Thursday, June 28, 2012

Dinner & A Movie and Rest Day

Dinner & a Movie
As I mentioned yesterday, I disconnected last night so that we could enjoy a date-night-in, dinner & a movies style. I also mentioned that I was making a special dinner using our homegrown Japanese eggplant. I love Japanese eggplants because they tend to be milder and more tender. 

I had planned on doing some sort of eggplant/tofu stack. I wasn't sure if I was going to go with pasta or toast up bread to layer in between. But, Tuesday night, I actually prepped some of the dish so that I wouldn't be stuck in the kitchen all Wednesday. I made a red sauce using sun dried tomatoes (something I hadn't done before) and I also baked off some tofu.

I ended up going with the pasta option vs the the bread for a Pasta with Eggplant & Tofu Stacks. To make the dish, we grilled Japanese eggplant and the tofu - I had added some Italian seasonings to olive oil and lightly brushed it on the eggplant and tofu.

I cooked up some whole-wheat pasta, reheated the sauce, and sautéed some fresh spinach in vegetable broth. Then it was time to assemble. Basically I just layered starting with the tofu, then adding the eggplant, then spinach and repeating. 
It turned out really well. Loved all the flavors and textures. The sun dried tomatoes added a nice tartness and slight sweetness to the sauce that it usually doesn't have (I typically follow family recipe). 

Along with our semi-fancy mid-week meal, we also enjoyed watching a movie - Red Riding Hood. Not a bad Wednesday evening if you ask me.

Rest Day
Today is my rest day. I definitely needed it. My legs are super heavy from the running and my leg workout on Tuesday. Mentally, I also needed the rest as well. Funny how rest days aren't just for the body, but for the mind as well.

I guess this is becoming my typical Thursday rest day: errands then home to pamper myself and veg out. Jason is going to an evening master's swim class so we can run in the morning before work. So that means "me" time.

I have some errands to run like Target and grocery store. I do have a few household chores and one project I want to do (re-paint a mirror). But I won't be upset if that doesn't get done. Then my plan is to stretch and roll while watching senseless TV. I'll probably do a loaded sweet potato for my dinner then paint my nails.

Pretty simple evening.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
Rest day
Relaxing
Painting nails