Avocado Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Peas and Spinach
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These past few weeks have been busier than ever for my family. Between preparing for the new baby, the kids school starting and all those other things that are inevitably going to go wrong, I’ve been a bit stressed. With being pregnant and caring for other little ones, I know I have to still prepare the family and myself healthy and delicious meals. It’s not hard, it just takes a little more thought, planning and preparation.
My son and I were learning about the importance of the diversity of gut bacteria over the summer and how a healthy gut full of good bacteria promotes overall health and wellness. He and I both got really interested in it and started to research and investigate how we could increase the diversity in our guts too, by amending the ingredients we use in recipes as well as the types of foods and snacks our family eats everyday.
A few easy things we started doing everyday is to incorporate plain yogurt instead of sweetened yogurt in our smoothies, drinking Kefir (which is super delicious) and eating more more sauerkraut and delicious kimchi. We also try to incorporate as many whole grains, fruits and vegetables as possible. We make sure to eat the most diverse variety of foods we can, which means picking out something new and different every time we go to the store. This has proven to be so much fun!
This recipe is incredibly easy and starts with just a few fresh ingredients like ripe avocados, Greek yogurt, whole wheat pasta, peas and fresh spinach.
The first thing to do is split the avocados, remove the pit and spoon the avocado into a food processor.
Then I add some Greek yogurt, fresh parsley, lemon juice, salt, a couple of cloves of garlic and pepper to taste.
Then just blend it together until you get this creamy, delicious goodness.
Next I make my whole wheat pasta according to package directions. Instead of sautéing the spinach and peas, I just add them to the pasta water along with the spaghetti in the last couple of minutes of cooking. This quickly wilts the spinach and heats the peas.
Then just drain the pasta and vegetables and add them into a large pasta bowl.
Then add in that creamy, delicious avocado yogurt sauce. Yummy!
Next, just toss well until it’s all incorporated.
Doesn’t this look amazing! It’s bettor for you, quick and easy weeknight recipe that’s sure to be a winner with the whole family. It’s also perfect for meatless Monday, or any day of the week.
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Avocado Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Peas and Spinach Recipe
Yield: Serves 4
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup fresh parsley
- 2 cloves garlic
- the juice of 1 lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 oz whole wheat spaghetti, or other whole wheat pasta
- 2 cups frozen and defrosted peas
- 8 oz fresh spinach
Add avocado, yogurt, fresh parsley, garlic, lemon and salt and pepper to food processor. Pulse until well blended.
Cook pasta according to package directions, adding the spinach and peas during the last 2 minutes of cooking time to pasta water.
Drain pasta along with spinach and peas in a large strainer. Add avocado yogurt mixture to pasta and vegetables and toss well to combine.
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