Edamame Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Ricotta Recipe

If you’re looking for a delicious gluten free pasta, I highly suggest trying the Edamame pasta from Aldi. It’s one of my favorite gluten free pastas because it’s delicious and can be served many different ways (with pesto, shrimp, olive oil, etc.). Here’s a quick and easy recipe for this pasta. Check out the recipe for my edamame pasta with cherry tomatoes, basil & ricotta below.

Ingredients:

  • Edamame pasta from Aldi
  • Cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1 Cup Ricotta cheese
  • Basil leaves
  • Juice from half of a lemon
  • EVOO
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water

Directions: Sauté sliced cherry tomatoes with basil leaves in EVOO, salt and pepper. In a pot of boiling salted water, cook edamame pasta and save about 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water. In a serving bowl, combine and mix lemon juice, 1/2 cup pasta water and 1 cup Ricotta cheese. Add in pasta and mix together (I like to drizzle a little EVOO and toss the pasta to avoid it from sticking to the dish). Top with basil leaves, lemon slices and a dollop of Ricotta cheese.

Enjoy!

Xoxo,

Gee Nicolette

Ginger Peach White Wine Spritzer Recipe

Since I’m not yet comfortable going out to a restaurant for cocktails, I’ve been playing around with some easy drink recipes at home. Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy spritzer! For my cocktails, I try to use ingredients I have around the house, but I’ve been craving something refreshing with peach, so I headed to Target and found the perfect ingredient, ginger peach sparkling water. Here’s what you will need for this Ginger Peach White Wine Spritzer:

Ingredients:

  • Chilled White Wine (I used Viognier)
  • Ginger Peach Sparkling Water (this is the Good & Gather brand from Target but any brand or other flavor will do)
  • Peach slices
  • Ice

Directions: Fill a wine glass halfway with the chilled white wine and top with the sparkling water. Mix well and add in ice (you could even put this in a blender and make it a wine slushie – great for a hot day or sitting by a pool). Add peach slices to your glass and/or to garnish on the rim.

Cheers!

Xoxo,

Gee Nicolette

Social Media and Authenticity

Social media can be both a blessing and a curse. I think most of us can relate to a time where we needed to take a break from social media to focus on other things in our lives. Then, there’s other times where you might enjoy endlessly scrolling through content in your spare time or sending funny memes to your friends.

If you’re like me, Instagram is probably your social platform of choice. However, it feels like Instagram comes with all of these ‘rules’ (as I like to call them). Make sure your content is relevant, use trending hashtags, post everyday, engage with others, etc. and then the algorithm will be in your favor (maybe, because who really knows anymore). Don’t forget to create a beautiful ‘grid’ and post the perfect photo that looks ‘Instagram-able’, but isn’t too staged.

Don’t get me wrong, I promote my yoga events/classes on my social media. In fact, that’s how I get new students, which as someone who works in Marketing, is always my favorite method! However, lately I’ve noticed how exhausting it can be to spend time on social media when you aren’t in a good headspace or the people you follow don’t align with your lifestyle/values, and that’s what I want to talk about today.

I don’t often hear the words ‘social media’ and ‘authenticity’ used together but I really think they should be. Authenticity is about being true to who you are and your beliefs. Being your authentic self should make you feel happy, like you are living in your truth. However, it can also be scary if you’re worried people might judge you or that you’ll lose people along the way.

At the end of the day, being true to you is the most important thing and you will find people that you align with. So, with that being said, now is a really good time to take a look at your social media followers. Look at the people you follow and ask yourself how their content makes you feel? If it’s not great, then unfollow. If you don’t want to unfollow them (trust me, I get it) just mute their stories/posts.

There are so many great accounts out there that can and will make you feel good. Be conscious of your media intake. Although we can’t always control what pops up on our newsfeed, we can take control and follow accounts that make us feel good (and get rid of those that makes you feel icky).

For me, I follow feel-good accounts that post positive quotes, food recipes, puppies, mindfulness/yoga tips, and Bachelor memes. Figure out what makes you happy and then find brands and accounts to follow and fill your newsfeed with those! Social media should be fun, so when it’s not, take a break or change up the content that you’re looking at!

Xoxo,

Gee Nicolette