June 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
I did this with this one pot pasta recipe. I made it at about 3 in the afternoon just so I would have some for work this weekend and ended up eating a whole bowl of pasta in the middle of the day. Second lunch? First dinner? Yep, it was that good.
This is a super simple meal. Solid ingredients that come together to make really tasty, salty pasta with lots of veggies. And you only get your cutting board and one pot dirty. Win-win-win.
You layer your pasta, a can of diced tomatoes and a sweet onion into a pan. Part of the magic of this is that you use broth to cook the noodles instead of water. I used some homemade vegetable broth but you could use chicken broth too. Finally, add the spices. Let it boil and cook until all the liquid evaporates and you’ve got a meal. Feel free to eat it in the middle of the afternoon, or the next day if it lasts.
- 1 box of whole wheat linguine
- 1, 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
- 1/2 sweet onion, cut into pieces
- 1 large bunch of basil, ripped into pieces
- 2 tsp diced garlic
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp dried oregano (or fresh if you have it)
- 1 tsp 21 seasoning salute (from Trader Joes)
- 4 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 box cherry tomatoes
- parmesan cheese
June 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
Happy Wednesday, you guys. Feel depressed it’s hump day? Feel awkward about the term “hump day”? Yeah, me too. Lets move on. Lets move right on to a delicious, sugary drink. First lets acknowledge, I love beverages. All beverages. Coffee? Yep. Tea? Definitely. Lemonade? Limeade? Yes and yes. Fizzy cocktail? For sure. And summer brings out all sorts of possibilities.
One of my often forgotten favorites is Thai Iced Tea. I generally forget about it until I go get Thai food and see it sitting there on the back page. I promptly order one and am super happy I spent the $3 for a sugary, caffeine hit while eating my pad thai.
- 5 cups water
- 5 bags black tea
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3-4 whole cloves
- 2 star anise pods
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cream or sweet condensed milk
June 3, 2013 § Leave a comment
These donuts are a light and fluffy baked version of the typical fried variety at the store. And baking them is much less intimidating than frying something, which I have an irrational fear of.
The recipe starts off with simmering dried apples in apple juice to get them really plump and tasty. When added to the batter and baked they’re succulent bites that really make the donuts awesome.
The original recipe recommends using a pastry bag to get the batter spread evenly into the pan but I didn’t want to get something else messy and used a regular spoon and it was just fine. So go on, buy yourself a donut pan and make your weekend (now weekday) dreams come true.
- 1 cup apple juice or cider
- 3/4 cup dried apples, in bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon