More adventures on the gluten-free front.
(Good morning and happy Saturday, by the way!)
I should have taken pics along the way when I made this GF veggie spaghetti the other day, but it was totally improvised, a.k.a. I had no idea if it was going to taste gross, so there were no cameras up in the mix.
Cameras only get involved when there is 0% gross factor, ha ha!
The pasta turned out pretty darn delicious, if I do say so myself. It’s made out of yellow lentils and brown rice and tastes kinda nutty, like Japanese soba noodles. So, not exactly like regular pasta (whereas the GF lasagna from a couple weekends ago tasted like legit gluten-y pasta), but still good. El Hub and Connor also liked it.
This time was veggie (and cheese) all the way, but I want to do it with a protein next time, like broiled salmon or roasted chicken.
- 1/2 package of Trader Joe’s Organic Yellow Lentil and Brown Rice Pasta Spaghetti (or your pasta of choice)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 a package of cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 2 large handfuls of sugar plum or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 3-4 big handfuls of fresh baby spinach
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, and more for serving
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- Salt and pepper
- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
- Add spaghetti, and cook 6-8 minutes, or until al dente. Drain in a strainer, reserving a cup of the pasta water.
- Heat olive oil on medium low in a non-stick pan with high sides, and then add garlic and cook until fragrant and golden (don’t let it burn, though, because it’ll taste bitter).
- Increase the heat to medium and add sliced mushrooms, and then cook 1-2 minutes.
- Add halved tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until mushrooms are lightly browned and tomatoes are softened and start to release their juices.
- Add spinach and cook until about halfway wilted down.
- Add in the spaghetti, Italian seasoning, about half a cup of the pasta, and the Parmesan, and then toss everything together until a thin sauce forms. If you need to, add more pasta water or Parmesan to make it more “saucy.”
- Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve with additional Parmesan.
Alright, now for this week’s reading!
- Thinking about investing in beauty? It might be something to consider, seeing as how the industry generates hundreds of billions of dollars in sales each year. Here are the major players, broken down by the numbers.
- At just 22 years old, Howard University pre-med student Akilah Releford started her own skin care line, Mary Louise Cosmetics, with just $200. Now the cruelty-free vegan line of masks and treatments is making a big splash on the indie market.
- These are cool: antique-inspired makeup organizers. You can find ’em on Amazon.
- You know the old saying: “If your man is gonna wear makeup, he better be wearing Chanel!” (Clearly I just made that up, but it should totally be a thing, don’t you think?) Their line just for guys includes brow pencils, a tinted moisturizer and a fancy lip balm.
- Here’s an idea for a name of a new blush: Parrot Pink! Researchers have found that parrots, like humans, may blush as a way to signal their feelings to their caretakers and other birds.
- Did you know that during the Victorian Era it was fashionable to give one’s nails a light rose tint with lemon juice, followed by buffing them to a shine with a chamois? So many fun facts about the history of nail artistry as a form of self-expression in this post!
- Why are so many perfumers men? In this piece a group of women perfumers share their thoughts on feminism, fragrance and women in the industry.
- Speaking of fragrances, if you’re looking for a new one, may I suggest Shark by Tara Reid?
- A proposal to ban kitties from this New Zealand village is getting clawed by locals!
- And in more cat-related news…this camping tent for your fave feline can be used indoors or in the great outdoors. Also, the 6th annual Portland Catio Tour is coming September 8th (and I wish I could go).
- But wait, there’s more! — these kitty cat washcloths will purr-fect your skin care routine.
So excited for this new remake of Anne of Green Gables
I never wanted to play the tuba until I watched this performance by The Roots.
Such a cute video! It has kind of a ’90s vibe, too.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,