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

Deconstructed Healthy Sushi Bowl

Deconstructed Sushi BowlI hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I know that many of you have made some of your New Years goals- which likely include losing weight. I am not one to preach about how you should be living your life, but I did want to share some of my thoughts on resolutions. As we reach a birthday, new year or other milestone that is meaningful in some way, we often set different goals. It is great to check in and assess our lives to take note of what we need to improve upon or perhaps to reward ourselves on what has been achieved.

This year, instead of setting that familiar measurable goal of losing weight, consider altering your entire lifestyle. Healthy eating, exercise, etc..is my lifestyle. It is not an obsession nor is it a means of looking my physical best. My lifestyle is one that makes me feel great both physically and mentally. Do I eat junk sometimes? YES. Do I drink sometimes? Yes. Do I skip workouts? Hell yes! But I do all of these things in moderation. Balance is key. Too much of anything is never a good thing and that sometimes includes an obsession with a healthy living. I understand that might sound silly to many of you, but if eating a few Doritos sends you down a downward hill of self-hate, guilt, and obsessive exercise.. there is something unhealthy about that too. Life is about finding the balance in everything (this also includes work and relationships).

Always remember that really just means what we eat, not what we eat to lose weight.

Now onto the recipe! I love this recipe for many reasons…

1. I don’t have to waste my money ordering sushi anymore.
2. The possibilities to make it your own are endless.
3. Makes a delicious side dish for any protein (think tofu, raw or cooked salmon, chicken, chickpeas etc…)
4. It is so easy to make and super cheap!

Here’s how you make it!

Ingredients:

• 2 cups uncooked brown rice or about 4 cups cooked ***(see notes, follow directions on the bag)
• 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
• 3-4 tbsp tamari or gluten free soya sauce (or to taste)
• 3 tbsp honey
• 1 tsp wasabi paste (optional, more if you like it hot!)
• 1/4 cup chopped pickled ginger
• 1 sheet of nori (dried seaweed) cut into thin strips
• 3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
• 1/2 cup seeded and chopped cucumber
• 1 avocado diced

Directions:

1. Cook rice according to directions. See note below.

2. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, whisk rice wine vinegar, tamari, honey and wasabi until combined. Pour mixture evenly over rice and stir until well coated. Taste and adjust seasonings to your taste.

saltier= more tamari
tangier= more vinegar
spicier = more wasabi
sweeter= more honey

3. Mix in pickled ginger, nori, cucumber, avocado and sesame seeds.

4. Serve alone or with protein of choice.

***I love this brand of short grain brown rice for this recipe. It mimics the texture of white sushi rice. I cook mine with splash of avocado oil and salt. It comes out sticky and fluffy- perfect for sushi rice! Cook according to bag directions.
Deconstructed Sushi Bowl

Spiced Roasted Baby Carrots

Spiced Roasted Carrots
I find that my side dishes have become very routine. Roasted potatoes, roasted vegetables, salad etc… I’ll often throw in all the seasonal vegetables to provide some variety to both myself and my guests. I realized however how beautiful it is to highlight just one vegetable. For example, whole roasted cauliflowers have become a really popular side dish at many restaurants. Who would of thought cauliflower could be SO delicious all on its own. Ok… maybe with the help of a sauce or two. The cauliflower however, remains the star. So as fall has arrived, instead of doing the same old roasted butternut squash, I wanted to celebrate the deliciously sweet and nutritious carrot! It has a large dose of vitamin A that will help keep your eyes and skin youthful. A little bit of spice and a handful of fresh herbs will make carrots the star side dish at your next meal.
Spiced Roasted Carrots

Spiced Roasted Carrots

Ingredients:

• 12-15 baby carrots (peeled) *if using regular carrots slice in half for quicker cook time!
• 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
• 1/4 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
• 1 tsp paprika
• 1 tsp granulated garlic
• 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
• salt and pepper
• 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, granulated garlic, paprika, and maple syrup.

3. Brush carrots with olive oil mixture, making sure to coat all sides of the carrots.

4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes then flip and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Carrots should be tender and browned.

5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with freshly chopped dill.
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