Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pasta With Tomatoes & Chickpeas


1 pound ripe tomatoes, peeled if desired, and finely chopped
1 garlic clove minced
salt & black pepper
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon EVOO
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3/4 pound fusilli
1/4 cup crumbled feta or grated Parmesan

1. Combine the tomatoes, garlic, salt, black pepper, vinegar, basil, and oil in a wide bowl. Let sit for 15 to 30 minutes, or longer. Stir in the chickpeas. Taste and adjust the seasonings.

2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Salt generously and add the pasta. Cook al dente, until the pasta is firm to the bite, following the directions on the package but checking 1 to 2 minutes before the suggested cooking time. Drain, toss with the tomatoes and chickpeas, sprinkle on the cheese, and serve.

Variation: Add 1/4 to 1/2 pound broccoli florets or green beans. Before adding the pasta to the boiling water, blanch the broccoli for 3 minutes, green beans for 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water, then drain. Return the water to a boil and proceed with the recipe. Toss the vegetables with the pasta along with the tomatoes and chickpeas.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Spanish Style Quinoa

This is delicious. Literally phenomenal--one of my new very favorite side dishes, SO yummy!

1 TBSP vegetable oil
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 medium onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small green bell pepper chopped
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin

1. Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium high heat. Stir in quinoa, onion, garlic and green pepper.
2. Cook and stir for 5-10 minutes until onion is tender and quinoa is lightly toasted.
3. Stir in tomato sauce & water, then season with chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin.
4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer until quinoa is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes.
Stir quinoa occasionally as it cooks.
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