This week seemed longer than usual, and more stressful to boot.
Nothing crazy or out of the ordinary happened, but things definitely piled up (134 papers to grade, started my two grad classes and remembered how much it sucks to be taking two classes and working full time), and by the time today rolled around, I just felt beat. On Friday nights like this one, I don’t want to dress up, or go out, or (to be completely honest with you) even socialize with people.
What I do want?
A quick shopping trip to Trader Joe’s to pick up dinner staples.
And if a little Fig Butter sneaks in there, then so be it.
I also want entertainment.
Mad Men Season 4? Tuesday night’s episode of Glee (that I still have yet to watch)? Yes, please.
Finally, I need dinner. Preferably something warm and comforting. And preferably prepared by someone other than myself.
Done and done.
Nick’s Famous Baked Pasta
- 1 lb whole wheat pasta (we used rotini because it was all I had on hand!)
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1 large bag of spinach
- 1 tbsp EVOO
- 1/2 jar fire roasted peppers (we used the TJ’s brand)
- 1 bottle tomato sauce (or you can make your own)
- about 1.5 cups shredded mozzarella
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Prepare pasta according to directions.
- While pasta is cooking, brown turkey in a skillet over medium heat. When turkey is browned, add sauce to the pan and mix to combine.
- In a separate skillet, saute spinach in EVOO until wilted.
- In a 9×13 pan, layer ingredients in the following order: pasta, sauce mixture, spinach, peppers, cheese and repeat.
- Top casserole with extra sauce if desired.
- Cover dish with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through.
This dinner was absolutely fabulous, and not just because Nick took control of everything (and I mean everything. He even did the dishes afterwards, which is usually our trade off). The boy knows his way around the kitchen, and for this, I am thankful.
Now if you’ll excuse me, we have an entire batch of Mama Pea’s Cookie Dough Balls and several episodes of Mad Men to devour.