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Pasta with Spinach Pesto

This is a perfect dish for a night when you are really limited on time. If you have kids this is also a great way to get them to eat spinach. My toddler gobbled this up. 

Ingredients for pasta:

1 bag of your choice of pasta. (I used a kamut flour penne here.)

Handful of mushrooms

red pepper flakes (optional)

Ingredients for Spinach Pesto:

4 cups of fresh spinach

1 garlic clove

1 tbsp of nutritional yeast

1/4 cup of pine nuts

1/2 cup of non-dairy milk

1/4 tsp of salt

Instructions:

1) Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

2) Saute mushrooms on a skillet.

3) For the sauce, blend all the ingredients in a blender

4) Add pasta and sauce to the skillet with the mushrooms. Stir until heated through.

Spinach Pesto

This is a a little spin on traditional pesto using spinach. It has a nice garlic flavor. 

Ingredients:

4 cups of fresh spinach

1 garlic clove

1 tbsp of nutritional yeast

1/4 cup of pine nuts

1/2 cup of non-dairy milk

1/4 tsp of salt

Instructions:

Blend all the ingredients in a blender

Spinach Orzo Salad

This is probably one of the easiest salads to make. When you're in a time crunch and out of ideas..this is a great option.

Ingredients:

1 cup of whole wheat orzo
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp. of dried basil
2-3 handfuls of fresh spinach
handful of cherry tomatoes
handful of nuts (pine nuts/ cashews)
2 tbsp. of balsamic vinaigrette 

Instructions:

1) Cook orzo according to package instructions with a bit of salt and dried basil. Drain orzo.

2) In a bowl, gather the spinach, tomatoes and nuts.

3) When orzo is done cooking, mix orzo and vinaigrette into the bowl.