recipe: spaghetti with broccoli and shrimp in butter

since the little one can’t have garlic, m & i don’t keep fresh garlic in the house anymore. common foods,  including tomato sauce and snacks, that often include garlic we try to keep sealed or don’t eat when k is around.

so i wanted to have a quick meal the other day and was going to just have some pasta and tomato sauce. i ran out of tomato sauce and didn’t have any garlic. i was baffled for a little while. then i realized what would be the most basic sauce: butter! so, i just boiled some pasta, steamed some broccoli and shrimp, then added a pat of butter and tossed it. yum!

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recipe: zucchini pizza bites

a fun simple recipe that is easily adjustable to various food preferences and restrictions! cooking tools baking pan cooling rack aluminum foil ingredients 1 to 2 large organic zucchini (sliced in ¼ inch slices) garlic free pizza sauce 2 oz shredded organic … Continue reading recipe: zucchini pizza bites

recipe: garlic free pizza sauce

after making my own tomato sauce, i had no problem making my own pizza sauce! now to make some zucchini pizza bites! cooking tools medium saucepan food processor liquid storage containers ingredients 10 organic Roma tomatoes 1 large organic sweet bell peppers, diced 2 Tbsp … Continue reading recipe: garlic free pizza sauce

recipe: pasta-less garlic free eggplant lasagna

instead of searching for gluten free vegan lasagna, i substituted the pasta for eggplant. it was heartwarming to see m and k eat it all up! i usually don’t are for eggplant but i enjoyed it as a substitute for pasta.

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  • mixing bowl
  • 9″ oval stoneware baking pan

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pasta with garlic free stovetop tomato sauce

i have always been one to add more – even double – when a recipe calls for garlic. so why am i even considering a life without garlic? our little one currently has a garlic allergy — unfortunately it is the worst of … Continue reading pasta with garlic free stovetop tomato sauce

recipe: garlic free stovetop tomato sauce

i never had any interest in making my own tomato sauce before but since the little one has a garlic allergy, i needed to learn. online i found a flexible recipe that allows you to add any ingredient you choose. it was perfect for those with allergies.

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ingredients

  • 2 large organic tomatoes (or ~ 10 Romas)
  • 1 organic red sweet bell peppers, diced fairly small
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning – or –
    • 1 tsp basil
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • 1 tsp thyme

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spicy chicken and pasta

here’s a simple spicy (but not hot) pasta and chicken dish with my fav pasta: angel hair. i threw in some extra red bell pepper and also added some turmeric.

i had it over two servings of broccoli lightly blanched. yum!

Ingredients

  • 4-1/2 oz angel hair pasta, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 lb chicken breast tenders
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1-1/2 cups low sodium spaghetti sauce

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whole wheat pasta with vegetable

i tried this recipe last week but didn’t love it bcuz i felt it lacked flavor. looking back at the recipe, i realized i forgot the basil and cheese! i also think the additional stock and pasta water in the original recipe diluted the flavor.

so i tried it again and loved it!

without the additional liquid, the garlic flavor popped. basil was also a key ingredient. it created an awesome mix of flavors! the cheese, however, is completely optional. i liked it with and without. so try it with cheese once and without cheese another time!

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces haricot vertes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 1/4 cup slivered fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan or romano cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • sea salt, to taste

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tuscan chicken pasta

since i wanted to use up ingredients in the fridge, this recipe was perfect. pasta with beans, chicken and veggies. i lowered the chicken from 3 breasts to 1. then i bumped up the veggies, using up the remaining onion and mushrooms. yay!

Ingredients

  • 3 oz whole wheat pasta, penne or your favorite shaped pasta
  • 1 chicken breast, pounded to 1/4″ thickness
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup diced fresh or roasted red pepper
  • 1/8 onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 jalapeño, diced, optional
  • 3 teaspoon grated parmesan, optional

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shrimp and broccoli pasta salad

haven’t had shrimp in a while so i was looking forward to trying this recipe.

the recipe is pretty easy. the only cooking is boiling the pasta, shrimp and broccoli. the dressing is just a few spices. after that, throw everything into a bowl and mix!

it’s such a light but filling healthy meal. it’s also a good meal to eat room temperature or cold. make a little extra to save for tomorrow’s lunch!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cooked shrimp
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat elbow macaroni, fusilli or favorite shaped pasta
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup colored bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp oregano
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

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pasta with chicken marengo

i have probably thrown together a pasta dish with chicken, mushroom and spinach in tomato sauce before but this recipe shows how additional spices and ingredients can surprise your taste buds.

i wouldn’t have imagined adding thyme, orange juice and orange zest to a pasta dish but it definitely ups your flavor palette without adding much cooking time.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole wheat fusilli, penne or your favorite pasta shape
  • 6 ounces or 1/3 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces organic baby spinach
  • sea salt, to taste
  • crushed red pepper, to taste

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slurp up the noodles at sapporo

sometimes you’re just in the mood for a big bowl of ramen and that’s what you’ll get at Sapporo. all of the ramen noodles are in chicken and vegetable stock soup. we tried 4 different ramen bowls: Sapporo Special: noodles in miso flavored soup with extra portion of sliced pork, mined pork, fishcake, bean sprout corn, scallions and spinach Miso Ramen: noodles in soybean flavored soup with sliced pork, minced pork, fishcake, been sprout, corn and scallions Mabo Ramen: spicy miso chili sauce with tofu beancurd and minced pork Tan-Tan Men: noodles in sesame flavored soup with minced pork, spinach, … Continue reading slurp up the noodles at sapporo