Protein and Veggie Packed Pasta

 

Protein Veggie Pasta

You can never run out of  interesting options with pasta.  The spicy broccoli rabe and edamame make this a protein and vegetable combo dream.  I’ve been running a lot these days and I need carbs for energy and protein for  recovery.  This is everything to me!  Bonus:  it is simple and delicious.

Protein and Veggie Packed Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Pasta (any kind)
  • 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. shelled edamame, steamed
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli rabe or broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Grated Romano cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbsp. of oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add garlic, onion and broccoli, stirring for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in edamame.
  5. Drain pasta and add to skillet with remaining 2 Tbsp. oil, 1/2 of the parsley, tomatoes and pepper flakes.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Toss to combine and top with cheese and remaining parsley.
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Quinoa and Mung Bean Salad

Quinoa and Mung Bean Salad

I used to minimize the benefits of going to Costco. I talked myself out of going regularly because I couldn’t understand the utility of buying things in bulk, couldn’t justify the crowds, and then there were the long lines. I have gotten past that, particularly after having children, and have found some great ‘go to’ prepared food items. One such item is their Quinoa Salad. It is made in-house and is delicious right out of the package.  This Costco version should be eaten within 2-3 days because it has chopped tomatoes in it and will get soggy if left unused. What I find interesting about the salad is that it incorporates the very underutilized Mung Bean, which I featured here last April in the pasta recipe Vegetable Pasta with Mung Beans.  I decided to make my own version of the Quinoa Salad featuring the Mung Bean.  It’s simple and you can add on your favorites to this base to make a more robust meal out of your salad – tomatoes, avocado, black beans, kidney beans, lettuce, cabbage, kale, protein – of course the options are endless.  Enjoy this superfood salad!

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Quinoa and Mung Bean Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of quinoa (cooked yields 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup of mung beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onions
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 3 mini cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 limes, juiced

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa and mung beans according to package directions. Should be 10-15 minutes.
  2. Set aside to cool.
  3. Peel the cucumbers and slice.
  4. Whisk the balsamic vinegar and lime juice.
  5. Combine all ingredients together.
  6. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
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Butternut Squash and Cannellini Beans

Butternut squash with cannellini beans

Inspired by a dish I had at a local restaurant, I made this awesome side dish with less than five ingredients! Butternut squash is such a versatile squash, lending itself to be sweet or savory with an ample dose of fiber and Vitamin B6.  Paired with Cannellini beans for even more dietary fiber and protein, you have a great low calorie combination. Topped with roasted almonds this is a very easy and nutritious side dish.

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Butternut Squash and Cannellini Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 lb butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 can of cannellini beans
  • 1/2 cup bell peppers (red, yellow, orange)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 tbl olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbl dried parsley
  • ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Crush the almonds and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper in the oven at 200 degrees.
  2. Sautee the bell peppers in the olive oil until softened.
  3. Add the butternut squash and sautee for 15 minutes or until cooked yet firm.
  4. Add the cannellini beans and mix well for 5 minutes
  5. Add the balsamic vinegar.
  6. Add pepper to taste.
  7. Sprinkle the parsley on top.
  8. Remove the almonds from the oven (at this point they would have been in the oven for 25-30 minutes) and sprinkle on top of the butternut squash and balsamic vinegar.
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Quick and Easy Superfood Salad

superfood kale salad

There are many ingredients to build a superfood salad and most use the base of Kale. I like to make salads that last over several days, so I use items that won’t cause it to get soggy after a day or two of storage. You can always add avocado, beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, quinoa and your protein of choice to this base superfood salad when ready to serve. Enjoy!

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Quick and Easy Superfood Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of chopped kale
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 can white shoepeg corn
  • 6 oz blueberries
  • 1.5 cups shredded carrots
  • 1.5 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup dried fruit (cranberries, golden raisins, etc.)
  • 6 oz balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Discard the ribs from the kale and tear leaves into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with the kale.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
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Peanut Tofu Rice Bowl

Peanut Tofu Rice Bowl

We survived the Blizzard of 2016!  I’m always ok for welcoming one storm during the winter so hopefully this is where it ends.  Although I prepared to be snowed in a few days I grew tired of the food items I had on hand by day 4.  I needed the ‘curfew’ to be lifted so I can get to the grocery store and be creative.

I often look for recipes that inspire me and luckily I found a winner  Not only did it inspire me but I followed it pretty much word for word in creating it except for two ingredients and some minor changes in the cooking process. This is rare for me. When I say that recipes ‘inspire’ me it is just to give me an idea about creating something from scratch.  Not this time!   I saw the picture of the prepared dish and thought that it looked good, but when I went down the list of ingredients – brown rice, shredded carrots, spinach, broccoli, chickpeas and tofu – I knew it was worth a try.  The only main ingredient I changed was used shredded red cabbage instead of spinach and I’m glad I did.  Not only does it give it more color but it adds to the texture and flavor of the dish.  I think the spinach would be bland and tone the dish down too much.   For the peanut sauce the author used light soy sauce with sesame oil, chili garlic and peanut butter.  I substituted the soy sauce with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and didn’t use any sesame oil.  This sauce is delicious!  Sweet and spicy with a hint of peanut, I can see using this in various ways.

Do yourself a favor and make this REALLY soon!

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Peanut Tofu Rice Bowl

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 2-3

Ingredients

  • Tofu Bowl
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • 1 tbl sesame oil
  • 1 cup chickpeas (drained and rinsed, if using canned)
  • salt/pepper
  • 16 oz extra firm cubed tofu, pressed and drained
  • Peanut sauce
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • ¼ cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cube tofu and place in a single layer on a non-stick baking sheet and cook for 25 minutes. If you aren't using a non-stick baking sheet, lightly spray with cooking spray. Remove from oven and place in a shallow bowl.
  2. Whisk together the ingredients for the sauce (soy sauce, maple syrup, chili garlic sauce, peanut butter) until creamy and smooth. Add ½ of the sauce to the tofu bowl and let marinate while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Toss the broccoli with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes until just tender.
  4. Heat sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tofu, in batches, along with the marinating sauce until crispy and golden browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. To assemble, divide the brown rice among 4 bowls, top each bowl with ¼ cup shredded carrots, ½ cup red cabbage, ¼th broccoli, ¼ cup garbanzo beans and a few pieces of tofu. Drizzle with remaining peanut sauce.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Alex Caspero - http://delishknowledge.com/peanut-tofu-buddha-bowl/

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Black Eyed Peas and Barley Soup

Black Eyed Peas and Barley Soup

Another week and we’re still waking up to below freezing weather in the North East. It IS winter so we can’t say we didn’t know it was coming, along with the potential snow. Now we are preparing for a blizzard that may dump 18″-20″ of snow – are you ready? (Question is not directed to you folks in Florida, California, the Caribbean, Australia, etc., that are rubbing the warmth in our faces right now!)  I made another pot of soup to have on hand for lunch or dinner while we wait for the possibility of being ‘snowed in’ and the clean up that can take days!

Like my other soups this is chock full of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.  Lest not forget, my soups are always easy to prepare to minimize the impact on time and eliminate the excuses for preparing something healthy.  I always keep my soup base of vegetable stock and fire roasted tomatoes in the pantry, in addition to having lots of beans since this is my main source of protein.  These basics are also inexpensive so stock up.

I paired this with a grilled cheese sandwich made with Ezekiel Bread, 2% cheese and Campari tomatoes.  You still have time to get to the grocery store before the storm hits.  Ready, set, go!

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Black Eyed Peas and Barley Soup

Cook Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 9 cups of vegetable stock (Better than Bouillon is preferred)
  • 4 cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup of Pearled Barley
  • 2 lbs of Black Eyed Peas (or you can use 2 - 15 oz cans of Black Eyed Peas)
  • 6-8 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 - 14.5 oz can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 tbl onion powder
  • 1 tbl garlic powder
  • 1 tbl smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients except for the spinach in a large pot.
  2. Bring the soup to a boil then turn to low for 45 minutes.
  3. Stir only a few times as the black eyed peas easily break up when they are cooked.
  4. Add the spinach and continue on low for 15 minutes.
  5. Stir when wilted to incorporate throughout the soup.
  6. Remove from heat and serve.
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Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

Another frigid week and another big pot of soup was made! This has all simple, easy to find ingredients that blend well together for a hearty meal.

Very much like my Three Bean Vegan Soup, despite the name there is so much more in this soup.  Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup ingredientsAlongside the Butternut Squash and Lentils and kale (I know everyone is saying that kale is so ‘2015’ but I still love it!), there are black beans and cannellini beans.

This is another soup that packs in the protein, vitamin c, iron and lots of vitamin a from the butternut squash.  Make some warm cornbread to go along with it and you have a satisfied mind, (warm) body and soul.

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Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

Ingredients

  • 9 cups of vegetable stock (Better than Bouillon is preferred)
  • 1/2 lb Chopped Kale
  • 1 lb of diced Butternut Squash
  • 1 - 15 oz can of Cannellini Beans
  • 1 - 15 oz can of Black Beans Beans
  • 1 - 14.5 oz can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 tbl onion powder
  • 1 tbl garlic powder
  • 1 tbl smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Bring your stock to a boil and add the kale. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the butternut squash and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients, stir, and cook on low heat for 30 minutes.
  4. Let cool to desired temperature and serve.
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Quick Caribbean Chow Mein

 

Caribbean Chow Mein

I almost feel like I cheat when I prepare this meal…but not quite. I say ‘almost’ because despite the ease to prepare you get so much out of it – protein, vitamins, minerals – it’s a slam dunk for a delicious, nutritious meal.  You may wonder what makes this dish ‘Caribbean’ Chow Mein vs.  Chinese Chow Mein. In my opinion, it’s the heavy influence from Trinidad and Guyana that adds ginger, dark soy, a little hot pepper to the dish.  The noodle used is  an egg noodle and very similar to lo mein so there’s a fine line on how to define this as a Caribbean dish.  What helps with preparing this quickly is that I use all freshly washed, packaged vegetables – a package of stir fry vegetables that has broccoli, carrots, and snow peas, along with packages of Spinach and Brussels sprouts, and lastly extra firm tofu.  However, you can do the same thing with fresh vegetables and perhaps add Bok Choy. The more vegetables you stretch the servings.  You can always use the protein of your choice and still have a wonderful result.

Chow Mein Noodle Package

The noodles used are packaged as ‘West Indian Style’ Chow Mein noodles.  I’m not sure if this make a difference in taste because I’ve never used the Chow Mein noodles by La Choy or equivalent.   I add freshly chopped peppers and onions and within minutes I have this dish full of veggies and protein.

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Quick Caribbean Chow Mein

Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz bag of broccoli stir fry vegetables (broccoli, snow peas, carrots)
  • 1 6 oz bag of brussesl sprouts (take off stems and chop into quarters)
  • 1 5 oz bag of Baby Spinach
  • 2 cups of vegetable stock
  • 2 boxes Extra Firm cubed tofu, drained
  • 2 Tbl Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbl minced ginger
  • 2 Tbl fresh garlic
  • 2 Tbl chopped green peppers
  • 2 Tbl chopped yellow peppers
  • 2 Tbl chopped red peppers
  • 2 Tbl chopped onions
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Red Pepper
  • Light Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 c Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 c chopped scallion (optional)
  • 1/4 c bean sprouts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Sautee your onions, peppers, and garlic for 5 minutes on a medium heat.
  2. Add the Brussels sprouts and sautee for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the Broccoli stir fry vegetables; add ginger salt, red pepper and paprika and turn to low for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the tofu and half cup of light soy and the dark soy; turn to simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the spinach and with the heat by stirring it should start to wilt. Remove from heat and cover.
  6. Cook the noodles according to the directions in vegetable stock and drain leaving about 1/4 cup of the vegetable stock.
  7. Fold in the vegetables and stir well. The heat should completely soften the spinach leaves.
  8. Add 1/4 cup of light soy or add to taste.
  9. Toss well and serve.
  10. Top with scallions and bean sprouts (optional)
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Pumpkin Pilaf

Pumpkin Pilaf

Are you tired of plain brown rice and eating it just because it’s supposed to be better for you? With just a few additional ingredients you can be more creative and get more nutrients with that once plain brown rice. calabazaThis dish doesn’t have the pureed pumpkin we see prominently displayed in the grocery aisles right now.  What is used is the Caribbean Calabaza pumpkin or ‘West Indian Pumpkin’.  It is very popular in the Caribbean and Central and South America.  The seeds of the pumpkin, known as pepitas, are eaten as a snack when roasted and you will often find them added to Mexican cuisine.

I use this pumpkin quite often, especially in soups.  However, this is a great addition to meals on its own and I love it mixed in my rice as I had it growing up.  For added protein I include chickpeas and with minimal seasonings I have a great side dish.  I’ve had this with other side vegetables and even with my vegetarian chili.  The Calabaza pumpkin may not be easy to find but a great substitute is butternut squash.  You could never go wrong with that!

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Pumpkin Pilaf

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

The Calabaza is usually cut in to large pieces but you will have to dice it into much smaller pieces. It has a tough skin so be careful and have a sharpened knife ready.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced Calabaza pumpkin (or butternut squash)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 3/4 cup chickpeas
  • 1 tbl tomato paste
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place diced pumpkin in a medium pot with one cup of vegetable broth. Bring to a boil for ten minutes.
  2. Add the brown rice and chickpeas to the pumpkin along with 1.5 cups of vegetable broth.
  3. Mix in 1 tbl of tomato paste.
  4. Cook according to the brown rice directions (approx. 20 minutes)
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
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Simple Veggie Lettuce Wraps

 

Simple Veggie Lettuce Wraps

When I say simple I really mean SIMPLE! No ‘haute cuisine’ here.  In my quest to incorporate more protein daily in my vegetarian lifestyle I came up with a simple and easy lettuce wrap. It doesn’t have many ingredients nor take a long time to prepare. What’s great about this is you can substitute whatever veggies and protein you may like. This version has broccoli, quinoa, edamame, shitake mushrooms and roasted tofu — but the possibilities are endless.  Talk about a  protein packed dish – all of these ingredients provide a good portion of protein in addition to other vitamins and minerals like iron, fiber and vitamin C.  Another bonus is that you can find most of these items prepared and/or chopped which adds to easy preparation. Tips on preparing roasted tofu can be found in my recipe Curry Tofu and Chickpeas if you cannot find any at your local grocer or salad bar.

Try it as a snack, appetizer or lunch option.

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Simple Veggie Lettuce Wraps

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6

Most grocery stores sell fresh broccoli crowns, shitake mushrooms, and edamame already chopped. At some salad bars you may find cooked quinoa and roasted tofu. This will eliminate most of your prep time.

Ingredients

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli crowns
  • 1 cup chopped shitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup edamame
  • 1 cup roasted tofu
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa according to the directions. Shouldn't take more than 20 minutes.
  2. In a separate pan, sautee the broccoli crowns in 1 tbl of extra virgin olive oil on a medium heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the shitake mushrooms, edamame, tofu and sautee another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the quinoa, soy sauce
  5. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Drizzle the sweet chili sauce on top.
  7. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  8. Add a few spoonfuls of the veggies on top of two large leaves of romaine lettuce and roll/wrap over the veggie mix to eat.
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