Archives- Day 3- Did That Say Undrained? Oh Crap….

Original Post- February 28, 2011

Ziti Toss with Cheese…I thought that noodles and veggies would be easy and quick. So wrong, so terribly wrong.

My husband has started referring to me as “Raccoon”. I have used recipes with onions three nights in a row.  I know they can be cut in a bowl of cold water and it is supposed to prevent you from crying, but I can barely handle a knife now, much less a slippery one. Plus, as you read on the earlier post, my child likes to scream random things at random times! I’ve tried all the tricks I’ve heard:

  • yawning
  • humming
  • chewing bubblegum
  • holding my breath

and the list goes on. Absolutely nothing works. I cry like a baby for about 10 seconds and then my eyes burn and water so bad I can’t see so I always rub my eyes on my sleeve around my bicep area. Last night, while I was cooking, Russ walked in the door and started laughing hysterically at my face. He asked if I looked in the mirror. I held up the butcher knife and shot him one of those looks that induce fear in husbands so he went into another room while still laughing like a hyena. Needless to say, I checked the mirror tonight so I wasn’t forced to threaten him again.

I didn’t mind cutting up all the vegetables for this one. It was tricky trying to get all the vegetables as thin as they needed to be, but I seemed to get them small enough. I’ll probably cut the peppers a little smaller next time for Andrea’s sake though. I minced the mozzarella cheese because it said diced and I had shredded, so I just improvised and made it my own way.

I did, however, have one issue. Somewhere along the way (I’m thinking right after the onion cutting incident where I went blind) I read that I needed to open and drain a can of whole tomatoes. I’m pretty sure I either made up this line, or it disappeared from the paper (plausible right?). Anyhow, I drained them VERY well and then I realized the recipe said one can of whole tomatoes…undrained. What? That can’t be right. I read it again. Yep….it says undrained. Sooo….I think we will be either adding tomato sauce next time OR NOT DRAINING THE TOMATOES.

Oh my.  It is going to be a long 27 days…..

Ziti Toss With Cheese- By: Healthy Meals in Minutes
Serves 4
1 mdm red onion, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
1 mdm red or green bell pepper, cut into thin strips (about 1 cup)
3 T water
1/4 cup sliced green onion
1 can (16 oz) whole tomatoes, UNDRAINED
2 T chopped fresh parsley, divided
1 T chopped fresh basil, divided
12 oz ziti pasta
1/4 cup diced part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Spray a large nonstick skillet with veggie cooking spray. Heat over mdm heat. Add the red onion, bell pepper, and water. Cover and cook for 3 minutes. Uncover and add green onion. Cook for 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a plate.
2. Add the tomatoes with liquid and half of herbs to skillet; break up tomatoes with a spoon. Simmer for 10 minutes.
3. While tomatoes are simmering, cook pasta according to package directions, but do not add salt. Set aside 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water. Drain pasta and place in a large bowl. Stir in onion mixture, tomatoes, and enough pasta water to think sauce. Stir in mozzarella. Sprinkle with remaining herbs and Parmesan and serve.
*In  place of fresh herbs, 2 t. of dried parsley and 1 t. of dried basil may be substituted.*
Per Serving

Calories– 403 (10% from fat)

Carbs- 74 g

Protein- 16 g

Sodium- 147 mg

Fat-5 g

Cholesterol- 8 mg