With great feedback from last weeks installment I am going to try and make this a regular thing. With that said if you want some food item in particular please let me know and I'll find the easiest healthiest way to make it and I'll do my best to structure it towards an endurance athlete standpoint.
This week were looking ahead to New York, since a majority of our Team will be out there to race in September. Enjoy!
Making a decision on where to go and what to eat in New York City is harder than trying to piss with a hard on. Sorry Ladies, I know you don’t know the struggle but it is the perfect analogy here. Everywhere you turn in the city you run into three different restaurants and all three are completely different than the three you just saw. Quality food, a wide variety and slices the size of an infant are a few thing’s that NYC prides itself on. So what do you do when a new concept arrives in NYC? That’s right, you look at it, say how do we make this more New York and less of where it came from and create a fantastic and easy to make dish that everyone is sure to love.
The main cuisine that is subject to this abuse is, Italian. All though I am not entirely sure you can call it “abuse” if it becomes something delicious, easy and world famous. Many dishes we would call “Italian Food” are actually products of American ingenuity and most notably is Pizza. However a more classic American move is taking something and adding booze to it… because why the hell not!? And that is how Vodka Arrabbiata came to exist. Vodka Arrabbiata is a great Carb loading meal and this quick and easy recipe will allow you to eat as much as you want and not worry about a thing. This Sauce is quick, easy and delicious. It isn’t packed with the high levels of sugars, sodium and fats that many premade jar sauces contain. And if spicy isn’t your thing you can nix the red chile peppers and substitute in some fresh red or yellow pepper slices. Vodka Arrabbiata Ingredients:
• 4 chile peppers (crushed red pepper can be substituted for this)
• ¼ cup of olive oil
• 3 cloves of garlic (sliced thin)
• 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley
• 12 ounces of diced tomatoes (roughly one can)
• 3 ounces Vodka (don’t be cheap… well use what you want. I don’t get paid to endorse brands)
• 1 lemon
• 1 pound of spaghetti (roughly one box) Preparation:
In a large frying pan, put your olive oil over medium heat, cut open the chile peppers and add them to pan. Let them cook for 4-5 minutes, then turn the heat on high and add the garlic and parsley. Once you smell the garlic cooking and it is turning a nice golden brown add in the diced tomatoes and bring to a boil. Once its at a boil and the vodka and turn the heat down to a simmer, stirring continuously.
In a separate pot cook your spaghetti according to packaging instructions. Once the spaghetti is ready drain in colander and add directly to sauce. Stir well then place in bowls for serving.
And per request of @Dark_Mark
a nice alcohol pairing for this would be a full glass of whatever beer you enjoy and for the ladies that want wine, a nice Sauvignon Blanc would be perfect. But really Drink what you enjoy. Anyone that tells you different is wrong and you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
The entire process of cooking this meal will only take 25-30 minutes leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the evening and relax while getting focused for tomorrow’s activity!