I Eat, therefore I Am: Spaghetti with Kale and Lemon

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God
had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity
.”
— Voltaire

Spaghetti with Kale and Lemon

After all the SuperBowl food, Ms. Foodie needed a change of pace. Something light, yet filling. Thus, the perfect moment to try out this Spaghetti with Lemon and Kale recipe!

Ms. Foodie has been haunting the boards of Pinterest–next to food, it’s my latest obsession. So this gem from BevCooks looked appetizing, and more important, easy!

It was both, and with the touches of Lemon and Sunflower Seeds, made for a refreshing and stimulating meal.

Pasta with Florentine-Garlic Sauce

So what started out with a simple Garlic Butter Sauce recipe from AllRecipes.com, turned out to be a delicious Florentine-style addition to Angel Hair Pasta.

Taking their simple recipe, I increased the butter from 1/3 to 1/2 cup, added two cloves of garlic instead of one, and added sun-dried tomatoes, chopped mushrooms, and shredded kale.

Seasoned with dried Basil and Oregano to taste, Celery Salt, and Pepper, it made for a burst of extravagant flavor for the palate.

While that would have been a complete meal in and of itself, I decided to oven-broil some Rock Cod fillets, lightly basted in White Wine, Olive Oil, Curry Powder, Cumin and Minced Garlic.

This little addition was off the chain–and the entire meal took less than 40 minutes… Suhweet!

Longaniza Carbonara with Spinach is What’s for Dinner!

Jon’s Market in North Hollywood had their sample hawkers out today, and one meat rep had some delicious Longaniza sausage wrapped in a tortilla.  His selling point: A good Chorizo substitute with half the fat and more meat.  Being the carnivore that I am, more meat is always a good thing, so I was sold American!

Carbonara of any kind is soooo easy, and if you didn’t have to boil the pasta, could be considered a one-skillet meal.  As usual, I took a basic Carbonara recipe and did my own thing: used Parmesan and Cheddar cheeses and tossed in some  spinach.  I also cooked vermicelli-sized angel hair pasta instead of the standard length.  All-in-all, it came out great, especially complemented with a slice of garlic bread!

Hubby and I had a packed day, so it was nice to be able to whip up something and sit down to eat in 30 minutes.  Beats takeout, any day.