Sometimes I get into a mindset where I cannot be bothered doing anything – forget cooking, forget washing the dishes, you can even forget about me changing out of my jam-jams! All I want to do is read/watch movies, or if the weather is fine, swing in my hammock and watch the clouds roll over my head.
Unfortunately, even when I am feeling utterly lethargic like this, I am unable to indulge in my slovenly desires as there are usually things that need to be done…like doing my laundry, being a kitchen hand, walking/grooming/playing with My dog, proofreading letters and essays written by various members of my family, and entertaining my mother.
Mushroom Pasta Recipe for Lunch in Lazy Days
And that’s just on the days that I don’t have to go to work (all the working mothers out there, I salute you – you must either be mad, or have the best time-management skills in the universe!). Because I’m generally doing something, when I have the opportunity to do absolutely nothing, I find it difficult to do even the most menial of tasks.
Such as feeding myself.
(listens to audible gasps of disbelief)
Now come on, surely I can’t be the only one who has these phases!
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Many times this means that I have toast or a bowl of cereal for each meal (could I get any lazier?), sometimes it comes down to me grabbing an apple or a carrot from the chiller in the fridge and idly gnawing away at it. Now, whilst not unhealthy, it certainly doesn’t titillate the tastebuds in any way.
One of the reasons I bought Jill Dupleix’s “Totally Simple Foods” is because it promised a variety of dishes that could be created simply, but the problem with the book is that many of the key ingredients of her dishes are not the kinds of things I have lying around in my fridge on a regular basis, and when one feels lethargic, the thought of grocery shopping hardly excites.
There is another reason that I need quick and easy savoury dishes to be added to my repetoire.
On working days, I leave the house at 7am and, if I’ve gone to the gym after work, don’t get back home till 9pm. This means that I have only a little time to relax, have dinner and then make something to take for my lunch the next day before trying to get to bed by midnight.
Last night was an example of this – I was buggered and needed to make something that was quick, easy and relatively healthy and so I rummaged through my fridge. Emerging with some cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and chicken thigh, I set about making something which I’ll most definetely be recreating!
Roast Cherry Tomato & Mushroom Pasta Ingredients
- 15 cherry tomatoes
- 2 field mushrooms, cleaned and chopped into a large dice
- 1 onion
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 knob of butter
- 1 cup of cooked pasta
*Optional: 1 chicken thigh, all skin and fat removed and cut into a small dice.
How to Make Mushroom Pasta Recipe with Roasted Cherry Tomato
1. Cut a small cross into the base of the cherry tomatos, place onto a lined baking tray and bake at 200 degrees C for 10-15 minutes, till soft and skin has split and is starting to peel off. Set aside.
2. Melt the butter in a frying pan and saute the onion till it is starting to caramelize, then add the mushrooms and garlic and saute till the mushroom is just cooked. Add the pasta to the pan and stir round to heat through, then remove to a plate.
3. Add the roasted cherry tomatoes to the plate and toss around, making sure to press down a little on each of the tomatoes so they release that wonderful concentrated flavour. Serve whilst still warm 🙂
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If you want to add the chicken to this otherwise vegetarian dish, add it in step 2 at the same time as the onion and before you add the mushroom. Even with the chicken, this makes for a light and flavourful dish that isn’t too heavy and yet filling enough to keep you going for hours.
The roasting of the cherry tomatoes concentrates their flavour and sweetness and is the sauce for this dish, so make sure you get vine-ripened and not hydroponic produce! Though the tomatoes provide the main flavour, the mushrooms absorb the flavour from the garlic, onion and tomatoes and so become tiny morsels of heaven.