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Let’s get to the reason for this post. I love pasta just like the next person. I don’t think it loves me back lol. If you feel me, no worries. I gotcha. Zoodles can be a great substitute if you’re still craving some pasta.
I know there is a variety of vegan pasta out there but I love how friendly zoodles are to my waistline. I know zoodles have been around a while. Stay with me. I am going to add a twist to this pasta dish.
I mentioned in a previous post that I am trying to incorporate more legumes & quinoa into my meals. I can’t tell you enough how eating plant-based/vegan causes you to open your mind to different possibilities. You get to exercise your creativity and try new things often.
When it comes to this dish, I didn’t want to use mock meat(meat alternative or walnuts. At first, I was going to make this dish with mushrooms & other veggies.
Here comes the twist. I wonder how it would taste with beans & quinoa instead. Well, I figure I will not know unless I try.
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Hence, the reason for this recipe.
1 pack organic zoodles (equivalent to 2 zucchinis)
1 cup organic kidney beans
1 cup oil free pasta sauce
1 tablespoon hemp hearts
nutritional yeast to taste
Italian seasoning to taste
black peppercorn grinder to taste
basil to taste
garlic clove chopped to taste
1 cup sauteed colorful peppers & onions
2 sweet tomatoes
1/4 cup cooked quinoa
Tip: I use canned organic kidney beans. So, I make sure to rinse them a few times & let them soak a few minutes before I cook them. To cut out using oil, I sauteed my bell peppers & onions with coconut aminos, a little water, & seasonings of choice.
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Now on to the steps
First, I mix the pasta sauce with the cooked quinoa, organic kidney beans, sauteed colorful peppers/onions, & garlic including ground pepper & Italian seasoning. I let that simmer to my liking.
Next, I get the pack of zoodles and rinse them. You can either heat them up for a couple of minutes or serve them cold. I like to alternate. I served them cold this time. When I put the pasta sauce mixture (sauce, quinoa, kidney beans, & bell peppers/onion) on top, it will give me the heat I need.
Afterward, I plate my food. I put the zoodles in the bowl. I add the pasta sauce mixture & tomatoes on top.
Final touch includes sprinkling some basil, hemp hearts, & nutritional yeast on top. The nutritional yeast adds a cheesy flavor to it and B12.
Viola! Time to eat. It is delicious and my family put their stamp of approval on it.
Wishing everyone a beautiful day!
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Until next time