Friday, April 30, 2010

Rachael Ray's Peasto

Friday is so wonderful, isn’t it? Hope you are having a great day thus far. Thank you all for the sweet comments on my last post. I used to dislike my muscular legs, now I love them and all their strength! Never take for granted your amazing body and all that it can do!!

The rest of my work week has been going well. In terms of workouts, Wednesday was a rest day (glorious) and last night I taught 45 minute Body Step & 45 minute Body Pump. This morning, I did a 4 mile run. Love, love running outside!


Earlier this week, I tried out a new recipe, Rachael Ray’s Peasto. I lightened it up just a bit by mixing asparagus in with the pasta and using a less sauce than what the recipe called for. In Josh’s version, I added some chicken.


I wanted to send a BIG thank you out to Josh who got me (a little early) two of the sweetest “Mother’s” day gifts (Frank counts as a child ;)). He got me this funny tshirt, and this book:


I’m already about 50 pages into the book and am loving it.

What are you up to this weekend?

58 comments:

Jessica said...

I could totally eat veggies this way! :) I have seen this recipe before and thought it sounded really yummy!

Have a lovely weekend. :)

CaSaundraLeigh said...

So cute that he got you a Mother's Day present--I love reading, I get alot more pleasure reading done in the summer though since I have to read so many textbooks in the winter!

ktbwood said...

Ooo that book sounds so interesting!!
ahh i would LOVE running around charleston :) i sooo wana live in mt pleasant one day!! then we could be NEIGHBORS! haha :)

TheDallasCeliac said...

I'm always happy to find other people that like Rachel Ray. The main criticism seems to be that she's "not a chef". Well, that's fine with me - I like nearly everything I've ever tried out of her books. They're rustic, simple, and the flavors are often unexpectedly good.

(end rant)

I need that book (hear that, husband?!?!?) - how sweet of Josh to get that for you.

insideiamdancing said...

I was flicking through that book a while ago- looks great! Let me know how you like it!

This weekend- PT session tomorrow and watching a 10k on Sunday (I thought it was the Edinburgh Marathon, but that's not for another few weeks)

Enjoy your weekend!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

I love doing that with Rachel Ray's recipes. I admit, many of them aren't the healthiest, but they are fast, and if you semi know what you are doing in the kitchen, you can make them a lot healthier with veggie substitutions! It looks like a great book!

Staci Dombroski said...

Looks delicious!!!

Holly said...

YUM, that peasto sounds just as good as regular pesto!

I think that's so sweet that you celebrate Mother's Day - hey, being a fur mommy still counts! LOVE the t-shirt, too. :-)

This weekend we're celebrating my dad's 60th b-day, spending some time with the fam, and going out with friends tomorrow night! Hope you have a great weekend, girl!

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

How sweet! Of course Frank is your child! You deserve Mother's day gifts for sure. ;)

Heatha said...

OMG, that shirt is so cute! I LOVE original/personalized shirts like that.
Have a great weekend!

hopehap said...

Mmm, your "peasto" looks delicious (and healthy)!

I've heard of that book. You'll have to tell me more about it... ;)

Molly said...

I'm loving the gorgeous running weather here! It's up to about 90, but when I get home in a couple of days it should be closer to 70 for a few weeks. Perfect!

E said...

Can you tell me what type of watch/counter you're wearing in this picture?? I've been looking for an affordable one to keep track of my heart rate, and the calories thing is a bonus!

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

Rachael Ray and all her quirky names for food - peasto, love it! We are having a cinco de mayo party this weekend and some birthday celebrations as well, gonna be busy but at least the weather is going to be nice & warm :D

E said...

Thanks for the info!! I'm going to do a little more "shopping" before I make my final pick. BTW - You must visit Portland! It's a great city (with a small town feel), and full of foodie destinations ; )

Jenna said...

Thanks for linking this recipe, it sounds like something I would definitely like. :)

I've got an office HH tonight, a long run scheduled for tomorrow and a get together at Mike's sisters house tomorrow night. I'm looking forward to this weekend!

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

I love exercising outside too now that it's warm. After a long cold winter, the weather in Nashville is now so nice.

Good job Josh! I always have to remind CD of Mother's Day, and that our dogs totally count as kids.

Yes, next time you're in Nashville, we will dine at the Wild Cow and then go to Sweet Cece's for dessert! :)

teresa said...

my mom read that book and loves it too! i'll have to check it out.

your running time is awesome! happy weekend!

Britt said...

The peasto looks delish! That is so cute he got you a Mother's Day present and early too!

I have a 5K race tomorrow morning and then need to prep for our Kentucky Derby Party in the afternoon! I cannot wait! Love derby day! I need to work on my hat tonight though, gotta have a fab hat for tomorrow. :-)

Have a great weekend!

Lauren (Health on the Run) said...

That peasto looks amazing!! I love eating pesto-flavored dishes when the weather warms up.

I've never heard of that book but it looks really good. Let us know how it is! Oh...and that shirt is hilarious! What great mother's day gifts you got! :)

Kelsey said...

i NEED to get that obok- omg so exciting! thanks for posting it! congrats on ur run! and good job with the rachel ray pesto.. loks awesome. yea most peopel have to lighten up her dishes she goes a little overboard on sauses ive noticed. xoxo <3

The Blonde Duck said...

It sounds really cute

I won the bet I told you about! :)

homecookedem said...

Oh yum, that peasto dish looks great!! Love R. Ray!

Ana said...

That pasta dish looks delicious!!! Today I cooked lunch for Rusty for the first time ever, I made him a pizza.. he actually liked it!! I can't wait to start cooking and baking more, now that I am moving and I will have my own kitchen.

Happy Friday :)

tam said...

Pasta dish looks fab! I'm hanging with my sister for most of it yay! x x

Julie said...

oh my god i just bookmarked this recipe i love!

what iiiis that book about!!

hahaha you are such a good mommy. and josh is hilar for getting you those gifts!

i've got a paper to write this weekend booooooo

. said...

why did you want to lighten it up? just for calorie sake? or was it flavorwise?
my hubby gets me mothers day gifts too and i love that (i'm not a mom, but have little critters like you).
what's the book about? i always ask you a ton of questions eh?
happy cooking!

Lauren said...

Yes, Fridays are wonderful! :)

Pesto is such a fresh spring dish. I've actually been meaning to make something similar soon.

Awww, Josh! What a sweetie! :)

Maria said...

I love a good pesto. I am planting lots of basil as soon as it stops snowing so I can make pesto all summer long:) Launch day is tomorrow for me! Yahoo!! I can't wait. Have a great weekend!

BroccoliHut said...

What a cool recipe--maybe it's the secret to making me actually like peas?

Krista said...

The pesto pasta looks delish and I love the sounds lof that book Josh got you! You'll have to let us know how it is when you're done...

Stacey said...

What's that book about? I work for Starbucks.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

starbucks book sounds right up my alley!

that little gadget, is that a garmin? i dont have anything like that and have thought about getting one but then i wonder if i "need" it...cleary i dont, but it would be fun. Do you find it useful?

Lisa said...

I love pasta with veggies. And I wish I had your legs! Happy weekend!

Aggie said...

Oh loving the peasto!! :) I like RR recipes!

Thanks for spreading the word about Happy Little Vegans! :) Jenna's a great gal!

Have a great weekend!

Mama Pea said...

Your meal looks so springy! I only hope Pea Daddy pulls through like your man did :)

Kerstin said...

The peasto sounds so yummy and I love your asparagus addition! Hope you have a great weekend!

lynn @ the actors diet said...

i've been thinking a lot about making that peasto!

Bridget said...

I LOVE pesto!!! So easy too! Haha I want that book...so cute that he gets you "mothers day" gifts! Hope your having a great weekend!

Susan said...

I need that book! Although for me a more appropriate title would be "How Soy Lattes Saved My Life".

My weekend = study study study. What else is new??

Have a good Sunday girl!

nazarina said...

I love Rachael Ray! your picture looks so delish, a perfect dish when one is in a pinch! Wow , you already have your Mother's day gifts? I will have to go and find this book, looks like an interesting read!

GF Gidget said...

That recipe sounds awesome!

Megan D said...

The "peasto" pasta looks fantastic! Love Rachael Ray :)

whataboutsummer said...

I think I bought that book on clerence but still haven't read it. I'll try and dig it up now that I know it's worth while!
(even though I hate their new recipes for drinks)

How long have you had your watch/is it worth getting one? My watch is from target for $10

Thanks!
Katherine

Deva (Voracious Vorilee) said...

That looks like such an amazing pasta dish. I love that you and Josh celebrate mother's day like that, that's so sweet :-)

Miz said...

(emerging from my unplugged weekend)
HOW MUCH DO I ADORE THAT HE SEES YOU AS A MOM TO FRANK (she yells)
you are a mom.
and my hubby was the same way when we had two crazy crazy canines.

Paige (Running Around Normal) said...

That pesto looks great! Lovely that you added your own touches to it:) I love adding asparagus to pasta dishes.

How adorable that Josh got you a mother's day gift. And you're a great Frank mommy!

Naomi said...

umm I think that I would LOVE that book...the title alone is intriguing!! thanks for showing it!!
how cute of Josh to get you a mothers day gift! yes indeed your are a mommy to frank :)

i LOVE rachel ray, I think she is bubbly, great tv show host and some of her recipes are so simple, easy and ready so fast!!! I hate all the 'rachel ray hater websites' so unnessary! why not let people just do their own thing, ya know?!

xoxox

Anne Marie said...

The pesto looks great! The book looks funny-I'll have to keep my eye out for it!

Jessica said...

So sweet you get mothers day gifts! I love it!
The pasta looks great, I'm so pumped that asparagus season is almost here. I'm going to a market on Wed. hoping to find some.

Had a great weekend shopping and visiting with friends. have a good week.

fittingbackin said...

Cute!! Love the sound of that book! Great time as usual! I showed Austin and he was like wow... she hustles! That made me laugh - girls just don't use that word. So, good to know you're a hustler right?!

Sophie @ yumventures said...

I've seen that peasto recipe before, it looks fab!

Angharad said...

How sweet that you got mother's day gifts!
The peasto looks pretty legit I must say! And holy smokes woman, you are dang fast! Running outside is the best, isn't it? Love.

whatkateate said...

Thats so cute! I should pass on the word to my boyfriend that dogs count as children and I deserve some presents :)

I Run for Fun said...

I love some of Rachel Ray's recipes. Whenever I got bored of cooking, I would watch her show and get new ideas...kept it interesting! This dish looks yummy!

biz319 said...

Hope you had a great weekend!! Ours was awesome - spent lots of time with my husband, sitting outside and drinking wine - nothing better!

I'll have to see if my library has that book - I am looking for a new read!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm just curious. How many times a week do you run vs. do aerobics/ teach? Have you ever tried a spinning class? And is Body attack like kickboxing...the one I saw at the YMCA down here was, but I wasn't sure if it was the same everywhere!

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