Spaghetti with Spinach and Collard Pesto
My family loves spaghetti and I wanted to create a fun twist on the traditional pasta dish by using a fresh collard greens pesto sauce. Collard greens are full of vitamins, minerals, omega-3’s and help prevent many chronic diseases. I enjoy using them in many ways like falafels, tacos, and juices.
This pesto sauce gets its vibrant green color from the collard greens as well as spinach, while basil, parsley, garlic, and olive oil provide rich flavor. Combining this delicious pesto sauce with fresh-cooked brown rice spaghetti along with roasted cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, and lemon zest create a really unique take on traditional spaghetti.
What a great way to get a full serving of nutritious leafy greens in a meal that even the kids will love!
Indian Lentil Bowl with Spinach and Brown Rice Cake
This dish with its north Indian flavors, spices, and vibrant vegetables transports me back to my childhood in India. My mother cooked delicious lentil stews for the family and the fragrance would fill the house. I used to love eating the lentil bowl with hot Indian flatbread while sitting on the kitchen counter.
I think of this dish as a modern ode to my mother’s lentil bowls back home. Creamy cooked lentils infused with garlic and ginger, along with onions, colorful tender vegetables, freshly sautéed spinach, and a brown rice cake come together as an incredibly flavorful and satisfying meal. Add fresh lemon juice, pink himalayan salt, and cilantro garnish for the perfect finish to the bowl!
Indian Chickpea “Omelette”
This vegan “omelette” is a healthy and delicious alternative to regular egg omelettes. Made with chickpea/gram flour, this power ingredient is a quintessential staple of Indian pantries. The addition of nutritional yeast and baking soda provide the nutty (“cheese”) flavor and fluffy texture that mimic the taste and appearance of an omelette. Aromatic Indian spices and vibrant vegetables combine to create this simple, yet satisfying breakfast or brunch option.
The chickpea flour is gluten-free and full of protein as well as fiber. It has many skin benefits and helps in lowering diabetes + cholesterol + blood pressure. What a great alternative to cooking with eggs, which are loaded with saturated fats, cholesterol, and animal protein; all triggers contributing to many chronic diseases.
Highly customizable, this vegan “omelette” recipe can be reimagined using a myriad of alternative veggies and herbs (i.e. avocados, mushrooms, thyme, etc.). I like mine to have added green chilis for a bit of heat. Give this healthy dish a try and start the day with an “omelette” that not only tastes great, but is great for you!