This dish is a wonderful low glycemic mediterranean dish that has 17 grams of fiber, plant like protein as well as vitamin C, A, magnesium, and zinc. It is one of my favorite recipes because it is takes about 10 minutes to prepare and it is delicious! When shrimp is not available I will use the almond cheese to increase the protein. What is nice about this dish is the black bean pasta has 15 grams of protein per serving.
4 cups Black Bean Rotini Pasta (Trader Joe’s)
2 cups Marinara Sauce (Use your favorite, I use Trader Joe’s)
1 small red onion sliced thin
4 garlic cloves chopped
1 tablespoon avocado oil (Trader Joe’s)
2 cups chopped broccoli
6 cups baby spinach
1 zucchini chopped
1 pound shrimp (steamed and peeled)
Cook Black Bean Pasta according to instructions on the package.
Add sauce to a pan and turn on low heat. In a saute pan on medium heat add avocado oil. Add onion and garlic and cook until it begins to toast. Add broccoli and cook for a couple of minutes along with the zucchini. Once the broccoli and zucchini are cooked, add the spinach and allow to cook for a minute and turn off heat.
To serve put the marinara sauce in the bottom of a bowl, then place black beans in marinara sauce and top with vegetables. Shrimp can be placed on the vegetables or if you are a vegan then eat without the shrimp. If you are a vegan and you want to add more protein then use the almond cheese grated on top of the vegetables.