Spinach Pasta Salad

So I came across this recipe on Pinterest. It originally came from the site, Barefeet in the Kitchen. I like pasta salad, I like spinach, I like tomatoes: so I thought this would be a great recipe to try.

Ingredients:

  • 1 8-oz Package of Bowtie Pasta Noodles (Farfalle)
  • 1/2 of a Small Red Onion, thinly sliced and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3 Large Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 6 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup of Red Wine Vinegar (I didn’t have any so I substituted with Balsamic Vinegar)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Pepper
  • 4 Cups of Baby Spinach (About one 6-oz package)
  • 2 Cups of Grape Tomatoes, Halved
  • Grated Fresh Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Cook according to the directions on the box.
  3. When finished cooking, drain but do not rinse the noodles.
  4. While the pasta is cooking place the onions and garlic in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add the olive oil and vinegar to cover the onions and garlic.
  6. When the pasta has been drained add it to the mixing bowl and toss well.
  7. Add tomatoes and spinach.
  8. Toss well.
  9. Serve with a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and Parmesan Cheese.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved it! I didn’t want to stop!

It was that good.

Definitely, try this recipe out.

For more pasta salad recipes, go to Pasta with Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes, and Asiago

For more salad recipes, go to Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

For more recipes, go to Baked Potato Soup

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Healthy Caesar Salad Dressing

Who likes salad?

Me!

One thing I like is caesar salad, but the dressing can be so unhealthy.There is one recipe I use, but the day I was going to make it I didn’t have all the ingredients, so I had to start searching the internet.

This recipe comes from the blog Humorous Homemaking.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Jar with a tight fitting lid
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, minced (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a jar.
  2. Screw the lid on tight and shake the jar until all ingredients are combined.
  3. When finished serve immediately or save in fridge up to a week.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought it was fantastic.

It was fun shaking the jar and absolutely delicious on the salad.

For more salad recipes, go to Caesar Salad

For more salad dressings, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

Eggplant Tomato Bites

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I’ve never been a big eggplant fan-but when I saw the picture in the Real Simple magazine. I decided to try it, and hoped it would turn out right.

Ingredients:

  • Safflower Oil, for the Grill
  • 4 Large Slices of Country Bread, 1 inch thick
  • 1 Large Eggplant, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, Halved
  • 12 Ounces Smoked Mozzarella (They didn’t have it so I used Low-Skim)
  • 2 Large Tomatoes, Sliced
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Basil

Directions:

  1. Heat grill to medium. Once it’s hot, clean the grill grate with a wire brush.
  2. Oil the grill grate with the Safflower Oil.
  3. Brush the bread and eggplant with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Grill bread until brown and crisp, one to two minutes, and rub with garlic.
  5. Slice in half crosswise, and put aside.
  6. Grill eggplants, turning occasionally, until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  7. Place the mozzarella on the bread and grill, covered, just until it is warm and beginning to melt.
  8. Top with the eggplant, the tomato, and then basil.
  9. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve with a salad. (I recommend the caesar.)

Thoughts After Cooking:

I LOVED IT!

I thought it was so good and couldn’t stop eating it.

You should try it out!

For more Real Simple recipes, go to Orecchiette with Red Onions, Almonds, and Green Bell Pepper

For more grill recipes, go to Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups

For more eggplant dishes, go to Ratatouille

For more Vegetarian recipes, go to Crazy Cantina Chili

Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

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I wanted to pair Paper Roses with this chili recipe I have, but I can’t find the recipe book ANYWHERE. Oh well, when I find the cookbook, I’ll post it. Until then, I have a different recipe for you all.

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I found this recipe out of a Good Housekeeping magazine, August 2016 issue. It is low-calorie, healthy, and vegetarian. I had to tweak the recipe a bit as I didn’t like some of the ingredients.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Pint of Grape Tomatoes
  • 2 Large Summer Squash
  • 1 Small Red Onion
  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 8 oz of Whole-Wheat Fusilli (Or a pasta of your choice: I used Campanelle)
  • 1/4 Cup of Pecorino Cheese (Can be substituted by Parmesan)
  • 1/2 Cup of Part-Skim Ricotta or Cottage Cheese (I did cottage as I hate ricotta cheese)
  • Basil

Directions:

  1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, slice the grape tomatoes in half.
  3. Chop the squash into 1/4 an inch pieces
  4. Slice the onion.
  5. Toss the vegetables, olive oil, and salt in a bowl; then arrange on a rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 450 degrees F for ten minutes
  7. Remove the sheet and rotate, baking for ten more minutes.
  8. Toss vegetables, pasta, and 1/4 cup of the Pecorino or Parmesan cheese.
  9. Dollop with ricotta or cottage cheese and garnish with basil. Serves ~ 4

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved it!

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In fact just reading this makes me want to make it again…and eat it all.

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For more pasta recipes, go to Orecchiette with Red Onions, Almonds, and Green Bell Pepper

For more Good Housekeeping recipes, go to Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese

For more vegetarian recipes, go to White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

For more low calorie recipes, go to Lemon Scones

Ham and Cheese Monte Cristos

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I received this book as a Christmas present one year and was astounded at all the things you could make with Kellogg’s products.

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I had heard of Monte Cristos before, but they always had jelly and cheese which sounds really gross to me.

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This was jelly free so I thought I would test it out and see.

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Ingredients:

  • 5 Cups of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
  • 3 Large Egg Whites
  • 3/4 Cup of Fat-Free Milk
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt, or to Taste
  • 12 Slices of Day Old White or Wheat Bread
  • Approximately 1/4 Cup of Dijon Mustard, or to Taste
  • 6 Medium Thick Slices of Smoked Ham
  • 6 Medium Thick Slices of Swiss, American, or Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon of Butter (Melted) or Olive Oil
  • Butter or Nonstick Cooking Spray

Directions:

  1. Place the Rice Krispies in a resealable bag. Seal the bag, and using a rolling pin, lightly crush the cereal to make a medium crumb.
  2. Open the bag and measure the crumbs, there should be 2 cups. Transfer the crumbs to a shallow bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray or butter. Set aside.
  5. Place the egg whites, milk, and salt in a shallow bowl. Using a whisk, beat until foamy.
  6. Place the six slices of bread on a flat surface. Using a spatula, coat the bread with mustard-as thin or as thick as you like.
  7. Place a piece of ham and then a slice of cheese on top of each piece. Top with remaining slice of bread.
  8. Working with one at a time, dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture, turning to coat both sides. Quickly press each side into the crumbs, pressing down to insure that the crumbs adhere to the bread.
  9. Place the coated sandwiches in the prepared baking pan. When all the sandwiches are in the pan, give a light drizzle of melted butter, or olive oil, to each one.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven, without turning for about 15 mins, or until crisp and golden brown.
  11. Remove from the oven and serve with additional mustard if desired.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved it.

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It was just delicious!

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For more Rice Krispies recipes, go to Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Banana

For more recipes, go to C is for Chocolate Oat Crackles

Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So Sunday I posted that recipe Potato Chip Omelet, well in the article I cut the recipe from it said to serve the omelet with a baguette and an arugula salad. I had never made an arugula salad, so I went searching on Pinterest and found Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese from Tyler Florence on Food Network.com

It sounded easy and I had all the ingredients, so I thought I would make it.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Bunches of Arugula, washed & dried
  • 1/4 Cup of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Lemon, Juiced
  • Sal
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. In a serving bowl, drizzle the arugula with the olive oil.
  2. Squeeze in the lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Shave thin slices of Parmesan cheese and sprinkle on top.
  4. Serve.

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Thoughts After Reading:

You know what, I realize that I don’t like arugula.

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I don’t care how much Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Antonelli (Steve Martin) likes it.

I think it is gross.

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I mean the salad tasted good except the arugula, It is just not my favorite vegetable.

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For more Pinterest recipes, go to Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Banana

For more salads, go to Caesar Salad

For more arugula, go to Arugula-Walnut Pesto

For more Food Network recipes, go to Orange Chocolate Cake

For more low calorie dishes, go to Lemon Scones

For more vegetarian recipes, go to Orecchiette with Red Onions, Almonds, and Green Bell Pepper

For more recipes, go to B is for Blueberry Smoothie

Potato Chip Omelet

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Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a blessed year!

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So last year I did a breakfast food post and I thought that it would be fun to keep that tradition going!

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I found this recipe in a Good Housekeeping magazine, I don’t remember which one, and it intrigued me. Potato chips in an omelet? Will that taste good?

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But that’s what this blog is about! Covering the written mysteries and the food mysteries!

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Ingredients:

  • 8 Large Eggs, beaten
  • 3 Cups (about 4 oz.) of Potato Chips, Crushed
  • 1/4 Cup of Fresh Parsley, Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons of Oil (I used Olive Oil)
  • 1 Small Onion, Chopped
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Smoked Paprika (Can substitute with Cayenne Pepper)
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine the eggs, potato chips, and parsley.
  2. In a 10 inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil on medium-low.
  3. Add the chopped onion and cook for 8 minutes.
  4. Stir slowly, until the edges start to set. Cook undisturbed until top is mostly set.
  5. Cover with a large lid and carefully flip. (If your skillet has no lid, use a large plate or platter without a rim.)
  6. Slide the omelet back into the pan and cook 5 minutes, or until set.
  7. Sprinkle with paprika.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve with an arugula salad and a baguette.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved it.

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I thought it was surprisingly delicious and it was only 365 calories, a calorie for every day of the new year.

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For more New Year posts, go to Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins

For more omelets, go to Breakfast Omelet

For more breakfast posts, go to Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Banana

For more Good Housekeeping recipes, go to Arugula-Walnut Pesto

For more recipes, go to B is for Blueberry Smoothie

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In other news, let’s have a quick year review.

So last year I published 110 posts!

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Out of those 110 posts, I’ve reviewed 54 mysteries. Which you should definitely check out.

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The Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series (5 books), A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery (1 book), Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery (1 book), Death on Demand (1 book), The Dresden Files (3 books), Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery (1 book), A Greek Island Mystery (1 book), Hatter’s Cove Gazette Mystery (1 book), Hannah Swenson Mysteries (7 books), A Hemlock Falls Mystery (2 books), Kinsey Millhone Mysteries (2 books), A Kovac and Liska Mystery (1 book), Ladies of Distinction (2 books), A Midwife Mystery (3 books), Miss Marple (1 book), Nellie Bly (1 book), A Plain Jane Mystery (1 book), Potluck Catering Club (1 book), Regan Reilly Mystery (2 books), Sherlock Holmes (1 book)A Southern Sewing Circle (1 book) and Ultimate (1 book)

And with independent mysteries: The Book of Madness and Cures: A NovelDeath Comes to PemberleyFangs But No Fangs, The Girl on the Train, The Italian WifeMurder and Other Unnatural DisastersSleeping BeautyTickerWhere Are You Now?, and The Winter People: A Novel

And the true crime books: Cape May Court House: A Death in the Night and The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars.

Along with the biography, Agatha Christie: The Woman and Her Mysteries and the short story “The October Game” from Long After Midnight.

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With cooking I reviewed 55 different recipes; 1-2-3-4 Peanut Butter Cookies, A is for Applesauce Cake, Apple Orchard BarsArugula-Walnut Pesto, B is for Blueberry SmoothieBasil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes, Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins,  Breakfast Omelet, Breakfast Puffin MuffinsBrioche French ToastBroken Lasagna with Zucchini-Tomato Sauce, Brussels Sprouts Turkey Sausage & Pesto Pizza Casserole, Bulghur Salad, Caesar Salad, Caprese Salad, Caraway Rye Bread, Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart BreadChocolate Covered Cherry Delights, Christmas Cheese RoundsCocoa M&M Cookies, Crasins Scones, Garden Pasta Salad with BocconciniGreen Tea Frappuccino, Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups, Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad, Happy Trail Mix, Harlem Tea Room Baking Powder Scones, Harlem Tea Room Cheddar-Thyme Scones, Harvest Pumpkin Scones, Irish Soda Bread, Italian Wedding Soup, King Arthur Carrot Cake or Cupcakes, Lemon Bars, Lemon Scones, Mini Lemon Pancake Cookies, Mozzarella Tomato Toast, No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies, Orange Chocolate CakeOrecchiette with Red Onions Almonds and Green Bell Pepper, Oven-Crispy Creole Seasoned French FriesPasta with Prosciutto Cherry Tomatoes and AsiagoPesto Parmesan Popcorn, Pigs in a Blanket, Pizza Siciliana, Polka Dot Macaroni and CheesePumpkin Spice Cake, Ratatouille, Rice Krispies Peanut Butter BananaScandinavian SpudsSchooner’s Summertime-Only Strawberry-Raspberry Pie, Simple Pasta Salad, Sour Cream Lemon PieVegetable SoupWhite Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens, and Wookie Cookies.

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This blog was viewed 2668 times last year.

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The busiest day of the year was December 10th and the post Scandinavian Spuds

The top five posts of this year were:

5) Breakfast Omelet from Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

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4) Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

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3) No Limits by Lori Foster

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2) Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

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1) Scandinavian Spuds from Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke

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I wish I had that.

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So what will the next year hold? You’ll just have to follow me to find out!

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Arugula-Walnut Pesto

 

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So I found this in a Good Housekeeping magazine, I can’t remember what issue. You all know how much I love Pesto:

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So I thought I would try a new recipe. I’ve never had arugula, so we will see how it turns out.

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Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Cups of Arugula
  • 1/3 Cup of Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of Toasted Walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp of Lemon Juice

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in blender or food processor.

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Thoughts After Reading:

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I tried it on bread and pasta, it just was not that good.

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It just felt like it was missing something. I would not make this again.

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For more Pesto recipes, go to Pesto Parmesan Popcorn

For more recipe reviews, go to Happy Trail Mix

Orecchiette with Red Onions, Almonds, and Green Bell Pepper

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I had made the Brussels Sprouts Turkey Sausage & Pesto Pizza Casserole from this magazine and thought that was all I wanted. However, months later I decided to review it before donating it for an art project. There I found this recipe.

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Now I had to change it up as I am not a fan of two ingredients they used: green olives and ricotta cheese.

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Like the White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens, this recipe also came with a rating system.

[X] Quick Cooking

[  ] Healthy Pick

[  ] Freezable

[  ] Big Batch

[  ] Slow Cooker

[ ] One Pot

[  ] Whole-Grain

[X] Vegetarian

[  ] Gluten Free

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Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces of Orecchiette (or small pasta)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, plus more for later
  • 2 Medium Red Onions, Chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2/3 Cup of Chopped Green Bell Pepper
  • 2/3 Cup of Roasted Almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup of grated Parmesan Cheese, plus more for later
  • 1 Cup of Cottage Cheese

Directions:

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. While that is cooking chop the vegetables and the almonds.
  3. Heat the two tablespoons of oil in a pan.
  4. Once heated add the red onion, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  5. Cook until tender (~8-10 mins).
  6. Drain the cooked pasta and put it back in the pot.
  7. Add the red onion,the lemon juice, bell pepper, almonds, Parmesan cheese, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir.
  8. When well mixed, transfer to a serving bowl or platter.
  9. Dollop with the cottage cheese, drizzle olive oil, and sprinkle with pepper and cheese.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I had a photograph, but I’m not sure what happened to it as I can’t find it anywhere. This recipe was very delicious as the cottage cheese and bell pepper perfectly complimented the rest of the dish. I will definitely be making this again!

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For more Real Simple Magazine recipes, go to Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes

For more pasta dishes, go to Pasta with Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes, and Asiago

 For more vegetarian recipes, go to White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

For more recipes, go to Lemon Scones

Pasta with Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes, and Asiago

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I was on my break and flipping through the magazine Cooking Light when I found this recipe. I found a lot more that sound incredibly tasty, so those will be coming in the future.

This recipe is supposed to be healthy and isn’t too expensive, the only thing being the prosciutto. But the way to get around that is to just go to the deli and have the amount needed cut for you instead of buying an expensive package.

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Ingredients:

  • 8-oz of Uncooked Whole-Grain Penne or Rotini
  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 Ounce of thinly prepared Prosciutto, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Cup of chopped Red Onion
  • 8 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 Medium Zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced
  • 3 Cups of Multicolored Cherry Tomatoes, Halved (If you can find them.)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Kosher Salt (I used regular)
  • 2 Teaspoons of Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup of Chopped Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley
  • 2-oz (1/2 Cup) of Asiago Cheese, Grated and divided

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add prosciutto; cook for three minutes or until crisp.
  4. Remove prosciutto from pan.
  5. Add onion, garlic, and pepper; sauté 4 mins.
  6. Add zucchini, cook 1 min.
  7. Add tomatoes and salt, cook 3 mins.
  8. Stir in pasta and vinegar; cook for 30 seconds.
  9. Remove pan from heat; stir in parsley and one ounce of the cheese.
  10. Divide the pasta mixture among four bowls; top with prosciutto and remaining ounce of cheese.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I can never find multicolored cherry tomatoes anywhere when a recipe calls for them. Can you believe that?

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So this was absolutely delicious. I definitely recommend making it.

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For more pasta salad, go to Simple Pasta Salad

For more low calorie dishes, go to Ratatouille

For more recipe reviews, go to 1-2-3-4 Peanut Butter Cookies

Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

This recipe comes from Real Simple magazine, issue June 2011.

It sounded fantastic so I couldn’t wait to make it.

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Ingredients:

  • 12 oz Spaghetti
  • 3 Large Beefsteak Tomatoes (about 1.5 lbs), each cut into 4 slices
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil, plus more for the baking sheet
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 8 oz fresh Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/4 Cup of grated Parmesan (1 oz), plus more for serving
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper
  • 3/4 Cup of torn Fresh Basil Leaves, plus more for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat broiler.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and return it to pot.
  3. Meanwhile, arrange the tomato slices in a single layer on a lightly oiled rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Season with the salt and black pepper.
  5. Dividing evenly, sprinkle the slices with the mozzarella and Parmesan.
  6. Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden, 3-5 mins.
  7. In a small saucepan, warm the oil with the garlic and red pepper over medium heat, until fragrant (about 1-2 mins.)
  8. Add the contents of the saucepan; along with the basil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper to the pasta and toss to combine.
  9. Serve topped with the tomatoes, basil, and shaved Parmesan cheese.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved it. I thought it was absolutely delicious with just the right taste of spice.

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My parents thought it was too spicy and would prefer no red pepper. But I thought it was just perfect and can’t wait to make it again.

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

For more Real Simple Magazine recipes, go to White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

For more recipes, go to No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

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

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Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

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Thoughts before cooking:

So I was looking though the recipes in this magazine and I spotted this one. It  sounded absolutely delicious and I couldn’t wait to make it.

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Ingredients:

Dressing:

  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup of Cherry Tomatoes (preferably mixed colors)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup of Fresh Basil
  • 1/3 Cup of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Salad

  • Salt
  • 8 oz Campanelle or Fusilli Pasta (~4 Cups)
  • 1 Small Zucchini
  • 1.5 Cups of Halved Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of Halved Bocconcini (Small Mozzarella Balls)
  • 1/4 Cup of Slivered Almonds or Pine Nuts, Toasted
  • 1/2 Cup of Basil, thinly sliced
  • Pepper

Directions

  1. Bring a small saucepan of water to boil; add the garlic and cook for two minutes.
  2. Remove the garlic and place in a blender with the cherry tomatoes, vinegar and basil; puree until smooth.
  3. With the motor running, add the olive oil in a slow, steady, stream and blend until smooth.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bring a large pot of water to boil, adding the pasta and cooking until al dente.
  6. Drain and rinse under cool water, shaking off the excess.
  7. Transfer the pasta to a bowl and toss with the dressing.
  8. Shave the zucchini into strips with a vegetable peeler or mandoline; halve the strips crosswise and add to the pasta.
  9. Add the tomatoes, bocconcini, pine nuts or almonds, and basil.
  10. Toss.
  11. Season with salt and pepper.
  12. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, up to 6 hours (bring to room temperature before serving.)

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Thoughts After Cooking:

It was phenomenal.

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I loved it!!!

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I took it to a potluck and it was gobbled up in like five mins.

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Bulghur Salad

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Thoughts Before Reading:

This recipe comes from an old cookbook from the ’70s,Time Life’s American Cooking: The Melting Pot, and covers all kind of recipes from the different cultures in the USA.

This was was under the Armenian section. I read the ingredients and thought it sounded pretty good, after all I had been very curious as to what bulghur tasted like.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 1 Cup of Bulghur (Cracked Wheat)
  • 1 Small Cucumber
  • 1 Medium-Sized Firm Ripe Tomato
  • 1 Small Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Bunch of Large Scallions or Green Onions
  • 1/4 Cup of Finely Chopped Parsley
  • 2 Teaspoons of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Strained Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Bring the two cups of water to a boil.
  2. When boiling, drop in the bulghur in a slow thin stream so the water continues to boil.
  3. Cover the pan, lower the heat and simmer the bulghur for 10 mins, or until all of the water is absorbed.
  4. Uncover the pan and, stirring frequently, cook over low heat for another 1 or 2 mins to dry the grains.
  5. Transfer the bulghur to a large mixing bowl and cool to room temperature. Then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 mins, or until thoroughly chilled.
  6. With a sharp knife or rotary peeler, peel the cucumber. Cut it crosswise into 1/2-inch slices, then cut each slice into 1/2 inch cubes.
  7. Cut the stem out of the tomato, then cut the tomato into 1/2 inch pieces.
  8. Halve the green pepper, cut out and discard the ribs and scoop out the seeds. Cut the pepper into 1/2 inch pieces.
  9. Trim the root ends of the scallions and wash them under cool running water. Cut the, including 2 inches of the green stems, crosswise into 1/8 inch-wide slices.
  10. Add the cucumber, tomato, green pepper, scallions, and parsley to the bulghur and season with salt and pepper.
  11. Just before serving, sprinkle the salad with lemon juice and pour in the olive oil.
  12. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, toss the salad.
  13. Transfer to another bowl and serve.

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Thoughts After Reading:

This is one of the cheapest things I have ever made. The most expensive ingredient was the green bell pepper, costing $1.50 (I already had olive oil as I use it regularly).

It was also delicious.

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Healthy, good for you, and tasty. What more could you want?

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This is definitely something I will be making again.

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Caprese Salad

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I’ve had this salad before and loved it. So I decided to make my own. It is easy and only a few ingredients.

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Ingredients:

  • Basil
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1.  Pluck and wash the basil leaves.
  2. Slice the tomatoes.
  3. Slice the mozzarella into thick slices.
  4. Lay them in a line, alternating between the three ingredients.
  5. Drizzle on olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

It tasted great, just like I knew it would.

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