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Food Challenge #1 - Completed!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

In the last episode...

DSSECRETS had given me "Pumpkin Ravioli" as my first food challenge. Let me say that if I hadn't any pumpkin ravioli in my freezer, I could have made my pasta from scratch! Shhh, don't tell her!

I had already batch cooked my vegetarian pasta sauce with one dish remaining in the freezer. BUT, it doesn't work with pumpkin. (Take that to the bank!) So I decided to do a Brown Butter (lite salt) Balsamic Sage Sauce to drizzle over the pasta. I said DRIZZLE. You have no business putting a cup of any sauce on any filled pasta! You don't want to take away from the star of the plate! Giada De Laurentiis has an easy recipe for the sauce. I just added a few leaves of sage to complement the pumpkin. It worked.

Healthy is the prime objective. So I decided to rest my pasta on a bed of quick grilled fresh organic spinach, accompanied by grilled mushroom caps and tomato. I love grilled veggies. Plating it with a garnish of strawberry and grapes on a sage leaf, I dusted the pasta with lightly added nutmeg.

Lets do a body count! 190 cal for the three ravioli, 12 calories for the three mushrooms, 5 calories for the tomato, 5 calories for the spinach, 58 calories for a single serving of the sauce. That comes to a total of 270 calories for the dish and 8 calories for the garnish!

Finally, here is the dish and her photo op!

This is the last time you will see my fave everyday plate. D's letting me go out and buy a couple of white places just for this Challenge. You will also see me dress the plate better in the future!
Was it good? You have to check with her!
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