Lazy Spicy Olive Oil Spaghetti

by Destini on March 26, 2012

Tis a Monday, I dislike Mondays!  My weekend was really busy. I had some design work I needed to complete for a few clients and we also had a nail in the tire drama incident. Cars are wonderful and a pain all at the same time.

I wanted to make something quick and simple for dinner.  I have been making a lot more plant based dinners as my husband and I have been slowly switching our diets. This isn’t to say we are eliminating meat fully, but it may happen on it’s own. This dinner is super quick and delicious. My husband also suggested adding maybe sliced cherry or grape tomatoes and some green onion!!! The possibilities are endless.


  • 1lb whole wheat spaghetti
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1T red chili flakes
  • 1t basil
  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
  • sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced olives (optional)
  • 1/2 cup red pepper chopped (optional)

Directions: Cook spaghetti as per directions on box. Keep 2 tablespoons of reserved pasta water.  In a frying pan heat olive oil and add garlic over medium heat, cook for about one minute. Careful to not overcook the garlic. Add chili flakes, basil and reserved pasta water, continue to simmer for 1 more minute. Remove from heat, add pasta and toss with parsley, olives and red pepper.

I am officially done my first month of Insanity. This week is Recovery week. Which is still a lot of ridiculous cardio. I will be doing some extra weight training this week. Which I should actually always be doing. Tomorrow I will do my arms/shoulders!

Question: What is your favorite easy meal? Do you find you make easy meals on Monday’s? If not, what is your lazy meal day?

Cheers to Monday pretty much being over!!

Side note:  I can’t decide if I want to blog 5 days a week. Mixture of the week and maybe one post on the weekend. I wish I had the time to create beautiful recipes everyday for you guys, but I can’t. Do you find it boring if I post my workout/update/product purchases and recipes cooked/eaten that day? Or do you rather it to be strictly fresh recipes for you all to try and love? Let me know!!


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Lindsey March 26, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Tonight was a lazy meal for sure, egg breakfast sandwiches, which is a go to lazy meal for us. Either that or soup and grilled cheese!
I think both when it comes to blogging, don’t blog 5 days a week if you don’t have the time, but if you do and want to share more about your days, go for it! I would love to read more for sure 🙂
We also try to have more meatless meals these days, as I put it “tip the scales” so instead of 70% meat meals and 30% meatless swap those. Chad has been a lot better about it than I ever thought too.


Destini March 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

Thanks :). I was actually pretty shocked how open to having our diets switched to more plant based George was. I think he will always be a carnivore. But maybe a more conscious one? As long as I make delicious meals that have substance in them….he wont complain I don’t think.


Lori March 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

A fabulous, quick meal for busy nights! I often resort to a pasta dish for a quick go to meal. I think you should post what ever comes to mind. We will keep reading!


Destini March 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

Thank you Lori!! Pasta or bean salads appear to be our go to meals. My husband always wants spaghetti!


Elaina @ Flavour March 27, 2012 at 7:14 am

Love it! So simple and full of flavour…just beautiful girl! xo


Destini March 27, 2012 at 10:14 am

Thank you!! Simplicity is just so nice sometimes 🙂


Jacqueline April 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Love how pretty these pictures are!! For an easy dinner I’ll heat up a veggie burger and throw some homemade sweet potato fries in the oven.


Destini April 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Thank you! I am trying to get the hang of my dslr. It is funny you say veggie burger. I actually have a black bean burger recipe I am posting tonight!


Erin May 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I found your website on and love it… But this particular dish my mom makes very simular and I’ll suggest how she makes it… It’s reallllly good hot but left overs cold the next day for lunch are my fav!!! So while you take and cook the garlic and olive oil in a pan take cherry tomatoes , olives ( cut in half ) and an 8 oz bag of pine nuts add your chili pepper to it sauté it all so it makes like a sauce..your pine nuts you just want golden brown is all…once your pasta is finished cooking mix it together and enjoy!!! With the olive oil , chili pepper and garlic you pretty much eye ball it to your liking… 🙂


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