Remember that time we started a half bath renovation toward the end of our kitchen renovation? Fun times. Needless to say, dinners around here have been on the quick and easy side. Our work starts as soon as Clara is asleep, so that means we try to make dinners that require little prep and little cleanup so that we can clean the kitchen and get to work on whatever project we’re hoping to finish that night. Honestly, there have been nights where we totally ignore the dishes and get straight to renovating.
Having simple dinners on our menu plan means that we aren’t tempted to get takeout, though it still happens on occasion. We had Chipotle a few nights ago, when we were scurrying to finish the bathroom before the weekend ended (it didn’t happen, but we’re almost there). With a better idea of what we needed to do this week, I was able to plan our menu around the projects we have going on.
This pasta fits the quick and easy bill, but it’s also something I would eat even if we weren’t in the middle of trying to renovate our entire downstairs before Clara’s birthday party in three weeks. Even though pasta is one of my favorite foods, a lot of the recipes I love are filled with heavy ingredients. That’s fine sometimes; everyone needs comfort food now and then, but it’s not something I want us to be eating on a regular basis. This pasta, though, is filled with avocado, Greek yogurt and lots of spinach. Topped with roasted tomatoes, it makes a healthy and delicious dinner, just the thing we need to fuel our late-night renovation projects.