8 June 2009

Two Gals Cooking Light Giveaway with Heirloom Tomato Pappardelle

With all the excellent fresh produce available in the summer, it's a good time to try a vegetarian entrée or two, and this recipe is a perfect choice. The simple sauce highlights the flavor of tomatoes with fresh herbs, shallots, and garlic, and it comes together in seven minutes just about the time it takes to cook the pasta. In this summer heat thank goodness for my outdoor grill and my side burner!!!

Thank you for continuing to tune in for this second installment while 2 Gals from opposite sides of the continent join together, one from upper New York State and the other from British Columbia, Canada to kickstart their summer by Cooking Light!!! One wonderful thing about this week is that I am having the opportunity to "meet" so many new blogging faces. The blogging world is growing by leaps and bounds!!! Nice to meet you all!!!

Shelby (aka HoneyB) from The Life and Loves of Grumpys Honeybunch and I have a love for Cooking Light magazine which has an emphasis on healthy eating and living. Each issue covers light cuisine and includes more than 70 delicious and flavourful recipes. It also explores food and nutrition news as well as fitness, health and beauty.

We decided to collaborate for one week and kickstart our summer by sharing some of their recipes with our readers from this months June issue of Cooking Light. The great thing about eating light is that you can still love your food and not give up any of the flavour... just focus on loving food that’s good for you. People like us who really adore food and flavour have a much better chance of eating well, and healthily, and enjoying every minute of it!!!

Make a conscious decision about eating light and healthily every day. Here is where the "less is more" concept takes on a new twist. If you eat less and more often, you won't feel like you are 'starving' yourself. There are tricks to lightening up your food without ditching the flavour.

One suggestion is to get the proportions right. Instead of having a little soup and a big main course, have a small first course and a large bowl of soup. Instead of loads of meat, gravy and potatoes, swap the ratio so there is a pile of roasted winter root vegetables and a lamb chop or two. Lighten up your cooking by swapping meat for fish when you feel the urge. It's easier to digest and there are some excellent fish choices in today's markets. Build your meals around omega 3-rich salmon and mackerel or base them on prawns, langoustines and mussels and you’ll feel lighter immediately.

As mentioned in an earlier post .... Shelby and I have been given the opportunity to give away a years subscription to Cooking Light magazine to THREE lucky readers so be sure to visit Shelby here all week as well as here on More Than Burnt Toast for your chance to win. Simply leave a comment and you are entered for the draw. These Cooking Light Subscriptions have been generously offered to Shelby and then ultimately to you by Aaron of Magazine Direct. Follow us through this weeks journey as we laugh and cook our way through this months issue of Cooking Light Magazine.

We kickstarted our week of Two Gal's Cooking Light by both making Grilled Tomato and Brie Sandwiches from this months issue here and on Shelby's site here . Be sure to visit Shelby at The Life and Loves of Grumpys Honeybunch tomorrow for installment 3; and a peak into more healthy and delicious recipes from Cooking Light!!!! She will be preparing Strawberry-Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette from the June issue.

This simple-to-prepare vegetarian pappardelle pasta entrée may become your summertime standby. Use any combination of heirloom tomatoes you like. A variety of colors and tastes is ideal for "eye candy" as well as flavour. The tasty sauce can double as a bruschetta topping for an easy appetizer. Add grilled shrimp if you like for a heartier dish.

**Heirloom Tomato and Herb Pappardelle**
Printable Recipe

12 ounces uncooked pappardelle (wide ribbon pasta)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 cups thinly sliced shallots (about 2 large)
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 pounds heirloom tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shaved pecorino cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

While pasta cooks, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots to pan; sauté 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add oregano and next 5 ingredients (through tomatoes); cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Arrange 1 cup pasta onto each of 6 plates. Top each serving with about 1-1/3 cups tomato mixture; drizzle with 1 teaspoon remaining oil. Divide cheese evenly among servings.
Serves 6

Calories: 397 Fat: 13g (sat 3.2g,mono 7.4g,poly 1.3g) Protein: 14g Carbohydrate: 59.1g Fiber:5.5g Cholesterol: 10mg Iron: 3.2mg Sodium: 448mg Calcium: 158mg


Still speaking of food Lisa Orgler generously agreed to create an art piece from one of YOUR food photographs and donate it to be auctioned for Art Auction with a Twist over at BloggerAid-Changing the Face of Famine . Her love for food, art and journaling have brought her to blogging to combine all of her loves and driven her to create art from food creations. On her blog Lunchbox Project Lisa reaches out to fellow bloggers to create a masterpiece from your own photography. The winner was Hummus and Roasted Pepper Sandwich by Hopie of Hopie's Kitchen!!!! The finished painting here will be auctioned off at the Mission Fish site which is the E-Bay Giving Works with the monies designated to the School Meals Program of the WFP. Thank you Lisa for doing such a beautiful job!!!

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  1. Yum Val! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed this dish and can't wait to try it myself!

  2. A delicious dish! Perfect for the warmer days!



  3. all the recipes the 2 of you are making sound wonderful....

  4. Beautiful photo--I love the plate you used! I've never used pappardelle, but I like the way it sounds ;)

  5. I love heirloom tomatoes. I planted some in my garden but it will take a while for them to come in.

  6. I'm so thankful it's heirloom tomato season again. I've been throwing them in my salads.

  7. This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy pasta. Fresh, light and simple! Brava!

  8. 've been cooking 'heavy' for too long right throughout the summer - this year, i am really going to make an effort to convince everyone in the house to eat light all the way

  9. I love dishes like this. It's pasta the way it should be. Some simple fresh flavors dressing a good pasta. I'm getting excited for tomato season now.

  10. Nice to meet a neighbor to the north of me!

  11. what a lovely innitiative! light cooking is a great way to showcase seasonal flavours, since it's usually simple and fresh! This is a great giveaway!!!!

  12. What a lovely warm weather salad! I can't wait to enjoy this season's tomatoes.

  13. What a great dish for the challenge. You have such a pretty plate Val.

  14. This sounds amazing...I can't wait until tomatoes show up around these parts!!

  15. looks wonderful what a great idea, great Nutrition tips love it

  16. I had already eyed this via Cooking Light - it's right up my alley!

    That artwork was gorgeous, too.

  17. This does look like a perfect for summer dish - and I am really looking forward to more of your Cooking Light dishes!

  18. Fresh tomatoes and pappardelle.. a winner in my books. This has summer written all over it Val!

  19. The tomatoes are gorgeous!

  20. Definitely all the flavors of summer here. I'm such a sucker for pasta dishes and this looks so fresh and tasty.

  21. this is a majorly pretty pasta dish! i've actually never had pappardelle, but i'm sure i'd like it very much, especially in this instance!

  22. I love the colors in this! Sounds great!

  23. This dish looks great! I love the idea to jump start the summer with cooking light!

  24. Perfect for summer, thanks!
    delilah0180 AT yahoo DOT com

  25. I LOVE light pasta dishes.

  26. Oh Val this salad is fantastic! I can't wait to make it!

  27. I can't even tell you how good this pasta dish sounds. Incredible. I want those tomatoes!

    I already subscribe to Cooking Light, so I guess I should skip the drawing. But I love that magazine so much!

  28. Beautiful looking salad... love the fresh herbs in this recipe. And of course for me the cheese is the best part.

  29. I cant wait for all the fresh flavors of summer, like FRESH! heirloom tomatoes.

  30. love pasta dishes that pack a lot of flavor. Great job.

  31. Sounds great for the summer: nice and light (in all senses).


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