Lemon Basil Creamy Pasta

 

Lemon Basil Creamy Pasta

This is one of my favorite pasta dishes!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Whole wheat pasta
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced
  • 3 oz sun-dried tomato sliced
  • 4 oz spring mix lettuce organic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Creamy Sauce

  • 1 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions
 

Instructions

  • Cook pasta as mentioned on the package while adding salt
  • 2 minutes prior to pasta finishing add broccoli florets
  • save 1 cup of the boiled water, then drain the rest and set aside

Cook the Veggies

  • Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion and bell pepper
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • cook for 4 minutes, until veggies begin to soften
  • add sun-dried tomatoes, and the spring mix and continue to cook another 2 minutes.

Make Creamy Sauce

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and set aside

To Finish the pasta

  • Once veggies are finished add your drained pasta and broccoli to the skillet
  • Pour the creamy sauce over the top
  • add the pasta water you put aside slowly until it reaches your desired consistency.

Protein Bars

Protein Bars

Perfect for a on the go snack!
Course Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Vanilla or Chocolate protein powder
  • 4 cups granola of choice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or other nut of choice
  • 1 cup dried cranberries optional
  • shredded coconut optional
  • 2 cups organic maple syrup
  • 2 cups organic, creamy peanut butter or almond butter

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients
  • Add the wet ingredients
  • Press mixture into 9 x 13 pan
  • Cover the top with a layer of shredded coconut (optional) and press into the surface of the mixture.
  • Refrigerate
  • Cut into bars when mixture is solid.
  • Keep refrigerated
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Penne with Chicken and Spinach

Penne with Chicken and Spinach

This is a must try!

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 lb whole grain penne pasta substitute brown rice pasta, lentil pasta, or garbanzo bean pasta for gluten free
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch dried red chili flakes
  • 1 cup cooked chicken breast, cubed organic preferred
  • 2 cups packed fresh spinach
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, drained and chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese omit for dairy free

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions
  • In a large skillet, combine olive oil, garlic and chili.
  • Cook on medium for 5 minutes
  • Add chicken, tossing to coat well
  • Cook for 3 minutes
  • Add spinach, tomatoes, salt and pepper and stir well to mix
  • Add cooked pasta and serve immediately with fresh parmesan!
  • Serve with a fresh salad!
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