Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini

 

You know my rule with pasta, if you eat it, load it with vegetables. Colorful, filling, antioxidant rich vegetables. 

Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini: Another 20 Minute Meal!

 

These rainbow carrots and broccolini are blanched right in the pot with the pasta! Who doesn’t love a one pot meal! And 20 minutes is all it takes, another Casual Friday menu!

Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini: Another 20 Minute Meal!

 

The pasta is tossed with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and lemon. All good things.

Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini: Another 20 Minute Meal!

 

Look at the color of those carrots! And I am sure you have noticed that platter by now, it is lovingly handmade by Nikki at HappyClay.com . Swoon right? You can check out her Etsy Shop here.

Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini

 

Toss all ingredients together with little sea salt and parmesan, garnish with pine nuts and parsley and you have yourself one amazingly beautiful, delicious meal with very little work!

Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini: Another 15 Minute Meal!

 

The Recipe: Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini

Tips and what you will need:  (contains affiliate links) make sure you slice the carrots VERY thinly so they will blanche quickly. You will need a microplane for zesting citrus, grating parmesan and garlic. A good knife is always a must! To make gluten free use gluten free pasta:

Casual Friday: Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini
 
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A colorful and easy to make pasta!
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Recipe type: Main Course or Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 16oz linguini cooked to package instructions (can use gluten free pasta if needed)
  • 1 bunch broccolini, trimmed
  • 8 small rainbow carrots, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 2 small cloves garlic, peeled and grated with microplane
  • juice and zest of one small lemon
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • sea salt
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley or basil
  • ½ -1 cup parmesan cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place large stock pot filled with water and some 2 tsp sea salt on high heat.
  2. While waiting for water to boil prepare all ingredients.
  3. When water boils add pasta and set timer for three minutes less than advised cooking time. When timer goes off add vegetables to pasta water. Set timer for three more minutes,
  4. Place olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and lemon zest in a bowl and whisk.
  5. When timer goes off, strain pasta and veggies in colander. Do not rinse.
  6. Pour onto a platter. Pour olive oil mixture over pasta and toss.
  7. If more oil is needed feel free to add it!
  8. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste and toss. Add parmesan (optional) toss.
  9. Garnish with pine nuts and parsley. Serve.

 

My oh my…. 

Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini: Another 20 Minute Meal!

Simple and glorious! Please share if you feel so inclined ~ Linda Spiker

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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Hand Dipped Cones

 

As the last few weeks of summer glide by we are making more use of our ice cream maker. And this time we loaded up the chocolate! (This post contains affiliate links)

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First we rolled our cones in chocolate…

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Then dipped them in chopped nuts or mini white chocolate chips…

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Hand  Dipped Cones

 

Aren’t they cute?!

Top with homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream made with my favorite Nielsen Massey Vanilla Paste (affiliate link) and you have the ultimate summer treat! I folded in Trader Joe’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Covered Almonds, and Dark Chocolate Chips.

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I really wanted to eat these but I had to wait till pictures were taken. Sometimes being a food blogger is hard.

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The Recipe: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Hand Dipped Cones

Tips and what you will need:  (affiliate links) You can use the ice cream recipe below or my simple no cook ice cream recipe! You will need an ice cream maker. I use this Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and love it. Vanilla paste rules! I always use Nielsen Massey Vanilla Paste instead of extract. I buy the quart, it’s a money saver! I use these Tovolo freezer tubs for handy dandy storage. I used Trader Joe’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Covered Almonds, and Dark Chocolate Chips in this recipe.

 

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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Chocolate Goodies!
 
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream For the true vanilla lover loaded with chocolate goodies for the chocolate lover. The best of both worlds!
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Serves: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • pinch salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons pure vanilla paste (so much better than extract! (link above)
  • 1½ cups your choice of mini or chopped peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, chopped chocolate covered almonds
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, whisk together the milk, cream, half of the sugar, salt.. Bring the mixture just to a boil.
  2. While the milk/cream mixture is heating, combine the yolks and remaining sugar in a medium bowl. Using a hand mixer on low speed or whisk, beat until mixture is pale and thick.
  3. Once the milk/cream mixture has come to a slight boil, whisk about 1∕3 of the hot mixture into the yolk/sugar mixture. Add another 1∕3 of the mixture, then return the combined mixture to the saucepan. Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture constantly over low heat until it thickens slightly and coats the back of the spoon. This mixture must NOT boil or the yolks will overcook – the process should only take a few minutes.
  4. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and bring to room temperature. Stir in the vanilla paste. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.
  5. Turn on ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 20 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. Add chocolate chips, mini peanut butter cups, or chopped chocolate covered almonds and allow to mix for another minute. Serve, or if a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

 

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Hand Dipped Cones
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 12 waffle cones
  • 1 cup quality dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup your choice of chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate according to package instructions in double boiler or microwave.
  2. Transfer to bowl and roll top of waffle cones in chocolate
  3. set standing on wax paper (chocolate side down) till chocolate firms up

 

Enjoy the rest of your summer friends! ~ Linda Spiker

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Figs Are in Season!

 

California figs are in season from June through September! Although different varieties of fig are available almost all year, fresh California figs are my favorite variety. I love to use them fresh in salads. But there are many ways to incorporate figs into your diet. I love dried figs in yogurt, fig preserves on top of goat cheese, and balsamic vinegar flavored with fig! Bowl can be found at HappyClay.com 

Figs Are In Season: Easy ways to incorporate one of the most underused fruits into your diet!




 

Figs are high in potassium, high in fiber, and high in vitamins A, C and D! For most people figs are an awesome addition to a wide variety of recipes!  (Note to kidney stone and gallbladder stone sufferers, figs are also high in oxalates which means you should eat sparingly, which is easy to do since figs are usually an accent item in a recipe. Read this

Here are a few of the ways I most enjoy figs!

The Kale Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette: Chopped kale, fresh and pickled grapes, figs, apples and currants when in season make this healthy salad a favorite at our house!

Figs Are In Season: Easy ways to incorporate one of the most underused fruits into your diet!

 

Greek Yogurt with Seasonal Fruit: such a simple and elegant recipe! I first ate this in NYC and then came home to make my own!

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Sometimes just a hint of fig is all you need to send a recipe over the top! This salad: Greens with Warm Breaded Goat Cheese and Fig Balsamic is a perfect example.

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And last but not least my favorite No Fuss Cheese Platter with Fig Preserves on Goat Cheese! Unbelievable combination!

Figs Are In Season: Easy ways to incorporate one of the most underused fruits into your diet!

 

Enjoying fruits and veggies while in season is a great way to get the most nutrients in your food as well as save money! Produce is always cheaper while in season. Eat up friends and come back in a few days for hand dipped ice cream cones!~ Linda Spiker

 

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The Scoop on Meal Delivery Services!

 

Meal delivery services seem to be all the rage. And I get it. Many people simply don’t have time to cook, or don’t want to. Believe me, as a food blogger I hear this ALL THE TIME! So instead of cooking, people eat out…a lot. But dining out is expensive, and often leads to over eating, and more importantly you don’t know what is in the food or how it is raised! So meal delivery services seem to be a really great option. They provide the healthy meals, you know exactly what you are eating and you save time because you don’t need to shop as often and most of the prep work is done for you so cooking is a snap…supposedly.  I say ‘supposedly’ because quite frankly even though several of my neighbors were using meal delivery services and were very happy with them, I was skeptical. I just couldn’t see how this could be done and done well, especially for the price. 

So I decided to do a little investigating. I searched out the best and brightest meal services and they each sent me a box with three nights of dinners to try. Thanks Sun Basket, Hello Fresh, and Green Chef! Wondering how it went? I will break it all down for you and let you know what I think. 

Have you ever wanted to try a meal delivery service but weren't sure if the food would be good or if it would really save you money? Well I have The Straight Scoop on Meal Delivery!

What The Services Have in Common

Each of the three services I am featuring in this post deliver weekly to your door, fresh pre-measured ingredients for three meals with recipe instructions in ‘eco friendly’ refrigerated boxes. You just pull out the ingredients, transfer them to your fridge and cook them when ready. This saves time at the grocery store and time in preparation. Each recipe usually takes about 25-35 minutes to make, start to finish, and for two people can cost less than what you would pay for ingredients at the store, I honestly don’t know how they do it! Shipping is included in the pricing. The recipe instructions include ingredient and nutritional information. The differences between the services will be broken down below. So let’s get going and see what’s cooking in the world of meal delivery services! I chose the order of presentation by by price point. (This post contains affiliate links)

Sun Basket: 

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An actual meal I made from Sun Basket. You can see it looks just like the recipe card. And I loved it! Very fresh and summery.

Sun Basket offers hand-selected, seasonal food from the Pacific Coast’s best farms. Recipes are created by Chef Justine Kelly and can be personalized with Chef’s Choice, Paleo-Friendly, Gluten-Free and Vegetarian options. Sun Basket uses organic produce, grass fed beef, wild caught fish, and responsibly raised animals. $9.99 per meal no matter which option you choose. 

What I Thought: The food from Sun Basket was delicious and the fact that the food is certified organic, sustainably raised and GMO free was a huge plus for me. Kudos to Sun Basket!  The recipes were very creative, super easy to follow, and I loved the flavor combinations. There was the perfect amount of food for me but my husband would have appreciated more. It took exactly the amount of time to prep and cook the meals as stated (about 25 minutes, so easy!). The herbs were fresh and besides receiving a slightly underripe cantaloupe, everything was pretty great. That happens when I pick my own cantaloupe too BTW. The food arrives in one big box at your door but Sun Basket separates each meal into separate brown paper bags so you don’t have to figure out what ingredients go with which meal. Additional time saver! The meals each came with a recipe card with a photo of the finished meal but not step by step photo instructions. Bonus points: Sun Basket also offers free return shipping on packaging so they can recycle/reuse for you! Sun Basket delivers everywhere in the US except Alaska and Hawaii.

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Hello Fresh!

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A meal I made from Hello Fresh. Gorgeous yes? Tasty too and pretty easy to make!

Hello Fresh creates delicious recipes from a variety of cuisines. Each one is reviewed by Rebecca, an in-house dietician to ensure it is balanced and nutritious. The menus are seasonal, fresh, and quite gourmet. Hello Fresh builds close relationships with purveyors, small farmers, butchers, fish mongers and fellow culinary enthusiasts to ensure quality control. Hello Fresh also has an app you can download on your phone. Love that! Pricing per meal: from $9.08 for vegetarian boxes to $10.75 for omnivores. 

What I thought: I loved every single meal we made from Hello Fresh. I felt like I was eating at a really good cafe every night. Great variety! I was also very pleased with the way Hello Fresh was packaged. They didn’t use a lot of plastic and the ingredients for each meal came in a small box that could easily be stacked and slid into the fridge, taking up very little space. When I was ready to cook I just pulled out the little box and all the ingredients were right there. I also liked their recipe booklet which included step by step instructions with photos of each step. Very handy, especially for the beginner chef. All the recipe portions were generous and while Hello Fresh offers a vegetarian menu it does not offer Paleo or Gluten free options as of yet (coming soon). Meals usually took 35-40 minutes to make. No artificial ingredients but not 100% organic or GMO free. 

Pinch some salt, not your wallet with HelloFresh! Get fresh ingredients & tasty recipes delivered – Click here! 

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Green Chef

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An actual meal I made using the Green Chef ingredients and recipe card. This meal was a favorite! The flavors were amazing and it was a ton of food.

Vegetarian? Paleo? Gluten‑Free? No problem. Green chef has a menu to suit your style. Fresh, organic ingredients and diverse recipes. Green Chef offers produce certified organic by CCOF, Wild-caught salmon, grass fed beef, all ingredients are fresh and sustainably sourced. No synthetic pesticides, no genetically modified organisms, no artificial ingredients, no growth hormones or antibiotics. Balanced meals with 450-750 calories per serving. Vegetarian starts at $10.49, Omnivore $11.99, Paleo $13.49 a meal. 

What I thought:   I was really happy with each meal and the fact that Green Chef meals are organic and GMO free, again, my hat is off to Green Chef! Everything was fresh, tasty, and flavorful, as promised. Green Chef goes the extra mile and even chops and slices some of the veggies for you. And since time saving is one of the perks of meal delivery I really enjoyed that little extra! The food came together in one big box instead of being separated by meal, so I had to go through the food to figure out which items went with which recipes. Green Chef portions were generous (which made my husband very happy) and I thought the Green Chef recipe cards were perfect for the beginner chef, showing step by step instructions with photos, taking all the guess work out of it. Meals took between 25-30 minutes to make. Green Chef delivers throughout most of western and central US, but delivery is not yet available on the East Coast. And look…they are offering Organic Kitchen followers four meals free! Just click the banner below and then click the 4 meals free banner! (first time users only)

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The Experience Overall:

Signing up and ordering from each service was a breeze. Each service has the menu for the next week posted on their website ahead of time so you can change menus if something doesn’t suit you or skip a week if you are going out of town. Really, the simplicity and convenience of these services was amazing. Overall I really enjoyed the experience and the food. 

I Actually Did Save Money and Time…

So yes, the meals did actually cost less (for two of us) than what I spend for sustainably raised, organic, non GMO foods at the grocery store but the biggest savings came from less trips to the store! You know how that works, the more often you go the more money you spend. I also saved a ton of time. Actually between less trips to the store, food prep and wandering around the store wondering what to make (yes I do that too) I saved about three hours.

A Surprise Perk:

Something I learned and really appreciated from having these meals that are designed by professional chefs was this: even if you are a great cook, you still develop favorites and habits, you know… the things you make all the time and the herbs and spices you use all the time.… I loved being exposed to ingredients, spices and flavor combinations I had never used before. It broadened my horizons and will make me a better and more adventurous cook!  

So yea…or nay?

I am glad to report I can say “Yea”. Trying out the services and seeing how the whole thing worked completely dissolved my skepticism.

Who Would Benefit From These Services?

I would say that food delivery services are great for a variety of people: empty nesters, people living in a roommate situation, working couples that love to cook but don’t have the time to figure out the menus and shop, or anyone that wants to step away from a processed food diet but doesn’t know where to start! If you want to eat better but just don’t have the knowledge or skills I think this is a great place to learn. If you decide to choose a service, which service you choose would depend on your personal preferences, location and budget.

Thanks for stopping in and if you think your friends would enjoy a meal delivery service I hope you will share this post with them ~ Linda Spiker 

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Grilled Peaches with Burrata and Prosciutto

 

Sweet , warm, grilled peaches… there is nothing like them. And they are part of my favorite summer lunch: Grilled Peaches with Burrata and Prosciutto served with a little side salad of arugula, all drizzled with balsamic glaze.

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Who doesn’t love a sweet, ripe summer peach?

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When grilled and served warm they are even sweeter.

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Paired with creamy burrata cheese and salty prosciutto the combination is just plain dreamy. Sigh.

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And there is no prep here, just place the cheese and meat on a platter or plate and ….

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…. ‘finish’ with a gorgeous drizzle of balsamic glaze (affiliate link) Oh the sweet! Oh the salty! Oh the savory! And all on the same plate…the same bite. Heaven!

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Serve it with a small side of arugula drizzled with olive oil, lemon and sea salt and voila! The most beautiful, healthy, colorful, summer lunch. 

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The Recipe: Grilled Peaches with Burrata and Prosciutto:

Tips and what you will need: There is no need to spray the grill with toxic chemicals! Just wipe it down with coconut oil on a paper towel before turning on the flame. Make sure grill is hot (about 375-400 degrees before you put the peaches on). You will need a good quality sea salt (I get the giant tub it saves $$$) and balsamic glaze. My beautiful wooden serving board can be found here. We use a Weber Grill. If you don’t have room for a large grill I would love to make a suggestion: we love our mini grill and take it to the beach and park all the time. (affiliate links)

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Grilled Peaches with Burrata and Prosciutto
 
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Warm, sweet summer peaches grilled and served with creamy burrata cheese, prosciutto and arugula.
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Recipe type: Lunch or appetizer
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Coconut oil (for grill)
  • 2 ripe peaches, cut in half pit removed
  • 8 oz burrata cheese
  • 12 slices of prosciutto
  • 2 cups of arugula
  • olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • balsamic glaze
Instructions
  1. Wipe grill with coconut to prevent sticking, turn heat to 375-400 degrees.
  2. While waiting for grill to heat, toss arugula with a light coat of olive oil and juice of one lemon. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Toss. Set aside.
  3. Divide burrata into four portions and plate. Do the same with prosciutto.
  4. Divide salad onto plates as well, leaving room for half a peach.
  5. Place peaches on grill and cook for 5-8 minutes till warm and grill marks are established.
  6. Remove from grill and place on plates.
  7. Drizzle cheese, peaches and prosciutto generously with balsamic glaze.
  8. Try to get a bit of everything on your fork with each bite and prepare to be dazzled!

 

Enjoy my friends and please share if you feel so inclined…social media shares are the bread and butter of the blogging world! Much thanks ~ Linda Spiker

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