Hey all – It’s only Week 2 of the new year but I have decided to cook one homemade healthy meal a week. Last week was Cajun shrimp tacos, this week: chickpea pasta primavera. BC (Before Christian LOL), I had never cooked a day in my life…maybe a few baked goods. I have absolutely loved learning how to cook. I love finding new recipes, creating my own, and finally having some signature dishes under my belt!

What you’ll need for this healthy dish (serves 3-4):img_7501

  • Banza rotini chickpea pasta
  • broccolini (3 pieces, cut in thirds)
  • garlic (5 cloves, shredded)
  • mushrooms (1/2 cup, sliced)
  • orange pepper (1/2 pepper)
  • cherry tomatoes (2 handfuls)
  • string beans (1 handful)
  • carrots (2 carrots, I used one purple and one yellow)
  • cayenne pepper
  • olive oil
  • Cajun seasoning
  • pink Himalayan salt
  • Mozzarella cheese (6-9 mini balls)
  • Parmesan cheese (1/2 block of cheese, shredded)

7 easy steps to a delicious meal:

  1. Boil salted water. Add pasta to the boiling water and stir for 7-9 minutes. Drain the pasta and let it sit.
  2. Add 1/2 cup olive oil to a pan.
  3. Add shredded garlic cloves, some Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper. Cook until golden.
  4. Add carrots, cherry tomatoes, and saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Next, add broccolini, string beans, orange peppers, and mushrooms. Add more Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper and salt. Continue to stir on medium to high heat for 5 more minutes.
  6. Turn off the fire. Add the drained pasta to the primavera mix. Mix together.
  7. Shred half a block of Parmesan cheese and add on top of the pasta. Top off the dish by placing 6-9 mozzarella balls and let melt. Serve and top off the dish with a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Enjoy! XO.

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