Monday, April 4, 2011

Deceptive Pasta Dish?

This pasta dish that I created is so deceptive! It tastes gourmet or very fancy, when in reality it is super easy, quick, and with salsa! This is an inventive way to use salsa, especially when you have some in the fridge with nothing to dip in it. Why not use it to make this extremely yummy dish? Also, this is a complete dish. Healthy carbohydrates, healthy fat, veggies, high protein (the tofu steaks alone are 16 grams of protein per serving!), amino acids to break down and use that protein to rebuild your muscles (and refuel!), some B vitamins in the nutritional yeast, antioxidants in the ground pepper, fiber....must I even go on? Its definitely good for you but tastes like something you can get at a restaurant for probably more calories and less nutrients. Yay for being Dirty and healthy!

You won't believe this 'Nuh-uh Salsa Pasta' Recipe

1 lb your favorite pasta (I used whole wheat rotini)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup frozen onions and peppers (I used Trader Joe's fire-roasted)
1 cup salsa (natural kind is best in this)
4 tofu steaks (you will want to thaw/microwave before cutting), cubed
3 tbsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos (or soy/ shoyu/ tamari sauce)
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
pepper to taste

Boil water and cook pasta. While that is cooking, heat olive oil to medium heat in a sauce pan. Add frozen onion and peppers and let cook for about 3 minutes, or when they begin to thaw and get warm. Then add salsa until it begins boiling. Then add tofu steak cubes, Bragg's, nutritional yeast and bring to boil. Simmer until pasta is ready. Drain pasta and mix in your salsa sauce mixture with the pasta. Enjoy!

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