pasta & procrastination.

by Janetha on April 5, 2011

in meals,moves

hey guys! hope your tuesday was all you hoped for and maybe more.

day 2 of operation wake up and work out before work was a raging success! actually, today marshall had to be to work an hour and a half before i typically go in, so i had to wake up at 5:30 instead of 6:45.  eesh! on normal work weeks, we will have to wake up at 4:45 on mondays and at 6:45 tuesday through friday. not so bad—6:45 i can do.  because marshall’s job was out of town (in wyoming), he had to go to work early today.  for those who don’t know, marshall and i work together. i run the office and he is one of our installers—so we don’t actually work TOGETHER, just for the same company.  yep, good talk.

anyway, after a hot and sweaty insanity workout, i did a painful 10 minute session of foam rolling. my back is SO sore from bikram yoga. is that normal? because i have muscles hurting that i didn’t even know existed!  it’s a good hurt, but a hurt none the less. after rolling out some of the kinks, i hopped in the shower and got ready for work.

i had a lot of time, so i decided to make some protein oatmeal. i found some PB2 in the back of my cupboard last night, so i decided to top my protein oatmeal with the PB2 and some erin baker’s peanut butter protein granola.

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looks great, right?  well, guess what? the PB2 was NASTY! i checked the jar and it turns out that it expired last year. oops? it actually tasted like some sort of chemical. you know when you remove your nail polish and then accidentally put your finger in your mouth? that’s what it tasted like. such a bummer!  i tossed the jar and skimmed the top layer off my oatmeal. luckily i hadn’t mixed it all in, so the majority of the oatmeal was salvageable.   to make up for the lost portion, i had an enormous spoonful of PB&Co crunch time peanut butter. that made everything better.

after eating breakfast, i still had time to kill! i typed up my recipe for chicken cordon bleu, cleaned the kitchen and started a load of laundry. after all that, i decided to go to work. i ended up getting to work a half hour early.. wow.  i can’t believe it. i should have knitted a sweater for randy in all that spare time! except it’s almost summer. and i don’t know how to knit. and randy probably wouldn’t like rocking a sweater…

lunch was leftover chicken cordon bleu casserole with asparagus. you can see it here. snack was yogurt and cereal.

i got off work a half hour early (since i went in early, obviously) and so when i got home and DIDN’T have to go to the gym, i wasn’t sure what to do with myself! we all know knitting a sweater for randy was out, so i decided to do some more foam rolling and get an early start on dinner.

dinner was something i have been pondering up for awhile now and finally decided to execute it. oh and GASP, a recipe that isn’t a casserole?! i know, weird.. i also just realized that it is vegan!

spinach & cannellini roasted garlic rotini with tofu.

serves four

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ingredients:

  • 6 oz whole wheat rotini pasta
  • 1 block extra firm tofu, pressed overnight (or for 4 days…)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bulb garlic, roasted
  • ~1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt + pepper to taste

directions:

for the noodles, place a pot of salted water on the stove to boil. once it is boiling, throw in your pasta and cook al dente. rinse and set aside. (you can do this simultaneously with the other steps—i promise.)

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for the tofu, dice it into 1/2” squares. spray the squares with olive oil cooking spray. put the tofu in a ziplock with the garlic powder.. shake vigorously and then  you can choose to either bake or fry your tofu.  i baked mine at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

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for the garlic, the easiest thing to do is peel each clove, wrap them all in foil and bake for about a half hour at 400 degrees. it will be fork-tender when done. and your whole house will smell like garlic!

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for the rest of the dish, follow these steps..

sauté your onion in a large skillet that is coated in olive oil cooking spray (over medium-high heat).

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once the onion begins to soften, add the broth. add salt and pepper.

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bring the onions and broth to a simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.

throw your onion+broth mixture into a blender or food processor along with all the roasted garlic. add salt and pepper.

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blend well, adding more broth if needed—you will be left with a creamy sauce that has a great color!

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i find it fabulous that an onion, a bulb of garlic and 1/2 cup of chicken broth makes this creamy, flavorful sauce.

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sauté your spinach in the same pan you used for the onions.

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cook it down so it is slightly wilted.

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time to toss!  in the large pot that you cooked the noodles in, toss the noodles, tofu, onion garlic sauce, beans and spinach together. taste and add salt and pepper if you need to.

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time to eat!

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yum. this recipe was so simple but tasted really complex. the various textures of the noodles, beans, tofu and spinach really kept each bite interesting!

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here are the stats per serving:

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not bad, not bad at all.

so.. that was the “pasta” part of my title. now about the “procrastination” part.  as you may or may not have noticed, i have really been putting off that whole 30 day question challenge thing.  it’s not because i don’t intend to finish it. it is because i am real good at procrastinating. in fact, i would consider myself a professional procrastinator. i procrastinate everything and anything i possibly can. i wish they paid people for such things, but alas.. that is not the case.

i decided to finally get around to doing day 10.. and then i saw what it was and was kinda disappointed because it is a lame topic:

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discuss your first love and first kiss.

okay, starting with my first kiss! my first legit kiss was in 7th grade. by legit i mean french kiss. i had a boyfriend. we were “going out” (what a ridiculous term!) in 6th grade, broke up, and then got back together in 7th grade. he lived about a mile from me, so he was walking me home one night and when we were saying our goodbyes, he kissed me.  i remember thinking his tongue felt absolutely disgusting in my mouth.. but for some reason i liked the kiss. probably because it was my first “real” kiss.. but still, i thought it was slimy and strange. i think we kissed a total of 3 more times before we broke up. love ‘em and leave ‘em, right?

next up: first love. meh.. who cares? not me. but it’s part of the challenge. my first love was a guy i started dating when i was 17.  he was the first to say “i love you” and it was about 4 months after we started dating. we moved in together right after i turned 18, which was about 6 months into our relationship.  i was young and dumb. we lived together for awhile but that drove us apart and we broke up. the one good thing that came out of living together was that we got our dog, mable, you may have heard me talk about her before.

anyway, i dated this guy on and off and on and off and finally it ended with OFF.  we tried to stay friends but he was always in and out of jail and usually only called when he needed a favor. i was nice so i always helped him out. our friendship was complicated and whenever i had a new boyfriend he would steal mable from me. when i started dating marshall, he stole mable from my house when i wasn’t home and refused to let me see her. a few months later, she was hit by a car and was killed. worst thing ever. we eventually lost touch and he would call every so often. i always tried to be nice to him because that’s how i am. nice.  but we never really we friends after that.. with good reason.

where is he now? well he is in prison. and i am married to the best guy on the planet. so really, your first love doesn’t matter. it’s your last love that is the most important.

there you have it! maybe i will get to day 11 in the next 5 months…

Qs~

1. are you a procrastinator or a get-it-done-now type?

2. how old were you when you had your first legit kiss?

xo. janetha g.

p.s. i made some AMAZING lemon yogurt protein muffins and the recipe will be coming later this week. get excited!

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francesca @ oral hcg April 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

That pasta is worth a try! Or shall I say, a must-try. And whew, thanks for sharing about the first love and the first kiss. It’s horrible to think that your dog got hit by a car. Anyway, what made me smile while reading this blog is when you said that your last love is the most important. You are SO right! :D

Paige (Running Around Normal) April 6, 2011 at 9:59 am

Oh Randy could TOTALLY rock a sweater. And I’m beginning to regret clicking off my alarm clock and waking up at 6 instead of 5, thus skipping my morning spin class!

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate April 6, 2011 at 11:02 am

I would rather work out at 4:45 AM than 4:45 PM. It’s just not hard for me to get up early!

stuffedsillysarah April 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

oh my… firstly – I’m in the ‘love the owl spoon’ brigade; secondly – I tried getting up at 5am everyday to exercise but it almost killed me? Where do you get the energy :) I am a terrible procrastinator – Effieboo over at Life In Limbo writes a good piece about this. When my dog died it was the worst pain ever… and I don’t remember my first kiss – terrible huh? Shows where my priorities lie ;)

Naomi April 6, 2011 at 11:25 am

well that recipe looks FABULOUS! I love your creativity in the kitchen i would love to meet and cook with you one day, Janetha!!!

oh my first kiss—i will never forget it was in 7th grade with my bf at the time…we were at my friends house and my dad beeped that he was there to pick me up…my bf walked me downstairs then laid the lips right there! i was so scared my dad saw us, but he didn’t thank goodness!! ah it was special haha

fittingbackin April 6, 2011 at 11:57 am

That pasta looks wonderful – love the creamy sauce! I’m not a procrastinator… most of the time! Some things I just put off and put off – it’s bad!

I was 13 -oy. Braces.

Errign April 6, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I procrastinate on school stuff (but I’m working on it – it’s one of april’s goals!) and go-getter on everything else!

My first legit kiss? No idea. First kiss ever was in 2nd grade :)

Stephanie@MyThornsHaveRoses April 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I read this today on Katie’s site at Making Food and Other stuff that is SO me:

-I’m not procrastinating. I’m proactively delaying the implementation of the energy intensive phase of the project until the enthusiasm factor is at its maximum effectiveness.

Hah!

My first love just got out of prison for involuntary manslaughter. I guess after we broke up (after I couldnt’ handle his drug-related issues any longer) he hit the coke pretty hard and killed a father of three while drag racing and crossing over a median. I contacted him a few months ago (his mom still stays in contact with my fam) to be a NICE person and I got a raging email back bringing up things that happened over 10 years ago. I need to drop the nice thing for some people. So true…meh..first love…who cares? Last love…where it’s at.

meagan April 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Hey Janetha! I love your blog–it’s so down to earth. About Bikram–sometimes that soreness is *not* a good thing. Hot yoga can be really tricky because the heat means that you might be stretching your muscles too far, further than they should be going. Be careful when you go and maybe not go all the way into some poses just because you can at the moment.

Jen@jensdaily April 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm

How are you liking Insanity? You inspired me to start a full 90 day round of Chalean Extreme, I have been doing it off and on, but just when i felt like it, but after reading your post the other day about starting insanity, i decided it was time to do a full round, as layed out in the program.
I’m also an early morning exerciser, i love it, it’s the only time of day three little monkeys are asleep and i can do things uninterrupted.
i’m a horrible procrastinator, i wait until the last minute for everything.

Juliette April 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm

The spinach & cannellini roasted garlic rotini with tofu looks awesome. I will definetly be making this one soon. Wanted to let you know that you have inspired me to do the 12 week Body for Life challenge. Hooray, started today. I am usually a get it done kind of girl but there are certain things that I definetly put off like laundry. It always needs to be done at the most inconvenient times. First ‘make out’, 8th grade and I was kind of horrified. Cheers.

julie April 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm

excuse me miss, how much do you love the mornings?

janetha April 7, 2011 at 9:31 am

loving them more and more each day! ahaha

Amy April 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Janetha- I know my comment will probably seem like a no-brainer…but with a morning schedule change for me, I now find myself having time to kill in the early morning. While I could sit around and read blogs and play online, I use the time to tidy up the house before heading into work. It is *wonderful* to come home to a clean kitchen, unloaded dishwasher, etc. It’s a great start to the day! :)

Elise April 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm

i am the queen of procrastination. legit queen. like right now, i have a homework sets to do, tests to study for, laundry…and i’m reading blogs ;)

my first kiss was when i was 17? outside a bowling alley. i was sitting on the hood of my car. if you look it up in the dictionary, you’ll find that description under ‘classy.’

JessieBee April 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I totally agree with you on the first love thing…people love asking about that, but mine was 12 years ago and it was nice for a while but that’s it. Nice guy and all but it ended for a reason and now it’s just my hubby that matters :-)

Jenna April 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Hi! I just found your blog via TastyKitchen. This recipe looks delish! I only recently started using tofu, but I’ve never pressed it for longer than 20 minutes or so. Next time I want to try pressing it overnight like you recommend!

kissmybroccoli April 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I am SUCH the procrastinator…pair that with my superb memory loss and you can only imagine how in the world I get things done! Ugh, sometimes I don’t even know how I do it!

I didn’t have my first kiss until 9th grade. I was dating a senior and it was about 3 months into our relationship. I was so nervous that all I can really remember to this day was the taste of his wintermint gum!

“i should have knitted a sweater for randy in all that spare time! except it’s almost summer. and i don’t know how to knit. and randy probably wouldn’t like rocking a sweater…” <– And THAT is one of the many reasons that I love you girl! You crack me up!

emilyscurls April 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm

How do you figure out these stats with your meals?!

janetha April 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Thedailyplate.com

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