FOD-Angel Hair with Veggies

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If you follow me on Twitter, you'll notice I'm always posting photos of what I'm cooking/eating. So I thought it would be great to add a "series" called FOD (Food of the Day) just like my LOD's (Look of the Day) of what I'm cooking and how I make it. 

What you'll need:

1 box of angel hair pasta

handful of spinach

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 fresh basil leaves

1 medium tomato

6 or 7 artichoke hearts ( I use frozen because it's easiest)

handful of cilantro

3 stalks of asparagus

1 can of black olives

1/2 a lemon, juiced

handful of parm cheese, grated and sliced

salt & pepper to taste

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chop all your veggies & garlic to prepare for sauteing. It's best to chop all the veggies the same size so everything is proportionate.

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Boil a pot of water; add salt. Once boiled, add the angel hair pasta and cook until al dente.

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Place olive oil, garlic & spinach in the pan to flavor and wilt the spinach.

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Add artichokes once the spinach is wilted along with tomatoes, asparagus, basil & cilantro. I added more salt and pepper since artichokes are normally fairly bland. You want to add these veggies last so they keep their color and bite.

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Add lemon to intensify the colors and add a tang to the dish. It won't be an overpowering taste so don't worry. Meld veggies with pasta, add black olives & grated parm cheese. Add a few turns around the pot of olive oil to coat the pasta and create your "sauce".

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Grab a bowl, plate it up, and add sliced parm cheese on top. :)

When I cook, I normally don't use a recipe. I stick with things I like to eat and add them in some form of a pot; whether it be to pasta or a pizza or a soup. It makes meals easier for me to cook whether it's for myself or for guests. And yes, this meal was entirely for me but I always make plenty of extras because I will have it for lunch or for friends.

PS. This pasta dish is great cold too.

xx.