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Cheesy Roasted Vegetable Skillet Baked Pasta

2 Feb

I am totally obsessing over this high-protein pasta lately. Seems like if it’s not homemade, I gravitate toward the red lentil or black bean varieties. They’re just SO versatile and delicious! And no, I’m not getting paid to run on and on about these pastas.

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This dish is loaded with flavor. Roasted vegetables, smoked gouda, tomato sauce, and the lightly-flavored red lentil pasta all come together to produce a hearty, savory dinner the whole family will enjoy.

What’s even better: the combination of red lentils and the cast iron skillet, in addition to the other vegetables, make this a wonderfully iron-rich dish. This is a total win-win-win (the third win is because it’s so darn cheesy!).

Cheesy Roasted Vegetable Skillet Baked Pasta

Serves 4

  • 12 oz red lentil rotini (or 8 oz of whole wheat pasta)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1-1/4 C tomato pasta sauce
  • ¼ C vegetable stock
  • 5 oz smoked gouda, shredded
  • 1 oz fresh Parmesan, to serve

Place a cast iron skillet or other oven-safe skillet in the oven and preheat to 400.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

While the water boils to cook the pasta, dice the onion, bell peppers and celery. Remove the hot skillet from the oven and grease it with a bit of olive oil. Toss the veggies together into the skillet and drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil. Season with sea salt and black pepper and roast in the oven for 20 minutes.

Transfer the drained pasta back to its cooking pot. Stir in the roasted vegetables, tomato sauce, vegetable stock and shredded gouda.

Grease your skillet with some more olive oil and pour the pasta mixture back into it, smoothing the top. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes.

Remove and let cool 5 minutes before serving with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.



Strawberries & Cream Breakfast Quinoa

18 May

Ok, it’s still not exactly warm here in Milwaukee, but by golly, I declare spring is here! The produce selection is gradually improving, the grass is greener than ever, and I hear birds singing all the time. All. The. Time.

And that means it’s time to start transitioning to chilled breakfast options! As much as I love a hot bowl of creamy oatmeal, the last thing I want upon waking up on a warm spring or summer day is a warm breakfast. The solution: overnight oats and quinoa!

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The flavor and ingredient options are pretty darn endless. Creamy, fruity, nutty, spicy, you name it – they’re all delicious. And to incorporate the gorgeous strawberries that are popping up everywhere, I wanted to create a new version of breakfast quinoa. This bowl is packed with nutrients: protein, fiber, vitamin C, and omega-3. What’s better is that it’s packed with flavor and amazing texture. The strawberries and yogurt make for a perfect springtime breakfast, and the quinoa gives this dish a nice chew to contrast the creamy yogurt.

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Basically, you need to mix up a bowl of this deliciousness. Use leftover quinoa, or cook up a fresh batch. Make breakfast for one, or for your whole family – this keeps well in the fridge for a few days, so breakfast can be a stress-free meal you can actually enjoy!

Strawberries & Cream Breakfast Quinoa

Serves 1, can be doubled

  • 3/8 c cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal or chia seeds
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/2 c plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 strawberries, halved and sliced

Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl. Mix in the wet ingredients. Stir in the sliced strawberries, reserving a few slices to garnish on top. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least four hours.

Let the quinoa sit out of the fridge a half hour before enjoying. Top with, pepitas, shredded coconut, nut butter and/or cacao nibs. This is even better enjoyed on your balcony or porch in the early sunshiny morning 🙂

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