Arugula Hard To Find In Grocery Stores

I stumbled across this 5-ingredient pesto pasta salad and decided to give it a try because I absolutely adore pesto. Plus it used mozzarella and I’ve always wanted to buy a ball of mozzarella from the grocery store, but never had an occasion to do so.

Fair warning, the recipe I linked to is sponsored by a company. But despite that, I just used a mix of ingredients I found in my grocery store.

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This recipe is super simple, and as the title of the recipe states, it only requires 5 ingredients. I did forget to buy red pepper when I was making this recipe but I’m sure it would taste even better with the red pepper. — How I forgot one of the five ingredients of a five ingredient meal is beyond me. I thought I had picked a red pepper up but then it wasn’t in my car when I got home.

Despite the fact I did forget one ingredient, even I couldn’t mess this recipe up. You just make some pasta, cut up some mozzarella into cubes, toss on  the pesto, and add arugula. Then you’d add the red pepper if you remembered to pick it up in the grocery store.

Let me tell you something about arugula. photo 2 (7)It is incredibly hard to find in the grocery store by itself and is incredibly expensive. Because it was so expensive on its own, I ended up buying a spring salad mix and then picking out the arugula for this meal. That  way you have your salad for the week but you also have your arugula.

I added a little bit of parsley to give it a little extra flavor (and because I needed to use it up before it spoiled) but you definitely don’t need it.

Tip: In order to get the pesto to evenly coat all the ingredients, put your salad in a tupperware container. Place the lid on the container and then shake.

Bonus Tip: I would wait for your pasta to cool down before adding the other ingredients. I didn’t because I was starving at the time and the pasta kind of melted the mozzarella. But it still tasted delicious so I wasn’t complaining.

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Creamy Avocado Pasta Easy But Not Tasty

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Some recipes seem better on screen than they taste. A good example of this would be creamy avocado pasta. I had some avocados I needed to use up and was in the mood for some pasta. I hunted online for some recipes and came across creamy avocado pasta.

It looked delicious and was easy to make. You just toss some items into a blender to make the sauce. But it didn’t taste good. First, the texture was really weird. Maybe I’m just not used to avocado as a sauce but I didn’t like it. Second, I probably should have diced the garlic before I put it in the blender. I thought the blender would get it, so I just chopped the garlic into large pieces. But the blender didn’t catch all the garlic, so I ended up eating some rather large hunks of garlic. Let me tell you, not tasty. Third, you can’t save leftovers. The avocado turns brown and smelled rather weird.

Yes, this recipe is easy to make but I definitely won’t be making it again.

Penne, and garden burgers, and corn. Oh my!

I’ve finally reached a point in my life when it annoys me that I have to put in a frozen pizza for dinner rather than take the time to make something. Unfortunately this week I haven’t had much time to eat, so the meals I’ve made have been pretty simple.

Here’s a wrap up of some of the meals and drinks that I have made this week:

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Left: Penne with red pepper and a shredded italian cheese blend, topped with oregano. I was a little skeptical when I decided to put red pepper in my pasta but it was actually really scrumptious. Pair it with a dinner roll and you have a fabulous meal.

Middle: Root beer float! Since it’s summer, this is one drink I can’t pass up.

Right: Garden veggie burger and corn (another post about corn coming soon!) For those who don’t want meat or want a lighter burger, I would definitely recommend a garden veggie burden since it’s super easy to heat in the oven.

Lacking the Cooking Gene

I finally learned how to cook pasta for the first time last week.

….I’m 23 years old.

It wasn’t for a lack of trying on my parents and friends part. I’ve been taught how to make pasta more times than I care to count. I just couldn’t grasp how long the water should boil and when I should put the pasta in. This basically translates into everything that requires a recipe for me.

I’m a pretty smart person but cooking just seems to elude me. I’ve accidentally put a tablespoon of salt in chex mix instead of a teaspoon. I’ve put hot peppers instead of red peppers in a recipe. And of course, I’ve burned a lot of pizza and cookies throughout my life. I can barely make a sandwich without some mishap happening.

And recipes can be so confusing. What’s dicing? How am I supposed to mince something? What are florets? These are the things they should really be teaching in college!

But as someone who is on their own for the first time, without a roommate who will cook her pasta (thanks Rachael!), I figured it was finally time I expanded my horizons.

It’s time to learn how to cook something other than microwavable meals.

Join me on my journey as I learn the insiders guide to cooking terminology and how to make something other than sandwiches and pasta.