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Quinoa Pasta

Sunday night I was in one of those moods where I didn’t want to “prepare” anything for dinner. I just wanted to look in the fridge and find something immediately. Unfortunately, I didn’t want a dinner that consisted of string cheese and dates (although I’d probably go for that if Cliff didn’t live with me). So, I checked the pantry and found a box of quinoa pasta and Annie’s macaroni and cheese. This was a tough decision. Immediately, I wanted the mac and cheese…because it’s mac and cheese, therefore automatically delicious. But after thinking about it, I decided to try the quinoa pasta.

This pasta is a blend of corn flour and quinoa flour. It definitely looked different than “normal” pasta; there’s more of a yellow hue.

I decided to cook the pasta with some sweet (wild) sausage, tomato sauce, spinach, garlic, red pepper flakes, and parmesan. I guess our vegan days are officially over…(or maybe we just have a freezer full of wild sausage and need to get rid of it! Hm…sausage giveaway in the works?).

garlicky sausage

This is what happens when you pester me when I’m hungry:

Cliff head

I take a close up of your face and post it on my blog! :)

Anyway, I added fresh spinach to the sausage and let it cook until it wilted down.

While the sausage was cooking, I cooked the pasta. I followed the directions on the box perfectly since I’ve never cooked quinoa pasta before (it did say NOT to overcook it!).

It tasted pretty good actually! I thought it would be a weird texture but it wasn’t.

This was exactly the kind of dinner I wanted. It was great! I liked the pasta a lot it tasted…like pasta!

Since we’re on the topic of delicious food….I also had a pretty tasty lunch today..filled with veggies too ( I always thought that was an oxymoron…delicious veggies?).

I filled a bowl full of spinach, shredded carrots, red peppers, avocado, roasted chicken, and fat free feta cheese. It was great! On the side I had a couple sliced tomatoes with salt, pepper, and olive oil. I forgot how good tomatoes are with just a little salt and pepper.

I found a salad dressing that I love too!! It’s sort of a random flavor but it’s really great. It’s Annie’s Naturals Shiitake & Sesame vinaigrette.

I feel like I can never find a salad dressing I like (I swear one of these days I will make my own!). But this one is really good. I wish it came in a bigger bottle.

Those were my recent culinary adventures! Nothing too exciting. I’m looking forward to cooking up a storm in our new place (we move tomorrow!). I also can’t wait to try lots of new foods when we go to Thailand in a few days. Happy Tuesday all!

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