June 13, 2009

From the Garden

Yesterday for dinner I made an old staple in our house, turkey spaghetti. We always have frozen ground turkey, whole wheat spaghetti, onions, garlic and pasta sauce. It's my go to dinner when I'm not in the mood to cook and still want to get a decent meal in our tummies.

As I've said before, I started an organic herb and veggie garden this year and we had our first harvest last week of cilantro, parsley, oregano and spinach. So I decided to add some fresh herbs to my spaghetti sauce and made a side of spinach. Turned out pretty darn good if I do say so myself. In fact, I was so pleased with myself I decided to share with a quick post.

Here is my turkey spaghetti {well fusilli} with fresh oregano & parsley.

Olive oil
1/2 yellow onion- sliced thin
2 garlic cloves- minced
Sliced mushrooms
1 lb. lean ground turkey
Few sprigs of parsley chopped
Few sprigs of oregano chopped
Your favorite jar of tomato sauce
Whole wheat spaghetti, fusilli, penne, angel hair- you pick

Saute onion in olive oil about 2 minutes until clear
Add garlic and saute a minute or two longer {careful not to burn garlic}
Add mushrooms and saute until soft
Add ground turkey and cook through
Add tomato sauce and herbs
Simmer about 10 to 15 minutes
Cook pasta as directed
Add drained pasta to sauce
Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese if you have it.

Spinach and garlic sauteed in chili pepper olive oil from Oil & Vinegar with toasted pine nuts. I really like toasted pine nuts so I definitely add more than your average cook.

Chili pepper olive oil
Handful of pine nuts
2 cloves garlic- minced
Sea salt
Ground Pepper

Saute pine nuts in olive oil
Add garlic saute about 2 minutes longer {careful not to burn nuts or garlic}
Add spinach and saute until soft
Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh pepper

Probably the easiest dinner to cook and I really didn't need to share the recipes but such a good family staple I figure why not?

Also, remember that hydrangea plant my hubby planted for me? Well a few blooms were ready to adorn our kitchen table. The only thing better than veggies from your garden is fresh cut flowers from your garden!

Dinner tasted great and I was so excited to use fresh herbs and vegetables from my own garden. Can't get more local than that!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds yummy!

    A great place to get your sea salt is @ http://sustainablesourcing.com/index.php?page=homepage

    They ALSO have wonderful pink and green peppercorns, too!