Organic whole-wheat pasta shells from Whole Foods Market in bottled marinara with added white wine, extra-virgin olive oil, anchovies, capers, organic diced tomatoes, baby spinach and arugula.
By VICTOR E. SASSON
The peppery flavor of arugula -- one of my favorite greens -- was immediately evident when it started showing up in Earthbound Farm Organic Spring Mix a few weeks ago.
I have fond memories of a white pizza with arugula -- also called rocket -- and prosciutto I enjoyed more than once at Trattoria La Sorrentina in North Bergen, but that was before I stopped eating meat.
So, when I saw a 5-ounce package of arugula at the International Food Warehouse in Lodi this week, I decided to add it a cooked pasta dish and my usual salad of spring mix, cucumber and tomato.
In making the pasta dish, I put about a half-pound of organic baby spinach in a large colander and poured the hot water and pasta over them, then added drained pasta, spinach and fresh arugula to another pot with the sauce I had prepared.
The imported whole-wheat pasta shells took less time to cook al dente than what is listed on the package.
I used a half-pound of shells and half of a 32-ounce bottle of Kirkland Signature Marinara.
The 5-ounce package of pre-washed arugula was $1.99. At Costco Wholesale, 1-pound plastic tubs of pre-washed organic spring mix and organic baby spinach were $4.99 and $4.29, respectively.
I added peppery arugula, Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese and fresh blueberries to an organic spring mix salad with cucumbers and tomato wedges, all dressed in extra-virgin olive oil and Ponti Balsamic Vinegar, which is free of caramel color.
One of our favorite whole fish is fresh, wild-caught whiting, which is flaky, sweet and has a minimum of bones.
They're inexpensive, too, usually $3.99 a pound at H Mart, the Korean supermarket chain.
Whiting also is a relatively small fish that has potentially much less mercury than larger fish.
On Friday, my wife seasoned, floured and pan-fried whiting she had cut in half.
I had a leftover piece of wild king salmon for dinner, but got to the whiting this morning.
|An egg-free breakfast of pan-fried whiting, upper right; fried plantains, and spicy Korean stewed tofu and Alaskan pollock, both from H Mart in Englewood.|
|Pan-fried whole whiting are sweet and easy to eat.|
|Leftover wild king salmon with pesto, Aleppo pepper and fresh lime juice.|
A new pesto?
The price, jar size and ingredients list are the same, but the refrigerated Kirkland Signature Basil Pesto I brought home from Costco Wholesale on May 6 seems different ($7.99).
The great taste is still there, but it has lost the bright-green color of the Italian-grown basil that is one of the main ingredients.
Basil Pesto still makes a great sandwich spread and pasta sauce, with no heating required, and can be added as a garnish to frittatas, baked sweet potatoes and soup.