Whole Grain Comfort Food
Hello there, Beautiful People!
It's a known fact that I promote the health and weight-loss benefits of nutritious, high-fiber carbohydrates. One of my personal favorites is 100% Whole Wheat pasta. My other favorite is Lentil Pasta (the latter is booming with plant-based protein)! Whole Wheat pasta is loaded with dietary fiber, at 6-7 grams per serving (depending on which brand you purchase), making it an extremely heart-protective staple.
The tasty plant-based recipe below is quick, healthy, and super-filling.
If you want Gluten-Free: You can, of course, substitute gluten-free pasta for the whole wheat kind. A healthy and gluten-free option is, "Ancient Harvest POW!" pasta (as a bonus, it's packed with plant-based protein).
Whole Wheat Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Basil
2 Cups Whole Wheat pasta (or pasta of your choice)
1/2 jar organic tomato sauce (I love Engine 2's sauce)
1/4 cup chopped red onion
3 cloves minced garlic
1 cup finely-chopped spinach
8-10 basil leaves
1 tbsp Cumin
2 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp of Nutritional Yeast
Dash of ground black pepper, to taste
Dash of iodized sea salt, to taste
Non-dairy Nut "cheese" (optional) - I love Parmela Creamery Artisan Nutmilk Cheeses
Cook pasta according to its' particular package directions.
Heat a skillet with olive oil over medium-heat. Add chopped onions to heated pan and cook for approximately 4 minutes.
Then, stir in minced garlic, spinach, basil, pepper & cumin. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 8 minutes.
Place sauce into a medium sauce pan. Warm over medium-heat for 5 minutes.
Once pasta has reached the desired consistency, drain and place into bowl. Pour the heated sauce, ingredients in the pan, and nutritional yeast over pasta. Mix well.
Sprinkle with Nut Cheese if you desire.
Until next time...