High-Protein Pink Pasta

Author: Sarah Cobacho | Posted: July 1, 2023

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High-protein pink pasta in a container for meal prep

This pasta is the ultimate lazy girl meal prep. It took me less than 15 minutes to put it together; it’s so easy and a delicious way to add more beets to your diet. We used silken tofu to make it super creamy and higher in protein, bringing this meal to 36g per serving. Combined with whole-grain pasta and some greens, it’s a great balanced meal to promote more plant diversity in your day. ????

Why would you want to add more beetroot to your plate? Beets are rich in natural chemicals called nitrates. Through a chain reaction, your body changes nitrates into nitric oxide, which helps with blood flow and blood pressure.

They also contain betalains. Betalains are phytonutrients found in plants that give beets their bright red colour. They have also been shown to provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits – making this pasta one to enjoy on a regular basis!

High-Protein Pink Pasta

5 from 2 votes
High-protein pink pasta in a container for meal prep
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
A quick 15-minute meal rich in nutrients from beetroots and boosted with 36g of protein per serving from silken tofu. Perfect to meal prep delicious, balanced meals.
By Sarah Cobacho (plantbaes.com)

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Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 400 g wholemeal penne
  • cup cashews
  • 250 g cooked beetroots
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 600 g silken tofu
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 garlic clove (more to taste)
  • ½ tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • To serve:
  • Rocket or baby spinach

Instructions

  • Soak the cashews in boiling water for an hour.
  • Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water.
  • Add the beetroot, lemon juice, silken tofu, cashews, nutritional yeast and garlic, onion powder, and chilli flakes to a blender.
  • Combine the pasta and sauce and cook for a couple of minutes until the sauce is heated. Stir in the pasta water. Turn off the heat and stir in the fresh basil and black pepper.
  • When you’re ready to eat, add a handful of greens and enjoy!
Per Serving
Calories 607kcalCarbohydrates 97gProtein 36gFat 11gSodium 144mgFiber 17gVitamin A 24IUVitamin C 10.5mgCalcium 89mgIron 4mg
COURSE Pasta
CUISINE Mediterranean-Inspired
KEYWORDS Dairy-Free, Plant-Based Protein
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