• Simple Pesto Gemelli

    Simple Pesto Gemelli

    Some days, all I need is a simple pasta dish for lunch. Gemelli is one of my favorite types of pasta, and find it goes great with pesto sauce. I love how the sauce gets stuck inside the little twists! It is delicious tossed together with a fresh, homemade pesto sauce (although you can use store-bought to make things easier), and cherry tomatoes and quartered artichoke hearts. Artichokes are known for two health benefits: antioxidants and fiber. The heart is the most flavorful part! Artichoke hearts go well with pastas and on top of pizza. What is your favorite way to eat them? The pesto can be made in a…

  • Whole Wheat Noodle Stir Fry

    Whole Wheat Noodle Stir Fry

    Sometimes when I open my fridge and pull out leftovers, magic happens. I love it when I throw some stuff together and it creates something delicious. That is how this whole wheat noodle and vegetable stir fry happened. I made whole wheat spaghetti the night before, and made too many noodles so in the fridge they went. I also had mushrooms and broccoli going bad, so those had to go. With some carrot, green onion, walnuts, and sesame oil, this yummy whole wheat noodle stir fry came together perfectly! I like to cook the vegetables until done by still crisp so the stir fry is more on the crunchy side.…

  • Lemon Asparagus Orzo

    Lemon Asparagus Orzo

    Don’t you love that beautiful yellow color? I will tell you the secret: turmeric! Turmeric is closely related to ginger (it looks very similar on the outside), and the powder has a gorgeous, vivid yellow color. Turmeric is used commonly in Indian cooking, and is known for many health benefits (although some studies show mixed results). Health benefits include antidepressant effects, steady blood sugar levels in diabetes, anti-inflammatory effects and it even contains a compound called curcumin that may help fight viral infections. Even though there is not a lot of strong evidence for any of these benefits, I still like to sprinkle turmeric on my food whenever I can!…