Do you have a go-to comfort food?
I’ve been trying to decide on my favorite, but I’m having trouble narrowing it down to a single item. Sometimes I crave a buttery grilled cheese sandwich (made by my mom, of course). Other times I dream about warm chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven. And then there are those days when only a big glass of red wine will do the trick. Real talk.
Foods with noodles also tend to take top billing when I’m in need of a little comforting. I guess there is something strangely appealing about loosing yourself in the act of twirling and slurping up a big bowl of noodles. It’s almost hypnotic in a way.
This Vegetable Noodle Stir Fry with Orange has been my dinner of choice for the past few nights. It’s comforting, flavorful and so much healthier than typical take-out noodles. And I bet you can have it made and on the table in less time than it would take you to go pick something up or have something delivered. In fact, this recipe comes together SO QUICKLY that I highly recommend having all your ingredients prepped and nearby before you start cooking. You won’t have much of a chance to rummage through your cabinets or slice and dice vegetables once you get your skillet heated.
I’m sharing this Vegetable Noodle Stir Fry with Orange as part of our monthly 30 Minute Thursday series. Be sure to scroll down and check out the links below to see what my blogging friend made this month. And skip the take-out!
Recipe adapted from my Sichuan Green Bean Noodle Stir Fry
Baked Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups by Pumpkin ‘N Spice
30 Minute Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup by Kristine’s Kitchen
One Pot Pizza Gnocchi Pasta by Savory Nothings
30-Minute Cheesy Mexican Rice Skillet by Flavor the Moments
Skinny Cajun Shrimp Alfredo Pasta by Bake. Eat. Repeat.
One Pot BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Rice by The Recipe Rebel
Kale Pesto Pasta with Tofu by She Likes Food
Garlic Butter Monte Cristo Pull-Apart Sliders by Whole and Heavenly Oven
Shrimp and Vodka Penne Pasta by My Kitchen Craze
Now that we’ve thoroughly stuffed ourselves with an indulgent Valentine’s Day breakfast, let’s move right along to dinner. Sorry lunch. You’ve been skipped.
Since pasta and red wine are key ingredients to any romantic meal, I figured this was the perfect time to finally share this easy recipe. If you can boil water (I know you can!), you can make this Red Wine Spaghetti with Black Pepper Parmesan Crisps. And the color! If this doesn’t say Valentine’s Day, I don’t know what does.
The recipe makes two hearty, main meal-sized portions. So all you need is a salad, a crusty baguette and some extra wine for drinking and you’re good to go. We’re keeping it simple and we’re saving room for dessert. Obviously.
Oh and don’t break the bank with the wine. Just choose something you enjoy!
You know what else is great about this meal? Most of the ingredients are pantry staples. And trust me. I would know. Because I was trapped in my house for 5 days this past week as the result of ANOTHER snow storm that hit New England. Five whole days people! Can you imagine that? I had to dig deep into the pantry during those 5 days. It was bad. I ate some weird stuff.
And then when the snow finally cleared and I was able to re-enter society, my car wouldn’t start. No joke.
At this point, I was pretty convinced that my food blogging career was about to come to an end. I was out of food and it seemed that I would never be able to drive to the grocery store again. Floating Kitchen was sinking rapidly. My pen was poised to make the final entry in the Captain’s Log. I was preparing to abandon ship.
OK. I know that I’m being dramatic. But you’d be too if you had snow drifts that were over your head and a car that was about as useful as a paper weight.
I have no good segue here. All of my sarcasm and humor has apparently been used up for the day. So I’ll just end by saying go make this pasta and get ready for an amazing dessert on Friday!
Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis