Posts tagged ‘healthy meals’

November 16, 2015

Quick Weeknight Dinner: Spinach Tagliatelle with Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes and Roasted Peppers

by ashley
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Photo by: Paolo Margari

Before we start cooking, let’s first imagine we are gliding down a canal in Bologna, Italy in spring with beautiful flowers gracing the balconies and friendly Italians waving as we pass. Somewhere off in the distance a man with a deep baritone voice is singing as he kneads dough to make delicious spinach tagliatelle pasta. We stop at a market to pick up the freshest, most vibrant cherry tomatoes, fire roasted red peppers, some robust balsamic vinegar and a basil pesto sauce made fresh that morning by the world’s most adorable grandmother. Of course we can dream up the best ingredients possible, but we all know that I’m stuck in a city apartment the size of a closet and cooking with the best I can find in my local market. I was able to find some amazing fresh spinach tagliatelle, you can substitute dried if you don’t have this luxury. And I purchased a jar of great basil pesto as well as a jar of fire roasted red peppers, both of which should be easy enough to find in most supermarkets. I already had a great Modena balsamic vinegar at home and some cherry tomatoes that needed to be used – and voila, the quickest gourmet weeknight dinner ever.

If you have 15 minutes, you have enough time to put this on your table tonight. The below recipe yields enough for a quick dinner for one or two, but can easily be adapted into dinner for a family of any size.

Spinach Tagliatelle with Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes and Roasted Peppers

Serves two

Ingredients

  • 4 oz spinach tagliatelle pasta (fresh, if available)
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto (typically found in your grocer’s sauce aisle)
  • 1 whole fire roasted red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 pint grape/cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar

Boil water in a medium sized pot and cook the spinach tagliatelle until al dente, time will vary depending on whether you purchase fresh or dried pasta. In a separate pan on medium-high heat, sauté the halved cherry tomatoes, the minced garlic, and roasted red pepper strips until heated through and slightly browning. Add the basil pesto and the balsamic vinegar to the pan and turn off the heat, stirring constantly until heated through and well incorporated. Serve the sauce over the cooked pasta.

  

 

March 5, 2015

Vegetarian/Vegan Meal Delivery South Florida

by jem614

As proponents of healthy eating, Ashley and I have tried many of the meal delivery services here in South Florida.  We thought we’d make you a short list so you know what is available and can try them for yourself.  It’s always great to be able to have your options laid out for you:

Supa Kitchen– Run by Kelsey Vasquez in Pembroke Pines- Current rates (as of March 2015) $70 for two meals a day for five days.  Please check with her to see how far she delivers.  She can do- vegetarian, 21 day fix, weight watchers meals. https://www.facebook.com/SUPAKitchenHollywood
Eco Healthy Meals– Out of business it appears
The Fresh Diet– I have done this one several times when they are on Groupon but can be a bit high otherwise $249 for 7 days.  http://www.thefreshdiet.com/
Fit2Go– Also one that I’ve done on Groupon- about $20 a day for two meals and you can add on extra meals. http://fit2gomeal.com/en/
Catered Fit– can deliver all your meals for the day- 5 day plan is $125 depending on your area.  http://www.cateredfit.com/meal-plans/vegetarian/
Wholly Kitchen– a little on the high side but looks amazing- 5 meals $250 Vegan option. http://www.thewhollykitchen.com/
22 Days Nutrition– Vegan meal delivery- you can choose from 1, 2 and 3 meals a day- 2 meals starts at $115 for 5 days.  https://www.22daysnutrition.com/vegan-meals-plan2.php
The Special– Vegetarian/Vegan Daily meal delivery starts at $14 a day for lunch. http://www.thespecialmiami.com/index.php

And of course you have your litany of grocery deliveries so you can make your own food at home:
Plated https://www.plated.com/
Blue Apron https://www.blueapron.com/
Hello Fresh https://www.hellofresh.com/

These are just a few, please send us anything we have missed on this list!!

July 15, 2014

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

by jem614

Just a quick post to share this amazing dinner I had last night!  I’m done with two months of NutriSystem and trying to feed myself better, smaller portions.  This poblano pepper is stuffed with Spanish rice, block Feta cheese and cheddar cheese blend.  On top is a delicious green salsa mixed with some avocados and more cheese on top.

A simple dish that is healthy and filling!  Let the race food begin…

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