The other night, I was looking for my Spinach Avocado Pasta recipe on my website and I could not find it! I really wanted to make this dish…it’s one of my favorites. After going through all my recipes, I realized I’ve never posted this one. So, I’m posting it now! My kids love this dish. And I love it, not only because it tastes so good, but it’s REALLY good for you. The kids would die if they knew what I put in this recipe. The sauce is primarily avocado, spinach and olive oil. Doesn’t sound great, but it has such a creamy and rich flavor without using any dairy or cream.
Let’s talk about the health benefits of spinach for a minute. Spinach is full of Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Iron. Spinach comes from the chenopod family, which is the same family as quinoa…and we all know how good quinoa is for you. Spinach is also a natural anti-inflammatory.
Here are the benefits for avocado. Avocado is full of GOOD fat. I remember when the kiddos were little, their pediatrician told me to slice up some avocado with their lunch or as a snack. At the time, I was ignorant to healthy fat and I fought their doctor saying it contains WAY too much fat. She smiled and educated me on the benefits of healthy fats and opened my eyes. Research has shown that by eating a healthy diet that contains good fats (such as avocados), can substantially help lower the risk of heart disease. And I’ll be 100% honest with you…if your goal is to lose weight and stay healthy; you have to eat healthy fats. People FREAK out when I tell them my daily macros. My daily intake of fat is 76 grams. But it’s the HEALTHY fat I’m ingesting. You have to keep in mind that I’m balanced with my other macros of carbs, proteins and calories. And – I’m a size 2. The key to losing weight and keeping it off is to eat the right things. Yes, I work out – but my diet is 80%.
As with any pasta dish, I add protein. I eat a lot of protein. You can shred a Rotisserie chicken to add to this dish or pan sauté chicken breasts. Either way, add some lean protein to this dish! Feed your muscles!
I made this with Gluten Free pasta, but you can make it with any pasta you like. This one is absolutely worth repeating and your kids will love it…just don’t let them see what you put in it!
- 1 box of Rotini or Penee Pasta (I use Gluten Free)
- 2 cups raw spinach
- 1 avocado
- 2 cloves garlic
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice from a lemon
Boil pasta per the directions on the box. While the pasta is cooking, heat a small pan and add 1 teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. When the oil has heated, mince your 2 cloves of garlic and add to the oil. Stir around slightly, then add the 2 cups of raw spinach. Saute the garlic and spinach until the spinach completely wilts.
Peel your avocado and remove the pit. Using a food processor or blender, add the avocado, cooked spinach, 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice, and 2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive oil. Add 1/8 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper. Take 2 Tablespoons of your starchy water from your pasta and add to the food processor or blender. Puree the ingredients until you have a slightly thick sauce. You don’t want this sauce to be too thin. If the sauce is still too thick after you start to puree, add a little more starchy water from your pasta that is boiling and puree until it reaches the consistency you desire.
Once the pasta is done, drain the water and move the cooked pasta to a large bowl. Add the sauce from the food processor/blender to the top of the pasta. If you are adding chicken, add the chopped or shredded chicken to the bowl and mix well. Add any additional salt and pepper to taste. I always top with fresh grated parmesan. You are ready to serve!