As I prepare for my upcoming trip to Haiti, I am constantly reminded of how rich my life is.

I’ve got a warm surrounding of family, friends, a fiance and of course my “Internet friends.” :) I’ve got more than enough food and even though I rarely, ok never, feel like I’m swimming in money, I certainly have enough money to live a rich life. I can visit fancy food stores, try new restaurants and buy new clothes. I consider these things part of my rich life.

But lately, every time I turn to purchase something, I’m reminded of those who don’t have what I have. And while my feelings should be grateful, they are often full of guilt. It is hard to balance life here and my trips there. Hard to feel ok about spending one week there and returning home to my cozy life here.

It is feelings like these, that make me crave the simple meals and foods like the ones I had in Haiti. No truffle oil, no smoked pork chops – just some noodles, a little bit of Parmesan and a lot of pepper.

Black Pepper & Parmesan Pasta - 1 serving

  • 1 serving whole grain pasta
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • fresh Parmesan

Prepare pasta as directed.

Drizzle olive oil over pasta and season with salt & pepper, topping with fresh Parmesan.


9 Comments ( Reply )

  1. kate
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    great post! gratitude reminders are always a good thing!

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  2. Mellissa
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 8:16 am

    I love simple pasta, so good!

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  3. Dana
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    Sometimes a simple dish is even more special than an elaborate meal. This sounds fantastic, and I love the sentiment behind it.

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  4. Mo@MommyRD
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    Sometimes simple is best. Well done and good luck on your upcoming trip!

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  5. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    when/where are you going in Haiti? I went to Port-au-Prince in 2008 during the rioting (accidentally . . . it didn’t start until we were already there) and I may have an opportunity to go back in January! What type of group do you go with?

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  6. Holly
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    ohhh tell me more about your haiti trip! is it too late to come with? :)

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  7. erica
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

    Its the small things in life that matters! That is awesome you are going to Haiti! This pasta is so simple and looks fabulous!

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  8. nicole @ Making Good Choices
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

    this just made me really hungry…. yum!

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  9. Lori@FakeFoodFree
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

    Love a simple pasta like this. How exciting to go to Haiti. My husband’s company is doing a lot of work re-opening and school there and working with the coffee co-ops. I keep telling him that if they need volunteers, I’m there!

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