With past Thanksgiving prep and not having a car, we've resorted to high-in-sodum instant noodles and calorie-bomb take-out dinners.
I sure can't wait for my January smoothie and juice cleanse... my goal: reduce my intake of empty calories and eat more fresh fruits and veggies! (Typical resolution, right?)
Thankfully, we always find a way to cook up fast meals, ones that take less than half an hour to prepare. With the help of Vegetarian Times' November 2013 issue, we picked out a simple and easy-to-make pasta dish that's chock-full of fiber, protein, iron, vitamin C, and healing allicin (the immune-booster in garlic), among so many other benefits.
|We have found a tasty solution.|
Spicy Broccoli Pasta with Button Mushrooms
2 cups whole wheat pasta, uncooked
6 cups small broccoli florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups button mushrooms, sliced
1 Tofurky Sweet Italian sausage
3 cloves garlic, minced
1. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente in large pot of boiling, salted water. Add broccoli 3 minutes before end of cooking time. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Drain pasta and broccoli; set aside.
2. When cool, wipe out pot, add oil, and heat over medium heat. Add mushrooms and Tofurky sausage, and cook for 10 minutes or until mushrooms are browned. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
3. Return pasta, broccoli, and reserved pasta water to pot; cook for 3 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
|Spicy, savory, satisfying.|
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Sodium: 207.3mg (does not include salted water)
Can't say no to a garlic-brimming pasta dish with broccoli and tons of protein and fiber. ;)
On another note, with the holidays coming up, I'll make room in my schedule to compile a roundup list of holiday recipes. Keep your eyes peeled for the link on the navigation bar soon!