July 13, 2010

Christy in the kitchen

I've been busy in the kitchen these past few days cooking up some of my recipes from Real Girls Eat! I've raved on and on about this cook book, but I seriously can't talk enough about it! This is the book that taught me how to cook, how to substitute things to add different flavors and I just love it! So, here are a few things I've been sampling from the book! I'm sure you'll love them just as much as I did! And of course, as a reminder, I will not reproduce every single recipe in these books. To do so would probably fall under definition of some sort of copyright infringement and would probably make my two favorite cook book authors very angry. I will, however, do the following:
  • Post pictures of all of these dishes attributing them to the proper author.
  • Post my absolute favorite recipes that I feel must be shared.
  • Post any recipes that I have, in any way, made changes to.
So, here goes: 

1. Banana Passionfruit Smoothie
I changed this slightly from the original, so I'll share!
To make:
Throw 1 large banana, a good chunk of passion fruit (I used frozen since this was impossible to find!), 1 and 1/2 cups soy milk and 1-3 drops vanilla in the blender! Blend well and serve!

2. Coconut Papaya Lassi
I typically don't like papaya, but this was tasty!

3. Fried Egg Sandwich
I wasn't thrilled about trying this one but it was delicious!

4. Picnic Pasta Salad
This is one of those absolute favorite recipes that I feel must be shared! I've made it several times and this time I made it for friends and everyone loved it!
To make:
1 package penne pasta
2 cans tuna, in olive oil (I used tuna in water)
1 punnet fresh cherry tomatoes
1 bunch green onions
1 red onion, chopped
Fresh Herbs such as chives, parsley & basil (I skipped out on the chives)
Balsamic Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
Boil 1 packet pasta according to directions. 
Drain tuna. If using tuna in oil, save the oil and use it in the salad.
 Flake the tuna with a fork and toss through the cooked pasta.
Add either the oil from the tuna or regular EVOO.
Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Slice the green and red onions and add to the salad. 
Tear or cut the herbs with kitchen scissors and add to the salad.
Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the salad. Add salt & pepper. Toss gently. 
Refrigerate and serve!
*Before taking it out of the fridge, add some more EVOO, as the pasta tends to dry up!*

5. Zesty Guacamole
This guacamole had an extra hint of lime and 1 teaspoon of chili paste which made it fantastic!

If you're interested in any of the recipes I haven't posted, leave a comment and I'll send you an e-mail with the full recipe. 



  1. that pasta looks delicious! and so do the smoothies! this is really making me want to get the book so i can have the recipes too!

  2. Mmm, the banana smoothie AND the picnic pasta salad are 2 recipes I've definitely gotta try!

  3. mmm, looks good!

    I'd love for you to email me that chocolate cookie recipe from a while back. I've been trying to find a healthy cookie recipe that looks good, but am failing big time.

  4. That banana smoothie sounds delicious! I love bananas :)

  5. Im going to try the portugues chicken this week!!! :D

    If you liked the egg sandwich you'll love the one i tried out this morning I posted in my blog but here is the link

    quick and easy to make

  6. Thanks for sharing! I'm looking forward to making the Picnic Pasta Salad on my own!

  7. Everything looks SO good. I love guac, my fav snack!

  8. I made a similar pasta myself - and I loved it! Thanks for sharing all of these great ideas!!!

  9. wow. this all looks delicious!! Yum! When you move to the city, we should get together to visit the farmers market and then cook a meal with it all! I think I could learn a few things from you!

  10. Sounds like an interesting cookbook- I can totally relate to the title- hehe! :)

  11. Just found your blog and noticed you were from Boston! It's so nice to meet other bloggers from the area! I am based in MA <3 I also noticed that you use DailyMile, as do I!
    I am now a follower, follow me?

    XO Lynzy

  12. i know ive already commented on this one but i was just letting you know that you have an award over at my blog!

  13. The pasta looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!!


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