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The first week of every year I feel refreshed and ready to tackle the new year with a fresh outlook.  Last year I said I was going to cook more at home and this year I am determined to make that happen.  My plan: Ease into cooking 4 nights a week at home (because let’s be honest by Friday I am going to need a glass of wine and probably a cheese board-even though I am not supposed to have it).  I recently found a great clean eating guide that helps with portion control while still enjoying a well balanced diet.  Year after year, I say to myself I am cutting carbs and eating only fruits and veggies to cleanse my body. About 2.5 days into my cleanse I cave and order a pizza and it all goes down hill from there. Well today, I  hit 2.5 days and I am still feeling good thanks to my plan to not deprive myself of the foods I love. Instead, I have been enjoying smaller portions once a day.


Yields 4 servings

1/2 box of Whole Wheat Rotini

3 large carrots

1 red pepper

1 yellow pepper

2 broccoli floretes

1 carton of cherry tomatoes

1/2 red onion

Obviously this recipe can be adjusted to using any veggies you love (these are some of our favorites and what I had in the fridge).

Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 2: Roughly chop all veggies so they are approximately the same size and lay flat on a baking sheet.  Take 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and drizzle on veggies.  Add salt and pepper as desired. Place baking sheet in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until vegetables are lightly browned.

Step 3: Boil pasta until al dente (approx. 12 minutes for whole wheat). Drain pasta and place into a large bowl.

Step 4:  Take veggies out of the oven and toss into pasta bowl.  Add 1/2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste.  Add a little fresh parmesan cheese to taste.

We added grilled chicken to this recipe for extra protein.

What are some of your cooking goals for this year?  I would love to hear! Also, if you have any great, easy recipes send them my way :)


xox- a dash of details


3 replies
  1. thatfoodiegirl
    thatfoodiegirl says:

    Yum!! I love making hearty veggie soups with chicken and quinoa during the winter–just throw it all in the crock pot, your house smells amazing, and you’ve got meals for the week!

  2. Alex Janowiak
    Alex Janowiak says:

    Baja Burrito Bowl
    SERVES 1

    Steam 1 cup broccoli until tender. In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed, and 1/3 cup cooked quinoa. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss with broccoli, 1/3 cup chopped avocado, 2 tbsp chopped cilantro and 2 tbsp prepared salsa.

    Nutrition info 286 calories per serving, 9 g fat (1 g saturated), 43 g carbs, 16 g fiber, 13 g protein

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