Friday, April 20, 2012

Pasta and Veggies with Tropical Fruit Salad

Right now I have a serious case of Spring fever. And my lazy-gene has been a bit more active as of late. Hmmm......

I am all about the quick and easy these days. In regard to food.
Let's set that straight......however, there are those days in which I revel in the long prep, the chopping, sauteing, stirring, reductions, marinades and long slow roasting times.



But this isn't one of those days. :-)

This is similar to a dish I made called Pasta Gwendal a year or so ago. Simply open the fridge and grab the veggies of your choice. The little bits of things left which won't make a side dish but combined with the other vegetable orphans, blossom into a good healthy meal.

My crisper housed a single large zucchini, a few mushrooms, three scallions, half a green bell pepper and half a jar of sun-dried tomatoes in oil.

Put the pasta water on to boil while you chop the veggies. Tip a bit of that sun-dried tomato oil into the pan and heat. Pasta takes 10 minutes so, let's start the saute of the vegetables. Easy, right?

If you have a salad to go along with your meal that's great. I was fortunate enough to have a tropical fruit salad with lots of juicy pineapple, kiwi and a few strawberries thrown in.



This is a meal I made after reading Waiting: True Confessions of a Waitress by Debra Ginsberg. I posted my review at Novel Meals here.

Basic food...totally satisfying. Low in cost as well as energy. Love it!

Do you have go-to quickie meals? What do you fancy when you have little time but don't want nuke something or order a pizza?

Speaking of quickie meals and ease of prep, my friend Heather has been participating in #50 Women Game Changers which highlights different female cooks/chefs and this week - it's all about the self-professed queen of ease, Nigella Lawson! My favorite. Please check Heather's post out HERE. Nigella...my favorite.

Coming up soon is my copycat dinner roll recipe I borrowed from my friend Rita of Sage Cuisine.
Bon appetit!

9 comments:

Heather @girlichef.com said...

That pasta looks awesome...but hand me a big ol' serving of that fruit salad - yum! And yay Nigella ♥!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

This pasta looks wonderful quick and easy dinner. Funny how you are in the grip of spring fever, and I'm mellowing out into autumn - slowing things down with risottos and slow simmers.
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CJ - Food Stories said...

I'm right there with you on the fast food bandwagon. I like easy, simple, quick recipes that spring is known for.

Rita said...

My kind of meal! Anything works and I am due for a good pasta dish. Your salad is fresh and healthy. Thank you for trying my dinner rolls.
Rita

drick perry said...

my week nites are like this, sans pasta, vegetables steaming while I do a quick chopped salad... 30 minute meals are what is it all about and then we look forward to the weekend, for long, enjoyable times over the grill - spring is good!

Katerina said...

I guess we are all in a spring/lazy mood lately. Quick pasta with veggies is something I would hapilly make on a busy week night! Looks delicious!

Pierce said...

Dinner rolls coming up after my weekend wine review today. Man, do I ever love fresh bread :-)
Funny, I have the Spring fever and it didn't occur to me that my friends in the southern hemisphere are rolling into Autumn. I like the meals that come with Autumn very much.

Eliotseats said...

Pasta is so versatile! This looks great with all the veggies!

Velva said...

I have a similar cooking style to you. There are days when I want to spend the day in the kitchen and other where I just want it fast and easy.

I like the idea too, of a past and vegetable, then topping it off with a fruit bowl.

Its almost Friday!

Velva

P.S. Happy Mother's Day to you.

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