Thursday, December 27, 2012

Angel Hair Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Angel Hair Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Tastes just like creamy Alfredo sauce without all that butter and cream! I love avocados. They are indeed nature's butter. True, as they may be fatty, but instead of being hard to break down like most saturated fats, these wonderful fatty acids are essential to our health (omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids!) and can be easily broken down by our body. Alas, not all fats are created equal, how unfair. Lets not forget that avocados are also pack full of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and plenty more OR you can just trust me, it's good for you!

This recipe was born out of the marriage of two other recipes (Two Peas & Their Pod and Yum Sugar) I had pined on Pinterest. Call me greedy but I wanted both recipes together and so what did I do...? Combine them. Of course not everything in both recipes went well together so some adjustments had to be made. I decided to cut out the chili pepper flakes from one recipe and skip the butter in the other, I think the cheese will do enough damage for now. Warm pepper jack cheese sauce with creamy avocados all embellished together encasing the angel hair pasta is a dish made in heaven! Think I'm crazy? Try it for yourself and see if I'm crazy or not! Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays 2012!

May your holidays be surrounded by family and friends! 
May it be filled with wonderful memories and enjoyed with hot cocoa, warm cookies, and much much more!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Rich & Creamy Sweet Potato Penne Pasta

One of the things I enjoy the most about winter is being able to cook hearty dishes that are nice and heavy, perfect for the cold weather, not to mention warming up the house while I'm cooking.

 Rich & Creamy Sweet Potato Penne Pasta

My newest (old) dish to share is something I whipped up last year when I had a horrid craving for sweet potatoes... I don't even know why. When people say your taste preferences change as you get older, they weren't kidding! I was never a fan of sweet potatoes and yet now I was craving them. So like all cravings there is only one way to get rid of it, eat it (and lots of it)! Good thing I wasn't craving cookies, though I'm usually pretty good with that unhealthy stuff. Since sweet potatoes are loaded with nutritional goodies (beta-carotene, vitamin A, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, etc, etc) I went all out and ate until my heart's content!

Sweet potatoes by themselves are a little bland for my taste. My family just bakes them and devour with a dash of salt. I wanted more, so I decided it was time to spice things up and literally! At the time when I came up with this I was bumming at a friend's apartment while I hunted for a place to live. Naturally I didn't want to invade in any more space than I had to... so I wanted to come up with meals that were quick (because I'm lazy), healthy, and wouldn't take up fridge space.
Well at that time, I was also craving pasta, so I thought "hmm it wouldn't be a terrible idea to marinate the 2 cravings together... since sweet potatoes give off a creamy texture, might actually be really delicious!" Luckily it was and so this recipe was born!

One year later and though I'm not craving sweet potatoes, it is a nice recipe to fall back to when you're in a crunch for time and need something quick, easy, delicious, and nutritious (use whole wheat pasta!).

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mozzarella Prosciutto Galette

"It's raining, it's pouring! The old man is snoring..."
which would be great.... if I was sitting at home with nothing better to do but be a couch potato curled up with a blanket and a hot cup of joe/chocolate/tea at hand watching a movie. This weekend, however, was not the case. It was laundry day and it was time to dig out my winter clothes and misc errands weekend...and so rain just made it miserable.

This probably serves me right for procrastinating and I would procrastinate just a little longer if I hadn't already used up that card...

however with my given skills when it comes to procrastination, I managed to squeeze in just a tad more.... say hello to Mozzarella Prosciutto Galettes (recipe here)!

A glorified biscuit if you will, or at least that's what I made it out of. Topped with delicious mozzarella cheese, prosciutto, sun dried tomatoes, and a bit of basil and you've got a dangerous thing going! Simple and fast, just like how I like my recipes! Enjoy!