May 11, 2013
I love finding recipes that are not only easy and delicious, but good for you! This one does not disappoint. Another bonus is that it’s a gluten-free recipe. I made a few tweaks from the original recipe, including:
- Used caramelized onions and fresh basil leaves as toppings
- Subbed turkey pepperoni (you can omit to make it a meatless dish)
- Omitted the black olives, anchovies and sausage
I served these tasty personal pizzas alongside a quinoa salad and roasted asparagus sprinkled with blue cheese.
Quick Tip: Wrap a few garlic cloves in aluminum foil (drizzled with evoo) and roast in the oven alongside the mushroom caps.
October 1, 2012
I’m really loving cooking vegetarian on Mondays. The challenge of eating meat-free one day a week, has me researching tasty entrees I probably wouldn’t try usually. This tortellini dish literally blew us away. I had my vegetarian friend over for dinner and she was also impressed.
I must say, the Georgia Olive Farms Olive Oil really made this dish. It melded beautifully with the sharp bite of fresh garlic, the herbed pasta and the creamy goat cheese. This recipe should probably serve four, but Jim and I ate 3/4 of it between the two of us. The only thing that would have made it any better, would be a fresh loaf of french bread to sop up the delicious sauce left at the bottom of the bowl.
Fresh Tortellini with Asparagus, Peas & Parsley
- 1/3 cup Georgia Olive Farms Olive Oil
- 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne
- 1 lb. fresh cheese tortellini (I used herbed cheese from the Farmer’s Market)
- 1 lb. thin asparagus, trimmed of tough, woody stems, and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces (leave the tips whole)
- 1 cup thawed frozen peas
- 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian Parsley
- 2 oz. fresh goat cheese, softened
- black pepper
- parmesan cheese, grated
In a covered pot, bring well-salted water to a boil over high heat. In a large pasta serving bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, cayenne, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook the tortellini, asparagus, and peas in the boiling water until the tortellini is al dente, about 3 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta and vegetables and toss with the garlic-oil mixture. Add the pine nuts, mint, and goat cheese and stir until the cheese melts into a sauce, adding cooking water as needed to moisten the pasta. Season to taste with salt, pepper and parmesan and serve.
September 24, 2012
I made this yesterday for the girls in the office today. As usual, I tasted a spoonful, to make sure it came out okay. Oh my goodness. I had to immediately pack up the salad and stow it in the fridge so I couldn’t have a second, third and fourth bite. I know this will be a hit for today’s lunch and I will definitely be doubling the batch the next time I make it!
I’m serving it with a Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. A healthy menu to kick off fall!
Roasted Broccoli and Farro Salad with Feta
- 3/4 cup farro
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1 lb. broccoli
- 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. In a saucepan, bring salted water to a boil over high heat. Bring the farro to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from heat, cover and let sit about 10 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, remove the broccoli crown from the stem and cut into bitesize florets. Toss the stems or use them in a chicken or vegetable broth. In a baking dish, toss the florets with 2 Tbs. of olive oil. Roast until tender and browned in spots, about one hour. Add the broccoli, feta, scallions, red pepper flakes, and parsley to the farro. Sprinkle with the vinegar and 1 tsp. salt and toss. Drizzle with the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil and toss. Season to taste with more vinegar and salt. Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Farro Greek Salad (tammycirceo.typepad.com)
- Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Caramelized Onions (vegetarianventures.com)
- farro with chard, cannellini beans and kalamata olives (plumsintheicebox.typepad.com)
September 2, 2012
The topic we were given for this week’s #SundaySupper was inspired by the Labor Day Holiday…and the cookout that comes along with a three-day weekend. I made these portabello paninis. Oh my God. These sandwiches are so delicious, you’ll want to eat five. And they are so easy, you won’t believe it. Simply whip up a quick batch of pesto, grill a few portabellos, place them on buns slathered with goat cheese and pesto…and WaLa! They’re ready to go back on the grill for about five minutes and dinner is served! To make them even easier, and so you can spend more time enjoying the long weekend, prepare the pesto ahead of time.
- 4 tbs pesto
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 4 medium portobello mushrooms, stemmed and wiped clean
- 4 soft, round, whole wheat rolls
- 8 tbs goat cheese
Heat the grill (or a panini maker, if making indoors).
Brush the mushrooms with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put them on the grill (or press) and grill for about four minutes.
Meanwhile, open the whole wheat rolls and spread pesto on the bottom half and dollap the goat cheese on the top half.
Once you pull the portabellos off the grill, place them on the pesto-smeared bun and place the goat cheese-smear bun on top. Spray the top and bottom sides of the bun with olive oil (I love to use my Misto) and place back on the grill for about five minutes. If grilling, flip the burger about halfway through so the buns get grill marks on both sides.Pull off the grill and serve! (And try not to let everyone know how little effort it took to make such a delicious dish!
Check out all the Labor Day inspired recipes from the #SundaySupper community below!
Starters & Snacks
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August 30, 2012
Pesto is such a flavorful condiment, I honestly don’t know why I don’t make it more often. The variations on this basic recipe are endless and the fact that there’s no cooking involved in preparing it, makes it perfect for whipping up on a hot summer day. It’s so versatile it can be used on pasta, fish or even a burger.
Tell me, what do you like to serve your pesto on?
- 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Pulse the basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, and pepper in a food processor until finely chopped. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil and continue processing, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed, until the mixture forms a thick paste. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the Parmigiano. Season to taste with more salt and pepper.
- Linguine with red pesto, Ulysses & the Pillars of Hercules (kitchen-memories.com)
- Parsley “pesto” pasta & blogging about cooking (twospoons.wordpress.com)
- Asparagus Pancetta Pesto Pasta (jennieism.wordpress.com)
August 6, 2012
I’ve started preparing lunch for the ladies in the office, for a nominal fee, and this was a hit last Monday. The egg whites and cottage cheese make it so light and fluffy, but all the protein keeps you satisfied until lunch times A vegetable soup (I made Cream of Tomato) or side salad rounds it out to a light and yummy #MeatlessMonday lunch.
For you Weightwatchers members out there, this recipe slices into 10 servings and at just 3 points a serving, you don’t feel guilty about diving into this healthy twist on a breakfast casserole!
- 1.5 cup egg whites (I used egg white substitute)
- 3 large eggs
- 1.5 cups shredded, reduced-fat cheddar
- 1.5 cups shredded, Mexican-blend cheese
- .5 cup 1% milk
- .5 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- .5 tsp salt
- 1 (16 oz) carton low-fat cottage cheese
- cooking spray (I use my Misto)
- 4 cups sliced zucchini
- 1 medium baking potato, diced
- 1 small Vidalia onion, diced
- 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 handful button mushroom, sliced
- .5 cup chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Beat eggs and egg whites until fluffy. Add ¾ cup cheddar and ¾ cup Mexican cheese, milk, flour, baking powder, salt and cottage cheese. Heat a large pan over med-high heat and coat with cooking spray. Add zucchini through mushrooms and saute 5 minutes. Add vegetable mixture and parsley to egg mixture. Pour mixture into 3qt. casserole dish coated with cooking spray. Top with remaining cheeses. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes, the drop the temperature to 350 and continue to bake another 35 minutes. The casserole will be browned on top when ready. Let sit and cool for about 10 minutes before slicing. The leftovers are great re-heated, so this recipe makes for a filling breakfast, or lunch, throughout the week!
- Meatless Mondays: Baked Vegetable Lasagna (centerforlivingpeace.wordpress.com)