Since adopting a plant based diet I’ve discovered some absolutely delicious recipes online. However as much as I love to spend time cooking, sometimes I just don’t have the time to follow an elaborate recipe. Sometimes all I want is proper back to basics food, the kind that I can grab all the ingredients for in a quick dash around the supermarket and then rustle up at home confidently in less than 30 minutes.
That’s why I’ve decided to start sharing what I eat on those days. These aren’t recipes as such, quite often they’ll use store bought sauces or frozen items, I just make them a little bit more exciting and maybe a touch healthier too by making a few little additions or tweaks.
I hope that this helps give you some simple ideas for what to make when you’re getting a bit hangry!
First up, my 20 minute pesto pasta:
My 20 minute pesto pasta hardly needs any prep at all and if you keep using the same saucepan, you can limit the washing up too. I’ve included some lower cost/higher protein swops that you can make, but I encourage you just to play around and see what works best for you!
75g fusilli pasta*
A handful of broccoli tips
1 to 2 tablespoons vegan friendly pesto (I used Sacla Free From No.9 Basil Pesto)
A handful of pine nuts
About 7 or 8 cherry tomatoes (I like to be a bit fancy and use on the vine ones, but any will do)
Salt and Pepper
*Low cost version: Use normal dried pasta.
*Lower carbs/higher protein version: use vegetable pasta. There should be some in the ‘free from’ section of your local supermarket, I used Morrison’s ‘green pea pasta’ for this recipe.
If you try my 20 minute pesto pasta please do get in touch by commenting below or tagging me on Instagram @lovedbylaurac or Twitter @lovedbylaurac and using the hashtag #EasyV. I’d love to see what you come up with!