Showing posts from January, 2012

Gemelli with Sweet Sausage and Spinach

This is a recipe that I found from the "Food and Wine Magazine 2004" Edition. It's very tasty and different from my regular pasta with my sauces. If you find the ingredients that are considered clean and good for you, this meal is quick and easy to make. My boyfriend and I weren't quite sure what to have for dinner. We tossed around some ideas. I knew I had the sausage in the freeze. He started thinking peppers and onions to go with the sausage. I love that meal as well but I knew I didn't have all of the ingredients. (Peppers are not in season!) However, I did have spinach and pasta around. I pulled the sausage out, defrosted it and made dinner. It's a bit spicy but you don't have to put the red pepper flakes in it if you don't want to.

Gemelli with Sweet Sausage and Spinach
3/4 lb of gemelli or penne (this particular night, I used penne, as always 100% whole wheat)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, quarted length wise and thi…

Homemade Granola

When I first started cleaning up my diet, I started with my breakfast. I used to eat Cascadian Farms Granola Cereal. Needless to say, the ingredients were not so good. It included food that was not considered clean eating. I was definitely misled by the cover of the box which said it was organic and natural. I found a recipe from for homemade granola. I tweaked the recipe to make it my own. I used some ingredients from the cereal I liked previously and then added flavors that I liked. Homemade granola does not last very long in my apartment. I love adding fresh fruit and milk with it. When I first started dating my boyfriend, I made it for him to take with him to work. He loved it. He requested that I make it this weekend for him. He now has a whole batch for breakfast at work. It's really simple to make and very satisfying.

Granola Cereal

3 cups rolled oats
3 cups of whole wheat puffed rice
1 cup nuts (I use whatever is on hand. I like almonds. …

Farfalle with Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce

Before I even start with the recipe, let me tell you, it was delicious!!! You do have to like mushrooms in order to like this meal. Once you prepare all the ingredients, its one two three done. :) It's definitely going on my rotation of meals to cook. It's made from all real food and it's perfect for the season. The recipe is from Cooking Light Cooking Through the Seasons

Farfalle with Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce

1 lb uncooked farfalle (whole wheat)

1 tablespoon butter

12 oz presliced exotic mushroom blend (or any presliced mushroom blend)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup finely chopped shallots

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 1/2 teaspoon salt. divided

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup dry white wine

2/3 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup (2oz grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

minced fresh parsley (optional)

1. Cook pasta according to package directions omitting salt and fat. drain

2. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over med-high heat…

Whole Wheat Waffles

I am a huge breakfast person these days. I guess a lot of it has to do with the fact that I am home for breakfast. I have the time to make it. If you have a waffle pan, I highly recommend this recipe. The following recipe for whole wheat waffles is great to make on the weekends if you don't have time during the week. It freezes well so you can always make double the batch. You can pop it in the microwave anytime and it tastes just as good as the first day it was made.

When I first suggested to my boyfriend that I make whole wheat waffles one morning, he made a face. He said he would try them. He did and he loved it! He also said it was better then the instant mix, Bisquick!! I also made this as part of my Christmas Eve brunch for my sister, brother in law and mother. They all loved it!!! Success!! They were all surprised that whole wheat waffles could taste this good. My sister even stated that it tasted like "french toast".

I adapted my recipe f…

2012 changes

2012. The new year has begun and people pledge to change their behaviors during this month. Whether, it's eating healthier, going to the gym, quitting smoking, losing weight, whatever it is. This is the most popular month for changes. I am not one of those people. :) Then why am I writing a post labeled 2012? Well, because I'm going to continue implanting the changes I made in September. I will however be a lot more aware about what I'm eating then I have been the past month or so. I figure next holiday, I should be feeling much more comfortable with converting my holidays with "whole foods and clean eating". I wasn't entirely too comfortable this holiday season with converting everything I ate. When I did host a meal in my house though, I did make my food clean, healthy and yummy. I got many compliments. :)
For Christmas, I did get the Omivore's Dilemnia by Michael Pollen. If I wasn't already converted before, this book further c…