Let’s talk about my day once I get off of work for a moment here.
If you’re anything like me, the last thing you want to do when you get home from work is stand in your kitchen cooking for hours (okay, or like 45 minutes). When you get home, you’re tired, hungry, probably a little bit crabby, and you can’t wait to sit on the couch eating frozen dark chocolate and cookies. Puh-lease don’t even try to convince me that just happens to me.
Even though the kiddos leave the building at 3:00, rarely do I actually leave school at that time. I leave anywhere from 3:30-4:00 depending on what work I got done during the day and what the next day is going to bring. Thankfully I work with an incredible team — we plan together, make decisions together, and that in turn, makes our jobs and lives a heck of a lot easier. If it weren’t for the two women I teach with, I would be at school until 6:00 EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.
Okay, so it takes me a half hour to get home from work, which puts me at getting home anywhere from 4:00-4:30 — not too shabby huh? I would have to agree — until I remember that there’s this thing called life outside of work. I would have to say out of the five days in the week, I rarely go straight home. I have chiropractor appointments, acupuncture appointments, errands to run, things to do. Typically when that goes down, I’m walking through the door at 5:30 if I’m lucky. On days that I do go home right after work, I have things to do — important things like watch episodes of Friends and not fold laundry. Nah, I’m just joking (except for the not folding laundry part). When I get home, I typically walk Charlie anywhere from 30-45 minutes. I finally respond to blog emails and comments. I edit pictures. I don’t do laundry. I wash the piles of dishes in my sink. I get excited when I have time to vacuum the floor (read: yesterday). Even when I do get home on time, I am a busy lady (as I assume YOU are too! Unless you’re a guy. In that case, you’re a busy guy.).
Long story short, I’m busy. You’re busy. We’re all busy! Who wants to spend their free time cooking? Not me!
Uh, welcome to my food blog where I talk about how I don’t like to cook (???).
One of my strategies is to plan ahead — meal plan, make note of what days I won’t be home until later, make food that will be easy to prepare throughout the week. This dish uses some leftover veggies that I cooked on Monday night when I was grilling. All I had to do was use more than what we actually needed to eat that night — easy leftovers to turn into another dish!
Okay, I am so done rambling — I need to stop talking and shove leftover pasta into my trap.
Roasted Vegetable and Kale Pasta (serves 3-4)
- 1-16 oz. package of brown rice penne pasta
- leftover roasted vegetables (I used cauliflower and bell peppers)
- 3 cups kale, stems removed
- 1 cup white beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
- 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 2-3 tsp. garlic powder (depending on your own personal preference)
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes
- Bring a medium sized sauce pan full of water to a rapid boil. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
- While the pasta is cooking, in a deep skillet (this is my favorite one!) heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil and add kale and roasted vegetables. Cover and lower heat, stirring frequently to avoid scorching — cook for approximately 5-10 minutes until kale is wilted and vegetables are heated through. In the last few minutes, add the white beans and stir.
- Once the pasta is done cooking, drain the pasta and add to the deep skillet with the beans and vegetables. While adding the pasta, also add the remaining 3 tbsp. olive oil, nutritional yeast, and spices. Stir to coat the pasta and vegetables.
- Serve and enjoy!
Question: How long do you take to make your dinners each night?