In an amazing turn of events, Younger Brother is getting married. I am very excited to welcome a new sister-in-law and Children are excited by the prospect of a new auntie that will play with them, run with them and entertain them while Mom takes a nap. (I'm excited about this prospect as well.) But coupled with the benefits post-marriage, I have to survive one thing...the wedding.
The problem is I hate dressing up. I mean, I like it once in a while, but on a wedding such as this, where I am the older sister, I start wondering if I am going to look like what I really am - the dowdy, matronly older sister of the handsome young groom and the blushing, young, verdant bride. The comparisons are not to my benefit. After all - my body has seen the wear and tear of three children and the raising of those children. And to those of you who think that children are not wearing on your body, I should show you before and after pictures of each of my children and what carrying and birthing a child has done to my body and my face - not that I regret it or anything. Maybe you are one of those lucky ones for whom being a mother has only added to the overall glow and beauty of both your face and body. I, am not one of them.
I have fallen back on the only thing that I can think is the fountain of youth - exercise and better eating. Now mind you, I try not to use the word DIET, lest Mom gets really excited and thinks I'm suddenly going to look like some Korean K-drama star (and she reads this blog so now she knows) but I am being much more careful. I'd like NOT to be the thick-waisted older sister in law at the wedding. I'd like to be the hip pretty sister-in-law...although that may be a bit of a stretch. (I'll take youthful looking sister in law.)
So - one of the things that I have given up 6 days a week are starches. And being the person with the appetite that I have, I've been digging around finding things to take starch's place. (I stopped eating bread, potatoes, crackers, cereal, and my all time biggest sacrifice - chips.) Even pasta and rice I do not eat 6 days a week. In its place, I've put in new and interesting things -like green vegetables.
I came up with this dish on a day when I had some leftover Spicy Turkey Sauce. The kids got to eat their sauce on pasta (a really lovely looking orrechiete) while I ate my sugar snap peas covered in sauce. The combination, to my surprise, was delicious and satisfying. I ate my portion (controlled) and enjoyed each bite. Children, upon seeing my apparent enjoyment of the dish, demanded their own pasta, sugar snap peas and sauce dinner.
The sugar snap peas are bright in flavor, lively in texture and a snap to make. So don't hesitate. You don't need to be on a diet to enjoy this great side dish.
Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas
3 to 4 servings
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
10 oz sugar snap peas, chopped into ½ inch pieces
salt and pepper to taste
Heat a frypan over medium high heat. Add oil, garlic and chopped sugar snap peas all at once. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and saute until sugar snap peas are bright green and crisp tender. Finish with salt and pepper if necessary. Enjoy.