Rewarding Meal: Homemade Pesto and Steak

I’ve been really good at eating healthier for the last few weeks. I would have thought that now that I am back to cooking for one, I would revert back to my college eating habits.

When I lived back at the dorm, my cooking routine was severely limited to quick, cheap, and easy meals such as mac and cheese, lots of pasta, lots of rice dishes. I rarely bought any vegetables or fruits because most of the time they spoiled before I was able to use it all. I made the most of my money and I hated seeing food go to waste.

Surprisingly, I am able to keep up my cooking and eating habits while you’re away. I’ve even cutback a little and started eating less eggs for breakfast and incorporating even more oatmeal, greek yogurt, and fresh fruits.

I have reduced my purchases of fresh vegetables though. As much as I love fresh green beans, I can’t eat it fast enough on my own. I’ve opted to buying frozen broccoli and string beans because I know they’ll keep.

Pesto and WineAfter my nerve-wracking interview on Thursday, I decided to reward myself through food and drink. It’s been ages since I’ve been to Trader Joe’s for wine and since it was on the way home, I decided to stop by. I forgot how awesome the deals are and I was almost overwhelmed by the amount of cheap wines to buy. I ended up buying a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and another bottle of Chilean wine for a later date.

I was looking forward to my dinner all day. I had bought a great piece of ribeye steak from Trader Joe’s. I seasoned it with a little salt and pepper and cooked it on a hot skillet for a few minutes on each side.

The steak was the perfect complement to my pesto. I knew it was a great idea to freeze your homemade pesto sauce. Usually, the sauce just isn’t the same after the next day. As yummy as it is, it gets a lot drier in the fridge and when it gets heated up. I ended up defrosting the pesto sauce for an hour before cooking the pasta. I put the container in a bowl of hot water to speed up the process. The pesto was still cold by the time my pasta finished cooking, but my fresh hot pasta managed to warm up the sauce when tossed together.

A plate of pesto and steak and a glass of red wine was the perfect end to a stressful day.

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