Meat Free Monday
Today’s recipe is dedicated to my friend Luann who was telling me all about the veggies she is planting in her garden, including broccoli. It is a great choice for her garden as it is so rich in many nutrients. In fact, it packs the most nutritional punch of any vegetable. Broccoli’s noteworthy nutrients include vitamins C, and A, beta-carotene, folic acid, calcium and fiber. Calcium may play a role in preventing colon cancer and both beta-carotene and vitamin C are important antioxidants that have been linked to a reduced risk for several cancers.
Ricotta, Spinach and Broccoli Pasta
250g fresh spinach
150g broccoli, chopped
100g ricotta cheese
75g (dry weight) penne pasta or your preferred pasta
1 vegetable stock cube
15ml soy sauce
Shavings of parmesan cheese
Bring water to the boil in a pot and cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet. Be careful not to over cook as it should be “al dente”.
If you have a steamer, place it over the boiling pasta, and place the broccoli and spinach in to cook in the steam for 5 minutes. Otherwise, boil some water in a pot and add the vegetable stock cube and place the washed spinach and broccoli into it and cook for 5 minutes.
When the pasta is cooked, strain and place in your serving bowl.
Strain the cooked spinach and broccoli and place in a separate bowl.
Mix together the spinach, broccoli, ricotta cheese and soy sauce with a fork, and for spinach leaves break them in smaller pieces with kitchen scissors.
Place the mix over your pasta in your serving dish. Sprinkle a few shavings of parmesan cheese and black pepper and serve.
Yummy! Delicious, tasty and easy..my kind of recipe!!!
What a lovely recipe and I really do like when you give us the added benefits in terms of nutrition 🙂
Tonight’s menu sorted…I love it when I have all the ingredients in stock for Meat Free Monday!!
LOL 🙂 It’s a great recipe – so handy and easy to throw together. I am having it this evening with a salad too.
This recipe sounds delicious. Before BC I could barely gag down broccoli and than I found lots of research that supported the importance of broccoli in a healthy anti-cancer diet plan. So, I experimented…and I am excited to share–I have steamed broccoli a few times a week. My secret is putting just a smidge of veggie boullion and a sm amt of fresh garlic on top of boccoli when I steam it!
Thanks again Marie!
Kim what a fantastic tip! I must admit it is not my favorite veggie and I can only manage a few florets. I don’t mind if it is mixed into something like a pasta bake or a quiche, but then you are losing out on some of the nutritional content. Steaming is definitely a better way of cooking it. So thank YOU!
Thanks for that tip Kim..I am another broccoli struggler, so will definitely be giving your suggestion a try!
Okay, that looks so good I want to jump through my computer monitor and taste it NOW! The grocery store is on my list of errands to run today, these ingredients will be on my list. Can’t wait to try this out! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Thanks for the comment! Let me know how it works out for you 🙂
Kim’s comment reminded me of my pre-cancer broccoli hatred, to be honest I hardly ate any veg from early childhood. To make things worse, during treatment, they constantly wheeled the lunch trolley into the chemotherapy room and it was always broccoli soup on the menu! I’ll never understand it, the last thing you want to do when feeling THAT nauseous is eat lunch! The smell of broccoli soup still makes me nauseous but I subsequently forced myself to eat vegetables and broccoli is now one of my favourites! Off to make this dish right now…
Loving the comments as well as the recipe today 🙂
Delicious and I do appreciate the nutritional information you supply with the recipes
Marie this recipe is a keeper! Last summer I met a woman who didn’t have money for insurance to keep her cancer treatment going. She shared with me the significant benefits of brocolli and gave me her tip of eating 4 cups of fresh brocolli, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, carrots with Packet Italian dressing made with olive oil every morning. With my garden this combination was absolutely yummy! Now I crave fresh brocolli and can’t wait for the garden to grow! Last year was the first time I tried to grow anything and it worked!
Made this for supper last night..it was terrific – easy to prepare and very tasty. Will definitely be adding it to my repetoire