I am looking out the window, and seeing fresh buds on the trees, squirrels climbing around, and bunnies on the ground. Therefore, I’m ready to announce it – Spring is actually here ?! Obviously, it’s a great time to brighten your diet with some lovely green vegetables! In addition, we’ll pump up this dish’s nutrition with spicy lentils and some pasta (a healthy portion, of course).
Put a spring in your step!
For this recipe I focused on green vegetable intake, using asparagus, sugar snap peas, baby peas, spinach, and mint. I chose these because what color says “spring” louder than green?
But you know us, it’s not just about looks, there is always a healthy motive behind these decisions ?. Among these veggies, you’ll find sources of protein, vitamins, and even iron! There is also plenty of fiber, which we all know is great for your insides. So with all these greens, this recipe will really put a spring in your step!
When in doubt – add lentils!
If you’ve spent some time around this blog, you know we love lentils. In fact, lentils are prized around the world as a source of nutrition and protein. They are also super versatile – they work well in everything from salads to bolognese sauce!
In this dish, lentils add fiber, protein, and vitamins to the spring greens and pasta, without a big calorie bump. You’ll also get a snappy, aromatic zip because we’re adding chili and cumin to these babies!
Are you all ears yet?
This dish keeps things fun by tossing the spring greens and lentils through orecchiette pasta. Did you know that orecchiette is named for its shape? It translates to “little ear” in Italian (when you see it, you’ll understand). As a result of its shape, this pasta scoops up the flavor and delivers it straight to your mouth! ?
Have we convinced you yet? If the promise of a healthy meal and great flavor don’t quite capture you, consider this – it’s ready in 15 minutes! Get that water boiling, start your prep, and you’ll be enjoying green vegetables, spicy lentils, and wholesome pasta in no time. What could be better after you’ve had a busy day out there crushing it?
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