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I cooked dinner tonight. I feel a lot better when I'm the one that cooks because I know exactly what goes into the food - ultimate control freak, I know.
I made a pasta dish which I fully intend to make again for several reasons:
1) It was cheap! I spent less than $8 on the ingredients and it made tons...The picture I took is what was left after everyone had eaten!
2) It uses mostly fresh ingredients.
3) It only has 265 calories in a serving :)
4) It made everyone happy! Courtney came over this evening and after she picked at the food while I was cooking she wanted some to take for her lunch tomorrow!
This recipe came to be when I saw some very pretty zucchini at the grocery store yesterday. I love pasta and I was trying to come up with the healthiest way to make some this week.
Whole Wheat Pasta with Italian Sausage and Summer Veggies
1 Box Whole Wheat Penne, cooked and drained
5 Links Jennie-O Sweet Italian Sausage
3 Zucchini, sliced
2 Summer Squash, sliced
1 Pint Grape Tomatoes, cut in half
5 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
1 Medium Red Onion, Roughly Chopped (you want bigger chunks or they'll get lost with the other big veggies)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cook sausage ahead of or at the same time as the veggies. You can grill them (that's what I did) or cook on the stove in a grill pan, just make sure any grease drains off (there should be very little grease if using lean turkey sausage). When cooked, slice into small pieces.
In a large saute pan, heat garlic in the olive oil with oregano and basil. Add red onion, cook for about two minutes. Add the zucchini and squash, cook until heated through, about 10 minutes. Add sliced sausage and stir. Add tomatoes last, cooking only until they are warm.
Combine with drained pasta and serve!
This makes about 10 very generous servings.
One last thing....I'm still playing with my layout and such, so bear with me while I'm ironing out the kinks.