out, the party consumed less than two pounds.

In other words, Mark and I have been eating a lot of pasta lately. And I may have brought some to work to make my friend Chris eat for lunch. I’m hoping he’s not complaining.

Below, I’ll write the recipe for a four-ish serving amount. So… you don’t need as much as I have in that photo of ingredients above.

Farmer’s Market Pasta

makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pasta (I like penne best, but you can use any hearty, thick pasta — and feel free to use whole wheat!)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen sweet corn kernels (you can do fresh if you want, but that’s so much work)
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 1 medium sweet onion (keyword: sweet! not yellow or red or anything else)
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 medium squash
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup pesto
  • 1/2 cup grated romano/ parmesan/ asiago/ combination
  • EVOO
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella chunks (small, bite-sized pieces)

Directions

Bring 6 cups of water (salted, if you prefer — I do) to a boil. Add pasta and cook per directions (mine was 13 minutes), adding a drizzle of EVOO to the water.

Chop tomatoes into chunks, salt lightly, and drain on a paper towel.

While the water is boiling and the pasta is cooking, chop the onions, carrots, zucchini and yellow squash.

Saute them all in a little EVOO (enough to coat the pan) over medium-high heat. Start with the onions, then add the carrots, then add the zucchini and yellow squash.

Stir the frozen corn into the cooking pasta for the last three (ish) minutes of the pasta’s cooking time.

Drain the pasta and put back into the pot. Stir in the sauteed veggies, pesto, and romano/ parmesan/ whatever other cheese. Right before serving, stir in the tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

By the way, this dish is great both hot and cold. Awesome, right?

Once I started being on a carb overload, I started serving it over spinach and made it more of a salad. The pesto offers enough flavor to act as a salad dressing, so it works perfectly.

And, obviously, it worked beautifully as a dinner party dish.

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Summer Weekend

This weekend was packed full of events, many of which had to do with Independence Day. Before I get to a post entirely about the fourth, though, I’m going to share a little bit about my lovely long summer weekend.

On Saturday night, a group of us went to see Mark perform in King Lear, which was a production in the Shakespeare by the Sea program.

It truly was right by the sea, which was beautiful.

View of the stage from the same location:

The event itself was fun even before the show began, as it was another picnicking affair. People filed in throughout the hours before the show, while the actors were still rehearsing, to sit with friends and family and enjoy meals in the cool sea breeze.

We had originally planned on sitting on blankets, but we couldn’t help but to take advantage of the benches.

From our seats, we could see Mark “backstage!” Can you spot him?

Actually, you probably can’t. It’s kind of dark. Lame.

Anyway, Mark was phenomenal in the show and it was so fun to watch him perform.

Actually, a lot of the actors were really incredible. The show is full of a lot of talent. I’m  not a huge Shakespeare fan (I know, I know) and I thought I wouldn’t really enjoy the actual show, but I found that the actors were dynamic enough to make it fun even for a non-Shakespeare loving audience member like myself.

Back in college, when Mark and I met (actually, this is how we met), he was in four things that I directed during my senior year — three plays and one sitcom pilot. Kind of cool, right?

Hopefully this will be just the first of many things we get to see him in now that he’s professionally acting in Los Angeles!

I surprised/ embarrassed Mark with flowers after the show.

I’m telling myself he liked it.

Anyway, bright and early the next morning, Mark and I went to the Studio City Farmer’s Market for the first time.

It was such a great Farmer’s Market, and so big, too! There was lots of entertainment, which gave it a community event feel.

Oh, and we saw Jason Bateman, so… that was awesome.

The best part of the Farmer’s Market though, for me, was the FRUIT! I ended up finishing phase one of the SBD a day early because I needed to pick fruit out for the sangria I was making for the fourth and didn’t want to pick blindly.

And so I tasted, and tasted, and tasted, and tasted.

I was like a kid in a candy store. At least it was nature’s candy, right?

The blood oranges and country sweet yellow peaches were my favorite. A-mazing. Seriously. I’m drooling just thinking about them.

Rehab updates…

Rehab Day 17 (Saturday)

45 minutes strength training (arms & back)

Rehab Day 18 (Sunday)

Lots of walking (around the FM, around town, etc.)

Rehab Day 19 (Monday)

Rest Day

Anybody else go to any farmer’s markets this weekend? Was the fruit just as amazing everywhere? I swear, the fruit I tasted on Sunday was pure perfection.

Oh, and I really encourage any fellow Los Angelites to go see Mark in King Lear. They’re about to go on tour throughout LA County and I know Mark would love to meet any of you if you end up going to see the show!

Ask for his autograph. He’ll feel totally famous.

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Hallow’s Eve… Eve

Everybody else is celebrating Halloween tonight, right?

I sure am. Well, tonight and tomorrow. Can’t wait.

Today has been absolutely beautiful. Don’t believe me?

You do now! 🙂

It’s one of those days that makes me excited to live in Southern California.

I started out the day with two waffles. One was topped with White Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter, cherry Crofters and chia seeds and the other is topped with coconut butter, chia seeds and blackberries.

Toward the end, I started smooshing little pieces of them together.

Good start to the day, right?

I continued the good morning with a lovely trip to the Farmer’s Market. I don’t have a ton of time to write much more, but I’ll leave you with some pretty pictures.

And… look what I found!

Oh, just let me have it. We don’t get many of those in these parts.

Alright…. time for me to…

😉

Time to go celebrate Halloween in style!

Have wonderful nights, my friends! What are you doing to celebrate?

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Meet Mark

Such a busy weekend. I’ll have to bring it to you in installments.

Remember, a while back, how I said I had to say goodbye to someone near and dear to my heart?

That someone was my beautiful roommate, Mamito.

For privacy and safety reasons, I couldn’t tell you that at the time, especially because I couldn’t tell you that I’d be living alone for a month. I am not, however, living alone anymore…

My new roommate has arrived!

Meet Mark.

Back when we were young and innocent (well, you know), he was one of my best friends in college.

We were kind of silly back then.

Okay… we’re still kind of silly.

We were trying to recreate our beauty from the glory days.

You’ll probably see him pop up on KWH every so often!

Anyway, we first reunited this weekend when we went out for dinner with his dad on Friday night. I was treated to some yummy pasta with veggies and marinara and more than one glass of Sauvingon Blanc.

Unfortunately, I had the same allergic reaction to this wine that I had to something else (I suspected the dark chocolate-covered edamama, then) the night before my 10K last month. I couldn’t sleep for hours because my heart was pounding so hard.

Fortunately, rather than stressing out about what I had to do the next day, I was able to allow myself to embrace the situation. I watched a few episodes of some TV shows I’d saved on my DVR and waited for the feeling to subside, at least slightly. I was able to be flexible as I knew that I could either postpone or shorten (as it would get hot quickly and early the next day) the long run I had planned for the morning.

Happily, I didn’t wake up too late and I managed to squeeze in 3.38 miles before it got too hot to feel comfortable running anymore. I also paced pretty well, fitting it all into 38:11, giving me an 11:17 pace. 🙂

I followed the run with a delicious smoothie, of which I shared part with the new roomie, a loyal KWH reader who was curious as to the taste.

His & her’s:

It was a tropical smoothie. Nothin’ you haven’t seen before!

We followed the smoothies (and a serious shower, on my part) with a trip to the Farmer’s Market.

Signs of fall are getting more and more abundant. 🙂

That picture is like Christmas in a veggie pile!

See the sunshine splashed across the produce? It was such a beautiful day! I’ll even forgive it for being so darn hot.

My favorite part of the trip was a stop at the new honey stand (of course).

Is that a perfect Saturday morning, or what?

Saturday Morning Workout

3.38 mile run in 38:11, giving me about an 11:17 pace.

 

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Weekend in Review

I really meant to bake something this weekend, but time just disappeared right before my eyes. Next weekend!… Hopefully. This week is going to be intensely busy and I’m just trying to keep up with it!

Most of the weekend’s eats went undocumented by camera again… but I can tell you that I didn’t really eat anything special, so it’s no big deal.

The good news is, I captured some of the good times!

I made a trip to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning, knowing I wasn’t really planning on getting anything (I hadn’t planned out my meals yet) but also knowing that a Saturday doesn’t really feel complete without perusing the market.

I particularly enjoyed the few but noticeable signs that it’s fall. 🙂

At some point that afternoon, I helped myself to an iced, soy, one-pump Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks (aka heaven in my mouth) and a mini vanilla scone, just ’cause.

Close up on the name spelling (it really never gets old):

On Saturday night, I went out with a bunch of my friends to see The Social Network.

(source)

Seriously, guys, this movie was so good. I’m not a huge movie lover (I’m more of a TV girl, in case you hadn’t noticed), despite being a former a film student, and still, I was absolutely riveted throughout this film. The acting, the directing, the writing, the pacing… everything. It was great. See it. Especially if you’re of my generation (aka the kids who were in college when facebook emerged).

Afterward, those of us who had gone to see the film together went out for drinks at the nearby Gordon Biersch Brewing Company in Burbank.

Some of the girls (Hanna, Audrey and Elisa):

And me with all the boys (Nick, Ben, Andrew, Basel and Nate):

Am I a lucky girl, or what? Even though some of them are being silly…

I got the Hefeweizen, which was good but not my favorite hefe – not by a long shot! I’d get something else next time. I wasn’t a huge fan of the banana taste.

Sunday was an intense day of cleaning the apartment. I’m going to have people to impress in the apartment this week and I don’t think I’ll have much more time to clean!

Hope you all are having a happy Monday!

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A Perfect Connecticut Saturday

Well, I’m back in California. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling a bit homesick for Connecticut right now. 😦

However, I have lots of catching up to do about the weekend. I can at least absorb myself in my pictures.

Saturday started off strong, only slightly suffering due to the previous night’s margarita-fest. My mom and I went to the gym bright and early, where I did a little PreCor, ran 2 miles on the treadmill, and then joined my mom for a strength class. I’m pretty sure I was sweating tequila.

Gross. Sorry about that. Mostly sorry to the other people in the class.

After class, my mom and I headed to a local Farmer’s Market. It has long been one of my favorite Farmer’s Markets, ever. Here’s a little photo show.

Yes, they have live music.

So, so pretty.

We came home to make some smoothies. My mom adamantly did not trust the idea of spinach in her smoothie (psh, non-believer wimp), so I made her’s without it. My dad wanted to try it too, so my mom had about 2/3 of her’s and we gave the rest to my dad (who had already had breakfast).

His & Her’s SIABS:

That’s a Banilla Smoothie, minus the spinach, with coconut butter and granola on top.

I made myself a Raspberry Mousse Smoothie with the same toppings.

It was even better than usual because it was consumed outside in my parents’ gorgeous backyard.

I honestly can’t remember what I did for the rest of the morning. I think my mom and I went to run some errands. I know we stopped for coffee at some point, too.

We really like our coffee.

We came back for lunch and made the sandwich I’ve been craving for months.

The Connecticut Farmer’s Market Saturday Sandwich.

It’s heaven.


It’s better than any other caprese sandwich you’ve ever had. Just trust me on this.

It’s semolina bread with fresh (and I mean fresh) buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto, all (save the tomato) from the same stand at the Farmer’s Market.

So. Freaking. Good.

We followed the sandwiches with a little more Farmer’s Market delight: tiny slices of blueberry pie.

Drool.

I totally licked my plate clean. And I do mean that I picked my plate up and licked it.

Don’t judge me. You would have, too.

The afternoon was spent just hanging around the house, which included starting (and not finishing) Whip It and snacking on some Food Should Taste Good Cheddar Chips with a little bit of cheddar cheese.

Dinner was an early celebration of my dad’s birthday, so we had a meal that he requested. I can’t say it was my favorite, but it was still good.

We had jambalaya, grilled shrimp & chicken sausages, sliced FM tomatoes with S&P and fresh FM corn. The corn was, without a doubt, my favorite part of the meal.

That, and the wine. A glass of Chardonnay, poolside.

The dogs wanted in on the corn, too. Though Thatcher is definitely still learning the art, Sawyer is really good at eating corn off the cob. Our first dog, Huckleberry, was also quite skilled at this.

Even though it looks like I’m angry in the second one (that one’s with Sawyer, the good-at-this dog), I’m pretty sure I’m actually in the middle of saying “Good boy!”

Nice day, right?

10K Training Day Thirteen

15 minutes Precor (cardio)

2 miles @ 5.5 on treadmill (I upped my speed a little!) for about 22 minutes + 3 min(ish) cool down

60 minutes strength training class

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Weekending

The thing about having a full-time job is that weekends are all about catching up on errands. This morning, I managed to get to the Farmer’s Market, the bank, Starbucks (okay, that’s not an errand, but you know…), Target, Sports Authority (to pick up a new armband for my iPhone for running, yay!), Ralph’s and Trader Joe’s. It’s been a busy day!

I never ended up making it to that party last night. I went over to Lauren’s apartment to chill out by playing Rockband and drinking some wine. Lauren wasn’t hungry, so it was a good thing I’d ordered lunch yesterday rather than eating my packed lunch; I just ate my (Pinto) Bean, Green Bean & Potato Salad instead!

One serving of dinner…

… and more than one serving of wine.

No need to elaborate beyond that. 😉

Before I knew it, it was past 11:30pm and I’d had more than one glass of wine… aka, I wasn’t driving myself through LA to go to a party! I called it a night and ended up just going to sleep.

I woke up this morning craving oatmeal (it’s such a Saturday morning kind of meal to me), so I made myself some blueberry pie oatmeal.

I threw 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk and 1/3 cup water into a pot on the stove and heated it at medium heat for a few minutes. Once it started to cook through, I also tossed in a pinch of salt, a dash of pure vanilla extract, a dash of cinnamon and half a packet of stevia. For the last minute of heating, I added about 1/3 cup blueberries.

I put it all in a bowl and topped it with a heaping tablespoon of nonfat plain greek yogurt, about a tablespoon of almond butter and a dash of pumpkin pie spice.

I didn’t get much at the Farmer’s Market today, as I’ll be traveling again in just a few days (so excited!!!) and don’t need much food.

I got some fresh baby spinach (this was a first for me)….

…a yellow peach, a white nectarine, a yellow nectarine, two tiny plums…

… and some amazingly delicious grapes that taste exactly like grape juice.

Here’s a lesson I wish I’d learn: never shop when you’re hungry. I did, and I picked up one of my three kryptonites!

I tore into these the moment I got into my car.

By “my kryptonites,” I mean, “things with which I absolutely cannot stop at one serving.” I ate ALL THREE of them today and did not stop at one serving with any of the three! Whoops.

The other two, for the record, are Shredded Oats and carob chips. I had a big mugful of these together after lunch today. Completely unnecessary, but I had it anyway. I should probably regret it more than I do, but – hey – I really enjoyed it.

Despite my overindulgence in chips before lunch, I still had a pretty epic lunch today.

First, I made a much-improved version of last week’s tuna salad. I realized, while consuming that salad, that I really don’t care at all for dijon mustard.

What I really like is honey mustard, but unfortunately, my shopping has revealed that honey mustard just about always has sugar as an ingredient. Not to be deterred, I decided to make my own honey mustard using a little bit of honey and this mustard:

Worked like a charm.

Hummoney Mustard Tuna Salad

makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 3-oz can of white tuna in water
  • 1 tbs hummus
  • 2 squeezes yellow mustard
  • 1 squeeze honey
  • 1/3 cup diced cucumber

Dice up the cucumber and mix everything together!

Tres simple.

I served it on the olive bread from last weeks’ Farmer’s Market (out of the freezer, of course), toasted with some shredded cheddar on one of the pieces of the bread.

So. Good.

Seriously. You’ll be seeing this again.

Very grateful for this:

10K Training Day Six

Rest Day!

Also very excited for my plans tonight!!!

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