Friday, February 4, 2011

E: Spinach, Artichoke & Hummus Pasta

Fridayyyyy! Whoop, whoop! First things first, I have something important going on this upcoming week. Given this, I may not be able to post. BUT, not to worry!! Mandi will be holding down the Itzy’s Kitchen fort.

Wednesday was a really nice day. It started out with a great workout, which was followed by work & errands. After my errands, I finally cashed in my Groupon at the Mom Spa for a deluxe manicure and pedicure. I rarely treat myself to these kind of services, but at half price….I couldn’t say no! Plus, the Mom Spa nail treatments are natural- hygienic, no harsh chemicals or fumes and they only use products that do “not contain DBT, Formaldehyde or Toluene, all of which are known to cross the placental barrier and may be a carcinogen.” Good stuff! The results:

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For dinner, I decided to finally use up a container of Sabra spinach & artichoke hummus I have had sitting in the fridge for a bit.

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I remember seeing Janetha use hummus as a pasta sauce and decided to give it a go.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup hummus (I used Sabra spinach & artichoke hummus)
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, quartered or halved
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 container of pasta
  • Spinach (I didn’t have any on hand, but think this would be a great add in)

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions. In the last two minute of cooking, add in the artichoke hearts and spinach. Drain. In a large bowl, mix together hummus, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese.  Add in pasta and mix well. Top with additional cheese.

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Delicious and easy!

Lastly, I’d like to thank a few people for some amazing items that have arrived on my door step recently:

1) Sarah for all of the great baby stuff!!!

2) My girl Kelley for the Cave Man Cookies

3) Josh’s Aunt Jeannie for the sweet baby gifts (including the babies first plush toy!!!!)

4) Chobani for some delicious goodies (full reviews to come- disclaimer: we received these products for free):

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Have a wonderful weekend!!

39 comments:

Averie said...

Your nails and toes look wonderful! So glad you used your coupon and pampered yourself a little bit. Pregnant ladies (well all ladies) need spa days! :)

The Blonde Duck said...

LOVE spinach and artichokes. Pizza, pasta, chicken...yum!

fitchocoholic said...

That pasta sounds great!!!!
Hope you have a good weekend, too!

Lauren said...

How nice to treat yourself! You definitely deserve it. :)

Have a great week, whatever is going on! I can't wait to hear about it.

A said...

Love the idea of that spa!

Mmmm...this is the perfect flavor combo!

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

Whoops, sorry-- that "A" comment is me!

Autumn @Good Eats Girl said...

I love a good mani/pedi! I don't get them often, but always enjoy when I do! Have a great upcoming week!

Heather said...

I can't wait to try the kids chobani! I bet C would LOVE it. :)
Have a great weekend, chica!

Melissa@ For the Love of Health said...

Isn't Groupon awesome? Glad you took advantage! Your nails look great!
Your meal looks very good!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Oo it's been like Christmas around your place--love all the goodies! :-) Enjoy your weekend!

TiffersRunsTX said...

Gorgeous nails! Loooove that random pampering!

I would've never thought of pairing pasta with hummus! I love Sabra hummus; it's a daily nom for me, whether it's used as a dip or a spread. Might have to be with the pasta tonight! :D Have an awesome weekend, sweets!

carolinebee.com said...

good for you for getting some momma spa time in!! :) Mani/pedi's are my fave, and I love that little chobani lunchbox!

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

True confession - I've never had a pedi or tried Chobani. Glad you enjoyed the spa time. You totally deserve to pamper yourself. Love getting fun packages like that!

Rebecca said...

artichoke+ hummus= great combo!

i love using hummus as a sauce for quinoa too

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

So glad you pampered yourself girl, what a fun day! That pasta idea is very interesting, but I must say that I'm curious? Aren't you loving the new Chobani flavors?! The black cherry is sooooo good :)

KatiePerk said...

Have a good weekend! Your nails look pretty! Don't you love packages?

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

Love spa time! Glad you got to treat yourself to a relaxing mani + pedi. My nails are always in need of some spa love.

Anne Marie said...

Love the mani/pedi! Mmm...using hummus as a sauce for pasta sounds absolutely amazing!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Yum! If I didn't have an allergic reaction every time I ate hummus I would be all over this!

LifeasKristina said...

Hummus pasta-sounds delish!

Tracey said...

I'm in love with that Chobani lunch box! So cute!

What a great concept for a nail salon. I've really been taking a good look at what chemicals are in my products and it's scary. It's nice to see a company taking notice as well.

Ann Claire said...

That pasta looks yummy. It's great to get pampered sometimes, glad you treated yourself! Have a wonderful weekend!

Rose said...

That sounds like my kind of pasta! HUMMUS!

Corey @ the runners cookie said...

Yay for treating yourself, as you SO deserve to! I never think to use hummus on pasta, but I definitely want to try it! I bet it makes for an amazingly creamy sauce. Hope you have a great weekend, Erica!!

Megan D said...

Pretty nails! And that recipe looks so amazing. I need to find that hummus STAT!

teresa said...

i love the idea of hummus and pasta, delicious! good for you for pampering yourself, nothing like a great mani-pedi.

Annie said...

you are so lucky with the free chobani! soo jealous!

cute toes!

Julie said...

PLEASE tell me you're going to send your baby to school with the chobani lunch box! hahaha you need to do that like need to.

groupon is amazing! it makes life 10 times better especiallyw hen you want to treat yourself to something and want to not feel guilty about it :)

hope everything is alright this week! good luuuuuuuck!!!

Kerstin said...

What a cool idea to use hummus as a pasta sauce - love it!

Happy weekend!!

Stephanie in Suburbia said...

I might have to try this!

I really love the nails, they are beautiful. If I decide to have another I am going to check this out, b/c I didn't do a lot of pampering until my 3rd trimester. Mostly b/c the smells of the chemicals made me sick.

*Naomi* said...

i have been wanting to use hummus as the base to make a sauce!! I saw the humnut sauce on someones blog (its hummus and nutritional yeast and some water) and I want to try that soon!!
Your nails and feetsies look GEORGEOUS!!! yay for groupon!

Holly said...

What a great idea for a Mom Spa! I've never heard of it....and didn't realize other spas had so many fumes/chemicals. :-( Your nails look perfect!

Mmm....wow, that pasta looks delicious. I am craving pasta so badly so, anyway, and I LOVE the idea of using hummus as a pasta sauce!

Bridget said...

Always fun getting a mani-pedi!! I need one bad!
Wow I've never thought of using hummus on pasta!? But I suppose why not, it must taste good!

Yum! I LOVE Chobani!! Those flavors sound so fun too!

Hope your doing well Mama! Have a great weekend!

Esi said...

That's cool that you found a shop that caters to prego ladies. I tried to get a mani/pedi today, but apparently every woman in LA was trying to do the same!

Krista said...

CUTE toes! And hummus is amazing on pasta and rice, too...I bet the artichokes made the dish pop!

Natalie said...

definitely need to get more creative in my hummus uses! love the pasta idea!

Holly said...

ahhhh baby stuff is the BEST stuff to shop for!

and i have that Chobani coming my way too - SO excited!!!

Laural (bhealthier) said...

oh i just love manis and pedis! yours looks great!

um, mango chobani!? holy cows milk yummy

Erin said...

You have the cutest little hands and feetsies! Gosh, if anyone deserves a treat it's you my pumpkin!
What a beautiful use of that hummus! I love that flavor! You are always so creative and healthy! xo