Monday, April 16, 2012

Hearty & Healthy Springtime Feast

Hearty & Healthy Springtime Feast: Farfalle Rosa with Salmon and Asparagus 

Makes: 2-4 Servings. Under $20 & Under 20 minutes in the kitchen!

This dish is considered a nutritional powerhouse as it is packed with Omega-3s, protein, Vitamins A, B, C and D and is low in sodium, lactose and fat!

You will need: 1 pound of Farfalle (bowtie) pasta, 1 pound asaparagus stalks, ¾ pound wild salmon (unseasoned), extra virgin olive oil, 2 handfuls of fresh roma tomatoes, red pasta sauce, white pasta sauce (I prefer Walden Farms Alfredo Sauce from Sprouts), fresh squeezed lemon juice. Everything was purchased at Sprouts Markets.

Directions: Boil farfalle pasta until al dente (still a little hard around the edges) then place aside. In a pan on low-medium heat, coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil. Once sizzling, throw in the chopped tomatoes and diced asparagus. Once the tomatoes have cooked down a bit and the asparagus is starting to golden, add in the salmon in bite-sized chunks. Allow the salmon to sauté for about a minute, then add in a little red sauce and then a little white sauce, until you find that perfect blend of a pink sauce. Go easy on the sauces Рthe lighter, the better! Sample the sauce here to make sure it tastes to your liking. Turn down the heat to low and let all the flavors blend together here for a few minutes. When it seems ready, lightly toss the farfalle with extra virgin olive oil, then slowly fold the farfalle into the sauce. Mix everything together very well, let it blend for a minute, then sprinkle lemon juice overtop and serve. Buon appetito!

Other healthy & easy home-cooked meals: Grilled white fish tacos with cilantro rice and red kidney beans; Homemade grilled pizza with Trader Joe’s pizza dough (ingredients of your choice!); Penne arrabiata with roasted red peppers and eggplant; Mediterranean Feast Night: falafel, hummus, pita, and Greek salad.


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