Posted by: Karen (Betty Bear) | September 21, 2011

It’s a new day

So the healthy thing day one was good. Yesterday, however, I’m just going to pretend didn’t really happen. No exercise and ate too much. Except for dinner which was good, healthy, quick and one of the family’s favorite meals. How many dinners can you say that about?

Today has been pretty good so far. Walked in the am – 1/4 mile with girl child to bus stop, then 1/4 mile with boy child 10 minutes later and then the lap of the street – 2/3 mile. Then 25 minutes on the elliptical and the Pilates DVD.

Last night’s dinner:

Pasta with Spinach, Red Pepper & Feta

Here’s the recipe, which is easily adaptable for 1 – 12 people. Although 12 was difficult to saute all the spinach. This is for 4. Adjust accordingly.

Pasta (I like short, fat pasta for this like penne or rotelli)

8 oz. raw baby spinach (you can use grown-up spinach, but I don’t like the stems or the time to de-stem)

1-2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced

1/2 red bell pepper, cut into half then into strips

olive oil, about 2 tablespoons

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice or 1 tablespoon of dry sherry


dash of cayenne pepper

crumbled feta cheese – about 2 tablespoons per person

Start your pasta water. Get everything else lined up and ready to go. In a large frying pan, pour in the oil and heat over medium heat. Throw in the walnuts and saute for 30 seconds to 1 minute, stirring. Add the red pepper strips and saute about 2 minutes, stirring. Add the garlic and cook about 30 more seconds, stirring. Start adding the spinach in handfuls and cook until it wilts. Sprinkle on the lemon juice or sherry, a dash of salt and the cayenne. If the pasta isn’t done, turn off the spinach. When the pasta is cooked, drain it, and return it to the pot. Throw all the spinach stuff into the pasta pot and stir it all around. Serve. Or put pasta in people’s dishes and put spoonfuls of the spinach stuff on top. That looks prettier. Sprinkle the feta cheese on top.



  1. Very good walking and moving around! I trudged too. It got dark on me!!! πŸ˜•

    I love this recipe, and will be sending Daniel over here. We SO need dinner ideas.

    From yesterday, Quiet Time is just my own version of meditating/sitting calmly/listening to what the Universe has to say.

  2. Julie – I think your schedule and mine are completely opposite! I was up less than two hours after you posted this. Soon it will be dark on me as well but it’s early morning dark, not evening dark.

    I’ll post more recipes as I cook them. Any dietary restrictions?

    My twittering brain is still making too much noise for the Universe to get a word in edgewise, but I’m working on it!

  3. I hate onions and Dan hates mushrooms. Otherwise, we’re always looking for new ideas about good food.

    Lol, I love that about the interwebz, even if our clocks don’t match, we can still stay in touch!

    Also, I’m mentioning some new blogs on tonight’s post, but not you. Yet. Waiting for the All Clear from here first. πŸ˜‰

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