Early Morning & A Fun Recipe!

I woke up this morning thinking that it was going to be an odd day.  Different, at least.  Why?  Those that know me well know that I love to sleep.  I will hit the snooze button even if I am not tired out of sheer principle.  My husband is a wee bit different (what I like to refer to as a jumping bean- once the sun is up he is ready to get the day started!) so we’ve managed to find a common ground- 9:00 on the weekends!  Yesss.  He is probably reading this thinking yeah right (hi honey!) but I swear it is true, unless there is a crossfit workout or something.  Then it all goes out the window.  Anyway.  During the work week I set my alarm for 7:27 and hit snooze until around 7:45, leaving my house at 8:10 for my lovely commute.  I have never ever voluntarily gotten out of bed before the alarm before.  Today, I was up at 5:50 A.M.  I figured I should just roll with it and get out of bed.  It was like a whole new world opened up!  I made some delicious oatmeal (first time not eating breakfast at work during the workweek ever) and drank coffee from a mug as opposed to a to-go cup.  I boxed up a pair of boots I’m returning.  I played with Bailey.  I even had time to blow dry my hair!  Craziness.  Maybe this whole getting up early thing isn’t so bad.  😀  Are you an early riser or a sleeper-inner like me?  Normally I would blame it on the time change but even assuming the time change didn’t occur, I would still never voluntarily get up before my alarm!

So, on to a delicious, easy recipe.  I took a night off from yoga last night to curse bitterly at the snow get some cooking done.  After perusing Real Simple I found a vegetarian recipe that would work perfectly for meatless Monday (although, not yesterday, as last night was a grilled cheese and tomato soup kind of night.  It made me feel better about all of the snow).   I had it for lunch today and it is really delicious!  Original recipe can be found here.

Tortellini with Eggplant and Peppers


  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into half inch pieces
  • 2 1 bell pepper, cut into half inch pieces
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 pound fresh tortellini
  • Fresh parsley basil


1.  Chop up the veggies into 1/2 inch cubes, like so:


2.  Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the eggplant and red peppers, along with salt and pepper to taste.  Heat for about 8 minutes, stirring. 

3.  Add garlic and crushed red pepper to skillet and cook for approximately one minute.

4.  Add in the vegetable stock and the tortellini.  It should look like this:   image

5.  Let the mixture simmer, covered, until the pasta is cooked through and the stock is absorbed (approximately 14 minutes).

6.  Add fresh basil, stir and enjoy!image

This recipe was really easy to make (aside from peeling the eggplant.  I hate doing that!) and tastes awesome the next day!  You don’t need much to fill you up and you get a few servings of veggies to boot!  The crushed red pepper gives the dish a very mild bite that really worked with all of the flavors.  Overall, I definitely recommend this dish!

Lastly, Lily tagged me to answer a few questions about myself:

1) What was/is the name of your first pet?  Aw, a mean little calico cat named Nikita when I was five.  My mom named her. 

2) What is your favorite form of exercise?  Eek, that’s a tough one.  I feel like I’m cheating on running if I say yoga, so I’ll go with running 😉

3) Why did you start blogging?  As a way to hold myself accountable to living healthily and to connect with other awesome bloggers!

4) What’s your favorite store to shop for clothes?  Banana Republic, no doubt.  Practically every item in my closet is from there.

5) Favorite grocery store?  Wegman’s.  Oh sweet Wegman’s.  Pleassse come to the capital district.  I don’t think a better grocery store exists. 

6) What is your current profession?  Attorney. 

7) Favorite kind of muffin?  Ohh, I love the pumpkin cream cheese ones at starbux.  Good stuff!!

Now, I tag Lindsey, Jen, Linzi, Wendy, Jaclyn, Alicia and Michelle to answer these questions:

  1. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
  2. What has surprised you the most about blogging?
  3. What food could you not live without?
  4. You have a Saturday all to yourself.  How would you spend it?
  5. What is/was your major in undergrad? 
  6. Are you in the field that you thought you would be when you were younger?
  7. How often do you blog?  Why?

Have a good one, friends!


Filed under Early Riser, Meatless Monday, Recipe

21 responses to “Early Morning & A Fun Recipe!

  1. Nicole

    Wow – 5:50am?! You are a brave soul…

    And way to be with the new recipe, looks delish! By the way, I made that stuffed acorn squash recipe the other day and it turned out great – I think you’d love it 🙂

  2. lowandbhold

    I’m the exact same as you with the alarm. It starts going off at 5:39 and I don’t get up until 6:20 and I’m out the door by 6:37 to head to work. It is nice to have more time in the morning, but since I have to be there by 7 I just know it’s never going to happen and I’ve given up.

  3. Oh I’m a sleep-er-in-er too! Today I was up a full hour before I had to be because my cell reset itself. Grr.

    That recipe looks great! I’ve got some zucchini and artichoke hearts that will work well with it.

  4. I hardly EVER wake up before my alarm, but it is so nice to not feel rushed in the morning! I’ll get to the questions on my blog – thanks for tagging me 🙂

  5. Yum! I love anything with stuffed pastas 🙂

    I’m definitely an early-riser…early to bed, and early to rise!

  6. J

    I am very much a morning person. I may not always be the most talkative but I can get up at any hour. I remember last winter I had to be at work at 445am! It was insane but I did it.

  7. I am such a late riser too. It’s really really hard for me to make it to early morning workouts but feels so darn good when I do.

    Thanks for the tag!! 🙂 LOL – I had to laugh at your cheating on running comment. That’s how I feel right now. Since I’m not supposed to run I feel guilty when I do other things (and like them!).

  8. My body just loves night time so much more than morning time. I often have difficulty falling asleep at night, and on my drive to work in the morning, I’m constantly in a fog.

    It’s ok to cheat on running! That’s how I discovered Body Attack. 🙂

  9. Oh my, that tortellini looks fantastic! I haven’t had it in ages and think it may be time to end that soon.

    I am naturally an early riser which sucks. I wake up early on the wknds without my alarm clock and just wish I could sleep in.

  10. Lee

    I wake up early on the weekends. During the week, I’m a big snoozer. I wish it was the other way around! I guess knowing that I can take a nap later in the day gets me out of bed on the weekends.

  11. Pam

    I’d give anything to be able to sleep in like I used to! I have to get up by 5:00 to be at work by 6:30 through the week, so if I sleep until 7:00 on Saturdays I’ve slept in!

  12. I’m not a morning person. I love the extra energy and time in the day when I do wake up but I hate waking up 🙂

  13. Laura

    I am totally a late riser and Jim is the jumping bean. I just feel so out of it until I get that first cup of coffee down. It’s like there are cobwebs inside of my head or something. This is why I am perpetually running late in the mornings. I know what you mean about BR…if it weren’t for that store and Limited, my closet would be empty!

  14. I am def an early riser! This morning I was up at 4:50 ( don’t hate me!) for a spin class lol

  15. i used to be much better about just boudning out of bed, but honestly working from home gives me more time so I’m a little slower now!

  16. Hi Katie! Thank you 😀 I have been looking at those Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffins for a long time wondering if they are good. Now that I read this I think this weekend I’ll have to try one out. I love to sleep, but those times when I get up early I do enjoy doing a few things quietly before my kids are awake. Have a great day!

  17. I love getting up early! It’s part of my main time to have peace to myself. I need it.

    And I blog 2x/day on weekdays, 1x/day on weekends. I like having a routine and I also like doing shorter more frequent posts. It helps me keep my thoughts in order and fits my schedule well since I have shorter bursts of time to write.

  18. I’ve always loved to sleep in, I can’t remember the last time I had the luxury of hitting a snooze button! Unless “go in your room and play for five minutes” counts! : )

  19. Thanks for tagging me – I’ll give it my best! Ohh how I wish I could experience a morning like yours. I am NOT a morning person, but becoming one would be really helpful for this next round of marathon training. I’m too skerred to run at night, so if I don’t make it out in the morning, I have to hit up the treadmill. Boo. Can you please send some of that early morning energy my way?!! 🙂

  20. I’m a sleep-inner. I can’t help it – especially when it’s cold outside and it’s warm under the covers!

  21. Julie

    Hi Katie,
    OMG! I have got to try your recipe! It looks wonderful:) I have been pretty lame with my cooking lately…nothing new or exciting.

    Have a wonderful week!

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