Autumn Squash Pasta

Posted on November 11, 2015 by Tamara Donofrio | 0 Comments

This recipe is from the kitchen of one of my "FitChicks".  She adapted a recipe she found on the pages of Everyday Food Magazine...Gotta love Martha Stewart and Melissa Wolkon!

Butternut Squash and Turkey Sausage Pasta
Serves 4 
Kosher salt
10 ounces penne
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into ¾" cubes
1lb of Turkey Sausage
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup fresh sage leaves
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/3 cup 2% milk
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Ground black pepper
4 cups arugula (about 3 ounces)
¼ cup grated Parmesan to taste
Total time: 30 minutes 
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook penne according to package instructions until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving ¼ cup of the pasta water. 
Meanwhile, in a large nonstick frying pan, heat oil over high heat. Add squash and sausage and cook, breaking up sausage into crumbly bite-size pieces, until they begin to brown, about 8 minutes. Add onion and sage and cook, stirring often, until onion softens, 3 to 5 minutes. Add vinegar and cook 30 seconds more, or until it evaporates. Stir in milk and butter. Remove pan from heat and season mixture to taste with salt and ground black pepper. 
Add cooked pasta and arugula and toss to coat, adding enough of the reserved pasta water to moisten as needed. Fold in Parmesan. Divide among 4 plates, garnish with more cheese and serve.

Pasta alla FitChick

Posted on November 04, 2015 by Tamara Donofrio | 0 Comments

1 lb gluten free spaghetti (Delallo brand is the best)
1 pint of cherry tomatoes sliced
1 jar of pitted Greek olives sliced 
2 handfuls of shaved Parmesan
6 basil leaves chopped
   a few splashes of olive oil
   Sea salt

Cook pasta in boiling water with a little olive oil. Al dente is about 7 minutes
Drain pasta and sprinkle with a little more olive oil and salt.
Toss with remaining ingredients.

If you want to add protein try:
Grilled shrimp:
Grilled chicken: 

Stick's to Your Ribs...Arugula Salad

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Tamara Donofrio | 0 Comments

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil and a bit more to grill the steak

1.5  lbs of rib-eye steak about an inch thick

4 cups of baby arugula

2 medium sized roasted red peppers (see instructions)

3 tablespoons of Baker and Olive Sicilian Lemon White balsamic vinegar

8oz of parmesean cheese (Reggiano) peeled off the block with a vegetable peeler

Kosher salt and Pepper to taste

Brush steak with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.  Heat bbq grill to high heat and sear each side of steak for 3 minutes to give it a crusty char.  Next, lower heat of bbq and cook steak on each side for 5 minutes.  Remove steak and allow to rest for 10 minutes or so.

While the steak is grilling, put arugula in a large bowl, cut or tear roasted red peppers into strips and put into the arugula. Peel the parmesean into strips on top of the salad.

Make the dressing:  Mix 3 tablespoons of Baker and Olive Sicilian Lemon White balsamic and whisk in w olive oil slowly until the mix is emulsified.

Slice steak into bite sized slices and place on top of the salad.  Toss with dressing add salt and pepper to taste.

GO! Enjoy this absolutely delicious explosion of flavor.

Roasted Red Peppers:

Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees.  Cut Red Peppers in half. Place halved red peppers on a piece of foil or parchment paper skin side up in the oven.  Roast the peppers until all of the skin is blackened.  Rotating the pan as needed. (about 25 minutes).  After you remove the peppers from the oven place them in a brown paper bag until they cool down enough to handle.  Remove skin, seeds, stem etc. and they are ready to go.

Cholula Beet Salad

Posted on October 14, 2015 by Tamara Donofrio | 0 Comments

Cholula Beet Salad

2 small precook beets diced (buy these pre/packaged at Whole Foods)
6 cherry tomatoes cut on half
1 avocado diced
1/4 cup goat cheese
2 tbsp Baker & Olive Cranberry Apple Balsamic
2 tbsp Cholula
Sea salt
Whisk balsamic and Cholula together. Combine all other ingredients in a bowl and toss with sea salt.
Eat it!!!


Crab and Shrimp Salad

Posted on October 07, 2015 by Tamara Donofrio | 0 Comments

Crab and Shrimp Salad:

It's not magic! It's just fresh and good!

1 large head of butter lettuce, leaves torn into bite sized pieces

1 cup of cherry tomatoes cut in half

1/4-1/2 lb of lump crab meat (get crab and shrimp at Seaside seafood counter!)

1/2lb peeled and deveined large cooked shrimp

1 large hass avocado cut into chunks

2 hard boiled eggs, quartered

Toss it all in a bowl and use your favorite dressing or mine.  Sit down and enjoy the crab out of this goodness!

Grapefruit Vinaigrette:

Makes about 1 cup of dressing 

1/4 cup of Baker and Olive Grapefruit Balsamic Vinegar

3/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil


Agave or organic honey if you need it to be a little sweetened.

Whisk all of your ingredients together until the mixture is emulsified.  If you have a small jar to place it in you can shake it until the mixture is emulsified and store the unused dressing in the refrigerator.




Avocado Heirloom Mashup!

Posted on September 30, 2015 by Tamara Donofrio | 0 Comments

FitChick crazy easy after workout re-fuel

1 firm but ripe avocado
1 medium or 4 small heirloom tomatoes
Shitload of Cholula
Salt and pepper

Mash it up! It doesn't have to be pretty like you...just eat it!


Pasta Fitchick Style

Posted on September 23, 2015 by Tamara Donofrio | 0 Comments


This is amazing!
1/2 package of Gluten free spaghetti - boiled per package instructions (Delallo is the best).
1 bunch of asparagus. Washed with ends cut.
1 small container of kalamata olives pitted.
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese.
4 basil leaves chopped.
2 tbsp olive oil.
Himalayan sea salt.

Grilled asparagus:
Preheat grill to high heat.
Fold a large piece of foil in half turning all sides up. This will keep asparagus from sliding off.
Lay asparagus in a single layer into foil.
Drizzle with remaining olive oil.
Sprinkle generously with salt.
Grill approx 4 minutes - turning halfway thru. Asparagus should be firm and bright green.
Chop into 2-3 inch pieces.
Drain boiled pasta and drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Gluten free pasta is very delicate. This will keep it from sticking together.

Toss all ingredients in a large bowl and eat it!!!!

Add grilled chicken:
Add grilled shrimp: