Simple Southwest Pasta

Oh hey, remember me?

You might not, since it feels like blogging has taken a backseat to everything else going on in my life. Sure, I am cooking all the time, but haven’t had much time to focus on new recipes. My clientele is starting to pick up for the fall season and I find myself relying on old favorites, rather than experimenting in the kitchen. My pool job is finally over and I feel myself shifting back towards a better cooking regime. More cooking for fun, too, I hope!

Pasta dishes are always the easiest though, aren’t they? This one was a no brainer. I’m becoming a big pan of one pot meals and this one is a real winner. Pasta plus all my favorite Mexican staples…you can’t go wrong!

3/4 lb organic pasta (curly or fusilli pasta is ideal)

3 1/2 cups vegetable broth

2 cups frozen organic corn

2 cups black beans

1 cup chopped red onion

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 15 oz can organic fire roasted tomatoes with chiles

1 jalapeno, minced

1/4 cup organic taco seasoning (or a mix of equal parts cumin, paprika and chili powder)

2 tbsp olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Cilantro, green onions and avocado for garnish

  • Put all ingredients except for garnish into a large pot, cover, and bring to a boil
  • Once boiling, reduce to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes
  • Let stand for 20-30 minutes before serving



16 Handles-Vegan Fro-Yo


Orange Leaf, Pinkberry, Fruitee…if you’ve had one bland, soy frozen yogurt flavor, you’ve had them all….right? WRONG. Though I have tried all the others, I’ve been unpleasantly surprised to find that all their flavors are overwhelmingly fruity. Now, I love nothing more than a great homemade fruit banana ice cream. But when I’m out for […]

[Continue reading...]

Apple & Arugula Cous Cous Pilaf


Soooo super thumbs up for more cold dishes to eat by the pool! Approaching mid-September and we are still having July-esque weather. Have I mentioned that I loathe the transition to fall? I feel like every post recently has been prefaced by my love for summer and my hatred for all things colder weather. Luckily, […]

[Continue reading...]

Zucchini & Summer Squash Chocolate Chip Muffins


As the rest of you seem to be aching for pumpkin lattes, football seasons, hoodies and premature apple picking, I on the other hand, am relishing in the fact thgat the temps here in Boston have been approaching 100 degrees, post Labor Day. In your face, fall! I won’t be ready to accept that summer […]

[Continue reading...]

Broccoli Cheeze Stuffed Potatoes


Roasted potatoes are 100% my go-to dish. No time to cook for dinner? Roast potatoes and serve with some beans and green onions and I call it a meal. Too busy for lunch? Roasted potatoes. Too hungover on a Sunday to make breakfast? Roast some potatoes and call them hash browns. I love them any […]

[Continue reading...]

Potato & Green Bean Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette


I am clutching onto summer for dear life here, folks. As everyone starts drinking their Shipyard Pumpkinheads, craving apple cider donuts, planning their fall activities and stocking up on sweaters and boots already, I, for one, amstill sporting a bikini every day, drinking Shocktop Lemon Shandy and yearning for more beach trips. I can’t help […]

[Continue reading...]