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Creamed Spinach and Tomato Penne

I made this penne dish using my new favorite sauce – Cashew Béchamel – Basic White Sauce. I had made some Creamed Spinach and decided to add it to penne and the medley of cherry tomatoes just looked so good I could not resist. I could eat the whole dish myself, but that would be selfish, so I will share.

Cook penne according to package directions in a large pot. Before draining save some of the pasta water  just in case to thin the sauce.

Drain penne and return it to the pot. Add the tomatoes and stir. Stir in creamed spinach and the Cashew Béchamel Sauce, until the penne is thoroughly coated. Garnish with the herbs.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Simple Mushrooms & Greens Caserecce

This is a simple and delicious meal. Made in 30 minutes and in one pot. Caserecce is a “S” shaped pasta. It captures the sauce beautifully.

  • 12 oz Caserecce pasta
  • 1/2 c onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 4 oz. Gourmet Mushroom Blend
  • 1 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • vegetable broth, for sautéing
  • 1 c Marinara
  • 1/4 nutritional yeast
  • 5oz.  Mixed Baby Kale Blend

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

In the same pot add the onions and All-Purpose Seasoning. Sauté over medium heat. Add vegetable broth as needed to sauté veggies. Add the garlic when the onions are translucent. Sauté until the garlic is fragrant.

Add mushrooms to onion mixture and sauté. Saute mushrooms until they are tender. Add pasta, greens, marinara and nutritional yeast. Stir and cook until greens are wilted.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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One-Pot Curry Noodles

This is truly a one-pot meal. It is packed with veggies and fresh herb. There is no draining or rinsing. The noodles are cooked with the veggies and liquid, whisk thickens into a wonderful curry sauce – Delicious.

Tight on time? Then this is the meal for you.

  • 8 oz. brown rice spaghetti
  • 1 sweet red pepper, large, thinly sliced
  • 1 c carrots, cut into match sticks
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ginger root, peeled, grated
  • 3 c vegetable broth
  • 1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk, light unsweetened

Add all the ingredients to a large dutch oven and bring to a boil. Stirring frequently, cook until noodles are done. You may need to turn down the heat so that the noodles get done.

When the noodles are done add in the Stir-ins.

Stir-Ins:

  • 2 c napa cabbage, shredded or thinly sliced
  • 1 lime zested, juiced
  • 1/3 c cilantro, fresh, chopped

Stir cabbage into noodle mixture. The noodles should be al dente, about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in the zest and juice of the lime. Stir in cilantro.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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One Pot Spinach, Chickpeas & Cherry Tomatoes Penne

This is such a colorful dish. It is one of my standard pasta dishes that I have made for years. All the veggies are just heated through so that they still have that freshness. A hint of lemon adds a little brightness and a dash of red pepper flakes for a subtle heat. It is perfectly balanced and veggie packed.

Besides being flavorful and delicious, it is all made in one pot. That means less clean up and more time for other things.

  • 12 oz. brown rice penne (I like jovial)
  • 3/4 c onion(s), chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 5 oz spinach, fresh, stemmed, chopped
  • 15.5 oz chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 3 c cherry tomatoes, fresh, halved (I used mini San Marzano tomatoes)
  • 1 lemon, zested, juiced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 c nutritional yeast
  • vegetable broth for sautéing

Prepare penne according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Add onions to the same pot that you cooked the penne in. Sauté onions until they are translucent. Add vegetable broth as needed to keep onions from sticking to pot.

Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add remaining ingredients and sauté until heated through. Return penne to pot and thoroughly stir ingredients until well combined.

Note: For a more saucy pasta dish mix together 1 c vegetable broth and 2 tsp of cornstarch/arrowroot to make a slurry. Then stir in vegetable broth slurry in to pasta mixture.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Artichoke Hearts & Broccoli Pasta with Red Pepper Pesto

Do you need to bring something to a potluck? This pasta dish is perfect to bring to a gathering. It can be served hot or cold and will be delicious either way. An empty bowl is what you will be bringing home.

  • 12 oz. brown rice pasta
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into bitesize florets
  • vegetable broth, as needed
  • 12 oz. quartered artichoke hearts
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 c onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 8 basil leaves, fresh, cut into strips
  • Red Pepper Pesto, 1 recipe

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

In a large pan saute onions and All-Purpose Seasoning with 1-2 tbsp of vegetable broth. Cook onions until they are translucent.

Add broccoli florets to onions and saute, until tender. Add more vegetable broth as needed.

Add artichoke hearts and tomatoes to onion mixture. Cook until just heated through.

Return pasta to pan and stir. Pour pesto over pasta mixture and stir. Add basil and taste for seasoning.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Farfalle Veggie Salad

This salad is so beautiful and colorful; purple, red, yellow, orange and green. The proverbial colors of the rainbow. I used fresh and frozen veggies, and it has more veggies than pasta. I would say, that is a fresh tasting nutritious pasta salad.

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Need an idea for lunches for school or work? This salad will meet that need. It makes enough for multiple meals and can be served cold or room temperature (preferably).

  • 12 oz. farfalle (bowtie) pasta, gluten-free
  • 1 head, cauliflower, purple, cut into bite size, steamed
  • 2 c tomatoes, cherry, variety of colors, quartered
  • 1 c corn kernels
  • 1 1/2 c edamame, shelled, steamed
  • 1 lime, zested, juiced
  • 1 tbsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast

In a large pot cook farfalle according to package directions. I used Jovial (my favorite brand) and it cooks for 10 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water and set aside.

Meanwhile, steam cauliflower for about 5 minutes. Long enough that the cauliflower was softened but still has a bite. Rinse with cold water and set aside.

In a very large bowl combine all the ingredients and stir thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: I added greens to this salad when it was served.

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Garden Farfalle

This pasta can be served cold or hot. Usually we start off hot and then round two (leftovers) cold. It is very colorful because it uses many different veggies from the garden. What is nice is that you can use whatever veggies you have on hand and make it your way.

I like to make the veggie ratio higher than what you would normally see in a typical pasta dish. I always say the more veggies the better.

  • 12 oz. brown rice farfalle (I like jovial.)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 c kale, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 12 oz cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • All-purpose Seasoning
  • 1 15oz. can chick peas, drained, rinsed (Save liquid for baking.)
  • 1 Meyer lemon, zested, juiced
  • 1 c vegetable broth, and more as needed for sautéing
  • 1 tsp arrowroot/cornstarch
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

In a large pan, over medium heat sauté onions with some veggie broth and all-purpose seasoning, until the onions are translucent.

Add, kale, garlic, tomatoes, zucchini and chick peas. Sauté with veggie broth, to keep ingredients from sticking to the pan.

Add pasta, lemon zest to veggie mixture.

Make slurry with 1 cup of veggie broth and 1 tsp arrowroot/cornstarch. Add to pasta mixture. Stir.

Add nutritional yeast and stir.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Mexican Fiesta Pasta

This dish is a nice change from the regular pasta dish. A little smokey southwestern seasoning, black beans and few others ingredients give you a completely different flavor profile

I made this all in one pot. That means less dishes to wash and more time doing more pleasurable things.

  • 16 oz. brown rice spaghetti
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 15.5 oz. can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 c corn, frozen
  • 1 tbsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning
  • 1 c vegetable broth, plus more as needed for sautéing
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • cilantro,chopped, garnish
  • lime wedge, garnish

Prepare spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain. Rinse. Set aside.

In same pot that you cooked your pasta in add onions and sauce. Add vegetable broth if needed to keep the onions from sticking to the pan.

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Add garlic to onions and cooks until fragrant.

Add tomatoes, black beans, corn and Smokey Southwestern Seasoning. Cook until heated through.

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Add pasta to veggies and stir.

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Whisk vegetable broth and cornstarch together to make a slurry. Add slurry to pasta and stir until pasta is coated. This is a light flavorful sauce.

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Plate pasta and add avocado cubes. The cubes add so much more flavor and creaminess to the pasta when you smash them. Garnish with a lime wedge and cilantro.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Mushrooms & Peas Pasta

Luscious, flavorful and delicious is what this pasta is. This meal was a last minute inspiration. I had nothing planned, opened the refrigerator and mushrooms jumped out at me. – use me, use me. The sauce is light and silky. I am looking forward to the leftovers.

  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 16 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c frozen peas
  • 1 tsp All-purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • 1/2 c marsala wine
  • 1/2 c nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 c vegetable broth, plus some for sautéing
  • 12 oz brown rice pasta
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

In a large dutch oven dry saute shallots. If they begin to stick add a tablespoon to the pan. Saute shallots until translucent.

Add mushrooms, garlic, peas, all-purpose seasoning and miso paste. Stir so that the veggies are all coated with the seasoning.

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Add marsala wine, and stir.

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Cook until mushrooms become tender to the fork.

Add cooked pasta and stir well.

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Mix 1/2 cup of vegetable broth with the cornstarch and make a slurry. Pour slurry over pasta and veggies. Stir pasta and veggies well so that the sauce coats the pasta.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

 

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Asian Noodle Bowl

I love Asian Noodles, but I can only have them when I make it at home due to gluten issues. This is such an easy recipe. I already had some sauce prepared, and some packages of veggies and baked tofu.

This recipe is under 30 minutes to make. Great for a nutritious weeknight meal. What takes the longest is making the pasta. You could actually make the pasta ahead of time. Then you just have to warm everything up.

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  • 12 oz. brown rice noodles
  • 10 oz. stir fry veggies
  • 8 oz. snow peas
  • 8 oz. water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 package of baked teriyaki tofu, cubed
  • Chinese Brown Sauce, 1 recipe
  • sesame seeds, garnish

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

Add the stir fry veggies and snow peas to the pasta during the last two minutes of cooking time.

Drain pasta and veggies. Return to pot.

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Add water chestnuts, tofu and Chinese Brown Sauce to the pasta mixture. Stir.

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Cook until heated through. Only 2-3 minutes.

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Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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