light meal for those with a penchant towards conservation

there’s a drought in California and we are all encouraged to conserve water!

On that note, i have made made a light vegetarian lunch that includes drinking noodle broth, ie the water that the noodles are boiled in. The entire dish consists of Capellini sautéed with peas, onions & garlic, flavored with a dash of salt and a splash of red wine vinegar. Along with soup of fresh arugula wilted by hot noodle broth, accompanied with a side of muenster cheese




  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water, depends on how much you will drink
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 handful of pasta, i chose to use capellini, any is fine
  • 1 tbs of olive oil (or whatever oil you prefer to eat and boil the pasta in)
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp of basil
  • 1 onion : diced
  • 2 garlic cloves : minced
  • 3/4 cup of peas
  • 1 bunch of arugula
  • 1/4 cup of red win vinegar optional


  1. Cook the pasta in the mix of boiling water + salt + oil</li
  2. While the pasta is cooking, wash and chop up the arugula and set it on the side, then dice the onion, mince the garlic, defrost & rinse the frozen [or fresh] peas.
  3. Preparing the pasta sauceHeat some oil in a pan, like 1-2 tbs, and when the oil is warm, throw in the onion and let it cook until a bit caramelized, then add the garlic in and saute until you know that the garlic flavor has been infused. Then throw in the peas and stir a little bit, basically until the peas are warm and have absorbed some flavor
  4. It is Important to keep an eye on your pasta and turn off the heat when it is fully cooked.
    Now take the pasta out, while keeping the noodle broth in the pot, and throw the pasta into the pan/skillet where the onion & pea mix was sauteing. Stir a little bit, just so that the flavor of the pasta sauce has infused the noodles, and Remember to salt to taste. Forgetting salt is unpleasant. Turn the heat off.
  5. Preparing the wilted arugula soup Throw the basil into the noodle broth and let the pot boil while you are stir frying the pasta with the sauce, and when you turn off the heat under the pan/skillet of pasta, return to the pot of noodle broth and turn that off. Place a nice bunch of raw arugula in a small bowl and ladle the noodle broth, ie soup into it, causing the fresh arugula to wilt.
    If you don’t want arugula in the soup then you can place it in a dish and put the pasta on top of it, then pour a little bit of noodle broth to add to the consistency.But the whole “drink the noodle broth” is what’s “conservationist” about this dish

So what have I been up to lately?? I got REALLY busy with managing the belly dance club (was club president) and my full load of classes last semester. Then went to a week long dance camp and week long road trip with my daughter after that. Summer has been AWESOME!!!

I also Just got into a dance troupe when i injured my knee doing spinning jump kicks for a photoshoot … tore some ligament in my knee … don’t know which one … need an MRI and its taking a while to schedule anything. So now instead of dancing and performing, i’m sitting at home going online and working on arts and crafts.

I did manage to go to the beach and swim in the ocean water Before my injury, which was a HUGE plus. i’v Never swam in the ocean water (at the beach) before, the only time i swam in the ocean before this was when i was in junior high and my parents went on vacation to Cancun, and then it was warm touristy water that was Clear. The water at the beach was cloudy and the waves were pretty big, so i asked the life guard for advice on how to get into the ocean without dealing with the waves, and he mentioned that there was a group of small waves in between the big ones and that i had a long window of time before the waves got big again. There already was One person swimming in the ocean so i decided to hop on in, and swam until my ear hurt lol. When i got back to land i laid down on my towel for 20 min waiting for my head to stop spinning. Swimming in the ocean was really comfortable, but also scary and thus exhilarating; like i was doing something fun and dangerous but not really dangerous … just dangerous in my mind … when i was thinking of sharks and not being able to see into the water. What was really neat was that the water didn’t sting my eyes like normal bathwater does, AND i was wearing contacts lenses that Stayed in my eyes and got moisturized by the ocean water LOL.

So here are some photos from the day i saw in the Ocean!
Waves! and a bird walking around like nothing is happening

waves rushing around a rock … not quite engulfing it

I also fixed up my fish tanks … need photos … there’s a red claw cram with a potted plan, moss ball and some water lettuce in the betta bowl, and i got an aquatic frog for my daughter which is in it’s own little plexi-glass aquarium with a snail, bamboo plant and some water lettuce. Planning a third tank (because i happen to have three fish tanks from all those years of raising fish) filled with red cherry shrimp, different kinds of moss, a plan and some snails. Btw i think those trendy new marimo moss balls are pretty cute, and i ordered some by my fish tanks :)


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