I have been craving pasta for a while, so tonight was the night.  My daughter loves any kind of pasta, but especially shaped pasta, i.e. Cavatappi which is what we had tonight.  Sadly, she does not like marinara sauce, but uses butter and garlic on hers.  I added about 2 tablespoons of fat free half and half to my sauce which made it REALLY creamy! 😀  Everything prepped while water was boiling:

I found fresh perlini mozzarella - loved it!
I found fresh perlini mozzarella - loved it!
  • 1 ounce fresh spinach on the bottom
  • 4 ounces cooked cavatappi
  • 1 ounce perlini mozzarella
  • 4 ounces marinara
  • 2 tablespoons fat free half and half
  • 3 ounces shrimp (cooked in cast iron skillet – yum!)
432 calories, 9 fat, 51 carbs, 3.4 fiber, 36 protein
432 calories, 9 fat, 51 carbs, 3.4 fiber, 36 protein

I was bummed that the cheese store did not have goat cheese, and all the cheeses they had were undescriptive and tightly wrapped.  One said “fresh cows milk cheese.”  While I think I would like any cheese, these were expensive.  They started at $10 for 8 ounces all the way up to $22.50 for a 4 ounce piece of blue cheese!  I wished they would have had samples, but as I wandered through their 50 square foot “shop” I realized that it does a lot of catering and offers cooking classes.  May have to check that out!

But the salami was SO GOOD!  So flavorful and not spicy.  It has a “skin” on it.  And this was expensive, but really worth it.  It was about 14 ounces for $14.75.  I considered dicing a couple slices to put on top of my pasta, but decided not to.

You know how you wait for something and then your like, what was I waiting for?  That’s kind of what I felt like with the Office tonight.  It was good, but I guess after watching reruns all summer, I expected more?


  • 1417 calories
  • 30 fat
  • 162 carbs
  • 18 fiber
  • 98 protein

EXERCISE:  10 minute dog walk (that’s it!)