I really really really wanted pizza for dinner tonight, but I didn’t have tomato sauce. And the pizza place is four long blocks away. And the grocery store is six longer blocks away. And it’s snowing. I could have made some sort of crazy pumpkin sauce or even used my red lentil soup as sauce since it’s so thick, but I was only in the mood for some traditional cheesy, saucy pizza. So I gave up. I made pasta instead. Some things aren’t meant to be.

I used 1/3 cup dry whole wheat pasta. While it was boiling, I chopped more red cabbage — the only available vegetable I have (my carrots are for work snacks) — and tossed that in with the pasta. Then I started to worry about not having enough protein, especially after today’s exercise-fest … until I remembered a trick my stepmom taught me years and years ago when pasta was all I ever ate (literally).  I beat an egg in a bowl, poured it into the boiling pasta and cabbage, gave a little stir, and voila! Protein problem solved:


The fun thing about red cabbage is that it turns everything a deep blue, and blue is my favorite color! Here’s the pasta water after it all finished cooking:


To my pasta bowl, I added a Tbsp pesto (pre-made!), grated fresh parmesan, grated homemade cheddar, and freshly ground black pepper:




The cabbage turned my egg blue!


For dessert, I had 1/6 of a giant banana with just under a Tbsp peanut butter:


And a Godiva dark chocolate:


With raspberry caramel inside!


Time to start getting ready for bed and the real work week tomorrow.  I feel so off-balance after just one day off! What do you do to get back into the swing of things after a vacation?

3 thoughts on “Compromise

  1. Olga says:

    I love red cabbage so much! And I love the adding the egg trick 😉

    Answering your question is hard for me, since for the past two semesters, I’ve strategically planned my classes so I have a 3 day weekend! Next semester, it’s a FOUR day weekend! So we’ll see how that goes hahah

    Have a good night!


  2. Danielle says:

    What a great idea to add an egg to pasta, I can’t wait to give that a try.
    And thanks for adding me to your blogroll, I added you to mine as well, much easier to keep up with all your great posts!


  3. Allison says:

    That’s a neat little egg trick your step mom taught you! I’ll have to give it a try some time!

    That dark chocolate with RASPBERRY AND CARAMEL inside…LOOKS FABULOUS!


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