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Spring Linguine with Basil

I know we’ve passed spring this year but I thought this pasta dish from Cooking Light sounded like it could be good for summer too.  I don’t usually make pasta dishes with uncooked fresh pasta but I decided to stick with the recipe this time.  Not only does fresh pasta cook faster than dry pasta but it made the meal feel lighter than most pasta dishes I make.  While the lemon and basil add a flavorful boost, I feel like it was missing something.  Replacing the reserved pasta water with white wine or broth might give it that little extra something.  Overall, the meal was light and fresh but it was hard to get all of the flavors in one bite since it’s nearly impossible to keep peas on the fork when twirling linguine!

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Frozen peas for fresh peas (because it’s what I had on hand)

Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Rustic Summer Squash Tart

This rustic tart from Woman’s Day gets its summery name from fresh squash and tomatoes but could easily be replaced with other seasonal veggies throughout the year for an equally good dinner.  Although cranking up the oven to 400 degrees on a 90+ degree day doesn’t seem very summery to me, it was well worth it.  This little tart is…well…simply yummy.  My friend Jodi came over tonight and we ended up eating the whole thing between the two of us!  How good is it?  As Jodi put it, “I want to rub my face in it.”

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions: 

  • Reduced-fat feta cheese for the blue cheese
  • Vine-ripened tomato for plum tomato (but I suggest sticking with plum tomatoes)

Overall Rating:  Love It!

Source:  Woman’s Day Magazine

Broccoli Slaw

I’m not a big fan of cabbage or coleslaw (although I do love a turkey reuben made with creamy coleslaw instead of sauerkraut!) so when I came across this recipe in Cooking Light last summer, I figured it would be a great side for sandwiches.  Plus, it’s made with non-fat Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise which lightens it up.

Additions: None

Omissions: None

Substitutions: None

Overall Rating: So-So

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Try it with: Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders

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