My favourite comfort meal would have to be pasta. I basically grew up on the stuff; I think if you cut me, I would have bled pasta bacon and cheese.
Although my diet has changed a lot from my fussy childhood days of refusing to vegetables and anything with ‘gross flavour bits’ a.k.a herbs, I still regularly eat pasta. I like to switch between brown rice, bean, lentil and pea pasta to ensure my body is getting a wide range of nutrients.
My favourite pasta dishes are canned tuna, tomato and vegan cheese (super quick and easy), chicken with roast pepper and tomato sauce (I.e. the sauce I used in this recipe), or crispy salmon and creamy avocado sauce (which you find in my eBook).
What I love about this recipe is that it is so easy, in fact it’s pasta-bly the easiest healthy pasta dish ever. Plus, you could make it a day ahead and take it as a packed lunch or meal on the go that’s loaded with goodness.
Nutritional Benefits of This Pasta Dish
★ Antioxidants: tomatoes contain a powerful antioxidant called lycopene which you may notice in many skin products as it helps reduce fine lines and brighten the skin. Some studies suggest it may protect against certain types of cancer.
★ Vitamin C: red bell peppers are rich in vitamin C (another great antioxidant) which helps support collagen production and your immune system.
★ Anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids: walnuts provide more omega 3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid, ALA) than any other nut. ALA helps reduce inflammation and may reduce risk of heart disease.
★ Mineral rich: nutritional yeast is high in b vitamins for normal energy production, folic acid (B9) which is used by your body to make new cells , zinc for supporting your immune system, and it is a good source of fiber.
To add extra protein to this recipe you could swap the rice pasta for black bean, edamame, or chickpea pasta. Or you could add tuna, chicken, lean turkey or beef mince.
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- A serving of pasta of your choice*
- A few fresh basil leaves to serve
For the Tomato Sauce
- 3 salad tomatoes (the large ones)
- ½ a large red bell pepper
- ¼ red onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- Olive oil for roasting and sautéing
- Salt & black pepper
For the Walnut Parmesan
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- ¼ tsp smoked garlic powder
- Pinch salt
*Pictured is brown rice but for a higher protein option try edamame, black bean, chickpea or lentil pasta.
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