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Easy Recipe: Healthy Veggie Pasta Dinner

I used to love a big plate full of pasta. Sure, the starch-filled noodles were tasty. But what I came to realize was that the juicy sauces were what made the meal. So, once I learned how-to use a spiralizer, I went to town creating my own veggie pastas dishes.

Now that I’m vegan and eat largely plant-based foods, a veggie pasta meal nightly using different beans, green leafy vegetables and sauces provides a variety of nutrients and dinners. (I use two-zucchinis for each individual dinner.) I feel incredibly full and satisfied without the bloat of heavy carbs. For my family, if I buy an additional six zucchinis, two potatoes and two sweet potatoes, I have side dishes for the entire week. Here’s my favorite recipe for an easy veggie meal or side dish. Enjoy!

PrettyWellness.com Easy Recipe: Healthy Veggie Pasta Dinner aka Zoodles Recipe

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Easy Recipe: Healthy Veggie Pasta Dinner
 
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This easy veggie pasta recipe is simple, hearty and tasty for a full-meal or side dish.
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Recipe type: Side Dish or Dinner entrée
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian, American
Serves: 3 sides
Ingredients
  • 2 zucchinis - medium sized
  • 3 tbsps. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ cup cannellini beans
  • 1 tsp. salt - or salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • *Optional: garnish with hummus. I make my own in the Vitamix blending 1 can/box of chick peas with 1 tbsp of vinegar, 1tsp. cumin and 1-2 cloves of garlic.
Instructions
  1. Use spiralizer to make veggie noodles
  2. Add 1 tbsp. of EVOO in sauté pan and 1 tsp. of minced garlic
  3. Put noodles and chick peas in pan on medium heat for five minutes
  4. Add 3 cups of spinach
  5. Drizzle 2 tbsps. of EVOO on spinach and cover on low heat
  6. Keep an eye on pan, stirring often
  7. Cook to preference/wilted veggies
Notes
This recipe is for one heaping entree or three side dishes.

I often rotate my veggies including sautéed mushrooms, onions, brussels sprouts, escarole and different beans.

I also substitute the second two tbsps of EVOO for RAOs tomato sauce.

 What are you favorite vegetable side dishes?

18 Comments

  1. You know what I miss the most? Butternut squash ravioli from Trader Joes, I bought some today. I like spaghetti squash, but I’ve never tried zoodles. You got me, I’m looking for a spiralizer, which do you prefer?
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  2. Love this idea instead of pasta. Thanks.
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  3. We love our spiralizer! We have the paderno. I never thought to top it with beans and humus!
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    • Yeah. I’m so happy you love the spiralizer, too. I love beans and get most of my protein from them, so I top beans in most dishes and also use in my smoothies, too.

  4. I’ve never tried Vegetable Pasta. I’m going to have to give this recipe a try.
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    • If you’ve never had veggie pasta/zucchini pasta or as some call it “zoodles,” then I suggest steaming or at least sautéing them. (Spiralize to look like pasta, then steam.) They have a crunchy taste if raw, so I steam them for my son. I like putting them in a pan to saute and then adding spicy red sauce. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. We are trying the “Forks Over Knifes” plan so thank you so much for the recipe and info! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

    • We watched that documentary, too. I actually look the Colin T. Campbell certification course for Plant Based Nutrition and it’s amazing how many studies actually document the wellness power of eating wholesome foods. It seems so simple, yet we all get caught up in eating what’s easy – packaged and fast foods. I have a few other recipes under the clean eating tab on the site if you are looking for quick wholesome meals and snacks. Good luck and keep us posted.

  6. Since I don’t have a spiralizer I use spaghetti squash for meals like this.

    • Spaghetti squash totally works. I used to make it often, as well. At the time, I didn’t have a good knife, so it took forever to cut through it, so I started looking for other options. Either work well and clearly are healthy alternatives to pasta. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

  7. This makes me want to try a spiralizer!

    • We LOVE our spiralizer and it’s so easy. They aren’t pricey either, so you should try it out and let us know what you think. Happy Monday.

  8. I recently bought a Veggezzi (or whatever it is called), but I haven’t used it yet. I am looking forward to using it to make fake spaghetti and stir fry with zucchini.
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    • Try it. I love mine. (The Paderno) It’s a really easy way to eat healthy. Tonight I sautéed mushrooms, spiraled zucchini and threw in some hot red sauce. It was delicious. My husband even said it looked good.

  9. I love the idea of veggie noodles and I’ve been looking for a spiralizer. It seems like such an easy and fun way to put a new twist on pasta.

  10. David Fultner

    Looks tasty and health.

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