Bob Greene's GUILT-FREE SUMMER PASTA
The health guru (and Oprah Winfrey
's personal trainer) shares a noodle recipe that's good for your diet
ANGEL HAIR PASTA WITH WALNUTS AND PEAS
• 6 cloves garlic
• 2 tsp. olive oil
• 1 cup walnuts
• ½ cup basil
• ½ cup water
• 7 oz. whole-wheat angel hair pasta
• 2 cups fresh peas
• ½ tsp. salt
• black pepper to taste
• red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Peel garlic and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap in aluminum foil and roast in oven for 30 minutes. Let cool.
3. Combine walnuts, roasted garlic, basil and water in a food processor and process for 1 minute. (Or blend until smooth.)
4. Add pasta to a pot of boiling water and cook for about 7-8 minutes (according to directions on package). Drain the pasta.
5. Toss walnut mixture with pasta. Add peas, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Serve.
Check out other recipes on Greene's website TheBestLife.com.
Adapted from Greene's The Best Life Diet Cookbook.
Niecy Nash MY FAVORITE THINGS
The Clean House host likes her own space "comfy glam"-never cluttered
1 CRYSTAL PALACE
"You think chandeliers and you think 'expensive,'" says Nash. "This one is totally affordable-and totally fabulous."
Kristaller Chandelier, $39.99; ikea.com
2 FOR THE RECORD
Nash nixes "traditional" art in favor of framing Michael Jackson's Off the Wall album.
Album Frame, $15; urbanoutfitters.com
3 PHOTO FINISH
She likes this alternative to hanging pics: "I don't want to look at my kids on my bedroom walls. Hey!"
Photo Tower Collage Frame, $34.99; target.com
4 INSIDE THE BOX
"When a room is perfect but remotes are sitting out, it looks unfinished," she says. Stow them here.
Book Cloth Stacking Box, $34.20; jonathanadler.com
We Asked ... What Infomercial Product Do You Own?
"The Magic Bullet. I bought it for my ex when we were still together."
"The Ab Roller. You do 15 of those a day and pretty soon you start to feel those abs."
"ShamWow is so rude! It didn't absorb anything. That really hurt my feelings."
"The Perfect Pushup. But it's not like I'm selling it. They're not paying me."
INSIDE WIZARDING WORLD
Looking for some summer magic? Grab your broomstick and zip to the new Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando
While away the wait for the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride by eavesdropping on the chatter from the uncanny talking paintings on the Hogwarts castle walls.
Catch the croaking amphibians-seen in the third Harry Potter film-performing with members of the Hogwarts choir on the cobblestone streets of Hogsmeade. "Double Trouble" will leave you spellbound, and "Do the Hippogriff" will have you shaking your robes to the beat.
MOST MAGICAL DRINK
Cool off with the frozen version of the nonalcoholic libation in a take-home stein. Bonus: The foamy top makes for a fun mustache-and photo op.
$9.95 at Universal Orlando
BEST SWEET STOP
Hit the iconic Hogsmeade candy shop for a chocolate frog ($9.95) or a bag of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans ($8.95). Just beware the fish flavor-ugh.
For more information on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, go to universalorlando.com.