15 minute Vegan Pesto Pasta

dinner whipped together in under 15 minutes? Yes please.

No excuses with this one, not even time. This green bowl of goodness requires no special skills or utensils. Just 15 precious little minutes of your day. Perfect for batch cooking and having for lunches as well.

This dish is free from dairy and meat, and can be free from gluten if you use gluten free pasta. The chilli flakes add a bit of a kick, so feel free to omit if you aren’t a spice fan.

Pasta wise, any pasta works fine. I always opt for the wholegrain/wheat varieties as it contains slightly fewer calories but more importantly roughly 3 times as much fibre as regular pasta. And the more fibre the better! It also has a higher vitamin B content.

And now clearing up the myths that ‘carbs are the enemy’, which I whole heartedly admit that I have fallen into this trap in the past. Many people are under the impression that we should be adopting low carbohydrate diets in order to lose or even maintain weight. When in fact you NEED carbohydrates to fuel your body. Carbs contain glucose which is your bodies energy source. I remember feeling so lethargic and tired when I wasn’t eating enough carbs. This would effect my concentration on a day to day basis let alone my workouts. What needs to be known, is that carbs made of refined sugars are what you need to be vary of. This doesn’t mean you need to avoid, just not over consume. These include sugary drinks, fruit juices, white bread, pastries, cookies, cakes (not mine- I don’t use any refined sugars), ice cream and chips. In comparison, the list of good carbohydrates are endless but can be broken down into vegetables, whole fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, wholegrains and tubers (whole potatoes). I am by no means an expert in the field of nutrition, but its something that interests me and that I am passionate about. Feel free to contact me and ask me anything you’re unsure of or intrigued about at whatluceeats@gmail.com. I strive to create delicious savoury and sweet dishes that contain of the nutritional benefits, but taste amazing at the same time. Let’s not restrict ourselves!

but anyway….. Enjoy this yummy pasta dish!

Serves 4
takes approx. 15 minutes in total.

Ingredients
400g pasta (I used Organic Wholewheat Fusilli)
150g tender stem broccoli (trimmed)
3 tablespoons of vegan pesto (I used Sacla free from)
2 garlic clove (crushed)
1/2 teaspoon of chilli flakes
handful of rocket
3 tablespoons of pine nuts

Method
1. Boil a saucepan of water over a medium heat.
2. Add your pasta and a pinch of salt and let simmer for approx. 12 minutes before draining.
2. Meanwhile using a drizzle of oil of choice, add your broccoli and garlic to a pan and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Turn off your hob and add your drained pasta to the pan of broccoli followed by the pesto, chilli flakes, rocket and pine nuts.
4. Combine thoroughly and serve on it’s own or with a salad of choice.

Enjoy! – share and tag your creations with me on Instagram @whatluceeats

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