Fun fact about me: when I was a kid, it seemed like I won nearly every contest or drawing I entered. I had the best luck! Random drawings? I won them. Coloring contests in the newspaper? I rocked those Crayolas. Reading contests? I read the most books. Contests to sell the most boxes of Girl Scout cookies? I went straight to the rich people’s houses in the neighborhood.
I even won “guess how many ____ are in this ___” contests. I distinctly remember the movie theater having a contest to guess how many gum balls or something were in a big jar. I guessed closest, and thus received an Adult XL size “Honey I Blew Up The Kid” t-shirt. Perfect for a nine-year-old girl, yes?
I must have worn out my luck as a child, because I don’t win any random drawings anymore. But luckily, I’ve been able to take my cooking skills and win some skills contests with them. I received the beautiful Le Creuset cast iron skillet pictured in these photos for winning a Whole Foods Market recipe contest. Every time I use the skillet, a huge sense of pride washes over me. I won this beautiful skillet! It wasn’t a random drawing, I won because people thought I created a great recipe.
What better way to show my skillet some love than create a meal cooked entirely in it? I must confess that I rarely make one-pot meals, but I’m pretty proud of this Creamy Veggie Pasta Skillet. It’s full of veggies like broccoli, carrots and peas, and nice and filling thanks to whole wheat pasta. A creamy marinara sauce pulls everything together in this simple and healthy one-pot dinner!