there are some gorgeous summer days when all you can think about are fresh things – juicy watermelon dripping down your chin, a cold glass of fresh brewed lemony iced tea, sweet tomatoes with basil and fresh mozzarella drizzled in olive oil. spring and summer are so wonderful because fresh produce is everywhere, grilling is a daily event, and you can almost taste the sunshine as you’re eating.
today was just not one of those days.
today, i was sick of eating tofu. today, i drank my v8 juice and ate my low-calorie breakfast and went for a long walk with the dog. today, i was feeling good about my veggie-filled lunch and my small helping of potato salad. but then, i just wasn’t feeling it. i needed something unhealthy, something filled with empty calories, something salty and bad for me.
what’s a girl to do? i’ve been on a diet for 10 weeks, and have lost as many pounds. i just decided to go vegetarian for the summer to stay healthy, and i’ve been working out whenever my injured knee will allow. but today, i gave in to my cravings.
if you’re going to eat something bad for you, you might as well go all the way. i decided that it was a fried ravioli kind of day, and busted out the hot oil and breadcrumbs. if you’re on a healthy kick and feeling good about it, you should probably stop reading. but if you’re feeling rebellious and cranky, by all means, follow the recipe below.
this is not an entry filled with fresh ingredients and bright colors – this is fried pasta with marinara sauce, and i refuse to apologize for it.
i’m sure i’ll feel guilty later, and dinner will probably be steamed vegetables and fish or something very healthy and virtuous. but for now i’m glad i just ate what i wanted – what’s the fun of being a foodie if you can’t behave badly sometimes? i refuse to believe that all food people only eat healthy/local/organic/sustainable all the time. even the biggest snobs have got to crave french fries or meatball sandwiches sometimes. (and i actually did use organic ravioli, since they’re what i had…but i think my point stands.)
besides, if my husband can justify eating macaroni and cheese for breakfast, surely i can have an occasional fried snack if i want…right?
1/2 cup olive oil
1 medium egg
1 cup plain breadcrumbs
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
8 ounces fresh ravioli, stuffed with your favorite topping – i used spinach and cheese
2 cups homemade marinara sauce (or jarred, if you’re not in the mood)
in a small saucepan with high sides, warm olive oil over medium high heat. in a small bowl, whisk the egg gently with a fork. in another small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.
working in an assembly line, dredge the ravioli in egg, then cover in breadcrumbs, and gently place into the hot oil. it’s easiest to fry three or four at a time, since they won’t need more than 2-3 minutes (depending on their size). fry until golden brown, flipping gently, then remove with slotted spoon and allow to rest on a paper towel.
serve with warm marinara sauce and a big smile, and leave food shame for another day.