"A good meal is like a present, and it can feel goofy, at best, to give yourself a present. On the other hand, there is something life affirming in taking the trouble to feed yourself well, or even decently. Cooking for yourself allows you to be strange or decadent or both. The chances of you liking what you made are high, but if it winds up being disgusting, you can always throw it away and order a pizza; no one will ever know." (Jenni Ferrari-Adler)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Vegetarian Wednesdays

Getting back to healthy eating after thanksgiving and in preparation for the next 4 weeks of baby showers, birthday parties, wedding anniversaries, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years..... Always looking forward to the month of December.

Tonight was vegetarian wednesday..... 

Veggie Penne with Crumbled Gorgonzola and Pine nuts

Serves 3-4
Organic Penne Pasta (about 1 cup uncooked)
Water for cooking
1 Cup of cherrie tomatoes
1/2 fennel
2 small shallots
1 garlic head
1 cup of shiitake mushrooms sliced
Gorgonzola cheese
Pine nuts (roasted)
Kalamata olives (1 hand full)
1 cup of fresh arugula
Olive oil
salt and black pepper

Preheat oven to 400F
Slice fennel and shallots.  Peel Garlic. Reserve

Cook pasta in water till its all dente.

In an oven proof baking sheet place cherrie tomatoes, sliced fennel and shallots side by side in one layer. Season with salt and pepper, add some oregano and fresh thyme. Toss all ingredients with 2 spoons of olive oil ensuring all vegetables are coated.  Place baking sheet in oven for 20 min or until tomatoes are soft.

Meanwhile, sauté garlic in olive oil in a cast iron or large frying pan till soft.

By now pasta should be al dente. 

Add roasted vegetables and penne to the sauteed mushrooms. Toss for a second and remove from stove onto a serving dish.  Add crumbled gorgonzola, olives, arugula and pine nuts.

And Voila, a healthy filling and quick meal ready to be enjoyed with a glass of white wine, specially when eating alone :)

And if you are eating alone..... then tomorrow there left overs can be lunch in a box,  add some grilled chicken and pesto sauce and there's dinner too. 

What to do with the free time.... well catch up on some ZZZZZZZ or hit the gym.

Bon appétit!



  1. I will try later...love pasta. Sim!Dezembro é festa atrás de festa. A minha balança não acha muita piada a este mês, mas a minha boca diverte-se um bocadinho mais!


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