Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Cook pasta until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes or according to package directions.
Place 1 tablespoon oil and garlic in a large skillet.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is sizzling and fragrant, 2 to 5 minutes.
Add sweet potato, bell pepper, tomatoes and water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the bell pepper is tender-crisp, 5 to 7 minutes.
Remove from the heat; cover and keep warm.
Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
Return the pasta to the pot.
Add the vegetable mixture, the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, parsley, tarragon, vinegar (or lemon juice), salt and cheese; toss to combine.
Add the reserved pasta water, 2 tablespoons at a time, to achieve the desired consistency.
(Makes 4 servings)
12 g fat (3 g sat, 6 g mono);
7 mg cholesterol;
62 g carbohydrate;
12 g protein;
9 g fiber;
It is particularly hard to have your baby be sick. It is hard to have him feel so fragile and delicate at two years old that you are afraid to move him the wrong way, afraid to cause him pain. In the last four or five days since his fall, we have been going through that with Little Prince. Every time we moved any part of him, we had to be ever so gentle and careful. He was so afraid of falling again that everytime he was near me, he clung to me so tightly he caused himself pain. It broke my heart.
But it was wonderful to see the glimpses of his old self come back. And as of yesterday, he was actually giggling and sweet and more himself. He may have to wear a brace for another week, but I am thrilled to see him feeling happier.
Now, he is autistic and he doesn’t eat well at the best of times, so it is no surprise that since his fall, his eating has been DREADFUL, but I am hopeful that as he continues to feel better, he will start to eat better.
UPDATE: He ate! He ate! He actually ate a good breakfast today! I am thrilled. I tried a different one of the few foods I know he likes and he ate it! We were tiptoeing around while he ate, scared to distract him from his food and make him change his mind.
I am researching ways to improve my cholesterol, beyond the regular lose weight, which I am working on anyway. Here are somethings I have learned so far:
I got some blood work back from the doctor and I was surprised to learn that I do NOT have diabetes! I was told when I was pregnant, that they thought I was probably diabetic all the time because of the way my numbers had been and I have been delaying getting the testing done because I was scared to know, BUT . . . I DON’T Yay!!! Most of my numbers were great. I don’t have thyroid issues either, so that was wonderful to learn!
I did find out that I have low iron. Which explains my lack of energy, I was attributing it to being a very busy mother of four beautiful children, but I guess there was more too it than that. I also have high cholesterol and high triglycerides. So that means I have to pay more attention to my diet. I am the research queen of the universe . . . so I will be looking up which ways of eating will be good for losing weight, low iron and high cholesterol and high triglycerides. So updates on that later.
Notes: To have peppers and green beans/sugar snap peas tender crisp, don’t put them in at the beginning of the cook time, but rather, closer to the time of serving. This way, they get slightly cooked, but still crunchy!
Serve over rice! Yummy!