The Only Pasta Recipe You’ll Ever Need

The Only Pasta Recipe You’ll Ever Need

I don’t have a romantic story of my cooking journey. My grandmother didn’t teach me how to bake apple pies, my mom didn’t pass down any family recipes, and I’d barely cooked anything outside a microwave until I got to college. Everything I know, I pretty much learned from lots (and lots and lots) or trial and error. I may have sliced through a finger or two, grabbed a cast iron skillet with my bare hands straight out of a 500* oven (oops!), and ruined more meals than I can count, but whatever! I’m here now, I can cook, and I have 10 fingers, so I really can’t complain 😉 I’ve been cooking a lot lately and I gotta ask: Do you ever get on little food kicks where there’s just one thing that you crave constantly? Lately for me it’s been Whole Foods’ vegan chocolate chip cookies (not sure how they do it but they’re so gooey and delicious!!) and this ridiculously simple dish I’ve already made twice over the past 3 days. I can’t overstate how delicious this is even though it looks too simple to truly be that tasty. I’m not a big pasta person and 99% of the time, pastas and breads are take-it-or-leave-it things for me. Until I happened on this happy little accident… I think fresh pasta is the way to go with this one— if you can get your hands on it. I just picked some up at Whole Foods… easy peasy! It’ll cost a few bucks more, but I promise it’ll be worth it. Plus, I figured, this meal got us...
Superbowl Kale Chips!

Superbowl Kale Chips!

This weekend was basically one big party in Tampa because we had Gasparilla on Saturday and Superbowl on Sunday. Lots of beer, lots of BBQ, and LOTS of chips and guac. I’ve had my fill (okay, not really, ha!) of the rich stuff and actually found myself craving something that more closely resembles a vegetable (that part is true!). Good thing there’s the trusty kale chip which you can eat by the dozen without feeling over stuffed and guilty. Here’s how I make mine: Ingredients – 1 bunch curly kale, shredded to bite sized pieces – 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil – 1/2 tsp garlic powder – salt + pepper to taste Directions 1) Preheat oven to 375*F 2) In a large bowl, combine olive oil and spices and whisk until combined. 3) Add kale and mix until fully coated. 4) Arrange on a baking sheet so the pieces aren’t overlapping and bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden and crispy. Over to you — What are your plans for the big game? We’re staying in and making burgers, grilled veggies, some homemade guacamole, and popping open a bottle of red...
Bad Yogi Recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Bad Yogi Recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

I have a confession: lately, I’ve been completely consumed by the takeout monster. Chipotle, Thai food, pressed sandwiches from Publix, Whole Foods hot bar, sushi– you name it, we’ve eaten it at least a few times per week over the past few months. I hate to think that I’ve fallen into the habit of making excuses, but I totally have. I just feel like I’ve had NO time to spend hours in the kitchen. That part IS true, but we all know cooking good, whole foods doesn’t need to take hours. So, in the list of goals I have for 2015, one of them is to make a conscious effort to cook more regularly and stop relying on takeout. Not only is it healthier for the body, but it’s healthier for the budget! Nothing makes you reevaluate your life like spending $15 on a salad from Whole Paycheck Foods three times per week– OUCH! LOL! 😉 I’m doing my Bad Yogi Cleanse to get myself back in the habit of eating at home, and adding snacks and meals here and there to test their worthiness for adding in the future. The past two days, I’ve had a hankering for spicy buffalo wings (so random!) but since they’re SO bad for you, I wanted to find an alternative. So I looked for a recipe that would satisfy that craving and I totally found one (thanks, Pinterest)! Don’t get me wrong– I wouldn’t classify this as a legitimate health food, but it’s FAR better than the hormone-laden, chemically packed bar menu’s version 😉 And hey, if you’re also doing the Bad...