This simple, vegetarian weeknight meal is just bursting with flavor! Even better, it will come together for you in about 20 minutes, most of which is waiting for pasta to boil. Hurrah! Bright and fresh lemon pair beautifully with basil, nutty Parmesan and the crunch of almonds. The peas add a touch of sweetness that just completes the flavor party perfectly. Pretty good for 20 minutes. Weeknight hero status. Wear your apron backwards. Bam. Cape.
I’m going to start this post with a few confessions.
The only thing homemade here is the pizza crust, but I figure it still counts as a recipe because it involves yeast and baking. No shame coming from this corner of the internet. If I have to bloom yeast, I’m claiming cook credit.
The chicken was leftover from takeout. I’ve been lazy with the cooking recently, and there’s an amazing little rotisserie chicken cafe across the street from our place that serves up fare as good as homemade.
I’ve been an absentee blogger for the past couple of weeks. I would like to go ahead and lie to you and say it’s because I’ve been doing something awesome like adventuring, or whatever suave and sophisticated ladies do (garden parties? tea drinking? book clubs?), but I won’t. I’ve been distracted by Diablo III. Yep. I went there. My already limited attention span has been once again divided.
I have way too many pizza recipes on the blog already, but I care not. Pizza is culinary perfection.
This chana masala is a traditional North Indian dish. You’ll always find it with tomatoes and chickpeas, but the spice mix will vary depending on who is preparing it for you. It’s rich, intensely spiced, fragrant and has a note of tang that I find irresistible in nicely layered curries. The cucumber raita adds a lovely, fresh, cooling element that acts as a perfect foil for the bold stew. It can be mild, or it can be as spicy as you can handle. It’s all up to you, and the goodies you have stashed in your pantry. If you have some chickpeas and diced tomatoes in your pantry, you’re 20 minutes from a perfect weeknight meal.
Smoky, crunchy and satisfying – roasted almonds are a great choice for a healthy grab and go snack. The protein helps curb hunger, and they’re a great source of vitamin E. Eat them on their own, top your salad, or garnish your veggies. Easy to make, delicious, and good for you. Hooray for almonds!
Today I’m sharing a quick and healthy lunch idea with you. It’s a great way to use up any leftover protein such as chicken or steak you have hanging out in your fridge, and make it feel like a completely new dish!