Happy Tuesday!

We’ve been busy-busy adjusting to our new jobs & developing a new schedule <3.

I’ll be back to regular blogging soon!

my farewell cake – I loved the glitter <3.

… the best sugary drink ever <3.

One of my main goals to include in our new routine is more healthy home cooked meals.

Brett & I tackled the recipe below, the fresh ingredients were a welcomed change to our norm (;

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SMOKEY CHILI LIME PASTA SALAD

ingredients:
8 ounces whole wheat penne
2 limes, juiced to yield ¼ cup juice
2 teaspoons honey
1 Tablespoon mild chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/8 – ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust by your personal preference)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup olive oil
½ bunch of fresh cilantro leaves (roughly chopped)
2 cups corn kernels, from 2 ears of corn *See prep guide below
1 – 15 ounce can organic blackbeans, drained and rinsed
6 ounces of cherry tomatoes rinsed and cut in half

Directions:

1. Heat a large pot of water with 2 pinches of salt and bring to a boil – add in pasta and cook until al dente (8‐9 minutes)

… while pasta is cooking …

In a small bowl, whisk to combine lime juice, honey, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper & olive oil (set aside)

2. Drain pasta and cool slightly

3. In a large bowl, combine pasta, cilantro, corn, black beans, and tomatoes – toss with dressing to taste

4. Serve warm or at room temperature

{Tip: when dressing pasta with any kind of sauce or vinaigrette, it’s important to toss the pasta when it’s warm, not hot. If the pasta is hot it will absorb all the sauce at once, but if you wait until it cools slightly you can use less sauce and it will have better flavor. You will find that if you hold it for too long before it’s dinner time, the pasta will drink up all the sauce.}

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*corn prep guide: cook corn, cool, and remove kernels.

*To boil corn
Place shucked corn into a pot of boiling water and cook for 3‐6 minutes or until kernels are tender.
Cool, then with a knife cut downwards from top to bottom to remove kernels.

*To grill corn
Shuck corn and lightly brush with grape seed oil. Place onto grill and cook for 3‐4 minutes, turning often to avoid burning.
Cool, then with a knife cut downwards from top to bottom to remove kernels.

Be well,
Angela

 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”
1 John 4:7

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