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Recipe: Spring Pasta with Prosciutto & Peas

We all love this Fast, Fresh and Easy! Spring Pasta with Prosciutto & Peas recipe. Great for warm weather healthy lunches, dinners and entertaining.

2-4 servings

8 ounces of linguine or fettuccine, cook according to package directions
a few splashes garlic olive oil
1 cup plus a handful of fresh arugula
2 ounces prosciutto, roughly chopped
3 ounces baby peas
splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice
fine sea salt, to taste
cracked black pepper, to taste
shaved cheese such as Pecorino Romano or Parmesan

Prepare pasta and set aside.
In a large sauté pan add some garlic olive oil, heat over medium heat. Add the 1 cup arugula and heat until just wilted about 1 minute. Add peas and prosciutto. Heat until just warmed through.
Remove pan from heat and toss pasta with the mixture. Add more oil if needed. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Serve with shaved Pecorino or Parmesan cheese. Top with fresh arugula.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Spring Pasta with Prosciutto & Peas

We all love this Fast, Fresh and Easy! Spring Pasta with Prosciutto & Peas recipe. Great for warm weather healthy lunches, dinners and entertaining.

2-4 servings

8 ounces of linguine or fettuccine, cook according to package directions
a few splashes garlic olive oil
1 cup plus a handful of fresh arugula
2 ounces prosciutto, roughly chopped
3 ounces baby peas
splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice
fine sea salt, to taste
cracked black pepper, to taste
shaved cheese such as Pecorino Romano or Parmesan

Prepare pasta and set aside.
In a large sauté pan add some garlic olive oil, heat over medium heat. Add the 1 cup arugula and heat until just wilted about 1 minute. Add peas and prosciutto. Heat until just warmed through.
Remove pan from heat and toss pasta with the mixture. Add more oil if needed. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Serve with shaved Pecorino or Parmesan cheese. Top with fresh arugula.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quinoa & Shrimp “Fried Rice”

This Quinoa and Shrimp “Fried Rice” recipe is a healthy alternative to high calorie take-out food. Super easy to prepare!

4 servings

1 cup dry quinoa, cook to package directions
3/4 cup yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 carrots, peeled & cut into small pieces
1 cup frozen peas
3/4 cups diced baby bella or white mushrooms (about 4 mushrooms)
3 tablespoons gluten free tamari or soy sauce
2 teaspons Thai fish sauce
25 frozen cooked, deveined shrimp (medium size, 51-60 count)
2 eggs, lightly scrambled
3 green onions, chopped
optional: add sriracha sauce for a spicy kick

Cook the quinoa, fluff with a fork & transfer to a large bowl.
Thaw the shrimp in a bowl filled with cold water. Let them sit a few minutes in the water until thawed. Remove the tails. Set aside.
Heat a large sauté pan with the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the onions & garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add the carrots, peas & mushrooms, soy sauce & fish sauce (add sriracha if desired) Cook another 3 minutes & add the shrimp. Cook a few minutes until everything is nice & hot.
While the veggies & shrimp are cooking, scramble the eggs in another pan. Cook them in the olive oil over medium heat. Chop them up with a spatula.
Add the egg & shrimp/veg mix to the quinoa. Combine well. Top each serving with some green onion. Serve with soy sauce & sriracha as condiments.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quinoa & Shrimp “Fried Rice”

This Quinoa and Shrimp “Fried Rice” recipe is a healthy alternative to high calorie take-out food. Super easy to prepare!

4 servings

1 cup dry quinoa, cook to package directions
3/4 cup yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 carrots, peeled & cut into small pieces
1 cup frozen peas
3/4 cups diced baby bella or white mushrooms (about 4 mushrooms)
3 tablespoons gluten free tamari or soy sauce
2 teaspons Thai fish sauce
25 frozen cooked, deveined shrimp (medium size, 51-60 count)
2 eggs, lightly scrambled
3 green onions, chopped
optional: add sriracha sauce for a spicy kick

Cook the quinoa, fluff with a fork & transfer to a large bowl.
Thaw the shrimp in a bowl filled with cold water. Let them sit a few minutes in the water until thawed. Remove the tails. Set aside.
Heat a large sauté pan with the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the onions & garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add the carrots, peas & mushrooms, soy sauce & fish sauce (add sriracha if desired) Cook another 3 minutes & add the shrimp. Cook a few minutes until everything is nice & hot.
While the veggies & shrimp are cooking, scramble the eggs in another pan. Cook them in the olive oil over medium heat. Chop them up with a spatula.
Add the egg & shrimp/veg mix to the quinoa. Combine well. Top each serving with some green onion. Serve with soy sauce & sriracha as condiments.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quinoa & Shrimp “Fried Rice”

This Quinoa and Shrimp “Fried Rice” recipe is a healthy alternative to high calorie take-out food. Super easy to prepare!

4 servings

1 cup dry quinoa, cook to package directions
3/4 cup yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 carrots, peeled & cut into small pieces
1 cup frozen peas
3/4 cups diced baby bella or white mushrooms (about 4 mushrooms)
3 tablespoons gluten free tamari or soy sauce
2 teaspons Thai fish sauce
25 frozen cooked, deveined shrimp (medium size, 51-60 count)
2 eggs, lightly scrambled
3 green onions, chopped
optional: add sriracha sauce for a spicy kick

Cook the quinoa, fluff with a fork & transfer to a large bowl.
Thaw the shrimp in a bowl filled with cold water. Let them sit a few minutes in the water until thawed. Remove the tails. Set aside.
Heat a large sauté pan with the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the onions & garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add the carrots, peas & mushrooms, soy sauce & fish sauce (add sriracha if desired) Cook another 3 minutes & add the shrimp. Cook a few minutes until everything is nice & hot.
While the veggies & shrimp are cooking, scramble the eggs in another pan. Cook them in the olive oil over medium heat. Chop them up with a spatula.
Add the egg & shrimp/veg mix to the quinoa. Combine well. Top each serving with some green onion. Serve with soy sauce & sriracha as condiments.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: One-Pot Chicken Cazuela (Chilean Stew)

This healthy Chicken Cazuela (Chilean Stew) recipe is perfect for all those upcoming chilly fall nights and busy back to school weeks.

4 servings

1 lb chicken thighs (3-4 thighs)
2 tbsp olive oil
4-5 cups hot water, chicken or vegetable broth water
1 onion, peeled and cut vertically into eighths
1 tsp dry oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
8 small red, purple or white potatoes
2 carrots, peeled and cut across into 1 inch pieces
1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into large pieces
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 sweet potato or 1 cup cubed pumpkin meat
2 ears corn, each cut into four rounds
1 cup green peas
2 tbsp chopped cilantro, plus extra for serving
salt and pepper to taste
rice for serving

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken. Braise the chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.
Carefully add the broth to the pot with the onion, oregano, cumin, potatoes, carrots, pepper, celery and sweet potato. The broth should come to the top of the stew ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook for 30 minutes.
Add in the corn and peas. Cook for another 5-10 minutes until all the vegetables are tender. Stir in the cilantro and adjust seasonings to taste. Serve hot with rice and extra cilantro on the side.

~ Marla Meridith

Rice with Peas

Sometimes simple recipes are the best…that’s what we have right here!

4 servings

1 cup long grain white rice
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped red onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cup frozen baby peas
salt and pepper to taste
garnish with chopped fresh Italian parsley

Bring the rice and broth to a boil in a saucepan. Add the turmeric and stir to combine, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook for about 18 minutes or until the rice is cooked through, adding more broth if needed. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork and serve.
While the rice is cooking, sauté the onions in the olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes until softened and fragrant. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the peas and cook for a few minutes until they are warmed through.
Combine the peas with rice, season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Farro Salad with Baby Spinach, Peas & Toasted Pecans

My Farro Salad with Baby Spinach, Peas & Toasted Pecans is a full, hearty meal, but also weighs in light and easy for summer. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

6 servings

10 ounces dried Farro
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion (3/4 cup), diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups baby spinach
1 cup baby peas, fresh or frozen
3 tbsp soy sauce or Tamari
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
splash of dry white wine
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
salt to taste
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
freshly chopped parsley to garnish

Soak and cook the Farro to package directions. Drain and let cool to room temperature.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, when hot add the onions. Sauté for about 5 minutes until fragrant and softened. Add the garlic, sauté for a minute. Add the peas, spinach, soy sauce lemon juice, wine and pepper. Mix together well and cook a few minutes until the spinach wilts, about 1-2 minutes.
In a large bowl, toss the Farro with the vegetable mixture. Season to taste with salt.
Fold in the dried cherries and nuts. Serve at room temperature or cool.

To toast the pecans: place the nuts in a heavy bottomed skillet. Heat over low until you start to smell them. Toss and continue to cook until desired toast is achieved. Be sure to watch carefully as nuts burn quickly! Transfer to a work surface and chop.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Farro Salad with Baby Spinach, Peas & Toasted Pecans

My Farro Salad with Baby Spinach, Peas & Toasted Pecans is a full, hearty meal, but also weighs in light and easy for summer. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

6 servings

10 ounces dried Farro
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion (3/4 cup), diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups baby spinach
1 cup baby peas, fresh or frozen
3 tbsp soy sauce or Tamari
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
splash of dry white wine
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
salt to taste
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
freshly chopped parsley to garnish

Soak and cook the Farro to package directions. Drain and let cool to room temperature.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, when hot add the onions. Sauté for about 5 minutes until fragrant and softened. Add the garlic, sauté for a minute. Add the peas, spinach, soy sauce lemon juice, wine and pepper. Mix together well and cook a few minutes until the spinach wilts, about 1-2 minutes.
In a large bowl, toss the Farro with the vegetable mixture. Season to taste with salt.
Fold in the dried cherries and nuts. Serve at room temperature or cool.

To toast the pecans: place the nuts in a heavy bottomed skillet. Heat over low until you start to smell them. Toss and continue to cook until desired toast is achieved. Be sure to watch carefully as nuts burn quickly! Transfer to a work surface and chop.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Farro Salad with Baby Spinach, Peas & Toasted Pecans

My Farro Salad with Baby Spinach, Peas & Toasted Pecans is a full, hearty meal, but also weighs in light and easy for summer. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

6 servings

10 ounces dried Farro
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion (3/4 cup), diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups baby spinach
1 cup baby peas, fresh or frozen
3 tbsp soy sauce or Tamari
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
splash of dry white wine
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
salt to taste
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
freshly chopped parsley to garnish

Soak and cook the Farro to package directions. Drain and let cool to room temperature.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, when hot add the onions. Sauté for about 5 minutes until fragrant and softened. Add the garlic, sauté for a minute. Add the peas, spinach, soy sauce lemon juice, wine and pepper. Mix together well and cook a few minutes until the spinach wilts, about 1-2 minutes.
In a large bowl, toss the Farro with the vegetable mixture. Season to taste with salt.
Fold in the dried cherries and nuts. Serve at room temperature or cool.

To toast the pecans: place the nuts in a heavy bottomed skillet. Heat over low until you start to smell them. Toss and continue to cook until desired toast is achieved. Be sure to watch carefully as nuts burn quickly! Transfer to a work surface and chop.

~ Marla Meridith