Colorful Gluten-Free Veggie Pasta Primavera Recipe
Morning and Happy Monday!
LOL, don’t yah just feel like that sometimes?!
Some Mondays I am ON TOP OF MY GAME in the meal prep department. Though after a few fun-filled days or a summer weekend getaway I usually don’t have time to think about my meals for the week. At these times, I try to look for quick and easy meals that can be prepped in minutes.
There just always seems to be at least one night a week that I feel like I’m scrambling or unprepared in the dinner department. Can you relate?
With a little preparation on the front end, like stocking your pantry for a “rainy day,” you can avoid getting off track. I typically stock my pantry with ingredients for a vegetable pasta dish such as gluten-free pasta, a green veggie, garlic and fresh basil from my balcony garden, since pasta is something that everyone can enjoy. I also love to keep jarred sun dried tomatoes in olive oil (I ♥ the Trader Joe’s brand) in the cabinet as it adds SUCH a pop to homemade pizza and pasta dishes and instantly makes the meal more fancy. In no time at all I can have a tasty and healthy dinner and my man doesn’t even mind that it’s gluten-free!
Colorful Weeknight Veggie Pasta
- 2 cups uncooked gluten-free pasta (I love gluten-free vegetable pasta from Vitacost)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 zucchini, chopped small (yellow squash work well too)
- 1 – 2 large handful(s) of raw organic spinach
- 1/4 cup sundries tomatoes in olive oil
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, sliced into ribbons
Cook pasta according to package (I usually cook 1 minute less than the package).
In a saucepan or medium heat add extra virgin and minced garlic. Sauté a few minutes until garlic is fragrant. Add in chopped zucchini and stir to evenly incorporate. To Season: Add a pinch of sea salt and a dash of cracked pepper, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes (optional). Cook for 5-7 minutes then add raw spinach and stir to incorporate. Once the spinach has wilted add in sun dried tomatoes and basil ribbons. Stir to mix evenly and cook for another 2 minutes. Add cooked pasta and stir to evenly coat.
Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and fresh basil or top with your favorite organic tomato sauce. Voila!