June 22, 2011

Martha Stewart Living Campanelle with Zucchini, Ham, Yogurt, and Scallions


 Mondays in our house tend to be hectic. Between finishing up the laundry and cleaning from the weekend (and normal weekday chaos), my dinner prep time becomes minimal at best. I try to have at least one recipe planned a week that takes less than twenty minutes, from prep to table. This also allows me time to have my four-year-old help me and learn cooking and math skills, (it is a great learning experience). Recently Martha Stewart Living magazine had a recipe for campanelle with zucchini, ham, yogurt and scallions that promised a total of 20 minutes cooking time and looked perfect for a busy weeknight meal.

With only 7 ingredients and twenty minutes from prep to table, this recipe is extremely easy. I actually had a hard time finding fresh mint, because apparently my local grocery store chain is having problems with its supplier. I was able to find the herb after going at another store, but it confirmed that I need to start growing my own herbs. Since the recipe only called for 4 ounce of ham, I used packaged lunch meat (which was almost gone before I had time to make the recipe thanks to my two growing sons). The only other changes I made were to the slicing of the zucchini. The recipe calls for slicing the vegetable on the bias (45 degree angle), my knives haven't been sharpened recently and I could not get a thin enough slice, so I sliced in order to make my slices thin enough.

This recipe goes together very easily and requires few ingredients. I like that it uses yogurt in the sauce, which is healthy and easily available. The mint gives a nice fresh flavor and the zucchini is a great way to get more veggies into my recipes. Overall a great, quick meal.

For the recipe go to Martha Stewart Living Campanelle with Zucchini, Ham, Yogurt, and Scallions.
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