Parsley and Apple Ravioli

Let’s talk about things we would do if there were 4 extra hours in the day. For necessary things.

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I would… have time to fold the laundry, clean the kitchen (and oil spots off the floor from when I sautéed the tofu..), read Harry Potter, menu plan, meal prep, paint the jar that’s been sitting in my living room for 7 months, play the piano…

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…respond to letters from friends, do more cardio, bake more, call up old friends, catch up/start that show Starcrossed (UM! Liam from 90210?! Yes.), sleep.. 

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What would you do? I think every single day, ‘I could totally use another couple hours today.’ 

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In your extra hours, would you make this ravioli? Because you should. It’s super easy (can we say, almost one-pot meal?), delicious, and refreshing. Apples + pasta = genius.

Parsley and Apple Ravioli

2 c cheese ravioli
1 small apple, sliced
1/4 c chopped parsley
1/4 c dried cranberries
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 c Italian blend shredded cheese

1. Cook pasta according to directions.
2. Combine all ingredients.

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Greek Egg Salad

I am about to get nerdy on you.

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So, as you have noticed, I have stopped with the Dietetic Dish posts because honestly, I don’t learn enough relatable material every week to give you 5 pieces of information.

BUT I am taking Research Methodology, and even though I will never ever ever be a researcher, I am learning. [WHAT.] Yes. Learning, people. So what am I learning about? Cinnamon.

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So, cinnamon is pretty awesome. I mean, I didn’t know the vast benefits of it until.. now. I’ve added it to muffins, pancakes, oatmeal, and smoothies randomly but it wasn’t a staple and just lived a calm life on my kitchen shelf. Wake up, cinnamon. You’re about to be used. Let’s learn about the [potential] benefits of cinnamon (potential because essentially no finding from research is 100% guarantee):

1. Cinnamon may increase insulin sensitivity and lower blood glucose.
2. Cinnamon may reduce inflammation.
3. Cinnamon may promote lipid metabolism in the intestines.
4. Cinnamon may reduce blood pressure.
5. Cinnamon may reduce cholesterol.

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Who’s sold? I know I am. I knew that cinnamon could help stabilize blood sugar, but I didn’t know all of these other things! Go add some cinnamon to your food.

Except, not this food. This food would taste weird with cinnamon. Dill? Yes. Cinnamon? No.

I [apparently] have a bad habit of making the same type of thing over and over. For example, Greek things. Greek mac and cheese, Greek pasta salad, Greek salad, Greek vegetable bowl, Greek egg salad… You get the point. But when you buy the ingredients, you have to use them up! It’s kind of like “How to Wear the Same Outfit 7 Different Ways” but with food.

Eggs are great. And egg salad is a delicious way to turn an egg into a meal. Add some spinach and bread and maybe a clementine or two and you have a [future]-RD-approved meal.

Greek Egg Salad

hard-boiled eggs // kalamata olives // feta // parsley // plain Greek yogurt
tomatoes // balsamic vinegar // dill // + spinach + bread if making sandwich

Cheesy Black Bean Rice

I think we should all drink a cup of coffee every once in a while to know what it feels like to be SUPER focused.

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At work the other day, I created a coffee concoction. No, it wasn’t healthy. No, it doesn’t follow the clean eating I am trying to do, but yes, it was amazing. And I was 100% focused and 200% awake.

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I normally just drink tea. Like green tea. And maybe black tea if I have an 8am. There is like… a fraction of the caffeine in tea as there is in coffee. Hence. WIDE AWAKE AND READY TO WRITE A WHOLE NOVEL.

It was fortunate that I had had that coffee because we also didn’t receive the food shipment until 9pm. Aka. I was there, by my little self, jamming to country music, until almost 11pm. Thank you, coffee, for saving the day.

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Now. This was one of those “I don’t want to cook but need to eat” meals. I have lots of those.. Being a graduate student essentially sucks the life out of you. All free time is allotted for watching Parenthood (which I have officially finished and am now devastated about), so there isn’t always a lot of time to cook fancy dinners. And there definitely isn’t enough time to take pictures of fancy dinners when you get home at 6:30pm and the light is slowly fading into the darkness of the night.

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Hence. Easy Sunday meals that last for days. And by days, I mean this was the equivalent of about two sides. But, you know. Two days is better than one.

Cheesy Black Bean Rice

1 c black beans
1 c brown rice
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp garlic pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp Mexican fiesta cheese
3 tbsp chopped parsley

1. Combine all.

Creamy Dill Pasta Salad

Oh, July.

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July is fireworks and sparklers. Picnics and lemonade. Watermelon and peaches.

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I’ve gotcha covered for the picnics. This creamy dill pasta is light and refreshing with a lemony-dill kick to keep you energized for the long strolls and frisbee tossings.

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These green onions and parsley are grown locally, and man are they fragrant and delicious. Opt for local, people. Save the world. And if you’re reading this blog, that means you might (possibly? hopefully? PLEASE?) be interested or just aware of vegetarianism. Do it. One meal a week. One a day. Every meal. Whatever you can, save the animals. Or, just.. buy locally. Whichevs.

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Creamy Dill Pasta Salad

1 c pasta
2 green onions, chopped
1 tbsp fresh parsley
3 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dill
2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1. Cook pasta according to directions.
2. Combine pasta with onions and parsley.
3. Whisk together yogurt, olive oil, dill and lemon juice, and combine with pasta.

Lemony Pesto and Kale Tortellini

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could major in something awesome?

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Like, “Hi, my name is Kaylie and I majored in Food with concentrations in Baking, Cooking, and Wine.” Or “I majored in Yoga with minors in Bartending and Island Hopping.” Or “I majored in Crafting with minors in Reading and Piano.”

But no, we have to major in things like Business and Political Science and Chemistry in order to get a job. And then sometimes you still don’t get a job. Tough luck, this world.

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Despite the fact that I majored in Exercise Science and minored in Spanish, I’m going to pretend with my blog alter ego that I majored in Food with concentrations in Baking, Cooking, and Wine. I excelled in Cooking and slid by in Baking and Wine. But that’s okay.

So, with my Bachelor of Science in Food, I am sharing this fabulously delicious recipe with you. Consider yourself lucky and well-fed. My boyfriend has these amazing friends who share food with me sometimes. Homegrown kale to me is like candy to a child.

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did find a worm in the kale, but I got past it and stuck some yummy kale in this perfect marriage of citrus and pesto and pasta.

Lemony Pesto & Kale Tortellini

1 package Biutoni 3-cheese tortellini
2 cups kale, torn
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Zest of 1 lemon
2-3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
3-4 tbsp pesto

1. Cook pasta according to directions.
2. In a bowl, combine kale and parsley.
3. Drain pasta and add to bowl.
4. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, and pesto.