Have you all seen
the one pot (or pan) method for making pasta that has been floating around the
internet?I first saw it on Martha Stewart,
but have since seen many other variations.
I was skeptical at
first, but once I tried it, I was converted.This method of cooking pasta will change your life!You put everything in a pot, bring it to a
boil, and about 15 minutes later, you have dinner.
For everyone who says
you don’t have time to make dinner, this is the recipe for you.
For everyone who says
you can’t cook, this is the recipe for you.
The only secret to
this recipe is to make sure that you use flavorful ingredients, because all of
those flavors will enrich the pasta and create the sauce. You can change the ingredients in the pasta
to change with the seasons. Just make
sure you have at least 4 cups of liquid to cook the pasta. Try the same method with canned tomatoes,
capers and olives for a Sicilian-style pasta.
Or use whatever ingredients you have on hand. It will be delicious.
One Pot Pasta
1 pound whole wheat
1 pint grape tomatoes
2 cloves garlic,
1 bunch swiss chard
or kale, leaves stemmed and shredded
2 teaspoons sea salt
extra-virgin olive oil
4 – 5 cups water
Parmesan cheese, for serving
tomatoes, garlic, swiss chard or kale, red-pepper flakes, olive oil, salt and 4
cups of the water in a large pot or straight-sided skillet. Bring to a boil
over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs,
until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 - 12 minutes
(depending on the cooking time of your pasta – check package directions). As the pasta is cooking, add extra water as
needed if it seems too dry. Divide among
6 bowls and garnish with basil and fresh parmesan.
Aside from having some
focused work time, enjoying nourishing family-style meals in the evenings, and
finding a new show that’s gotten my attention on Netflix (Bloodline), we’ve
laughed a lot. There’s a lot I appreciate my family, but their sense of humor
rate among the top.
Earlier this week, for
example, what we thought would be a reflective and meditative walk turned into
honing in on my horse wrangling skills. To make 45 minutes into a few short
sentences, envision five horses, a donkey, and a llama, named Bugsie, fleeing for their freedom. The adventure started with our adorable host 'rancherette' graciously letting us roam her beautiful property; on our way to the walking trail,
a few horses snuck out of the gate. In the initial moments, we were panicked,
but as soon as we realized everything was okay and the animals returned to
their home, we all shared some good belly laughs.
Before I head back to the
city today, I wanted to share a recipe that’s perfect for gatherings with
family and friends. Crumbles have always been one of my favorite desserts –
they’re not overly complicated and still have room to pack in some nutrition
with the goodness of fruit. This crumble is entirely plant-based, and utilizes date paste, which are dried dates, soaked in
warm water and pureed; it’s a naturally sweet way to sweeten your desserts.
Have a great weekend!
Raspberry & Apple Granola Crumble
Raspberries and apples
make a great pairing in this wholesome dessert, which only calls for a little
bit of added sugar and a variety of good-for-you ingredients! Top with a scoop
of Greek yogurt or serve plain for a nutritious, sweet treat.
1 ½ cups oats
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ slivered or sliced almonds
½ teaspoon cinnamon
dash of salt
4 tablespoons date paste, divided*
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 bag frozen raspberries
2 sweet apples, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ orange juiced
*Make the date paste by
soaking dried dates in warm water and pureeing.
1.Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2.Mix dry granola ingredients (oats, seeds, nuts, cinnamon, and salt) and
3.In a large bowl, toss diced apples and frozen raspberries with vanilla, 1
teaspoon cinnamon, orange juice and 2 Tablespoons date paste.
4.In another large bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons date paste, agave nectar,
coconut oil, ½ teaspoon cinnamon; mix in dry ingredients.
5.In a medium baking dish, add raspberry apple mixture. Top with granola
6.Bake for 25-35 minutes until golden brown and bubbling.
recipe is aaaallllll about spring--spring vegetables, spring lamb, spring
flavors and sunshine. It's perfect with a glass of crisp white wine or
recipe is also about stretching a small amount of meat across multiple
servings. If you've read Dan Barber'sThe
Third Plate, or Tamar Adler'sAn
Everlasting Meal, or been reading our blog for awhile, you'll be familiar
with this concept. For our health and the health of the planet, animal
protein should be a condiment instead of the focus of meal, supplemented with
plentiful vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. It's a
beautiful, delicious and nourishing way to eat, and one that asks you to explore your
creativity and think outside of the meat and potatoes box.
Spring lamb stew celebrates the beauty of frugality--stretching a half-pound of lamb across one meal for four people, or 2 ounces per person. It's fresh with
fennel and leeks, rich with lamb, hearty with farro, and fragrant with wine,
lemon and tarragon. And even though ingredients like leeks and fennel can be expensive at the grocery store, when you buy them in season at your local farmers market, they become affordable. What a wonderful way to bring in a new cooking
Lamb & Farro Stew
pound lamb stew meat
tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
fennel bulb, cored and sliced
teaspoon salt, or to taste
red pepper flakes
cup white wine
cups water or homemade chicken stock without salt
cup fresh or frozen peas
tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
of one lemon
the oven to 325 degrees.
the lamb stew meat with salt. Place a heavy-bottomed, oven safe pot over
medium heat. Add one tablespoon of the olive oil and then add the lamb in
one layer. Let brown well on one side before turning the pieces to brown
the other side. Remove the lamb from the pan and place in a bowl.
the heat to medium-low. Add the other tablespoon of olive oil, the leeks,
fennel bulb, salt and red pepper flakes. Saute about 5 minutes, until
vegetables are starting to soften. Add the white wine and stir. Add
the water or chicken stock and then stir in the farro. Bring the liquid
to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Place a tight-fitting lid on the
pot and place the pot in the oven. Let cook for about 1 ½ - 2 hours, or
until the lamb is tender and the farro is cooked.
from the oven and stir in the peas, tarragon and lemon zest.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a presentation that I’m giving at a conference next month.The topic is how to make local foods affordable—cooking on a very limited budget.As I stewed over ideas and started testing recipes and calculating costs, I had some ‘ah ha’ moments.
Part of saving money on our food budget is about not wasting food. Every time we pitch uneaten food into the trash, we’re throwing money away. The average American family throws out $1,600 worth of food a year!
I started realizing the ways in which I’m guilty of that practice—not drinking all of the milk before it spoils, having a loaf of bread go stale, letting vegetables wilt in the crisper before I get to cook or eat them. It adds up!
So when I saw The Recipe Redux theme this month—spring cleaning, or using up all the ingredients that seem to hang around for awhile—it really hit home. I’ve vowed to be more inventive in my cooking and put all those bits and pieces to good use—and nourishment!
I have lots of ideas I've developed over the last month, and I'll be sharing those over the next few weeks. But, I'm starting with broccoli stalks, which don’t get a lot of love. Sometimes I roast them with the broccoli florets. Sometimes I shred them in salads. But I played with some recipes and found they are absolutely delicious when turned into a salsa verde, which is basically just a fancy name for a green sauce.
I pureed the broccoli stalks (I didn’t even peel them) with cilantro, lemon zest and juice, olive oil, sea salt and red pepper flakes. Use it the same way you would pesto or chimichurri. I put it on top of a potato hash, mashed it with avocado for a zesty avocado toast, and just ate it out of the bowl with a spoon.
What are your best waste-saving tips? We’d love to hear!
Broccoli Stalk Salsa Verde
Makes about 2 cups
Stalks from a large bunch of broccoli
½ of a bunch of cilantro, stems and leaves (about 1 cup)
Zest and juice of one lemon
½ teaspoon sea salt
Large pinch of red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and process together until smooth. Use as a dip, topping for toast, or sauce for eggs. Or, use your imagination!
I’m working from Delburne, this week – the town in rural Alberta where my Grandma,
Uncle live – aka. it’s our extended family’s meeting place. There’s something wonderful
about visiting Delburne that consistently feels like a travel back in time to a
place where you rarely see people on their iPhones and the food on your dinner
plate came from the soil or a nearby ranch.
When I’m here, eating vegetables is easy since Grandma’s fridge and
freezer are overflowing with the bounty from her garden. But, admittedly,
eating a slice of Grandma’s homemade banana cream pie after dinner is equally as easy, too.Case in point: last night.
Although the weather is expectedly cooler here than it is in LA, it’s
still picnic weather and a good enough reason for me to enjoy this plant-based
salad with my family. And with Earth Day
being tomorrow, it’s seems fitting to spend some extra time outside, soaking up
the fresh air.
Farro and Beet Salad with
Blood Orange Vinaigrette
This plant-based whole
grain salad features beautiful, well-rounded ingredients – Earthy beets and
farro, creamy goat cheese, salty pistachios, and bright blood oranges. It’s the
perfect salad for a springtime picnic!
1 cup farro
1 bunch asparagus
3 large beets
1/3 cup shelled pistachios
1 (4oz.) packet goat cheese
2 tablespoons blood orange juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
1. Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
2. Cook 1 cup farro with 3 cups of lightly salted water, until tender and
water is mostly absorbed. Drain, and set aside to cool.
3. Wash and cut beets into quarters, and steam until tender. Allow to
4. Wash and trim asparagus and steam until crisp. Allow to cool.
5. Remove skins from the cooled beets and cut into bite sized cubes; cut
asparagus on diagonal into pieces.
6. Add farro, beets, asparagus, and pistachios to a large bowl and crumble
in goat cheese.