I often get questions about what I eat. So I wanted to share a dish that I eat basically every week… sometimes three times a week!
Vegan Pesto Pasta
I came across vegan pesto during one of my weekly trips to Trader Joe’s. I’m obsessed with pasta and was getting bored of my olive oil and tomatoes topping. So I figured I’d give the Trader Joe’s vegan pesto a try. I now stock up on it every week!
I’ve been trying to cut back on my dairy and since the pesto is vegan, it’s very healthy and low in calories (only 180 per serving!). I prepare it with a mix of pasta (to get my carb fix) and arugula (so I can have a bigger portion without carb overload).
It’s super simple. You simply dress a bowl of arugula with fresh squeezed lemon. Next, add the hot pasta on top so the arugula wilts a little. Then top with the vegan pesto and toss together. It’s delicious hot but if you have leftovers it makes for a great cold lunch as well.
I’ve been using brown rice or brown rice and quinoa pasta for healthier carbs. One little trick when cooking brown rice pasta: rinse thoroughly before serving. Otherwise the pasta tastes too starchy.
Obviously buying the pre-made pesto is easiest. But if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s by you, or you prefer homemade sauce, here are the ingredients so you can whip some up at home:
- Olive oil
- Cashew butter
- Lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
I’d love to hear if you try this easy pasta dish. If you do, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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I’m a big fan of pesto and even if it takes long I like to prepare it myself with local bio products that I can collect directly in the fields next door. The extra lemon juice is a must do 🙂
Oh that sounds amazing! I wish I had that in LA!
I love pasta and esp. pesto so those two together in one dish makes it one of my fave meals ever! 🙂
Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Yay! Glad you liked it!
What are the measurements here 🙂 Did I miss them ?
Thank you Sydney for always having a great time reading your article! I love vegan pasta and everything related to vegetarianism. I always take gummies with me, made from CBD extract and natural gum base. After them, I immediately feel full and do not worry about getting better.
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