Recipe: Easy & Light Tortellini Toss

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I really wanted to call this Found It In My Fridge Tortellini Toss because that was my inspiration… stuff in my fridge. I knew that tonight was cheese tortellini night, but lately the tortellini bake that I make has been too… heavy and greasy. So, I wanted to make something a little bit lighter and this one just sort of… happened!

What I love about it: tastes restauranty and it only took me 15 minutes, start to finish!

Easy & Light Tortellini Toss

  • 1 lb cheese tortellini (I like the tri-color kind from Sam’s)
  • 3 Tbsp butter (or olive oil if you prefer)
  • 1/4 chopped onion (frozen is okay)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-2 tsp Ana’s Herbs (or other Italian seasoning), to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 orange (yellow, or red) bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 20ish cherry (salad) tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup white wine or white grape juice
  • 1 tsp parsley OR basil, chopped fine

You could veganize this by using another kind of tortellini and using oil each time instead of butter.

  1. Cook the cheese tortellini according to package directions, drain, and lightly coat with olive oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet and saute the onions and garlic. Add the Ana’s Herbs, and allow to soak up the oil for about a minute or two, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add in the olive oil and then toss in the bell peppers for a minute or so, then add the tomatoes, wine, and parsley and allow to cook, stirring frequently for 3-5 minutes depending upon how firm you want the veggies.
  4. Add the cooked tortellini to the skillet and mix everything together. Serve, and enjoy!

{I wanted to show you this picture of my cut tomatoes because,
yes, there is a Nerf gun partially on my cutting board.
When you have two boys, you just never know when you might get attacked!}

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{Such an easy starter to a light pasta sauce… right here: oil, onions, garlic, and Ana’s Herbs/Italian Seasoning}

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{I knew these were gonna be pretty in the mix!}

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{This is how I finely chop the parsley… with kitchen shears! Very culinary of me, right?}

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{Look how beautiful these are in the pan sauteing!}

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{The final product… even the hubs said it looked “fancy”!}

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Day 163: Just Food

I was recently having coffee with my friend Alice and we were talking covenant stuff. She mentioned that one of her struggles was that she felt the need to be strong enough to resist on her own. She said with a sarcastic note to her voice, it’s “just food”. She felt that she should be able to deal with “just food”.

And I have been really thinking on that a lot since then.

Cause really… she’s right. We so often feel a little extra dose of extra guilt because we can’t resist this stuff that is “just food”.

But as I have thought about it, a few thoughts have come to mind about “just food”…

Satan used food as the first form of temptation in the Garden.

Jesus performed his first miracle changing water to wine.

Christ compared his own body to bread and wine at the last supper.

It’s not “just food”.

And honestly, I thought and thought about WHY it’s not “just food”… WHY does it have more of a power than other things in our life?

And I’m thinking that it ties, in a weird sort of way, to our level of faith. Satan knew that Adam and Eve were provided every piece of vegetation in the garden except those apples (or whatever they were) from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. And I think he played off of a small, tiny fear that has glowed in our hearts for all of time… the thought – the fear -  that we might not have enough. Not necessarily that we haven’t gotten to experience everything, but that deep down we fear that we might come across a time of… want. need. starvation.

And now I live in a time where most people in America live in a situation where there IS abundance like in the Garden. there IS enough for all of us. there IS plenty.

But we still have these images from the Holocaust. I can still remember stories of the Irish Potato Famine and the mass exodus that ensued. We see pictures pouring in from Africa, India, Asia, Russia of men, women, and children bare boned and sallow eyed.

And although we might grab another brownie it’s not typically because we are consciously thinking, “Oh, man, I’d better stock up on brownies tonight because we might all be starving tomorrow!” But in the ever increasing state of unrest in the world, it is more than likely in the back of our thoughts.

So, I wonder if much of this addiction and pull to “just food” is in response to our fear… and our subsequent need to control that fear.

But God has instructed us that food is now to become… insignificant. a non-issue.

I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.

And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:25-33

And He gives us a promise here… that if we run toward Him that He will give us everything we need. He doesn’t promise that we won’t starve, He doesn’t promise that we won’t be hungry, He doesn’t promise that we will even live. But He does promise to give us everything we need. And once we start to learn to trust that He will take care of us… then we can free ourselves from stressing over “just food” and then it can truly become exactly that… just. food.

Day Ninety-Six: What Are You Doing?

One of the aspects of this “diet” that I have tussled with is wondering how I should talk about it with someone that might not know Christ, might not like Christ, or might not be familiar with the concept of a covenant. Now that I have lost a noticeable amount of weight, people that I haven’t seen a lot lately have been asking me the regular ol’ dieters question “What are you doing?”

I have sorta varied my answers… to some I have explained that I went vegetarian and cut out sugar. to others I describe my covenant, or deal, with God to cut out meat, sugar, alcohol, and milk. to others I have just said that I stopped eating so much food.

But recently I started to think that it might be really important that I say that it is God. I mean, yes, the reason that my body is losing weight is because it has less food coming into it and probably fewer calories since I cut out all that sugar. But the reason that I am able to do any of that is because I made a deal with God and He gave me the ability to resist the things I agreed not to eat on the covenant.

And a verse came to my mind that I think pushes me to “admit” or “confess” that it is indeed Him that is changing me… from the inside… out. Literally.

If you tell others you belong to me, I will tell my Father in heaven you are my followers. But if you reject me, I will tell my Father in heaven you don’t belong to me. Matthew 10:32-33

Day Eighty-Four: Part II “Bad” Food Begets “Bad” Food

I was thinking of my post from yesterday about good food leading into more good food, and I think that it is the same for bad food. Now, I don’t like to really look at most food as “bad”, because I think that the gluttony is more of what makes foods “bad”. Like wine, for example… a glass of wine has little to no effect on me but I love the flavor of it. But, three glasses of wine… well, three glasses of wine will get me drunk. And, as much as a lot of people would like to ignore it, the Bible is clear about not getting drunk. So, the gluttony is what makes that particular food “bad” for some people.

Same thing with me and chocolate… I don’t think that chocolate is “bad” in and of itself… on the contrary, it is goooooooooood! Haha! But because it causes me to sin by leading me into gluttony, then, yes, by all means… it is bad. Bad, bad, bad. Because oftentimes when I eat a lot of chocolate, then I kind of get into this spiral where I eat (gluttonously) a whole bunch of other processed… stuff.

For someone else it might be chips… a lot of people can pass up a bag of m&m’s, but you stick a tube of Pringles out on the counter and they are done for. In that case, the Pringles are “bad” for them.

Again, it’s not about the particular food… but about the heart. It’s about making choices that please God. Whether it be covenanting from chocolate, sugar, coffee, wine, salt, chips, whatever.

And if your hand—even your stronger hand—causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. Matthew 5:30

And like I like to do, here it is in the “me” version…

And if your food—even amazing tasting food—causes you to sin, pull it out of the pantry or fridge and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one thing in your pantry than for your whole body to become involved in the sin of gluttony.

Well, when I put it that way, I might need to schedule a pantry cleaning out around the time my covenant runs out!