A burger from a fast food joint or a steak off of your Foreman are fine once in awhile, but if you’re cooking for a woman who happens to be a vegetarian — or if you’re planning to live past 50 — you need to change it up. But you don’t have to give anything up; you can still love what you’re eating and feel satisfied at the end. This easy-to-make guy recipe for sweet potato and bell pepper pasta takes you about 30 minutes start to finish. It’s loaded with fiber and vitamin C, and contains 12 grams of protein. Serve with a garden salad as a starter and you’ve got yourself a meatless meal that’ll leave you and your lady friend looking forward to dessert!
God we hate ourselves for writing that.
Prep time: 10-12 minutes
Cooking time: 17-20 minutes
8 ounces whole-wheat pasta
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups of sliced sweet potato
1 large bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup diced plum tomatoes
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
How to cook it
1. Boil a large pot of water and drop in the pasta. Cook 4 to 5 minutes.
2. Place 1 tablespoon of oil and garlic in a large skillet and cook over medium heat for 2 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
3. Add sweet potato, pepper, tomatoes, and water to skillet, and stir occasionally for 5-7 minutes.
4. Remove from the heat and cover to keep it warm.
5. Drain the pasta, but keep about 1/2 cup of the cooking water in the pot before returning the pasta to the pot.
6. Add the vegetable mixture, the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, parsley, tarragon, lemon juice, sea salt, and cheese; toss to combine.
7. Add the reserved pasta water, 2 tablespoons at a time, to achieve the desired consistency.