Vegan Lemon Garlic Pasta

Vegan Lemon Garlic Pasta
This pasta has become a weekly staple for a few months now. Zach (my husband, if you’re a new reader) does not love pasta because he feels very full and heavy from it. This is actually a common symptom amongst most people as added cheese, starches, and fats leave you feeling slightly sick and ready for a nap. So, with added protein in the pasta itself, I didn’t have to add a meat or cream sauce. We have been loving GoGo Quinoa’s Super Grain Pasta (find it at Costco), or as always, pastas with lentils and chickpeas as the only ingredients. The key to this vegan pasta dish is the cooking water from the pasta. The starches left in the water create a creamy sauce without any added dairy.

In 30 minutes you have a light pasta dish that is full of nutrients, protein and is of course, delicious. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

• 3 cups GoGo Quinoa Super Grain Pasta
• 1 cup reserved cooking water from pasta
• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• pinch of chilli flakes
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• 1 french shallot, finely chopped
• 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes
• 1 bell pepper, julienned
• 1 zucchini, diced
• 5 stalks broccolini
• a large handful of fresh spinach
• 1 french shallot, finely chopped
• 3 tbsp parsley and/or basil, chopped
• juice of 1 lemon
• salt and pepper, to taste
• 1/4 cup toasted pinenuts

Directions:

1. Cook pasta according to directions. Remember to reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid after the pasta is finished.

2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare all of your vegetables and herbs.

3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute shallots, oregano, chilli peppers, and a pinch of salt and allow to cook for 2 minutes, then add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add your cherry tomatoes and bell pepper. And add about 3 tbsp of the reserved cooking liquid so that the tomatoes steam and the garlic does not burn. Allow to cook for about 5 minutes.

4. Add your zucchini, cook for another 3 minutes. Then add the broccolini and another 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Cook until the broccolini is tender and the tomatoes have begun to burst.

5. Once the vegetables are cooked through, reduce the heat to low and add the pasta to the skillet along with the rest of the reserved cooking liquid. If your skillet is too small to add the pasta, transfer everything into the larger pot you cooked your pasta in. Stir the vegetables, pasta and cooking liquid until the pasta becomes creamy and no water is left. Add your lemon juice and spinach. Taste and season if necessary. The salt from the pasta water might mean you don’t need to add any salt.

6. Serve pasta and top with toasted pinenuts, fresh parsley, more freshly cracked pepper and a drizzle of your best olive oil. Bon appetit!

Vegan Lemon Garlic Pasta

*This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Zucchini and Date Muffins with Cashew Ginger Frosting

Zucchini and Date Muffins with Cashew Ginger FrostingThere’s nothing better then having freshly baked muffins on a Sunday morning. Sometimes you need a sweet side to those scrambled eggs and that can always be especially difficult for someone who’s eating gluten free. Healthy, nutrient rich muffins are a fantastic breakfast idea for those who don’t make time for it. Even if you aren’t hungry right away, you can throw one in your bag and it’ll be ready when that mid morning hunger comes along.

Not only will get a good balance of whole grains, healthy fats and fiber, but you’ll also get a serving of veggies! Have no fear, the only way you’d know theres zucchini is by those green specks, otherwise you’d have no idea. These muffins are awesome on their own, but have added decadence from this vegan cashew ginger frosting. You can play them off as cupcakes for the little ones. As always this recipe is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free… Have a great weekend!
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Muffin Ingredients:

• 1 ripe banana
• 1 zucchini
• 3 eggs
• 1/4 cup coconut oil (add 3 more tbsp if you like a super moist muffin)
• 3 tbsp date syrup (maple syrup or honey will work too)
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• 1 cup gluten free oat flour
• 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
• 1/2 cup coconut sugar
• 5-6 medjool dates (chopped)
• lemon zest (optional, for serving)

Frosting Ingredients

• 1 cup cashews (soaked overnight)
• 1 inch piece of ginger (finely grated)
• 3 tbsp pure maple syrup (agave or stevia to taste will work too)
• 1 1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• pinch of salt
• 1 tsp alcohol free pure vanilla extract (or vanilla powder will work, or fresh vanilla beans from pod)
• almond milk as needed

Makes 12 muffins

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with liners. In a large bowl,mash your banana until no lumps remain. Process or grate your zucchini. Then whisk into your banana mixture. Once well combined add your eggs,coconut oil, date syrup and vanilla.
2. In another medium mixing bowl, sift together remaining ingredients dry ingredients (leave out the dates).
3. Slowly add your dry ingredients to the wet until well combined. Fold in your chopped dates.
4. Using two spoons, add batter to muffin liners until 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
5. While the muffins are baking, you can make your frosting. Add all ingredients up until almond milk into a food processor or high powered blender. Add almond milk until desired consistency is reached. Store in the fridge.
6. Once muffins have cooled, frost using a blunt knife or spatula. Finish with lemon zest! Frosted muffins have to be stored in the fridge.
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