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Happy New Year! We are already two days in to 2015, which is totally mind blowing. 2015 doesn’t even feel possible! I gave my little girl (who turns 4 this year… what?!?) a fun calendar so we can begin to teach her about the days of the week and help her visualize how many days there are left until the next date or event that she is looking forward to, such as birthdays, holidays, vacation, etc. As I showed her the calendar and explained the months, weeks, and days to her, it really began to sink in that this is a brand new year. I know… duh! But when you look at an empty calendar you can get a sense of the possibilities that the year holds. I want to make the most of 2015! 2013 and 2014 were totally crap years and I’m ready to kick them in the face with an awesome 2015. It will happen one day at a time. Making better choices each day and loving the life I have. Todays goal: get back to balance.
Back to Balance for me means exchanging a super restrictive crash diet for livable, healthier choices each day. It means avoiding crazy no spending plans in favor of a manageable budget that makes sense for our family. It means long, enjoyable walks with my family instead of grueling 60 minute runs on a treadmill.
Back to balance is an overall lifestyle of loving life, taking care of myself, and enjoying my family. That is the philosophy that will drive my choices in 2015. Will a big cheese burger and fries promote my balanced life? Most days it won’t, so I’ll go for the yummy salad with grilled chicken because I know I will feel better. I’ll do my 30 minutes of cardio a few days a week because I know I will be healthier and happier, which is so much better for me and my family.
I would love to share with you my Back to Balance One Pot Creamy Tortellini Primavera recipe. Here is what I love about it:
- It’s delicious! It will certainly calm cravings, fill your tummy with warm goodness, and appeal to picky eaters.
- It’s simple! One pot = less mess. I had this meal ready in 45 minutes and part of that time I was doing other things while the vegetables cooked. Pretty easy! Who needs a fancy recipe for dinner during the week? Uhhhh… not me! I’m so much more likely to cook dinner at home if it’s easy and delicious.
- It’s FULL of vegetables! This is super important to me. More fruit and veggies in 2015!
- BUITONI® pasta is wonderful and fresh made with three simple ingredients: fresh eggs, semolina flour, and water. Buitoni tortellini is filled with delicious Italian cheeses: ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, and Romano.
20 ounce package of BUITONI® Three Cheese Tortellini
1 medium onion, sliced
3 carrots, cut into spears
1 red bell pepper, cut into spears
1 orange bell pepper, cut into spears
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 medium yellow squash, sliced
(add other varieties of vegetables if you wish)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups milk (I use 2%)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, divided
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a large pot or frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and carrots and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often to prevent the onions from browning.
2. Add all remaining vegetables to the pan. Cover and cook for 10-20 minutes until all vegetables are tender.
3. Add the BUITONI® Three Cheese Tortellini to the pot along with the milk, 1/2 cup of heavy cream, and garlic powder. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
4. In a small bowl, mix together the 2 tablespoons of heavy cream and the flour. Stir this mixture in to the pasta. Add parmesan cheese and butter then stir well and cook for 2 minutes uncovered to thicken the sauce.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Makes 6 servings. Serve with a big salad.
- If you’re really watching fat intake, you can cut out the heavy cream (just use regular milk instead) and use a low-fat butter substitute. The dish will lose some of the flavor and creaminess, but should be just fine.
- Cut your vegetables ahead of time and store them in the fridge. This makes prep time for this meal super simple and quick.
Looking for the BUITONI® fresh pastas and sauces? I found them in the deli at Walmart:
Leave a comment below telling me how you plan to have an awesome and balanced 2015!
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