Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Move over pasta, make room for the veggies!

I apologize for the slight randomness of this post, but I've tried some tasty recipes recently that I thought I'd share. The first two may be pasta dishes, but the stars of the show are not the noodles! To use up the last zucchini I had in my fridge, I made Soba Noodles with Zucchini Ribbons. I stuck to one portion, but kept the amount of veggies the same (thus doubling the veggies). Since I had no mushrooms, I used some diced red pepper. I love the hearty soba noodles, edamame, and zucchini, so this was a real treat for lunch :)

Soba Noodles w/Zucchini Ribbons


I also had grand plans for the bunch of kale I had picked up at the farmers market after reading Molly Wizenberg's article in Bon Appetit about how a recipe for Spaghetti w/Braised Kale made her fall in love with this highly nutritious vegetable. While I didn't need to be convinced (I already like kale), I thoroughly enjoyed this dish, which I made with some Lemon Chive Angel Hair!

Spaghetti w/Braised Kale


To finish off the kale, I also decided to try this recipe for a chickpea and kale stirfry. The recipe has been morphed from Heidi's site and I've also seen a version by Esi, so I knew this was probably a winner ;) Indeed it was-- the lemony zing went perfectly with the sauteed kale and crispy, hearty chickpeas!

Lemony Chickpea & Kale Stir Fry

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I've got a fun dessert coming up using this new(ish) product and a cute pan :)

23 comments:

Kelly said...

I love doing a similar dish with bitter greens to your kale dish. It calls for caramelized fennel and bitter greens and it won me over on both. All your dishes look excellent.

Erica said...

Great dishes! I love pasta, but much prefer it with LOTS of veggies. The stir fry looks incredible too. Esi and Heidi are always creating such awesome dishes. Can't wait to see your dessert. Hope you're having a good week

Lauren said...

I'm a fan of pairing a bit of pasta with a bunch of veggies... the soba noodles with zucchini and edamame looks especially delicious!

Bec said...

Ooo all these meals look really good, and creative too!

lesley living life said...

Yum! Your dishes look very gourmet and delicious! : )

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Gourmet in the house! I love the zuke ribbons, nice work!

Elra said...

Oh ... I am loving this beautiful, gorgeous and vibrant color pasta. I can feel how delicious it is.

Adam said...

Whoa, you're being quite the cookaholic today. 3 dishes? Anything involving kale is a winner for me, I love that stuff, and it's sooo good for you :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Awesome dishes! The zucchini ribbons look so pretty, delicious with soba noodles!

Elina said...

I know what the dessert is ;)
I love all these veggie full dishes. I never use kale in my cooking because I think it's too grassy for my picky husband. Do you think any of these dishes may turn him into a kale lover?

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

I love kale! I have a use bag I'm trying to use up. These all look delicious!

Christina said...

The stir fry sounds excellent! I need to stir fry greens just by themselves more often for a simple side dish.

eatingtolivelovelaughtri said...

Would you like to come over and cook for me? Those meals look SO good! : )

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

Yum, I love veggies and pasta!

Bryan V. said...

The zucchini ribbons rocks! For some reasons, i stopped eating pasta..

Erin of Care to Eat said...

OOh I LOVE these Shannon! Great ways to bulk up pasta a little without adding major volume. Meaning, we can stay functional during the day. Key. :)

Sophia said...

you've been cooking up a storm! Man, I just wanna live in your kitchen. Heidi is one of my fave bloggers, and I'm not even vegetarian!

Joanne said...

I love Pappardelle's pastas. Once I finish my gourmet peanut butter, that may be my next splurge. You should consider submitting one (or both) of these pasta dishes to Presto Pasta Nights (hosted by me this week). They look ideal for quick weeknight meals packed with some of the best veggies ever.

Pam said...

They all look really tasty. I love adding tons of veggies to my pasta dishes.

stephchows said...

mmmm they all sound super good to me!

Kerstin said...

Mmm, soba noodles with zucchini does sound like such a yummy lunch treat - yum! I've embarassed to admit that I've actually never tried kale. I saw that article too, and have been meaning to get some!

Emily said...

all 3 of those dishes look like ones i would definitely try. i need to buy some soba noodles, now that i know how to use them. :-) i love that each dish features veggies, too.

Diana said...

You beat me to the punch! I'm currently sitting on a bunch of pictures of a soba + zucchini noodle dish I made last week. So good right? Keep an eye out for it. I love tripling the volume with zucchini noodles! :)

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