Have you ever thrown leftoverspaghetti into a frittata the next morning? If you haven’t, you’re missing out! My first year out of college, I used to order spaghetti from this great restaurant in Hoboken. The portions were always ginormous, so I’d save some in the fridge. Unfortunately, unlike Asian noodles, leftover spaghetti isn’t very appetizing. Pasta should be piping hot, creamy and the smell of the sauce should creep out of the bowl and into your nostrils. But what to do with all this leftover pasta? Throw it in a frittata!
My favorite type of frittata is spinach and goat cheese. There’s something about the way goat cheese complements cooked eggs – I just can’t get enough. After starting this blog, I couldn’t wait to make my frittatas with zucchini pasta. The zucchini noodles add a great crunch to this (like al dente pasta – no more squishy leftovers). Just a different way to get your daily dose of veggies…
Time to channel our inner vegans and vegetarians and talk meatless! Yesterday, I was honored to be part of Hoboken Girl‘s first “Hoboken Girl Social.” I’ll do a separate post with pictures on that, but in a nutshell – it was an event designed to bring a bunch of cool girls living in Hoboken together for a night of wine, hors d’oeuvres, giveaways and a makeup tutorial by Dina’s Cosmetics and cooking demo by yours truly! During my demo, I gave away samples (in cute little clamshaw boxes that I DIYd with sticker ingredient labels) of a pesto zucchini pasta salad. I’m a crafty lady, let me tell you.
I can eat all the zucchini pasta and cucumber noodles in the world, but desserts will always be my downfall. As much as I love vegetables (and I really do love them) and eating healthy, I can’t resist chocolate. Chocolate mousse, chocolate molten lava cake, chocolate covered nuts, chocolate cupcakes, chocolate bars, chocolate ice cream…. you could dip a rock in chocolate and I’d probably try to eat it.
My second favorite dessert? Cheese plates. Holy moly – give me a slice of wheat bread topped with manchego, and I’ll be curled up in a ball under the table, sucking my thumb.
Seeing the broccoli rabe today at the grocery market, I knew there was no choice but to make a pasta with spicy Italian sausage and those beautiful leafy greens. I’m a big spicy-food lover and one dish I missed most during my 2008-early 2013 no-meat stint was my grandfather’s spicy sausage and peppers…. Hope you like it spicy! The only thing this dish is missing? A great glass of red. Mmm….
This classic Italian favorite can be a bit indulgent (the fat of the sausage, the carbs in the pasta). Luckily, we have the spiralizer to at least take out most of the carbs and calories! The spicy flavor pairs perfectly with the lightness of the zucchini noodles and the bitterness of the b-rabe. If you’re afraid of broccoli rabe because of its bitterness, fear not….. peel the skin of the stems (just use a knife or vegetable peeler to get it started at the bottom) and that helps take out bitterness.
Giada, you would be so proud. I just made a divine turkey bolognese. I’ll be honest, I’ve never made turkey bolognese, so I did a lot of Googling (and went first to Giada, duh). Luckily, it was one of those fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants days… everything I added to the skillet seemed so….. right. One of the reasons I love blogging is because I will get to share my amateur experiences with you all – and I promise, there will be some not-so-pretty ones. But hey, I’m 26 years old, I’ve never had a cooking lesson (not a one!) and I just love love love food (except eggplant, ack!) …. and I always aspire to be fitter, hence the healthiness I bring to my recipes. Every Italian woman wants to be a teeeeeeeny bit thinner…. except for Giada, she’s just blessed with that goddess-like Roman blood.
Tasting Tuesday is for me to test one of the recipes for my cookbook. So thanks for being my guinea pig. The key to this recipe today is briefly pureeing the carrots and celery before cooking them. This was a last-minute decision and really added to the texture of the bolognese and enriched the sauce.
I don’t know about youall, but I definitely took advantage of the July 4th holiday and perhaps had a bit too much to eat and drink and not enough treadmill time. No worries – Skinny Sunday is here!
Tonight’s recipe contains chunks of yummy salmon. Salmon is infamous for its richness in omega-3 fatty acids which are vital to the health of our entire bodies. These fatty acids help lower cholesterol and support brain functions such as memory. I could go on about the powers of salmon as a heart-healthy fish, but instead – let’s get to the recipe!
Hopefully, you’re going to notice the picture quality to get better on Inspiralized. I’m working on it everyday, with help from my kind boyfriend. It’s a learning process, so bare with me! Over the weekend, I spent a small fortune on “staging” items for my photo “shoots.” I’m happy to debut some of these cute little napkins, bowls and plates on today’s post! Sorry for the girl rant, dudes – patterned tablecloths get my heart racing, I can’t help it.
How BORED are you of salads for lunch? Gone to Chipotle too many times? Might go crazy if you have one more turkey sandwich? Inspiralized has the perfect cure – zucchini pasta for lunch! Don’t fret, I will equip you with great lunch-appropriate recipes throughout this blog (see recipe below for Feta Basil Lemon Vinaigrette Cucumber Pasta with Kalamata Olives, Corn, Avocado, Walnuts and Grilled Chicken).