Pasta and creamy tomato sauce with a kick

This  Good recipe is a rich and creamy tasting pasta but without all of the belly busting ingredients.  It is a perfect vegetarian meal and a great addition for a Meatless Monday.  Go slowly with the red want a little kick but not too much!

2 teaspoons of olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 lb penne or rontini pasta
1/4 cup half and half
6 tablespoons evaporated nonfat milk
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
pinch of black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to boil and add salt.  Once the water boils add pasta and cook until al dente.

In a large sauce pan heat the 2 teaspoons of oil and add garlic.  Cook over low heat until the garlic browns, about 2 minutes.  Add salt, tomatoes and red pepper.  Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Add the cream and evaporated milk and simmer for another minute.
Once the pasta is cooked, drain and reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.  Add pasta back to empty cooking pot and then add sauce.  If the pasta and sauce mixture seems dry add a little bit of the pasta water until the right consistency. 

Stir in Parmesan and serve.

To make Better use whole grain pasta, organic half and half or organic Parmesan.  To make Best add in multiple elements of whole grain pasta, organic half and half and organic Parmesan.

Enjoy the Best food!

Already Better Chicken White Chili

We had a little bit of snow overnight, basically a dusting but today was cold and wet.  Perfect chili weather!  I personally love white chili, it is just a great twist on ultimate comfort food.  The chickpeas make this Chicken Chili "already Better" because the chickpeas are a whole grain.  This chili is great with a salad, tortilla chips and a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

1 medium onion chopped
1 clove of garlic minced
1 Tsp ground cumin
1 Tbl olive oil
2 15oz cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 4oz can of chopped green chilis
2 skinned and boned chicken breasts cut into small cubes
1 1/2 cups of chicken broth

Toppings: cheddar Jack cheese, sour cream, hot sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook first 3 ingredients in hot oil in saucepan over medium heat until tender.

Combine onion mixture, chickpeas and next three ingredients in a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish.

Bake, covered at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until chicken is tender.

Top with cheese, sour cream and add hot sauce as desired.

The chickpeas make this dish already Better, to make Best use organic chicken or chicken broth.

Enjoy the Best Food!

A Good Better Best Food New Year

Happy New Year Good Better Best Food readers!  I don't know about you, but Running Daddy and I feel like all we did was eat from Halloween on, and while it was's time to start fresh.

I personally love New Year's Day.  I love the idea of a whole New Year and a clean slate.  I also love New Year's Day because Running Daddy and I met on New Year's Day eight years ago!

Many people resolve to eat healthy or lose weight as a New Year's Resolution.  If Good Better Best Food can help in any way let me know!  I can help you:

-Make-over a recipe
-Help you stock your pantry with healthy food
-Come up with healthy lunch box ideas for your kids
-Help you get dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less
-Simplify your grocery shopping

Just send me an email, leave a Facebook comment or leave a blog comment and have your family and friends do the same.

Good Better Best Food is totally focused on healthy eating made quick and easy. Remember, it all starts with a Good healthy recipe, to make Better add in an organic, whole grain, farmers market or home grown.  To make Best in multiple elements of organic, whole grain, farmers market and home grown.

What are my Good Better Best Food New Year's Resolutions?

-Two week detox of eating only protein and veggies, so sugar (Day 1 went very well)
-Keep eating the Good Better Best Food way
-Keep working out at lunch as I have been 2-3 days per week
-Update the Good Better Best Foods blog at least once per week
-And Running Daddy and I have the same New Year's Resolution every year...drink more champagne!

Happy 2012!  Enjoy the Best Food!
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