Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Quick, healthy spaghetti.

Exams. No time to for meals requiring loads of preparation. Yet I refuse to give up my daily dose of fresh veggies. Here’s what I’ve been eating most of the time.

Pasta A
Whole-wheat spaghetti tossed in olive oil, chopped baby plum tomatoes, olives and celery, seasoned with ground black pepper

Pasta B
Whole-wheat spaghetti tossed in olive oil, chopped baby plum tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, celery, and pine nuts, seasoned with ground black pepper.

Ingredients are almost identical, I tend to mix and match depending on what I have handy, sometimes throwing in a handful of cheese, fresh herbs or different vegetables. Preparation is basically the same too; boil your spaghetti, drain. Heat up some olive oil in a pan, add in your ingredients, and heat for about a minute. Throw in your spaghetti, toss everything well and serve. All done in less than 20 minutes.

If you spend time chopping your ingredients more finely as in Pasta B, the flavours from the ingredients will blend together better, resulting in a more complex, tasty dish. I also find that chopping things into tiny little pieces is also a relatively good way to release exam stress, although its slightly more time-consuming.


ipohchai said...

yum... spaghetti... makes me drooling liao.

btw, I tagged you for ur favourite food post. Do participate. visit my blog for the details :)

~Bee Nee~ said...

ipohchai: thanks for the tag. Will get to it after my exams =) Promise!

xin said...

I love spaghetti too. But... celery... =/ fear factor! I love tomatoes though.

Gallivanter said...

I've never been a fan of Italian food, except Pizza and to a certain extent, Lasagna. :-P

~Bee Nee~ said...

xin: I used to hate celery when I was younger.. but I'm fine with it now.. hehe

gallivanter: mmmm... pizza... frozen pizza... a student staple

Cherry said...

I love spaghetti. Perhaps this due to my childhood where I was stuffed a lot of noodle. Having chinese background family means that you will probably grow up loving noodles.

The one with tomatoes look very fresh to me :). Same advice, if you can take the pictures using orange light and brown table it will rock.

The Expedited Writer said...

good to see that your veggie intake is not compromised in a time of examinations and flurry....:D

reminds me of the time when I was a student ...and pasta, pasta, pasta was all i had for most days.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

When I was a student, I did a lot less than that! hehe. Your meal looks delicious!

~Bee Nee~ said...

Cherry: Thanks for the advice!

Expedited Writer: I need my greens =)

Lyrical Lemongrass: Thanks! Pasta's such a convenient thing when you're cooking a meal for one. And trust me this took almost no effort at all. Like I said the chopping things into bits was therapeutic. Lol.

Erwin Tan said...


My Fave!!

~Bee Nee~ said...

erwin: I'm actually quite bored of it.. lol