This post was written as a part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.
This whole grain sun dried tomato and roasted red pepper pasta with feta is a healthy vegetarian dinner on the table in just 30 minutes!
I’m a firm believer in second chances.
Because sometimes when we decide we don’t like something, all we need to do is change it up and see it in a new light. Take one of my best friends, Lauren, for example. We didn’t like each other in 4th grade because she thought I stole her best friend, but when we realized how much we had in common (read: we’re both big dorks), we became inseparable.
I also thought I didn’t like working out. When I first started exercising, I thought that meant I had to do hour long cardio workouts – I mean duh, that’s what all the magazines recommended. Well I soon realized that sucked and I didn’t enjoy it at all. But then I started exploring the weights section at GoodLife Fitness and found out I actually really enjoyed strength training – so that is now what I base the majority of my workouts around and I (almost) aways look forward to it.
What does this all have to do with this sun dried tomato and roasted red pepper pasta you might be wondering? I’m getting around to my point!
See JZ doesn’t like tomatoes or bell peppers. He likes pasta sauce and chili, but fresh tomato salads, sun dried tomatoes, and grilled peppers are out of the question. Which is a shame because I live for these foods around this time of year! I didn’t give up hope though – I knew there must be a way to slowly break down his food barriers. So inspired by a class I was teaching on homemade pesto at work, I decided to puree these forbidden fruits into a pesto.
I tossed it with some whole grain spaghettini and threw in some feta and arugula, then set the plate down in front of him, hoping my disguised tomatoes and peppers would pass undetected by his scrutinous tastebuds. I bit my nails nervously and stared at him intently as he took his first bite. He had a look of concentration on his face as he chewed, swallowed, and looked up to meet my eyes. “This is really good” he said.
Hallelujah! I just may make a tomato and pepper lover out of him yet.
But picky boyfriend or not, this sun dried tomato and roasted red pepper pasta is an easy vegetarian dinner that you can have on the table in just 30 minutes. It’s also very customizable to different dietary needs: leave out the feta to make it vegan or use gluten free pasta if needed. Either way, it’s an easy entree sure to pelase!
- ¾ cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained
- 1 red pepper, roasted and peeled (about ¾ cup)
- ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ tsp + ⅛ tsp salt
- 12 oz whole grain pasta
- 4 oz feta cheese
- 2-3 cups baby arugula
- In a food processor, combine the sun dried tomatoes, roasted red pepper, pine nuts, olive oil, and salt. Run the food processor until it is a paste, but still has some small chunks in it.
- Toss the paste with your favourite cooked pasta noodle and divide into bowls. Top with crumbled feta cheese and fresh baby arugula