Posts Tagged ‘kale’
Shake up your regular pasta for dinner with a creamy ricotta sauce, Italian chicken sausage, and hearty kale. Cooks up quick for a great weeknight meal and only uses two pans.
We’re almost halfway through the calendar year folks. Which means nearly 6 months have gone by since I graduated with my PhD and my student loans from the past 11 years are about to come knocking on my door. Thankfully I do not have much debt with grad school tuition waived and a stipend the last 7 years. I’ve already taken a chunk out of my undergrad loans thanks to my dad’s help with investing what money I could spare over the years. Thank goodness for a father with money/investing smarts.
You know what else is smart? Making this pasta for dinner tonight. One pot for cooking the pasta, one skillet for the rest, and dinner is ready pronto. As an added bonus it also happens to be delicious.
Last week we had our first frost in Memphis. I even remembered to take my basil plant inside so that it wouldn’t die. Then yesterday I had to turn my A/C on for a couple hours because I cooked up a storm and didn’t anticipate the high of 77 degrees that day. Not that I am complaining about it being warm again, but fall here never ceases to confuse me. The temperatures drop from 70/60s to 30/40s without giving you any time to acclimate with moderate temperatures in between.
Regardless of the warm sunny atmosphere, I am powering through and continuing to make fall recipes because I just can’t get enough. It’s funny that I resisted Halloween for so long and now that it has passed I am pumped for the next two holidays, especially since Halloween used to be one of my favorite holidays. I guess not dressing up this year kind of put a damper on the excitement. Anyway, feast your eyes upon this delicious butternut squash recipe with a goat cheese sauce, which was my favorite part. So much so that I think I may use twice as much goat cheese in the future.
Two years ago: Baked Apple Cider Doughnut Minis
I don’t eat salads very often, mostly because I get bored of them very quickly. But when a salad like this one comes along it’s a love affair. After the salad I went nuts over last year that involved roasted butternut squash it should be no surprise that this most recent culprit also includes the same fall ingredient. It is paired up with dried cranberries, pistachios, and feta, all mixed into a bed of baby kale and spinach. There’s even these things called red winter berries in there which I had never even heard of until now. I don’t know how to describe them if you are unfamiliar, but they are a bit chewy – in a good way!
Speaking of salads, remember when I told you about the Advocare 10 Day Cleanse? Well I finished! I definitely felt lighter and unbloated even after only 2 days. Now at the end I can actually see a little bit of my abs that I knew were hidden under there somewhere. I learned about this cleanse from Steph who is doing the 24 Day Challenge and hosting a Gobble Gobble Challenge as well. Her amazing results are what inspired me to try the 10-day. I’ve shared my Day 1 and Day 10 photos below (self-conscious moment).
One year ago: Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes
Gnocchi is supposedly a filling pasta and most people I know can only eat about 8-10 morsels before claiming to be “full”. Yet I can house an entire package by myself without feeling the slightest discomfort. I am not claiming this to be a good thing, just a fun fact about my belly.
This gnocchi dish however was in fact very filling and for once managed to only eat the recommended serving size. Actually, finishing one serving left me feeling quite full and satisfied. And it was a quick prep recipe too, which I am in dire need of these days!
P.S. Today is actually National Waffle Day, but I didn’t have time to whip up a recipe for the occasion. Just sharing this info in case you wanted to celebrate on your own ;-).
When I saw baby kale at my grocery store right next to the baby spinach I could not resist. Especially since I am making efforts to incorporate more vegetables into my diet (said while I munch on baby carrots). And what better time to add more greens than right before St. Patrick’s Day? With breakfast being the most important meal of the day I decided to start there by making a quiche with the baby kale. This quiche would’ve been even healthier if made crustless, but the crust is my favorite part of a quiche! I would not have been satisfied without it’s presence.
I hope you all had a fabulous pre-holiday weekend. My family does most of the celebratory activities tonight and will probably see Les Miserables tomorrow since we already saw the Hobbit over the weekend (woohoo!). But last week I made these sloppy joes using ground turkey for my brother’s birthday (with my early Christmas present – my first All Clad ccopper core pan!).
I have a weakness for anything involving kale chips so I was super excited for the opportunity to cook these. Especially since I knew Kate would enjoy them as well. It was pretty quick and easy to make but the recipe originally directs you to let the sauce simmer at the end until reduced by half. However I found there wasn’t enough sauce to want to reduce it any at all! In fact I ended up adding a little more ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and just heating it through, so the recipe reflects my changes. Maybe if you don’t drain the tomatoes you would have a juicer sauce that would need reduction? No matter, they still came out great!
One year ago: German Pancakes
Exploring alternative pizza toppings is fun. Sometimes the toppings become so creative that the essence of pizza only remains in the crust upon which it all sits. This is one of those times, but you know what? I am perfectly okay with a completely unconventional pizza, especially after the revelation of kale and balsamic vinegar together. There’s just something about crispy kale and sweet & tangy balsamic that just get me.
Even went ahead and served it with a drizzle of balsamic reduction leftover from making a Caprese Pizza at the same time. Is there such a thing as too much balsamic? Of course, one cannot forget the presence of the seasonally appropriate sweet potato on this pizza. (I promise I have not forgotten about you, pumpkin.)
What am I doing now that I’ve returned from fabulous Europe? Back to the grind with my research. And completely confused how it’s already almost the end of June. And completely sick with some sort of head cold. Who gets sick mid-summer? Someone who just took a 9 hour flight plus two other 1.5 hour flights back to the US apparently. But since I’m on a streak here this week on reminiscing recent travels, let’s journey back to my trip to Boston a month ago with the meal I prepared for my family one night.
This was my first adventure into kale, both in eating and cooking. In the end I had to keep batting my family’s hands away from the cooked kale to make sure there was some left to be served with the meal! Who knew kale could be such a hit by itself? And it made for a great mixture when added to the creamy sweet potato sauce.
The recipe says this pasta serves 2-4. I would take that to mean 2 if served by itself, 4 if served as a side or along with something else. For eight people I doubled the recipe that is shown below and served it with breaded chicken pieces. There’s no way it would’ve filled up 8 bellies without something extra. And there was just a little bit leftover even after a few went back for seconds, so overall it was the perfect amount.