PLANT BASED VEGGIE AND SAUSAGE SPAGHETTI

Looking for another way to use plant based sausage, extra veggies in your fridge, or even eggplants? Especially with the latter, I get so overwhelmed with the size and wanting to use it up as quickly as possible. What I love about this recipe is it takes less than 30 minutes and it’s a great way to up your veggie intake in an inconspicuous way.

Plant Based Sausage and Veggie Spaghetti

Less than 30 minute easy, protein and veggie filled spaghetti
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pack brown rice spaghetti, or any you prefer
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 plant based sausages (I used beyond meat)
  • 1/2 eggplant, diced
  • 1 green, yellow or red pepper chopped
  • 1 zucchini or yellow squash chopped
  • 1 jar favourite marinara sauce

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil or any cooking oil to a medium sauté pan. First cook plant based sausages according to package instructions. Remove from heat, chop into smaller bite sized pieces and set aside.
  • Add additional cooking oil to pan. Add onions, eggplants, zucchini and peppers. Let cook until soft. Feel free to add additional spices, but the marinara sauce will do just that.
  • In the meantime, cook pasta according to package instructions. Make sure to salt the water
  • While pasta is cooking, add marinara sauce and extra salt to pan with veggies. Add in the plant based sausage. Add some water in the jar (about a cup) and pour in the pan to thin out the sauce. Let simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • When the pasta is finished, drain and rinse. Add into pan with marinara sauce. Turn of heat and mix pasta in well. Serve while hot

BEEF ZOODLE SOUP (PALEO, KETO, VEGAN *)

This recipe is a rendition of something my mom used to make (still does) for those cold winter nights where you’re craving nothing but a warm hearty meal for dinner. With some variation of course – my mom would add potatoes and green beans – I found the recipe to give my mind and body that cozy feeling the moment I took the first bite. There is something truly remarkable about making a meal that reminds you of home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 3 cups of vegetable stock
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 can (250ml) of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 pack of zucchini noodles
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • salt and peper

Steps:

  1. Heat olive oil in large pot on medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook until translucent
  2. Add beef stew meat and cook until browned on all sides (5-8mins)
  3. Add remaining ingredients leaving aside zucchini noodles. Cover pot and cook on medium-high for 10 mins.
  4. Add zucchini noodles. Turn heat to medium-low and cook for additional 20 minutes. Enjoy!

p.s: this recipe works really well as a vegan or vegetarian option – just omit the beef and add things like beans or tofu for that added protein!


STUFFED ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH KALE AND CHORIZO (PALEO, VEGAN, WHOLE30)

This was a perfect dish to switch up my regular dinner routine. Heres the good news: the most challenging thing about this recipe was cutting the butternut squash in equal halves!

Ingredients:

Squash:
1 medium sized butternut squash
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp of salt, pepper, garlic power, and paprika

Stuffing:
4 cups of kale (roughly – really used about 4 large stems of green kale)
1/2 cup of chopped chorizo (omit if VG)
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup of veg broth
1 chopped garlic glove
1/2 shallot
salt + pepper
fruit and nuts (I used apples, walnuts)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400.
2. Oil both butternut squash, sprinkle with seasonings. Place cut side faced down and bake for 15 mins. Flip and cook for 45-60min until tender
3. Heat oil in medium heat pan. Cook chorizo until crispy. Add shallot and garlic. Cook for 3-5 min until tender. Place kale, cook for 10 min. Add water and extra oil if needed. Sim for 10-15 min.
4. Remove squash and place stuffing on top. Add desired toppings. Serve warm and enjoy!



SHEPARD’S PIE (PALEO, GF, KETO)

The hardest part of switching to Paleo was giving up the potatoes. Fried, mashed, baked – every which way is strictly forbidden no matter how hard I tried!! This was a tough pill to swallow. But no fear – I conquered it and here I am now with a Paleo version to my favourite ever Shepard’s Pie. To tell you the truth I don’t miss the iconic white potatoes in this dish one bit 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, or three smaller ones
  • 1/2 of a medium onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mix of carrots and peas
  • 1 lbs lean ground beef (or any ground meat you wish)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil (or any cooking oil)
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic power
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/3 cup of Paleo ketchup (if using tomato sauce, add more seasonings to for extra flavour)
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp of arrowroot starch
  • 1/4 cup ghee

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and chop sweet potatoes into smaller chunks. Place on double boiler to steam to mash potatoes later on.

2. Place 1 tbsp of olive oil on pan with medium-high heat. Add onions, and when they become translucent (about 3 mins) add frozen mix of carrots and peas (another 5 mins) until tender. Toss in (2 cloves) garlic and cook until garlic becomes aromatic (2 mins)

3. Add ground beef, breaking it up into smaller pieces for easier cooking. Cook until brown (6-10 mins), and drain excess liquid to avoid an oily dishes. Leave 1 tbsp of oil in pan to avoid burning.

4. Add tomato paste or Paleo ketchup, water, seasonings, and mix well. Cook for 5-8mins until tomato paste and water has slightly dissipated.

5. Add arrowroot starch and mix well. Keep adding until you reach desired texture one tbsp at a time.Arrowroot starch thickens the meat mixture to hold the dish together. Once finished, remove the meat and fill pan. I used a 8×8 glass dish.

6. Remove sweet potatoes from steamer and mash well. Add 1/4 cup of ghee and 1 minced garlic clove. Mix well. Once finished, place mashed potatoes on top of meat and spread with spoon/spatula.

7. Bake for 30 mins, until top of Shepard’s pie develops a slight crust. Let chill, serve, and enjoy!! 🙂