I think it’s true that absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Last week Wednesday, Mr. Prevention left for Italy and Germany for work. He was gone over the weekend, so if you recall, Lily and I went to Chicago and spoiled some of our favorite Chicagoan friends and family with Maui Chili. Mr. P didn’t return from his work trip until this week Wednesday. And honestly, I missed him a lot! I think I take him for granted just a bit when he’s laying around the house not doing dishes and begging for pizza for dinner. Who’da thunk it?
This week for me has been insane with work and stuff. Wednesday night, the night Mr. P returned home, I attended the Southwest Michigan District Dietetics Association meeting in Kalamazoo landing me home about 9pm. Seeing as he was jet-lagged he was already in bed. Last night, I taught a diabetes education class and returned home at around 9pm again. I shoveled some corn & black bean salsa in while he all but begged to cuddle. I guess he missed me, too 😉
He shared during pillow talk that “I’ve changed him”. When he expanded on this statement he said, “When I was flying back from Europe, the flight attendant asked me if I wanted chicken and rice or the vegetarian option. I asked what the vegetarian option was and when she said vegetarian Indian food, I said I would have that to eat. When breakfast came around several hours later, she handed me a ‘vegetarian’ breakfast burrito. I totally got slided out of bacon or sausage because she thought I was a vegetarian. I just wanted you to know that before I met you, I would have never even CONSIDERED ordering the vegetarian option of anything.”
It made my heart smile. My little dietitian heart.
What I don’t know is if he would’ve been game for this meal. Mr. Prevention is a little iffy on “savory pumpkin” dishes (I learned this with Pumpkin Lasagna a few years ago), but I have no doubt that if he gave this a chance, he’d absolutely love it. When Lizzie emailed me saying that she made this dish and thought I would love it, too, I was ecstatic! I have friends who know what I like to eat and send me recipe they love! What is cooler than that!? Thanks, Lizzie!
Since Mr. Prevention is in full recognition that I’ve expanded his horizons when it comes to food, I have no doubt that after trying these leftovers, he’ll be a savory pumpkin convert!
Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta adapted from Taste of Home and Emily Bites, suggested by my dear reader, Lizzie
8 oz dry whole wheat pasta
1/2 lb Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup white wine
1 tsp rubbed sage
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain & set aside.
White pasta is cooking, spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and cook the sausage, onions and mushrooms over medium heat until the sausage is fully browned. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Drain if necessary.
Stir in the broth, pumpkin, wine, sage, garlic powder, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-6 minutes until the sauce is slightly thickened.
Serve hot pasta topped with 1/4 of the sauce and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon grated parmesan and a pinch of parsley flakes.
Yields 4 servings (about 1 1/2 cups each)
Nutrition Information (per serving): 371 calories; 9.3 g. fat; 40 mg. cholesterol; 602 mg. sodium; 51.5 g. carbohydrate; 9.8 g. fiber; 19.8 g. protein
Result: Lizzie must know what I like because this was delicious! It came together really, really quickly — a true 20-30 minute meal depending on how fast you can shop an onion and some garlic 😉 This reheated great as leftovers the the wine + sage + pumpkin is heavenly! If you think the sausage doesn’t fit, you’re mistaken…delicious!
TGIF! This week has been nuts! I have a date to get my hair done after work and a few more dates with EXERCISE this weekend. I’m thinking a run by the beach before the weather gets too cold!