Trying to find some simple inspiration for your Monday night. Look no further than this delicious seasonal and organic roast vegetable quinoa pasta which will take about 30 minutes and under to throw together. I love the combination of roasted eggplant, beetroot and zucchini that has been tossed with rocket salad and has been tied together with delicious light and citrusy tones acquired from the goats cheese.
I bought the quinoa pasta (you can definitely use normal penne, I used quinoa to get extra protein for this veggie-based dish) from The Source Bulk Foods, where I am trying to minimise my carbon foot print by reducing my plastic foot print for my new years resolution.
Kids and adults alike will love this dish, its filling, simple and a great dish to have as a meat-free dinner.
This dish is great for you too:
Quinoa grains have a low GI, so they work well for slow release energy. They are also one of the only grains that have all of their 9 essential amino acids considered a full protein. This will help heal, repair, protect tissues, cells and muscles within the body.
Eggplants are a great source of folate (this helps treat low iron in the blood), fibre (digestion) and some magnesium which is great for sleep.
Zucchini are readily available around September/October in Australia. This is when they are their most nutrient rich. Members of the gourd family alongside cucumbers. They are actually closer cousins to the pumpkin. Zucchini’s contain a good source of soluble and insoluble fibre which is great to help with high cholesterol as well as digestion by carrying the bulk of your food through the gastrointestinal tract. They have a good source of potassium which is great for a steady heart beat and vitamin C in their raw state which will help boost immunity and benefit all of our cells in our body.
Beetroot contains lots of important nutrients including vitamins A (peepers), B6 (perfect for PMS), C (Immunity), E (Skin) and K as well as protein, folate, dietary fibre, calcium, iron and potassium. Some preliminary research shows that they have been known to help defend cells against harmful carcinogens. Studies have also shown that they have high levels of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents within.