September 9, 2013

Avocado Broccoli Linguine


What color is California? I know that might seem like an odd question, but humor me, if you had to choose a color for California what would it be? I was thinking green, a creamy light green that is beautiful when the sun hits it. An avocado green perhaps. This pasta is definitely California. The greens from the spinach, broccoli, and avocado give it beautiful color when the sun hits it. This recipe is super easy, relaxed, laid back, perfect anytime of day or year. It is full of flavor, fun to eat, and yet surprising, never boring or dull. This pasta is definitely California.
Delicious Rating: Okay, so maybe I am bias being from California or maybe it is really that great! If you love Cali then you will definitely love this pasta. It is packed with garlic and a light olive oil sauce that is balanced with all the veggies in this vegan recipe. Broccoli and Spinach and Avocado, can someone say “Yum” please?! This is one of those easy recipes that cook up in 20-30 minutes and you are never left with leftovers. Please try this and let me know what you think!
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Yields: 4 bowls of pasta
Serve with salad and some crusty bread
Ingredients
  • ½ pound linguine
  • 3 cups broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bulb of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 3 avocados, cut into chunks
Instructions
  1. Start to boil water for pasta.
  2. Add in linguine.
  3. In the last minute of cooking add in broccoli to pasta water.
  4. Drain.
  5. While the water is boiling & pasta cooking, heat pan over medium heat and add in olive oil, garlic, lime zest, and red pepper flakes.
  6. Stir garlic mixture around for two minutes.
  7. Pour in vinegar, soy sauce, and water and bring to a boil.
  8. Add in lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  9. Once sauce is boiling again, lower heat to a simmer and add in spinach and cook for an additional minute.
  10. Add in drained linguine & broccoli and toss and coat well.
  11. Turn off heat and gently toss in avocado chunks.
  12. Serve immediately.