Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Save Water By Cooking Pasta In A Frying Pan - Meatless Monday Recipe

World Water Day + Meatless Monday

Sunday was World Water Day and I try to go Meatless most Mondays. So I decided to combine the two of these events into a recipe.

Recently I saw this video about how much less water you can use by cooking pasta in a frying pan.

I tried it myself, and while I don't think it saved much time it did save a lot of water!  I have made a time lapse video of how easy it is to do. It is a 30 second video but the actual cooking time was approximately 30 minutes of cooking time.

Pasta With Carrot Ribbons Recipe

  • Spaghetti Pasta
  • 4 Cups Of Cold Water
  • 2 Carrots
  • Alfredo Pasta Sauce
  • 2 frying pans
Start by pouring 4-5 cups of cold water into the frying pan, I went with 4 cups but you may need 5 if you are cooking a lot of pasta (think of how many cups of water you would normally put in your pasta pot and how much water you are saving).

It took my small handful of spaghetti a snaped it in half so that it fit the frying pan well.  Spread the pasta across the frying pan and then turn your stove on high.  Let cook for 15 minutes on high without stirring.

While the pasta was cooking peel two carrots, then cut them lengthwise.  Then use the peeler once more to cut the carrots into "ribbons"

At the 15 minute mark stir the pasta. Then you can see that a lot of the water had been absorbed by the pasta.  Let the past continue cooking, stirring as needed.  Take a few tablespoons of the pasta water from the first frying pan and added it to the second frying pan add the carrot ribbons and cook on high stirring constantly until the carrots start to soften.  Then add the pasta and remaing water (although you should have hardly any water left at this point) from the first frying pan and add it to the second frying pan with the softened carrots.  Add your alfredo sauce. I'm not at the level of making my own alfredo sauce yet so I just used a couple of scoops of Our Compliments Garlic Alfredo sauce because that was what I had in the fridge.  Stir it all up in the pan and enjoy!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

International Women's Day 2015

We Are Still Asking Are We Equals?

As in my previous International Women's Day posts I want to begin with the 2011 video EQUALS

The video address many issues women face.  The video ends with
So are we equals? Until the answer is yes we must never stop asking
Fast forward to 2014 when Emma Watson spoke as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador announcing the HeForShe initiative where she raised the question
If not me who? If not now when?

The Spotlight On 2015

This year began with Emma Watson updating the progress of the movement created by her 2014 speech.

She is continuing to forward HeForShe with the IMPACT 10x10x10 Program to prompt corporations and world leaders to take action on this issue. She will also be livestreaming on her Facebook page on March 8th.

Find Your Meryl Streep Moment

Last month the movement was recognized by mainstream media when Patricia Arquette's Academy Award Acceptance Speech touched on the topic.

Patricia Arquette's Oscar speech received resounding applause from the audience but what furthered the impact of her speech was the support she received by her fellow nominee Meryl Streep.  The fact that she stepped up to acknowledge what Patricia Arquette said is equally important.  For some making eloquent speeches comes naturally and for others it may not, but for those in the latter category it is important to support those who speak up for issues you believe in.

Make It Happen

What women's initiatives do you support? While this year I have highlighted women's equality in the workplace there are still many other women's issues that need support. That is why this year's International Women's Day Theme MAKE IT HAPPEN is so important. By recognizing an issue that resonates with you or supporting someone that is stepping up and saying something about it are just a couple of ways to make change happen.  Let me know what women's issues you support by linking up or commenting below.
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