Thursday, November 15, 2012

Garlic and Breadcrumb Pasta

I saw this recipe floating around Pinterest for quite awhile and finally decided to give it a try. It always sounded really good to me - and it ended up tasting really good as well, so I don't know why I waited so long to make it.

8 ounces of pasta (I used angel hair pasta just cause that's my personal favorite)
6 cloves of garlic (chopped fine)
2 tbs. olive oil
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
2 and 1/2 tbs. lemon juice
1/4 cup parsley (more/less depending on what you like)

First, cook your pasta as directed on the box.

Next, heat up your oil in a medium size pan. Add your garlic. Cook it for about 5 minutes - just make sure it doesn't burn.

Add your breadcrumbs in with the garlic. Make sure to stir it frequently. You only want to keep it on the heat until it turns a light golden brown color.

Once your pasta is done, you can put it back in the pot or in a bowl to add in the rest of your ingredients.

Toss in the garlic/breadcrumb mixture and then add the lemon juice and parsley. For mine, I used slightly less than 1/4 cup - I just thought the whole 1/4 cup was a little too much parsley! I also tossed in a little extra olive oil as I mixed everything together when I thought it was getting too dry.

Simple, quick and tasty!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I was in a baking mood this week and I was tired of cupcakes and super sweet icing..I wanted something a little sweet but also a little healthier than cupcakes. So I decided on these banana chocolate chip muffins! I love 'em. They have been my breakfast for the past few days along with a cup of soymilk!
3 ripe bananas mashed
2 1/3 cup flour (I use King Arthur gluten free flour)
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup applesauce
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup soymilk
1/2 vegan chocolate chips (I like to use Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips)
Now for this, I used my BabyCake maker, but if you're baking the typical way - preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.
In a large bowl, mix the mashed bananas, applesauce, vanilla, sugar, and almond milk together. 
Once you have everything mixed well, slowly beat the dry ingredients in with the wet. Fold in the chocolate chips. 
Bake for 25-30 minutes until they're golden brown. I always check mine with a toothpick. When it comes out clean, you know they're done!