Most people believe that healthy eating involves multiple trips to the market for crazy items that take hours in the kitchen to cook. Often times, they are turned off by those "good for you" products with odd names no one seems able to pronounce. (you know which I mean) Eating healthy does not have to be this difficult. It's quite possible to create healthy meals with minimal effort; using ingredients that you are familiar with and already enjoy.
I've partnered with Circulon during their #NewYearNewRes campaign and created the healthy, hassle-free meal below. Pasta is my comfort food, and although I love to eat it laden with a hearty meat sauce I like it equally as much loaded with sauteed vegetables in just their natural juices. For me, it's all about finding healthy ways to cook and eat what I like.
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Penne with Mushrooms, Peas & Cherry Tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
16 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
2 cups frozen peas
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 pound penne pasta
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
Parmesan cheese for serving
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Stir the penne into the boiling water. Cover the pot and return to boiling, stirring occasionally until pasta is tender but firm...al dente. Usually about 12 minutes.
In a large skillet, heat olive oil, crushed red pepper and garlic over medium heat. Cook until garlic becomes fragrant. Add mushrooms. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes or until mushrooms are lightly browned. Add peas and 1/4 cup of pasta water; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat until pasta is ready.
When ready drain pasta and add to skillet with vegetables. Return skillet to low heat and add tomatoes and basil; toss to coat. Season with salt and a splash of olive oil.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
***This recipe was created for Circulon Gourmet Cookware***
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