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One Pot Spinach, Sun Dried Tomato and Artichoke Pasta

One Pot Spinach, Sun Dried Tomato and Artichoke Pasta

I have only ONE recipe on this site that actually includes any form of pasta in its list of ingredients.

Can you believe that? Just One. Okay two, if you count this.

Now I have plenty of recipes that you could use with pasta, or sub in some pasta….but for the most part, my claim to a steadfast breakup with all things noodley and comforting has remained pretty consistent. I love you pasta, with all of my heart, and although it was tough to walk away you were making me fat around the middle and frankly sorta unhappy about it.

Okay then I admit it, we still sneak around occasionally (usually out at dark restaurants), and then there are those times that I just can’t avoid you in public (dinner parties, or somebody nice cooks for you, how can you say no?) but for a pasta prima donna such as myself….I think I did really well for a really long time, you know, shunning your starchy advances.

But this one? This one is such a keeper, I couldn’t keep my guard up another minute.

Healthy, Gorgeous, Raw Tomato Sauce

Raw Tomato Sauce

I thought about calling this: Amazingly Simple and Delicious, Garlic Infused, Basil Tainted, Healthy, Fresh, Whip This Together And Feel Good About What You’re Eating over Zucchini Noodles Topped with Goat Cheese. Sauce.

That didn’t exactly fit on the line.

But this will definitely fit into your schedule.

Browned Butter Chicken over Cannellini Beans with Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Don’t let the looooong title deceive you…this is speedy quick, get it on the table in no time, who’s your daddy deliciousness at its finest.

We are talking cans, jars and pre-washed spinach magic, here. I am promising minimal amounts of slicing and dicing…..simple ingredients; and not too many of them at that! On a plate, ready to go in less than twenty minutes! AND it looks GAH-geous, right? Sooooo good. You up for this?

Get out your can opener, then.

Slow Cooker Mod Mongolian Beef

Slow Cooker Mod Mogolian Beef

If you love love love your slow cooker, and you love love love gorgeous sweet and savory Asian flavors; you are in for one easy does it, super-delish, make everybody happy food-fest here today. Look at me, playing Cupid, but seriously I loved this recipe so much that it re-ignited my relationship with my OWN slow cooker!

Does that mean it’s time to change my FB status? ­čśť

Zucchini Fritters with Tzatziki Sauce

Zucchini Fritters with Tzatziki Sauce

I am no gardener (more of a Plant Slayer, admittedly) but I do have an absolute fascination with the whole concept of growing stuff.

Like, in the dirt. With just some water. And a little time, maybe? The right conditions?

Cos if you are lucky…

It gives you food. Really healthy food. For FREE, even (well, sorta).

Seriously, when you think about it, how cool is that?

It is with this recipe in mind that I went and purchased a wee-baby zucchini plant at my local nursery, along with the hopes of a bumper crop of those famously prolific green gourds. Because if things go well and I have my way, I’ll be able to eat these masterfully fried fritters – every single day.

Mushroom Sausage and Orzo Comfort Bowl

Mushroom Sausage and Orzo Comfort Bowl

As most anyone who knows me knows, I broke up with pasta a while ago. It was ugly. There were accusations; probably some tears. And although it has been an overall positive decision (semolina flour, you know you’re just no good for me) I have to admit that even after all this time…we still get together in that sneaky, culpable way.

And man, is it ever good when it happens. So easy and familiar, just like old times.

Is that so terrible?

Jalape├▒o Sauced Chicken Thigh Bowl

Spicy Jalapeno Sauce CHicken Thigh Bowl

Not to be confused with a Thai Chicken bowl, this vessel of yum gets it’s title from the spicy jalape├▒o pepper sauce that is lovin’ itself up all over some perfectly roasted, cheap and easy chicken thigh goodness. Spoon this over a protein packin’ helping of quinoa, black beans (or both!), plop a dollop of silky sour cream and avocado cubes on top, hit it with a smattering of fresh cilantro and you have got yourself some serious eats. It’s kinda pretty too…..especially if you like the color green.

Absolutely, without a doubt, It is ALL ABOUT THIS SAUCE.

Spicy Steak Salad with Quinoa and Black Beans

Spicy Steak Salad with Quinoa and Black Beans

I love a dinner salad. I mean, not the actual salad that you sometimes get when you go out to dinner (brown edged ice-burg lettuce, lifeless tomatoes, dried up cucumber slices…no no no – where are we getting this anyway? Let’s not come here again) … what I am talking about is salad for DINNER.

This is such a good one, to be sure.

Black beans and quinoa give it body, spinach provides the leafy greenie-ality, while a spicy, slightly sweet citrus vinaigrette gives it some kick. Yellow bell pepper contributes amazing crunch and color, avocado and feta cheese round it all out with silky-smooth, salty scrumptious-ness.

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