Eats: Spicy Veggie Pasta10:09 PM
Okay so this meal was an event and a half! I had everything all cooked and ready, when I somehow managed to drop the entire pot of cooked noodles, slipped, and landed in a puddle of hot water and said noodles. At least this meal came out really good!
When Kyle and I were at the store Sunday night, I was a little exasperated trying to figure out our dinners for the week. We have been eating a lot of chicken and fish, so I didn't want to get that. There is a giant salmonella outbreak on ground turkey so that was just not going to happen, and the 5+ years working at McDonalds has sworn me off of beef for life so...I decided to pick up some veggie protein and make a pasta!
As you can see, this is another one of those meals where I take a basic premix and add my own style to it. What you will need:
-Box of noodles (I used spiral veggie-noodles)
-Tomato sauce (I use two jars, and apparently two brands)
-1 package Sausage veggie protein
-Red & Yellow peppers
-Extra virgin olive oil
Start by chopping all of the veggies, garlic & onion, I added some summer squash since we have an insane amount of it growing in our garden, place in a bowl to the side. Slice the grape tomatoes in half, I used about a cup. Next, empty sauce in a pot over low-warm heat stirring occasionally. When it is all warm, add the basil & tomatoes, cayenne pepper & black pepper to taste. Cover, set to low and stir occasionally.
Next heat up a skillet or pan with a little olive oil. Here is where it got a little tricky, I had never cooked veggie protein before and I was not sure how to cut it up. It is pretty thick, and did not break apart like beef so I decided to just cook up chunks of it with a little of the season salt, cayenne pepper and black pepper over a medium-high heat. After the sides began to brown, I added all of the veggies and a little celery salt and a little more cayenne pepper. Next I boiled the water for the noodles and threw them in.
After the veggies are cooked, but still crispy, turn off the heat. Drain the noodles and place in a bowl, top with lots of sauce & veggie/veggie protein. Kyle and I devoured this, which surprised me. I thought Kyle might not like it, but it tasted like a soft sausage and of course we like our food spicy! So yeah, not a real recipe by any means but just a little meal that can be made very quickly. I am hoping to share a homemade recipe for tomato sauce soon as our tomatoes are finally coming in yay! I seriously love our little garden, I have been excited to cook meals, even if it just quick little easy fixes like this.