Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cooking for a beloved Vegetarian

Cavatelli & Broccolini

So my sister Perrie, "Gabriel's aunt", the teeny-tiny, GOOD eater BUT also a vegetarian, is finally coming to visit! What does that mean? Sister Lishie is in the kitchen preparing all of little sis' favorite foods... Something for dinner (sorry- tomorrow's blog- Hint? It's veggie as well ;) This is IT ) & most importantly, to "takeaway" home with her. Yes, I am cooking & packing it all up. She loves Kasha - CHECK! packed... & I also made Cavatelli & Broccolini, yes, broccolini. Broccolini is a natural hybrid between broccoli & gai-lan (Chinese Kale) but looks like broccoli rabe. You can definitely go with the classic broccoli though! I thought I'd change it up when I saw these gorgeous, unique greens at the supermarket.

Cavatelli & Broccolini
Cavatelli & Broccolini - CHECK! packed
2 heads of brocolini
1 lb. cavatelli
1/2 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, sliced
*red pepper flakes (optional)
fresh, grated parmesan (for topping)

When water boils, add in pasta & broccolini... cook to cavatelli package instructions, then drain.

While the pasta & broccolini are cooking, heat the olive oil on medium heat, add the garlic slices & cook until they are golden. Be VERY careful not to burn the garlic! Add in the red pepper flakes if using. Add the pasta & broccolini to the garlic oil sauce & toss together. Top with grated parmesan cheese.

*Instead of red pepper flakes I chopped a slice of red bell pepper very small to add a little color to the dish without the kick.

All the while making & prepping these three dishes, I fed Gabriel & cooked this hubby pleaser for dinner.
Perrie's "Takeaway"

I cannot wait to see my little sister, can you tell? Hope my dishes make her happy. Next up? Dessert for Perrie as well as a birthday treat for another special person! Stay-tuned :)