2 Quick Recipes- Garlicky Spaghetti and One of My Favorite Greek Salads

I went to Macaroni Grill the other day and got the pick three option. It was amazing. I tried to recreate what I ate there in my own kitchen. It was good but needs some work. Below are some pics of garlicky spaghetti with roast garlic, baby broccoli and crimini mushrooms. With this recipe I wanted to share the beauty of roast garlic, if you don’t already know. It’s very good to eat during the cold and flu season, garlic has a lot of immune boosting properties. I roast the garlic (whole clove) in a piece of foil with a little olive oil and salt and pepper on top on low heat for 30 mins. You and also use a garlic baker stone if you have one. This turns out so good, the cloves are so soft and flavorful, you can even spread them directly onto bread. I also used Brown Rice pasta, this is something I want to be sure that people watching their gluten intake were aware of. I’ve found it at most Grocery Stores. I wasn’t totally thrilled with the spaghetti noodles but the other types, macaroni and spirals are very good. Be careful of the cooking time, if overcooked, can be very mushy. Soooooo…. my experiment was ok, very healthy at least! Needs some tweaking, the best part was really the garlic and mushrooms. You could switch out the broccoli for kale, and noodles for spaghetti squash. So many options!

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This next meal was a recipe I found in the cookbook; World’s Healthiest Foods.This Greek Salad is incredibly easy and I really like it. Spinach, Garbanzo beans, Red Pepper, Tomato, Red Onion, Kalamata Olives and Lemon. The best part is the squeeze of lemon at the end. The vitamin C in the lemon boosts the nutritional properties of the greens and enhances the iron absorption. This is a great recipe if you are looking for tasty plant based sources of iron. Adding lemon or lime to salads and other recipes is also a great flavor, no need for salad dressing or salt. This recipe has got it all 🙂 And on that note, a little info about plant sources of iron and some tips about how to get the most in your diet: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-top-vegan-iron-sources.html

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