Hola Readers 🙂
Hope you are all doing well in these times.
Covid and Lockdowns have changed our lives to a large extent. One of the beautiful and positive things to have come out of it for me is the slowdown of life and resulting better eating habits, better focus on working towards achieving my goals. It has given me time to explore and expirement more in kitchen. I added more cooking or shall I say non-cooking skills in my arsenal. 😀
I along with my equally passionate Vegan husband did a 40 day Vegan Detox program online. Encouraging all our friends and followers to join the ride with us. Although the program was broader than just food and eating habits, it involved mind , sleep and exercise as well, It encouraged some of our friends to make more conscious food choices and some are even pursuing it after the 40 days got over. 🙂 After this I did a whole week of eating Raw salads for Lunch and loved it ! (you can expect some Raw food recipes on this blog soon 🙂 ) Other than that I’ve been busy with my yoga classes and self practice and baking and selling a lot of gluten free cakes last few weeks 😀 . I almost forgot I also repainted some fading walls in my house – seems like I am going to do a bit of redoing of corners of my house in next few months. Its a great time for home improvements.. what do you say?
As I’ve mentioned in my earlier posts too, I am really exploring how to make my usual meals gluten free. My goal is to learn making everything gluten free in healthiest way possible. I mention health because I see many Gluten free recipes online which are made gluten free by use of egg , starches and other unnatural foods which I feel throw the health aspect out the window. I prefer food be as close as possible to nature than be a chemical gastronomy because for me health lies in being close to nature.
This blog post is a gluten free pasta recipe. I jumped at this gluten free pasta I found in One MG Mall in Bangalore because they are hard to find !! The brand is Explore Cuisine – Its has organic spagettis made from beans !! Black beans , edamame. You can find it online on amazon here https://www.amazon.in/Explore-Cuisine-Organic-Edamame-Spaghetti/dp/B07VY66B6V. My review on this product is mixed. The noodle is very Beany in taste which is not bad if your taste buds like it. I feel it works better as a pasta as the sauces sort of help neutralize the flavor. In a spaghetti I personally found it very Beany. If you leave it sitting in the water it was cooked for sometime the beany flavor is little weaker. As it is made out of beans, it is a good dose of protein! A bowl of this is a complete meal by itself. I wont mind switching to this brand of pasta once in a while when I have pasta cravings and don’t want to eat gluten.
I paired the pasta with a pesto made from organic Arugula leaves. Since I started eating raw meals I have found some good organic produce I can access nearby. Farmizen is an amazing one with good variety of organic produce and various convenient distribution methods to get you your produce. I sourced many greens all at once from farmizen and was feeling pressured to use them before they spoil. Hence this recipe came into being. Arugula leaves are peppery and zingy.. and pesto made from them tasted very close to basil pesto. All in all it was a very satisfying meal I wanted to share with you all here. 🙂
Hope you like it. Love and Peace. Sending Warm blessings.
100g Gluten Free/any pasta you prefer(cooked)
2 cups Arugula Leaves
2 Tbs Cashews
5 cloves garlic
5 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive oil
Juice of a lemon
Salt & Pepper
2 Tbs Olive oil
1 Onion sliced
200g Button Mushrooms
1 Cup Broccoli Florets(steamed)
- Blend Arugula leaves, Walnuts , Cashews, Garlic , extra virgin olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. I also add some water to get thinner consistency without using more oil. Grind coarse if you like texture. Pesto is ready.
- Take 2 Tbs Olive oil in a wok and saute the Onions. Pour all pesto sauce to this.
- Add chopped Mushrooms and coat them in the sauce. Add steamed broccoli and coat as well.
- Add more salt or pepper if required.
- Add the cooked noodles. Toss well so everything is coated in the sauce.