Parmesan Spinach Penne

It is currently sheet raining outside, so I thought this would be an ideal time to update the world on my most recent dinner adventure.  I made this meal on Monday, after a long afternoon of sitting in my gym shorts watching season one of Pushing Daisies in its entirety.  SUCH a charming show!  I would be even more enamored if I didn’t know that it ended in cancellation (boo)…ah well, season two here we come!  I’ll enjoy it while I can.

Right, back to the dinner.  I originally thought I was going to settle on the fall-back student meal of soup noodles for supper, as I was feeling unenergized and lame on Monday.  Then, of course, I went for a bike ride and my entire outlook on life snapped back into perspective.  Suddenly I wanted a delicious carb-filled meal to satisfy my every foodie desire.  This recipe (technically called “lemony chicken pasta” in my Canadian Living cookbook) was perfect, and I didn’t even have to run to the grocery store to buy anything!  I even got to use up my leftover ricotta cheese from my failed attempt at making a cute pot pie.

It was quite the hassle to take the picture you see below.  It was absolutely storming outside, and I thought the wind was going to slowly blow away every morsel of my delicious meal.  Luckily, this was not the case, and Mother Nature kindly held back her gusts for a few seconds while I took this picture.

Ooooo, and look!  I was blog challenged by my friend Carly (read her fantastically sweet blog, Carly Loves).  Her challenge is as follows…

“Okay, I’ve got it.

Yesterday I was snooping around the Interweb for some dessert recipes when I found a brownie recipe that looked amazing. It was brownies made with cocoa and… wait for it… black beans. So I’m going to make that ASAP. Now, here is your challenge:

In light of this cocoa and black bean epiphany, make something that contains an unexpected, out-of-place ingredient.

GO! (And good luck!)”

EXCITING right?!  I will do this as soon as I have a spare minute.  Probably Sunday.


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