Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WIAW and Pasta Dinner

I am at a lack of words for today.

I am going to keep it quick and simple.

Breakfast was quick and simple.  Homemade maple granola with one peach and blueberries.  Served with milk.

Lunch burrito with spiced grilled pork and leftover Swiss chard along with grilled onion, tomatoes and cheese.  It was a pretty quick and simple too. Mainly because Mr. J did the grilling.

Dinner was a pasta kind of night.

Quick and simple continued.

Cheap too.  Cooking Light August issue's Feed 4 for $10.   

Pasta, cheese, tomatoes, fresh basil.

Grilled bread.

Comfort food kind of night.

I wanted the whole bowl.

Instead I added salad.

I have been told you never regret a salad.  Lie.

I still wanted the whole bowl.

July's theme of fitness is ending up being a tough one.  Being outside right now is miserable.  Moving is not an option.  After meetings from 7am-5pm I hit up the gym for a 4 miles walk.  Fitness? Maybe not, but at least I moved.

How have you been exercising in the heat?

Orecchiette with Tomato-Cream Sauce

by Emily Morris, Adapted from Cooking Light
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 can (28 Ounce) Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese
  • Grated Parmesan Or Romano Cheese, To Taste
  • Fresh Basil, Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • 8 oz Orecchiette, cooked
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.

Heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for a minute or so. Pour in tomatoes and crush with potato masher.

Add salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste. Stir and bring to a boil. Add cream cheese and stir till combined. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add cheese to taste, then check seasonings. Stir in pasta and chopped basil and serve immediately. (Thin with pasta water before adding basil if needed.)
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  1. I love the pasta dish. I've never tried on with cream cheese, but it sure sounds like a great idea.

    1. It was really good! The taste and the texture worked out great.

  2. Nothing wrong with a little low intensity cardio. You're right, at least your moving! I wouldn't want to be outside at all either. It's sweltering!

  3. AWESOME recipe even though I don't usually like pasta but this looks especially appealing. Maybe it's time I have some pasta again. & I think 4 miles walking is great anyway, you're moving and that's all that matters :)

  4. That pasta sounds incredible! Orecchiette is my favorite. I always try to add veggies with my indulgent meals too, but it's never quite as satisfying as I thought it'd be...

    1. It is my favorite too. Did you know it means little ears? That is how I like to refer to the little shapes.

  5. Your pasta sounds fantastic!!! Perfect summer flavors!

  6. That pasta is the perfect way to top off a delish day :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Yummy! Pasta is so comforting and the creamy sauce looks so good!

  8. Yummy! Pasta is so comforting and the creamy sauce looks so good!

  9. thanks for linking in to Food on Friday, Emily. Have a good one


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