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 pasta 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! 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.
Recipe type: Side Dish or Dinner entrée
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian, American
Serves: 3 sides
  • 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.
  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
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?

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