Quick Brown Rice Pasta w Fresh Tomato Sauce!
I came up with this recipe when I was hungry and didn't feel like spending much time cooking (like usual!). Brown rice pasta (Jovial brand) + fresh garlic and tomato sauce with Cashews = delicious!
I really like how using the NutriBullet to mix the ingredients together saves a lot of time, if you are really hungry, you can reduce the tomato sauce simmering time to 10 mins. I find that this type of pasta sauce taste even better the day after so good to make extra and store in fridge for later. This is how I made it:
1 Tablespoon Olive oil (or sub water) 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
4 Fresh Tomatoes (16oz/454g) Organic On the Vine (Trader Joe's)
10 Sugar Plum Tomatoes* 1/2 Cup Raw Cashews Dash of Coconut Aminos (I get mine at Trader Joe's)
Spices: Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Paprika Powder, Garlic Powder, Italian Seasoning, Crushed Red Pepper. *I just added these cause they were over-ripe so I wanted to use them before it was too late. You can skip these or add in any cherry tomatoes.
I heated a pan and added the olive oil, once heated, I added the onion/garlic and sautéed for a few mins. While the onion was sautéing, I washed the 4 big tomatoes and cut them in 4 parts and popped them into the NutriBullet with 1/3 Cup filtered water and mixed until pretty smooth. I then added the tomatoes to the onion and let simmer for 5 mins before adding in the 1/2 Cup Cashews with the Sugar Plum Tomatoes (that I also mixed until pretty smooth in the NutriBullet), plus some more water just to wash down the cashews from the Nutribullet cup. I added a dash of Coconut Aminos + spices and let simmer for another 15 mins with lid on. While the tomato sauce was simmering I made the brown rice pasta (I use the Jovial brand), this one was Capellini but you can of course use any type of pasta type.
Next time I will add in mushrooms to the sauce (also mixing using NutriBullet).
Tomato Nutrition Highlight: Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate and Vitamin K (good for bone health). Tomatoes are also a major source of the antioxidant lycopene - think healthy blood pressure and cancer prevention.
Note: tomatoes are part of the Dirty Dozen (list of fruit/veggies highest in pesticides) so it's a very good idea to always buy ORGANIC tomatoes to reduce the toxic load on the body.