The back-to-school bells may have rung but I're not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. This easy, homemade pesto pasta celebrates the season's most delicious and colorful produce… with a twist! Enjoy it warm as an easy weeknight dinner or cold as a refreshing summer salad that's loaded with protein, fiber and vitamins.
Ever since I got really into cooking, I’ve always made it a point to figure out the fastest way possible to make a dish. In fact, in looking through my recipe index, I think it’s safe to say most of my recipes can be made in as little as 15 minutes and most in no longer than one hour. If we’re talking about weeknight cooking, especially for those who have very little time to get a decent, healthy dinner on the table, I call that a win. Sometimes, though, isn’t it nice to just take it slow?
Capricciosa Pizza.... mmmm. Sweet and briny artichoke hearts, salty ham, the sweetness of fresh, ripe tomatoes and ooey, gooey cheese, all over a thin, crispy, nutty, whole grain crust--it's one of my favorites. How to indulge in these flavors without having to dial my local pizzeria? Turn it into an easy weeknight pasta.
Super Skinny Spaghetti Bolognese
This is where it's at! I tried spaghetti squash for the first time a few weeks ago and couldn't believe how easy, delicious and misleading it is. I can't eat it without feeling guilty, and have to constantly remind myself there are only 25 calories in a cup. I know this because I make myself Google the nutrition facts every time. Here it's serve with one of my faves - a bolognese sauce, also made skinny with lean turkey breast. Really rich, yet really light. What's not to love?
Pesto Pasta Salad
I call this a pasta because I enjoyed it cold, having made it with leftover flank steak from last night. I had a huge bunch of cilantro in the fridge (my favorite herb, ever!) so I decided to make a bright, lemony pesto with it. Whether you eat this warm or cold, it's definitely a winner!
The Fit Cook's Pho
I love when recipes come together by accident! I was sauteing some veggies for a frittata and made more than I needed. I put the leftovers in a big white bowl and suddenly imagined them in broth and noodles. Just a few minutes later, dinner was served.
The Skinniest Pasta
This is way easier than it looks. I tried this once at a local restaurant and it was delish; however, I knew there was a little too much fat in the meat and the dish was covered in cheese. People, you don't have to cover healthy food in cheese for it to taste good... if you're making healthy food good! Here is pasta you will never feel guilty about.
I hate to say it, because it cost my parents a lot of money to get there (thanks, Mom and Dad!), but my Carbonara beats the one I had in Rome. While this recipe isn't completely guilt free, it is a much lighter version of the original, and just as satisfying. And talk about easy...
Mom's Lasagna Made Easy
...and a bit healthier. My fabulous mom [gladly] gave up cooking when I took over the kitchen. I was more than happy to do all the cooking, but still craved her weekly rotation of dinners: homemade chicken tenders, breaded steaks, spinach gratin, mashed potatoes, fried plantains, and her lasagna.
Curried Soba Noodles
It's not hard to stay on track when you figure out the tiny tricks that make a really big difference. Curry dishes are usually rich and creamy - delicious, yes, but healthy, not so much! The reason for this is the coconut milk. Even when you go for the light version, 1/4 cup has 3 grams of saturated fat -- that's not the kind you want to be eating. I found a little way around it.
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