I often ate out and only cooked once or twice a week.
I am trying to get healthy, drop a few pounds and be a better person, which means no eating out and cooking more than once or twice a week.
I would go to the grocery store only to buy whatever it was that I was planning to blog about that week paying no mind to an eating plan for the week. Why would I? I could always eat out at one of the bazillion restaurants in my neighborhood.
I realize I can plan to be successful or not plan and fail miserably. I have to have some kind of menu plan each week otherwise one of the following will happen:
1. I will not have enough food to get through the week making it more likely that I will buy a frozen pizza (or two) from the little convenience store across the street and eat the entire thing. After eating said pizza I will decide that it's just too hard thus giving up on my "I want to be healthier, lighter and an all-around better person" goal because I am an unorganized person who can't control her frozen pizza cravings.
2. I will buy too much food and it will go to waste. After realizing I have wasted perfectly good food I will give up on the whole "I want to be healthier, lighter and an all-around better person" goal because I am an unorganized person who forgets she is only cooking for one, which will lead me to eat frozen pizza because someone told me once that's what single people are supposed eat.
I would buy a package of tortellini and eat the whole thing by myself.
Wow. I can't believe I just admitted that.
I make tortellini and throw in some mushrooms, spinach, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese (left over from pizza night) and eat only ONE CUP as a serving. Adding in the mushrooms and spinach definitely makes it more filling thus eliminating the "eating the whole package in one sitting" problem. Planning to use spinach and mushrooms in at least two to three recipes for the week eliminates the whole "food might go to waste" issue.
Makes me feel like an all-around better person who's feeling healthier and lighter.
And it's only day 3.
Makes approximately 3 cups
1 package four cheese whole wheat tortellini
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup tomato sauce
Cook the tortellini according to package directions. While the tortellini is cooking heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in the mushrooms and spinach and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms start to brown and the spinach wilts. Add in the tomato sauce and stir to combine.
Drain the tortellini, reserving about 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Add the tortellini to the mushrooms and spinach sauce, along with the pasta water, and toss it all together.
Scoop one cup of the pasta into a bowl. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and serve.