Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I love kale, so when I find a recipe I want to make it! I found this on Pinterest but it originally comes from Budget Bytes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bunch of Kale
  • 1/2 lb of Pasta
  • 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp of Butter
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 1/4 Cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:

  1. Pull the kale leaves from the stems and tear them into small pieces.
  2. Rinse the kale in a colander under cool, running water; letting it dry.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  4. When water is boiling throw in pasta noodles, cooking al dente (about 7 mins).
  5. Drain the pasta in a colander.
  6. While pasta is cooking; add olive oil, butter, and minced garlic to another pot or skillet.
  7. Cook over medium heat for 1-2 mins or until garlic is soft and fragrant.
  8. Add the kale and continue to saute until kale has wilted and turned a deep green color (about 5-7 mins).
  9. Turn the heat off.
  10. Add the pasta to the pot with the kale.
  11. Toss pasta and kale together.
  12. Let them cool to the point that no steam is rising from the pot. You want the pasta hot but not hot enough to melt the Parmesan cheese.
  13. Season the pasta and kale with salt, black pepper, and red pepper.
  14. Add the grated cheese.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was really good.

I love kale and I love pasta and this was a great combo!

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie

For more Budget Bytes reccipes, go to Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta

For more pasta dishes, go to Creamy Parmesan Spaghetti

Hearty Lasagna Soup

Thoughts Before Cooking:

My husband and I love lasagna, so when I came on this recipe I knew it would be perfect. This recipe comes from 12 Tomatoes: Simple Recipes, Serious Flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs of Italian Sausage
  • 1 28 oz can of Crushed Tomatoes
  • 10 oz Lasagna Noodles, Broken into Smaller Pieces
  • 8 oz Fresh Kale (Optional)
  • 4 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 1 Cup of White Onion, Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup of Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of Dried Basil
  •  1 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:

  1. In a large stockpot heat the olive oil and brown the sausage.
  2. Once sausage is cooked, add the onion and cook until softened.
  3. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, add the basil, oregano, and red pepper.
  5. Stir in tomato paste until incorporated, then add the crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, water, and bay leaves.
  6. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 mins, then reduce heat and simmer for 25-30 mins.
  7. Add lasagna noodles and kale and cook for 8-10 mins.
  8. Transfer to bowls and top with cheese.

Thoughts After Reading:

I left my soup on the stove to cool so I good put it away in the fridge and when it had all the liquid was pretty much gone!

But otherwise it was really good and I would definitely make it again.

For more lasagna noodle recipes, go to Broken Lasagna with Zucchini-Tomato Sauce

For more soup recipes, go to Black Bean and Turkey Stew

For more recipes, go to London Fog Fauxccino

Triple Green Protein Smoothie

I swear I have the never ending package of spinach.

Now I like spinach, but ever since I made the Spinach Pasta Salad I haven’t been able to use it fast enough. I don’t want it to go bad, but what else can I make that is different and post-worthy?

So I scoured the internet and found three spinach smoothie recipes. This is the last one.

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This comes from Amy’s Healthy Baking

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Cubed Honeydew
  • 1/2 Cup of Plain NonFat Greek Yogurt
  • 1-2 Tbsp of Water
  • 1 Cup of Spinach, Loosely Packed
  • 1 Cup of Kale, Loosely Packed (If you have no kale or don’t like it, you can substitute with an additional cup of spinach)
  • 8-10 Ice Cubes
  • Sweetener (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Add the honeydew, yogurt, water, spinach, and kale to blender, pulse until smooth.
  2. Add ice cubes and sweetener, pulse until smooth.
  3. Serve.

Thoughts After Cooking:

What did I think of this smoothie?

It was so gross! I don’t know if the honeydew wasn’t sweet enough or the combination of the greens with the plain greek yogurt, but it was horrible.

I would not recommend making it or drinking it.

For more smoothie recipes, go to Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

For more drink recipes, go to Power Smoothie

For more spinach recipes, go to Spinach Pasta Salad

B is for Blueberry Smoothie

"Times Square's New Years Eve Ball - 1978 Technicians eye the new improved New Years ball. This version, which had halogen lamps for higher visibility, replaced a six-foot ball that had ordinary light bulbs. The lowering of the ball, which takes one minute, is down a 77-foot flagpole on top of One Times Square. (Photo by Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times Photo Archives)"

“Times Square’s New Years Eve Ball – 1978

So I’ve decided to start the tradition of always posting on New Year’s Eve, and including one tasty drink recipe.

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So here we go!

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

 

So I have a few different variations I thought I would put out there for you to enjoy, whether pre-party, at the party, or post party!

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Blueberry Smoothie

  • 1 Cup of Blueberries (Fresh or Frozen
  • 1 Cup of Vanilla Yogurt
  1. Blend together!

Yogurt Free Blueberry Smoothie

  • 1 Cup of Blueberries (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  1. Blend together

Greek Yogurt Blueberry Smoothie

  • 1 Cup of Blueberries (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 Cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract or a splash of Vanilla Creamer
  1. Blend together.

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

  1. Choose one of the above smoothies.
  2. Puree a few leaves of kale in a blender.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I love smoothies, especially blueberry, and can drink them nonstop!

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For more New Year’s Eve recipes, go to Virgin Appletini

For more blueberry recipes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more drink recipes, go to Green Tea Frappuccino

For more recipes, go to Harlem Tea Room Cheddar-Thyme Scones

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I read this soup in Real Simple magazine November 2015 issue. It sounded so good that I decided to make it.

I know some of you might think it is too hot to be having soup, but I love it and could eat it anytime throughout the year.

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After I bought the ingredients I noticed this little rating system at the top of the page.

[  ] Quick Cooking

[  ] Healthy Pick

[X] Freezable

[  ] Big Batch

[  ] Slow Cooker

[X] One Pot

[  ] Whole-Grain

[X] Vegetarian

[  ] Gluten Free

That’s nice to know.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, plus more for serving
  • 1 Large Onion, chopped
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 48-oz [6 cups] of Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 1 28-oz Can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of Pearl Barley, rinsed
  • 4 Cups of Kale, stems discarded and the leaves cut into strips.
  • 1 15-oz can of Cannellini Beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 Cup of Shaved Parmesan Cheese, plus more for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion, garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender (about 8-10 minutes).
  4. Add the broth and tomatoes (with their juice) and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the barley, reduce heat, and simmer until the barley is tender.
  6. Add the kale and beans and cook until the greens are wilted and the beans are heated through (about 3-5 minutes).
  7. Stir in Parmesan Cheese.
  8. Serve soup drizzled with olive oil, top with cheese, and add salt and pepper to taste.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

The recipe says that it serves four, but it makes enough for 5-6 people.

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It was very tasty and filling. I loved it.

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For more Real Simple Magazine recipes, go to Brussels Sprouts, Turkey Sausage, & Pesto Pizza Casserole

For more soup recipes, go to Ratatouille

For more vegetarian recipes, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini