So the funniest thing happened the other day...I actually made one of those video recipes off Facebook! Usually I just watch those videos flash by in my newsfeed, salivate for about 30 seconds and think, wow, that looks yummy. Then, I keep scrolling, and probably forget about the dish minutes later. The cool thing about those videos are that they are usually relatively easy recipes that are quick to make and easy to remember. The other thing I like about them is the fact that the ingredients are usually things you have in your home, and amounts are usually approximate and 'to taste.' This is nice, because it is very close to the way I actually cook. My husband, Steve, forever jokes that I try to keep my seasonings and spices secret because I tend to throw them in quickly (without measuring) and usually it happens when his back is turned, even when we are cooking together. Although I never do this intentionally, maybe its sub-conscious job security strategy! Ha!
Anyway, we were sitting on the couch, groaning about how we were hungry, but didn't really want to make dinner because we were too tired (this is par for the course and happens most nights...) when I was scrolling through Facebook (procrastinating about making dinner) I saw one of those videos for making an avocado pasta. Even better, it said it was vegan right in the description! So, even though we had vegan baked ziti last night for dinner, this looked so tasty and easy, and I had just bought this pasta with fiber and protein in it that I wanted to try..so avocado pasta it was!
*It should be noted that I doubled the recipe from the actual video, I wanted my pasta thourghly creamy and avocadoey.
You will need:
2 ripe avocados
a handful of fresh basil (I used about large 10 leaves) plus a few leaves to cut up for the topping
1 lemon (you will use the juice and the zest)
salt and pepper (to taste)
4 cloves of garlic
1 lb. of pasta (I preferred spaghetti)
Peel your avocados and garlic. Trim your scallions. Zest your lemon and set the zest aside. Squeeze your lemon for the juice. Place your avocados, the scallions, the garlic, basil (set a few leaves aside for the topping), lemon juice, and salt and pepper (to taste) into a food processor (I used a mini prep) and blend until smooth and creamy.
Boil pasta until tender. Strain.
Toss with the avocado blend, top with the lemon zest and the rest of the fresh basil leaves, chopped. Mix all together and enjoy!
This was so easy and yummy. I might even listen to Facebook again. Maybe.