Carbo-Loading Lovin’

With classes almost over, finals coming up, and graduation just around the corner, I decided to treat myself tonight–with a Mediterranean pasta dish. When you put garlic, artichokes, pasta, feta, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and zucchini together you get something pretty close to heaven.

I get most of my inspiration from Pinterest these days, so naturally that’s where I found this recipe. I was led to this wonderful blog. The recipe was titled “Skinny Mediterranean Pasta.” Now normally I prefer recipes with tons of fat, but with my sorority formal tomorrow I didn’t want to take any chances. While there is skinny in the name, you wouldn’t know it! It was simply delicious.

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I’m a huge believer of good food that’s quick and easy–and this fit the bill. Boil some water for the pasta (you can choose any type of pasta you like!), then saute artichokes, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, and garlic–I also added sliced olives and roasted red pepper–and cook those until tender. Then add balsamic vinegar and voila! toss it all together and serve with crumbled feta for that added touch. (That was a quick version of the recipe but here is the real one). I made a huge pan and almost ate the whole thing.

I should treat myself to a leisurely, homecooked meal more often–cooking can be such a stress reliever. This recipe would be awesome chilled as well (maybe a lunch on a hot summer day??) If you love pasta like I do, check this recipe out. But until next time, keep eating!

It’s All Greek to Me!

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Since it’s a Saturday and my day is more relaxing (or at least that’s what I keep telling myself as I stare at mounds of books…) I decided to be adventurous and make dinner, something fancier than I normally would. My inspiration for my meal came from Pinterest—probably one of the best sites for pictures of mouth-watering food.  As I was practically drooling in my seat, I came across a recipe for a Mediterranean salad. That was it. That was what I wanted for dinner. So I practically jogged to Shaw’s to get the ingredients.

I have to say, if you’re on a budget, this meal is perfect for you. Luckily today, some of the produce at Shaw’s was on sale (the lottery for a broke college girl like me), so nothing cost me over fifteen dollars. All you need is quinoa, a cucumber, olive oil, grape tomatoes, olives, feta, and a red onion. Unfortunately I didn’t incorporate red onions into my meal because Shaw’s had an ominous-looking selection and I didn’t want to take my chances.

There’s an even better reason why you need to make this meal. You don’t even need to be a “chef” to make it. The hardest part is cooking the quinoa according to the instructions on the bag. No measuring needed. After the quinoa is done, chop up all your veggies—as many or as little as you want—toss in some feta, drizzle it with olive oil and a pinch of lemon juice and viola! there you have it—a deliciously cooked meal. I took some liberties with the recipe and mixed in a few heaping scoops of tzatziki sauce (it has become my new favorite thing, I try to find excuses to use it with everything).

I’ve never been to Greece and have accepted that this is as close as I’ll probably ever get. Even though my meal might not have been as good as a meal from Greece (I would argue that is debatable), it was an easy, quick, and cheap meal that I would definitely make again. But until next time, keep eating!