Roasted Winter Vegetable Pasta and Wine Filled Nights

Yesterday was a bitter sweet day for many of us.  The holidays are officially over, the tree comes down, the parties slow until summer barbecues, and the excuse to drink wine often dwindles.

During the day Michelle and I spent time drinking coffee and catching up on some of the sales happening at the mall.  I spotted this amazing handbag at Winners for  very cheap price and picked it up with my Christmas money from my nana ;)

I don’t know about you ladies, but there is something so relaxing to me when I purchase a new handbag to organize it as soon as I get it. I did this on the way home in Michelle’s Smartie ;)

Last night was our last big “hurrah” for the holidays and gathered as a family to wish it well.  The tree was lit, the wine was in our hands and the conversation was playing in the background as I was wishing each of my ornaments, silently in my head, {especially Minnie} a safe resting until December comes again.

This is how the nights always go at my parents house……

Me, Mom, Nana, and Michelle are sitting drinking the vino first.  We are chatting about everything under the sun, usually eating chips and telling Hudson to stop begging.

Dad is up stairs usually on his computer, he will join us usually 30 minutes into our first glass and Ryan is gone until dinner.  He is always on his computer getting his work done and will stop as soon as he hears “dinners ready”.

Last nights dinner was something amazing, gluten-free and vegan!

Roasted Winter Vegetable Pasta

1 squash {delicata was used in this dish, cut into 2 inch pieces}

2 zuchinni

1 onion or 3 shallots

2 peppers {red and yellow}

3-5 garlic cloves

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup sliced olives

1 can chickpeas

2 tbsp vegetable broth

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp italian seasoning

2 tsp basil

salt and pepper to taste

To Make Sauce:  Preheat oven to 400.

Slice and dice all veggies and place them in a roasting pan.  Make sure the vegetables are larger pieces {2 inches} so they roast for longer and keep shape.

Drizzle the veggies with oil, vinegar and seasonings.

Bake for 15 – 2o minutes then add in the chickpeas and the vegetable broth.  Bake for another 15 minutes or until veggies are done.

Toss in cherry tomatoes and olives.

Cook some brown rice pasta and pour the vegetable sauce over pasta and serve.

The squash in this dish pulls a lot of the yummy balsamic taste and every bite is melt in your mouth delicious!

once dinner is over, people get crazy…..

Today is a bakery meeting with Michelle.  We are heading to a coffee shop and laying out our Vision and mapping the steps backwards to get us to this grand vision.

If you want to hear more about how to do this vision mapping, let me know below and I will do a post on it.

Yesterday we did find ourselves falling in love with an amazing batch of classy chocolate chip cookies that will be for sale!  The other GREAT Bakery news is, We found a location that we can operate out of!  We will start baking at this location and selling online and to local shops around town.

I was a blabbering fool on Twitter yesterday chatting about this :)

This will get us on the map so we can then get our own shop and kitchen up and running!  2011 is going to be amazing!

How are you dealing with the holidays being over?

To Your Glam Life,

xxoo

Kris

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13 Responses to “Roasted Winter Vegetable Pasta and Wine Filled Nights”

  1. Heather (Where's the Beach) January 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Oh dinner looks fantastic. My tree and decorations came down today – kind of depressing. Everything looks so bare now. I love that purse by the way!!
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  2. Carrie (Love Healthy Living) January 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    I’m so glad you found my blog so I could discover yours. Your dinner photos are really lovely. AND, I love the car!!! :)
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  3. Dani @ Body By Nature January 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    Gorgeous new handbag!

    Would love to read more about vision mapping, this sounds right up my alley!
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  4. Kristina @ spabettie January 2, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    I cannot WAIT until I can purchase your bakery delectables.

    FABULOUS handbag!! :D I have not taken my tree(s) down yet. I don’t want to… but I’ll probably make myself do it sometime this week…

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  5. Jess January 3, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    I do the same thing with my handbags :)
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  6. Donna January 3, 2011 at 2:08 am #

    Nice purse Kris! I have way too many lol

    I only have a few token Christmas ornaments around my apartment. The decorating used to be done at my (ex)boyfriend’s house. This will be the year I purge to make room for my own Christmas tree, a fresh start & more purses hahaha, I think vision mapping will help me in this area!

    Those roasted veggies are making me hungry. I do a similar thing on the grill (less the soup stock). Yes! The balsamic is sooo delish with the squash!

    It’s so exciting following your bakery progress! You will rock 2011!
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  7. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! January 3, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    Dinner looks absolutely delicious! I just purchased fresh quash at the farmers market and that looks like the perfect way to use it! I am so excited to hear about the new location for the bakery!! I’m soooo pumped for you!
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  8. Meri January 3, 2011 at 4:34 am #

    Congrats on the new location!
    I’ve been coping with the holidays being over by returning everything and buying new stuff… and with champagne.
    hehe.

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  9. Stefanie January 3, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    That pasta dish looks so good! Gosh, I have soo many yummy recipes that I want to try! Nights at your parents house sound similar to nights at MY parents. :)

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  10. christina January 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    cute purse!! omg i want to drive a smartie!!

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  11. Melissa January 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Love that purse..Winners has some amazing gems:)

    Congrats on finding a baking location..woot woot..so exciting:)

    I find January to be a bit hard as the weather is dreary and there are no long weekends lol! But I find that if I immerse myself in something new it makes January fly by!!

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  12. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I would like to hear more about vision boards and vision mapping!!

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  13. Liana @ femme fraiche January 4, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    That looks so tasty and comforting! There is absolutely no better way to fill a night than with wine (and good company) Good luck with your project! woohoo!

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