Vegan Lemon Quinoa Pasta

Vegan Lemon Quinoa Pasta

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Let's face it, pasta is just plain comforting and tasty. Not that there is anything wrong with pasta, but often, when face to face with this delicious dish, I have a tendency to overdue it. I have found that cooking in my own kitchen is often times less expensive than eating out, and also gives me control of ingredients and portions. I am head over heels for the Lemon Pasta at Los Angeles's, Terroni Restaurant (it is truly not to be missed ~ so don't let this article derail you from checking it out). Thankfully, my friend and creative Chef, John Hellmers, came up with a healthier alternative to my favorite dish by adding extra greens and using a quinoa pasta. Please welcome to the stage, Vegan Lemon Quinoa Pasta:

Ingredients:

  • 1 box quinoa pasta (I like Andean Dream ~ it is corn and gluten free)
  • olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (or more, if you are a big garlic fan)
  • 1 box baby spinach 
  • 1 cup veggie stock
  • 2-3 tablespoon capers
  • 4 lemons (3 for juicing and 1 for garnish) 
  • salt
  • pepper
  • parsley
  • red pepper flakes
  • Rice Parmesan cheese (Galaxy Nutritional Foods makes a good one)
Directions:
  1. In medium saucepot, bowl water. 
  2. Add a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon olive oil and your quinoa pasta ~ stir continuously for 10-12 minutes. 
  3. While pasta is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a sauté pan and add 3 cloves minced garlic.
  4. Once garlic is translucent, add 3 handfuls of baby spinach and 1 cup of veggie stock. Bring to a slight boil. Remove from heat. 
  5. When pasta is done cooking, remove from stove, strain and return back to pot.
  6. Add garlic, spinach and veggie stock mixture to cooked quinoa pasta. Stir. Add 1/3 cup olive oil, 2-3 tablespoons of capers and the juice of 3 small lemons. Season with salt and pepper. 
  7. Optional: Top with Rice Parmesan cheese. Garnish with red pepper flakes, parsley and a wedge of lemon on the side. 
Serve alongside your favorite green soup or salad. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!




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