Heat Wave Pasta!
July 16, 2013
Hello again! I hope you have all been enjoying your summer so far! If you live on the East Coast, especially New York, you are well aware that we are in the middle of a serious heat wave!! Every day it feels like a cool 101 degrees and its brutal. Anything that is not ice cold does not sound good to me.
Last night, I was thinking about what to make for dinner before I had to run off to film. I needed something quick and still somewhat healthy but everything that required heat completely turned me off. So I opened my fridge, rummaged around and started throwing a little something together.
Most of these ingredients you should be able to find in your kitchen already. First I put on a pot of water to boil. While that was boiling, I sliced some cherry tomatoes in half and drizzled with a tiny bit of olive oil and put them in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20mins based on how roasted you want them.
At this time, the water was ready and I threw in a serving size of whole wheat penne pasta to cook for about 10-12 minutes. While the tomatoes and pasta were cooking, I threw some baby spinach into a pan and sautéed for about 5 minutes. If you time it correctly, you can have everything done at the same time.
I grabbed a bowl and threw in the pasta, roasted tomatoes, sautéed spinach with a small splash of olive oil and lemon juice. I then put the bowl in the freezer to get a quick cool off.
During this time I went to do my hair and make-up!
When I was all ready to walk out the door, I grabbed the bowl out of the freezer and added just a little bit of sliced fresh mozzarella and that’s it! It was a colorful and refreshing quick summer meal!
I’m sure with a little more thought there are some other great ingredients that could be added. What are your suggestions? What are your go to meals in this type of heat?