At times living overseas has proved to be disastrous when it comes to my eating habits. When we were in Argentina, I kept stuffing my face with empanadas, meat and red wine. Germany was no different with the endless steins of beer, schnitzel and spätzle. Needless to say, the pounds sometimes tent to creeping up without me realizing it, that is until I step on the scale and have a small heart attack. So this season, I decided to change things up after going through the Reboot program to start 2013. I'm planning on making most of my dishes with 70-80% fresh vegetables and very limited meat and processed products. Tis the season to be healthy!
So here is a healthy alternative to those pasta dishes! I tend to make a lot of pasta while my husband's season is in progress. He needs the extra carbs, I definitely don't.
Quick Veggie Pasta:
Healthy, easy, and delicious! Plus, no need to spend hours on the treadmill to burn it off!
Happy Monday everyone!
Let's start of this rainy Buenos Aires Monday with a great recipe for roasted chicken with green beans/asparagus/what our local store will have in stock ;) I originally found the recipe on Oprah.com (check out the original recipe here) but changed it a bit and actually made two different meals out of it.
Gotta love living overseas and not being able to find all the ingredients!
Roasted Chicken with Asparagus and Artichokes
Preheat oven to 400°. Season chicken with oregano (or the McCormick Sweet Basil & Oregano Bruschetta Chicken mix), salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Place chicken, scallions, and garlic in a large roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil.
Roast until chicken starts to brown, about 30 minutes.
Add wine and chicken broth and roast an additional 10 minutes.
Add green beans or asparagus (or any veggie you chose to use), artichoke hearts, and lemon slices, making sure vegetables are partly submerged.
Cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes more.
Very easy recipe with a lot of taste!
Since the original recipe called for chicken and sausage I decided to try the second recipe only with sausage...
Pork Sausage with Green Beans and Carrots
Preheat oven to 400°.
In the meantime, heat up a medium size pan, drizzle with olive oil and cook the sausage on both sides for about 1 minute each. Just so they are brown on both sides, not cooked all the way through.
Place sausage, scallions, and garlic in a large roasting pan. Add sausage, wine and chicken broth and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Turning the sausage half way through.
Add green beans, carrots and lemon slices, making sure vegetables are partly submerged.
Cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes more.
Take out and enjoy!
Keep in mind that the sausage only recipe can get a little salty.
My favorite was the chicken only recipe but feel free to try them both!
I love cooking and trying out different recipes! Most of my home cooking involves throwing a whole bunch of random things together and experimenting. I would love to follow long reciepes but we all know I don't have enough patience for that... too many steps and too many ingredients. That's why I love when I stumble upon an easy recipe such as this one I found on Oprah.com. Its easy, quick and consists of only a handful of ingredients.
Total time: 20 minutes
In a large pot, bring salted water to boil and cook spaghetti according to package instructions.
In the last 3 minutes of cooking, add corn and black beans.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and fry eggs, in batches if needed. Season with salt and pepper.
My eggs never turn out pretty, so I had to do a few test runs before taking the picture.
When spaghetti is finished cooking, reserve a cup of the pasta water. Drain spaghetti, beans, and corn, returning the mixture to the pot. Add tomato sauce and 3/4 cup pasta water, tossing to coat. Add more pasta water if needed. Divide pasta onto 4 serving plates and place a hot fried egg and 3 Tbsp. Cheddar on each. Garnish with additional salsa and green onion. Serve immediately.
Read more and check out the original recipe here:
Overall, the recipe was pretty tasty but a little bland for our liking. I would probably substitute the past for something more flavorful like Pastamore flavored pastas to give it a little more kick or even add some hot sauce.
We will be making it again!
For an extra spice factor try adding fresh jalapenos!
Looking for a quick recipe for this weekend?!
Check out the Mac & Cheese Muffins from Emily Bites.
We tried this recipe for the 4th of July and it was pretty good, a little bland for our liking
(we like lots of flavor and spicy things) but overall is was pretty good and super easy to make.
Mac & Cheese Muffins
4 c cooked whole wheat or high fiber macaroni
1 T butter
1 T flour
1 c skim milk
1 garlic clove, minced
3 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3 oz Gruyere cheese, shredded
1 egg white
1 (10 oz) package of frozen chopped spinach, defrosted, drained and patted dry (or you could use 1 cup cooked fresh spinach)
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Pre-heat the oven to 400. Lightly mist a 12-cup muffin tin with olive oil or cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a small sauce pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour, mixing it into the butter until thick. Stir in the milk and garlic and raise the temp to bring the mixture to just under a boil. Add the cheese and whisk mixture together until thoroughly combined into a cheese sauce. (I would suggest using a little more cheese, probably doubling the amount the recipe calls for. It might not be so healthy but it will taste much better!)
3. Remove the cheese sauce from heat and then mix in the egg and egg white (binding agents) until combined.
4. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, spinach, cheese sauce, salt and pepper and mix together. Spoon the mixture evenly into the cups of your prepared muffin tin.
5. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the tops slightly brown. Let cool 5 minutes before removing from muffin tin.
Next on our list is the Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Muffins from Emily Bites. Love this website, so glad I found it!
Have a great 4th of July weekend!
My favorite power food.
I really could eat avocados every day.
Check out why avocado is such a great addition to your plate. WholeLiving.
Summer time bloody marys at Comet Cafe in Milwaukee.
Love evenings like this!
Gotta love a restaurant that serves bacon instead of your standard free bread basket.
I love bacon!