When I buy zucchinis, I buy 4-5 at a time and use my “spiralizer” to make them into noodles. I usually use several cups immediately and pack the remainder into freezer safe containers, about 2-3 cups each. This recipe uses 1 container of my frozen zucchini spaghetti combined with whole wheat fettuccini. Serves 2. This recipe can totally be multiplied to make more servings.
2 oz dry whole wheat fettuccini noodles
3 cups of spiraled zucchini
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
2 oz shallots, chopped
3 oz sliced baby bella mushrooms
1/2 cup white beans
1 tbsp red curry paste
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 ounce chopped scallions (optional)
Prepared peanut sauce (optional)
1. Cook pasta according to manufacturer’s directions. If your zucchini is frozen like mine, you can use the boiling water to thaw quickly before putting in the pasta.
2. In another pot (4 quart minimum) or large sauté pan, combine the water, carrots, shallots, mushrooms, and beans. Heat on medium for 10-15 minutes until vegetables have soften.
3. Toss in the curry paste and coconut milk stirring until combined and heat for another 5 minutes.
Toss in pasta and serve immediately topped with scallions and peanut sauce (if using).
This is a super easy meal that is ready in about the same amount of time is takes to cook the pasta. I chose tofu, however I am sure any protein (e.g. chicken, wheat gluten etc.) you choose will go well in this dish. Serves 1 and easily multiplied
1/2 cup of water
2 oz onion of choice (scallions or shallots work great), chopped
3 oz chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped tofu
1/2 cup buffalo sauce
2 oz whole wheat penne
1 oz cheddar style cheese (vegan or dairy based)
1-2 oz sour cream or mayo (vegan or dairy based), optional
Cook penne according to package directions.
Boil 1/2 cup of water in a separate pot until boiling.
Add onions & celery and boil until reduced.
Add tofu and buffalo sauce and heat for 5 minutes.
Add cooked pasta, “cheese” and cream or mayo if using.
The United Nations has declared 2016 the “International Year of Pulses” to raise the awareness of their nutritional prowess and sustainability in food production. Pulses refers to the edible seeds in certain plants. This is their way of saying “eat more beans, peas and lentils” my friends. They are good for your body and good for your planet. Most recipes and meal/snack ideas I post will incorporate pulses of some sort. Below is a total treat for me from Taco Bell. Soft bean al fresco tacos (I added some vegan “cheese” I made last night, but they are great without them too), topped with, you guesses it, more beans with red sauce (no cheese), plain potatoes and pico de gallo. Oh and a side of guacamole, of course. A gut buster in more ways than you can imagine. Beans: They really are magical.
The vegetables don't need to be chopped finely or perfectly, most will go in the blender anyway. Feel free to pass this along
Optional: My family enjoys this meal with sausage instead of the chickpeas. I just prepare the sausage in the toaster oven to bake while I make the soup and orzo. You could also opt to use any leftover over protein you may have in the refrigerator like tofu, beef, or chicken. I serve all the ingredients separately and let everyone make their own bowls with as much or as little as they would like.
16oz package of whole wheat orzo (I use Delallo Organic but feel free to use any other small shaped whole wheat pasta)
4 tbsp of Earth Balance Butter (however feel free to use regular butter or other butter substitute, ah, heck olive oil will do)
2 Celery Stalks, scrubbed and roughly chopped
1 small onion or 1/2 of a large onion roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic, smashed
2-4 tbsp dried basil or 1/2 cup fresh basil (depends on how much basil you like, I go all in)
2 cups of vegetable broth (chicken broth will do)
2 cans of whole or crushed tomatoes (28 oz each can)
8 oz of vegan cream cheese (feel free to use regular cream cheese)
1-2 cans of chickpeas, rinsed
1 bunch of kale, rinsed and roughly chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cook the whole wheat orzo according to package directions while you make the tomato cream.
Melt the Earth Balance Butter over medium heat.
Add the celery, onions and garlic and saute for approximately 5-6 minutes (add the salt and pepper here).
Add the basil and broth.
Once the mixture comes to a boil, add the canned tomatoes and cream cheese.
Puree the mixture with a food processor or blender (in batches) until smooth. You can also use an immersion blender, however remember it may have a chunkier consistency.
Return to the stove and reheat on medium setting. Once the soup boils, add the kale and continue to heat until the kale wilts.
To serve, plate approximately 3/4 cup of the cooked whole wheat orzo, 1/2 cup chickpeas and top with 1-2 cups of the tomato cream (add as much or as little as you would like).
Usually I take the time at the end of every December to write up a blog that gears me (and my readers) up for the year to come. I did not make any resolutions last year, and truth be told, I never do. Rather, I embarked on a journey into self discovery and converted to a more compassionate lifestyle including my diet and behavior.
In 2012, I learned to:
Toss away the storybook notions I thought dictated how my life should be. Instead, I embrace the uniqueness of how beautiful things have become no matter how tattered their appearance.
Accept the beauty of the hiccups and bumps I encountered in the road. I wear my battle scars proudly!
Go through life knowing things are going exactly how they destined to be. There is a purpose for all I experience.
Let the journey continue and happy 2013 to all of you!
Over the weekend my family and I walked The Color Run in Englishtown, NJ. I would have loved to run the 5K instead of walking, however my husband and I joined a group of friends and our children to walk together as a team. I am so glad we did. Eventually we will run some races without them, however this particular event was fantastic for families and I was amazed at the amount of children excited to exercise (and get pelted with color). How do you implement physical fitness as a family?