Green Goddess Pasta

Green Goddess Pasta
I have decided to take a look back at some of my first recipes that ever made it to Clean Eating Goddess. I can’t believe I’ve been working on this blog for almost three years. It has been SO much fun and a great hobby. Now that spring is finally here, I was reminded of this green goddess pasta I made years ago.

I reworked the recipe slightly to include a chickpea pasta, shaved zucchini and asparagus tips for the perfect light dish. The pasta is loaded with protein on its own so there is no need to add any meat or fish. When buying pastas made from beans, be sure to look where it comes from and that the only ingredients are the bean flour itself.

Of course, you can do this with store bought pesto, but making it yourself cannot be beat! I leave out the cheese and add a little extra salt, lemon zest and a handful of spinach for bright fresh flavour as well as a vibrant colour. The cheese is mostly added for a salty component and really isn’t missed when left out. By adding the pureed avocado, you achieve the same creamy texture without the added dairy. I ate it cold, but would work wonderfully warm as well. I hope you love this new revamped recipe! It is full of protein, good for you fats and of course LOTS of flavour!
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Serves 3-4

Pesto Ingredients:

• 1 and 1/2 cups tightly packed fresh basil
• 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts (you can set some extra aside for garnish as well)
• 1 small garlic clove
• zest of 1 lemon
• juice of 1/2 lemon (about 3 tbsp)
• 1 tbsp water
• 1 large handful of fresh spinach
• salt to taste
• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Pasta Ingredients:

• 1 package chickpea pasta (230 grams)
• 1 ripe avocado
• 4 tbsp frozen of fresh peas
• 12-15 asparagus tips
• 1 zucchini (shaved, I used a vegetable peeler)
• 3 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds or pine nuts (I used a mix of both)
• freshly ground pepper (for serving, optional)

Directions:

1. Lightly toast the your pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat until oils start to release. (3-4 minutes)
2. Place all of the pesto ingredients except for oil in your food processor. Pulse. Slowly incorporate the oil while the machine is running, until a smooth paste has formed. Continue blending for 15 seconds to thin the sauce out.
3. Remove pesto from processor bowl and set aside. Now add your avocado flesh into the bowl and process until smooth. Place in a bowl and mix with fresh lemon juice so it does not brown.
4. Cook pasta according to directions. When the pasta is 2-3 minutes away from finishing, into the same pot, add your asparagus and peas. This avoids having to clean an extra pot! Drain and rinse with cold water to keep the the bright green colour.
5. For a warm pasta, put pasta back into pot on med-low heat. Add 2 heaped tbsp of pesto, mashed avocado, half of the peas, shaved zucchini, asparagus and nuts. Toss until creamy and combined. For a cold pasta, mix in a large bowl.
6. Plate and top with remaining nuts, peas, and asparagus. Finish with a fresh squeeze of lemon and some freshly ground pepper.

Green Goddess Pasta

Sea Bass with Lentils, Tomatoes and Asparagus

Sea Bass with Lentils, Tomatoes and Asparagus
I realized recently that although I eat meat and fish, very few of my recipes feature these ingredients. For one thing, I don’t eat it often. Secondly, when I do eat it, I eat it fairly simply. A little olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh herbs and lemon juice is all I need to brighten up a fresh piece of fish or good quality meats. I don’t like to mask the natural flavours of the protein, rather I look to enhance it. With that said, I have made a goal to start experimenting with different crusts, sauces and sides to spice up my simple protein recipes. I think its important as a cook to constantly challenge your skills and taste buds to open your world to a whole new flavour experience.

I know that many of my followers are vegetarian and vegan. I have been very open with my views on eating animal products. Eating organic grass fed beef and free range chicken works for me physically and mentally. However if this does NOT work for you, then that’s OK too. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to do what works for your mind and body. As always, all meat recipes can be swapped with your favourite vegetarian protein such as tofu, tempeh, beans etc..If your someone who does eat meat and isn’t sure where to find grass fed or free range meats take a look online! Many local farms are offering delivery services to surrounding areas for those of you looking for quality meats. You can even go to the farms and see their process so you feel 100% comfortable and satisfied with the product you receive.

Now for the recipe… This sea bass recipe can be swapped with any of your favourite white fish. It is so quick and easy to put together and leaves you feeling light yet satisfied! This recipe is for 1 serving. Just multiply the ingredients by the number of people your serving! Hope you love it.
Sea Bass with Lentils, Tomatoes and Asparagus

Ingredients:

• 1/4 cup sweet onion, sliced
• the tops of 5 asparagus spears
• 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
• 1/2 cup cooked green lentils
• 1/2 cup kale, thinly chopped
• 1 tsp fresh dill
• 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice,
• 1 tsp lemon zest
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
• 4 sprigs fresh thyme
• 6 ounce piece of sea bass or fish of choice
• salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450 F.

2. In a medium skillet, heat half of the olive oil on medium heat. Add your onions, asparagus and cherry tomatoes. Allow to cook for 7-10 minutes until the asparagus is cooked through and the tomatoes begin to burst.

3. On a small baking tray, coat your fish in remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on top of thyme. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until opaque.

4. Add cooked lentils and kale to the onion mixture. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes then add fresh dill, lemon juice and zest. Put the heat to a simmer.

5. Once the fish has finished cooking. Place lentil mixture on the bottom of a plate or shallow bowl. Place fish directly on top (without the thyme) and sprinkle with more fresh lemon juice, zest, dill and thyme if desired. Bon appetit!
Sea Bass with Lentils, Tomatoes and Asparagus

Pan Roasted Dijon Salmon with Herb Oil and Asparagus

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Salmon is loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids to give our brains a dose of happiness and intelligence. It is also a versatile and easy to cook. Salmon is one of my go-to’s when looking for a light yet satisfying meal. Whether you eat it raw, oven roasted or pan-seared it is a great base for any seasoning or sauce your appetite desires. My rule when cooking salmon in a pan is to simply let it be. People flip it and move it around which ends up with an unattractive and overcooked meal. Follow my directions carefully for a perfectly cooked, crispy skinned salmon.

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The herb oil I made with this fish is light, refreshing and super easy to make. Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavour to a meal without adding extra sauce, oil or seasoning. Dill, parsley, basil are my three favourites but you’ll see how I explore other herbs such as rosemary, thyme and oregano in future posts. Bon appetit!

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Serves 1 or 2

Ingredients:

• Wild caught or organic salmon
• 1 bunch asparagus
• 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
• 1 french shallot
• 2 tbsp avocado oil
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• fresh parsley
• fresh dill
• 1 tbsp stone ground dijon mustard
• sea salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Coat salmon in 1 tbsp of avocado oil, mustard, sea salt and pepper

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (for asparagus)

3. Heat avocado oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. When the oil begins to smoke, add salmon, skin side down. Keep your fingers on top of the salmon filet for a bit to keep it nice and flat. Watch the side of the piece of salmon for color changes. When 2/3 of the salmon has turned opaque, flip it to the other side and cook until it’s done (about 3-4 minutes depending on how pink you like it.)

4. While the salmon is cooking, finely chop up dill and parsley (about 1/4 cup worth) and add to a small bowl.

6. Finely chop one shallot and add it to herbs.

7. Add olive oil, lemon juice and more stone ground dijon mustard if you like to the herbs and shallots and whisk. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper (add more olive oil if it looks too thick).

8. Check back on your salmon!

9. Boil asparagus for five minutes and drain.

10. Plate asparagus and salmon, drizzle with herb oil. Enjoy!