Wednesday, December 23, 2009

oh my gosh... yum!

Doing a lot of reading tonight to prepare for the vegan change.

I just came across this amazing sounding recipe and wanted to share it with you. Let me know if you try it before I do, what a nutritious meal served up in a delicious package!

Pasta with Chickpeas and Rosemary
(amounts given are my best estimates - vary according to taste)

3 Tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
good pinch of dried red pepper flakes
1 15oz. tin good quality chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed
1 15oz. tin good quality diced tomatoes (if you like your pasta extra saucy, use 2 tins and increase the amount of garlic)
1 Tbsp minced fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp dried, crumbled with your fingers)
Fresh or dry pasta to serve 4, preferably whole wheat or something like Barilla Plus*
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (or vegan substitute) to serve.

Heat olive oil in wide frypan or saute pan. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Saute ~ 1 min, careful not to brown the garlic. Add tomatoes, rosemary, and chickpeas. Simmer ~20 minutes until tomatoes have reduced and separated from the oil. In the meantime, cook the pasta according to package directions. With a potato masher, mash some of the chickpeas and tomatoes into the sauce, and season with salt and pepper. Toss with cooked pasta and Parmesan cheese (or substitute).

Serve with a mixed green salad (dress with a simple vinaigrette and chopped nuts or seeds).

This recipe packs plenty of protein, iron, and zinc; a decent amount of calcium, and if you use Barilla Plus pasta (which I do as often as I can), a good dose of Omega-3's as well. 


Anonymous said...

That sounds yummy, Dawn! Going vegan for the New year, I see?

Love you!


Olive Owl said...

Doesn't it? I'm looking forward to trying it out! I'll post more here as I do try them out and give my thumbs up or down!

It's my goal to be fully transitioned by 2011. I really want to make it a change that sticks so I don't want to set myself up for failure so I'm not going cold turkey. I'm learning and changing on a daily basis until I get there.

Monday I'm starting a 21 day vegan kick start program though so I can use the program (by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) to really learn a lot about keeping balanced nutrition.

Pretty excited!

Olive Owl said...

I don't know why I said Monday. I meant Jan. 1st.