|make your stomach happy||.||
I've never been a skinny girl, and for the most part, I'm generally okay with that. I love smelling good food, cooking good food, eating good food, and if all that means I'll never squeeze into a size four pair of jeans, so be it. Good eating makes me far too happy. Which is why I've never seen the point of consuming something I don't like just because it's fast and easy and keeps me from turning into an evile, nutrient-deprived crank. Eating isn't merely another necessary but boring ritual, like brushing my teeth or washing my hair. No, when I sit down for a meal, I want to look forward to eating that food on my plate.
On nights when I'm tired and starving, the reward of a good meal is all the more needed. Even as my grumbling stomach lets me know that it's about to riot if I don't feed it soon, my inner gourmand demands something flavor-packed as well as filling. In the twenty minute window before my belly begins to auto-digest, I need to come up with a good meal, and keep my mind off the stabbing hunger pangs at the same time. In short, I need to get cooking. At times like these, I rely on a few quickie recipes that I know won't taste like fast food.
These three dishes are quick and simple enough to throw together as a treat for you alone, and pretty enough to serve up to guests. When you're in the mood for fine food without the long wait, try out one of these recipes…
salmon & sugar snap peas with bowtie pasta
oz. smoked salmon
Bring a big ol' pot of water to a boil. When the water's bubbling, add
the pasta. Cook, giving it a stir from time to time. When the outer
edges of the farfalle have just softened but before the center is fully
cooked through, toss in the sugar snap peas. By the time the pasta is al
dente (generally a couple additional minutes of cooking), the peas will
be cooked to the perfect crisp-tender point. Drain peas and pasta.