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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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