Pesto Pasta with Peas

Yes, it’s technically spring. But. It snowed last night here.  So it’s not time just yet to delve into super springy recipes. Sigh. So this recipe is a happy medium. The bright green color is a nod that spring weather is (hopefully) not too far away. It is still a warm dish though, so it is good for colder nights. (This recipe from Inda Garten is originally a pasta salad, so it can absolutely be eaten cold as well) Ingredients: Pesto: 1/4 cup walnuts 1/4 cup pine nuts 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 3 cups fresh basil leaves, packed 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Pasta: 3/4 pound fusilli pasta 3/4 pound bow tie pasta fresh pesto (see recipe below), to taste 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/4 cup mayonnaise Grated Parmesan, to taste 1/2 cup frozen peas, defrosted 1/4 cup pine nuts salt and pepper, to taste

Steak Tacos with Lime Mayo

I had corn tortillas left over from making the Fish Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce. I needed another taco recipe that was completely different flavor-wise than the fish tacos, so I went for Cooking Light’s Steak Tacos with Lime Mayo in the May issue. (Note: the May issue has a ton of taco recipes, even a dessert one!) Ingredients: 20 baby sweet peppers Cooking spray 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed 3 tablespoons canola mayonnaise the zest and juice of 1 lime 2 garlic cloves, mined 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas 1/2 cup refrigerated fresh salsa 2 ounces queso fresco, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)

Fish Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce

I’m having a busy week at work, so I need some quick meals that still taste delicious but I can make in no time. My go-to for quick meals are Cooking Light’s tacos. I don’t know how they do it, but their taco recipes are awesome. Here’s one of their newest, from this month’s issue. Ingredients: 3 garlic cloves 2 medium tomatillos, husked and rinsed 1/2 medium jalapeno pepper 1/2 cup cilantro stems 3 tablespoons canola mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon sugar 3/8 teaspoon salt, divided 2 cups very thinly sliced red cabbage 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Cooking spray 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

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