"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

Thursday Night Riff: Whole Wheat Fusilli with red peppers, walnuts and feta

by Julie on February 16, 2012

in Adventures in Parenting, Dinner

I like to think I eat pretty healthy, but in truth I still eat way too much processed food. Especially processed, regular pasta. And since I’m deeply engrossed in reading The China Report, I’m learning why this will kill me in the end, along with the rest of my miserable American compatriots.

Recently I’ve been taking sneaky little steps to feed everyone better. Fruit smoothies, for example, are a good way to get all the fruit needs taken care of …although the boy has always been a fruit bat and will never refuse anything that came off a tree,  while the Drama Teen continues to refuse the smoothies I hand her. It’s actually been a zero sum game in that regard. At least I’ve learned how to make them…

I also bought some whole wheat pasta the other day. Tonight I decided I’d try to sneak it past the nits.

Here’s what I did:

As I boiled up some whole wheat fusilli pasta, I…

toasting walnuts in an iron skillet

Toast, my lovelies...

Toasted up some chopped walnuts…

Red pepper top

sign of the red pepper

… diced up half a red pepper …

Feta cheese

Feta, my love

… cut up some Feta cheese …


The most righteous herb

… and some cilantro. Also some olives.

When the pasta was done I drained it quickly, threw it back in the pot, tossed it with some olive oil and Parmesan cheese, seasoned it expertly with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, and tossed the red pepper, olives, walnuts and feta in. Whooshed it around some.

The results were lovely. Way more lovely than the photo reflects. Maybe if it were daytime, or if I knew how to work my camera’s flash function, or if I learned Photoshop. Most definitely if I were Matt and Adam

whole wheat fusilli with red pepper and feta and toasted walnuts

...But I'm not. This is what you get. Better than it looks!

But you want to know how it turned out, right? Even more importantly, did the nits eat it?

They did. and with gusto. Only after they’d brought their plates to the sink did I mention that this was whole wheat fusilli. They shrugged and asked for tea.

A small victory, perhaps. But not bad for a Thursday night.


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Haylo February 17, 2012 at 7:27 am

Sounds delicious!

I’ve also been trying to cut out processed foods and switched to whole wheat pasta which makes the pasta a little less like crack to me but still yummy.


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