Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pasta Pomodoro with Broccoli and Raisins

My experiment today was Pasta Pomodoro with Broccoli and Raisins.  Sounds EWWWW?!?!

Surprisingly, it was not. I kid you not!

Pasta Pomodoro with Broccoli and Raisins 

125 g. spaghetti noodles, cooked al dente

1 t. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
400 g. canned whole tomatoes, liquified in a blender
1 t. rock salt
1 T. brown sugar
1/2 t. black pepper
2 T. raisins
basil leaves, torn into small pieces

Boil the broccoli in salted water until fork tender.  Drain and set aside.

Saute the garlic in olive oil until fragrant.  Add the liquified tomatoes, salt, sugar and pepper.  Simmer for 20-25 minutes until dense and darker in color.  Add the raisins and continue cooking for 5 more minutes.  Then add the basil before serving.

Pour sauce on top of the noodles then top with the broccoli florets.

I was really so surprised it tasted quite delicious!  I was not a pasta fan before so the new taste is quite a big welcome to my palate.

Breakfast was a simple affair of oatmeal with cinnamon and sliced banana.

I made a salad for lunch with black grapes

and my favorite pears of all time, Anjou pears!

A mistake again today, I should have eaten more than salad for lunch, I got hungry in the mid-afternoon and had a plate of corn, carrots and peas. 

It is important I get a daily serving of protein(peas) and a daily multi vitamin.  I just bought Centrum.

After my first vegan day, I achieved a very small victory.  When I checked my blood sugar this morning, it was only 169!  I know it is still high but for the past 5 years, my average has been 200-250, so yes, it is a small victory, baby steps and I hope to see it get better everyday!


  1. congrats li! with the kind of vegan dishes you make, i think you will have a lot of converts! the oatmeal, salad and pasta looks delish! Cath

  2. Thanks, Cath! I have to make my food taste good or else I will be miserable.

  3. your everyday menu looks exciting. il look forward to your next dish. keep it up girl. go go go!!!

  4. Thanks, Mona! You still have to eat all the food in my fridge!