Saturday, April 2, 2011

Veg Bad Challenge Week 2


I'm taking the Veg Bad Challenge


The one thing that I have discovered in the midst of these past two weeks of the Veg Bad Challenge, if you eat veggies, you get hungry ALOT!  I feel like I'm always battling tummy growls.  And not the dieting kind of growls that have to be brought into submission and satiated with thoughts of fitting into a new pair of jeans.  These growls are more of the I just ate a ton of veggies, why am I still hungry kind of growls. 

We had some pretty good vegetables this week.  The family favorite being an adaptation of a recipe from our dear Mari!

Orecchiette with Bulk Sausage and Baby Broccoli
Serves: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

• 2 bunches baby broccoli, stems trimmed (sub small broccoli florets or any form of greens)

• 1 pound orecchiette pasta

• 1 pound bulk sausage (Jimmy Dean works nice or you could use Italian sausage and remove the casing)

• 3 garlic cloves, minced

Heavy cream or Parmesan Cheese to garnish

Salt to taste

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Salt well

Heat a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up into pieces with a spoon, until browned. Add the garlic, and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, when the water is boiling, add the orecchiette and cook until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 11 minutes. Two minutes before pasta is done cooking, add in the baby broccoli.

Drain without rinsing the baby broccoli and pasta.  Then add them to the pan with the sausage mixture and toss to coat. Stir in the cream or Parmesan and serve immediately with red pepper flakes.

Notes:  This recipe cooks up quickly and is super tasty.  Hannah was set against eating it, but once she tasted it gave it two thumbs up.  Everybody loved the baby broccoli, even pulling out extra pieces to eat. 


It's not too late to join the Veg Bad Challenge!!!  Add a link to your favorite vegetable recipe by clicking "Add your link" and putting the name of the recipe in the name section and the link to your blog post!  Or leave it in the comments below. 

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