Spaghetti & Vegballs!
To me, there's nothing quite more delicious than fresh homemade pasta. Give me a bowl of it with a delicious marinara sauce when I'm starved, and I'm a happy camper! The chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth consistency it everything, am I right? I mean, YUMMMMM...
I haven't ventured into the homemade pasta-making game quite yet (it's on my bucket list) so at our house, when we're craving a hearty pasta dish, this healthier version made at home has been our go-to in recent months. The best part? It's meatless and cruelty-free thanks to the delicious Gardein Meatless Meatballs I add and so quick to make! This entire meal, including the salads we made to eat beforehand took us about 15-20 min to prepare.
Matt and I have been working like crazy lately so spending an hour in the kitchen making dinner hasn't been an option most days. Between Matt's meetings, writing, developing upcoming tv and film projects, and my auditions, meetings, developing a couple of unscripted shows, studying for acting auditions, commercial audition, etc....our lives have been kinda crazy here in Los Angeles, to say the least.
It's easy-to-make meals that hit the spot like this one that have been our saving grace!
your favorite marinara sauce
organic soba noodles (soba noodles are made of buckwheat and are a healthier alternative to white flour pasta yet tastes the same!)
- Gardein Meatless Meatballs
fresh basil (optional)
- garlic powder (as much as you'd like)
extra virgin olive oil (organic and good quality always taste the best!)
Bring water to a boil and cook the soba noodles per package instructions
Heat up the meatballs in the marinara sauce and add a tablespoon or so of olive oil and a few dashes of garlic powder.
- Once, everything is cooked, toss together, plate it, garnish it with the fresh basil, and enjoy!
We always start with a small simple salad like: arugula, carrot, onion, cherry tomatoes, and avocado dressed with extra virgin olive oil, Himalayan salt, fresh ground pepper, and Brags Liquid Aminos or raw apple cider vinegar.
TIPS FOR EATING LESS MEAT
Watch the documentaries Food Inc. and Food Matters
Eating food items that have "meatier" texture like olives and mushrooms helped me tremendously when I was first trying to cut meat out of my diet and was craving it.
- If you want this new "diet" to last, slowly wean yourself off of meat like Matt and I did. 10 years ago, we used to eat meat every single day! When we were transitioning we did the following:
- meath twice per week for a few weeks
- meat once per week
- meat once every other week
- meat once a month...until eventually, we didn't even want it anymore and we cut it out completely! Now we just eat fish occasionally.
- Learn more about factory farming, and specifically about the environmental affects that eating meat has. Even cutting back to eating meat just a couple of times per week as opposed to everyday makes a difference in your health and the environments!
- Check out meat-free brands like:
- Beyond Meat (their burgers are out of this world delicious!!! My brother-in-law thought it was a real burger!)
- Morning Star
- Dr. Praegers
I hope these tips help you adopt a more plant-based diet. And I hope you enjoy my yummy Italian-inspired dish! It's truly a good one that the entire family will enjoy. I'll definitely be making this fall and winter!
Lots of love,