Healthy Dinner: Creamy Avocado Spinach Pesto Pasta

July 3, 2013

This vegan pesto pasta is made extra healthy and delicious by substituting most of the oil with avocado. It’s creamy and comforting, with a satisfying nuttiness from the walnuts, which along with avocado, provide tons of Omega-3 fatty acid. Not only do we need Omega-3 for healthy nervous system, it also reduces depression and improves brain function. Finally, my favorite vegan ingredient nutritional yeast adds Vitamin B12 and extra protein.

Avocado Spinach Pesto Pasta - Peaceful Dumpling

Creamy Avocado Spinach Pesto Pasta

Makes 2 servings

5 oz pasta (I use a scale to control serving size)

1/3 avocado, chopped

1 cup spinach, chopped

1 cup packed fresh basil, chopped

2-3 tbsp walnuts, chopped

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

3 tbsp nutritional yeast

sea salt and black pepper to taste

chopped olives (optional, for garnish)

 

1. Add pasta to salted boiling water.

2. Blend avocado, spinach, basil, walnuts, 1 tbsp olive oil, nutritional yeast together in a blender or food processor.

3. Add the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil to a hot saute pan. Add garlic and toss until it turns translucent and smells toasty, about 30 seconds. Take it off the heat.

4. Drain pasta. Toss into the saute pan with the garlic, add the pesto sauce, and plenty of salt and pepper. Toss well and serve–you can add more nutritional yeast or chopped olives on top, to taste. Bon appetit!

 

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Originally from Portland, Oregon, Juhea now lives in NYC with her Oreo cookie cat, Zeus. When she is not writing, she enjoys running in Central Park, yoga, and teaching Barre classes. Follow Juhea on Instagram @peacefuldumpling, Google+ and Pinterest.

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