Of Food and Love recipes: vegetarian vegetarian meals
by Mommy Hobbies
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In my napsack stash
Wow, did I ever stumble across the tastiest, easiest recipe, ever!
If I said that I loved cooking, it would be a huge understatement. Digging around in cookbooks and perusing the internet for tasty recipes is a past time of mine. So in my love of cooking, I have really tried to branch out on the foods I make. At times, I go through a vegetarian streak because my system is just tired of meat. This is one of those times. Browsing through my favorite health and fitness blogs I found a photo of this recipe and knew I had to make it.
What mom, or dad, doesn’t look for the easiest quickest meal to make for dinner? I know I do. Sometimes, my day flies right by and before I know it I’m racing to get the chicken defrosted two hours before dinner instead pulling it out early in the day. Uhg. This meal literally has five ingredients. Broccoli rabe is new to me. I’ve heard of it but never cooked with it and was excited to give it a try. So happy I did.
I cut up the rabe and rinsed it well. It seemed like it would be too much but it wasn’t it boiled down really well. I suppose if you got a bigger cluster just make sure you have three large, double handfuls of chopped rabe to put in the pot.
Pasta with Broccoli, Garlic and Parmesan Courtesy of Carrots ‘N’ Cake
- This “one pot wonder” is a breeze and requires only a few ingredients: store-bought dry pasta, broccoli rabe (or any vegetable in the refrigerator), garlic, black pepper parm!
- Throw the pasta into boiling salted water. Add uncooked broccoli rabe, strain, add back to the pot with garlic and olive oil, and then finish with a bit (or a lot) of cheese and black papper.
- And there’s only one pot to wash when all is said and done!
If you’re wondering what Crash Hot Potatoes are, they are a spin off of a baked potato. But the good part is it takes half as long to cook them and they are mini bites of the real thing! My family loves, loves these. We tend to cook these a lot in the summer time.
Crash Hot Potatoes Courtesy of Tasty Kitchen
Small Red Potatoes (as many as necessary to feed your family)
Olive Oil (approx 3 TB)
Herbs that you prefer. I always use basil, but you can use rosemary…all to taste
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add in as many potatoes as you wish to make and cook them until they are fork-tender.
On a sheet pan, generously drizzle olive oil. Place tender potatoes on the cookie sheet leaving plenty of room between each potato.
With a potato masher, gently press down each potato until it slightly mashes, rotate the potato masher 90 degrees and mash again. Brush the tops of each crushed potato generously with more olive oil.
Sprinkle potatoes with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper and fresh chopped rosemary (or chives or thyme or whatever herb you have available.)
Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.