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Pasta Goes Low-Carb in These Grain-Free Pasta Recipes

September 24, 2014 4:04 pm

Pasta is filling and convenient on nights when you have little time to make dinner, but it can also take quite a toll on your waistline. There are ways to still enjoy the hearty, flavorful taste of pasta without all the carbs, but it does takes a bit of creative thinking in the kitchen. Here are four grain-free pasta recipes that both you and your diet will love!

Easy Spaghetti Squash Pasta
Spaghetti squash is a very popular alternative to spaghetti because it already looks just like the staple pasta. Just place a whole spaghetti squash in the oven and after an hour, the inside will turn into long, stringy strands, just like the real deal. Dress it up with marinara sauce or eat the buttery “noodles” plain with a bit of salt and pepper.

Zucchini Pasta Pesto
This recipe involves stripping a whole zucchini into the shape of long, spaghetti-like noodle shapes, then dousing the whole dish in a flavorful basil pesto sauce. It’s gluten-free, dairy free, and completely delicious.

Paleo “Ravioli”
Whether you adhere to a Paleo diet or not, this recipe for pasta-less ravioli is a truly tasty (and healthy) substitution for the original. Thin strips of squash make up the exterior of each ravioli, and a unique, creamy filling made of spinach and mascarpone cheese is stuffed inside.

Supreme Pizza Pasta
Don’t let the naughty name fool you: there’s nothing unhealthy about this slimmed-down, grain-free pasta. Yellow squash “noodles” make up the base, while lean chicken sausage, simple tomato sauce, and a whole variety of Italian veggies, herbs, and spices add a zesty Italian flavor.

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Make a Color Splash With These Home Decorating Tips

September 18, 2014 5:03 pm

If you want to incorporate bright, bold colors into your home’s design scheme without going overboard, there are a number of creative ways to do it. Check out these simple decorating tips that require little effort and won't compromise your security deposit.

  1. Choose a main color and an accent color. Instead of running wild with one bright color that you really love, use it as an accent color. This will ensure that your space looks clean and professional, and it makes your favorite shade the center of attention rather than an all-over eyesore.
  2. Update boring bookcases. If you have a plain old bookcase that’s a bit of an eyesore, remove the shelves and paint the back of it in your favorite color. Once you slide the shelves back in, you’ll have a subtle burst of color peeking out from behind your books.
  3. Toss in some throw pillows. Purchase sofa or bed throw pillows in your favorite colors to add an accent to neutral furniture. Best of all, pillows look stylish and eclectic when mixed and matched, so feel free to go a little crazy.
  4. Create a colorful gallery wall. One of the most affordable ways to add colorful art to your walls is by framing things like old wallpaper, scrapbook paper, and even bright fabrics.

Add Color Without Paint [Better Homes and Gardens]
Top 10 Tips for Adding Color to Your Space [HGTV]
10 Surprising Ways to Add Color to Your Home [House Beautiful]

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The Six: The Art of Cuisine

September 17, 2014 4:09 pm

Inspired by a group of six artists who lived together in a cabin during 1920s Prohibition Era, The Six is a cozy restaurant centered on the same beliefs in community, creativity, and acceptance. The building itself is built entirely out of recycled materials and features lofted ceilings, industrial lighting, and an enclosed patio that brings the outside in.

As for its cuisine, The Six serves classic American dishes prepared in cast iron skillets and served on sturdy wooden platters, just like it would be during the time of Prohibition. Even the menu revolves around the theme of the number six, offering six starters, entrees, wines, and beers to choose from at all times. Pizzas and shareable plates, like mussels and tacos, make the perfect beginning to a meal, while things get a bit more exciting with entrees that include braised short rib, chicken pot pie, and a daily fish special.

Visit The Six's website to find out more about this Studio City eatery.

The Six
12650 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 761-2319

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