Is there anyone else out there who was (or still is) a huge chicken alfredo fan as a kid?
This entree was always one of my favs. It was always my “go to” meal when eating out, but I always felt guilty eating it because I knew it wouldn’t help me in my situation of being an overweight little girl. I learned how to watch what I ate at a very early age, and I’m actually so incredibly grateful for that experience! It’s fueled my passion for comforting, healthy, lifestyle foods.
With the healthier food changes I’ve made since my teen years, it’s been YEARS since I’ve indulged in this comforting entree.
Oil free life-styling can often be intimidating for the person who loves to eat pasta, or anything with grains, really.
In college, I loved pasta in the simplest form : garlic, olive oil, with salt & pepper. Now that I live oil free, I still love to enjoy pasta the same way, just without the oil. However, I also love to enjoy bland foods 🙂
For the sake of your pallet, lets make this a bit more enjoyable for you!
When it comes to choosing a grain for pasta, I love to use Farro by Rustichella d’Abruzzo. I trust their product because of their incredibly authentic farming practices and the quality of pasta they produce 🙂 Loaded with protein, fiber, and minerals!
For tomato sauce pasta lovers, there’s an available product that’s oil free! Love to advocate Engine 2 as a pasta sauce alternative if you don’t have time to make your own 🙂
All organic ingredients
Serves 3-4 people
1 Box of Farro
1/2 head of broccoli
1 cup Engine 2 pasta sauce
1/2 cup Wallaby Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Tsp ground oregano
2 Tsp Nutritional Yeast Flakes
1/2 Tsp Turmeric
1/2 Tsp black pepper
1/2 Tsp air dried sea salt
1 small handful of baby heirloom tomatoes
Boil purified water in a stainless steal pot. When water is done boiling, add dried pasta and cook for about 15 minutes, or until soft.
Chop broccoli into florets and soak in purified water for at least 20 minutes to enhance their vitality 🙂
Drain pasta, leaving about a 1/4 inch of water in the pot. At this point, add your broccoli to the pot with hot pasta. Cover the pot with a lid to allow the steam from the pasta to lightly blanch broccoli. Let sit for 5- 10 minutes.
I prefer to blanch my veggies this way so they’re not exposed to high amounts of heat for long periods of time. It leaves them with plenty of texture 🙂
Once broccoli is lightly blanched with pasta, you may add the remaining ingredients.
Mix softly and gently with a wooden spoon so pasta doesn’t fall apart.
Serve with a side of greens and mix it all together for full flava 😉
Enjoy this fully loaded oil free pasta protein bowl!
For more information regarding filtered water and the system I’ve been using for the past year for drinking, food prepping, and cooking, find out more here!