Are you already for the New Year? I am not sure that I am. I can’t help wondering what happened to 2014. I was looking at an online scrapbook that a friend of mine had put together for her 2014 using skrappy. She had photos in there from a holiday she took in February 2014 that I was sure she had only taken in the past few months.
I am never sure about this time of year. There is the whole fresh start thing, a new year etc that I like. However, it is also a time when reflection on the past year is encouraged and I feel like my year has been quite a rollercoaster. I feel like 2014 was a year of beginning to change for me, with starting this blog and getting a better sense of what I get joy from. And I want to make 2015 the year when I really pursue this.
But as you know change can be painful and sometimes a bit frightening. Facing up to these fears has at times made 2014 quite scary and I know there is going to be more of this in 2015. So while I am excited about what 2015 is going to bring, it is also with a bit of trepidation.
One thing I am grateful for is the wonderful support I have had this year from family and friends. They have certainly put up with some crazy mood swings and erratic behavior this year. I am also grateful for the lovely supportive food blog community. It never ceases to amaze me how much this community is willing to support each other rather than the competitiveness you see in other parts of the world. Such a refreshing change. And I am particularly grateful to everyone who has taken the time to stop by, read my ramblings and hopefully tried a few recipes. Thank you!
How do you feel about the New Year? Are you keen and raring to go? Do you have big plans? Or are you like me feeling a bit conflicted?
Dealing with change has also not always been a friend of my waistline. I know I am a bit of an emotional eater and chocolate, ice cream and pastries are often what I crave when I am feeling stressed. I have tried a bit of meditation as an alternative but I can’t get into it. I just can’t quite do the whole sitting still thing. I have found weeding to be quite good though and I get a sense of achievement at the end.
But I still like my comfort food and I am always on the lookout for healthier versions to satisfy those food cravings. This pasta bake from the kitchn is pretty good option. It has lovely salty proscuitto in it, which I love, cheese – mozzarella and parmesan, which I also love and of course lots of delicious pasta carbs. Plus some tomato puree (sauce) that I count as vegetables.
I made enough for two serves and the recipe reheated well in the microwave. The original recipe has instructions for reheating in the oven which I didn’t try this time around but have an interesting trick of adding back leftover pasta water to cook the casserole back together.
To make two serves I used the following ingredients:
- 150g of pasta – I used fusilli as that is what I normally have
- 40g of prosciutto chopped in to small pieces. I only found sliced prosciutto and I think this recipe would work better with cubed prosciutto. The sliced prosciutto still worked though.
- 1 cup of pasta sauce. I used a good quality tomato and basil pasta sauce rather than a tomato sauce.
- 75 g of fresh mozzarella cubed (well vaguely cube shaped)
- 2/3 cup of shredded mozzarella (set aside 2 tbs for sprinkling on top with the parmesan just before you pop the bake in the oven)
- 2 tbs of Parmesan cheese, shredded
- Salt and pepper to taste
I followed the recipe pretty much as given and it turned out super tasty. You do need to keep an eye on the prosciutto when you are crisping it as it will turn quickly. This is especially so if like me you have to use sliced prosciutto. The recipe cooks the prosciutto and then crumbles it. I found it easier to chop the prosciutto first. That way I wasn’t waiting for it to cool before I could crumble it.
The preparation time is about 10 minutes not including heating up the oven. Cook time is about 50 minutes. All up about an hour so not a very quick dinner but great to make on Sunday and then reheat on Monday. I am not sure about the calories in this recipe. I put this in myfitnesspal with the full recipe and it came out at about 510 calories. I then tried to put the reduced version in and it came out at around 850 calories. I have no idea which is right so this is perhaps not one to make on a day you are trying to watch what you eat.