Zucchini Noodles with Broccoli Rabe and Diced Tomatoes

This is a great summer dish and helps you to cut back on the carbs using zucchini noodles. I added broccoli rabe with diced tomatoes for extra flavor. Don’t forget the seasonings like fresh basil and oregano. Dig right in for a high multi-vitamin packed green dish.

Many people may assume that broccoli rabe is difficult to make. It’s a dark green leafy vegetable and a significant staple in the Italian American dishes. Did you know it’s packed with protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, and Magnesium?

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First, I put the broccoli rabe in a pot and then boil it until tender. Meanwhile, set aside a non-stick pan lined with olive oil, crushed pepper, and sliced garlic. You can cook until the garlic is slightly brown. Once broccoli rabe is boiled, place in the pan and continue sauteing for about 5 minutes.

You can also dice tomatoes and throw it in your dish for more flavoring. Add a little bit of sauce too. I usually add salt, pepper, and other Italian seasonings to spice it up. You can either boil or fry the noodles, but I prefer to boil them slightly before mixing them in with the broccoli rabe and tomatoes.

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What you’ll need:

  • Broccoli Rabe (1 head)
  • Tomatoes (1 or 2)
  • Zucchini Noodles (Homemade or Store Bought)
  • Olive Oil
  • Seasonings (Oregano, Basil, Salt, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper)
  • Sauce (Optional)

Get ready for a wholesome meal. You get your greens, your vitamins, and a light meal. Induldge in a guilty-free meal and load up on the “zucch noodles.”

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A whole grain pasta that leaves you wanting more…what?

Tinkyada  makes gluten-free, wheat free, and non-mushy rice pasta that adds a little health to your meal. Boil water and add your pasta, let cook for 10-12 minutes, and enjoy while hot. Pairs perfectly with tomato sauce, sauteed veggies, or as a lasagna dish.

I tried the ‘Brown Rice Pasta Fettucini’ style and added my own homemade Italian sauce using fresh seasonings like basil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. I was reluctant to try a rice pasta since many of them usually come out “mushy” or taste “grainy.” The label clearly stated “Not Mushy” with two bunnies holding the pasta but I wasn’t convinced by it. I have to say the pasta was just right and I would have never guessed it was a whole grain choice. Let’s just say I could eat more than one serving and the taste was impeccable.

There’s millions of pastas and millions of ways to make your pasta different each time. You can view recipes at Tinkyada’s website here.

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Front St Trattoria is a veg friendly hit!

Located in the heart of Red Bank, at the corner of West Front street, Front Street Trattoria brings Italy to you with fresh ingredients, spaghetti squash, meatless (eggplant filled) meatballs seasoned with marina sauce, and cauliflower pizza. It’s great for people cutting back on their carbs and serves a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Owners Michael and Valerie were inspired by their trip to Italy and learned what a “trattoria” was a small cafe that served pizza and pasta dishes. Luckily, they did since foodies can now dine at Front Street Trattoria and eat a taste of Italy. With an outside area with dangling lights, a quaint and cozy dining area with trendy modern aspects, or a front street lookout, there is something to please every customer.

I ordered the Meatless Meatballs made with eggplant and portabello mushrooms and substituted the pasta for spaghetti squash served over tomato sauce. The portions are a bit tiny but it was surprisingly filling. Each meal starts with brick oven bread and a side of seasoned olive oil with a touch of spice.

You’ll be certainly coming back for more.

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Easy & healthy recipes!

You come home late and try to prepare a healthy delicious meal that’s quick and easy. Grab a box of fiber and protein enriched pasta in red lentil, chickpea, yellow lentil, or black bean flavors. It’s totally gluten-free, Non-GMO, and vegan friendly. And better yet Pasta Lensi is made in Italy. Manja, Manja!

First, boil a pot of water and add salt. Once the water is boiled, add your box of pasta and cook until “al dente” or just right. (Directions included on the box)

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Next, heat extra virgin olive oil in a pan and add diced garlic to the dish. Sautee until garlic is slightly brown. Dice tomatoes into small pieces and add them in. Mix together, add oregano, italian seasoning, salt, and pepper for extra flavor.

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Add whichever toppings you prefer. Enjoy!

Ciao to Divino

Ciao!

Christa Alexis tries DIVINO‘s homemade ciaculli tangerine gelato, a naturally sweetened flavor, wrapped in a cute little tangerine for a flavorful burst. Try all 5 decadent flavors amalfi lemon, diamond plum, ciaculli tangerine, roman kiwi, and apulian peach; they’re all made in Italy to perfection. Inside you’ll find a packaged gelato wrapped inside a fruit, and of course a cute little spoon to eat your ice with. Don’t forget to let it sit out for 20 minutes before indulging. Better yet, Divino’s gelato are vegan friendly, non-gmo, and guilt free. Can you say incredible?

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Special thanks to DIVINO for supplying me with their delicious gelato. ❤

Watch my review on Youtube

BON A PETITE

Looking for an easy quick meal, try slicing tomatoes into cubes and sauteing it in olive oil and garlic. Mix it up until the tomatoes get soft. Add basil, oregano, and sea salt for a kick. It’s delicious and full of natural flavor. I love using whole wheat spaghetti since it has plenty of fiber and grains to keep you feeling satisfied longer.

You can get fresh and affordable food at Aldi. I only paid 89 cents for a box of whole wheat pasta. How can you go wrong? BON A PETITE

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Don’t pass up Patsy’s!

Patsy’s is an authentic Italian restaraunt located in the heart of the city with a homie vibe and fresh homemade foods. It’s home to the famous singer Frank Sinatra and celebrities like Ben Stiller, George Clooney, Rhianna and Barba Streisand often stop by for a warm delicious meal. Don’t pass up Patsy’s!

Top picks:

Appetizer: Mozzarella in Carozza

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Main dish: Eggplant parmigiana

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