Posts Tagged ‘basil’

Creamy Smoked Tofu Pasta

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Tofu is NOT something I normally like. In fact, normally, I avoid it. I know- it’s a great source of protein and a staple for vegetarians, but it is not part of my usual diet. Until now… Maybe it’s been around for awhile, but I recently discovered smoked tofu, and curiosity led me to try it. Although the the tofu texture was still not my favourite, I cut it up quite small and I barely noticed it. The smokiness of the tofu infused the whole sauce making for a rich and filling pasta dish that was delicious and healthy. Smoked tofu might become a staple in my house….

1 pkg. smoked tofu, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 yellow or red pepper, diced
1 can light coconut milk
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, julienned (dried, not in oil)
1 cube vegetable bouillon
2-3 cups spinach, chopped
8 leaves fresh basil, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pasta of your choice

In a wok, over medium-high heat, heat olive oil and sauté onion, garlic and smoked toft until onion is soft. Add red pepper and cook for a few more minutes stirring frequently. Add coconut milk, bouillon and sun dried tomatoes and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large pot, cook pasta of your choice in salted water.

Add spinach to the sauce, and cook until spinach is just beginning to get soft. Salt and pepper to taste.

Using a ladle, spoon sauce over pasta. Top with fresh basil.

Makes 4 servings.
5 weight watchers points plus per serving of sauce.

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Berry Basil Juice

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We like to add basil to any juice for a fresh, herb flavour. However, basil can be a bit tricky to juice. We feed it through tube with other ingredients for best results. Basil helps with indigestion, nervous tension, stress and tension headaches.

1 bunch kale
2 small apples
2 cups strawberries
2 cups blueberries
handful fresh basil

Wash all produce thoroughly. Process through the juicer. Stir. Pour over ice and serve immediately.

2 weight watchers points per cup of juice.

Spring Sprouts

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Although I awoke to snow flurries outside this morning, I am optimistic that spring is must be right around the corner. I saw this idea on for starting seeds on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a try. Once started, these seeds and shells can be transplanted together right into a ground or pot. I’ve started basil, orageno and dill in different eggshell pots for my homegrown herb garden.

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