Happy Recipe Friday!
Today we are featuring the creative and super funny, Michelle Hershman, founder, photographer, and recipe guru of Healthy Recipe Ecstasy Blog!
I’m a government attorney, wife, and mother of two adorable cats who has a lifelong passion for food. From eating out in our nation’s capital to traveling the world to try new cuisines to testing out healthy recipes in our small city kitchen, I’m always on the hunt for delicious eats that make my eyes roll back in my head.
I have a background in journalism from my college days at Virginia Tech, and I love being able to combine my appetite for food with my passion for writing. Since Tech, I went to law school, worked for the government, and lived in Paris. My food horizons have continued to expand, and, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more focused on my health. My new mission is to take the food I love – whether its nachos or Parisian crepes – and give it a healthy twist that will make my taste buds and waistline happy!
HOW I #LIVE MY HEALTH & ABOUT HEALTHY RECIPE ECSTASY BLOG
As I’ve gotten older, staying healthy has become increasingly important to me and, as someone with a family history of dietary health issues such as diabetes, lactose intolerance, and acid reflux, nutritious foods have played a big role in keeping me well. For the most part, I’ve said goodbye to processed foods, and I try to make most of our meals from scratch, focusing on whole grains and produce as much as possible. But, I refuse to completely give up the foods I love. What’s life without a creamy pasta dinner every once in awhile? Instead, I experiment with recipes until they make my tastes buds scream with delight and my tummy sigh with satisfaction instead of groan with regret.
My blog is an extension of my food life. I blog the food I eat on a regular basis as well as the food I eat when I travel. I’m constantly trying to make different dishes gluten-free or dairy-free, or just overall healthier, and that’s what my blog captures. And, like in my regular life, there will be the occasional indulgent recipe because I believe indulgences keep your mind healthy!
GARLICKY WHITE BEAN PASTA “FAUX-FREDO” WITH KALE PESTO
It has been soooooo long since I’ve had a nice creamy pasta alfredo. You know, the traditional kind made with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and butter and maybe a little milk or cream. I salivate at the thought. Pasta alfredo was my all-time time favorite pasta dish as a child, a teen, and a young adult, so it goes without saying that I’ve had more than my fair share of alfredo sauce throughout my life. But, sadly, my days of shoveling down heaping bowls of creamy white sauce seems like a lifetime ago. Until now.
After a few years of harboring a deep desire for pasta alfredo but knowing I can’t justify the awful heavy belly feeling that will ultimately strike with a vengeance after I polish off my plate, I decided it was high time I joined the “faux-fredo” club. Of course, over the past few years, I’ve semi-faked out a creamy pasta dish with a mix of goat cheese and soy milk or cauliflower and cheese, but I’ve never gone so far as to try to do a real faux-fredo with no dairy at all. It just seemed, to me, gross and unnecessary – like those fake cheese slices at the grocery store. Shudder. If you can’t have the real thing or close to the real thing, what’s the point in faking it? Plus, in the past, I felt like I was doing enough by at least cutting down on the dairy, but lately my body has been telling me that I need to cut down even more to, like, zero.
At first I was all, thanks a lot body. But, then, I remembered my new bestie – the white bean. And, I was all, heeeyyyy friend. Come on over. Yep, jump into this pan with that pasta and make some alfredo babies. How YOU doing? And, you know what? For a brief moment in time, I was like cheese who? I didn’t really miss it. Because I had garlic, I had creamy white beans and I had a bright kale pesto to ramp up the flavor to a place I never knew faux-fredo could go. That would be food heaven.
SO GOOD and SO CREAMY. And I can’t stress enough just how delicious and fiberlicious this dish is. Yep, with the beans, the whole-wheat pasta, and the kale you are definitely getting your fair share of fiber for the day. If you have gluten issues, feel free to swap the whole-wheat pasta for brown rice or quinoa. You could also use rice or potatoes. Really this sauce would taste awesome dumped on pretty much anything. I’m thinking white bean sauce lasagna, white bean sauce casseroles, the sky is the limit. If only there were more hours in the day, I would spend just about ALL of them eating this sauce, thinking about this sauce, dreaming about this sauce. *Sigh* White beans, will you marry me? Please see full recipe here, enjoy!