Questions and Answers

You: Hey Matt, how’s your new plan of running every day to get out of your rut going?

Me:  Funny you should ask, I was just going to mention that on my blog today!  It’s going really well.  So well that I went to bed at midnight last night and still managed to get up with Erin at 5:30 and not go back to sleep.

You: And what about that cooking rut?  I haven’t seen much good food on your blog recently…

Me: Again, perfect timing.  I decided today that I was going to throw the health food out the window and make something really bad, but really good, to make cooking fun again!

You: Ok, can you just tell me about it in a normal post instead of this weird Q&A format where you make up questions you want to answer?

Me: Sure.

Butternut Squash Lasagna

So what is it that I made?  (That’s the last question, I promise.)  Butternut squash lasagna!  Last week I had an extra butternut squash lying around — really — and I came across a Giada de Laurentiis recipe for butternut squash lasagna.  It looked really good but it was loaded with cheese and whole milk, so I passed.  I’ve actually been tending toward vegan meals recently, noticing that I feel better, especially while running, when I don’t eat much dairy.

[butternut squash lasagna photo]

But desperate times call for desperate measures.  As healthy as all the vegan, poor person food I’ve been eating is, it’s just not very exciting.  And it never seems worthy of being blogged about.  So today I decided to make Giada’s lasagna.

As I do every time I write about Giada, like when I made her delicious veggie pasta bake, I must make the obligatory “Giada scares me because her head is big and weird-shaped and she says things with funny accents” comment.  So there that is.

Anyway, the lasagna turned out pretty good.  When Erin and I were meat-eaters, we used to make this fabulous lasagna entirely from scratch.  All-day simmered meat (turkey, eventually), homemade pasta noodles, and a creamy bechamel sauce.

This butternut lasagna is made with a bechamel, but by comparison to the lasagna we used to make, it paled a bit.  Some of the bechamel gets blended with basil, which is kind of cool, until it all gets mixed together in a strange green color.

[basil bechamel photo]

But it was a nice change of pace, at the very least.  And it has amaretti cookies in it (though I couldn’t find them and just used almond cookies)!  And hopefully, it’s a start to getting out of this cooking rut and putting a little more effort into choosing exciting meals.

And now I’m off to do my weekly Thursday night trail run.  In the complete dark, thanks to daylight savings time.  And then drinking with a little bit of eating afterward.  These people bring beer in their trunks to drink in the parking lot as soon as we’re done.  It’s awesome!



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  1. Giada’s head isn’t big… it’s that her body is freakishly small. Seriously. It surprises me she can stand upright on her own without props.

  2. Haha, Giada scares you? That’s not the reaction I have to her
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..Veggies And Heat =-.

  3. haha- I’m with Dena! She is just mini so her head looks gigantic. I still think shes awesome 🙂 And I love that she always samples her desserts more than her main dishes. Enjoy the run (and the drinking ;))
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Insomniac =-.

  4. I agree I’ve gone vegan and my food has gotten a bit lazy. I definitely need to try trail running here soon.

  5. LOL@ Giada comment! Her bizarre smile scares me, but I give her props with her cooking! My kind of food!

    The lasagna looks awesome!

    Run, Forrest, Run!!!
    .-= Marisa (Trim The Fat)´s last blog ..Run, Dine And Dash =-.

  6. Giada’s head is weird! I’ve never heard anyone else make that observation, so I had to comment. It always seems like maybe she is being filmed at just the wrong angle, which totally exaggerates her forehead? Or she has some reverse conehead thing going on. Obviously, I am too concerned with this 🙂
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..Seasonal squashes + cranberry experiment #2 =-.

  7. I send the thoughts about Giada! Glad you’re getting out of your rut 🙂
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Running Music =-.

  8. ummm that lasagna looks ridic! and i agree…you can eat good all week, but sometimes you just need to kick it up a notch!

    LOVE the fact they have beer post-run, although i don’t know if my stomach could handle that 🙂
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..I Don’t Mess Around =-.

  9. That lasagna looks amazing! Props to you, I couldn’t run in the dark!

  10. Glad to hear that you have been keeping up with the running & that it is making a difference for you! That’s great. 🙂

  11. The lasagna looks absolutely delicious! Yum!
    .-= Hanlie´s last blog ..The courage to live =-.

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