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.
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)