Simple Standout Spaghetti

Afternoon! How’s your Wednesday going so far? Making it through the hump?

Can’t complain here. I’ve had a pretty uneventful morning so far – no complaints though because the rest of the day will be busy busy busy! I’m taking a class for work, training a client, and then making up that morning-run-that-was-worth-skipping this afternoon!

So last night I took on a last minute client, and thus got home a little later than anticipated. I still wanted to cook dinner, but I didn’t want it to involve anything to labor and time intensive.



It doesn’t get much simpler than spaghetti and "meat" sauce! Or in this case, brown rice fettucine noodles and ‘meat’ sauce πŸ˜‰

While the noodles were boiling, I started browning the his and hers meat. The husband got organic lean beef, and I got some organic tempeh!

And while the meat was browning, the husband and I had some apps and wine:


Spiciest cheese evveerrrrr. I love the abuse!




Purple Moon!

Trader Joe, thank you for making this bottle of $3.99 shiraz taste like a $25 bottle of shiraz.



OK back to the meat.




I used to love meat sauce, and tempeh, when crumbled gives the sauce a little chew while adding an outstanding amount of protein at the same time πŸ™‚

Instead of garlic toast, which is what we normally eat with spaghetti, we had garlic naan from Trader Joe’s. This naan is the guest star (ok fine – it’s a show stealer!) in many dinners this week because the last time we had a batch, we found out the hard way that it goes bad easily.



Not this time!! πŸ˜‰


Alongside was a simple salad with Italian dressing which was a combination of olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, s+p, and a bit of mustard. Perfecto!


This dinner was *almost* worth missing Glee. But now I have it to look forward to watching tomorrow πŸ˜€ Was it a good one? Anyone see it?

Spaghetti makes a great leftover for lunch the next day, too. I like it a top a bed of fresh spinach:


Mmmmm:)             IMG_9848  


Well I’m outta here! Have a fantastic Wednesday, ladies and gents!

What’s your must-have side when eating spaghetti? Garlic bread and salad are must-haves in this household!

Back 2 Basics strength training session comin’ soon – I promise! πŸ™‚ Also need to get on this week’s seasonal recipes!


12 Responses

  1. I’m making tempeh for the first time ever at home tonight – wish me luck!

    LOVE TJs Naan. I always get some when I get to go at my parents’ house.

  2. I love, love, love tempeh! Great in spaghetti! πŸ™‚

  3. We always have bread and salad with pasta, too. That’s must make it authentic πŸ™‚

  4. I’ve never had the Garlic TJ’s naan but the plain kind is awesome. I’ll have to pick up the garlic one the next time I am there.

  5. My must-haves are your must-haves, lady!

    I would be more than happy to write a love story to Trader Joe’s and their wine store. It is always amazing.

    p.s. LOVE at-home happy hour with my fiance. It’s the best way to relax after a long day!

  6. I’m drooling over that TJ’s naan. If only I had known about it when I was at TJ’s in DC last week. Why can’t Oklahoma have one??

    I totally love tempeh in sauces!

  7. Looks great! I will have to try out that TJ’s Shiraz. LOVE their wine selection.
    My standard spaghetti side is steamed broccoli (if it’s not already in the marinara sauce). And, if possible, some crusty french bread dipped in olive oil with minced garlic and spices. Mmmm.

  8. I want a TJ’s if only for the wine!!!!!! Dinner looks great!

  9. I love leftover pasta. So good!

  10. NOM NOM NOM to the whole meal… makes me hungry j looken at it! : ) GO PAIGE GO PAIGE(u silly billy u)

    WOOOAAHHH that cheese WAY spicy! holy habanero !!!!

    so so glad you love the purple moon. i sometimes feel as if i should buy stock in it because it is soooo good (and i buy soooo much) haha

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