Monday, March 30, 2015


Awhile ago I was at Costco picking up some quinoa when this pasta caught my eye. 

I love beans and legumes and eat them pretty often (usually daily) because they are delicious and full of so many important nutrients . Gabbie and Ollie are usually pretty on board with beans most night but sometimes they protest and I hear them whine," I don't want beans tonight! " Ok fair enough, sometimes I don't feel like beans either. Sometimes we have tempeh or tofu and sometimes we have a veggie and grain meal (grilled portabellos and quinoa for example) and while I don't have a problem with a the occasional heaping plate of pasta with tomato sauce, I do try to get as many nutrients into each meal as possible - small subs that aren't really noticeable but I think all those small things can add up to big pluses in your diet. Really its become so second nature by now I don't really think anything of it so that makes it even easier.

So there are several things I like about this pasta staring with the ingredient list - organic red lentils. Thats it! Non GMO - also very important! And if you are gluten free (we aren't) this option also works for you!

Look at these nutritions facts - 13grams of fibre, 21 grams of protein, 50%(!) of your daily iron, 40% of your daily zinc - love it! Not that whole wheat or spelt pasta has no nutrients but they don't boast these stats. Again I have no problem with a plate of whole wheat pasta from time to time but we eat a lot of pasta here so I like to switch it up.

Saturday night I needed to make something quick and easy for supper. It was a grey, cloudy day out -  I had just come from taking the dog for a walk and my mom and just brought the kids back from the park. In addition to being grey and cloudy out it was super windy and drizzly out so we all felt like comfort food. Pasta fit the bill! I had some cremini mushrooms and dino kale that had come in my Organic Box so I decided to saut√© them up while the pasta cooked. Then I whipped up some garlic cashew cream sauce in the vitamix. Mixed everything together and supper was served!

Not the prettiest supper I ever made but it was super tasty! We gobbled it all up - no leftovers for lunch the next day :(

Something about cold temps that inspires baking. I made the Double Carob Cashew Cookies from ED&BV but with a twist. I subbed melted coconut oil for the canola oil, almond butter for the cashew butter, chocolate for the carob and added coconut for the crushed cashews. So really they were more like Double Cocolate Coconut Cookies but close enough! They were really really good and bonus the kitchen smelt super warm and chocolately!

And speaking of the kitchen shout out to Attitude cleaners. I picked up this cleaner at Save-On-Foods the other day and I'm super impressed with how well it cleans! From their website:

  • Free of carcinogen ingredients and by products (IARC group 1 & 2)
  • Free of 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, tested by independent laboratory
  • Certified eco-friendly by EcoLogo, the most recognized certification in North America
  • CO2 neutral: no contribution to climate change
  • Vegetable-based and biodegradable (OECD 301)
  • Fragrance derived from natural ingredients, hypoallergenic, respect IFRA (International Fragrance Association) standards
  • Fragrance without CMR (Carcinogens, Mutagens or toxic for Reproduction) compounds
  • Not tested on animals
  • Vegan product
  • Septic tank safe
  • Made in Canada

Vegan, non toxic and cleans like a dream - LOVE IT! I always fine that my placemats are a totally mess after supper - food and spills all over them! And if i don't get them cleaned quick enough (ahem like the next day lets say) then they are so hard to get scrubbed clean. A squirt of this cleaner and they wipe right clean!  I'll be trying out a few other products from them for sure! 

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