Thursday, February 11, 2010

Garlicky Spaghetti with Beans and Greens

I made this last night for dinner and it was delicious! I will definitely make it again. The only thing I did differently was use garbanzo beans (chickpeas) instead of cannelinni beans. I also accidently grabbed romano cheese instead of parmesan at the store.

Garlicky Spaghetti with Beans and Greens

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)

8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1 (16-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
5 ounces arugula leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water. Place pasta in a small bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, tossing gently. Set aside, and keep warm.

2. Return pan to medium heat. Add oil, garlic, and pepper; cook 2 minutes or until garlic is lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, tomatoes, and beans; cook 2 minutes. Add pasta; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add reserved pasta water and arugula, tossing gently to combine. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information
Fat:10.5g (sat 2.7g,mono 5.8g,poly 1.3g)
Cooking Light, AUGUST 2009

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wish List Wednesday: A girl's best friend...

In honor of Valentine's Day coming up, let's daydream about some pretty jewelry!

I have been seeing key pendants around lately. Tiffany's are gorgeous! The perfect way to give someone the key to your heart.

I would love to start a collection of stackable rings. What a great way to celebrate milestones in your life! These are also from Tiffany.

I have been coveting these earrings ever since I saw Padma wearing them on Top Chef: New York. She had them in a couple of different colors. I am assuming they are from her jewelry line (and expensive), but I cannot find them online to be sure.

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We have this ring at work and I have to visit it every once in a while. It is much more affordable than the other pieces, but still an unnecessary expense. I love the dainty band with the emerald cut sapphire. It is so beautiful in person!

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Hope you all have a happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Love Yourself

This is a great idea from The Clean Eating Mama.

I worked overnight at work last night and felt very discouraged when I left. It was early in the morning and I couldn't get right to sleep, so I caught up on my blog reading. This post got me in much better spirits as I thought about the things I love about myself.

I don't know if I'll have the time to journal every day, but I think it's a good idea to take some time to appreciate myself this month.

Hope you can all give yourselves the love you deserve!