Melinda Gale

Fitness & Lifestyle

Yummy St Patricks Day Pasta Recipes from Explore Cuisine

Being an actual pasta addict, I like to find healthier alternatives to just your general, run of the mill noodles. Explore Cuisine has become a lifesaver on this endeavor as they have an entire line of bean pasta. Hello, extra protein and nutrients! Free of artificial colors, Explore Cuisine integrates beans, peas, lentils, and rice to provide you with nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful, and simply delicious! All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam-packed with nutrients.

To help you celebrate St Patrick's Day in style, here are a few yummy and GREEN recipes to get you in the mood for the luckiest day of the year.


 Photo by Explore Cuisine

Photo by Explore Cuisine

Green Lentil Penne with Deconstructed Pesto

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package Explore Cuisine Green Lentil Penne - cooked, drained

  • 2 T. olive oil

  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced thin

  • Handful fresh basil leaves, rough torn

  • salt and red chile flakes to taste

  • 3 T. pine nuts, toasted

  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oil in a small sauté pan

  2. Add garlic and cook one minute

  3. Toss penne with garlic oil. Gently fold in torn basil

  4. Season with salt and chili flakes

  5. Garnish with pine nuts

  6. Add cheese if desired


 Photo by Explore Cuisine

Photo by Explore Cuisine

Explore Cuisine Super Green Pasta Salad

Recipe by Buffy Ellen of begoodorganics

Serves 4               

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 7oz Explore Cuisine Edamame Spaghetti

  • 4 cups spinach (finely sliced & packed)

  • 2 spring onions (finely sliced)

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)

  • 1/2  tsp sea salt

  • Green Tahini Sauce

  • 1 cup fresh basil (packed)

  • 1/4  cup tahini

  • 1/4 cup cashews

  • 1/2 cup water (I like to use the pasta cooking water)

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (3 lemons)

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • freshly cracked black pepper (to taste)

  • 1/4 cup brazil nut parmesan (to top)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook pasta for 4 minutes, then drain and rinse briefly under cold water.

  2. Be sure to reserve 1/2 c cooking water - it'll make a huge difference to your sauce!

  3. While the pasta cooks, make up the Brazil nut parmesan by blitzing all ingredients (see the full list here) in a blender until crumbly.

  4. Once your pasta is cooked, make the sauce by blending all sauce ingredients (including your reserved pasta cooking water) until smooth.

  5. Place the pasta back in the pan and turn the element onto a low heat. Add the sauce and spinach, cooking for just a minute or two until the spinach it very lightly wilted but still vibrant.

  6. Finally, mix through the tomatoes and spring onions and then remove from heat. By doing this, you maintain all the nutritional benefits of the raw vege while lightly heating them - yum!

  7. Plate up your pasta into bowls, adding 1 tbsp of parmesan to each plus cracked black pepper and extra sea salt to taste.


 Photo by Explore Cuisine

Photo by Explore Cuisine

Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine in a Light Pesto Sauce

INGREDIENTS

LIGHT PESTO SAUCE

  • 1 large bunch of fresh basil

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 2 oz. olive oil

  • 2 tbsp pine nuts

  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Peel skin from garlic cloves, and chop into big chunks.

  2. Using a food processor, pulse basil, garlic, and nuts several times until finely chopped.

  3. Add the salt and olive oil, pulse until blended. Pesto may be thick, so add more olive oil for a looser consistency.

  4. Lightly toast the pecans, pomegranate seeds and pine nuts in skillet.

  5. Mix the fettuccine with the sauce, gently fold in the remaining ingredients.

  6. Serve immediately.

 
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