I watched some great movies with my Christmas Trees all lit up sipping on hot tea.
I watched one of my favorite movies of all time...Moonstruck.
It's such a cute movie I never get tired of watching it. If you've never seen it and you love romantic comedies...this is a movie to see. Cher and Nicholas Cage are great together in this movie.
Then on Sunday I made one of my favorite dishes which is usually made with broccoli rapini (which I've talked about before here) but this time I wanted to use regular broccoli and spinach. I love how it turned out. Broccoli rapini tends to have sort of a bitter taste to it whereas spinach on the other hand is milder. We really enjoyed this dish and I hope you will try it out because it is really easy to prepare and packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Just boil about 2 cups of spinach in salt water along with one cup of broccoli. I used frozen veggies but you can use fresh it you have them.
Boil the spinach and broccoli for about 10 - 15 minutes then add the pasta.
I ended up having to change the pot because the other one was too small. For this recipe I used fresh pasta that I bought in the refrigerator section of the grocery store. It's much tastier than dry pasta I think and is perfect for this type of recipe. The cooking time for this pasta was 10 minutes so I let this boil for about 8 minutes. In the mean time I heated about 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a pan with 2 anchovies, one garlic clove and a jalapeno pepper.
After this heats up for a couple minutes remove the jalapeno and garlic. Leave the anchovies which will eventually dissolve in the oil.
At this point you are ready to add the pasta and greens to the pan. Drain and save about a half a cup of the water. Add everything to the pan mixing well.
Add the half cup of water and keep mixing until the water thickens up from the starch released by the pasta.
You probably won't need to add any more salt since the pasta and veggies already cooked in the salt water but taste it and add some more if necessary.
You can add some grated Parmesan if you like or eat it without cheese. I prefer it without cheese but my sweety likes a tablespoon of Parmesan on top.
This is a delicious hearty dish that is good for the both the body and soul.
It's getting pretty chilly here now. This morning someone didn't feel like getting out from under the covers.
He has this furry blanket that I bought for him and he just loves it.
And just because I started this post with a Christmas Tree I'll end it with another one. The kitchen tree will get jealous if I don't show her off as well :-)
Have a Blessed week my friends!