Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Quick meals

I finished my workout today--a lower body strength training routine plus some time on the elliptical--and headed upstairs for a shower. (We have a home gym setup in our basement.)


The power went out.

A peek out the window revealed that the power was out in the entire neighborhood.

I needed a shower. (Believe me. I needed a shower.)

I drove to my best friend's house, used my key and took a shower in his bathroom. Then I returned home. Due to traffic (which was crazy since workers were working on the side of the road to restore power), it was quite a while until I returned home.

I arrived home extremely hungry and in need of nourishment. It had been almost 6 hours since my last meal. (I generally eat mini-meals every 2-3 hours.)

In a desperate attempt to get something healthy and quick, I whipped together a pasta dish. Here's how it went:

1. Put water on to boil.
2. Dice a few small tomatoes and add to a skillet with some olive oil.
3. Add whole wheat pasta to boiling water.
4. As pasta cooks, heat tomatoes and olive oil over med heat. Add anything else you want (I added minced garlic from a jar, some frozen faux meat crumbles and a sprinkle of powdered pesto mix.)
5. Drain pasta. Toss with sauce.

Quick and easy meal that took me about 15 minutes total. If the pasta had been previously prepared and only needed heated in the microwave, it would have taken about 10 minutes.

Sure, I could have eaten a Cliff bar, but this was much more satisfying.