Thursday, June 27, 2013

Garden Veggie Pasta

This meal is one of my favorites.  We've been eating it forever and it's a crowd pleaser.  Not only is it tasty, it's also super easy.  This time of year, I'm always in the mood for lots of fresh veggies and since we have access to so much fresh local produce right now, it's the perfect time to take advantage of it!

I make this with gluten free brown rice pasta but any type will work.  This would also be good over rice or quinoa if you'd like to avoid pasta.  For us, the pasta is of course one of my kids' favorite things. They happily eat the veggies (expect for the onion) along with the pasta so I can't complain.

Garden Veggie Pasta

1/2 to 1lb GF pasta
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
3 cups mushrooms, sliced thick
2 cups tomatoes, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup vegetable broth
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil (dried)
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp corn starch or arrowroot powder + 1 tbsp water
pepper to taste
fresh basil to garnish

Cook pasta according to package directions.
Sauté onions with oil over medium heat until they start to soften.

Add peppers and zucchini and cook for 2-4 minutes until slightly tender.

Add mushrooms, garlic and tomatoes and stir, making sure not to burn the garlic.

Pour in wine, then broth, basil, oregano and salt and simmer.
Dissolve corn starch in water and add to pan.  Bring to a simmer and stir.

Add in cooked pasta and stir to coat.
Sprinkle with pepper and fresh basil.

I like to serve this over fresh spinach for some extra greens!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hello Again!

I know, it's been forever since I've posted anything!  But we've been busy making some big transitions. Since I last checked in, we've made a 3,000 mile move across the country, taken an awesome family vacation along the way and been crazy busy getting settled in our new place.  It's been a lot so excuse me for my absence!

We broke up our cross country drive by visiting lots of friends along the way and also some super cool national parks.  We fed giraffes.

We climbed in cliff dwellings.

We hiked.

We played in snow in June.

We saw super cool dino bones.

And we climbed inside giant stone arches.

Of course my favorite part was visiting with friends we haven't seen in a long time.  It was so awesome to catch up with everyone.  Dakota's favorite part was visiting with everyone's dogs along the way.  She's really hoping for one soon.  So not happing.

We're unpacked for the most part and enjoying our new Northern California community.  So far we've spent tons of time outdoors and I've found awesome local goodies!  The growers market here is awesome and I couldn't ask for more local produce!  Even the non-organic stuff here is not sprayed.  It's pretty exciting for me.

Now that we're settled, I'm back to meal planning and cooking up delicious things.  I'll have some yummy things posted in the near future!