Some people look forward to Friday nights so they can hit the bars with their friends (I know this, because sometimes I am ‘some people’), but this week, I looked forward to a night of absolute nothingness, at the end of a long week.
So, instead of getting dressed and going out to a bar, I got in my sweats and made my way over to C’ville Market to re-stock my fridge for a weekend staycation.
I love the fact that we have such a locavore community here in Charlottesville, and this market is such a huge part of it. I used to come here once a week to get my produce, but once my route changed and the City Market went out of season, I found myself (and the majority of my income) going to Whole Food or Trader Joes to get my groceries. Well, yesterday that all changed, and I had the best time spending part of my friday evening picking out my eats of the next week.
This was such an exciting trip out that I almost couldn’t contain myself, and I certainly didn’t limit myself.
(I probably should have put this disclaimer at the beginning of the post: I’m a huge dork. A huge food dork, and a I prefer cooking over going out to dinner, pretty much all the time. I typically go out as the simple product of social obligation and the fact that I actually do like to talk to other humans.)
So brace yourselves, I’m about to throw a pretty proud moment your way in the form of numbers and quantities. Since I’m not certain I could execute basic functions on a graphing calculator, I wouldn’t be too afraid of the math coming at you. I don’t think it even qualifies as ‘math,’ persay.
Here it is: 1+1 = I got ALL of these groceries for under $100.
There is food in the house, and it is everywhere. After I finished putting everything away, I un-puffed my chest, cranked down my sense of accomplishment and got down to business turning some of these newly stocked ingredients into a friday night dinner.
I was craving avocado (per usual), and really anything green, so I got creative and threw in a few additional colors to make it look more appealing.
Here’s what happened:
Once the pasta was finished, everything was ready to go, and what was going to be a small friday night meal turned into an awesome feast that will undoubtedly be eaten as leftovers for days.
From beginning to end my friday night culinary adventure was a total theraputic energy boost, and fed whatever need I had for down time in the kitchen.
This was definitely one of my favorite meals to date, but that review is strongly linked to the extreme hunger and fatigue that I was feeling at the end of a long week. If I were to make one change it would be for more protein, and I would have either added ground chicken to the pasta mix, or white kidney beans. Otherwise, it served as great fuel to recover from the week and fuel up for my Saturday on the go. Mission accomplished.