Every New Year, I spend some time reviewing my budget from the previous year and generally making some resolutions about food: cook at home more so that I can eat out less, waste less food with better meal planning and consume more vegetable and whole-grain rich foods.
The problem is that without a good plan or source of recipes, plans like this tend to fail. So I’m excited that I received some resources this Christmas to help keep these plans on track, like a cookbook with healthy budget-friendly recipes. I still tend to always significantly alter recipes according to my taste preferences and the items I know I keep on hand, so this recipe was loosely based on one I found in my new cookbook.
There’s so many things to love about this budget vegan recipe. It’s easy to make and shouldn’t take you more than 20-30 minutes to cook, it’s rich in vegetables and whole grains, low in fat and shouldn’t cost more than $3 per serving. It should serve between 6-8 people depending on what else you serve alongside it and of course, how hungry everyone is. This meal is a winner in my book, so I hope you enjoy it as you welcome the year 2014!
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 red onion
- 1 green pepper
- 2 medium zucchini
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 2 cups canned bruschetta or diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning
- 1 (15.5 oz) can cooked cannellini beans)
- For garnish: fresh herbs, freshly cracked black pepper, parmesan cheese
- 1 16-oz package whole grain penne pasta
- Mince garlic and dice onion, pepper and zucchini.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- In a medium saute pan, heat oil and add garlic, onion and pepper. Saute over medium heat, stirring occasionally until onions are tender, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add zucchini and cook until tender.
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Add salt, thyme, and tomatoes and cook over medium heat just until it starts to bubble, add beans and heat one minute longer. Remove from heat after one minute.
- Serve over pasta. If you have additional leftovers, vegetable stock can be added to the vegetable mixture to make a delicious vegan soup.
Winter is also a great time to make a resolution to eat more fruits and vegetables when shopping at Wolff’s market, because all winter long we offer excellent deals on produce – much of which is still locally grown in greenhouses. Be sure to stay on our mailing list to ensure that you receive the updates on what’s on special every week!