Archive for July, 2010

July 22, 2010

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July 21, 2010

Semi-Homemade Pasta: Sandra Lee Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me

I’ve posted recipes on websites before, only to be yelled at for not making everything from scratch.  So if you’re looking for a recipe that you can spend hours on, I’m sorry.  I don’t have that kind of time, and I don’t feel like making all that mess.

Last night I made some pretty good pasta with premade sauce and, of course, premade noodles – I will never make my own noodles.  I may dabble in sauce making sometimes, meaning I combine premade sauces or add italian seasoning to stewed tomatoes.

So here’s my semi-homemade vodka pasta, it’ll go great with some Riesling…or beer.  Everything’s pretty great with beer.

What You Need:
Vodka Sauce, any brand (but I really like Classico, it has tomato chunks)
Whole Wheat Rotini
Spinach, fresh or thawed
Red Pepper Flakes
Salt
Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
Feta Cheese (optional)

What to Do:

Bring water to a boil in a pot.  Add a bit of salt.  Put in as much pasta as you want, I don’t measure servings.  Add some red pepper flakes to let the noodles absorb the spice.  Let the pasta boil until it reaches the texture you want (I prefer letting the pasta get super soft, otherwise whole wheat pasta can taste a bit too grainy).  Throw in as much spinach as you want and let it sit with the pasta for a while.  Drain the pasta and spinach, then place back in the pot.  Add the vodka sauce (again put as much as you want; I put tons).  If you’d like add in some grated mozzarella and/or top it off with feta.  (I like the feta.)

This dish is very similar to Noodle & Co’s Penne Rosa, which has tomatoes and mushrooms as well. 

*** Vegans can adapt this recipe, I think.  Make your own vodka sauce with stewed tomatoes, soy milk, vodka, and spices.  You can experiment!  If you have the time…

July 20, 2010

Vegetarian Hot Dogs: Gross or OK

Veggie hot dogs almost made me quit being a vegetarian today.  They. are. gross.

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July 12, 2010

Veggin’ on a Budget

I’m sure a lot of young adults can relate to this topic. Sure in college it’s understandable to eat ramen noodles or mac n’ cheese day after day – it’s understood that you have no money. But after college, it can still be somewhat of the same story.

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July 9, 2010

Breakfast of Champions, Lunch of Bad Salad Dressing

I went on a grocery binge yesterday and bought a ton of fruits, veggies, and breads.  So today, I decided it would be good to prepare an energy-boosting breakfast from some of my new groceries.

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July 7, 2010

French Toast by Bethenny Frankel

Okay, I hate to admit it, but I love Bethenny Frankel from Real Housewives of NYC.  She’s really not even a housewife; I admire her for her work ethic and most of all, her recipes.  Bethenny is a natural foods chef who specializes in coming up with meals that leave you guilt-free, and she includes a lot of vegetarian recipes on her site as well.

This one is for french toast, my favorite!

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July 7, 2010

4th of July: Mosquito Attack Day

I am still recouping from a crazy 4th of July weekend.  My biggest worry was that since this is the season of grilling meat, I would easily give into meat temptation.  Luckily, that did not happen.  Here was my basic menu for the holiday:

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July 2, 2010

Great Starting Kit

 

Vegetarian Times has an awesome starter kit for those wanting to go vegetarian, or just eat healthier in general.  It mixes in vegan tips, too, which actually gets confusing at times.  But there are great pointers for how to balance meals to get enough protein, calcium, and other nutrients from your diet.

Vegetarian/Vegan Starter Kit

July 2, 2010

July 2, 2010

How to Stop Eating Meat (& Maybe Become a Vegetarian)

Okay, so I have not eaten meat for about a week or so, and let me explain – I never meant to actually become a vegetarian.  I just wanted to see if I could really live without eating meat for a while.  The more and more that I thought about how I would simply avoid meat, the more I realized that a vegetarian lifestyle meant a somewhat healthier lifestyle – at least compared to my previous diet of cheeseburgers and bacon.

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