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Lora Hogan > Recipe  > Debby Downer Leads To Delectable Dinner

Debby Downer Leads To Delectable Dinner

Tropical rain storm Debby has put a damper on my plans.

No brunch, no movie, no fondue out with a girlfriend. No run, no shopping, no walks.

Just me in my apartment with water lapping at the door! I mean, I had to wear my pink rainboots just to walk down the hallway and take my garbage out! And my hallway is under cover!!!

This is how crazy it looks:

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People are seriously kayaking through streets. I have friends who have seen it! It’s like a war zone out there!!!

I managed to get out this morning to an Anusara yoga class before it got bad. I took a 60 minute Kia Miller Kundalini class to “Brighten my Energy” later in the day via yogaglo. I will probably do some evening meditation, too! My apartment is small and I get restless when I can’t get my fitness fix on! Or, you know, get out of the apartment. I so desperately hope I can get my run on tomorrow morning!!  Even if it stops raining, the flooding may prevent me from getting an outdoors run Monday morning.  Tropical Storms are serious business y’all! Not to be a baby, but it does make me wish my Daddy was here!

Laundry done. Vacuuming bedroom? Check. Basic dusting has been taken care of.  Completed one book. Started a new book, The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen. You know it’s bad when you begin a new book–and are pretty confident that you’ll finish said book before you go to bed at night! Y’all, I think I may need to read more slowly.  Or find longer books. And hopefully the flickering lights won’t lead to a power outage!

Ransacked my fridge for dinner. It’s hard when you don’t make it to the store! I guess I should make sure to shop ahead when the rainy Gods are frowning on Florida.  I just assumed I’d still be able to make it out for a few things! Luckily, my fridge wasn’t all bad. After some head scratching I realize I could create a tofu pasta primavera with pesto sauce. And you know what? It was good.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo until I started eating! Next time, I will need to be better about photographing my new recipes before eating! Sorry it’s not better quality y’all. But something is better than nothing, right? This is the best I could do:

Here’s the recipe, adapted from Get Cooking by Mollie Katzen.  Serves 3-4, depending on serving size.

Tofu Pesto Pasta Primavera

Ingredients:

Approximately 2/3 box barilla plus spaghetti
Approximately 1 cup cubed organic firm tofu (tofu mussed be pressed, prior to use) Note: you could substitute chicken or shrimp, if you prefer
7 oz refrigerated or home-made basil Parmesan pesto (about 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup olive oil
Organic cooking spray
1 bunch or 1 bag broccoli, chopped
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
1/2 cup chopped yellow and red grape tomatoes
Sea salt and fresh pepper
Grated Parmesan for topping

  1. Bring the pesto to room temperature. Combine with the 1/4 cup olive oil in a large bowl.  Set aside.
  2. Put the water for the pasta on the stove.
  3. While water is heating, spray a skillet with organic cooking spray. Saute tofu until cooked through. Once done, remove from heat and add tofu to the pesto/oil mixture.  The tofu will absorb some of the pesto and get super tasty and moist.
  4. When the water is boiling, add the pasta and a dash of sea salt.  In the last one and a half minute of cooking, add the broccoli to the pot.  The broccoli will cook lightening fast alongside with the pasta. (Make sure the pasta is almost done before adding broccoli, so that the broccoli does not over-cook.)
  5. Drain the pasta and broccoli mix.  Slowly, add the pasta/broccoli to the pesto and tofu.  Gradually add in the 1/3 cup Parmesan and grape tomatoes. Continue to toss the pasta well until everything is coated with sauce and the vegetables are evenly distributed.  Add dash of salt and a few good twists of freshly ground pepper.
  6. Transfer into pasta bowls and serve with extra grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

MMMMM! My everything but kitchen sink pasta was delectable! Paired with a glass of a light and crisp Pinot Grigio that I happened to have in the fridge, the pasta almost made me forget about all the thunder and lightening outside!  The best part? Looks like I have prepared lunches for later in the week!

Let me know what you think of my Debby Downer Pasta Dinner.  You can also substitute peas for the broccoli, if you happen to have them on hand!

And Tropical Storm Debby Downer? Please consider leaving my area soon.  I really miss the sunshine!!!

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