Super nutritious, juicy, light pasta w/lots of fresh spinach, colorful veggies & herbs - all in 20 mins. One-pot!
This pasta recipe is pretty much the same as my beloved Super Healthy Veggie Pasta - except this has fresh, raw, organic spinach so I thought why not load it for those looking to use their raw spinach in a healthy, creative juicy way..:)
When you signed up at The Garden Recipe - it was not just for easy, one-pot dishes but also for health and this recipe delivers just that and more!
It is loaded with spinach and other nutrient dense veggies along with cancer-fighting mushrooms! Also, we DON'T cook the spinach - to keep its nutrients, we just add at the end and let the natural warm wilt it - a BIG healthy hack you can only learn here.
On top of that, if you wish, I suggest adding fresh lemon juice. This will help with getting optimum nutrients from your spinach as well as other goodies plus a natural dose of vit C. Oh boy! this just keeps getting better.
Now, one more thing. Don't do all this work and add all the right things but then ruin it by adding WHEAT pasta..:( Go GLUTEN-FREE. No excuses! One small change but huge results in your health. Why? Coz the wheat crop is NOT the same it use to be. It has been heavily altered and now has been very inflammatory. Cook with gluten-free options only all the time at home and that way, IF you have to go out and eat wheat, it is minimal quantity going in your body per year.
No need for any unhealthy fatty stuff like cream/dairy/cheese...yuck! The juices of the vegetables are enough to make this dish flavorful and creamy enough. I added Melt organic coconut/plant based butter at the end - it is my favorite and great for weight management. But you can skip that too - trust me, this recipe is super delicious while being light as well.
1. 2 organic zucchini
2. Organic mushrooms - 1 box
3. 2 organic yellow onions
4. 1 organic red bell pepper
5 3 organic tomatoes
6. 1 whole garlic
7. 1 WHOLE organic spinach bunch - 16 oz or fresh - yes!! LOTS of it.
Pasta - Jovial Gluten free pasta
Spices and oils -
1. Organic unrefined coconut oil
2. Black pepper - per taste.
3. Organic Himalayan sea salt - per taste.
4. Cayenne - start with 1/3 teaspoon and taste and adjust if want more
5. Red pepper flakes - optional
Top with -
1. Melt organic butter (heart healthy, weight healthy and good fat)
2. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
Simple steps -
1. As in pics, add veggies + oil to pan at the same time. Saute for 8 mins or so on medium till all juices come out. Add pasta directly from box and if needed add bit of water. Cover and cook on medium low. Keep watch and mix. When pasta is done - turn off the stove.
2. WAIT for 10 mins till food cools off - and THEN add spinach. Mix and cover. After 5-6 mins, mix again and enjoy!
So, I usually don't write servings for my recipes. And that is for good reason that my recipes show clear photo of the end quantity as well as the process. Plus, I do not know how much you will eat in 1 serving. So, this is just my estimate.
Plus, to reduce the quantity, all you have to do is reduce the pasta quantity accordingly. I would suggest keeping the veggies same quantity.
To increase more (if making for guests,etc) - Add more pasta and add on more veggies/onions of your choice. Simple!
Single (Adult portion size) - This would serve approx. 3-4 servings.
2 people (Adult portion size) - approx. 2 servings each.
Family of 4 - Will serve breakfast/lunch/dinner.
And if you are wondering, did my DOGS eat it? Yes! they sure did..:) Who can let go of such fresh, off the stove, colorful food like this? Do share with your family - inc. the paws ones..:)
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