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Angel Hair Pasta in Roasted Tomato Pink Sauce Recipe

Angel hair pasta is a round-rod pasta and is the thinnest vermicelli noodles. I like to simply sauté it in butter and pair it with roasted tomatoes. I add grilled eggplant to give a meaty texture to the tomato sauce and also add a "hint" of cream to make the dish richer. If I haven't said it enough times, that's why they invented treadmills.

I made this today because my uncle came over for dinner. He became a vegetarian more than 10 years ago, even though he was an avid carnivore before. He eats tofu every day and always tells me how much he craves pasta (his wife cooks Vietnamese food exclusively). So I made his favorite dish accompanied by a pink tomato sauce. For dessert, I made another favorite of his as well: chocolate lava cake. I think he enjoyed the meal but by the end he was complaining: "Jackie, my cholesterol, my cholesterol". Ehh, he ate it all...


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Veggie 'Meat' Balls with Spaghetti Recipe

I'm always faced with the same dilemma when it comes to making dinner for Lulu. I try to make a meat-less equivalent for the vegetarians in the house. Today I cooked meatballs for dinner, which Lulu and his sisters obviously don't eat. I decided to try my hand at making veggie meatballs. The veggie balls are nut-free and egg-free, which is perfect for my 9-year-old-sister-in-law who has all those allergies. I didn't know what to expect, but the result was surprisingly pleasant.

You can serve the veggie balls as appetizers as well, falafel-style or in a sandwich à la Saad's. I serve them in a simple tomato sauce with wheat spaghetti.


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Vegetarian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe

Vegetarian Orzo Pasta Salad

05.25.09 by Jackie

Orzo is a rice shaped pasta that is very convenient for making salads. Just dice all the vegetables the same size as the orzo grains, add a vinaigrette, and you're all set. If you need meat in your meal, diced smoked turkey is a healthy and tasty option.

The reason I made this is that Lulu's family organized a fun picnic for Memorial weekend in Big Basin. It was a pot luck, and I volunteered to make the veggie dish. The orzo pasta salad is easy to make and easy to transport, which are both important considerations when you're planning a picnic. Just drizzle the vinaigrette when you're ready to eat.  Make it for your next family picnic or barbecue; it's guaranteed to be a hit!


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Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna Recipe

Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna

02.04.09 by Jackie

Lasagna are always a hit at home, especially during the winter. The layer of spinach and béchamel sauce make the dish very creamy and filling. 

It's suitable for both meat eaters and vegetarians. My little sister-in-law who's deathly allergic to nuts and eggs can also share this dish with all of us.

It's a great dish to make in advance as you can prepare it the day before and keep it in the refrigerator overnight.


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Le Mac and Cheese Recipe

Le Mac and Cheese

01.11.09 by Jackie

Yesterday, we had a healthy meal. I worked out for an hour and felt good. But today to hell with exercise! We haven't had macaroni & cheese since Thanksgiving and the kids were asking for it. And when I say kids, I mean my husband.

We always make mac and cheese from scratch, and after trying this recipe, you will too. Say goodbye to  those blue boxes of powdered synthetic "cheese" product.

To bring more flavor to an ordinary mac and cheese, I use an herb-infused butter. I picked oregano,  tarragon, dill and thyme. This is what I have left in my herb garden from this past season. You can mix  and match whatever other herbs or spices you want like basil, chives, marjoram or even garlic and chili.  Have fun and create your own unique flavor. 

For Mac & Cheese, use any kind of tube-shaped pasta so that it can be coated inside and out with all the  cheesy goodness. For this particular preparation, I used the typical elbow-shaped pasta.  


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