On Sunday we’ve had snow for the third time this season. And this time it feels like it’s here to stay. If not on the calendar, but I guess winter has begun here in Calgary.
Saturday was still fairly warm and sunny, so I brought our potted tomato plant out on the balcony. And by that I think I finally killed it off. We went out for Konrad’s birthday dinner and I didn’t think of the tomatoes again until Olivia’s night feeding at 2 am.
By then it was -5 C (23 F) out. I rushed to get it in but morning showed that I was too late. All leaves are hanging down sad and soggy. The green tomatoes on it might be fine still. I’ll wait and see if they will turn red eventually.
Well, all day Sunday the flurries just kept coming and coming. We spent the afternoon cozied up on the couch, sipping hot coffee, snuggling with baby Olivia while watching the world outside being covered up in white. (I try to forget the piles and piles of laundry I was folding at the same time).
After the rough week we all have had, this was just the kind of a time out we needed. And to end the day some simple but delicious comfort food was called for for dinner.
Last week I shared with you my way of making healthier Alfredo sauce from cauliflower. My favorite quick meal to make with it is any kind of pasta. To give it an extra kick I add bacon and green onions and call it Carbonara.
If you have the sauce ready waiting for you, this healthier Carbonara pasta meal comes together in about 15 minutes. Exactly the amount of time I could handle being away from the couch yesterday.
You can use any kind and shape of pasta. I had regular fettuccine, but you can use whole wheat, gluten free or low glycemic pasta. Now you just fry the bacon, add the cauliflower sauce, pasta, green onions and a sprinkle of Parmesan.
Of course you could add some more protein, like sliced chicken breast or even some salmon.
For more creative cauliflower recipes check out 4 Surprising Ways to Cook With Cauliflower
- ½ pound pasta
- 6 slices bacon, diced
- 1½ cups Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
- ¼ cup sliced green onion
- grated Parmesan cheese to taste
- Cook the pasta according to directions.
- In a large frying pan cook the bacon dices until crispy. Drain most of the bacon grease, but leave some for flavor.
- Add the Cauliflower sauce to the pan until heated through. Stir in cooked pasta and green onions.
- Serve pasta hot and sprinkle with more green onions and grated Parmesan cheese to taste.
- When heating leftovers you might need to add a little more sauce or water to moisten.