“Pasta” Primavera ~ Meatless Monday

Did you know “primavera” is Italian for spring? Since the first day of spring was just on Friday I thought this dish would be perfect for Meatless Monday.   The original recipe is made with pasta, which you can use, but I wanted to keep it low in carbs so I’m making this with zucchini noodles or “zoodles”.

Another fun fact, pasta primavera was created back in 1975 by New York chef Sirio Maccioni on Robert’s Island in beautiful Nova Scotia (east coast represent!)  He brought this dish back to his restaurant, Le Cirque in New York, and added it to the menu.  Due to the health craze of the 70s, this dish became very popular because it was packed full of nutritious veggies.

Well, I don’t want to disappoint so I filled this recipe with beautiful, colourful veggies.  Use what you have on hand or what’s in season, you really can’t go wrong with any combination!Zoodle Primavera - Gluten-Free ~ www.thehappyhealthfreak.com ~ #vegetarian #meatlessmonday #primavera

"Pasta" Primavera
Serves 2
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  1. 1 medium zucchini, spiralized (about 250g)
  2. 1 cup broccoli florets
  3. 1 medium carrot, sliced
  4. 1 cup spinach
  5. 1/2 cup red bell pepper, sliced
  6. 1/2 cup snap peas
  7. 1 small shallot, diced
  8. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  9. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  10. 2 Tbsp fresh Italian spices (basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme)
  11. 1 tsp lemon zest
  12. 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  13. 2 oz cheese (I used Kerrygold, but feel free to use Parmesan or vegan cheese)
  14. S&P to taste
  1. In a large frying pan, add the shallots and cook until translucent.
  2. Add broccoli, carrots, spinach, bell pepper, and snap peas. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook on medium for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add spiralized zucchini. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes stirring frequently.
  4. Add olive oil, garlic, spices, lemon zest/juice and cheese. Toss until evenly coated.
  5. Dish up into two bowls and enjoy!
Nutritional Info per serving
  1. 324 Calories, 20g Carbs, 5g Fibre, 23g Fat, 13g Protein, 6g Sugar
  2. Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may vary depending on your ingredients. Therefore, it is not always 100% accurate and meant to be used as a reference only.
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