January 5, 2010

Tuesdays at the Table

On my recent travels through Blogland..I have come across many different New Years Resolutions for 2010.  Some are heartwarming, others funny, many seem life-changing and some are quite challenging...but there seems to be a common thread in most of them...the call to lead a more healthy life; physically, emotionally and spiritually!  We can all benefit from taking a good look at our lifestyle and  pinpointing the areas that require refining!

One of the things I have decided to pursue this year is to switch my cooking and food consumption to as close to Organic & Natural as I can!  Not a diet or a particular eating program but a conscious way of eating and choosing my foods to improve overall health.  Over the past year I have done a lot of research on the state of our food in America...and have been both enlightened and even sometimes shocked! This seems a good time to take the plunge and make some changes!

I hope to share my journey with y'all through my recipes and home cooking!  I will still include my crafts, decorating and dedication to family and fun...but I am hoping to "clean up" my act when it comes to grocery shopping and food preparation.

So let the cooking begin!


I began dinner tonight with some of these Chicken sausages...they have no preservatives and minimum processing...no nitrates or MSG, and are made from skinless free range chicken meat.  They are delicious too!
140 calories in a whole link!


   Sliced and sauteed in a tablespoon of olive oil they are ready to be added to the meal! Set aside and keep them warm.


Next I sauteed some sliced eggplant and zucchini that I had previously cut up and put in the freezer in a little chicken broth. I cooked it on medium heat until the veggies reduced by about 50%.                                





I added some salt and pepper, rosemary and garlic seasoning...
and kept it on low heat while the pasta was cooking.





Boil the whole grain pasta...just until al dente!


These noodles aren't organic, but I am trying to use up what I have in my cupboard...they are however all natural and a good source of whole grain fiber with no preservatives.





My fresh cut tomatoes were added at the last minute so they wouldn't loose their plumpness.






For the final touch...some freshly grated Parmesan Cheese (organic of course).







And Voila!  A big bowl of healthy and hearty pasta....Let's see... I'll call it..."Resolution Chicken Pasta"
Bon Appetito!
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33 comments:

Charmingdesigns said...

looks delicious!Where did you find the sausages? Thanks for your nice comments. Glad I'm not the only one that doesn't like those macaroons. Give me an american coconut macaroon any day.lol

sweetwilliam said...

Well done, eating this way is such a big commitment - and one worth taking seriously for sure! I found it very helpful to look at a site which told me which fruit and veg was an organic priority - it was a useful thing to know at the checkout!

Marie said...

That looks incredibly tasty! We are not so lucky over here to have sausages such as that available. No chicken or turkey sausages at all. Only Pork, the odd beef, some lamb and venison. The sausage are tasty, don't get me wrong, but my heart longs for turkey and chicken ones. Kudos to you for your proposed changes and challenges for 2010!

Diane said...

Great going, I love all the Local Growers Farmers Markets. That meal looks healthy and yummy! Hugs, & Kisses Love Ya, Diane P.S. Violets are doing well

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

your dinner looks yummy..we love pasta...:)

debi said...

Mmmmmm! That looks delish! You're just always cooking up something wonderful.

Lori said...

mmm, that sounds SO good!!!

Faye said...

Oh Carrie, This looks so good! Hope you have a great day! Blessings, Faye

vivian said...

looks so good! Ive found it so much more expensive to eat healthy! which is too bad should be the opposite it seems! OH well, we do what we do! I have tried a chicken sausage lately, I liked it but my hubby didnt. figures huh? anyways I'll be looking forward to your recipes!
have fun!
vivian

All My Yesterdays said...

Hey, GREAT idea! Love your grader! And I'll be over to eat tonight!!
Ya, wishful thinking...
Thanks for sharing all this and I'll watch for more...
(still want to come for dinner..)

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Wow Carrie! That looks delicious and something I definitely want to try!
I love your resolutions, they're similar to mine :) Best of luck to us both!

Chow and Chatter said...

looks great and oh wow cool cheese grater

Deborah said...

OMGosh your cheese grater!!!! I have never seen anything like it! Swoonilishous! So is your dinner. YOU don't need to diet, but thank you for the calorie count for those of us under the strict watch of the On Line Weight Watcher's Witch. teehee

Mrs. P. said...

GREAT post. We (long before New Year) determined to move more and eat more diliberatly. It is amazing what small steps do to improve how you feel.

Keep up the good work :)

Warm Wishes & Blessings!
Gail

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Carrie,
Looks VERY YUMMY!!!
Why is it that the healthly food cost more than the processed foods??!!
I'm trying to eat better also...tonight it's chicken enchalidas..
Looking forward to getting some new recipes from you.
Warmly,
Deb :)

Just Breathe said...

Looks delicious. I agree with your plan. I hope to eat better. I like to do organic or pure around my house too! I also plan to organize my life because clutter makes me feel bad! You can't see the clutter but I know where it is!

Country Dreaming said...

Looks good--I too would like to know where you got the sausages.
It's snowing again. :)

Melinda

nancygrayce said...

Looks a lot healthier than the Mexican we ate tonight!

I so like that lady grater! Where did you find her?

Mags said...

I'm liking the way you're thinking! This looks delicious and so healthy. Doesn't it feel great to be getting back to healthier eating?

Florence and Mary said...

Well I don't like pasta myself but I do like the idea of those chicken sausages! Great idea to slice them, makes it a little different from the usual way of serving them

Victoria xx

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Hi Carrie,

What a great way to start your new year! Luckily, whole, organic foods are more available than in years past and I look forward to hearing more about how it's working for you and your delicious recipes.

Love and hugs,
Karyn

Renee said...

Carrie that looks delicious.

xoxo

Martha said...

We eat whole foods as much as possible and as organic as we can. I feel that we feel better! Your dinner looks yummy!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I've learned so much from you on this blog, and I know I will be learning new and different ideas in your new food direction. I have many friends who have gone this route. It is amazing how many good recipes are out there for healthy, organic eating. Thanks for sharing with us.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

I love this recipe. It looks so good. I also LOVE your header. It looks great. Thanks for inspiring us to cook more healthy and thanks for linking to TMTT.

koralee said...

Yum...what a healthy meal my friend..my goal is to eat better this year too. I just need to control my sweet tooth! Sending you much love for a great weekend.

Pamela said...

As if nobody has said it already I will say it again YUMMY! Where did you find the sausage??

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

This looks and sounds delicious. Having it be healthy is such an added bonus!
Blessings,
Marcia

Renee said...

Carrie I never knew that. The first is so interesting.

I have always loved your blog. It is always an absolute treat to come to, it always feels like a home.

Congrats on one year.

Love Renee xoxo

Amy said...

I'll be sure to follow closely through your journey of organic eating and cooking. I feel the need for changes as well in my diet and the recipe you just described is right up my ally. I love the fact that you added the chicken sausage. Nice touch. Even would be appealing to my husband. Thanks Carrie.

Happy@Home said...

This is an area of interest to me as well. Thanks for sharing this dinner idea and I hope you will continue to do so. I agree with some of the others that eating healthy is often more expensive, but hopefully it will save some money on Drs. bills in the long run.

Nan said...

Carrie I wrote about this in my blog too. Here in this part of Alaska I live in there is a Safeway Supermarket and they have really made it easy to eat organic carrying all kinds of products now. I am thrilled with this along with a shipment everyother week from Wash state of organic fruit and veggies we are eating better than ever. Nan

Betty's corner of the world said...

"I am in love"....with your cheese grater! ...lol ...where did you get her...I've gotta get one.
Hugz ...Betty

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