Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Spin & Super Fast Pasta Dinner

Weight-Free Wednesday
Well, I have some nice DOMS going on today in my shoulders and biceps. My next weight workout will be chest and back, but I decided to take a day off from weights so that when I do chest and back, the soreness won't get in the way of a good lifting sessions.

So, today Jason and I decided to do the Group Ride (spin) class at our gym after work. I was really itching to do a workout at lunch, but I had already declared it a weight-free Wednesday. The gym does have Group Ride at noon and we may try that next week perhaps.

The only problem is that it will mean a really long lunch and I'll have to actually shower and get ready at the gym. I have never showered at a gym. So, it sort of freaks me out thinking about how much crap I'd have to pack in order to get ready there. Plus, there are only two showers, so if they are in use, then I have to wait, and that could mean even longer getting ready.

Do you shower at the gym? Any tips or hints?

I will say that I ended up with a horrid headache just before lunch. It was an Excedrin kind of headache for me. Thank goodness I had one left - must add to Target list. I used to get headaches and migraines all the time at my previous job and popped Advil, Excedrin, and Imitrex like candy. Now I rarely get headaches so when they hit, I'm caught off guard.

I had committed myself to the spin class though. It was either going to help the headache or make it worse, but I was going (stomp foot). It ended up being a great, sweaty class, and I'm so glad I went. It gave me a much-needed energy boost too.

Dinner in a Flash
Because of the spin class and not getting home until a little after 6:30, dinner needed to be fast. Unfortunately, I didn't have any rice pre-made this week. So I went with a fast pasta dish since I did have some squash and zucchini to use - "Sausage" & Veggies Pasta.


"Sausage" & Veggies Pasta
Ingredients
8 oz whole-wheat rotini (or penne)
2-3 Tofurky Kielbasa, cut in half length-wise
1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1-2 tbsp tomatoe paste
Minced garlic (to taste, I like a lot)
1 zucchini, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
1 can diced tomatoes (no salt added)
1/4 cup white wine (may need more or use vegetable broth)
To taste: salt, pepper, red chili flakes, oregano, basil, parsley, nutritional yeast flakes.

Directions:
Cook pasta according to package directions.

In large skillet, sear the "sausage" on both side and remove from pan and dice.

Saute onions and garlic in wine or small amount of olive oil until soft. Add in tomatoes, tomatoes paste, and spices and combine well. Add in squash, zucchini, and "sausage" and allow to simmer and begin to thicken and veggies soften, re-season if needed and add more wine if gets too thick. You can either toss in the pasta or spoon over pasta.

This is super simple and versatile. You can add in any veggies you prefer such as eggplant or broccoli. You can use any veggie/vegan sausage or even the real deal or substitute with chickpeas.

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