This week is just flying by! In addition to caring for Sally, I also have four foster kittens who take up a lot of time as well. Not that I’m complaining of course- I love all the little darlings. It’s just A LOT. I take the bus from work, and by the time I walk home from the bus stop it’s around 5:30. I feed the dogs, and then the kittens (which is a little tricky because one is currently separated from the others for medical reasons- but only when I’m not around to watch them. He gets to play with the rest of the gang all evening). I leash up Teddy and take him on a walk, and it’s after 6 by the time I’m able to change into my comfies and maybe grab a snack. Or mix a drink. Depends on how my day went haha! Then it’s time to straighten up the house or the yard, throw in a load of laundry or empty the dishwasher. And of course all I really want to do is collapse on the couch with a book or TV.
By the time my chores are done and the critters have all calmed down, I’m usually ready for dinner. If I don’t have something pre-made or leftover, I usually turn to something quick n’ easy like this Lemon Basil Buttered Noodle dish. You can wash and chop the basil while the pasta is cooking (and still have time to fold that load of laundry!) so it’s pretty perfect for weeknights. But at the same time it’s fancier and more elevated than regular old buttered noodles, so you’ll still feel special. And don’t we all deserve to feel a little bit special??
It also reheats well for work lunches because I generally do not have the patience for making single serving meals.
Interested in other quick pasta dishes? Give these a try!
- 4 ounces pasta, cooked
- 12-15 sweet basil leaves
- Juice and zest from one small lemon
- 2+ tablespoons vegan margarine (I used Earth Balance)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Chiffonade the basil leaves. As soon as the pasta is cooked and drained, return to the warm pot and combine all the ingredients together, stirring until the vegan butter is melted.
- This is one of those 'intuitive recipes'... add as much vegan butter and salt as pleases YOU!