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Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Pecorino

For years, I avoided noodle-shaped pasta. It’s not that it tasted any worse or better to me—it was mostly slurpy flashbacks to childhood dinners that turned me off. I chalked it up to subconscious issues, figuring I’d either get over it one day once I discovered what exactly it was—or not.

spaghetti with egg and brusselsAnyway, A few years ago, I magically got over my aversion, and now I get on jags where spaghetti for dinner sounds good. To keep it heart but healthy, I like to load on the veggies and choose a satisfying source of protein. I also find keeping the portion of pasta on the smaller side keeps the meal filling without being overkill.

I especially love poached eggs on spaghetti because, well, any opportunity for fork-swirling yolk-porn should be taken advantage of. I used whole wheat spaghetti for this recipe, but you could use any gluten-free or other variety you prefer. This recipe serves 4, but you can easy scale up or down. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, sliced in half
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 4 oz spaghetti, cut in half
  • water for boiling
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 c grated pecorino

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss brussels sprouts in olive oil and roast until browned, about 35-45 minutes. Season with salt to taste and set aside.
  2. Fry bacon in a large skillet. Place on paper towels and set aside. When cool enough to handle, crumble into small pieces.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente, about 6-8 minutes, depending on the type of pasta you use.
  4. Drain the pasta, reserving a small amount of the cooking liquid. Toss pasta and liquid with brussels sprouts and bacon. Divide amongst 4 bowls.
  5. Add white vinegar to another pot of water and poach eggs. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon.
  6. Top each bowl of pasta with a poached egg and 1 tbsp pecorino.

What’s your favorite way to eat pasta? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to Make this Weekend

Happy Friday! What are you getting into this weekend? I’m working at the hospital and prepping for some upcoming events. Weirdly enough, I’m also really looking forward to sleeping. I have no reason to want to hide under the covers or anything, but I am just obsessed with the many layers of blankets on my bed.

As far as food is concerned, all I want this week is soup and salad. And toast with hummus and roasted eggplant slices on it. I made some chicken soup the other day (recipe coming soon) that paired very nicely with said salad & toast. And some Larry David on the side..Soup and Larry

 

One of the best things about having TV is watching old Seinfeld reruns. I also loved Curb Your Enthusiasm.

If I were to spend some time cooking this weekend, here’s what would be on the agenda…

Julia Moskin’s Beef Bone Broth. I am so curious to try bone broth, and my mom has been raving about this recipe. Must try soon…

My salmon obsession continues. I’ve been eyeing this BBQ Salmon BLT Salad from Iowa Girl Eats.

Another salad! This gorgeous winter salad from How Sweet It Is makes me want to go buy blood oranges right this minute.

Speaking of salad, this infographic my friend Linda shared with my is awesome! I <3 Lifehacker.

What are you up to this weekend? Any special cooking projects? Thoughts on bone broth? 

Thinking Out Loud

Happy Thursday. Welcome to another Running with Spoons Thinking Out Loud link party, where randomness is the order of the day. Aka—brain dump. Thanks to Amanda for hosting.

Major writer’s block this week. Let’s skip to the randomness stuff, shall we?

1.) While I’m relieved that Winter Storm Juno fell a bit short of expectations in New York City, it makes me worry that people won’t take the next one seriously, sort of like what happened after Hurricane Irene and people wrote off Sandy like “another massive storm, NBD.”

2.) Since mass transit started running again Tuesday morning, the wine class I’d registered for at Back Label Wine Merchants with a Living Social deal was still on.

3.) New Death Cab for Cutie song! Wow. And now I know they have a new album coming out at the end of March. Happy Mercury Retrograde to me. I think I first started listening to this band when I was 16—not sure if this is good or bad?

4.) I accidentally ordered vanilla Greek yogurt instead of plain from Fresh Direct and was so pissed. I just can’t get into sugary yogurt as a snack, so I’ve been using it as dessert. The other night, for example, I did 1/2 cup yogurt and a small sliced banana as a snack before bed.

5.) I have a pasta recipe coming your way Monday. Sneak peak: spaghetti with egg and brussels

6.) I’ve been trying to write a piece about beets all week but keep hitting a wall. What the hell? I love beets—why is writing this thing like pulling teeth? So it goes.

What’s on your mind today? 

 

What to Make this Weekend

Happy Friday!  How’s your week been? I feel like I’ve heard a lot of people say they’ve been having a rough go of it the past few days. I certainly felt like the cortisol fairy left something special under my pillow. If anyone else is feeling the need for a little therapeutic cooking, here are some things to try:

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions from Gimme Some Oven. What an awesome idea!

This Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Tahini Yogurt sauce from Food & Wine is right up my alley. I could eat tahini every day.

I can’t wait to make these Spiced Lentils with Egg I saw recently on the Kitchn.

This has nothing to do with food, but this picture my dad sent cracked me up and made me feel a lot better the other day. Dogs with crystals & baseball in the foreground—says a lot about my family, that’s for sure. dogs crystal baseball

What are you getting into this weekend? Any recipes you’re planning to try soon? 

Red Wine Lamb Stew

red wine lamb stewHappy Monday! How was your weekend? I spent mine working at the hospital, which was actually the perfect way to deal with the inclement weather—staying inside. I love that word, “inclement.” It’s like a very fancy way of saying, “absolutely horrible” or, as we say in New York, “f***ing awful.”

To stay warm, I got to enjoy this lamb stew over the weekend. When I saw that Farmigo was featuring lamb from a local farm last week, I had to try it, since I rarely cook with it but always pin recipes I see around the interwebs. I’m glad I stepped out of the norm and made this. Aside from being delicious, this stew was also a great excuse to open a bottle of red wine. I served this over cauliflower rice and steamed red kale with a little goat cheese on top, but it would also be delicious with crusty bread and a salad on the side.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lamb stew meat
  • 1 lb butternut squash, peeled & cubed
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28-oz can diced or whole tomatoes
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 3 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 tbsp herbes de provences
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large stock pot. Add lamb meat and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Add squash, carrot, celery, onion, and garlic to pot. Cook until soft, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add tomato, wine, and herbs. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until about half the volume, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add both and bring to a boil again. Add lamb meat. Simmer ~40 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve hot.

Do you eat lamb? How do you deal with inclement weather? 

 

What to Make This Weekend: Desk Lunch Ideas

Okay, okay, I know it’s Friday and most of you are all, “Woohoo—weekend!” BUT. The weekend is a great time to plan ahead for the workweek and do some foodprep.

But first, I just had to share this awesome photo from one of my Rise clients, who was kind enough to let me post. 360x0

Sums up my week perfectly.

I joke about chocolate cravings, but actually I work it into my regular days consistently enough that it’s just something I enjoy. That said, I do notice a cyclical pattern to how strong my taste for chocolate is. I just make sure to incorporate it more certain times of the month.

This week has been, like, “push all the buttons.” And then to top everything off, of course I wound up in sweaty yoga clothes at the grocery store making small talk with an old dating story when all I’d really wanted was some f***ing mirepoix for the lamb stew I’m going to post on Monday. Me and my impulse buys.  So it goes. Just gotta keep on keeping’ on. Bob Dylan said that.

Speaking of Rise clients, I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about healthy lunches to bring to work. Here are a few great posts I came across with healthy and tasty lunch ideas:

A few ideas from Food 52 on how to amp up your lunch

What the Well + Good Staff Eats for Lunch

This Fitnessista recipe for slow cooker chicken is perfect for weekend meal-prep if you want tasty chicken to add to your desk lunches!

What are you up to this weekend? Any awkward run-ins at the grocery store lately or is it just me? 

What I Ate Wednesday #197: Sick Day

Another week, another What I Ate Wednesday. I’m getting back into the swing of my first real week back at the hospital since before Christmas. Though I’d been anxious about having so much work-from-home time, it ended up being exactly what I needed, as my  immune system decided to take its annual vacation. Thursday through Sunday were originally supposed to be jam-packed with activities and events, but thanks to a nasty case of laryngitis, I found myself holed up inside. The most social thing I did was go to yoga!

That said, I don’t think I realized how badly I needed that restorative quiet time. By Sunday night, I could finally speak more than a sentence at a time and felt well-rested for the first time in weeks. I also spent a lot of time in the kitchen, trying new recipe ideas and coming up with ways to use leftover roasted root veggies from a food demo that never happened. Here’s what I ate Friday:

WIAW 197

  • Breakfast: Red quinoa with veggies, hemp seeds, and a poached egg
  • Lunch: Arugula with roasted veggies (butternut squash, beet), avocado, and pulled chicken from the slow cooker
  • Snack: Plain Greek yogurt with coconut flour, cocoa powder, dried cranberries, and a drizzle of maple syrup
  • Dinner: Filet mignon (1/2 of one 8-oz steak) with shredded brussels sprouts with more squash and a little pecorino

A few hours after dinner, I had what has become one of my staple snacks: thinly-sliced pear and a cheddar cheese stick.

fruit and cheese

I also drank my weight in tea and water. My goodness, I barely have any tea left after last week. I do have to say, though, that avoiding alcohol and staying constantly hydrated is amazing for the skin. If it weren’t for my great love of wine and bourbon, I might consider making this a regular thing. Either way, maybe I’ll just make a mental note to drink more tea.

What do you eat and drink when you’re sick? 

To see more WIAW from other bloggers, visit founder Jenn’s blog Peas & Crayons.

A Small Collection of Joyous Things

Happy Sunday! Welcome to my weekly gratitude list.

I was supposed to have spent last night with friends for some silly belated-birthday karaoke, but unfortunately, my immune system had other plans. The hilarious irony of being laid up with laryngitis is definitely not lost on me. I’ve at least been able to find the humor in things like watching Wayne’s World on Netflix at 3 a.m. while also reading Real Simple. As I said the other day, I’m an incurable optimist.

I was able to use the extra inside-time to get some cleaning done and make a vision board. I didn’t make one last year, but this year, I really want something more concrete to focus on. I also watched a lot of Friends on Netflix over the weekend. #sorrynotsorry

Anyway, here are some things that made my week:

1.) Eli ate a bunch of rat poison and didn’t die—woohoo! I don’t think he has any idea what a close call he had. Back to business as usual at home…Dogs

2.) On Wednesday (pre-laryngitis) at the ALS clinic, a deceased patient’s family came by to share with the team that one of the patient’s last wishes had been for them to come back to the clinic and say Thank you for making such a terrible illness more tolerable. I have learned so much from my time spent working there—I feel so lucky to work with and learn from the other team members and our patients.

3.) My friend Surkhab sent me this week’s Modern Love column from the New York Times: “To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This.” Wow. Just, wow.

Filet and sprouts 4.) This weekend, I enjoyed the first of my Steak-of-the-Month Subscription my parents gave me for Christmas. They’d seen a Facebook post of mine about menstrual rage/needing to replenish my iron stores in which I listed my favorite cuts of beef. We had a good laugh over it. Talk about a thoughtful gift. My family is hilarious…So, for the next couple months, I’ll be getting a bunch of meat in a styrofoam package filled with dry ice. This filet was delicious, served with shredded brussels sprouts and sesame-roasted carrots & squash. You don’t even want to look in my freezer right now.

5.) I’m glad I saw this article on when hard work becomes an obsession.

6.) This may be a pipe dream, but I think I found a (professional development-ish) excuse to go to Italy this year. This year’s Universal Exposition (World’s Fair) will take place in Milan from May1st-October31st. The theme is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life and will focus a lot on nutrition and sustainability. I spent some time Saturday afternoon looking up prices on flights and hotels and thinking about how long I would want to stay, if I might go anywhere else, anyone else I might want to invite, if I could somehow some up with a project worthy of having my travels funded by someone else…A gal can dream.

7.) José González and Augustifamiljen performing TLC’s “Waterfalls.” Jose Gonzalez has been on my radar since my sophomore college, when I friend from my writing class used to share mp4 files with me over AIM. I don’t miss many things about being that age, but these kinds of memories make me smile.

8.) Oh, did you see my post on the Chex oatmeal website? Breakfast is served.

What’s made you smile recently? 

5 Ways to Enjoy Cauliflower

Because I didn’t want to overwhelm you yesterday with recipe links, here’s one more article of mine that’s up on the Farm2Me blog this week. Yes, I write about cauliflower for funIndian spiced cauliflower.

Show of hands: Who’s hopping on the Paleo train this January? Even if you’re not, I’d be willing to bet a lot of you are still enjoying that “New Year, New Me” energy (yay!) and trying some new recipes. If you haven’t tried cauliflower rice, it’s a fun change of pace, whether you’re trying to eat like a modern cave-person or not.

I’ve also got some ideas for roasted, pureed, and crunchy ways to enjoy this seasonal veggie. It might also kick some cancer-cell ass for you, “according to science,” as the kids say.

The kids—listen to me. Clearly, I’m still recouping from laryngitis. Not talking out loud for a few days in a row makes my typing-brain extra chatty and weird.

Happy Saturday! What are you getting into this weekend? Any favorite cauliflower recipes to share?

What to Make this Weekend

Eli lounging So, this week started out kind of scary, when Eli ate a bunch of rat poison and had to be rushed to the vet. Luckily, he is okay now. They induced vomiting and were, like, “So, Eli ate a bunch of rat poison, but here’s the good news.” My parents didn’t even know they had any rat poison in the house (they’re super-careful about these things and think it may have been put there by the former owner at least before they moved in 13 years ago), and I just so happened to be there and see some weird blue stuff in his crate—likely within a few minutes of him finding and eating it. Now he’s on vitamin K for a month.

First it was the acute kidney failure and the renal diet, now this. Dude has, like, a f***ing posse of guardian angels.

I think all the crying on Sunday knocked down the door to my immune system, and then it got really cold and I got laryngitis. All-night coughing fits will do that, I suppose. That said, despite adequate sleep and my inability to speak above a whisper, I’ve been weirdly peppy. I bounded out of bed at 5 yesterday morning, like, “Hello, world!” Must be the Mucinex? I finally dragged myself to the doctor, where I was prescribed a 3-day course of Things I Would Normally Avoid. I do love the Dr. Evil pictures on the wall at the walk-in place, though. Dr Evil Urgent Care

I’ve actually been doing quite a bit of cooking, as the food demo that was supposed to happen Thursday was canceled by the client, and I have tons of prepped food in the fridge. I am experimenting with freezing cooked quinoa and coming up with ways to use the 3 pounds of beets and 2 pounds of squash I roasted in anticipation of creating recipes in front of strangers. All for the best, though, because they would have had to crowd around me to hear as I tossed seasonal stuff with red quinoa while wearing gloves, croaking about fiber and carotenoids for glowing skin in the dead of winter. Full disclosure: It took me three tries to spell “carotenoids” correctly.

Turns out giant salads with makeshift hash (complete with shredded brussels sprouts, uncured bacon from the freezer, and eggs) are great ways to use up roasted root veggies and the like.

Here are some unrelated food things that sounded good to me as I perused the interwebs between coughing fits and gulping fluids.

*These Apple Peanut Butter “delights” from the Pioneer Woman look delicious. I love that she uses whole wheat English muffins too. You could skip the sugar, though, since apples naturally get sweeter when you cook them.

*This noodle soup from Gena Hemshaw of Choosing Raw sounds very nice to my sore throat. Something to make once I’ve drained my supply of soups (including last week’s lentil soup) from the freezer. I am not allowed to make new soup until I’ve made space for it in there.

*These adorable mini-cakes in mason jars sound like fun and look super-easy to make, even for people like me who do not bake. It’s not exactly picnic weather, but I’m fever-dreaming about Central Park in the summertime.

*This isn’t a recipe, but this Sh*t Juicers Say video totally made my sick-day yesterday. Also love that they use music by Spoon and Belle & Sebastian.

What are you up to this weekend? Any recipes you’re looking to try? 

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