Healthy Meal: Veggie Pasta

When my wellness coaching clients tell me they struggle with finding the time to make a healthy meal and also trying to figure out what to make, I tell them to start off just finding one easy healthy meal that they can make. Then in another week, find another. Then another. Suddenly you have several go-to meals you can rely on when time is limited after work in the evenings.

Healthy meals don’t have to be complicated. This meal is one of my go-to meals and it’s so easy to mix it up. Again apologies for the iPhone photo. My runner’s appetite usually takes priority over a food photo shoot. πŸ™‚

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Ingredients:

  • Brown rice noodles, quinoa noodles, veggie noodles (carrots, zucchini, or sweet potato), or a combination of all three!
  • Kale or Spinach
  • Onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Fresh Basil
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Optional: Pasta Sauce or Pesto
  • Optional: Chicken and/or tofu sausage or another lean protein
  • Optional: Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. If using, prepare your protein of choice.
  2. Boil pasta if using rice or quinoa noodles and set aside. If you’re using veggie noodles saute them in a pan and set aside.
  3. In a large pan, saute Β onions and garlic until the onions are almost translucent. Add the halved cherry tomatoes and kale or spinach. Once the tomatoes have started to juice a little bit, add the pasta and basil into the mix and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  4. Take off the stove and serve immediately with your protein, sauce, and Parmesan cheese if using.

This is a super quick and easy meal, but healthy and long distance runner/tae kwon do master and also vegetarian/carnivore approved!

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