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Thursday, May 12, 2011

citrus asparagus mushroom & pasta ~ typical


in an ideal world, i'd be able to kiss the sun awake & either run or do yoga, clock 8 hours, hit up happy hour after work AND still make a balanced meal for dinner before 8pm. however, a typical day? eff the exercise in the AM, i'm phew-ing in relief if i can get in the office by 8:30, happy hour is not an option, neither is yoga if i'm to train properly for a half marathon 5K, and dinner? dw makes dinner because i'm too wiped out and truth be told, spastic to even think about food.
a few things:
  • asparagus is in season. take advantage people.
  • use organic lemons, for the lemon zest. it's good for you.
  • fresh pasta makes a serious difference.
  • everyone who eats asparagus has funky pee smell, but there is a certain percentage of the population who doesn't smell it, it doesn't mean their pee doesn't stink, it just means their nose isn't picking up the odor. this is a typical dw nugget of wisdom. you are welcome.
citrus asparagus mushroom & pasta
fresh tagliatelle pasta, or really, any pasta will do
half onion, chopped
1 glove of garlic, minced
container of crimini mushrooms, cleaned & halved
bundle of fresh asparagus, ends cuts & rest chopped
zest of 1 lemon, juice of 2 lemons
salt/pepper to taste
olive oil
Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
heat up the olive oil in a heavy pan. add in the onions and cook until translucent. throw in the garlic and mushrooms, allow to cook and warm thru.
all the while, cook up the pasta according to package instructions. fresh pasta doesn't take as long, fyi.
at this point, add the cut asparagus to the pan and quickly heat it thru. dw likes it al dente, just barely warmed. season with salt/pepper, lemon zest and juice. take pan off heat and toss in the pasta and coat thru with the hot sauteed veggies. serve immediately, topped with parmasan cheese.


  1. Yum, I love asparagus.

    And your ideal world sounds lovely. Nothing at all like my reality either, but lovely nonetheless.

  2. You can offset the asparagus by eating pineapple, which makes you smell good. You're welcome. :)

  3. I have a box of tagliatelle that NEEDS to be used. I think I just found its destiny.

  4. The weird pee smell is worth it. Asparagus is delish.

  5. @ Wandering, REALLY?! I have pineapple, too!

  6. I love 'SPARGUS! (That's what my hubby and I like to yell around the house 'SPARGUS!) and I can smell my pee after, too. Can you?
    This recipe is perfect for today as I have all those ingredients...except for fresh pasta and organic lemons. Thanks Lan!

  7. Fashion Hogger,
    Yup. Really. And strawberries are natural teeth whiteners. Weird to think so, but true.

  8. friends, blogger had a majorfart last week and ate all your comments. :( just know that i did receive, read, approve them all.. i just recall exactly who wrote what tho. except for one:

    thanks to wandering chopsticks, we now know that PINEAPPLES can counteract funky smelling urine caused by asparagus! :)