GABBY COOKS – rotini & sirloin

Clean & serene living means learning healthy habits and good eating.  And I love recipes that are quick and simple.  Here’s one of my new favorites.  It serves 2.

I’m not trying to convince anybody that I’m a gourmet cook or even a good cook.  But, I love made-from-scratch meals with minimal ingredients that take less than 1/2 an hour cooking time and, most importantly, don’t break the bank.  That’s not too much to ask for, is it?

ROTINI & SIRLOIN  is a man-sized meal on a shoe-string budget.  Serve it with a nice green salad and a side of cooked fresh carrots.  Carrots are one of the least expensive vegetables in my grocery store and soooo healthy.

These are the ingredients

 

  1. 1/2 pound ground SIRLOIN
  2. (2) cups ROTINI (uncooked)
  3. (6) cups WATER salted like the sea
  4. (4) tbsp BUTTER
  5. (2) tbsp FLOUR
  6. up to 2 cups MILK
  7. (2) cloves crushed GARLIC
  8. (1) cup shredded cheese – a mix of PARMESAN & SHARP CHEDDAR
  9. (1) small can MUSHROOMS
  10. (1) tsp dried OREGANO
  11. (1) tbsp dried PARSLEY
  12. SALT & PEPPER to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pot bring the salted water to a boil and add the pasta.  Cook according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet brown the ground sirloin trying not to break it up too much.  Keep it chunky.  Cook until no longer pink.
  3. Drain the meat, add the butter and over a low heat melt the butter.
  4. Add the garlic.
  5. Add the mushrooms and cook in the butter for a few minutes.
  6. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture in the pan and stir to cover all the ingredients.
  7. Cook the flour till it is golden, stirring continually.
  8. Turn up the heat to a medium low and add a cup of the milk stirring continually.
  9. When the sauce begins to thicken add more milk to bring it to a creamy, smooth consistency.
  10. Add the parsley and oregano.
  11. Finally, add the cheese and stir until blended and smooth.
  12. Ladle with a slotted spoon the pasta into the pan with the sirloin sauce and stir to cover the rotini completely.
  13. Add some of the reserved pasta water, a spoonful at a time, if the pasta is too thick.

 

 

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Clean and serene in a crazy world

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Okay, so the chains of addiction have been broken and life as a sober man is beyond any high ever experienced.  Gone are the hangovers, the headaches, the retching, the lies, the fears, the pain, the loneliness, the self-loathing, the searching, the desperation.  Gone are the thoughts of suicide, the fits of anger, the desire to hurt another person.  All that is in the past – or is it?

Just because I am not drinking or drugging does not mean I am normal and healthy.  My demons continue to reside in that space within waiting an opportunity to emerge and control just as before.  Alcoholism is cunning, baffling, and powerful.  My disease wants to see me dead or insane.  Have I accepted that?  Or do I entertain the thought that maybe after years of sobriety I could possibly drink again – only this time as a social drinker?

Several of my dear friends thought so.  They went out to do more field research.  A few returned to the fellowship to tell me about it, but some did not.  Some died in accidents, some died from cirrhosis or other alcohol-related health issues, some overdosed, some committed suicide.  I am not willing to take that risk to learn if I  have become a social drinker.  Why would I?  Life is too good and there is too much work to be done in my remaining years.

It’s all about commitment.  My commitment to sobriety and my Higher Power is infinitely stronger today than my innate tendency to be addicted.  I refuse to believe that I am cured.  That brokenness which led me through 17 years of alcoholic insanity is continuing to be healed, but I am not yet cured.  That cure will take place on the day I take my last breath in this life.  Then I can claim freedom and perfection.

“No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles.  We are not saints.  The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines.  We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.”  pg 60 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

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Meredith Bell

staying clean and serene in a crazy world

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“When was the last time you woke up and wished you’d had just one more drink the night before?

I have never regretted not drinking. Say this to yourself, and you’ll get through anything.”
Meredith Bell, Seven Days Sober: A Guide to Discovering What You Really Think About Your Drinking

I could never understand social drinkers.  They have one of two cocktails or a few beers and go home.  They go to bed at a reasonable hour, wake up refreshed, and powerlesshave a wonderful day doing what most sober people do.  Like eat breakfast, go to work, come home and do chores, you know – normal stuff.

When did we do that?  Oh, we survived our day at work, albeit hungover, we came home from work exhausted and then we had one or two just to make it through dinner.  And after dinner it was off to the races again.  Lots of fun, right?  I never woke up in the morning wishing I had one more the night before.

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Can you relate?  The headaches, the puking, the body stench from a liquor soaked, smoke filled night out.  Yeah, it was a lot of fun, wasn’t it?  Sure wished I had stayed for one more.  Aw hell, sure wish I could remember where I parked the car.  Did I drive home after the party.  Hmmmm, can’t remember.

If you are blessed today with sobriety, give yourself and your higher power a hand.