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Lemon Garlic Spaghetti

Originally posted on Girl Meets Soul:
Here’s a simple pasta recipe that’s delicious with or without meat.  Anytime the hubby and I have a hankering for a non-salad vegetarian meal, this is our go to.  Between our busy schedules, cooking an elaborate meal is few and far between, so I often try recipes that don’t take longer than 30 minutes to make–this is one of them! You’ll need: 3 tablespoons minced garlic 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 6 tablespoons lemon juice 4 chicken flavor bouillon cubes 1/2 teaspoon pepper (fresh ground is best) 1 lb. spaghetti or 1 lb. angel hair pasta, cooked to package directions 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese (optional) 1/4 cup parsley 1 tbsp. basil How to make: 1. In large skillet, cook garlic in olive oil on medium heat until golden. 2. Add lemon juice, bouillon, basil and pepper. 3. Cook and stir until bouillon dissolves. 4. In large bowl, toss pasta, garlic mixture and parsley; serve immediately.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese for an extra boost of protein! It’s…

Fourth of July Eatery Series: Star-spangled Pasta Salad

Here’s another salad for the Fourth of July Eatery Series.  It’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s flavorful (couldn’t think of another “h” word lol). What You’ll need: 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (or whole) 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 1 (4-ounce) package crumbled goat cheese  1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tbsp minced garlic 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 cup olive oil 1/8 cup white wine vinegar 1/8 cup white cooking wine  How to Make: Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. While pasta is cooking, make a lemon vinaigrette by whisking together the lemon juice, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. Set aside. In a large bowl, toss pasta with tomatoes and remaining ingredients.  Add lemon vinaigrette mixture and lightly toss. Serve immediately or chilled.  If preserving some lemon vinaigrette for other uses, seal in an airtight container and refrigerate. Good up …

Fourth of July Eatery Series: Corn on the Cob

There’s a wee tropical storm a-brewing, so we’re taking this classic Fourth of July Eatery Series meal indoors.  The manner of cooking is essentially the same regardless of whether you’re using an outside grill or your oven, so feel free to make this recipe on a grill if the weather where you permits. The cinnamon and sugar in this recipe really provides a sweet zing.  Even better, each ear of corn is only 64 calories! What You’ll Need: 4 or 5 ears of corn 2 tbsp butter (or olive oil) 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp brown sugar (optional) How to Make: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (or high heat if using outside grill). Remove husks and silks from corn. Lightly brush  melted butter or olive oil over the corn and wrap each individual ear in foil. Place directly on rack and roast in oven for 30 minutes.  If using preheated grill, turn occasionally  until fully cook, about 10-15 minutes. Once corn is cooked through, remove foil, brush corn with butter or olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon and …

A Patriotic Menu

Happy Independence Day Everyone! We have a few people over for some Fourth of July festivities.  At brunch, after I revealed what I planned to make all weekend, my friends suggested that I should share.  So, without further adieu, I am presenting the Fourth of July Eatery Series! Here’s what’s on the menu for my household this weekend–some healthy, some not, but always patriotic! Let freedom (and your bellies) reign! ;-). Check back often as each meal is prepared this weekend (I’ll be updating all weekend).  Then click on the link for the recipes to each meal. Breakfasts/Brunches: Liberty French Toast Main Dishes: Spicy Turkey Burgers Star-spangled Pasta Salad Sides (to serve with either lunch or dinner): Grilled Corn on the Cob Red, White and Blueberry Fruit Salad Rosemary Chicken Skewers Tasty Sirloin Skewers Desserts: Homemade Patriotic Pop Tarts Representing the Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave! Peace, Love and Live Life Full, P.A.

Goat Cheese Pear Salad with Homemade Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

One of my favorite salads to make is this particularly yummy goat cheese pear salad. Paired with a homemade mustard vinaigrette dressing, you’ll keep coming back for more!  It’s actually a variation of a recipe a friend sent me.  But since I always alter recipes I’m given, here’s how I prepare this relatively low calorie dish (makes roughly 6 servings at 335 calories per serving, including the dressing): Salad Ingredients: 1/2 cup of chopped pecans 1/4 cup Dark brown sugar 1 5 oz package Earthbound Farm Organic Blend (can use any leafy green you like: spinach, arugula, etc.) 1 medium Hass avocado (seeded and chopped) 4 oz goat cheese (I use Ile de France Petite Buche Fine herbs) 3 Anjou Pears (peeled and chopped) 1/2 cup sliced green onions In a large bowl, combine all the above ingredients, except the pecans and sugar.  If you would like to prepare the salad for “presentation,” start with your leafy greens.  Top with the chopped pears in the middle of the greens and sprinkle the goat cheese, avocado and …

How to Caramelize Nuts in the Microwave

Ever wonder if you could caramelize nuts in the microwave? Well, I didn’t. But since my water heater flooded and ruined the kitchen floors (where my electric stove happens to be plugged in), I haven’t been able to use my stove for the past week. Apparently, water and electricity don’t mix (shocker!). I cook quite a bit and was bummed that I wouldn’t be able to use my stove, so I figured–easy fix–I’ll just make salad! Hahahaha. Of course, most of the salads I make are quite “fancy.” Like this spinach, pear, goat cheese with caramelized pecans salad I like to make (recipe here). But I forgot that in order to caramelize the pecans, I would need my stove. Dang it! Refusing to be defeated (and taking the hard road because of course I couldn’t just leave the nuts out…duh!), I thought to myself “I wonder if I can do this with a microwave.” It turns out you can. The microwave and I had a little bit of a stare down contest before I got up …