Veggie Sausage Pesto Pasta

I am very excited to have teamed up with Meatless Farm during World Meat Free Week as part of their campaign aimed at encouraging UK households to switch to one more plant-based meal per week in order to benefit the planet.

 According to new scientific data analysed by environmental scientist Joseph Poore, if everyone in the UK switched just one more red meat meal to a plant-based meal per week, it would cut the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50 million tonnes – the equivalent of taking 16 million cars off the road – resulting in up to an 8.4 percent reduction in the UK’s total carbon emissions.

This healthy, easy option is a delicious way to enjoy plant-based protein!

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Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 4 @meatlessfarm sausages
  • 160g uncooked pasta (I used green pea fusilli)
  • 50g grated cheese (vegan)
  • 160g green peas
  • 160g broccoli
  • 4 tbsp veggie green pesto
  • 1/2 red chilli
  • Olive oil

Method

Fry the sausages in olive oil over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, turning them often until cooked. You can add the green veggies into this pan too and fry for a few extra minutes. Boil the pasta for 10 minutes until soft, then drain and rinse. Split the cooked pasta between 2 bowls and add 2 tbsp of the pesto to each bowl and stir in well. Cut the sausages into chunks and split with the veg across the two bowls. Top both with grated cheese and some chilli (if you like it hot!) and ENJOY.⠀⠀⠀

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Vegetable Pasta Bake

Hello there! So I am still making my way through my favourite lunch/ dinner recipes that I have been developing, to upload them here on my website! As you’ve probably noticed, I originally started this site documenting my breads, cakes and breakfast recipes and now I want to share more of a variety of recipes with you all! You can find these on my recipes page.

I am sharing today my favourite pasta bake recipe that is suitable for vegetarians. If you happen to be vegan, you can always switch the mozzarella cheese for a vegan cheese. I love this recipe because it is filling, nourishing and provides a great balance of carbs, protein, fats and veggies. My inspiration for this dish came from my Mum, who used to make and bake the biggest pasta bakes (as I come from quite a big family), and she’d just pack in so much goodness!

The pasta I have chosen to do this with is naturally high in protein (you can also choose different pastas to suit your preference for this dish) and I have added black beans for some plant based protein, broccoli as it is my favourite vegetable, and cheese because, well it’s delicious AND a great source of calcium!

Ingredients (serves 2)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. You will need a large dish to hold the pasta that is appropriate to put in the oven.
  • Boil the pasta for 6-7 minutes and stir often to prevent it from burning or sticking at the bottom.
  • Whilst the pasta is boiling, you can cut the mozzarella into small slices and set aside.
  • You can then cut the broccoli into smaller florets and boil with the peas for 2-3 minutes.
  • Drain the pasta and rinse under cold water. Pour the pasta into your pasta dish and stir in the tomato sauce.
  • Drain the black beans and rinse with water. Do the same with the chickpeas. Then add these to the pasta dish. Add the boiled broccoli and peas and add in the prepared mozzarella.
  • Bake the dish in the oven for 15-20 minutes. This can depend on how crispy you want the top of the pasta (I like mine crispy). Remove the dish from the oven and serve up instantly. You can also save this and take it to work the next day… Allow it cool and keep in an airtight container (store in fridge until ready to eat).
  • Enjoy!

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Chickpeas & Edamame Spaghetti

Now I know a lot of my Recipes page is taken up with my healthy sweet bakes but I have promised to start sharing more of my lunch and dinner recipes so that is what I am doing- you can find all these on my recipes page! I have recently been trying out different pasta dishes because we all need carbs for energy and you can get so creative with pastas! Today I am sharing an edamame spaghetti which is amazingly high in protein and tastes so satisfying. I have paired it with lots of veggies and my famous chickpea recipe that I will document here along with some awesome health benefits…

Health benefits of chickpeas

  • Chickpeas are high in fibre and are good for your digestive health.
  • They help at controlling blood sugar levels. Chickpeas are known as what is referred to as ‘complex carbohydrates’ which are slowly released and digested by the body in a way that it does not cause ‘spikes’ in our blood sugar. These spikes are what lead to sugar cravings.
  • Chickpeas provide great nutritional value (particularly for those who have chosen a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle), boasting high levels of B vitamins, zinc, phosphorus, iron and folate. Folate is essential for the body effectively producing new cells that play a role in copying and synthesising DNA.
  • It is important for vegans and vegetarians to be mindful of adding enough protein to their diet, as cutting out animal products could lead to a lack of protein in the diet. Chickpeas are a great plant based protein option.

Ingredients

  • 50g uncooked Liberto edamame spaghetti
  • 3/4 of a cup of chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • A pinch of salt
  • A sprinkle of black pepper
  • 1/4 of cup of green peas
  • 1/2 a cup of broccoli
  • 1 medium carrot

Note: I usually cook more chickpeas than needed as I save them to snack on the next day!

Method

  • Drain the chickpeas from water and dry with a clean tea towel or a piece of kitchen roll.
  • Put the chickpeas in a bowl, and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil as well as the paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper, and use a spoon or your hand to cover the chickpeas with the spices.
  • Heat a non-stick pan over a medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Add the bowl of season chickpeas, stirring them with a wooden spoon over so often so they do not burn.
  • Prepare your vegetables, cutting your broccoli into florets and dicing your carrot.
  • Boil your spaghetti and your veg separately. The edamame spaghetti will only need boiling for 3 minutes- the veg a little long depending on how boiled you like it.
  • Drain the spaghetti and the vegetables. (Remember to keep turning the chickpeas).
  • The chickpeas will take around 15 minutes to become a golden brown colour.
  • Remove them from the pan and serve with the spaghetti and vegetables in a bowl.
  • You may want to add sauce to your dish this is optional!

Enjoy! x