Beef (and pasta) – It’s what’s for dinner!

September 27, 2010

Beef and Spinach Pasta

A couple of years back I saw this recipe on an episode of Everyday Italian. The theme of the show was Picnic Planner, as Giada was packing a lunch to surprise her hubby with at work. The show was a bit cheesy, but the recipes had stuck in my mind for a while, especially the pasta. I love arugula and had wanted to make this for quite a while.

Earlier this year when arugula came in in the garden, I knew just what to use it for. I had always kind of thought this recipe was odd for a picnic, but after making it, I decided it was more like a pasta salad — perfect warm or at room temperature. The sauce you pour over it is basically a dijon vinaigrette, which is very quick and easy to make. Thus me making it this week with what I could find in the refrigerator and pantry. (more…)

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More Zucchini Love: Stuffed Zucchinis

September 9, 2010

Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini

This weekend it didn’t take me too long to figure out what to do with all of the zucchini that came in. “Stuffed zucchini!” I declared and went off to the store to procure the ingredients I would need.

I forget how I happened upon this original recipe from Giada de Laurentiis for stuffed zucchini and bell peppers, but I’m glad I did because it introduced me to the world of stuffing vegetables besides peppers.

I’ve made both her version (slightly adapted*) and a vegetarian, mushroom-stuffed version because I had some left over portobello mushrooms. I loved both, so they’re both in my repertoire now. Get the recipe for my mushroom-stuffed version below. (more…)

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