Green Goddess Pasta Bowls
Green Goddess Pasta Bowls are a healthy and delicious main dish recipe. It's made with a pesto-like sauce, roasted green veggies and pasta of your choice. Choose your favorite protein to make this a paleo or vegan-friendly meal.
I know it's not quite the new year yet, but I'm already starting to crave healthier foods. I'm blaming it on the five thousand Christmas cookies I ate in December. You guys ready to lighten things up a little?
I've made us some Green Goddess Pasta Bowls that are super flexible to alter to your diet and mood. They're also crazy delicious and don't leave you feeling like you're missing out just to be healthy.
If you had a look at the pic, you'll see I seared some healthy, oil rich salmon to top the pasta. If salmon is not your thing, you can top this with your fav protein. Use tofu to keep this vegan, or kick it up paleo-style with some sliced steak.
You can also switch up the pasta, again depending on your diet and your mood. I've used nutty tasting Kamut pasta in the pictures. You can make your green goddess pasta with regular, whole wheat, or zucchini noodles.
Making your green goddess pasta isn't tough, but it does involve four steps. If you follow the steps in order and don't wait for one to finish before starting the next, your dinner will come together in about 30 minutes.
Your green goddess pasta game plan:
♡ Put the veggies in the oven to roast.
♡ Make the extra green pesto sauce.
♡ Put water on to boil and cook the pasta.
♡ Sear your protein.
Did you see how ridiculously easy that was? Once you do those four easy steps, you toss everything together and eat.
Trust me, you've got this.
Green Goddess Recipes
Green Goddess Pasta Bowls
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- 1 large head of broccoli, cut into small florets
- 1 bunch asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- sea salt, to taste
- pasta or zoodles, your choice (see notes)
- 2 cups frozen peas
- your choice of protein, see notes
- cherry tomatoes, sesame seeds, and black pepper, to serve
Green Goddess Pesto
- ½ cup basil leaves, packed
- ½ cup parsley, packed
- ½ cup cashews, toasted
- ⅓ cup water
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- juice from 1 lemon
- 2 cloves garlic
- Preheat your oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the broccoli and asparagus on the baking sheet, drizzle the olive oil over top and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt. Place the broccoli and asparagus in the oven and roast for 25 minutes, or until cooked through and starting to brown.1 large head of broccoli, 1 bunch asparagus spears, 1 teaspoon olive oil, sea salt
- While the broccoli is roasting, make the green goddess pesto. Place all the pesto ingredients in your blender and blend on high until smooth. Taste and salt as needed.½ cup basil leaves, ½ cup parsley, ½ cup cashews, ⅓ cup water, ¼ cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons tahini, juice from 1 lemon, 2 cloves garlic
- Put a pot of well-salted water on to boil and cook the pasta according to package directions. In the last minute of cooking, add the frozen peas to the pot. Reserve 2 cups of the pasta water and drain the rest. Place the pasta back into the pot.pasta or zoodles, 2 cups frozen peas
- While the pasta is cooking, sear your protein on medium-high heat in a lightly oiled pan until cooked.your choice of protein
- Pour the pesto over the pasta and toss. Add the roasted veggies to the pot and toss again. Plate the pasta and top with the seared protein.cherry tomatoes, sesame seeds, and black pepper, to serve
Wow I made this tonight and it was so good!!! Thank you so much!
I’m really happy that you loved this recipe!
This sounds like a quick, delicious, weekday meal. Thanks!
Thanks, Jeff! It really does make a great weekday meal. 🙂
Oh my gosh this looks so frickin good!!! I love that it can be topped with whichever protein I want 🙂 I’d put tofu on mine and steak for my husband! Perfect weeknight dinner.
We do things like that all the time, too! Usually it’s me having zucchini noodles and him having regular pasta. It’s so nice to have a few recipes that can easily be altered for everyone at the table. 🙂