Penne with Tomato-Goat Cheese Sauce and Sauteed Spinach

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This is a super simple, pretty healthy and wholly satisfying meal. Also very affordable. These were all just things I happened to pick up at Trader Joe’s the other day.

(serves 1)

  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • red chili flakes
  • 2 cups whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 3 generous handfuls of spinach
  1. heat olive oil in a medium sized pan over medium high heat add (minced) garlic and tomatoes and cover
  2. cook pasta according to instructions
  3. once tomatoes start to blister, pop them with a knife or fork and add goat cheese
  4. once goat cheese starts melting, mix it with the tomato juices and add rosemary (remove from stem), bring down heat and let simmer
  5. when pasta is finished, drain and quickly steam spinach in the pasta pot with a couple teaspoons of water
  6. remove spinach with tongs, shaking off excess liquid, and add it into the goat cheese sauce pan and take that off the heat, season with salt and pepper to taste
  7. pour sauce over pasta, sprinkle with chili flakes, pour yourself a glass of wine and dig in!

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Squid, Shrimps and Clams with Parsley-Lemon Sauce

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I love shell fish but it’s kind of a luxury for this college budget thing. Luckily Trader Joe’s has affordable frozen bags of good-quality shell fish to satisfy my needs. I threw together this light meal for some of my friends one night after class and it was a nice change from the normal proteins.

  • 1  pack frozen shell fish from Trader Joe’s (thawed)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • generous amounts black pepper
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  1. mince garlic and heat olive oil in a sauce pan
  2. add garlic to the pan
  3. once garlic turns opaque, add shell fish
  4. cook over medium-low heat, add paprika, black pepper and salt
  5. meanwhile, blend lemon juice, parsley and other tbsp olive oil in a food processor
  6. take shell fish off heat once they’ve turned white
  7. you can either stir the parsley-lemon sauce into the seafood mix or serve it on the side

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