Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What's for Dinner? Wednesday

Happy What's for Dinner? Wednesday! This week I'm cooking up a recipe Dr. Seuss would have loved: Greens, Eggs, and Spaghetti.  This recipe was inspired from one I found at Health Magazine when looking for a way to use up the extra Swiss chard in our garden.  Grab your greens, eggs, and spaghetti and get ready to cook!

Here's what you'll need to serve six people:
  
1 16 oz box of whole-wheat spaghetti
1 bunch Swiss chard 
1 cup packed parsley 
1/2 cup packed spinach 
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted 
1 garlic clove
2 teaspoons olive oil
Olive oil cooking spray  
1 teaspoon lemon zest 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
6 large eggs

Prep Step: Toast your walnuts while you read over the recipe!

Step One:  Boil up a pot of water and cook your spaghetti.  For the exact amount of water and time you'll need to get the job done, check the package directions.

Step One point Five: While your pasta is cooking, grab your greensChop up the parsley, spinach, and Swiss chard.  Set aside the Swiss chard. This will be added directly to the pasta.  The other greens will be used to make a pesto sauce.  By now your walnuts should be toasted.  Throw  them, the parsley, spinach, garlic, olive oil, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon of water, and a pinch of salt  and pepper into your food processor.  Process until you have achieved a chunky consistency. Proceed to step two to check on your pasta.

Step Two: Once your noodles have successfully achieved your preferred firmness, drain out all but 1/4 of the water in your pot and set them aside.  Add your chopped Swiss chard to the warm water and boil it for about 5 minutes.  When it's done, pour out the excess water and add the Swiss chard back and your pasta to a serving bowl. Mix in the pesto sauce you made.  Add extra water if the sauce is too thick.

Step Three: Egg time! Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and coat with olive oil cooking spray.  Cook your eggs so that the whites are firm, but the yolks are only partly cooked (or to your liking).  As you cook each egg, season it with salt and pepper.  

Step Four: It's dinner time! While each egg is cooking, dish out a serving of pasta and then top it with your cooked egg.  Enjoy your Greens, Eggs, and Spaghetti!  

If anyone says they don't like greens and eggs in their pasta, pull a few phrases out of your old Dr. Seuss book and challenge them to try them in a tree, in a car, anywhere or you won't let them be!

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