Mint Pesto Edamame Pasta with Summer Squash

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.This post is sponsored by Explore Cuisine. All opinions—as always!—are my own.

Hello from New Jersey! I’m at Joe’s mom’s place for the weekend so there’s no meal prepping for the week ahead going on for me today (or, honestly, any Sunday in the summer). However if you’re planning to get busy in the kitchen today, I highly suggest you whip up a big batch of this mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash. Store the leftover pesto in the fridge and enjoy it spread on toast, roasted veggies and pastas all week long. Bonus: this recipe is dairy-free and gluten-free.

Be sure to scroll down after you check out the recipe—I’ve got a delicious giveaway for you today!

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan. This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

This recipe would work with any pasta or pasta alternative you choose, but I highly recommend you give Explore Cuisine‘s Edamame Spaghetti a try. We love it in our apartment! Joe is skeptical of everything and kept asking me, “What’s in this? Why is it so good?” but it’s just made with one simple ingredient: organic edamame. Not only is it easy to cook with (same texture as regular spaghetti), but it’s high in fiber (11g per serving) and protein (24g per serving), vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and organic. If you have a gluten allergy or just otherwise are looking for a pasta alternative, give Explore Cuisine a try!

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

Mint Pesto Edamame Pasta with Summer Squash

Yield: 4 servings

Mint Pesto Edamame Pasta with Summer Squash

Ingredients

  • 8 oz edamame spaghetti (1 box of Explore Cuisine)
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2-1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mint Pesto:*
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Prepare all the ingredients. Wash the produce. Remove ends of the squash and zucchini and slice into 1/4" rounds. If large in diameter, cut the rounds in half. Remove the mint and basil leaves from their stems. Peel and mince two of the cloves of garlic (to be used with the squash).
  2. While the water comes to a boil, make the pesto. Place all listed pesto ingredients and half the olive oil in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are finely chopped. Slowly add in the remaining olive oil as you process until you reach the desired consistency. Set the pesto aside.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. As you wait, heat 1/2-1tbsp of olive oil on a large pan over medium-high heat. Add in the minced garlic and stir until fragrant and the garlic just starts to turn golden in color. Add in the squash and zucchini and sauté for 4-6 mins (until soft, but not mushy). Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. You don't want to add the salt while the squash cooks or it'll get too watery.
  4. When the water boils, add in the edamame spaghetti. Bring to a simmer for 3-5 minutes. Strain. For al dente texture, I like to run it under cold water while I strain.
  5. Add spaghetti to pan with squash and mix together. Add on the pesto. Enjoy!

Notes

*I usually don't use all the pesto and have some leftover which I store in the refrigerator and enjoy spread on toast the next day. 🙂

http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/07/30/mint-pesto-edamame-pasta-with-summer-squash/

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

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This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

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Jackfruit Buddha Bowl with a Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

This jackfruit buddha bowl recipe is unique yet simple, containing only six ingredients.

This post is sponsored by Bertolli. All opinions—as always!—are my own. 

One thing that’s been really fun about moving towards a fully plant-based diet is discovering new creative ways to use plants in cooking. You’ve probably been seeing jackfruit pop up more frequently as an alternative to shredded pork and chicken and if you haven’t tried it, now’s your chance. This jackfruit buddha bowl is simple (just six ingredients) yet unexpected (jackfruit and kumquat say what?!).

I’m teaming up with Bertolli on this recipe because I love that the brand celebrates the enjoyment of food and cooking while staying consistent with today’s growing health consciousness. Their Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is non-GMO and verified USDA Organic, made from organic olives and produced using organic farming standards. Bertolli is the number one oil brand in the world with over 150 years of expertise in olive oil blending and inspires simple yet unexpected dishes.

This jackfruit buddha bowl recipe is unique yet simple, containing only six ingredients.

A note on cooking with jackfruit …

Especially if you’re new to cooking with jackfruit as a shredded meat replacement, I’d highly recommend canned. Just make sure it’s canned in water and not syrup. You can find canned jackfruit in Asian specialty food stores and probably in the Asian/International cuisine section of your grocery store as well.

Using fresh jackfruit is a fun adventure, but I find it impractical living in a city. Jackfruit are MASSIVE—bigger than most watermelon. No way I’m carrying that sucker back to my apartment! Sometimes Whole Foods will have slices of the jackfruit for sale in their chopped veggies section, but the problem with this is that they’re typically ripe or almost overripe. For this type of cooking, you actually want unripe jackfruit. I honestly haven’t mastered cooking with fresh jackfruit quite yet, so this recipe is based off using canned.

This jackfruit buddha bowl recipe is unique yet simple, containing only six ingredients.

Jackfruit Buddha Bowl with a Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

Yield: 2 bowls

Jackfruit Buddha Bowl with a Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook the rice. Bring 2 cups water and 1 cup brown rice to a boil in a pot on the stove. I like to add a splash of olive oil as well to prevent sticking (optional). Once it's boiling, reduce heat and simmer (covered) until cooked. It'll be about 40 minutes.
  3. While the rice cooks, prepare the vinaigrette. Whisk together 2 tbsp olive oil with kumquat juice. Add basil and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  4. Peel and chop the potatoes, strain and rinse the jackfruit.
  5. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Add the jackfruit, season with salt and pepper, and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water to the pan, reduce the heat, and simmer (uncovered) until all the water is gone (10-15 minutes).
  6. Transfer the jackfruit to a baking sheet (I recommend lining with parchment paper) along with the potatoes. Drizzle the potatoes with remaining olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes.
  7. Assemble your bowl. Add rice, sweet potatoes and jackfruit to a bowl. Drizzle with your vinaigrette. Garnish with basil.

Notes

* You will probably have some leftover rice. I always make 1 cup incase Joe is hungry. If you don't want leftovers, you could get away with halving this. ** Make sure the jackfruit is canned in water, not syrup. *** Use lemon if you can't find kumquats at your local grocery store.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/06/28/jackfruit-buddha-bowl-citrus-basil-vinaigrette/

This jackfruit buddha bowl recipe is unique yet simple, containing only six ingredients.This jackfruit buddha bowl recipe is unique yet simple, containing only six ingredients.

Olive oil is often thought of as just another ingredient, but it’s integral to each step of this recipe and the final product wouldn’t be possible without it. From creating the base of the vinaigrette to sautéing the jackfruit to coating the sweet potato for baking, the full-bodied flavor of Bertolli is truly is the star of this dish. Grab a bottle at your local Albertsons or check out Villabertolli.com.

Have you ever used jackfruit as a shredded meat alternative?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli. The opinions and text are all mine.

Chickpea Veggie Fritters (Vegetarian + Vegan Options)

These chickpea veggie fritters have a hint of ginger and are perfect to add to your next Buddha bowl or salad! Vegetarian and vegan options. | Pumps & Iron @nicoleperr

My obsession with Instagram stories is growing by the day (@nicoleperr). I wanted to test a vegan version of these chickpea veggie fritters and asked Instagram for tips on cooking with flax eggs and got so many helpful responses. You guys rock! At this point I’m pretty comfortable with vegan replacements for dairy but cooking without eggs is still new to me. Right now I eat eggs (I talked more about going vegan-ish in this post), but should I decide to nix them, I want to be comfortable with eggless cooking.

These chickpea veggie fritters have a hint of ginger and are perfect to add to your next Buddha bowl or salad! Vegetarian and vegan options. | Pumps & Iron @nicoleperr

These chickpea veggie fritters are easy to make and have a hint of ginger that gives them a delicious personality. I don’t know if personalities can be delicious or if food technically even has a personality but we’re just gonna go with it …

These chickpea veggie fritters have a hint of ginger and are perfect to add to your next Buddha bowl or salad! Vegetarian and vegan options. | Pumps & Iron @nicoleperr

Chickpea Veggie Fritters (Vegetarian + Vegan Options)

Yield: 12-15 fritters

Chickpea Veggie Fritters (Vegetarian + Vegan Options)

Ingredients

  • 15.5 oz chickpeas (1 can), rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (about 2 carrots)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I've used whole wheat and panko—both work!)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 eggs (see notes for vegan alternative)*
  • 1" ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • Salt + pepper to taste (be generous)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. If you're making these vegan, prepare the flax eggs (see notes). Otherwise, whisk together the eggs in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Using a small food processor, pulse the chickpeas. You don't want them to turn into a paste, so don't overdo it. You want them combined but still with a bit of chunk. If you don't have a food processor, just coarsely mush them up with a fork.
  4. Use a grater to shred the zucchini and carrots. Use a paper towel to press out excess liquid.
  5. Add all ingredients to a big bowl and mix together (easiest to use your hands).
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or lightly grease it). Roll the veggie mixture into small balls (about 1 1/2 - 2") and then press down into a patty shape. Place on the pan.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. If doing the vegan version, keep in a little longer (25-30 minutes).

Notes

*Egg replacement = 2 tbsp flax meal + 5 tbsp water. Mix them together in a small bowl and let sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. You want the mixture to start to gel. Depends on the temperature of the water, but could be good to go in as little as 5 minutes.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/06/04/chickpea-veggie-fritters-vegetarian-vegan-options/

These chickpea veggie fritters have a hint of ginger and are perfect to add to your next Buddha bowl or salad! Vegetarian and vegan options. | Pumps & Iron @nicoleperr

There’s no taste difference between the vegan and vegetarian versions, but there is a slight difference in texture. The eggless patties will be a little more crumbly but if you’re just going to break it up in a Buddha bowl or salad then who cares, right? 😉 I would recommend rolling them a little smaller than if you’re using eggs. And be sure to let them cool out of the oven for a few minutes before trying to move them from the pan.These chickpea veggie fritters have a hint of ginger and are perfect to add to your next Buddha bowl or salad! Vegetarian and vegan options. | Pumps & Iron @nicoleperr

If you’re food prepping for the week ahead, make a batch of these and keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge to add to your lunches and dinner all week. I also eat them as a snack dipped in hummus. Sounds weird but it’s goooood.