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We have been immersing ourselves in winter sports since we started our British Columbia vacation and, boy, do you have an appetite while exercising in the fresh winter air?
Downhill skiing on the incomparable Hudson Bay Mountain, cross-country skiing in the picturesque BV Nordic Center, ice skating on Lake Kathlyn and snowshoeing around Lake Crater – if there's a snowy adventure, we're ready.
A good part of the rest of our time has been cooking for the incredible appetites of the six rosy-cheeked cousins (my kids plus my brother's). A huge plate of pasta is always for dinner, and little customers love it, too.
Inspired by the mountain of spaghetti and meatballs I made for tonight's dinner, I decided to share a summary of pasta recipes from the Simple Bites archives. Whether you're looking for a simple weekday dinner or need to load up on carbs after a day on the slopes, here's a recipe to inspire you in the kitchen.
Summary of January Pasta for Carbohydrate Lovers
I include all kinds of noodles: soba, rice, whole wheat, lasagna … use what you have in the pantry and call it night.
Easy Roasted Vegetable Spaghetti
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This summer favorite also transforms into winter food with roasted sweet potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, and onions. Don't forget the Parmesan cheese.
Simple lemon and arugula pasta
This dish uses basic pantry ingredients and a handful of baby arugula for a pepper paste that's not boring.
Chinese Quick Chicken and Cabbage Spaghetti
This dish is put together in less than 15 minutes and then devoured with chopsticks. Extra Sriracha, please.
Creamy 10-minute cauliflower capellini
A quick dinner option that contains vegetables and tastes like comforting winter food.
Stir-fried noodles with chicken and peas
This stir fry is a great way to use the odds and ends that could be hanging in your vegetable drawer or freezer. Try broccoli flowers, sweet peppers, or grated carrots.
Macaroni and cheese in a pot
Not just for the campfire, this favorite simple pot is especially good in winter on a cold January night. I like steaming cauliflower blossoms and / or minced sausages to complete a hearty meal.
Rainbow Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp and Sesame
This pile-o-noodle is served cold, making it an ideal dish to prepare ahead of time. Snappy carrot and cucumber pieces, hot green onion slices, lemon shrimp, and a desirable vinaigrette that brings all ingredients to life.
Pumpkin puree lasagna
Lasagna is a comforting classic meal and this vegetarian version plays all the right notes and keeps you full of energy for winter play.
Crispy Soba Noodle Salad
A favorite dish for lunch, this dish uses purple cabbage for a pop of color and a fantastic crunch. It is loved by both children and adults.
Roasted beet and garlic paste
A rich and nutritious paste that also turns out to be a vibrant pink. Try it with a tablespoon of homemade ricotta and a handful of chopped walnuts.
Baked lasagna casserole
This twist on a classic requires ground turkey and is full of vegetables. Freezes well, so make a double batch.
Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
I use whole wheat egg noodles and a whole pumpkin for this pasta bake. It is as nutritious as it is delicious.
Coq au Vin classic with egg noodles
The flavors build up with each other on this decadent dish, starting with bacon and continuing with a full bottle of red wine. The chicken is served on hot buttered egg noodles, stroganoff style, and there are never any leftovers.
Homemade linguine with whiskey cream sauce
Handmade pasta is easier than you think, and isn't January the perfect time for a cooking project?