Guys, I did something ABSOLUTELY ADULT today. NOT!
Well, to be fair, they branded it as an adult thing, so bear with me. See, I was in the local dollar store (well, it's technically $1-$5 store, but it's a wonderful place to buy cheap things) when I saw something out of the corner of my eye. You guys, it was an ADULT coloring book. Actually, it was a whole table of adult coloring books. Have you guys seen these things? Basically, they come in all these funky psychedelic patterns and you pretty much get to relive your five year old rainy afternoon every day of your life. I don't know about you, but I LOVED coloring books. And by the time I was 6, I was a pretty serious color-er. I brought my coloring books on every trip and every car ride. I was 100% sure I was going to grow up and color for a living. Drawing... yeah that was a no can do. Proportion was never something I was too good at.But bring me my prized 96-Crayola crayon box with the pencil sharpener on the back and I would go to TOWN. That and a plate of chocolate chip cookies was the BEST way to spend a rainy day or a snow day.
Can coloring be a sport, because it was pretty much the only sport I was good at.
Unfortunately, like many of our favorite childhood pastimes, my love of coloring was replaced by some other newfangled trend. I'm going to blame the tamagotchi on this one. So when I saw the adult coloring books in the store (of course flanked by the mandatory colored pencils) you bet your booty I snatched those two things up. Along with a feather boa, but you'll definitely find out what THAT is for later. Guys, this coloring book is branded to relieve stress and OH MY GOODNESS it actually works! I spent a good hour today coloring this crazy FROG pattern. I am so hooked, it's not even funny. I probably could be the spokeswoman for the adult coloring book industry. Can we call it an industry? Yeah we can.
Now while you might think this post is a pitch for the adult coloring book industry, it is actually also a post about this killer pasta. Now, in addition to loving all things adult coloring book, I am having a lot of fun at the moment trying to use up all of the food waste odds and ends, especially after reading this article. It amazes me that, as Americans, we throw away as much food as we do. Therefore, I am practicing to try and not waste as much food as I can. One way I do this is to use up all of those green things that we might otherwise throw away. if you are new to trying to not waste food, this recipe is a good start. Beet greens are very similar tasting to chard (and I actually prefer them). My mom actually used to buy the beets primarily for the top, stir frying them with red wine vinegar and PLENTY of cheese. If you do not have any greens, feel free to substitute swiss chard or kale, as both make a KILLER pesto. I also have eaten this topped with a fried egg. Cause eggs on things make EVERYTHING taste better. It's scientific fact.
Pasta with Beets, Beet Green Pesto, and Feta
Beet Green Pesto:
And remember, they said NEVER to argue with science.
23. Recent Grad. Human Vegetable Disposal. Putting the Chic in Chickpea.