Thursday, September 24, 2009

Grilling & Lighter Pasta

The whirlwind of a week continues! Here are a few pictures from our BBQ din din last night- My plate with tempeh (I enjoyed the taste of the tempeh, but the texture got a little funky when I was getting near the end), grilled squash, peaches, peppers and tomatoes:

Josh’s plate with bbq chicken, grilled peaches and squash:

He also tried the butternut squash bread and gave it a thumbs up! He said it is SUPER dense and moist (again, I think it will be better with applesauce vs. oil).

Work today was busy and I finally got my laptop back (hooray for the IT guys!!). After work, I did the usual dinner prep. I made a pasta mixture loosely based on this recipe with whole wheat spaghetti, asparagus, white beans, walnuts, parmesan cheese, fresh lemon juice and olive oil:

Now, I’m finishing up some house work and then heading out to teach step. We have another wedding (last one this season!!) this weekend but I am hoping to fit in posts between activities. I do apologize if I go a little MIA again. What are your weekend plans?

46 comments:

Leah @ L4L said...

Busy Busy weekend planned! Saturday we are hitting the Farmers Market, Jodus has a hair cut, we are taking advantage of "Museum Day" (free admission) at the Seattle Art Museum, checking out a vintage store for a wedding dress for me, car shopping AND having guests over for lasagna dinner! *whew* Sunday will be a recovery day! haha.

janetha said...

ohhh that pasta salad looks so light and fresh! i love it! grilled fruit is also so yummy, the grill brings out such a different flavor. i have never worked with tempeh before, you are so adventurous!

cookinfanatic said...

We have a wedding this weekend too but it's in town this time :) Glad Josh liked the squash bread, it sounded awesome!

Pam said...

SO glad you got your laptop back and those peaches looks scrumptious!

Enjoy!

Juliana said...

Oh! I never tried to grill peaches...sounds yummie, and the pasta looks terrific. light and yet tasty :-)

Kaytee said...

My weekend plans are to clean for hours and hours, visit Ikea, and go grocery shopping. Super exciting, huh?

I love grilled peaches. Add a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of granola and it's like cobbler ala mode.

Dawn said...

didn't you just get a virus not to long ago on your 'puter? how weird.
does the tempeh really have that funky of a texture? oh I didn't want to hear that. love that you call it din din. LOL We have no wedding this weekend, but a date with sushi (and laundry, booo)

Paige@ Running Around Normal said...

Still loving your grilled peaches :D Oh my, another wedding! These guys better get you back some day ;-) Sounds like you're a busy, busy, bee!

Lauren said...

It's wedding season! We had 6 this year and have our last one in a few weeks. Thank goodness! ;)

The tempeh is definitely different and takes some getting use to. I actually perfer it cold and usually have it on salads for lunch.

Hope you have a safe trip and a great time at the wedding!

Ada said...

I'm glad that you got your laptop fixed! Viruses are such a pain in the booty:(

Your grilled food always looks incredible. I'm so jealous that you have a grill!

Have a great weekend girly:)

balancejoyanddelicias said...

love that grilled peach! I need to try that out because peach go off the season!
weekend plan? none yet! just relax and hang out with my papis.

Therese said...

That pasta does look sooo good!

I'm not sure I could get my husband to try butternut anything lol.

Lizzy said...

i'm excited for this weekend, i'm heading to a college football game with a friend of mine! :) hope your weekend is fun!

Sweetie Pie said...

Those grilled peaches look amazing! I'm so glad y'all are making the most of the grill!

Nutritious is Delicious said...

Grilled fruit is so great! :D

Enjoy your weekend!

BroccoliHut said...

Yum! I've always thought that asparagus and white beans pair so well together.

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

another wedding? How fun! Personally I really love going to weddings but I bet it gets expensive!

I wish someone near me would get married! hahah

lilveggiepatch said...

So many weddings! So fun.

I've never tried beans in pasta, but it sounds so delicious. I'll have to try it!

Leianna said...

Love grilled peaches!
Have fun at the wedding, love dancing and the food:)

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm going out to a county fair today for work and a ranch tomorrow!

Nutritious is Delicious said...

protein pretzels?! Wowzers! I should be eating those instead of the nutritionally void ones!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I have half a can of white beans sitting in my fridge & have been looking for a way to use em'--never even thought of throwing them in a pasta dish!!

I am getting extensions put in this weekend--so I am super excited!

Kimberly said...

It is going to be a busy weekend at our house. Tonight is date night with the hubby followed by a super quick clean of the house. On Saturday, my hubby, Dad and myself are going to my college Alma Mater for a football game. Sunday will be church, lunch with hubby's family, and the children's drama at church Sunday night. And somewhere in there I need to squeeze in at least 1 workout and a visit to snuggle my baby niece.

Shannon said...

Everything you've been making looks delish! especially that bread and soup :) another wedding?!? have fun!!!

Yum Yucky said...

Ooo. Look at the squash. But somehow this post has stirred up a craving for buttery noodles. Totally your fault.

Krista said...

Love grilled peaches! And the pasta dish looks pretty darn goo, too.

This weekend will be hockey on Saturday and relaxing on Sunday! Have fun at the wedding!

Holly said...

Mmmm - everything is better on the grill!!! It all looks super yummy.

You guys have SO many weddings! I just love weddings. Kinda sad wedding season is coming to an end!

Dawn Dishes It Out said...

Love veggies on the grill!! Everything looked great!

Dawn (healthySDLiving) said...

The pasta looks delicious!

I really want to try grilling fruit, it always looks so great!

glidingcalm said...

ugh grilled food is soooo good! and I dont have a grill! i mean a g. foreman, but really now! it's not the same!!

tempeh def. takes getting used to! it has a funky flavor and def. needs a lot of marinating..........or something! ha!

TAKE CARE and have a great friday and weekened Erica!!!!!!!!1

Holly said...

ahhhh so many weddings on my agenda too - one this weekend then the last one in a couple weeks. they are seriously going to take me for all the money i am worth :)

have a fabby weekend!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Grilled peaches look so good! This weekend I have a lot of work to do actually. But I'll make time to attend a friend's birthday party at a mexican restaurant! Ole!

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

I've got work to do this weekend, boo! But next weekend I get to go home for fall break woohoo!

Have a fabulous time at the wedding--I can't wait to go to weddings!

Jenna said...

Gahh, grilled peaches look amazing. Grilled pineapple is one of my favorites.

Not doing much this weekend, just relaxing!

kristen @ Simply Savor said...

yumm those grilled peaches look amazing! and so does that pasta dish! my plans include studying, pumpkin spice lattes, and celebrating my 22nd birthday! hope you have an amazing time at the wedding this weekend!

Julie said...

oh! those grilled peaches look SO good :) hmm I've always wanted to try tempeh but I would have no idea where to start with it!

have fun at the weddings this weekend! you're such a socialista!

teresa said...

i'm glad you liked the tempeh! the pasta looks really good, especially with those white beans, mmmm.

Priyanka said...

I love your eats! Have fun at the wedding!

Deva (Voracious Vorilee) said...

Ohhh your pasta salad looks yummy. I love the flavor and texture of tempeh, it's so nutty. I haven't cooked with it in a while, but I love to stir fry it with veggies and teriyaki sauce over rice. Super yum!

insideiamdancing said...

My family think it's crazy but I love pasta dishes with beans :D My weekend is busy getting ready for New York...for SO long it's been months away, and suddenly, I leave next week!

allijag said...

Watching the Penn State game right now - :)

THE ACTORS DIET said...

grill marks are so beautiful...

Maria said...

We love grilling! Hope you had a nice weekend. We are still in CA. Blogher Food was AMAZING!!! I wish you were there. SO many great times. We head back to Utah tomorrow.

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Erica,
So, what is that - your 500th wedding this year? ;) I'm in baby shower season myself. The invitations are arriving in the mailbox all the time. CD refers to them as bills. Hehe.

Love the idea of grilled peaches. That sounds so good, especially with the BBQ chicken. What a lovely southern dinner!

VeggieGirl said...

Hugs!!! :)

I Run for Fun said...

Your grilled platters always make my mouth water. The pasta looks great too. I am always looking for interesting pasta recipes.