June 15, 2012

Creamy Shells with Arugula, Peppers, Snow Peas, & Edamame

Some nights, I raid the fridge & throw together a dinner based on what's in there. Monday night was one of those nights. Usually, I don't bother with recording the recipe & sharing it with you, but we really liked this. It was creamy & filling while still being light, & it's full of veggies.

If you're ever interested in trying to eat vegan, but you just can't imagine going without your cream, this is for you. The sauce is creamy & cheesy, similar to an alfredo, but without all of the cholesterol & animal fats. Instead, it has a nice dose of Vitamin B12 (from the nutritional yeast), healthy fats (from the avocado), & calcium (from the almond milk).

It's the perfect summer pasta dish because you get the creamy texture without all of the weight. The fresh veggies provide crunch & nutrients. The edamame provides protein. I will warn you - I didn't de-stem our arugula quite enough & it was very bitter. Next time, I'll be more careful!

Creamy Shells with Arugula, Peppers, Snow Peas, & Edamame
Serves 6

1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 lg. bell pepper, chopped (any color)
1/2 c edamame, shelled
1 c snow peas, cut in half
1/4 c dry white wine
3 c fresh arugula, chopped, thick stems removed
14 oz. whole wheat small shells

1 avocado
1/4 c lemon juice
1 c unsweetened original almond milk
1/4-1/2 tsp. garlic powder (to taste)
6 T nutritional yeast
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

In a large, nonstick skillet, cook onion and pepper until they start to soften and brown, about 4-5 minutes. Add edamame, snow peas, and wine. Cook briefly to reduce liquid and heat through, then add arugula. Turn off the heat while you prepare the sauce.

While the veggies are cooking, prepare pasta according to package directions.

Using a blender, combine all sauce ingredients and blend until smooth. Add sauce to skillet with veggie mixture and combine. Cook over medium heat until sauce is hot, but not boiling. Drain pasta and add to sauce and veggies. Stir to combine. Serve hot.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.


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