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Quick and Easy Meal Recipe: GARLICKY TOMATO PASTA WITH WINE SAUCE

30-MINUTE MEAL RECIPE: GARLICKY TOMATO PASTA WITH WHITE WINE SAUCE

If you love garlic, then you will love my garlicky tomato pasta recipe! You will even love it more because it takes less than 30 minutes to make!

I came up with this recipe one day when we didn’t know what to eat for dinner. I really didn’t want to cook a big meal that would take an hour or more to both prepare and cook. I looked in our pantry and found a box of spaghetti and in our fridge were cherry tomatoes and garlic. Since we didn’t have spaghetti sauce, I recalled watching a cooking show that showed how to make a wine sauce for a pasta dish and since we keep our wine fridge filled at all times – we were in luck!

30-MINUTE MEAL RECIPE: GARLICKY TOMATO PASTA WITH WHITE WINE SAUCE

30-MINUTE MEAL RECIPE: GARLICKY TOMATO PASTA WITH WHITE WINE SAUCE

This meal is in heavy rotation at our house and it’s so easy to make! You can scroll down and check out the video I made below for my step-by-step instructions. For your convenience, I’ve created a printable recipe card for you as well.

30-Minute Meal Recipe: GARLICKY TOMATO PASTA WITH WINE SAUCE
 
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Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 2-4

Ingredients
  • 1 1b. of Spaghetti (1/2 of the box)
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 6-10 Garlic Cloves, minced (add as little or as much as you like)10.5 oz. Cherry Tomatoes
  • Kosher Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. Butter, unsalted
  • ⅓ cup White Wine, dry preferably **If you like a bit of sauce in your pasta, you can add 2 heaping tablespoons of marinara sauce.
  • Parmesan Cheese, shaved and Basil for garnish

Instructions
  1. Boil your Spaghetti until al dente.
  2. In a small frying pan on medium-high heat, add olive oil. When olive oil is hot, add the garlic and stir until golden and fragrant. Add the butter and stir until melted. Add the tomatoes and stir frequently until tomatoes burst and release their juices. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add wine. (If you want to add a bit of marinara sauce, you can add it at this time). Once the sauce comes to a boil, turn off the heat.
  4. Drain your pasta and place it back into the pot. Pour the sauce in the spaghetti and toss.
  5. Plate your pasta, top with fresh parmesan cheese and garnish with fresh basil.
  6. Serve and Enjoy!


30-MINUTE MEAL RECIPE: GARLICKY TOMATO PASTA WITH WHITE WINE SAUCE

Pair this pasta with a side salad and/or a warm piece of crusty bread and you have a delicious meal. Oh, and let’s not forget to pour yourself a glass of wine!

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!

-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez / Music: My Italian Summer: Pop Mania by Nino Rapicavoli & Romolo Grano

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NO-BAKE HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD COOKIES

NO-BAKE GINGERBREAD COOKIES

NO-BAKE GINGERBREAD COOKIE DESSERT TREATS

There are some of us that plan ahead and bake our desserts and then there are some of us that look for quick and easy semi-homemade dessert treats to make.  Depending on the occasion, you might find that I am 50/50 when it comes to preparing a dessert. I can recall a few times when we have had impromptu guests over and depending on the time of day, I may offer coffee or tea, and I like to have something alongside the hot beverage, so that guests can enjoy.

NO-BAKE GINGERBREAD COOKIE DESSERT TREAT

Being that we are in the holiday season, some of us may already have a bag or box of gingerbread cookies. Rather than placing a couple of plain cookies on a dessert dish, how about stepping it up and make a yummy filling to fill your gingerbread cookies with?! You only need three ingredients to make this filling and most of us probably keep these staples in our fridge and pantry…

In a medium-sized bowl, mix 8 oz. cream cheese, softened, 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract. If your cream cheese is cold, you can use a mixer to cream your ingredients. 

Whether you’re making a dozen cookies or half a dozen, you can alter the ingredients to make a sufficient amount of filling for your gingerbread cookies. You can either serve your cookies open-face and sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top of the filling or you can sandwich two gingerbread cookies together. Depending on an individual’s preference, I like to offer both options!

NO-BAKE GINGERBREAD COOKIE DESSERT TREAT

NO-BAKE GINGERBREAD COOKIE DESSERT TREAT

Bring out your inner Martha Stewart and place your prepared cookies on festive dessert tray. I found this adorable marble & wood sleigh tray at TJMaxx! Next, you can add a bit of Christmas greenery and/or wrap a string of twinkle lights to your tray of cookies. Viola! Your guests will wonder how you whipped this up so quickly and will appreciate the unexpected presentation!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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Recipe: BREAKFAST TREATS MADE EASY USING OUI YOGURT & EUROPEAN READY-TO-EAT WAFFLES

Recipe: BREAKFAST TREAT MADE EASY - USING OUI YOPLAIT YOGURT + READY TO EAT EUROPEAN WAFFLES

It was just the other week while food shopping with my mom, that she told me about the newly launched Oui yogurt by Yoplait, she saw in a magazine. I decided to try both the vanilla and blueberry flavored yogurt. Not only did I like the taste of this french style yogurt but I enjoyed the thick and creamy texture. While eating my yogurt, I thought to myself how good this would be as a topping. Then it hit me! I can create a yummy breakfast treat, using De Wafelbakkers Ready to Eat Waffles!

Recipe: EASY TO MAKE BREAKFAST TREAT

No need for heating up, toasting or adding syrup to these waffles. These semi-sweet waffles have a wonderful flavor all on their own.

Recipe: BREAKFAST TREAT MADE EASY - USING OUI YOPLAIT YOGURT + READY TO EAT EUROPEAN WAFFLES

For this breakfast treat, I used the ready-to-eat blueberry waffles, topped it with Oui blueberry yogurt and garnished with cranberry granola.

Recipe: BREAKFAST TREAT MADE EASY - USING OUI YOPLAIT YOGURT + READY TO EAT EUROPEAN WAFFLES

For my second breakfast treat recipe, I used the plain ready-to-eat waffles, topped it with Oui vanilla yogurt, added freshly sliced strawberries, and drizzled some honey! Mmmm…so good!!

Recipe: BREAKFAST TREAT MADE EASY - USING OUI YOPLAIT YOGURT + READY TO EAT EUROPEAN WAFFLES

These quick and easy-to-make breakfast treats are a delicious way to start your day, that your whole family will like – even better to enjoy as a mid-morning snack! Don’t have time to make breakfast? Whether you plan to eat the yogurt and waffles together or separately, these are perfect ‘grab and go’ items.  On a side note, I particularly like the Oui yogurt packaged in small pots…perfect to reuse and house a small flower arrangement, a votive candle, or even your matchsticks!

I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the Oui flavors…black cherry, lemon, peach, strawberry, and coconut to determine my favorites! Have you tried Oui yogurt? Which one do you love?

-Pictures + recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

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SMOKED SAUSAGE + EGG BREAKFAST SKILLET RECIPE

SMOKED SAUSAGE + EGG BREAKFAST SKILLET RECIPE

One of our favorite things we look forward to in our home are big weekend breakfasts that we typically don’t get to enjoy during the week. Normally, are routine work week breakfasts include coffee and a slice of toast, a bagel, or a pastry of some sort. Traditionally, I like to cook my go-to caramelize banana-almond flavored pancake recipe or bacon and eggs. This time I tried something new!

No need to dirty up more than one pan or bowl for this recipe! I made a smoked sausage and egg breakfast skillet. This one pan meal is simple and saves you time! To make this recipe, I used smoked sausage, fried eggs, sweet white onions, tomatoes (fresh from my mom’s garden) and garnished with fresh cilantro.

Brighten your morning and start your day with this delicious breakfast skillet recipe!

SMOKED SAUSAGE + EGG BREAKFAST SKILLET RECIPE
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Smoked Sausage + Egg Breakfast Skillet
Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp, Olive Oil
  • Smoked Sausage (I used a pack of the Hillshire Farm brand and cut half of it)
  • 1 small sweet white onion, diced
  • 2 medium fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions
  1. Heat up your medium skillet over medium heat with olive oil. Slice your smoked sausage in a diagonal 1-inch cuts. Add the sausage to the skillet and cook until brown on both sides.
  2. Add the onions and tomatoes into the skillet; add salt and pepper and cook until the tomatoes slightly thickens.
  3. Make two small holes in the mixture and crack and egg into each well. Fry the eggs sunny-side up; season with salt and pepper. If you prefer over-medium eggs, wait until the white part of the egg cooks completely and with a spatula, gently flip over your egg.
  4. Garnish with cilantro.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

 

Recipe + Photo by Rose Angel Lopez

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COZY UP WITH THIS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

COZY UP WITH A CUP OF THIS DELICIOUS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPECOZY UP WITH A CUP OF THIS DELICIOUS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPECOZY UP WITH A CUP OF THIS DELICIOUS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

March 20th officially marks the change of seasons but with ‘Storm Stella’ looming around some of us in the East Coast, it doesn’t feel like spring is near. With the very cold temps outside, I craved a hot beverage to keep me warm. I whipped up my favorite Lavender Hot Chocolate recipe! To recreate this simple recipe, the two main ingredients I use are Silly Cow Chocolate Moo-usse Hot Chocolate and Pepper Creek Farms French Blue Lavender.

Naturally sweetened chocolate, infused with lavender buds, topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings – makes this blended hot chocolate oh, so gourmet!

COZY UP WITH A CUP OF THIS DELICIOUS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

COZY UP WITH THIS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE
 
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Recipe type: Hot Beverage
Cuisine: Lavender Hot Chocolate
Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients
  • 2 cups, Milk (whole or skim is optional)
  • 1 Tbsp, Lavender Buds
  • 2 Tbsp, Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Whipped Cream and Chocolate Shavings for topping

Instructions
  1. Pour 2 cups of milk into your liquid measuring cup.
  2. Combine Milk and lavender buds in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat. Be sure to stir occasionally and do not let mixture come to a boil. Once you see steam, lower heat and let mixture simmer.
  3. Add hot chocolate mixture and stir until chocolate is melted and and mixture is smooth. Continue to let simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Strain mixture back into measuring cup and then pour the lavender hot chocolate in two cups.
  5. Top lavender hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings
  6. Enjoy!


-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

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