pasta

What’s for dinner?

I often find myself starving and not in the mood to cook. So the other night I decided to make some soba noddles and veggies. YUM. Soba noddles are made out of buckwheat. Buckwheat has a lot of fiber and usually less calories than regular pasta. It is common in the Asian world and has been linked to living a healthier, disease free life. If you purchase the right kind, it is not highly processed which is another plus. Try it out with sauce, vegan butter, or just garlic.

I decided to saute whatever veggies I had in my freezer which turned out to be a delicious and nutritious meal. As you can see below, I sauteed green beans and leeks. Once soft, I added kale for a few more minutes. Season with garlic, sea salt, and a tad of vegan butter for a rich taste.

Add to the soba noddles!

The great thing about these noodles is that they rock hot or cold. I had these for lunch the next day in my salad. It was a perfect combo! Try soba noodles this week!

XOXO,
D.

Fresh Spring Pasta Salad

One of my favorite vegan/vegetarian recipe site is vegkitchen.com. I altered it slightly in the pictures below for the things that I did not have on hand (artichoke hearts and dill) Here is the easy pasta salad recipe:

Spring Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Fresh Peas

Serves: 4 to 6

  • 8 ounces tri-color rotini,
  • 8 ounces slender asparagus
  • 1 cup shelled fresh peas, lightly steamed
  • One 15-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cook the pasta in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente. Drain and rinse under cool water.

Meanwhile, trim 1/2 inch from the bottoms of the asparagus spears, and cut them into approximately 1l/2-inch lengths. Steam in a large saucepan with a small amount of water until bright green and tender-crisp, then drain and rinse until cool. I used the steamer below. I also steamed the carrots as well (for about a minute).

Combine the cooked pasta, asparagus, and peas with the remaining ingredients in a large serving bowl. Toss gently but thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate until needed or serve.

*please note this is not my recipe and was taken directly from vegkitchen.ccom

XOXO
D.