Peanut Ginger Pasta

I know I’ve said this before – but this Thai-inspired noodle dish truly is one of our favorite recipes! It is super easy to make and tastes so fresh and full of flavor. It only takes about 30 minutes (or less) to make and serves 4 people. You may already have the ingredients in your fridge! I found this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine. They state that the nutritional value per serving is: 365 calories, 13 grams fat (2 sat.), 567 mg sodium, 57 grams carb., 10 grams fiber and 14 grams of protein.

Peanut Ginger Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 tsp grated lime peel (finely grated)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 tsp. minced fresh ginger root (available in paste form in the produce section)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 8 oz. uncooked whole wheat linguine or spaghetti
  • 2 cups small fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the veggies as listed.
  2. Place the first 10 ingredients in a blender or food processor; cover and process until blended.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli during the last 5 minutes. Drain.
  4. Transfer pasta and broccoli to a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Add peanut butter mixture and toss to combine.
  5. Optional: serve with chopped peanuts as a topping.
Peanut Ginger Pasta
Give this colorful and delicious dish a try for Meatless Mondays - 
I think your family will enjoy it!

Ziti with Sicilian-style tomato sauce

This is one of our favorite Italian dishes. It is filling, quick and easy to make, and serves 4-6 depending on how much pasta you use. With two of us cutting up the veggies it took about 35-40 minutes total to prepare. This recipe is taken from the book One dish Vegan, by Robin Robertson (page 136).

Ziti with Sicilian-style tomato sauce

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Tbsp olive oil
  2. 2 vegan sausage links, chopped (optional)
  3. 1 small yellow (sweet) onion, chopped
  4. 1 small eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch dice
  5. 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch dice
  6. 5 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 1/2 tsp)
  7. 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  8. 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  9. 1/2 tsp dried basil
  10. 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  11. 1/2 tsp natural sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw)
  12. 1 (28 oz) can of diced tomatoes, undrained
  13. 1 Tbsp capers, drained
  14. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  15. 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp. dried basil (optional)
  16. 8 to 12 oz of uncooked ridged ziti or penne pasta

Directions:

  1. If using the vegan sausage, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook until browned. Transfer the sausage to a plate and reserve.
  2. Return the skillet to the stove over medium heat. Add the onion, eggplant, and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and a little water if needed so the vegetables do not burn. Cook for 1 minute longer.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste, oregano, 1/2 tsp dried basil, red pepper flakes, sugar, diced tomatoes and their juices, capers, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring just to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the sauce has thickened and the flavors have blended, about 15 minutes.
  4. In the mean time, cook the ziti (or penne pasta) in a large pot of salted boiling water, stirring occasional until it is al dente (about 9 minutes). Drain well and return to the pot.
  5. Add the fresh basil and the reserved sausage, if using, to the sauce. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. Keep warm over low heat.
  6. Add the cooked and drained pasta to the sauce and toss gently to combine. Serve hot, garnished with parsley if desired.

I like to top this dish with “faux parmesan” (a mixture of Nutritional Yeast and ground almonds) and serve with crusty whole grain bread and vegan butter. The leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen for another delicious meal.