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Vegetable Penne (One Pot Meal)

I love couponing and a lot of times my weekly menu for our dinners is directly related to items I was able to find on sale. Barilla pasta is already my favorite brand and so when I saw that I could get a box of their new ‘Pronto’ penne for basically nothing, I jumped at the deal.  Continue reading

I read this article on thedailymuse.com and I was just shocked that I hadn’t discovered this great way to make a lunch (Link to article below).

I’ve tried almost all the recipes, but my favorite remains to be the Caprese Pasta Salad. Mine is pictured below.

Caprese Pasta Salad Ingredients (as per article)

  • 2 tbsp basil pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 ½ oz fresh mozzarella, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 2 oz cooked penne pasta
  • ½ cup fresh spinach leaves
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped

My reason for sharing is simply how easy to prep these are. I prepared these on Sunday and here I am eating it at work for lunch on Friday – tastes great every day of the week. It’s filling, but also tastes so fresh and healthy.

Related links:
The direct link to the article titled “The Best New Way to Bring Your Lunch” 

Thanks for reading and please let me know if you end up trying these! You will definitely not regret it. Furthermore, think of all the possible recipes for this! Go ahead, Pinterest it – I dare you.

Zulaika H.

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Tonight we had Grilled skirt steak, penne rigate pasta with broccoli in alfredo, roasted asparagus and garlic toast.  This is one of those meals that are very filling.

I’m blessed to have a husband that enjoys grilling – and does a great job as well. Below are photos of the skirt steak (or churrasco in Spanish) Ruben prepared tonight. The meat was marinated for several hours and the end result was really tasty.

Grilled asparagus is one of my absolute favorite vegetables to eat – I’ve learned many vegetables taste great this way. First, it’s important to “snap off” the bases of each asparagus spear. Just bend one and it’ll natually snap at the point it should. The bases are thrown out (or used for fertilizer in your garden soil if that’s your thing). Next, I moisten them with extra virgin olive oil. And lastly, I season with salt and pepper. Put in the oven (uncovered) for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees. That’s it!

Here are a couple of garlic flavored Texas toast served alongside the roasted asparagus (below). A long time ago, we got my daughter to try these by telling her they just tasted like “green” French fries. She still really loves them.

 I made the penne pasta by boiling the pasta and some broccoli spears (each in seperate pots) until tender (for 10-12 minutes). Once they were done I combined them with alfredo sauce. For an added touch it is good to add freshly shredded Parmesan cheese.

Mmm… here’s what it all looked like right before we ate. It was very good.

There really is nothing better then getting to see your family enjoy the food you cook for them 🙂
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