Month: July 2016

Dinner Party Must: Clam Pasta

  Recent experience has taught me that when planning a small dinner party, sometimes simplicity is key.  Simplicity doesn’t have to mean tasteless, though.  My mother-in-law taught me this recipe for clam pasta that is easy but anything but boring when it comes to flavor.  The best part?  It easily serves a 4-6 people without breaking the bank or taking up all your time.  Serve it with a green salad and some classic garlic bread, and you’re good to go! Clam Pasta Ingredients: 1 head garlic, finely chopped 2 cans chopped clams 1 box whole wheat spaghetti 2 cans diced tomatoes with Italian herbs 1 cup white wine Red pepper flakes, to taste Olive oil Kosher salt Finely mince the entire head of garlic. Open clams and drain the juice into a separate bowl for later use. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil for pasta.  When water boils, cook pasta according to box directions. Meanwhile, in a large enamel pot or coated skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat.  Use enough …

Health(ier) Strawberry Cheesecake

  Sometimes life can put a wrinkle in those healthy eating resolutions you made for yourself last January that you continually swear you’re sticking to but occasionally forget.  And that’s ok.  I believe that a little indulgence every once in a while is just fine.  However, here is a healthier dessert that still is indulgent-worthy.  This creamy cheesecake is completely refined sugar-free, and I promise it is wonderful!  You won’t miss the sugar. Creamy Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce Ingredients 3 – 8 oz. pkg. reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened 1/2 cup light agave nectar 2 Tbsp almond milk 2 tsp vanilla 2 eggs Strawberry Sauce Directions Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease a 9-in springform pan.  Using a double layer heavy-duty foil, create a watertight seal by bringing the edges of the foil up around the edges, molding it to the sides of the pan. In a stand mixer, beat the softened cream cheese on medium speed until smooth.  *Use the whisk attachment.  Beat in agave nectar, almond milk, and vanilla until well combined.  Scrape …

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