Healthy Dinner Recipe: Pasta, Vegetables, and Garlic Sourdough

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! I hope you have had a wonderful past couple of weeks. Today I bring you a healthy dinner recipe that’s nutrient-packed and delicious. Many of my dinners look similar to this one. This recipe is a must-try! See below for the recipe and follow along for more blog posts like this one!

Why is this meal healthy?

  • Good source of plant iron (lentils).
  • Good source of fiber (vegetables, wholegrain pasta, sourdough).
  • Healthy fats (olive oil).
  • Three portions of your 5 a day.
  • A portion of legumes.
  • Good bacteria for gut health in the sourdough.

What you’ll need/shopping list:

  • Brocolli
  • Green beans
  • Courgette
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

You can swap out the above vegetables for any you like. The seasoning work for most veggies!

  • Garlic (3 cloves)
  • Olive oil (tablespoon)
  • Lentils (200g)
  • Tomato passata (400g)
  • Tinned plum tomatoes (400g)
  • Salt
  • Whole-wheat pasta
  • Sourdough bread
  • Garlic (1 clove)
  • Butter (tablespoon)
  • Rosemary (pinch)

This recipe serves two hungry people or three ‘normal’ portions!

Step 1: Make the vegetables

Chop the vegetables and garlic and add to an oven-proof dish, sprinkle over the salt and olive oil. Mix well and put into a preheated oven at 220 degrees. Mix the vegetables after 20 minutes. The vegetables should take around 30 minutes to cook. Keep an eye on them and make sure they are soft when finished.

Step 2: Make the pasta sauce

Add the olive oil and garlic to a pan and cook until slightly golden. Don’t let the garlic or oil burn. Add the lentils and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Add the tinned tomatoes and passata to the pan and stir. Add salt and mix well. Bring the sauce to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. The lentils should be soft (and should have expanded) once fully cooked.

Step 3: Boil the pasta

Add boiling water to a pot and salt generously. Add as much pasta as you like (depending on how hungry you are)! Cook the pasta for 10 minutes or so, until al dente.

Step 4: Make the garlic sourdough

Slice the sourdough and arrange it on a baking sheet. Mix the butter, garlic, and rosemary in a bowl. Add to the sourdough and bake for 5 minutes or until crispy.

Step 5: Assemble

Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and mix well to combine. Add the vegetables, pasta, and garlic sourdough to the plate and top with your favourite cheese!

Step 6: Enjoy!

Let me know if you try out this recipe – tag me on Instagram @mairihgardner

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and I hope you try out the recipe.

Thank you,

Mairi

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