Made of tofu, nutritional yeast, hummus and chickpea noodles. This pasta bake is FULL of creamy plant based power! 20 grams of protein per serving!
Fall is upon us! I love the month of October. The spirit of Halloween has always been my favorite with the spooky movies, fun candy and crisp fall air. It is one of my favorite times to be outside in Michigan. This fall, my husband and I are hoping to do the tunnel of trees. Fingers crossed for peak fall colors when we go!
With the beautiful colors of fall comes fall rain and recently it has been raining non-stop. All I’ve wanted to do is curl up on the couch with some netflix and eat all the pasta, casseroles, muffins and breads…
Cue the high protein vegan pasta bake. Two words: CREAMY AND DREAMY.
If I had to pick my favorite pasta it would either be shells or rotini. I love how sauce gets in all the nooks and crannies! Don’t be afraid of these ingredients if you are new to them, embrace the plant power! The nutritional yeast, cashews, tofu and hummus create a rich and creamy sauce that bakes atop the noodles all lathered up with marinara sauce and vegetables. Trust me on this one.
Health Benefits of Being Vegan or Vegetarian (had to do it, guys!)
- Improves blood pressure and cholesterol levels: It is no surprise that consuming a diet high in beans, legumes, heart healthy fats and low in saturated animal fats (dairy and meats) can reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Improves insulin sensitivity for diabetics: Better glucose tolerance and improved insulin sensitivity have been associated with increased bean and legume intake.
- Weight control: Vegetables and most food consumed on a vegan or vegetarian diet is naturally high in fiber. This helps to improve satiety and gastrointestinal function.
I don’t want you to be rolling your eyes at this post or think that I will never make it because it has X, Y or Z. This blog is here to inspire you to create meals that may take you out of your comfort zone (I’m looking at you, mom!). I never want to sound preachy, just informative, and let you make the decisions that work best for you.
That being said, this high protein vegan pasta bake is LOADED with plant based power. Complete with 20 grams of protein per serving, you won’t miss the meat. Plus, beans are considered a good source of iron. Tofu, nuts, seeds, spinach, lentils and tomatoes are some other plant iron options, just to name a few.
So break out from your usual casserole dish and try this high protein vegan pasta bake. Let me know what you think!Print
Made of tofu, nutritional yeast, hummus and chickpea noodles. This pasta bake is FULL of creamy plant based power! 20 grams of protein a serving.
8oz of chickpea pasta (I used Banza)
1/2 white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups of mushrooms, sliced
2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups marinara sauce
1 tomato, sliced
fresh basil for garnish
1/4 cup hummus
1/4 cup cashews, soaked
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
8 oz firm tofu (or 1/2 brick, drained)
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
salt/pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Begin by boiling water for pasta and cook til al dente.
- Saute garlic until fragrant and add white onion over medium heat. Once translucent, add in mushrooms. After mushrooms are softened, add fresh spinach and turn off heat.
- While vegetables are cooking, prepare the vegan cheese sauce by combining hummus, soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, tofu, water and oil into a blender. Blend until smooth consistency.
- Pour vegetable mixture and drained cooked pasta into a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Pour marinara sauce and toss until noodles are coated.
- Spoon vegan cheese overtop the pasta/vegetable mixture in the casserole dish. Place sliced tomato on top and bake for 20-25 minutes covered with tin foil in oven.
- Garnish with basil as desired.
To quickly soak your cashews, place cashews in small bowl with boiling water for 15 minutes.
You will probably have some extra sauce left over so feel free to use it for veggie dip, chip dip or on a sandwich!
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