Minified Meals: The Beginning

Dinner Day 1:

Roast portabella and zucchini pasta

Chop a large portabella mushroom and a zucchini squash into bite size pieces. Toss them in a baking dish with a teaspoon or so of olive oil  and some black pepper. Roast at 400 Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until tasty. Meanwhile, cook some whole wheat fettucine on the stovetop and drain. Combine it all while still hot, add a tablespoon or so of parmesan and a teaspoon of butter (or don’t, as it would probably be healthier without the butter – but that is in fact how I fixed it tonight. Maybe next time I’ll try it with just the olive oil).

Prep time: 10 minutes.

Cook time: 20 minutes for the veggies.

I thought it was easy and tasty, but I love butter, cheese, and mushrooms, so this was sort of my perfect meal (Although I do hate pasta. That was a concession to my spouse, who does not appear to consider roast vegetables a stand alone meal). It met our basic dinner requirements of simple vegetarian food in a hurry, with real vegetables and minimal processed ingredients (the pasta. I don’t make it myself. I get it at Whole Foods). My husband says “I think I made too many noodles. I would have liked a sauce.” To which I said “no!” and he laughed. Only one of us is a fan of tomato based sauce, if you can’t tell.

So we ate a real dinner,the first night of the challenge – success! And since the habit changes are cumulative, I’m also continuing with October’s habit change: getting enough sleep. I was terrible during the last week of October about staying up way too late, partly for school and partly for fun. Why is it so hard to form  good habit but so easy to fall back into an old, bad one?

I think maybe the secret to habit change is blogging about it, so that everyone in my life knows that I’m doing this and gives me grief if I send an e-mail after midnight or insist on grabbing pizza for dinner. I’m back to getting enough sleep, at least! Anybody else trying to change a habit during the month of November?


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