Monthly Archives: January 2013

Pasta with pomodoro sauce

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I took my Grandma to Olive Garden this weekend and had this great dish. And then I drove home in the rain and all I wanted was pasta again.

This is a really juicy tomato sauce- the next time I do it I will remove some of the seeds. Also I didn’t get enough tomatoes so I had to use a can of diced tomatoes and I probably should have drained those more.

This sauce has spinach in it, which is not traditional, but I ate tortilla chips and nothing else for lunch the other day and thought I could use some extra veg. Also if you cut up the spinach pretty small you will never notice it.

pasta sauce doesn't have to come from a jar!

pasta sauce doesn’t have to come from a jar!

Ingredients:
6 small tomatoes, cut into small chunks
1 can no salt added diced tomatoes, drained
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
Big handful of spinach, cut into small pieces
Bunch of basil, cut into small pieces
Pasta of your choice

Heat up a bit of oil in a frying pan and add the garlic and onion.

onions and garlic simmering

onions and garlic simmering

When the onions are translucent add tomato and reduce heat to let tomatoes simmer.
Once the tomatoes have started to break down a bit, add spinach and basil.
Simmer for another 10-30 minutes.

Pasta sauce simmering is the best

Pasta sauce simmering is the best

Cook pasta at some point. I feel like that is a given.

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Rosemary turkey burgers

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Confession time: I only made burgers so that I could justify the French fries that I ate with them. But I had a salad on the side and I hid broccoli in them so they’re healthy.

Ingredients:
10 rosemary leaves
I clove garlic
1 stalk of broccoli
I package of ground turkey (this made 3 patties so you could double this recipe if you need more)

Also I made these in a frying pan (#apartmentlife) but if you’re doing it on a grill, use an egg in the mixture.

Take the garlic, rosemary, and broccoli and finely mince.

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Pear, beet, and goat cheese salad

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I bought a big bag of pears at Costco this weekend and have been trying to think of ways to eat them other than… Plain pears. On my way home today I thought about this recipe and it turned out really well!

Ingredients:
1 pear
1 large beet
Lots of spinach (washed and torn if you didn’t go the lazy route and buy baby spinach)
Goat cheese (you probably can’t have too much so just go with it)

Dressing:
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp water (depends how thick you want your dressing)

Slice the beets thin. I used a mandolin slicer.
Put in a pan and slightly cover with water. Bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer until beets are soft. Add water if needed.

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Put spinach on plates and top with beets and pears. Sprinkle goat cheese on top.
In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Pour on the salad and serve!

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Burrito Bowl

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I actually bought all the ingredients to make something completely different, and then on my way home I changed my mind.  This is a favourite of mine and I make it 2 different ways (I will share both with you!)  Tonight I used the dry seasonings.  This is a great thing to make when you’re starving and also pressed for time.  Because I only ever make enough to feed the Duggars (even though I am only cooking for me), this serves 6 medium bowls or 4 big bowls.  

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Not pictured: seasonings

 

  • 2 cups uncooked rice, cooked (or quinoa – which is what I chose this time) 
  • 1 package tofu or 2 uncooked chicken breasts (other options: ground beef, cooked chicken, shrimp, cooked turkey… be creative!)  
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • small bunch of spinach
  • vegetables (I used carrots, green pepper, and broccoli, but you can use whatever you have at your disposal)
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 avocado
  • cheese (for topping) 
  • also for topping you could use an additional lime, more cilantro, salsa, sour cream, etc. 

For DRY seasoning: 

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tbsp chili 
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp chipotle
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

For NOT DRY (wet?) seasoning

  • salsa (your choice.  You could even make it, but I never think of making this in time to make the salsa.  I find that this option works really well if you have leftover cooked chicken or turkey).  

The steps: 

  1. Cook rice, set aside
  2. If you’re using the dry seasoning: mix together seasoning, chop up whatever protein you’re using and mix it into the dry seasoning.  In a pan, heat up oil and fry your protein till crispy (or if you screw it up like I did tonight, at least till it’s cooked).  Also really, you don’t need the cornstarch if you’re using chicken and you don’t want it crispy. I guess I could have told you that earlier.  
    FOR leftover turkey/chicken- pour 1/2 jar of salsa in a pot (really high level cooking here…) and put small pieces of turkey/chicken in the pot.  Simmer for about 10 minutes (enough that the chicken starts shredding a bit).  
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    This photo is probably not necessary, but that is tofu mixed with seasonings

  3. In a separate pan, combine about 1/2 cup of water with the veggies to cook (boil them in the pan- but you don’t want enough water to cover them- just soften them).  Also if you’re not using carrots then this step isn’t necessary and you could just saute.  Or you could just leave them raw.  It’s your life.  My apartment is constantly about 0 degrees though, so everything needs to be cooked to keep me warm
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    Bring me the warmth!

  4. combine chopped cilantro with rice, squeeze juice of 1 lime over top and mix together. 
  5. To serve: in a bowl layer
  • rice (mixed with cilantro and lime)
  • beans (drained and rinsed) 
  • spinach (torn into small pieces
  • cooked veggies (or raw!) 
  • protein
  • tomato, avocado (cheese optional) Image

There you have it!