A hearty pasta dinner need not require multiple pots. For less effort and post-meal cleanup, why not cook everything together?
By using the exact amount of liquid necessary to cook your pasta with the other ingredients, you do away with requiring an extra pot of water for your noodles and the need to pull out the colander. Shredding your sweet potato is a hack that lets it cook in a flash (also try this when making hashes, stir-fries, and grain bowls), while baby greens are a nutritious no-chopping-required add-in.
You don’t need to crank up the oven to make a small batch of toasty nuts. Instead, nuke them. Spread nuts in a single layer on microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high power for 1 minute, stir, and continue heating in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until nuts are fragrant and a few shades darker.
In large pot over medium, heat oil. Add meat and heat until browned, about 4 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Add onion; heat until onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Add sweet potato and garlic; heat until potato is tender, stirring often, about 3 minutes.
Add pasta, broth, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, lemon zest, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes to pan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until pasta is al dente and liquid has almost evaporated. Be sure to scrape up any brown bits from bottom of pan. In batches, stir in kale until wilted. Stir in ground meat and heat through. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Garnish with Parmesan and a splash of lemon oil if desired.
This recipe is part of the Easy Does It collection.
Licorice-flavoured fennel, tart apple, and a hint of pleasant bitterness from radicchio combines with a touch of sweet dressing for a refreshingly delicious salad. Fennel contains a number of vitamins and minerals known to be involved in digestion, including vitamin C, manganese, and niacin which helps transform the food you eat into energy. Apple adds sweet crunch and all-important fibre. Know your fennel The fennel bulb we buy at the market is a cultivar variety known as Florence fennel. Fennel seeds, which are sometimes eaten after a meal to ease digestion, and which are also used for cooking, come from the common fennel, which grows wild in southern Europe, Australia, and parts of the US.
Adding farro, with its nutty bite, is a delicious and convenient way to increase your soup’s fibre and nutritional value. This hearty soup is the perfect remedy to a cold January day. Lemon and chervil add a bright contrast to the fibre-packed earthy flavours. Farro timesaver With a long cooking time, it’s worth it to cook a larger amount of farro and freeze it in small-portioned batches which can be thawed quickly. Using a ratio of 1:4 farro to water, cook on medium-high heat until farro is al dente, in a similar manner to the way you would cook pasta. Drain, rinse, portion, and freeze for later use. To thaw, simply run frozen farro under water or add directly to soup.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.