Also, if there is one thing I like more than sampling diverse foods, is cooking food and feeding people! I love to entertain at home in cozy environs, with warm affection, good food and great conversation (the standards of "greatness" being highly subjective of course). Thus it was this one day a friend called to say she was coming home with a bottle of wine and that I should make dinner. What was I to cook though? I knew she liked pasta's, and loved cheese. What of my diet though? So I scrounged through my refrigerator to look for ingredients that'd be healthy and cooked up some deliciousness! Here's what we ate:
(Quantities according to the amount of Pasta you're cooking!)
- Black Olives (sliced)
- Fresh Basil (chopped)
- Sun dried Tomato (soaked in warm water, drained and chopped)
- Button Mushroom
- Onion (chopped)
- Garlic (chopped)
- Olive Oil (to cook)
- Salt and Crushed Pepper for Seasoning
- Durum Wheat Pasta (any shape)
- Boil and strain the pasta and keep aside.
- Heat oil in deep pan.
- Add garlic and fry until brown.
- Add onions and fry till translucent.
- Add salt and crushed pepper.
- Add the mushroom and sun dried tomato and cook.
- Add the basil.
- Add black olives when the sauce is just about cooked.
- Add water only if this looks too dry to you, else keep it as it is.
- Toss in the pasta when the sauce is done!
Simple, fast, healthy and delicious!
For the Bruschetta:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Garlic Bread
- Garlic Oil
- Fresh chopped tomatoes
- chopped basil.
- salt to taste.
- Mix the basil, tomatoes and salt with the olive oil. the oil should be just enough to coat the other ingredients. Keep aside for 20 minutes or so.
- Slice the Garlic bread and toast it with garlic oil on a non-stick tawa.
- Place the tomato and basil mixture on the garlic bread.
- Serve immediately.
Thus it was that we had bruschetta as a starter, followed by the pasta for dinner; accompanied with port wine and gossipy conversation!
P.S: The whole point of Foodie on a Diet is to compile recipes that are not too expensive to make (though that's quite relative to the state of one's pockets!), healthy, and most of all TASTY. Healthy eating must never be an ordeal I say! So, please feel free to contribute your favourite healthy recipes (all the better if they are your own creation) and never forget to RATE THEM!
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