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When I have no time and no food, I like to make this quick and easy pasta. It’s relatively cheap and healthy, too! It requires a jar of sundried tomatoes in oil. I always have one in the pantry, as it’s uses are endless. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Whole wheat of quinoa pasta, 1 cup, dry

Broccoli florets, 1/2 cup

Sundried tomatoes in oil 1/4 cup

Salt, paprika

optional: basil and garlic to taste

optional: 1/4 cup of pine nuts

Parmesan or soy cheese , 1/4 cup

Bring a pot of water to a boil and throw in the pasta. Three minutes before it’s cooked (after about 8minutes in the pot,) throw in the broccoli. When the pasta is al dente, strain it together with the broccoli and put it in a large bowl. Add the sundried tomatoes in oil, the salt and the spices. Serve hot or cold with parmesan or vegan cheese.

My husband loves tomato soup. I love to cook fast. Here’s our compromise:

 

 

 

Ingredients:

8 medium tomatoes

1 pot of boiling water

1 onion, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

4 garlic cloves, diced

salt, pepper to taste

Basil leaves for garnish, croutons for garnish

Put the tomatoes in the boiling water, until their skins crack. Put the tomatoes on the strainer and peel the skins off.  Chop or blend the tomatoes and put them in a large pot. On a frying pan, sautee the onion in the olive oil for about 2-3 mins, until translucent. Add the onion to the pot with tomatoes. Cover with enough cold water, so there is about 1/2 inch-1 inch of water over the tomato-onion mix. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 10 minutes, until the soup looks homogeneous. Add the garlic. Taste and add salt, pepper and more olive oil, if desired. Serve with (optional) croutons, parmesan cheese and/or basil leaves.

 

A lot of my friends complain that their kids don’t  eat any veggies and do eat too much pasta. This simple quinoa pasta dish packs all the veggies in the sauce and all the grain in the pasta. Best of all,  the kids probably won’t even be able to tell! If you have some extra time and want to be creative, you can try to make some awesome homemade pumpkin pasta recipe from Vegan Dad instead of the store-bought quinoa variety. You can also double or triple the sauce recipe and freeze the leftovers.

Ingredients:

5 medium ripe tomatoes

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup water

1 cup of shredded carrots

1 medium zucchini, shredded

4 leaves of kale, chopped

Handful of fresh basil leaves

3 garlic cloves, minced

salt, paprika

one pack of quinoa pasta, cooked, according to package instructions.

Put and leave the tomatoes in boiling water. When their skin cracks, peel the tomatoes. Chop them. Sautee the onion in olive oil for about 3 minutes, add the kale and the water and simmer for another 3-4 minutes. Add the carrots and the zucchini and simmer for another 3-4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer for another 3-4 minutes. Add the spices. Let the sauce stand for another 3-4 minutes. Put the sauce in the blender or food processor and process, until smooth.  Serve on quinoa pasta. Optionally, put some parmesan cheese on top. You can leave a basil leaf or two for garnish.

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