Monthly Archives: March 2010

Doctored Primavera

We liked that primavera dish, but found that it could use some improvements so here’s what we did when we made it for our friends this weekend.

Prepare the pasta according to box directions when it is 5 minutes from being done put in:

1-2 cups broccoli
1 cup of carrots (we used the precut baby carrots from the grocery store)

While cooking the pasta mix over medium heat:

3/4 cup of milk
1 cup of grated asiago cheese
8 oz of cubed cream cheese (buy a block, cut it up)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
pepper to taste

Mix it all together.

Ta da!

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Springy Pasta Primavera

Last night we made this pasta.  We used penne because it was in our cupboard and more veggies than it called for.  I think it is one we’ll use again, but modify to make something new and improved.  For instance, I used onion powder instead of onions because I didn’t feel like they’d be done enough to not overwhelm the whole thing.  However, without any onions content it was a little blah tasting.  We ended up adding pepper, parsley and some asiago.  I think if we make it again we’ll continue to cut out the onion in favor of onion powder and instead use asiago cheese in the sauce to give it more flavor.

HealthierLynn’s Creamy Bow Tie Pasta Primavera

Nutritional Info
  • Fat: 2.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 43.5g
  • Calories: 266.7
  • Protein: 16.0g


8 oz. Bow Tie Pasta, uncooked
1 c. Broccoli flowerets
1 c. sliced carrots
1 pkg. (8 oz). Philadelphia Fat Free Cream Cheese, cubed
3/4 c. Skim Milk
1/4 c. Kraft Reduced Fat Parmesan Style Grated Topping
1/4 c. chopped onions
1 tsp. Garlic Powder


Prepare pasta as directed on package, adding broccoli, carrots and onions to water during the last 5 minutes of cooking time. Drain.

Stir cream cheese, milk, parmesan cheese and seasonings in large saucepan on low heat until smooth.

Add pasta and vegetables and toss lightly.

Makes 5 servings of 1 cup each.

Number of Servings: 5

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user HEALTHIERLYNN.

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But Mom

There comes a time where you think that you are all grown up.  You are done  with the awkward parental interactions and the challenges of adolescence.  The hard times are behind you and you’ve figured out the business of being an adult.

I thought I had reached that nice new adult place.  Tonight, I have now come to the conclusion that I was probably wrong.  I have been visiting my parents on spring break.  I’ve done chores like I do at my home with my husband, but with my mom.  I worked on something on my car with my dad’s help.  All of a sudden my self sufficiency is non-existent from 5:00pm when they get home until 10:00pm when they go to bed.  I’m not needy or purposeless, but the rules are different.

My mom and I were watching Grey’s Anatomy this week, because I gave her the second season for her birthday.  She was in one recliner and I was in another.  I decided to go sit beside her on the floor like I have done a million times.  She didn’t want me there.  She wanted me to go away to the point where she was going to leave if I didn’t.  I wasn’t breathing loudly or chewing or even awkwardly close, just sitting beside her.

When I was rudely foisted away, it hurt.  It hurt in a little kid kind of way.  It hurt because it seemed like my mom didn’t want me around her.  I’m sure she just wanted some space.  No one goes and sits beside her on the floor anymore, so she isn’t used to it.  Yet it is okay for my 21 year old sister to sit in her lap from time to time.  It hurt my feelings and offended me, but I am unsure if I have any kind of justification for my offense.

Today, at least a bit, I don’t feel very grown up.  I feel like a kid rejected by her mom.

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My Poor Old Coche

I drive a 1995 Buick LeSabre.  Her name is Irma, an old lady name for an old lady car.  I have had this car since I was 14 and my mom had it before me.  It has been a reliable and long running vehicle.  Irma is starting to reach the end of her life span.  For now her engine is running, but I don’t know how much longer we will wait until we need to get me a different vehicle.  Luckily, my husband’s car is a 2008 Corolla, so we don’t need to worry about it for awhile.  That vehicle is, however, part of the debt we are working to pay off.  I don’t have any complaints about that, because his car was older and in worse shape than mine by far.

I’m glad that my car has lasted for so long, but she has reached a point in her life where she is a bit of a rust bucket.  I have joked that Irma has reached the point in her life where her rust and dirt holds her together more than traditional parts.

This is all to contextualize something I dealt with today.  My trunk gets wet.  I’ve had seals checked, there are no holes.  No one, not even the service provider knows where the water comes in, but it does.  So the well where the spare tire sits is full of water every winter.  The screw that holds it in has been rusty for years.  As of today, that screw is  no longer a problem because my dad sawed through it to get the tire out.  From now on, the tire can live in the trunk and the hole will be accessible to wipe out when water gets in.  Now I need to figure out if the donut has too much rust to be put on if something ever happens.  I think I’ll need a garden hose with a pressure wash setting first.

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On Marriage and Family

I drove the six hours home to my parents house today.  It is the first time I will be apart from my husband since we got married.  For the sixth week of our marriage I will be six hours away.  I will be seeing friends and family while I am here and also getting ahead in some reading for school.

He had to build a plan of attack for how he will spend the week we are apart.  He decided on video games.  It hasn’t taken long for the two of us to fall into a routine that involves one another every day.  Although we still have adjustments to make, we seem to be doing really well at being married to one another.

I know people who insist that arguing and disagreements are an integral part of their relationships.  I don’t see how this could be an effective means of communication.  My husband and I don’t fight.  We don’t disagree loudly or bicker about stupid things or even important things.  For years now, we have been a team.  I am so grateful that I have such a loving and lovely partner for my adventures.

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We made enchiladas. I have attached the recipe at the bottom of this post.  I will try to start doing that with our cooking adventures.  Overall they were really great.  We cooked the chicken in chicken stock to make it easily shreddable, which was a pretty easy way to get the chicken dealt with.  We didn’t use cilantro, because we didn’t have cilantro.  I think I subconsciously didn’t add it to the shopping list because who wants to eat cilantro on purpose?  Not this girl.  It is one spice I am just not so much a fan of.

We put the chiles and the onion in with the chicken at the same time.  In the future, I think we’ll let the onions cook for a bit to mellow the flavor out more.  It’s possible it was just an issue of still having onions with a fair bit of bite in them because it is early in the year. We used flour torillas instead of corn and ended up using bigger ones than recommended, so put everything into six tortillas total.  It is definitely one we’ll make again.  I would say it’s pretty easy, if somewhat time consuming.

It’s a sparkpeople recipe, so it was overall quite healthy.  We both approved.

Shelley’s Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas


16 oz. fat free sour cream
1 can fat free cream of chicken soup
1 tbls. fresh chopped cilantro (1/2 tbls. dried)
2 1/2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
1 can Mexican Rotel
1 cup chopped onions
16 corn tortillas
8 oz. shredded pepper jack and colby cheese blend
1 can diced green chiles


In a saucepan, mix together sour cream, soup and cilantro. Heat through and set aside.

Combine the chicken, Rotel, onions and green chiles in a pan sprayed with cooking spray. Heat until onions are transparent.

Warm the tortillas until flexible. Then, fill each tortilla with about 2 tbls. of the chicken mixture and about 1 tbls. of the cheese. Roll tortilla up and place seam side down in a 8×11 dish sprayed with cooking spray.

Pour over the sour cream sauce and top with the remaining cheese.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until heated through.

Makes 8 servings of 2 enchiladas each.

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user SKEYDOO.

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Breakin’ for Spring

I am officially done with my midterms!  I will let that sink in for us all.  I am done with midterms.  I do not have feedback on any of them yet, so I don’t have any idea how they went, but at least midterms are done.

This weekend I will drive the six hour drive back to my childhood home and my family.  They will be returning from Disney World when I’m getting there.  That’s right.  I got married and was therefore, unable to attend the great Disney World vacation.  I know that my brother who is 3 years old than I am didn’t get to go the last time we went, but it’s still an emotional kick in the stomach.  I feel left out.

While I am home I will be helping H’s brother’s fiance (so my future sister in law in law?) with some wedding things.  I am somewhat unsure how to approach the whole thing because of several different things.

1. Their budget is different than ours was.
2. She has different style than I do.
3. I am very classic and kind of more like the navy blue in our wedding.  She is more yellow and orange.  I have never been yellow and orange.

My strategy is that I will be quiet and helpful to the best of my ability without actually saying anything until she asks.  I am also going to offer her etiquette advice, because etiquette is always in style.

I will also be writing the rest of our thank you notes while I am home.  I figure I’ve written thirty or forty, thus far.  I plan to power through the rest of them so that by the time I get back to school they’ll be done.  It’ll also be about six weeks out from the wedding.  I don’t want to get past the two month mark.

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Good Gravy Boat Marie

Midterms are an ever present danger in my life for the next week.  I don’t have time for anything substantive, so I will give my list of reasons why instead.  This will also help me formulate a plan of action.

I have finished:

A 7 page take home midterm.

Done 1.5 loads of laundry (1.5 left).

swept the giant amounts of salt off the floor of the apartment.

Still to do:

I have 4 case studies to do by Monday at 5:00pm.

A paper due Tuesday at 9:00am.

Health Economics Ch. 7

Health Economics Ch. 8

Study for Health Economics Midterm.

A very very scary midterm Tuesday at 4:30.

I need to keep trucking right along.  I also need to fit in some exercise into this whole equation to keep me sane.  I should also take some prilosec to combat the stress acid in my insides.  Hopefully I’ll have a positive report to give soon.

Thus far, I’m feeling like the second Kermit.

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