Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Mine was full of joy! Well, let's just start from the beginning...
Friday evening (after a long day of catching up at work) I drove to Boone to pick up my beloved. After my unexpected trip home to Missouri earlier this week, I was in desperate need of a hug. I just couldn't wait for Saturday to see him, so I made the 1 1/2 hour trek. We went out to eat with his friends he stayed with at this great little restaurant Hob Nob Farm Cafe. This place is awesome! Many vegan options and all their food is cooked fresh right in the kitchen and arrives from local farms. I don't remember the name of my dish...but it was wonderful. Beans and rice, plantains, yams, pineapple and fresh greens on warmed tortillas. Mr. Kummerow had a wonderful tofu sandwich.
On the way out of town we stopped by EarthFare to find chia seeds. I have never used chia seeds and had no idea what to look for. But I've been dying to try Oh She Glows Vegan Overnight Oats and I needed chia seeds. I looked by the flax, by the flour, by the granola. Finally we asked, and the kind worker pointed us toward the supplements section. There they were...chia seeds. It was like a light turned on and a song from heaven emitted over the loud speaker...I knew this was going to make my life better!
Here it is Vegan Overnight Oats (VOO): check out the link above for the recipe.
All the ingredients...
Goodnight Oats! Sleep tight!
So tasty...a cold alternative to oatmeal for the summertime. Mr. Kummerow and I each had a bowl and it was so yummy! Next time I am going to try her Oatmeal Raisin Cookie VOO!
Also on Friday, I got an email from some girls that I typically train with and they needed an extra person for the Marine Corp Mud Run Saturday morning. Part of me felt terribly guilty for leaving Mr. Kummerow for half a day after we were just reunited...the other part of me- the one who has been wanting to do this for 3 years!- that part was super excited! So I signed on for the 5 1/2 miles and 30+ obstacles...and this is how I turned out:
(I'm the short one in case you didn't know!)
But we're still smiling!
I made it home in time for lunch- leftovers from Hob Nob Farm Cafe- and Alex and I set to work on laundry, shopping and cleaning. For dinner I tested a new recipe that I will bring my neighbor when she has her baby (already past her due date!). They are not vegan so I wanted to make sure I had something they would enjoy. Pasta is always a safe bet when feeding non-vegans. So I adapted this recipe from another great blogger, Little House of Veggies.
Morgan's Pasta alla Formiana
1 28oz can crushed tomatoes (organic of course!)
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 box whole wheat penne (8oz or more)
1 cup sliced baby bellas
2 cup broccoli
4 large tomatoes
italian seasonings of your choice
(note: I omitted the olive oil and added the broccoli and mushroom's from Morgan's recipe)
In large bowl mix crushed tomatoes, garlic, un-cooked pasta, mushrooms, broccoli and seasonings.
Spray large casserole dish with non-stick spray and line bottom and sides with sliced tomatoes
Scoop pasta mixture on tomatoes in casserole dish and top with more sliced tomatoes
Bake in 450* oven for one hour
(note: next time I make this I will bake for 30 minutes, then cover with foil and bake another 30 minutes...this time the top tomatoes and pasta were a little hard)
We sprinkled the top with vegan parmesan cheese and served with Amy's Minestrone Soup and a glass of red wine. The weather has been so nice so we decided to eat outside.
So, I am going to have to stop here and get to work...but part 2 of my amazing weekend is coming soon! Have a great day!