Ahh, colorful food. Brightens my day. Finally back home (left 31 days ago!!) and the first thing I do is cook! I’m soo happy to be back in my kitchen. I got inspired by the sunny, grass-scented sky of LA and made this fresh healthy plate.
I’m really horrible at sharing recipes because I don’t like the constricting feeling of measurements so I just eye-ball everything.
But I’ll try. So, basically this is a Shrimp Pesto Couscous! Cook 1 cup pearl couscous as directed on package. Saute 1 yellow squash and red bell pepper. Set aside. Saute shrimp (my secret: I drop in a spoon of bacon grease!!). Stir together in big bowl: couscous, veggies, shrimp, a few dashes of red wine vinegar, lime juice, olive oil, pesto (homemade or store bought. I like mine fresh & homemade. I’ll add the pesto recipe at bottom of post), sea salt & pepper. Serve warm or cold.
Big Veggie Salad. That’s the only decent name I can think of. This is my fave! And it’s so easy. Just mix together your fave veggies, veggies that are in season, colorful ones, all kinds! None can go wrong! Something about chopping them up in tiny pieces makes it more delicious. Then the dressing: whisk together white wine vinegar, fresh lemon juice, sea salt, dijon mustard, olive oil. Ta da!
One of my highlights in New York was eating the best pizza EVER. Sicilian slice from L&B Spumoni Gardens. I usually don’t like thick pizzas but this was sooo good. Crispy on the bottom, doughy soft, tangy tomato sauce, just a little bit of fresh cheese.
The other equally delicious highlight was going to Eataly (I’ve been wanting to go there for over a year!). It is AMAZING. Italian heaven. Food heaven.
I decided that from now on I will make my own pasta so that’s my new project this week… any tips? Videos? Tutorials?
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Season with salt and pepper and mix in the cheese.