They'd scoot in quickly, anxious to join the fun. I'd cook. They'd sit on bar stools, watch the progression and talk... and we'd laugh. A lot.
Have you discovered the best way to find out what is really going on with your teens? Be busy doing something else and just listen. Be in the room, but not jumping in with advice, unless it's asked for.
Make eye contact so they know you're listening. Serve them and don't ask for help cleaning up. Just listen. And smile.
Historically, carbonara was a Roman dish and presently has many versions, some of which are laden with unnecessary fat and calories.
Since I'm trying to find healthier ways to eat, I've been experimenting with substituting veggies for pasta. I don't always feel a need to do this, but I've already got a spaghetti squash, so why not?
I got the idea from a recipe of Emeril's. I wanted to make it compatible with Weight Watchers, so I cut the extra fat and pared down the ingredients. His recipe used pancetta, but I don't always love the flavor with this dish.
Savannah River Farms, at our local farmers' market. Guanciale is the seasoned jowl, (or cheek) of a hog. It feels drier than bacon, containing both fat and lean.
I used a very spare amount, mainly to impart flavor... and boy, did it! By roasting the spaghetti squash in advance, the dish comes together very, very quickly. Be ready. I served this with a mixed green salad. Serves 2. WW Points Plus 4
1 t. kosher salt
1 t. black pepper
1 spaghetti squash, cut in half
1- 1 1/2 c. water
1 oz. guanciale or bacon, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 c. Egg Beaters
2 T. Parmesan cheese
additional salt and pepper as needed
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Take a spoon and scrape out the seeds and the muck that comes with it. It will be like scraping out a cantaloupe. Discard those innards.
While that's going on, stir together Egg Beaters, Parmesan and a little more black pepper. Take the squash and place it in the pan. Toss it around to coat with fat and garlic, then add the egg mixture. Continue to move the squash around until egg is cooked and squash it heated. Taste for additional seasoning and eat it immediately. No, really... IMMEDIATELY.
Oh. my. good. golly. gosh.
I'm eating a vegetable and it tastes like CARBonara. I'm eating a vegetable!