So, my husband and I were recently on a road trip through Arkansas. He has gotten so much into this healthy eating that he bought us a bunch of good things to snack on while we were driving… baby carrots, sliced bell peppers, celery, sugar snap peas, and mandarin oranges. He also had the idea since we are trying to eat healthy AND we are on a bit of a tight budget right now that we could make a cold pasta salad for lunch on the road. So the night before, I cooked up some cheese tortellini from Sam’s, cooled them off by rinsing them in the sink, and then divided them up into two Ziploc bags. I then threw in some coarsely chopped tomatoes gifted from our neighbor’s garden, some chopped fresh spinach leaves, fresh chopped basil, a couple of scoops of black olives (in my husband’s… not in mine… ick), and a bit of shredded parmesean cheese. Then I poured Brianna’s Caper Vinaigrette in each, closed up the baggies, and mixed it all together by sorta shaking the bag around some. Put it in the fridge overnight and hoped for the best!
We stopped off somewhere in Arkansas at a rest stop just to walk around and thought it was so scenic (which it was) and we were pretty close to getting hungry, so we decided to just eat there! And dannnnnnnnng I made a goooooooood cold pasta salad! We dumped out half of our baggies into a couple of disposable bowls I had taken and chowed down as we stood (we were a little burnt out on sitting) and looked out into the picturesque nature.
I’m gonna say it again: totally. brilliant.
I didn’t feel that need-to-sleep feeling I tend to get after loading up on some fast food on a road trip. Plus, we got to experience a beautiful scene AND beautiful food.
And it kind of made me realize that when I’m needing to eat, maybe it is better to first think about the experience I want… like, on vacation to find the scenery I want, or the ambiance, or whatever and THEN choose what I want to eat. Or at home, I could decide, do I want to experience the outdoors, the comfort of a chair, reading a book, and THEN choose what I want to eat to match that. It’s like choosing to have LIFE for lunch instead of food.
God says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8
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