Farfalle with Roasted Asparagus, Lemon, and Parmesan – Easy Seasonal Meal, Part 1!

Happy Earth Day! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m lazy, but I still want to do my part when it comes to saving the planet (cue the cheesy music). Instead of investing in a 100% hemp wardrobe, I’m making small changes to be a little more eco friendly.

I’ve found that one of the easiest ways to go green is to carry my own bags when I go shopping. I’ll admit that I forget them at home half of the time, but at least I’m trying!

Another easy way to go green is to cook seasonal meals. I took my bag to the grocery store this past weekend and picked up asparagus and strawberries.

This Farfalle with Roasted Asparagus, Lemon, and Parmesan is what I whipped up!

This Farfalle with Roasted Asparagus, Lemon, and Parmesan is an easy and deliclious seasonal meal! | Hello Little Home

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Spicy Tomato Basil Fried Rice + My Weekly Meal Plan

My husband and I moved to New York a couple of months ago, and while he has a job, I’ve been on the hunt for one. We like eating out, and if it was up to me we’d probably eat/order out most nights. But, for right now, we are on a pretty tight budget.

takeout menus

I’ll usually resort to take out if I don’t have a plan at dinnertime. To combat my laziness, I create a weekly meal plan. My meal plan is simply a list of 5-6 dinners that I store it on my phone. When dinnertime rolls around, I just pull out my phone to see what I’m in the mood.

Weekly meal plan: HelloLittleHome.comThis simple list not only keeps me on track with meal planning, but it also helps minimize trips to the grocery store (I try to go one time per week, max). An added bonus is that there’s usually enough leftovers for lunch the next day. Success!

Here is what I have planned for this week:

  • Spicy Tomato Basil Fried Rice – recipe follows!
  • Baked Couscous with Spinach and Pine Nuts – one of my favorite recipes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Quick Vegetarian Pleasures.
  • Pasta with Marinara and Salad
  • Mushroom Risotto with Steamed Peas
  • Easy Egg and Black Bean Tacos with Steamed Corn – recipe to come!
  • Crock Pot Lasagna with Salad – so easy and delicious! I leave out the beef and add sautéed mushrooms and zucchini instead.

I love making fried rice, because it’s so easy to customize. This spicy version is one of my favorites.

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Spicy Tomato Basil Fried Rice


  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets, stems peeled and sliced
  • 1 pkg. cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on size
  • 1 pkg. seasoned tofu, cut into bite-size cubes
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced or pressed
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice, cold
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-3 tbsp. sriracha
  • 2-3 tbsp. soy sauce, to taste
  • 5 large basil leaves, julienned
  • sesame oil, optional

Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion. Cook until softened and beginning to brown, stirring frequently.

Add broccoli to pan and cook until it begins turning a brighter green, about 3-5 minutes.

Add tomatoes and tofu. Cook until tomatoes soften a bit and broccoli is tender-crisp.

Remove veggies from pan and set aside. If the tomatoes were very juicy, wipe out the pan.

Return pan to heat and add remaining 1 tbsp. of oil. Add garlic and sauté for 1 min, stirring constantly. Add rice and cook for a few minutes, stirring to coat in oil.

Reduce heat to medium. Push rice to side. Add eggs and lightly scramble. Mix in rice and stir to distribute egg throughout.

Return veggies to pan. Add soy sauce and sriracha to taste. Mix thoroughly. Add basil and a drizzle of sesame oil. Stir well and serve.

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Notes: This recipe is very flexible. Feel free to add other vegetables or replace the tofu with leftover chicken or other protein.

How do you have any simple meal planning tips?

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Danish Puff Recipe + Hello!

Hi there! Welcome to my blog, Hello Little Home. I’m Ginnie.

Me and my husband, JoelMe and my husband, Joel.

I started Hello Little Home, because I was looking for a place to share some of my favorite things: design, food, fashion, travel … the list goes on. I’m also working on turning my tiny NYC apartment into a home, so I’ll be sharing that, too.

Pics from around New York by HelloLittleHome.comSome of my pics from around New York.

Here’s a little treat for checking out my blog. My mom had a serious sweet tooth when I was a kid (must be where I get it from), and she was a great baker. Her Danish Puff is one if my favorites. I think you’ll like it, too!

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Danish Puff   


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp. water


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-2 tsp. water
  • 1/2 cup chopped or sliced almonds, toasted

Danish Puff

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place 1 cup flour in medium bowl. Add 1/2 cup butter and mix with fork until mixture is the size of coarse crumbs. Sprinkle water over mixture and mix. Gather dough into ball and press into bottom of an ungreased 8 x 8-inch baking pan.

Heat 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract and 1 cup flour. Stir vigorously over low heat about 1 minute or until a ball forms. Remove from heat. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Spread topping over pastry.

Bake about 1 hour or until topping is crisp and brown. Place on rack and cool completely.

In a medium bowl, combine all glaze ingredients, except nuts, until smooth. Spread over pastry and sprinkle with nuts.


Danish Puff Recipe from HelloLittleHome.com

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