My boys LOVE pasta but I often worry that the meal will not offer enough protein and vegetables so I have come up with several blender pasta sauces so all their nutrition needs are met in one simple bowl. Here is one I developed last weekend that was a huge hit so I wanted to share.
The tomato base offers lycopene which is a cancer fighting antioxidant.
The hemp hearts offer a source of complete protein which means all essential amino acids are present and a source of omega 3 fatty acids which are wonderful for growing brains in children and promoting heart and mental health in adults. They also act as an anti-inflammatory.
The feta cheese is a lower fat cheese that offers a creamy texture and taste and a source of complete protein.
Nutritional yeast offers a cheesy flavour as well and a great source of vitamin B12.
Spinach and kale are packed with nutrition!!!
1 jar low sodium pasta sauce (any flavor is fine)
1/3 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1-2 large handfuls of spinach or kale
Blend in a blender and pour over pasta. I have a vitamix and blend my sauces on the soup setting to warm them up but this is not necessary if you don’t have a blender that heats.
Hope you and your family enjoy this as an easy meal sometime soon!
Until next time…stay healthy!