Tag Archives: Whole wheat

dinner on the whim…

So tonight I decided to make something that was both delicious and good for us!
In a pan, I started by browning up some organic chicken sausage that I whipped from the casing… once slightly browned they were put to the side [until they were needed for later] and then with oils from the sausage, a quick speed date of minced garlic and chopped sun dried tomatoes occurred! It quickly turned out that these frisky guys were looking for an extra addition to their evening… so in went some buttery, plump cannellini beans! As soon as everyone got to know each other, a dash of crisp white wine helped loosen everyone up and let their hair down… an addition of a little chicken stock came to the party and everyone simmered away…
While the trio was melding together, some lonely whole wheat penne took a bath in some super salty boiling water, and then got a wink from the threesome to join them for some tossing around! After a quick stir, some parsley joined in and offered up its fresh self and dinner was served…
Creamy, buttery, vibrant and luxuriously flavorful… this was the perfect meal for any night of the week!

at a low simmer…
-R

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simple saturday supper…

So with Saturday night upon us, the question always arises… ‘What’s for dinner’. After a pretty exhausting day, and little desire to get dressed up to go out, I decided dinner would be home cooked!
A rich pasta ‘bake’ from one of my fave home cooks, Nigella Lawson… after looking through her newest cookbook, the whole wheat pasta with brussels sprouts, cheese and potato really stood out. I have made a dish like this in the past with some slightly different ingredients, but decided to give it a go…
The process is as simple, as simple can be… in one pot of boiling, super salty water the pasta, brussels sprouts and potato are cooked together. A slight amount of the pasta liquid is reserved before draining.
While the pasta is cooking, I cubed up some gruyere cheese and measured out some fresh ricotta. This lovely, creamy mixture was tossed with the drained pasta, brussels sprouts and potatoes.
After everything was coated, it was into a baking dish, drizzled with some oil, sage and a heavy hand of grated pecorino. Baked for roughly thirty minutes, then a slight resting period and it was time to eat!
The flavors all complimented one another and made me question… how could this possibly serve anymore than two??

at a low simmer…
-R

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bursting [literally] with flavor…

So tonight for dinner, I utilized the beautiful pint of heirloom tomatoes that arrived in my CSA basket! Once I noticed them peeking out at me, I couldn’t contain myself and had to sneak a taste of one of those plump little jewels! Wow the flavor was intense, almost candy-like… and what better way to enjoy them than in a garden fresh pasta dish!
I dry roasted the tomatoes and then tossed them into a pan with some garlic and olive oil until the tomatoes gently finished bursting, letting a ‘sauce’ develop. Into the sauce went some cooked whole wheat pasta, chopped basil leaves [from my garden], a pinch of crushed red pepper and some freshly grated pecorino romano… a vigorous stir and it was time to plate and garnish!
Sweet from the tomatoes, spicy from the crushed red pepper and slightly salty from the pecorino… This was such a light and delicious meal, there was practically nothing left for someone’s lunch tomorrow… I might be in trouble!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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Simple is never boring…

Tonight was pasta night… felt like I hadn’t made a pasta dish in quite sometime [guess I should have looked at my posts hahaha]… So whole wheat linguine tossed with saut√©ed grape tomatoes, garlic and basil was ‘what’s for dinner’!
I simmered the tomatoes in a touch of olive oil until they burst and released their juicy goodness. To the tomatoes went some minced [but still chunky] garlic, as well as some white wine! Simmer… simmer… simmer…
Once the pasta was al dente, into the sauce, swirled to combine with grated pecorino romano and some basil that was chiffonade… Then guess what? Dinner was served!

at a low simmer…
-R

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