You’re not just for blue-haired ladies and church banquets.
I have a hangup about the C-word for some reason. Casserole. It conjures images of un-healthy and under-flavored dishes at suburban potlucks. Rubbery vegetables. Overcooked noodles.
So today, whilst spending my noon hour prepping a dish that could be assembled in a baking pan and easily thrown in the oven at 9 PM when I got home that night, I found myself going way out of my way to avoid calling it what it was: a casserole.
“Dear hubs,” I composed an email. “I made dinner – it’s a pasta and turkey sausage and cheese….thingy. It’s in a rectangular glass dish in the fridge. Please put in the oven at 375* when you get home. Thanks.”
All the time denying the tiny voice in my head: it’s an effing casserole. Just own up to it. You like casseroles and this is a very good way to pre-prepare a delicious and healthy dinner.
Because really, it is. No rubbery green beans or bacon bits required.
Today’s EAT: A turkey sausage and penne CASSEROLE. (Say the C-word with me!)
The players: Garlic and a medium onion, chopped, sauteed in a tablespoon of olive oil in a massive skillet. Add three juicy tomatoes, chopped, and a pound of spicy turkey sausage. Cook until everything is cooked through and soft. Meanwhile, boil random whole wheat pasta. Throw cooked pasta in to sausage skillet. Stir. Add some cream cheese – about 1/4 cup. And some shredded mozz – about 1/2 cup. Spice as desired – I used oregano and basil and salt. When everything is thoroughly combined, transfer to a casserole dish (sprayed with cooking spray). Top with an additional 1/2 C mozz. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes, then uncovered for an additional 15 or so, until cheese is browning and bubbly. Enjoy! And don’t think about the fact that you’re eating a casserole!
The hubs and I both gobbled this up, and it was the perfect make-ahead meal. Bonus: we have tons of leftovers for lunches and/or quick dinners this week. Casserole. Not just for potlucks!
Today’s DRINK: I was intrigued by this “white wine” – mostly for the name and label, I admit – when I saw it on FreshDirect.
It’s quite a bit sweeter than I expected, but I’m enjoying it! The hubs, on the other hand, refused to drink it. Different strokes, I guess! I don’t know that I’d go out of my way to buy this wine again, but I don’t find it offensive at all!
Today’s RUN: I was a good girl. I didn’t race tonight.
I did, however, have a fantastic time watching my teammates and friends race! What a beautiful night to be out at Icahn Stadium. It was also great to meet several CPTCers who workout with the “track group” (I’m in the “road group”) or who I haven’t met until now for whatever other reason. Big team, lots of awesome people, fun times!
In between it all I managed to log about 4 easy miles. That sort of feels like a day off, but I’ll take it for what it is! This week should be low-key and lower-mileage anyway, leading up to this Saturday’s 10K!
Today’s QUESTION: Where do you stand on casseroles? And if you have a great recipe – please share!