“It is never too late to take an inventory of your life
and change the things that no longer serve you”
Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist
Thich Nhat Hanh recommends:
“Sit down and take an inventory of your life. If there are things you have been hanging on to that are not useful and deprive you of your freedom, find the courage to let them go. An overloaded boat is easily capsized by wind and waves. Lighten your load and your boat will travel more quickly and safely. Then you can offer the precious gift of freedom and space to yourself and loved ones, but only if it is truly there in your own heart.”
On to food. I ran across this recipe from a friend of mine. I was very skeptical. One-pot vegan tomato basil spinach pasta? Impossible. I thought something won't taste right. To my surprise, I was 100% wrong. This one pot pasta was delicious and so easy to make. The starch from the pasta made a wonderful sauce and the veggies were cooked just right. The biggest surprise – the pasta was al dente. Here is a link to the blog who created it. I changed it up a bit and added sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Thanks Apron Strings! If you haven't already, sign up for all my free vegan recipes here.
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One-Pot Tomato Basil Spinach Pasta
- 12 ounces linguine pasta
- 1 15-ounce carton diced tomatoes (1½ cups)
- ½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 sweet onion, cut in julienne strips
- 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp salt
- Fresh ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
- handful of basil, chopped
- handful of spinach (optional) *
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (optional)
- Place pasta, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, in a large stock pot. Pour in vegetable broth.
- Sprinkle the pepper flakes and oregano on top.
- Add ½ tsp salt and some ground black pepper
- Drizzle with olive oil
- Bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and cook for about 8-10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes until the pasta is al dente and the water has nearly evaporated. I like to use tongs for this.
- *Add the spinach 6 to 7 minutes into cooking.