Tomatoes + pasta = love.

15 09 2013

I’m taking a quick break from doing work to bring you just one of the ingredients from my FreshBox this week.

This week’s box had so much great stuff — peaches and nectarines (which I diced and put in my freezer so I can throw them into some smoothies), apples (given to my friend Arden since I can’t eat them), red peppers, and grape tomatoes, among other things.

My mom makes this simple dish — roasted tomatoes with pancetta and penne.  I was feeling a little lazy (I cooked this at about 8:30 after a very long day at work) so I skipped the pancetta part, but instead just roasted the tomatoes with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and red chili flakes.  While doing that, I cooked half a pound of whole wheat penne.  Then I combined everything with some olive oil and some of the pasta water, and my spice assortments (herbes de provence, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper). Voila! A simple and hearty dish.

I’m making a conscious effort to buy pasta that is whole wheat or has added vegetable servings in it — in addition to me eating SO many more vegetables than I used to, I’m hoping this is a step into eating even healthier! I’ve also been making smoothies every morning this past week and hoping I can keep that up .. more on that soon!

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I’m backkkk!

7 02 2013
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Taken with my phone, I promise to get back to taking better pictures with my good camera soon!

My loyal readers (are you still out there?), I have returned from what seemed like an endless hiatus from my food blog.  But I’m back, with a determination to start cooking new recipes for myself again, and to share those great meals with you!  

The picture above is for this version of penne rosa.  Now, I am NOT a fan of regular Greek yogurt – I don’t like the taste or the consistency, but I found this recipe and had to give it a try. I used a ten-ounce bag of frozen shrimp (on sale, which is why I decided to try this recipe) and the other components of the dish made it a filling meal for both lunch and dinner. Even as a non-Greek yogurt fan, the other flavors were strong enough that it didn’t bother me, and I wouldn’t have been able to use heavy cream if I wanted to.

My life is constantly busy and I’m always looking for easy pasta dishes to make like this one. Pasta dishes fit really well into my schedule and dietary restrictions, so I’m glad to add this one to my repertoire!  Next time I’ll consider adding some other vegetables that I can eat (so really .. zucchini, or maybe some broccoli or cauliflower are my options) or a different kind of protein.

Happy eating!