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Remember the Rosemary Garlic Oil from the potato Jos recipe? Well I thought “Hmm, wouldn’t that be amazing with some tomatoes and quinoa/corn pasta”? and you know what? It. Was.

I wanted to blog something like “Oh, check out this awesome 10 minute recipe!” so I timed it. 40 minutes. D*mn my water boils slow! Dinner prep time was something like 4 minutes. So I can’t send this one into Rachel Ray, but it’s worth it.

Rosemary, Garlic Quinoa/Corn Pasta with Tomatoes (2 big servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 sprigs of dried rosemary or (3 T)
  • 1/3 c olive oil (or enough to cover blender blades)
  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 8oz package quinoa/corn linguine
  • 2 vine tomatoes
  • 1/2 c chopped fresh basil (dried simply will not do here)
  • 1/3 c grated romano or parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Start boiling water 20 minutes ago. Add in 1/2 of the salt and pasta when water is boiling (this pasta takes 6-9 minutes to cook).
  2. Make your rosemary garlic olive oil: in a blender combine the rosemary, olive oil, vinegar, salt and garlic (makes about 3/4 c sauce)-adjust to taste if necessary. Blend until smooth with flecks of rosemary. Add in 1/2 of the basil and blend for a few pulses.
  3. Chop tomatoes and grate cheese (if necessary).
  4. Once pasta is done, drain and pour in sauce. Fold in tomatoes, cheese and the rest of the basil. For instructions on food folding there is a great tutorial in Sleeping Beauty with the birthday cake.

You are just a food powerhouse here.

You’ve got your good and filling fat with the olive oil. You also get a high concentration of phenols which are potent antioxidants. It’s incredibly heart healthy due to the oleic acid in the monounsaturated fat. (Fat!=Good!). Monounsaturated fat raises HDL (good!) and lowers LDL (bad!) cholesterols. Researchers at Oxford have found that a diet rich in olive oil was associated with a decreased risk of bowel cancer. But remember, extra virgin, as this is the first unrefined pressing of the oil. I believe Rachel Ray calls it “EVOO”.

You have fantastic fiber with the quinoa/corn pasta. If you eat the 8oz box between 2 people you get 8 g of fiber and 8 g of protein each; also 410 calories and 96 g carbs. Even with the brown rice pasta you only get 4 g of fiber for the same serving, the rest is about the same.

Anti-everything with basil. Antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral…seriously!

Vitamin Central! Lycopene, Vitamins A, B and C are abundant in tomatoes. Lycopene has researchers that it shows significant reduction in prostate cancer. I do say vine-ripened because tomatoes grown in hothouses have 50% less vitamin C as vine-ripened and commercial tomatoes are artificially “ripened” with ethylene gas (Johnny Bowden, 150 Healthiest Foods).

So, get some water boiling!

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About Sarah Hiller

Eco-maniacal! I love learning about food and health, and then sharing! I'm also an aspiring photographer, lover of kale, dogs, yoga, anything fitness, sunshine, rainbows, unicorns and heavy metal. It is my goal to empower and support people through nutrition and attitude. I have an Etsy store you can check out as well www.etsy.com/shop/ironballoon

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