20 Jan 2015

Mangia. | Avocado Alfredo

Whether it's your day-to-day lifestyle like my own or just opting for Meatless Mondays, this very vegan, but very hearty, pasta from my instagram not only has the easiest 15 minute recipe but will leave you (your body and your conscious) feeling oh so good.


Ingredients:

Uncooked pasta (9 ounces or a cup)
Fresh garlic cloves,
Fresh basil leaves,
Lemon juice,
Extra virgin olive oil,
Avocado (pitted),
Sea salt,
Black pepper,
Lemon zest (to taste),

* 1 serving spaghetti = 3 ounces = the diameter of an American quarter.

** While it's kind of given knowledge that brown is better, you don't have to settle for any particular "brown pasta," but choosing a brown over a more likely than not bleached white pasta will up the nutrition of this already healthy meal and provide numerous advantages. White pastas contain only 1.7 grams of fibre, 4 grams of protein. Compared to pastas like; Spelt with 3 grams of fibre, 12 grams of protein / Kamut with 8 grams of fibre, 13 grams of protein, and Oat Bran with 15.4 grams of fibre, 5.4 mg of iron, and 58 mg of calcium. Can't handle all that? Do half and half, decreasing your amount of high carb pasta.

Directions:

1. Add sea salt to a relatively large pot of water and bring to a boil. (Unless bought in bulk, pasta generally has standard cooking instructions on the outside of packaging should you not already have it down to a science.)

2. Leave your noodles to cook and aside from the boiling pot, combine your cloves of garlic and basil leaves in a food processor and set to pulse.

3. Once minced, add (2 tbsp.) fresh lemon juice, (1 tbsp.) olive oil, (1 pitted) avocado and (2 tbsp.) water then process thoroughly until completely smooth.

4. Once smooth – free of chunks and pieces, season lightly with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

5. By now your pasta should be ready. Test making sure noodles are cooked through before draining the boiled water. Once entirely drained, add and mix in avocado sauce while noodles are still hot.

6. If desired (and for an added host with the most presentation), accent your pasta with lemon zest, additional fresh basil, and a sprinkle of fresh ground pepper around the outside.

7. Top with grated parmesan.

Add handsome date, pair with vino of choice, and enjoy!

➸ Peeks At Five Ft.

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