Monday, December 29, 2008

Linguine With Sundried Tomatoes

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

2 cups green peas or 1 cup peas and 1 cup edamame
1 pound linguine
6 Tbsp olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, peeled and minced
1 cup sundried tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
parsley for garnish

Cook peas and edamame and drain. Cook pasta according to package directions.

In a pan, heat olive oil, garlic and shallots over low heat. Add broth, peas and sundried tomatoes and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and toss with the pasta. Salt and pepper to taste and garnish with parsley.

Tips and Tricks
I used about half a pound of whole wheat spaghetti in place of the linguine. Use sundried tomatoes, not chopped in oil. I buy the kind in a foil package that can be refrigerated and I buy the prechopped kind to save time. I made this using the peas/edamame option. I also slightly decreased the oil and garlic.
Make It Healthier
Use whole wheat pasta and low-sodium broth.
How Kids Can Help
Measure ingredients. Older kids can use a garlic press.
Recipe Source
adapted from The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook by Tosca Reno

Roasted Garlic Spinach Dip

Prep/Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

1 small head garlic
3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp hot sauce
8 oz cream cheese, cut into small chunks
salt to taste
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
crackers or veggies

Using a sharp knife, slice the top off the pointed end of the garlic, exposing the flesh. Remove the papery outer skin, but not all of the skin. Drizzle one Tbsp of olive oil over the garlic, wrap in foil and roast at 400 for 25-30 minutes. Unwrap and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, mix the milk, remaining olive oil, salt and hot sauce in a sauce pan and heat on low. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted.

Squeeze the soft garlic out of the skins and mash with a fork. Add the garlic and spinach to the saucepan. Stir to combine.

Serve warm with crackers or veggies.

Tips and Tricks
An entire head of garlic may seem like a lot, but it really isn't. Roasting mellows the flavor of the garlic, so it is still rich without being intense. I prefer to microwave my spinach to make sure any ice crystals are fully thawed. I also use a potato ricer to squeeze the spinach dry.
Make It Healthier
Omit the salt. Use reduced-fat cream cheese.
How Kids Can Help
Wrap garlic in foil. Mash cooled garlic with fork. Older kids can cut the cream cheese into chunks.
Recipe Source
original recipe