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Monday, March 18, 2013

Meatless Monday: Broccoli, lemon pasta

File this under a few ingredients that takes under 20 minutes that packs a punch of flavor.

You know my ongoing struggle with making dinner when I get home. If it's not planned out, we're eating takeout pizza, grilled cheese or heading the door out to eat.

Since accepting the Shaklee Blogger 180 Challenge, I need to plan plan plan as I'm tracking all my calories on MyFitnessPal since I'm trying to stay under 1,800 calories a day. 18 days, I've been doing pretty fabulous with all of my awesome planning.

I got this glorious dish from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and it is super simple. I use whole wheat pasta (I have trained my family to eat whole wheat pasta so there is never a complaint) and add just a small amount of parm cheese to keep the calories down.

Broccoli, Lemon Pasta
by Everyday Food

1 lb Penne Pasta (or pasta of your choice)
1 12 oz bag of frozen broccoli
2 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
olive oil
lemon, zested and juice
parmesan (how ever much you like)
salt and pepper to taste

Boil penne 6 minutes less than al dente; add broccoli florets, and cook until penne is al dente. Drain; return to the pot, and toss with a couple of crushed garlic cloves, some olive oil, the zest and juice of a lemon, salt and pepper, and plenty of parmesan.

Sidenote: This recipe is really good with frozen asparagus or even fresh just boiled the last two minutes of the penne cooking. Also, another great addition would be red pepper flakes.

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