So right now I am reading Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist. It is full of so many lovely thoughts about food and gathering with people we love. It is about the holy act of hospitality. It is about how life does not always hand us what we expect. It is about letting go of control and expectations, both in life and entertaining.
One of her essays was about feasting and fasting, and how she always feels like summer and holiday times are feasting times, and that fall and spring are fasting times. Which makes complete sense. But it got me thinking about my own “feasting and fasting” patterns, because I think we all have them, whether we realize it or not.
Personally, aside from the fact that there are a few more Christmas treats in my life around the holidays, I feel like I eat about the same throughout the year. I don’t particularly go through seasons with my eating patterns and indulgences. In summer there is homemade ice cream, but there are also grilled vegetables and fish. In winter there are Christmas treats, but there are also soups and roasted winter vegetables.
But I still have my patterns, feasting here and fasting there. After a big couple of days of eating, I’m usually ready for something lighter, which I think is the case for a lot of people. Over this past weekend we had burgers and homemade ice cream on Friday, on Saturday we had this pasta; on Sunday we had cinnamon rolls and pasta with a creamy sauce, and on Monday all I wanted was some salmon.
It’s always good to find a pasta dish that is particularly healthy. I’m not always a fan of whole wheat pasta, but it completely works with the cauliflower; it all comes together with a nutty taste. And while it is just pasta and roasted vegetables, it works as a complete meal, particularly for a weekday in which you are trying to lighten up.
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