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ONE-POT MEALS - A BUSY WOMAN'S LIFESAVER!

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I must admit, my life before kids was so relaxed and easy going.  I would rarely feel the need to rush or wonder where the time went. Since kids, the days tend to go by super fast because it's constantly go-go-go.  One minute it's 2 p.m., the next it's 5:50 p.m., and I know my kids will want their dinner by 6 p.m.  What's a mom to do?

ONE-POT MEALS - truly my lifesaver!  I love that the only dishes are a pot, knife, spoon and cutting board. I also love that they can literally be made of whatever you have on hand and in minutes.  Here's the dish that saved me tonight!


ONE-POT PASTA LOADED WITH VEGGIES (SERVES 4)

Print recipe HERE.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa rotini
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. basil, chopped
  • handful asparagus, trimmed
  • handful spinach, stems removed
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients (except olive oil, pine nuts, basil and spinach) in large pan.  Bring to a full boil on high heat.
     
  2. Cover and simmer on low heat about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep in mind that different pastas will have different cooking times - it's best to cook as directed on packaging.
     
  3. Add spinach to pan, cover and continue cooking about 3 minutes longer.
     
  4. Remove from heat. Add olive oil, basil and pine nuts. Add more salt/pepper, if needed. Toss and serve.

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