Crusty Baked Cauliflower & Pasta “Hot-Dish”

Do you enjoy a good casserole?  If you’re from Minnesota, we refer to them as hot dishes.  Well known fact, when my mom suggested making her delicious chicken noodle hot dish for family out East, they replied, “hot dish?  What’s a hot dish?”   I think they thought us Minnesotan’s were a bit odd?  Turns out, her hot dish was a big hit!  It was so good, it’s still requested and served with much love by my mom when they visit us here in Minnesota!

One Pot Pasta with Cauliflower, Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, and a little Tomato

When in Italy we ate lots of pasta.  How can one eat that much pasta and come home weighing almost 5 pounds lighter?  Not sure, but I did.  Possibly because you walk and walk, and than walk some more.  Than because I am a runner who likes to travel and run, I ran a marathon, and it didn’t stop there!  We climbed stairs….and next we hiked and than hiked some more.  It was an amazing trip!

Pasta in Italy

Pasta with Corn, Pancetta, Butter, & Fresh Sage

Brown Rice Pasta with Fresh Corn, Pancetta, Sweet Beans, Fresh Sage, and lots of Butter.

Brown Rice Pasta with Fresh Corn, Pancetta, Sweet Beans, Fresh Sage, and lots of Butter.

I have to confess….I am not a big fan of Sweet Corn.  Please don’t judge me my friends!  Immediately when the first crop of LOCAL SWEET CORN corn shows up at the markets, you’ll most likely see mobs of people standing in line buying bags and bags of corn.  Confession…..not me!

Sardine or Tuna Boats

Wow I am impressed you’re still reading this post after reading the title😉.  OR maybe you’re just curious?  Sardines?  Yes Sardines!  The thought of them may make you cringe but they actually have a ton of healthy fats and good for you protein so before you go all anti-sardine on me, you may want to try them!

Basil Cashew Pesto

“Do you have a favorite pre-race meal?”  “Do you eat the same thing the night before a long run each week when you’re training?”  For some reason, I was thinking about this as I was preparing this yummy pesto last night.  I can’t say that I have a weekly ritual for my long runs or races, but after having this delicious pesto, I may have changed my mind.