I don’t think I’ve ever met a pasta dish I didn’t like. Italian or Asian. Sautéed up with some garlic and olive oil or doused in red sauce baked up bubbly and hot. Top it off with some melted, gooey cheese and let the “heavens” open their gates before us. However, it’s the New Year my friends and while indulging is mighty fine, I’m all about balance. Here are three pasta recipes that incorporate yummy noodles while also capturing delicious vegetables and proteins as sidekicks.
Zucchini, Meat Sauce and Shells
Three fantastic reasons why this dish is a success. 1. Let’s start with a one-pot-wonder, shall we? We are cooking your entire meal in one measly piece of cookware from soup to nuts. (Or pasta to ground beef in this case.) 2. The ingredient list. We’ve got lean ground beef with heart healthy olive oil and tomato sauce, fresh zucchini, onions, garlic and a very low dose pasta serving is all you need. Now for the finale. We’ve got just five easy breezy, low-maintenance steps where this dish is ready in less than 30 minutes. Get the Recipe.
Red Vegetable Pasta
A certain holiday is sneaking up upon us very soon. I’ll give you a clue; roses, truffles and candy conversation hearts. Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I don’t know about you, but a home-cooked dinner with my hub sounds a heck of a lot better than dining on an over-priced prix-fixe menu. There is only one requirement. I’m not doing a lot of dishes. The solution? My Red Vegetable Pasta. A color coordinated dish filled with tang vegetables and a light dusting of Parmesan cheese. Let’s get cooking. Get the Recipe.
Soba Cabbage Salad
I almost feel guilty with all the ways I crank a rotisserie into my meals. Almost. I can’t help it. It’s a huge lifesaver on busy nights. This Soba Cabbage Salad is a one-bowler that pretty much carries all of the ingredients we would need for any healthy meal. You’ve got your vegetables, fiber-filled starch and triple protein with the chicken and nuts. If you don’t have soba feel free to substitute in linguine or spaghetti. Now, please don’t let the list of ingredients scare you. You probably have 90 percent of them in your fridge and if not, let me know and we will find a way to make the dish work for you. Get the Recipe.