SUN-DRIED TOMATO PASTA WITH AVOCADO AND VEGGIES
The best way get your daily serving of green veggies
This is my new favorite dinner (it’s also Rob’s new fave dinner, he said it’s the top 5 meals I’ve made for him). Now don’t let that fool you, this isn’t a big fancy dish – in fact, it’s super simple. And that’s what makes it even better for me to prepare!
Simple is sometimes better: Imagine pasta (which we all love) topped with salty sun-dried tomatoes, vegetables and smashed avocado (which makes the most amazing pasta sauce kind of a thing).
This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, plant based and deliciously healthy.
I hope you love this easy recipe as much as I do (and as much as Rob does).
-15g sun-dried tomatoes (or as needed)
-1/2 small avocado (or 1/3 large)
-1 cup of cooked pasta (use gluten-free if needed)
HOW I MAKE THIS DINNER:
-I use about 300g of zucchini for a double serving, or roughly 150g for a single serving and slice it up
-I also chop up 200g of broccoli for a double serving, or about 100g for 1 serving (that’s also roughly 30 cal)
-Then I decided to try something new (when I created this recipe) and use some sun-dried tomatoes I bought (they’re made with just tomatoes and salt). I tasted one (by itself) and it was super salty, so I thought it would be easier to cook with them (I used the brand Mediterranean Organic and got their Sun-dried Roma Tomato Halves, but feel free to use another brand)
-It says on the packet that 2 halves are 15 calories, so I doubled that per serving and did 4 halves per serving (which is about 30 cal). So 8 for a double serving (if I’m making for Rob too).
-I cut the sun-dried tomatoes up into little pieces and got everything into the pan
-I added pepper, no salt (the tomatoes are salty enough), some onion powder, oregano, dried chili flakes, and the juice from 1 lime
-I use just a little bit of cooking oil spray (I use this to reduce calories, I also find cooking with a lot of oil really rich which I don’t like.. so I do a very quick spray)
-Then I cook some pasta (I use a brown rice pasta most of the time), I get the water boiling and add the pasta in.
-The veggies cook quickly, so that’s great. I just toss them every now and again.
-Then for myself I’m use 1/2 an avocado ( I use the small ones from trader joes – you can use 1/3 of a normal to bigger sized one.. which will be about 100 calories). I use more avocado if I make for Rob too (obviously).
-I smash the avocado up with a fork, add some pepper and a very small amount of salt.
-When everything is ready I serve it out – I serve out 1 cup of pasta for myself (typically 1 cup of cooked pasta is about 200 calories).
-I add the veggies to the bowl with pasta and top it with the smashed avocado – and then dinner is ready!
MADE WITH LOVE BY LIEZL JAYNE XO
PS. You can see exactly how I make this recipe in my latest What I eat in a day video on YouTube (below)
Photos and recipe by Liezl Jayne Strydom – for liezljayne.com