Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Garlic Spinach Pasta with Chickpeas

This post is in partnership with Moms Meet. All opinions are my own.

Garlic Spinach Pasta with Chickpeas

Today I'm sharing a super easy pasta dish I make almost every week - Garlic Spinach
Pasta with Chickpeas. This meal is in my dinner rotation constantly because it's quick,
delicious and I almost always have all of the ingredients on hand.

One ingredient that I am never without is extra virgin olive oil. I make sure that my
pantry is always stocked with European extra virgin olive oil because I use it in so
many recipes! Zucchini is a premier brand of Italian olive oil that I love and use often.

Garlic Spinach Pasta with Chickpeas

Garlic Spinach Pasta with Chickpeas

Some fun facts about extra virgin olive oil:
     -olive oil comes from the fruit of the plant Olea europaea, or European olive.
     -olive oil has a high smoke point (400 degrees F), so you can use it to bake, fry or saute.
     -after testing, if the oil doesn't have the signature fruity taste and balance if won't receive
       an Extra Virgin rating.
     -extra virgin olive oil is virtually free of acidity - below 0.8%.
     -extra virgin olive oil is made without pressing heat or chemicals.
     -extra virgin olive oil represents the freshest and most pure olive oil available.
     -store oil in a cool, dark pantry away from light, which can cause decay

The Flavor Your Life campaign goal is to educate consumers about authentic extra virgin
oil olive from Europe. It is funded by the European Union, the Italian government and
European extra virgin olive oil producers to empower consumers and share recipes using
this liquid gold. 

As I mentioned earlier, I usually make this recipe once a week for dinner because it is
so quick and easy. It comes together in just 20 minutes and it's delicious!

Garlic Spinach Pasta with Chickpeas

All you need is one can of garbanzo beans, pasta, extra virgin olive oil, butter, fresh
baby spinach, red pepper flakes and grated pecorino romano cheese. The freshly grated
cheese makes this dish - so please don't try to use grated cheese from a bag!

My husband and I have been trying to eat more vegetarian meals, so we don't miss the
meat, but I'm sure it would be just as delicious with some grilled chicken added too!

You can find some of our other favorite weeknight meals here, here and here.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Garlic Spinach Pasta with Chickpeas

Garlic Spinach Pasta with Chickpeas

Garlic Spinach Pasta with Chickpeas

1 cup ditalini pasta, cooked al dente
3 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T unsalted butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
5 ounce container fresh baby spinach
pinch of salt and pepper
1 (14 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup freshly grated pecorino romano cheese, plus extra for topping

Bring a pot of salted water to boil to prepare the pasta. Cook according to the directions
on the box.

While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the extra
virgin olive oil and butter. Saute garlic and red pepper flakes for 30 seconds. Add in 
the spinach, a pinch of salt and pepper, and sauté until spinach wilts. 
Stir in the chickpeas.

Add cooked pasta and grated cheese and stir to combine. Serve immediately with 
extra red pepper flakes and grated cheese.


Recipe from How Sweet Eats


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mini Macaron Cake

I made this little cake for my daughter's birthday in December and I thought I would
share it with you to show you just how easy it is to make an impressive cake from a
boxed cake mix.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Why I Use Essential Oils

I've been using essential oils for several years to make my own sugar scrubsink scrub
and homemade household cleaners, so this isn't anything new for me.
One of my first blog posts, way back in 2011, was for a homemade carpet deodorizer
using baking soda and essential oil.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Seeded Whole Wheat Banana Bread

This post is in partnership with OXO. As always, all opinions are my own.

Seeded Whole Wheat Banana Bread

At any given time you can find 3-4 cookbooks and at least five magazines on my nightstand.
Not to mention a non-fiction book or two, five lip balms and three types of eye cream.
What can I say - I love finding new recipes to try and I like to stay moisturized - ha ha!

Friday, February 2, 2018

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hey friends! Happy Friday!

It's going to be cold here in Virginia this weekend - we may even get some snow!
Snow days are perfect days to bake cookies, so I thought I would share my favorite
chocolate chip cookie recipe with you today.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Disney Le Creuset and Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

This post is in partnership with Le Creuset. As always, all opinions are my own.

When I heard that Le Creuset was adding a Mickey Mouse Collection to their Disney line
of amazing products I almost screamed in delight! Two of my favorite brands all wrapped
up into one!! Best day ever!

Last week Le Creuset introduced the Mickey Mouse round Dutch oven, as well as a set of
two Mickey Mouse Ramekins. They are so adorable and perfect for Disney fans like me!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Ritz Cracker Muddy Buddy Cookies

This shopper has been compensated by SheSpeaks, Inc. and the Coca-Cola Company
and Mondelez Intrnational group. All opinions are mine alone.

It's game time and we all know what that means! Bring on the football food and drinks!

We are huge sports fans and my family loves game day. Sure it's fun to watch and cheer
on our favorite teams, but hanging out with friends and family, enjoying delicious snacks
and refreshing beverages is even more fun!