Posted on 3 March, 2015

Hummus Pasta with Artichoke Hearts and Roasted Cashews

Food

Pasta 3-1This recipe is one of those throw everything into a pot and hope for the best kind of meals. I shouldn’t have been surprised it turned out so well though. Hummus is a miracle worker! And is a staple in my fridge for good reason. 

Pasta 2-1What you have here is whole wheat pasta, creamy hummus, spinach, artichoke hearts and chopped roasted cashews. I’m starting to get the hang of layering textures in my meals or at least the importance of crunch. It really takes what your serving to a whole new level of flavor. Also, pasta water. Whenever you make pasta, reserve two tablespoons of water so that the sauce clings to the noodle’s better. I’m sure you already knew that though! Enjoy. 

Hummus Pasta with Artichoke Hearts and Roasted Cashews
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound uncooked whole wheat pasta
  2. 1 cup garlic-flavored hummus
  3. 1/2 bag of frozen spinach
  4. 1/2 bag of frozen artichoke hearts
  5. 1/4 cup roasted chopped cashews
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. Meanwhile in a saucepan over medium heat, cook spinach and artichoke hearts for 5 minutes or until no longer frozen.
  3. Reserve two tablespoons pasta water then proceed to drain the pasta. Stir in hummus until well coated. Then toss in spinach and artichoke hearts into the pot. Top with roasted cashews. Serve.
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Posted on 26 February, 2015

Catalina Island – Avalon

Travel

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Situated off the coast of California, Avalon is a like slice of Italy. White washed stucco buildings are perched high on the cliffs overlooking the harbor where the ocean sparkles like the glass.

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Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island. Manly a tourist destination, there is a mere 1400 hundred residents that live there full time. Due to that, the town has more kitschy shops than local hangouts. Nevertheless, the white sandy beaches, outdoor activities and eclectic restaurants will prevent boredom.

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If you are looking for a short day hike, I recommend the Garden to Sky trail. It can be accessed via The Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Garden located at the top of Avalon Canyon, a quick thirty minute walk from town. There is a trolley you can catch a ride on but I highly recommended flexing those legs. The walk is fairly flat – just remember to wear sunscreen. Otherwise, you will look like a lobster by the end of the day.

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Don’t rush straight to the hiking trails though. Check out the botanical gardens and read the fun facts that are written on the placards next to certain plants. It is a very kid friendly activity while also being educational. 

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Once you work up an appetite, indulge in a Mexican feast at Maggie’s Blue Rose. Homemade tortillas and sauces are sure to please the pickiest palates. Running free? Venture over to Luau Larry’s where are the drinks are the size of your head. They are also make a mean ahi tuna burger.

You can’t end your adventure packed afternoon without a sweet treat. I’m a huge fan of Catalina Coffee and Cookie Company. They serve homemade pastries and what else? Cookies! Soft baked and slightly chewy in the middle, they are reminiscent of your grandmother’s secret recipe. Enjoy two or three alongside a steaming cup of coffee.

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Avalon is a magical place with small town charm. As the ferry pulled away from the dock, I couldn’t help but leave a piece of my heart behind. 

Where to Stay Under Two Hundred Dollars: 

Aurora Hotel

Hotel Catalina 

Hotel Atwater

Hotel St. Lauren

Where to Eat: 

Luau Larry’s

The Lobster Trap 

Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co.

Maggie’s Blue Rose

What to Do: 

Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden 

Garden to Sky Trail 

Posted on 12 February, 2015

Teriyaki Portobello and Pineapple Burgers

Recipe

Portobella Burger -1Originally, this recipe was going to be for a Roasted Chicken Beet Pesto Pizza but the pictures were unappetizing to say the least. I have gotten to the point as a food blogger where I hold myself to a higher standard. So so pictures no longer do. I only want the best quality food photos and recipes for you, my dear readers! 

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Posted on 10 February, 2015

Beet Pesto

Recipe

Beet Pesto 3-1You know that song I’m all about that bass? Well If I could change the lyrics to I’m all about that pesto, I would. It’s my jam. There are a million and one recipe’s floating around the Internet with different variations. Kale, parsley, basil, walnuts and so forth. The options are truly endless. However, since Valentines Day is on Saturday, I thought how perfect would it be to make pink pesto? And guess what ingredient makes pink pesto? Beets!  

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