This delicious Mediterranean Veggie Pasta with pesto makes for a healthy, plant-based dinner.
Make extra for lunch the next day- you’re going to thank yourself!
Traditional pasta tastes great (duh), but they often lack protein and fiber!
Upgrade your traditional vegetarian or vegan pasta recipes by using a high protein pasta made from chickpeas, lentils, or black beans. For this Mediterranean Veggie Pasta, I used Trader Joe’s Yellow Lentil & Brown Rice Spaghetti- they have 14 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving.
Banza is the OG high protein, legume pasta. It’s made from chickpeas and it’s probably my favorite taste & nutrition-wise.
But what kind of registered dietitian would I be if I did not encourage you to load up on veggies? Non-starchy goodies like bell pepper, onion, tomato, zucchini, & eggplant add texture, fiber, and Mediterranean vibes to this recipe.
Since I LOVE a big plate of food, adding lots of vegetables allows me to eat a large volume of food without going over my calorie needs. I’m less likely to snack on sugar or snacks when I walk away from a big plate of veg.
I pulled this meal together with Trader Joe’s Vegan Kale & Cashew Pesto Sauce… and immediately un-veganed it with goat cheese. Oops! Take it or leave it.
P.S.- one of my clients taught me this method of cooking tomatoes, so I roasted them separate! SO yummy! But throwing them in with the other vegetables would work, too.
Mediterranean Veggie Pasta
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
- 1 small eggplant, sliced and quartered
- 1 zucchini, quartered
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced in 1 inch pieces
- 1 orange bell pepper, sliced in 1 inch pieces
- 1 red onion, sliced in 1 inch pieces
- Garlic salt
- 1 pint baby tomatoes
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Garlic head
- High protein pasta (I used Yellow Lentil & Brown Rice, but chickpea or black bean pasta works)
- Pesto (I used store bought but we have a recipe here)
- Optional: goat cheese or feta cheese, nutritional yeast
- Preheat oven to 400’F. Line a large baking sheet (or 2) with aluminum foil. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine vegetables except for baby tomatoes. Add olive oil* and coat evenly. Spread on baking sheet and sprinkle with garlic salt. Roast in oven for 40 minutes.
- In a separate baking dish, add tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil. Add in thyme and head of garlic. Roast for 25 minutes, remove & drizzle with balsamic, and roast for an additional 20 minutes. When done, crush garlic and remove thyme leaves from stem.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta per instructions.
- Once vegetables and pasta are complete, combine with pesto.
- Optional: sprinkle with goat or feta cheese & enjoy!
*Knowing this meal was higher in fat with pesto and goat cheese, I chose not use oil when roasting these vegetables. I used a nonstick spray on the aluminum foil. I tossed the veggies in vegetable stock for moisture and seasoned per usual.
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Kait Richardson is a registered dietitian nutritionist in Orlando, FL. She is a partner at a private practice, Nutrition Awareness, where she helps frustrated yo-yo dieters reach their health goals using 1:1 nutrition coaching. She is the co-host of the Nutrition Awareness Podcast.
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Published at Wed, 07 Apr 2021 16:19:23 +0000