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Brown Rice Pasta with Creamy Cilantro Sauce - I absolutely LOVE this recipe! Gluten-free, vegan, and totally scrumptious! The Creamy Cilantro Sauce isn't only great as a pasta sauce. You can thin it out and use it as salad dressing or use it as dip! | thehealthfulideas.com

Brown Rice Pasta with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

  • Author: The Healthful Ideas
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2-4 1x
  • Category: Main Dish

Description

Brown Rice Pasta with Creamy Cilantro Sauce. Gluten-free, vegan, and absolutely scrumptious! You can use the creamy sauce for salads or as a dip!


Ingredients

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  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup packed handful cilantro leaves, thick stems removed
  • handful parsley or another fresh herb you have on hand (optional)
  • the juice of one lime
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water (or more depending on how thick you want the sauce to be, add less if you want it as a dip)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 zucchinis, peeled if not organic
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • brown rice pasta (enough for 4)

Optional add-ins:

  • chilli flakes for topping
  • cherry tomatoes (fresh or roasted)
  • cooked chickpeas
  • roasted eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, sauteed mushroom

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C (392F).
  2. First, make the sauce. Put all the sauce ingredients into a blender (avocado, olive oil, water, onion powder, garlic powder, chilli, salt, and pepper) and blend on high until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Remove the seeds from the bell peppers and cut them into thin stripes. Do the same with the zucchinis (cut them as you would fries).
  4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Add the bell peppers, zucchinis and the coconut oil. Place the tray in the oven for a minute or two for the oil to melt. Take it out, toss to coat everything and season with sea salt and pepper. Put back into the oven and roast for 20 minutes or until soft. When they're done, keep them in the turned-off oven so they stay warm.
  5. Cook the pasta according to package instruction (it should be10-15 minutes).
  6. Drain the pasta and put it into a pan along with the sauce, toss to coat well and heat up over medium heat so that it's nice and hot. Add more sea salt or pepper if desired.
  7. Serve with the roasted bell peppers and zucchinis on top.

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