Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Therapy on a Budget (recipes included)

That's what blogging is for me. That and cooking. And I guess maybe cleaning is sometimes too, but that's not my focus right now.

Today, I joined the masses who drive 400 to and from work everyday. Yes, that's right. Today was my first official day back to school.


I feel your pain, little guy.

No kids til next Monday, but still the alarm clock. Notice there have been no exclamations marks in this post (this could quite possibly set a record for me).

I do have to say, it was so fun to be back with all of the great people I work with, but I just don't feel ready for summer to be over! Maybe I can become a famous blogger and professional house wife.

For now, I will share some recipes I've made and been meaning to get on here- quick and easy as always. . . and hopefully delicious too! And since Matt's bringing home a Papa John's Pizza tonight (LOVE him!), this will be my way of killing two therapy birds with one stone: blog about cooking:

Giada's Caprese Pasta:
Grape tomatoes halved, sauteed in EVOO and garlic

While tomatoes are simmering, cook one box of rigatoni.

"Squish" tomatoes with a fork after 4ish minutes of simmering.

Snuck this from the kitchen window- Matt got the basil for me from our "garden" :)

Use half of this (use the other half for margarita pizza!) and cube it.

Add shredded basil and mozzarella to cooked/drained pasta.

Pour tomato blend on top

Mix

And serve!

Matt gets shrimp on his- I'm working on liking this (it's a texture thing).

Garlic Cheese Bread:
Publix Garlic Bread

Topped with mozzarella and cheddar cheese before baking

Easy Cheesy! (Speaking of. . . couldn't help myself)

And for a lower calorie option. . .
Greek Yogurt with Granola, Agave Nectar, and Blueberries

Thanks for letting me "vent"! Enjoy!

9 comments:

  1. That pasta looks SO yummy! I love anything that has the combo of tomatoes/basil/mozzarella cheese! yum!

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  2. The pasts looks good! I'm not so sure about the shrimp though... Hi! Just stopping by. Following you from Thursday Cup of Joe Blog Hop. Would love a visit and a follow back on my blog: http://blog.writerslairbooks.com. Thanks! By the way, we have a current giveaway for an IPAD 2 and a Kindle 3G. I would love for you to enter if you haven’t already! Nice to meet you.

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  3. Yum that all looks so good, thanks for sharing! I'm always up for new recipes :)

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  4. That pasta looks amazing. I will have to try that!

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  5. Yum, yum! I love pasta and yours looks delicious!

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  6. Yum, looks great, I make a similar pasta toss with all my various cherry and pear tomatoes. That garlic breaad looks great!! I also love your lowfat choice- I'm in love with greek yogurt :) Just stopping by from Thursday almost friday blog hop. ~April

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  8. Looks great - definitely going to try your recipe!

    Following you from Hop Along Friday :)

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