"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
~Hippocrates

Friday, April 17, 2015

A One Pot Pasta Dish- Review

Our family eats quite a bit of pasta (we're really not the "meat and potatoes" kind of people). One thing I hate about making pasta dishes is all the dirty dishes it creates! Since I need gluten-free noodles, but Kevin and Em prefer non-gluten-free, I usually end up boiling 2 separate pots of noodles. And on top of that, I usually end up cooking the veggies in another pan on the stove. So that makes for a total of 3 pots!
I decided to hop on the "one-pot pasta dish" trend and give it a try. Granted, if I'm preparing the meal in one pot, Kevin and Em have to put up with gluten-free noodles, but I'm the cook so I get to call the shots!
 
My first attempt was a Turkey Tettrazini meal. I'm giving this dish a mediocre review. It was tasty and convenient, but I think I need to play around with it a little more. Also, I used my cast iron pot and had problems with the noodles sticking to the bottom. I think I didn't use enough liquid.
Since this wasn't a home run, I'm not going to share the recipe. (Plus, I don't really remember the recipe....but check out Pinterest for tons of recipes!)
I still like the idea of the One Pot Pasta Dish though!
Here are the basic steps:
  1. Saute veggies in butter/oil
  2. Add liquid (water or borth) the amount seems like too much, but trust me, it's better not to skimp on this step!
  3. Add uncooked pasta
  4. Let cook (I think my recipe called for 20-30 minutes)
  5. Add cooked meat(if desired) I used leftover shredded turkey
  6. I added spinach at the end as well
  7. Finish of with seasonings and cheese and stir together!
How's that for some poor instructions?? I blame pregnancy brain! I would suggest that you find an actual recipe off of Pinterest if you are trying a One Pot Pasta Dish for the first time.
Maybe after a little more practice I will have a better recipe to share with you!



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Prenatal Smoothie Recipe

I have been using smoothies as a way to incorporate more calories in my pregnancy diet using healthy fats. AKA, not just eating junk food! I will probably continue to drink this during the early weeks of nursing too to help make sure I'm getting enough.

I'm not a fan of super sweet smoothies and this recipe has become my go-to. It is nice a creamy too!

Avocado-Banana Smoothie
1/2 banana
1/2 avocado*
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp powdered peanut butter or regular peanut butter*
1 tbsp ground flaxseed*

If I remember I add a handful of kale or spinach....but I often forget that step! If you prefer a little more sweetness you could also use vanilla yogurt or add some honey.

*Excellent source of unsaturated fats/omega 3 fatty acids which are great for baby's brain development!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easter Leftovers = Easy Pasta Dish

We got to take some delicious ham leftovers home with us from Easter (thanks mom and dad!) I knew it would make for an easy weeknight meal and was excited to use it up!
 
Whenever I have leftover ham I try to recreate one of my all-time favorite restaurant meals "Tortellini Straw & Hay" from an italian restaurant in our home town. Unfortunately  I haven't gotten to eat this actual meal in years because it is made with tortellini for which I can't seem to find a gluten-free alternative. So, regular pasta noodles with cheese on top will have to do!
 
Ingredients:
Leftover ham, diced (1-2 cups)
1-2 cups of frozen peas
1 cup cut up asparagus
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp butter
Shredded mozzarella cheese
 
Directions:
1.While pasta is boiling, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in saucepan and add a splash of water to steam the peas)
Start by cooking the peas for a couple minutes with the lid on.
2. Add asparagus and ham and cook on medium heat for about 10  minutes. Just cook long enough to reheat the ham and asparagus (I'm not a fan of soggy peas or asparagus.)
3. Reduce heat to low and stir in butter, milk and flour.
4. Add cooked pasta to mixture and stir until pasta is well coated.
 
5. Stir in shredded cheese or sprinkle on top (or both).
It seems like my family never thinks I add enough cheese, so they add lots on top!