A Veggie Feast!

Good evening to you,

I feel pretty healthy after my day of eating today (if I don't include that bag of Smart Pop popcorn... But we don't have to mention that, do we?).

For lunch I made myself a smoothy.

This glass of goodness contained, about a cup of frozen mixed berries, 1/2 a cup of plain non-fat yogurt, 1/2 a cup of skim milk, a scoop of vanilla, whey protein powder, and a frozen banana. Good stuff.

It was during this part of the day that I may or may not have, indulged in a bag of popcorn while watching Center Stage (good movie by the way). No photos to prove it, so you'll never really know ;)

Dinner tonight was simple and easy. Peeled zucchini and a tomato basil sauce.

Very rarely do I eat "pasta" with no carbs and no protein, but I only wanted something light tonight. This did the trick.

The recipe for the sauce couldn't be simpler.

Tomato Basil Sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion (finely chopped)
1 small carrot (finely chopped)
1 small celery stick (finely chopped)
3 tablespoons fresh parsley (finely chopped)
2 garlic cloves (finely chopped, grated, or pressed)
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon a dried basil
1 28 ounce can of whole tomatoes
salt and pepper

1. Heat oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and fresh parsley. Cover and let cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Once the vegetables are cooked through, add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Turn the heat to medium high.
3. Let the garlic and red pepper flakes cook for about 30 seconds (just until you can smell the garlic).
4. Add the can of tomatoes and the dried basil. Break up the tomatoes with your spoon. Cover and let sit for about 10-15 minutes. Season your sauce with salt and pepper.

This is a spicy sauce. If you don't like your food spicy, you could cut the garlic down by half and opt out of the red pepper flakes.

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