My brain is fried.
Not unlike yours, I’m sure.
Here’s a tip for those if you who won’t give up the comfort foods, like pasta, but shouldn’t eat a lot of comfort food, like pasta. You know what I mean…pasta is easy and tastes great but boy does it make me tired. All those carbs…
I make the noodles for the kids. I make sauce or meatballs in another pot (obviously). See? Fried brain.
Then I drizzle sauce on pasta for kids, and for me and other adults who don’t want wheat or egg noodles, I drizzle sauce on eggplant or zucchini.
Just throw some sliced eggplant and/or zucchini in the toaster-oven same time as you put the pot of pasta on and you’re good to go. Once they’re baked a tad, drizzle with sauce and some cheese (optional), back in toaster-oven to melt the cheese, and you’re ready to eat.
Yes, you can get all gourmet-y if you want and season your eggplant slices with oil and salt and oregano and whatever you want. Or when in a hurry, who cares, just leave them nice and naked. Once the sauce is on top you’ll never notice the difference.
If you’re a real pro (we’re all pros, face it), you’ll have your meat sauce pre-cooked and frozen in handy servings. Right?