Who watched the Super Bowl? Me! I actually did! Okay, I watched it for the commercials and half time show. Katy Perry – bravo. That tiger trick, I’d like to learn it. Thanks. And Budweiser, let me just say that you put a yellow labrador puppy in any commercial and you are bound to win the hearts of every.single. female viewer (and most men viewers too!).
What a whirlwind of a weekend! Not that I did anything exceptionally spectacular – it just was, all-in-all, a busy weekend.
Confession: I have been deliberately lame lately. Since the wedding and honeymoon, I feel like I have needed to be selfish with my time to get my life back in order. I have had so many projects pending that I just have been enjoying not setting too much of a time table on the weekends so I can dedicate time and energy into getting things organized.
needless to say, our apartment basically looked like a bomb went off in it the other day, and i had sort of a meltdown. i went on a ‘weeding out’ spree yesterday, digging through closets, cabinets, drawers – you name it; i cleaned it out.
yes, i poured myself a big ol’ glass of wine, put on my favorite leggings, slippers and cozy t-shirt, hunkered down in my main closet, and just started tossing things.
jenn, have you worn this yet this winter? no. do you want to? no. toss it.
jenn, does this fit anymore? no, it’s a little stretched out. pitch it.
jenn, do you gravitate away from this dress when looking for options? yes. you know what to do.
throw. it. out.
Man! Did it feel great! Old shoe boxes. Old shoes. Clothes that have been worn one too many times. Workout clothes that have seen one too many gym classes. Hair products I don’t use anymore. Pharmacy pickups that need to be tossed. Get. It. Out.
Okay, yes. I went through my closet when the winter was starting to set in here in Chicago. But I was careful with what I threw out. This time, I threw caution to the wind and just went for it.
it’s like a ten pound weight has been lifted from my shoulders!
Oh yes, I also made chili – my favorite cozy Sunday meal. Topped with sliced avocado and low-fat cheddar cheese… and here we go. Back on the wagon.
Speaking of being back on the wagon… here is a great weeknight dinner – quick and simple and so incredibly delicious, you’ll be excited for leftovers!
WARM WHITE BEAN & SHRIMP PASTA W/ A LIGHT DIJON SAUCE
- 1 box uncooked farfalle (bow tie pasta)
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- a pinch freshly ground black pepper
- a pinch kosher salt
- 1 lb. medium shrimp, raw, shells removed, deveined
- 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
- 1 cup canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 red onion, minced
- 2 cups reserved salted pasta water
- Bring large stock pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta 3 minutes less than cooking instructions. Reserve 2 cups of the salted pasta water and drain pasta. Set aside.
- In a medium glass bowl, whisk together lemon juice, dijon mustard, and minced garlic. Slowly add in olive oil. Season with a pinch of kosher salt and pepper.
- In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Add shrimp and red onion and cook until shrimp is done; roughly 2 minutes.
- Add spinach and drained white beans. Toss to combine and heat beans through.
- Add cooked pasta and dijon sauce. Toss to coat. Add warm reserved pasta water, 1/4 cup at a time until pasta 'sauce' is your preferred consistency. Serve warm.
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